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Pre-Conference Workshop: Understanding Personal Change

Pre-Conference Workshop: Understanding Personal Change

Shannon BrownHave you ever felt stuck–wondering why you cannot move forward into something new, even if it is something you are excited about and looking forward to?  Have you ever started something new but found yourself “sliding back” into the old ways or waxing nostalgic for the way things used to be?  If so, you’ve experienced “the Neutral Zone,” and you’re not alone!  This pre-conference workshop is designed to provide an overview of the process by which individuals experience change in both their personal and professional lives.  The first two hours will focus on individual change and transition, and then we’ll turn our attention to how to apply these principles to organizational change with the goal of decreasing di(stress) and increasing success in your change initiatives.  Participants will receive a copy of a highly acclaimed book as well as suggested ways to implement your new learning in both your organizations and at home.

Shannon Brown, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Management for the College of Business & Health Administration at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL.  In addition to her teaching work, she serves as USF’s Educational Standards Committee Chair and as the faculty advisor to the business club FREE (Financial Research & Education through Experience).  Prior to entering academia full time, she held a variety of progressive leadership positions including her last post as Vice President of Client Services for Exemplify, a legal technology firm which she helped successfully build and position for its ultimate sale to Bloomberg.  Her research focuses on organization identity and its impact on organizational culture and behavior. Her consulting practice focuses on assisting clients with organizational challenges such as uncovering and developing organizational identity and values, developing processes consistent with that identity and values, and guiding them through organization development and change interventions through the use of evidence-based tools.