Leading Change

About This Course

Stay ahead of the curve!
Take on the challenge and discover how to navigate the road ahead.

As organizations ask leaders to guide improvement and growth, leading change becomes an increasingly important leadership competency.  This course focuses on change, whether within organizations or in a broader context. We will develop the ability to identify, implement, and sustain change.

Through exploration of change theory, case studies, and examples, participants will hone change leadership skills for the betterment of themselves, their teams, and their organizations.

Professional Credits Available

    Professional Credits

*See Certificate Eligibility & Professional Credits

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Course Logistics

Next start date: April 24, 2019

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Registration closes 4/10/20
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Partnership discounts available
3-6 persons per organization, per course, 15%

Bundling Discounts available
Register for more than one course in the 2019-2020 academic year, 5%

Bundling & Additional Certificate Recognition:  Add this course as a specialization to Professional Excellence suite for additional recognition along with a customized professional development plan. 

The Wake Forest University Certificates Program is an open-enrollment, non-credit bearing program.

Take-Aways & Learning Outcomes

This course prepares participants to guide change efforts, from small changes that will make a big difference, to large-scale changes that will transform organizations. Participants will develop the ability to:

  • Identify the appropriate processes for leading change
  • Understand and apply a variety of approaches and considerations in leading change
  • Explore how individuals experience the change process
  • Diagnose and address resistance to change
  • Analyze both small and large-scale change in organizations


Course Designed For

The Certificate in Leading Change course is designed for professionals at every level. This is an absolute skill needed for top-level exectutives. While everyone may not be officially tasked with change management, most of us are expected to identify and implement improvements in our organizations. At any level in your organization, with a well-developed skill set, you can be a champion for positive change.

Certificate Course Details

  • Content & Competencies

    Introduction to Change Leadership
    Friday – April 24, 2020, 1 PM to 5 PM
    Session 1

    This session will focus on the basics of change leadership, the history of change management and how it influences today’s thinking in organizations. We will begin a deep dive into change management models, and look at both historical and current perspectives. Our goal will be to understand the benefits and drawbacks of various approaches, as well as which models to apply in which situation.

    Leading Change and Learning from Organizational Change Efforts
    Saturday – April 25, 2020, 9 AM to 5 PM
    Session 2

    In this full day session, we will discuss various organizational change initiatives and identify what we can learn from their successes or challenges using the models and tools we have studied in previous weeks. We will use an in-depth case study to examine and apply change models to real situations.

    Your Change Leadership Style
    Friday – May 1, 2020, 1 PM to 5 PM
    Session 3

    This session will include an assessment of your own orientation to change, and how you can use this self-awareness to master your skills as an organizational change agent.

    The Psychology of Change and Planning Your Own Change Strategy
    Saturday – May 2, 2020, 9 AM to 5 PM
    Session 4

    Even positive changes generate resistance! We will study the psychology of change, and how to guide oneself and others through resistance successfully. We will discuss common changes one might make in an organization and how to navigate this effectively, then explore how to engage stakeholders in your change efforts. We will then turn our focus to identifying and influencing those whose involvement is needed, and strategies for making a change stick, wrapping up with participants identifying a change they would like to make in their own organization or team, and working through the steps of creating a plan for doing so.

  • Meet the Instructor


    Amy WallisAmy Wallis, Lead Faculty

    Dr. Wallis is a Full Professor of Practice in leadership and ethics in the Wake Forest University School of Business. She is an organizational development leader with experience in organizational strategy, talent and leadership development, and succession planning. Prior to joining the Wake Forest faculty in 2012, she was an organizational development leader in various international corporate environments focusing on organizational change, talent and leadership development, performance management, and succession planning. She has consulted with organizations in many industries, including travel, high tech, pharmaceutical, professional services, banking, and the non-profit sector.


  • Program Prerequisites

    Program Prerequisites

    Participants must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent. A TOEFL examination for non-native speakers of English is not required but students are expected to read, write and comprehend English at the graduate level to fully participate in and gain from the program. Requests for exceptions to these requirements must be made in writing to the program director at WakeCERT@wfu.edu.
    The Wake Forest University Certificates Program is an open-enrollment, non-credit bearing program.
  • Time, Location & Parking


    Classes are offered on 2 Friday afternoons (4/24/20 and 5/1/20) from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM and 2 Saturday sessions (4/25/20 and 5/2/20) from 9AM to 5PM.  Missed sessions are not refundable.

    Location & Parking

    Course will be held at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center in Uptown Charlotte: 200 N. College St. Ste 150 Charlotte, NC 28202

    Parking is available for class after 4PM at no charge in the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center Parking Garage located on 5th Street and adjacent to the Wake Forest Charlotte Center.  (You may enter/exit the garage from 5th or 6th Street.)  Please bring your parking ticket in for validation.

  • Cost


    $3600 one-time registration and payment for all 8 classes. Registration is complete and your place in the class reserved as full payment is received.  Payments are considered nonrefundable on/beyond their designated course registration deadline.

    What’s Included

    • Some course materials are provided
    • Parking provided, in the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center Parking Garage
    • Coffee and light snacks are available

    *Additional course materials may be recommended for student purchase.


  • Certificate Eligibility & Professional Credits

    Certificate Eligibility

    Participants attending all sessions and successfully completing all required coursework within the course time-frame are eligible to receive a Wake Forest University Certificate.

    The Wake Forest University Certificates Program is an open-enrollment, non-credit bearing program.

    We invite you to contact us with questions or for more detail.

    Preapproved Professionals Credits


    ACMP– Association of Change Management Professionals
    Wake Forest University recently gained the Qualified Education Provider™ status from the Association of Change Management Professionals® (ACMP®) for its . ACMP’s goal is to advance the discipline of change management. The QEP status signals to our clients that our course aligns with ACMP’s Standard for Change Management© (The Standard) and adult education best practices. Because it is a generally accepted approach to change management, aligning to The Standard provides a solid base for change management education and knowledge. Our course also adheres to best practices in instructional design and delivery, ensuring our clients have an opportunity to apply what they learn. For all our clients seeking ACMP’s Certified Change Management Professional™ (CCMP™) accreditation, taking our QEP course will ensure a quicker review process for your application as well as help you prepare for the related CCMP exam.


    CFRECertified Fund Raising Executive 
                  Setting standards in philanthropy
    Full participation in the Wake Forest University Professional Certificate is applicable for
    24 points in Category 1.B – Education of the CFREInternational application for initial certification and/or recertification.



    SHRMSociety for Human Resource Management
    Wake Forest University’s Professional Certificate Program is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 36 PDCs for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.

    National Registry of CPE Sponsors

    Program Level: Intermediate
    Delivery Method: Group Live
    CPE Credits available: 27.2 CPE credits
    Fields of Study: Personal Development

    Advanced preparation for the course is not required. To register for the course, please contact us at WakeCERT@wfu.edu or register online here.

    For more information regarding administrative policies such as complaint and refund, please contact our office at 704-365-1717.

    Wake Forest University is registered with the National Association of State Board of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credits. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its web site: www.nasbaregistry.org.

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