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Safe Enough to Soar: Change Champions as a Catalyst for Organization Transformation”

by Dr. Judith H. Katz and Fred Miller

February 18, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. CT

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This year for the Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series, we are excited to host Dr. Judith Katz and Fred Miller, who will be presenting on the topic of  “change champions” for cultural transformation, rapidly changing the core narratives in an organization that shifts day-to-day conversations, actions, and decisions in positive directions.

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to discuss how to best support the initial activities of change champions as they advocate for change in their day-to-day work, how to help their supervisors support their change champion, and how the change champion’s role evolves as the culture shifts in the intended direction.

Examples and cases will demonstrate the different steps in the unfolding change champion journey to produce a more inclusive organization. This lecture series is in alignment with the Miller Biggs and Katz book, “Change Champions: A Dialogic approach to Creating an Inclusive Culture” which is a key resource for those wanting to improve inclusion, leverage diversity, equity, and access to achieve higher organizational performance.

Dr. Judith H. Katz 

Fueled by her passion for addressing systemic barriers, known for her boundless energy and sharp analytical mind, Judith Katz has distinguished herself as a thought leader, practitioner, educator, and strategist for more than 40 years. She has created new paradigms in organization development and pioneered cutting-edge approaches to white awareness, inclusion, the leveraging of differences, covert processes, and strategic change.

Judith began her career by earning a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After continuing in academia, Judith joined The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. (KJCG), in 1985 and currently serves as Executive Vice President. She has led many transformational change initiatives in the United States and around the globe, partnering with such organizations as Allstate, Ecolab Inc., EILEEN FISHER, INC., Merck, the City of San Diego, Telecoms of Singapore, and United Airlines. She also co-created the Covert Process Concept and Lab with Bob Marshak.

Judith has been widely recognized for her extensive contributions. She was named a Pioneer of Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2007 and a Legend of Diversity by the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals in 2012. In 2014, Judith received the Organizational Development Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also received ODN’s Larry Porter Award (2009) and the Outstanding Achievement in Global Work Award (2012). She received the DTUI Cultural Competency Professional Award in 2004 and the American College Personnel Association Voice of Inclusion Medallion the same year. In 2015 she was recognized as a Forum on Workplace Inclusion Legacy Leader. Judith serves as an Expert Panelist for The Diversity Collegium Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks.

Fred Miller

Fred Miller is the CEO of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. He is an OD Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, named a Pioneer of Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal, and received the Forum on Workplace Inclusion’s Winds of Change award. In 2018, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from The Sage Colleges. Co-author of five books and numerous articles, he is a past member of the Board of Directors of ATD, OD Network, NTL Institute, and Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.; he currently serves on the board of Day & Zimmermann.

The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. was founded in 1970 by Kaleel Jamison (1931 – 1985). It is the oldest Organization Development (OD) firm and the oldest firm that has as a core competency inclusion, leveraging diversity and culture change. In 1993 KJCG coined the use of inclusion as a core concept for organization cultures.

Mr. Miller has been honored as one of the Legends of Diversity by the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals (2012), named as one of 40 Pioneers of Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal (August/September 2007), noted as one of the forerunners of corporate change in The Age of Heretics (1996, Currency Doubleday). Mr. Miller is also the recipient of several awards within the OD field including: the OD Network Outstanding Article in OD Practitioner (2019), The Forum on Workplace Inclusion’s Winds of Change Award (2018), OD Network Outstanding Article in OD Practitioner (2015), ISDIP Legends of Diversity (2012), Asia-Pacific HRM Congress HR Leadership Award (2008), among many others.

Questions? Contact Jenny Jeschke
[email protected] or 630-829-6309