TCU Neeley Executive Education

The Adaptive Leader Program

Adaptive Leaders think creatively and flexibly to enable their organizations to succeed in both today’s fast-changing world and tomorrow’s unpredictable business landscape. Our flagship program focuses on equipping all leaders, both seasoned and newly appointed, with the necessary skills and competencies to successfully navigate adaptive spaces and complex organizational settings.

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m
April 10-11, 2024
Cost: $1,895* covers all course materials and lunch.

Certificates will be awarded based on successful completion of the training.

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* A 20 percent discount will be given to companies that enroll two or more employees.
* A 30 percent discount will be given to TCU Alumni and TCU Faculty/Staff.
* A 10 percent discount will be given to U.S. veterans and employees of non-profit organizations.

What Is an Adaptive Leader?

  • Adaptive Leaders think creatively and flexibly to enable their organizations to succeed in both today's fast-changing world and tomorrow's unpredictable business landscape.
  • They are lifelong learners who are resilient enough to overcome obstacles and setbacks and bold enough to challenge the status quo and conventional wisdom.
  • They are strategic thinkers, able to chart a new course and inspiring enough to lead change while making a difference.
  • They are purpose driven. They lead with their values and have the capacity to engage others while striving for excellence with integrity.

Who Should Attend?


Even with all your experience and success, there's always room for growth. Especially since today’s business world is evolving faster than ever. Here you'll learn a variety of leading strategies designed to keep up with the pace.


You've experienced steady growth in your career. Now it's time to accelerate your development and learn new skills that will take you further.

What You Will Learn

This program helps you navigate the circumstances you are undergoing professionally. It focuses on adapting to industry and market change, disruption, staffing challenges and adapting to changing environments. You will learn how to evolve objectives, lead dynamic teams, adapt to shifting organizational cultures and how to think critically.

How You Will Benefit

  • Adapt your thinking, improve your resilience and enhance your leadership skills
  • Learn to motivate team members to think and act innovatively
  • Discover how to inspire teams and lead change in complex environments
  • Discuss how successful leaders coach and develop key talent


  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Leading in Complexity
  • Leading Innovation
  • Influence & Change
  • Building Trust
  • Networks & Innovation
  • Leading Teams Virtually
  • Purpose-driven Leadership
  • Strategic Adaptability
  • Leading at the Next Level

Program Schedule - Spring

Date Time Topic Instructor
Apr 10 8:00am - 12:00 pm Adaptive Leadership Jim Roach
  12:00-1:00pm Lunch  
  1:00-5:00pm Strategic Adaptability Suzanne Carter
Apr 11 8:00am - 10:00am Purpose-driven Leadership Ann Bluntzer
  10:00am-12:00pm Leading Adaptive Teams Meghan Wright
  12:00-1:00pm Lunch  
  1:00-5:00pm Influence & Change Abbie Shipp


Faculty Leaders

Photo: Michael Sherrod

Michael Sherrod

Instructor II
Director, Innovative Teachers Guild
William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department

Michael Sherrod joined TCU Neeley in 2011 after a successful career of entrepreneurial thinking, innovation and creativity. He began his career in 1976 by starting a magazine publishing company right out of grad school. He transitioned from the print world into the online world in 1985 when he helped manage a video-text news service for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. In his career Michael has founded or co-founded 15 companies, including Black Dove Media,, AOL Local and Additionally, he has served in senior management roles and started new companies inside CapCities/ABC, AMR Information Services, AOL,, and The Anschutz Companies. In 2010, he served as the first Publisher of The Texas Tribune (, a non-profit, non-partisan media site covering Texas government, politics, and public policy and is founding board member.

Michael is Chairman of the Board of the Urban Library Council, Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kinsey Institute, the world’s leading research institute for sex, gender and reproduction, and a former board member of the Craigslist Foundation. He also serves as board member and advisor to a number of online organizations around the world and is an active Angel investor. Michael is an author and frequent speaker on online, cultural and media issues. Michael holds a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, where he studied in the interdisciplinary Great Books Program, an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Missouri at Columbia and an MBA from The Neeley School of Business at TCU.

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Abbie Shipp

M.J. Neeley Professor of Management
Management and Leadership Department

Dr. Abbie Shipp is the M. J. Neeley Professor and Department Chair of the Management & Leadership Department at TCU. She is an award-winning professor, working with undergraduate, graduate, and executive audiences on topics such as adaptive leadership, employee engagement, and leading change. Her research focuses on the psychological and subjective experience of time at work including: the perception of trajectories at work, how individuals react to change, how time is spent on work tasks, and how individuals think about the past/present/future. She has published a two-volume book (“Time and Work”) and is an Associate Editor at Academy of Management Review, the top conceptual journal in management. Prior to joining TCU, Dr. Shipp taught at Texas A&M University, the University of North Carolina, and Oklahoma State University and she was employed by The Boeing Company and TV Guide. Prior consulting engagements include Ernst & Young, Marriott International, AT&T, Halliburton, Texas Transportation Institute, Inspirus, and Working Solutions. She is also a member of the board of directors of United Way of Tarrant County and serves as chair of the strategic planning committee. Dr. Shipp holds an MBA from Oklahoma State University and a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Meghan Wright

Assistant Professor of Management Practice
Management and Leadership Department

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Cindy James


Cindy has more than 25 years of leadership experience managing teams of 20 employees up to several hundred employees in size. Her experience is focused primarily as a senior human resources leader with additional expertise in operations and business management. Cindy is currently the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Employee Development for Elbit Systems of America in Fort Worth Texas. Prior to her role at Elbit, she was the Vice President of Human Resources at the Options Clearing Corporation and was previously a Senior Vice President at AmeriCredit. Her depth of expertise in the human resources function includes talent acquisition, employee relations, HR systems, organization development, culture, business partnerships, training, and total rewards. She has developed a multitude of learning and development programs targeted at individual, team, and organizational development. Cindy is also a partner in her family’s agricultural business based in the Fort Worth area.

She holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration and Master’s in Human Resources Management from Dallas Baptist University. From the same university, she is currently a PhD candidate in Leadership Studies, basing her research on the confidence of women leaders who work in male-dominated organizations. She is certified in 360o degree feedback from the Center for Creative Leadership, certified in Hogan Assessments, and is a certified coach from the International Coaching Federation.

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Matthew Hirst

Organizational Development & Learning Leader

Dr. Matthew Hirst is a senior human resources, organizational development, and learning leader, talent strategist, coach, HR and talent consultant, university instructor, and organizational psychologist. He has over 25 years of mid- to senior-level experience in business operations, employee relations, organizational readiness, talent planning, organizational communications, and leadership development, mostly within Fortune 500 retail and financial services organizations. He currently serves as vice president of organizational and talent development for First Command Financial Services, Inc. in Fort Worth, Texas.

Matt has a PhD in psychology. He has also studied doctoral-level educational leadership, has a master’s degree in management, and undergraduate degrees in management and finance. Matt teaches organizational behavior, contemporary management issues, organizational management, and HR strategy at UT Arlington and Texas Christian University.

Matt and his family live in Fort Worth, Texas. Matt served on the board of directors for the Grief and Loss Center of North Texas for five years, and he served five years as a board executive and president for ATD Dallas. He currently serves on the MSHRM advisory board for The University of Texas at Arlington, the EMBA advisory board at Texas Christian University, and the policy advisory board for the Northwest Independent School District. His community service also includes adoption advocacy and support, and he and his family have done dog and cat rescue and foster work for many years.


Please contact

Laurie Yesley

Director of Executive Program Development

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