To better serve ACMP Midwest members and provide the time to iterate and improve, the 2020 Midwest Change Connect Conference will be postponed to 2021. Once available, we will announce the 2021 conference date. In the meantime, be sure to check out past attendee only presentations from 2019 and member-only on-demand webinar recordings.

Upcoming events

    • 12/03/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Online (Link Sent After Registration)
    Using Bias Awareness to Create Cultures of Belonging and Inclusion

    Facilitating Bias Conversations – Normalizing the bias conversation while building conversational skills to infuse a sustainable culture of belonging and inclusion for internal and external stakeholders.

    Racial and diversity issues are impacted through our biased experiences. The ability to talk about the issues of race, class and bias requires skills like deep listening and purposeful conversations. This dialogue will support staff and leaders to more effectively communicate about race and bias in professional and personal relationships. We will talk about the definition of bias and how biases are formed. Participants will understand how to use self-awareness and critical self-reflection to understand the Origination Point of biases and how biases are created and deconstructed. This topic is important as American workplaces are faced with understanding and developing strategies and actions to address the impacts of systemic racism conversations that are occurring in our communities and workplaces.

    Learning objectives

    1. Understand and use Organizational Change Theory to develop a belonging and inclusive culture.

    2. Define what it means to be anti-racist

    3. Use of self- awareness to deconstruct biases


    Bill de la Cruz is a Senior Consultant with B2B Strategic Solutions, Inc. (B2B) He is a Thought Leader for Inclusion and Belonging and a national consultant in the support of building healing organizational cultures. Bill also has a podcast called the Origination Point and is a published author. Bill’s book is called Finding The Origination Point, Understanding Our Biases to Create a More Peaceful World which shares steps to deconstruct biases and stereotypes.

    B2B is a management consulting firm with more than twenty years of industry experience. The B2B team specializes in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Organizational Change Management, Training, and Project Management. The knowledge and skills of our team help our national clients reduce cultural barriers and improve understanding and empathy to create more effective outcomes--personally and professionally.

    Intended Audience

    Team leaders, Managers, Supervisors, HR Professionals, Change Managers, Project Managers, etc.

    • 12/10/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Online
    The Change Competent Leader: Skill Leaders for Success

    Isn't it time we make leading change a core competency for people leaders? In this hands-on session you'll learn the critical role people leaders play in sustaining change, and gain practical tools to coach leader behavior to improve change sustainment and project results!

    Learning objectives

    1. Understand the behavioral significance of the people leader role on change

    2. Assess current behavioral ability of people leaders within your organization to drive and sustain change

    3. Identify and explore critical people leadership behaviors that drive and sustain organizational change

    4. Walk away with insights and a people leaders guide to managing change!

    Intended audience is intermediate to advanced change practitioners and leaders.


    Michelle Yanahan

    , Principal and Owner of ChangeFit 360, is a passionate organizational change management strategist and thought leader with proven expertise in executing change agility, change management and change leadership programs that enhance and grow organizational change management as a strategic business competency. Michelle has 18 +years progressive business experience in leadership roles in operations, change management, IT execution and project management office (PMO) development. Michelle holds a Masters in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University as well as CCMP and Prosci ADKAR change management certifications. Michelle has been a featured presenter for numerous professional organizations including ACMP, Change Management Institute and Change Management Review. Michelle is a faculty member for University of Illinois at Chicago and Elmhurst College. ChangeFit 360 is recognized by ACMP and SHRM as a qualified education provider in support of their professional certifications and is proud to hold a >90% customer satisfaction rate. 

    Session Outline

     ACMP Change Standard Fit
     Leader Role in Change 
     Leader Behavior 1: Coach for Change - Use Your Influence
     Leader Behavior 2: Advocate for Change - Understand People Impact
     Action Leaders

    • 01/07/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Online (Link Sent After Registration)
    Using KUBA to Build Commitment to Change

    Why is focusing on building commitment so critical?

    Even though recent studies have shown that gaining commitment is the number one factor for change success, achieving commitment is not well understood and a whole industry has popped up over the last 30 years or so, dedicated to managing change, which traditionally has a heavy focus on resistance management.

