TCU Neeley Executive Education

The Adaptive Leader Online

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, the need to stay relevant is stronger than ever. In this program, you’ll discover strategies to deal with the uncertainty, complexity and increasing competition in the marketplace, while developing skills to lead and think creatively to achieve your goals.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m 
July 13 – August 24, 2021

Cost: $2,650* 
Certificates will be awarded based on successful completion of the 12-session training.

* A 20 percent discount will be given to companies that enroll two or more employees.
* A 10 percent discount will be given to TCU staff/faculty/alumni, U.S. veterans, 501c3 non-profit organizations and government employees.

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?

EXPERIENCED MANAGERS

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.

NEW-TO-ROLE LEADERS AND MANAGERS

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

Real life leadership approaches and practical tools you can put into practice immediately.

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

Topics

  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Influence & Change
  • Strategic Adaptability
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Leading Innovation
  • Networking and Innovation
  • Leading Teams Virtually
  • Purpose-driven Leadership
  • Leading Teams in Complexity
  • Leading at the Next Level
  • Case Competition

Program Schedule

Date Time Topic Instructor
Tue. Jul. 13 11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. Adaptive Leadership Jim Roach
Thu. Jul. 15 11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. Influence and Change Abbie Shipp
Tue., Jul. 20 11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. Strategic Adaptability Suzanne Carter
Thu., Jul. 22 Noon - 1:00p.m. Inclusive Leadership (1 hr) Brienn Richter
Tue., Jul. 27 11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. Leading Teams in Complexity Mary Uhl-Bien
Thu., Jul. 29 Noon - 1:00p.m. Networking and Innovation (1 hr) Pat Downes
Tue., Aug. 3 11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. Leading Teams Virtually Tracey Rockett
Thu., Aug. 5 Noon - 1:00p.m. Purpose-driven Leadership (1 hr) Ann Bluntzer
Tue., Aug. 10 11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. Leading Innovation Michael Sherrod
Thu., Aug. 12 11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. Leading at the Next Level Abbie Shipp
Tue., Aug. 24 11:00a.m. - 1:00p.m. Case Competition Brad Harris

Faculty Leaders

Photo: Ann Bluntzer

Ann Bluntzer

Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Management and Leadership Department

Dr. Ann Bluntzer is currently an Associate Professor of Professional Practice for TCU’s Neeley School of Business. She teaches in the department of Management and Leadership, primarily focusing on curriculum in transformational leadership, business ethics and the non-profit management space. She also teaches and advises for Neeley’s Energy MBA Program.

She currently serves on the TCU Energy Institute Board and Neeley’s Energy MBA Advisory Board. Dr. Bluntzer has taught leadership and management courses to various higher education institutions for over 20 years to include: University of South Carolina, Texas A&M University, University of Jakarta, Austin Business College, and Warsaw University of Life Sciences. She is President and Founder of The Agrarian, a strategic consulting business that specializes in land/real estate conservation and development, with notable clients such as The Nature Conservancy, United States Department of Agriculture, United States Department of Education, United States Agency for International Development, United States Marine Corps, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She has also served in executive leadership positions with various nonprofit organizations globally. Dr. Bluntzer began her career serving in the Foreign Agriculture Service, for the United States Department of Agriculture and State. Some of her assignments included: Poland, Lithuania, Indonesia, and Australia.

Dr. Bluntzer holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership Management and Education Administration from the University of South Carolina, and a Master of Education in Leadership & International Studies and Bachelor’s in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M University.
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Suzanne Carter

Professor of Strategy Practice
Executive Director, TCU EMBA
MBA – Executive

Dr. Carter is a highly respected expert in strategy, strategic leadership and corporate reputation and is executive director of the TCU Executive MBA program, ranked 12th in the world by The Economist. She is a contributing columnist to the Dallas Business Journal and her research on organizational performance and leadership has been published in key academic journals. She received the Citation of Excellence Award for her research on the relationship of top management, organizational and environmental factors on corporate reputation management. She has consulted for leading companies such as GameStop, Lea+ Elliott and SaladMaster on strategic vision and strategy development. She has worked with nonprofit organizations including Catholic Charities, YWCA of Fort Worth and Safe Haven on strategic planning and social enterprise strategies. Dr. Carter received her BS in accounting from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, and MBA and PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Carter teaches strategy courses at the EMBA, MBA and undergraduate levels at TCU, and has been honored with the EMBA Faculty Award for Outstanding Leadership Development twice. She was recently awarded TCU’s university-wide Dean’s Teaching Award.
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Brad Harris

