Inclusive Change

Foundational Workshop Series

At Leading Elephants, we believe that how you lead change speaks volumes.  


Your approach to leading change shows your care and respect for your people, your lived commitment to inclusiveness, and whether you truly “get” their work.

Why we created this course

For more than ten years we have been supporting leaders. During this time, we have seen leaders read about leading change, but not know how to translate what they're reading into practical steps. 

Too often, this disconnect leads to change efforts that undermine trust, create resistance, or lead to weak implementation.


Our approach

Seeing this need, we created Leading Inclusive Change.


This three-part workshop is designed to help leaders learn the practical steps of leading inclusive change.


This course is grounded in Leading Elephants' signature change frameworks, tools, and mindsets for leaders who are leading change at the team, cross-functional, or system level.

Join us for this Three Part 
virtual Workshop.
Course Dates:​
  • To be announced

Course Time:​

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WHAT Participants SAY
"This training was unique because it inspired me to be a more empathetic leader. It's also given me the tools, structure, and tactics to do be an empathetic leader in an intentional way."

—  Foundation Investment Partner


Frequently asked questions

Is this course right for me?

This course is designed for leaders who are leading change initiatives at the team, cross-functional, or system level. The examples will be grounded in our deep roots with educational, nonprofit and other mission-driven organizations, but participants from all backgrounds are welcome. This is an applied course, meaning leaders MUST have a specific change initiative to work through during this course. Use the graphic below to see if your change initiative fits the session requirements.

What will participants do in the course?

  • Develop an understanding of the human side of change. Participants explore the common responses and needs that arise for their people in the face of change and overwhelm. They will learn the specific actions that move people from uncertainty to inspiration.
  • Explore the dynamics of race and identity in how organizations make decisions. Participants will unpack how identity, positionality and power impacts our experiences of change efforts. They will develop skills to examine how white dominant culture shows up in organizational decision making.
  • Understand the rhythm of a well-led change effort. Participants learn Leading Elephants’ five-stage change model to understand the landscape of a successful change from start to finish. They will leave this session with a schema for how to drive toward decisions, engage inclusive voices and implement with inspiration at each stage of the process.
  • Build stakeholder engagement to make change “with people and not to people.” Participants practice using a four-step process to design a stakeholder engagement experience that builds inclusive voice, and values the experiences and perspectives of the people who will live the change.
  • Develop moves for implementing with inspiration and sustaining the change. Change agents will dive into the characteristics of systems and supports that help people feel successful in the change and build positive momentum as they develop new skills, habits and ways of being.
  • Keep your emotional center as a change leader. Change leaders sit at the nexus of leadership’s expectations, human fear and frustration - and tricky organizational dynamics. Participants will explore their Reactive States as “go to” places under stress, and how to lead even when the world around them feels rocky.
  • Build your inspirational change narrative. Participants will apply Marshall Ganz’s narrative essentials to craft a Change Story that enlists audiences in the why of the change, appeals to their motivations, and helps them see themselves as heroes in the story.

Will I have access to the templates and tools we use during the course?

Yes! Participants will receive a full suite of the field-tested tools and templates we use in advising and coaching organizations on large scale change initiatives.

What will my experience be like?

This workshop will take place in three half-day sessions over a period of six weeks. Each class includes interactive learning opportunities (with practice groups of peers from other organizations and in rich whole-group discussions), as well as time for reflection and planning.

I can’t attend one of the sessions. Can I still join for the other two?

Unfortunately no. We understand the competing demands for leaders’ time. However, the content builds on itself in a way that requires live attendance for all three sessions.

What will be expected of me?

To make the most of your learning and the community experience, we ask participants to complete prework and reflections in advance of each bi-weekly session. We know you have limited time, so we strive to make this a meaningful investment. Please set aside 1.5 hours per session for pre-reading, reflection, and completing assignments.

How much does this course cost?

Our base participation fee is $750. When you register four participants, you'll get the fifth registration for free when you use the code CHANGE at checkout.

Can I attend with members from my team?

Absolutely! We highly encourage participants to complete this course with other team members.
If you attend with colleagues, dedicated time will be available with your team to apply learnings to your organization’s context. Participants should be comfortable sharing their personal leadership reflections in the presence of other colleagues who attend the course.

Can I participate if I’m the only one attending from my organization?

Yes! We welcome solo participants, and create an environment for you to meet new colleagues who have common aspects to their work and support each other as you create your change plans.

Is this course targeted for senior project sponsors or for the implementation lead/project manager?

This course was made for both! We believe this content is important for both the project sponsor and the implementation lead. In order to tailor the experience, some breakout discussions will be tailored based on role.

What DEI experience should I have prior to attending?

We welcome all leaders who are working to deepen their understanding of racial issues and their equity leadership. The course presumes a foundational understanding that we experience the world, and our workplaces, differently based on our identities (race, gender, role, etc) and that these identities impact how we have historically been included or excluded from decision making. We will explore race and the ways leaders may (unwittingly) perpetuate non inclusive/ oppressive patterns in their leadership. If you are not open to that exploration, the course may not be a great fit for you. Small group discussions on race will take place in affinity groups to honor the distinct needs of leaders of color versus white leaders.

What is your cancellation and transfer policy?

Any cancellations prior to April 1 can receive a 50% refund. Cancellations after that point are non-refundable.
Any requests to transfer your registration to another participant from your organization must be received no later than April 1. Email hello@leadingelephants.com for more information.


Meet the facilitators


Michelle Moore Hernandez

Michelle is the CEO and Founder of Leading Elephants, a consulting coaching and training organization focused on building dynamic and impactful leadership, infusing inclusive change in organizations and creating thriving cultures that help people be their best together.
Prior to founding Leading Elephants, Michelle led leadership development for The Broad Center, advised schools in Africa and served as a partner in a global consulting firm across multiple geographies.

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Jerrod Walker

Jerrod is the Executive Director of InspirED Solutions, LLC. and a Founding Consultant with a Master's Degree in Education and well over a decade of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusiveness strategy. He identifies as a spiritual Black, cisgender, bisexual man from a low-income background. He loves working with people to develop strategies for achieving ambitious goals as well as facilitating learning that fosters learning about the world and the self.

Jerrod brings over 15 years of instructional, adult learning design, management, and strategic planning experience to his work and also serves as the National Managing Director for Future Organization Design at Teach For America.


Amber Mackay

Amber is the Managing Director at Leading Elephants, and she is passionate about helping leaders thrive.  She was first exposed to the transformative work at Leading Elephants as a coachee, and she loves to share how her ongoing journey toward greater human-centered leadership enriches her life.  


Prior to working at Leading Elephants, Amber served as a leader in a fast-paced charter management organization working in K-12 education.  She has led teams, served as a chief of staff in multiple capacities, and acted as a coach and advisor to leaders across the nation.


Dr. Remy L. Washington

Remy L. Washington, EdD is the Chief Academic Officer for Uplift Education, where she oversees teaching and learning across 43 International Baccalaureate continuum schools and the management of the Road to College and Career.


Remy is passionate about change as an opportunity to be inspired, invested, and energized to create shifts in practice, leading to positive generational impacts and life outcomes for scholars.


Remy has served as a managing director, principal, school administrator, and mathematics teacher.  In addition to her Masters of Arts of Teaching and a Masters in Educational Leadership in Organizational Change. Remy received her Doctorate of Education in Urban Education and Leadership.  Her dissertation study included an analysis of the influence of teacher self-efficacy on teacher attrition.