    There is definitely a place for strategies focusing on mitigating resistance and there are some great change methods out there that emphasize this. With a slight twist though, ANY of those methods can be more effective, and achieve desired change results faster, using KUBA.

    KUBA provides a simple, practical way to measure commitment, yet what’s even more important, is the leadership mindset it promotes and the positive impact it can have on an organization’s climate. Here are some of the benefits of focusing more on commitment:

    • People are drawn toward the positive (neuroscience)
    • Builds psychological safety, engagement, and extra effort
    • Forward focused and results oriented!
    • Works with any change methodology or process
    • Clarifies if “true” resistance exists or not, and actions needed
    • Provides common language and transparency

    In this session, you’ll get an overview of the KUBA Change Commitment Model, learn some key leadership and individual behaviors needed at each stage and have a greater sense for how using KUBA, or any change commitment model, can help improve a change effort and be used with any methodology.

    Learning objectives

    1. Understand the value of focusing on and building commitment

    2. Learn about KUBA, a commitment building framework

    3. Reflect on how you might use KUBA with any of your change efforts


    Mark Robinson is an organization development professional with over 20 years of experience as a transformational change leader and trusted advisor, providing executive level guidance for significant culture change, strategy execution and organization design projects. His passion comes from his client’s success and truly partnering with them, ensuring greater ownership and commitment.

    As an internal organization development consultant, Mark served on

    various functional leadership teams. Organizations included Harley-Davidson, Baxter Healthcare, NCR and Northwestern Mutual. As an external consultant, with his own firm, KUBA Consulting and as a member of Stewart Leadership, Mark primarily focuses on organization design, ensuring there are clear strategies, while collaboratively building organization capability for the future.

    He has an MBA and a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University and is certified in numerous change methods, including those from Prosci, LaMarsh and Daryl Conner.

    Intended Audience

    This session is for any level of change practitioner interested in exploring how taking a more “commitment oriented” approach to developing a change plan could help them achieve desired change results faster, while improving the overall health of the organization.

    • 01/08/2021
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CST)
    • Online (Link & Code Sent After Registration)

    Learn about CCMP Training | jTask Inc

    Advancing the Discipline of Change Management One Student At A Time

    ACMP Midwest Chapter and jTask CCMP Training would like to extend a special offer to obtain the 21-hours of training necessary to apply for the CCMP Exam. The special Midwest chapter member reduced rate for this four-day course will be just $680 if you use the code. And, jTask is donating $100 to the chapter for each member who registers with the special chapter discount code for 2020.

    jTask CCMP Training course gives you the knowledge, skills, and tools to pass the CCMP Exam. The training will teach you how to use the ACMP Standard for Change Management on real projects. You will leave with templates and job aids that leverage the Standard’s best practices to effectively manage change and enhance project results

    The ACMP Standard for Change Management and the CCMP designation have emerged as a global standard for individuals and teams charged with leading change.

    In our four-day course, you’ll explore each paragraph of the Standard and learn how to apply it in your change management practice. This deep dive into the standard is full of exercises, quizzes, memory techniques and strategies to help students internalize and use the Standard in their day-to-day and explain the value of change managements to executives.

    This interactive virtual instructor-led training is designed for those seeking to have a structured approach to change management that is free, open and vetted by thousands. It prepares students to take and pass their CCMP Exam. The course delivers the 21-hours of training required to successfully apply to take the exam.

    The course is for:

    • Change management practitioners

    • Project leaders incorporating change management principles

    • Any change agent who wants to stay at the forefront of this growing discipline

      This training meets 4 times, every Friday. 
      FRI, JAN 8, 2021 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
      FRI, JAN 15, 2021 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
      FRI, JAN 22, 2021 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST
      FRI, JAN 29, 2021 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM CST

    Please note
    Registration is a two-step process; please follow instructions:

    1. Register on ACMP website so that we can verify your membership
    2. Click the link provided in the confirmation email AND enter the discount code
    • 01/21/2021
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (CST)
    • Online
    Cheers For Change

    Missing the opportunity to connect with other ACMP members and change enthusiasts alike during these times of social distancing? We are too!

    This is an informal gathering to say hi to some familiar faces, meet new members, talk about topics that interest you, and cheers to what we are thankful for!

    The opening and closing of the session will be in large group format with the bulk of the time being spent in topical breakout sessions.

