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Friday, December 6, 2019
1:00–4:00 p.m.


Hudson Valley Center
19 Baker Avenue, Suite 400,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Planning and Change Management

This event is only open to those who have registered for the Excellence in Nonprofit Management Certificate Program.

When managers and organizational leadership develops a plan for their departments, areas, or for the entire organization, that plan should reflect more than just meeting program and funding needs and the implementation of our plans can result in the introduction of new processes, systems, and people or the reduction, realignment, re-focusing or re-engineering of the same. So, we must always align our plans within the organization and include in our plans strategies to effectively manage transition and change throughout all of the areas impacted by our plans.

This Course Will

  • Focus on the importance of and the steps in developing department plans and the ways in which managers can align the organization’s plans and Theory of Change with the priorities and work of their departments and teams;
  • Introduce contemporary theory and practice in modern change management processes and the methods available to address challenges and problems associated with change and transition.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the process, major steps, challenges to, and anticipated outcomes of effective department and team planning processes.
  • Build their understanding of the “Logic Model,” and “Theory of Change” and how they are used.
  • Learn what change management is and why it is important, and identify the steps in putting together effective change management plans and processes.


  • Definitions, overview, and key elements of effective planning, the Logic Model, and Theory of Change.
  • Components of and major steps in developing and implementing a department plan.
  • Aligning your department’s or program’s plan and budget to the organization’s strategic plan and Theory of Change.
  • Helping Your Team Adapt to Change:
  • Identifying and taking the steps to introduce change and achieve the greatest chances for success.
  • Meeting resistance to and the challenges of making changes.
  • Tools and techniques to help you and your team make necessary/desired changes and team members make successful personal transitions resulting from the changes.

About the Speaker

Alison Brock has 10+ years of experience in consulting, nonprofit leadership, business development, and corporate social responsibility to empower marginalized groups. As the Director of Social Impact Strategy at PG Mediabrands she developed and managed the advertising industry’s first-of-its-kind social impact fund, established by the company’s Global CEO. Through this experience, she built relationships with global nonprofit leaders, identified areas of opportunity to expand program reach and deepen stakeholder engagement, and led the change management process in a highly matrixed organization. The fund, which leveraged strategic partnerships with media publishers and forward-thinking clients to catalyze change, featured major brands like MillerCoors, Six Flags, Newman’s Own, iHeart Media, AMC Networks, NBCUniversal, Acumen Fund, Kiva and

While serving on the Board of Directors of a New York-based nonprofit organization, Brock facilitated 50% growth in operating budget by leading the organization as a Board Fellow, 10-Year Anniversary Consultant, Development Committee Chair, Board President, Interim Development Officer. She also supervised the succession planning process for a Founding Executive Director.

Brock is a 2013 graduate of the UC Berkeley, Haas School of Business. Currently, she leads her own practice called The Brock Method, where she commits her time to small businesses and nonprofits as a thought partner, project manager, and consultant on growth and development strategies.

For further information, please contact:

Diane Wunderlich
Program Coordinator
Center for Nonprofit Leadership. Adelphi University
School of Social Work, Room 240
p – 516.877.4415
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator, Continuing Education and Professional Development
School of Social Work, Room 237
p – 516.877.3216
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