Past events

11/19/2020 [Canceled - Rescheduling] Future of Work: Video Conference Fatigue & How To Combat It
11/18/2020 Cheers For Change
11/06/2020 November jTask CCMP Training
11/04/2020 Every Which Way But Lose: Know Your Value as an OCM Professional
10/29/2020 Shifting for the Working Parent Workforce Panel
10/22/2020 The Change Competent Leader: Skill Leaders for Success
10/13/2020 Prosci’s Change Management Certification Partnered with the ACMP Midwest Chapter
10/02/2020 October jTask CCMP Training
09/24/2020 Excel by Working from Anywhere (WFA)
08/26/2020 Creating Agility in a Time of Dynamic Change
08/18/2020 Chew On This #4: Driving Innovation by Honoring Diversity of Thought
07/21/2020 Chew On This #3: Creating Organizational Alignment in Times of Conflict and Division
07/15/2020 Building Your Influence in a Cross-Functional Environment
06/23/2020 The ART of Integrating Change Management
06/16/2020 Chew On This #2: Launching into the New Beginning
05/20/2020 ACMP Midwest Annual Meeting
05/19/2020 Chew On This #1: Keeping Our Sanity during Insane Times
05/12/2020 Prosci’s Change Management Certification Partnered with the ACMP Midwest Chapter
04/14/2020 Prosci’s Change Management Certification Partnered with the ACMP Midwest Chapter
04/07/2020 Creative Problem Solving – Engaging People to Collaborate & Innovate During Change
03/10/2020 ACMP Networking Happy Hour
01/20/2020 CCMP™ Study Group Pilot (6 weeks)
12/10/2019 ACMP Midwest's Winter Change Up - Indy
12/04/2019 The Individuality of Change: Improving Organizational Success through Coaching
12/03/2019 ACMP Midwest Winter Change Up-Chicago
11/05/2019 Prosci’s Change Management Certification Partnered with the ACMP Midwest Chapter
10/29/2019 Humanizing Change in the 4IR
10/17/2019 Change Connect 2019 Conference Preview and Q&A with Paul Gibbons: Exploring Change in the 4IR
10/03/2019 Change Connect 2019 Conference Preview with Paul Gibbons: Exploring Change in the 4IR
10/01/2019 Prosci’s Change Management Certification Partnered with the ACMP Midwest Chapter
09/25/2019 Strategic & Authentic Career Branding
09/12/2019 Change X-Change: A lively workshop sharing best practices where attendees are the X-Factor!
08/27/2019 Webinar: Three Agile Tools to Help Managers Stop Worrying and Start Championing the Change
08/14/2019 Academic Partner: Northwestern University - Coaching Relationship Essentials
07/22/2019 Academic Partner: Northwestern University - Coaching Tools for Transformation
07/08/2019 Academic Partner: Northwestern University - Co-Creating Change
06/26/2019 Academic Partner: Northwestern University - Designing for Learning in Organizations
06/04/2019 Academic Partner: Northwestern University - Becoming a Reflective Coach Practitioner
05/28/2019 Annual Member Meeting
05/23/2019 ACMP Midwest Chapter: Chicago Change Up!
04/28/2019 Change Management 2019 Global Conference
04/16/2019 The Collective Alignment Process - A Breakthrough in Change Management
03/28/2019 ACMP MW Chapter: Indy Change Up!
03/19/2019 Leading Change in the Purpose-Driven Workplace
02/26/2019 Prosci’s Change Management Certification Partnered with the ACMP Midwest Chapter
11/15/2018 Four Proven Engagement Principles Hosted By: Benedictine University
09/18/2018 2018 ACMP Midwest Change Connect Conference
06/07/2018 ACMP Midwest In Person Workshop: Behave Yourself: Use Behavior to Activate Change
05/22/2018 Building a Culture of Disruption Disrupt, Defy, Differentiate – The Secrets of Great Disruptors
03/18/2018 ACMP Midwest In Person Workshop: Building a Culture of Disruption
02/06/2018 Change Up Networking Event - Chicago February 6
11/09/2017 ACMP Midwest In Person Workshop: Executive Time, Budget, and Respect: Getting More of it All!
10/12/2017 Midwest Change Connect 2017

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