Associate Professor
Academic Director, BNSF Neeley Leadership Program
Management and Leadership Department

Brad Harris is an Associate Professor of Management and Leadership in the Neeley School of Business at TCU. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher with focal interests in leadership, groups/teams, and individuals’ organizational transitions (e.g., newcomer, socialization, turnover, boomerang employees). Brad is currently an associate editor at two respected journals and serves on several other leading journal editorial boards. His work has been featured in leading scholarly and popular press outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, The Leadership Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and Fast Company. He has also co-authored a book (with Brad Kirkman), titled 3D Team Leadership: A New Approach for Complex Teams (Stanford University Press). He earned his Ph.D. in Management from Texas A&M University and was previously a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Jim Roach

Executive Director
Executive Education

Mr. Roach has 25 years of experience in corporate human resources leading learning and development programs to build leadership capabilities, enhance organizational effectiveness and deliver improved business results. He spent more than 20 years at Verizon leading the organization effectiveness initiative and developing custom leadership and functional development programs. He also spent 15 years leading executive education leadership certificate programs at SMU and five years leading programs for L-3 Link Simulation & Training. He has been honored with several teaching excellence awards and has designed and delivered courses on subjects such as executive presence and communication, authenticity, presentation style, leading in today’s business environment, learning agility, creativity and leadership, retaining top talent, and building and managing the employment relationship. He holds a BA and MS in economics from the University of Illinois.
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Tracey Rockett

Professor of Management Practice
Management and Leadership Department

Tracey Rockett is a Professor of Management Practice at Texas Christian University where she teaches classes and leads workshops on a wide variety of topics including leadership, power & politics, team dynamics, negotiations, culture, and innovation. Her additional areas of specialization include team effectiveness, influence, conflict management, and design thinking.

A dynamic and impactful speaker and facilitator, she has earned multiple awards for her outstanding teaching and is frequently invited to present, conduct workshops, and help leaders think differently about their roles and impact.  She has delivered speeches and workshops across a number of industries and organizations including Ben E. Keith, JPS Hospital, DaVita, Energy Future Holdings, BDO, and DFW Airport.

Her current research focuses on relationship building, familiarity in groups, and the effects of conflict on team processes and performance.  She previously served as an E-trainer for TCU, Neeley Honors Faculty Associate Director, and the TCU Koehler Center Distance Education Fellow. She earned a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Ph.D. in International Management Studies from UT Dallas.

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Michael Sherrod

Instructor
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Department

Sherrod joined TCU Neeley in 2011 after a successful career of entrepreneurial thinking, innovation and creativity. He founded seven successful companies, including Examiner.com, Black Dove Media and Sherrod Publishing. He has held leading positions at Ancestrey.com and AOL, and was president and publisher of the Dallas Business Courier. He holds an MA from the University of Missouri at Columbia and EMBA from the TCU Neeley School of Business.
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Abbie Shipp

Department Chair
Professor
Management and Leadership Department

Dr. Abbie Shipp is a Professor of Management and Faculty Director for “The Adaptive Leader” executive education program at the TCU Neeley School of Business. She is an award-winning professor, teaching graduate and executive audiences on topics such as adaptive leadership, employee engagement, and leading change. Her research focuses on the psychological experience of time at work including: how individuals think about the past/present/future, trajectories of work experiences over time, how individuals react to change, and how time is spent on work tasks. She has published a two-volume book on how time impacts work environments and she is currently an editorial board member of four premier journals in management. Dr. Shipp has previously taught at Texas A&M University and the University of North Carolina. In addition, she has worked for The Boeing Company, TV Guide, and as a consultant for companies of all sizes. Dr. Shipp holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Mary Uhl-Bien

Professor
Management and Leadership Department

Mary Uhl-Bien is the BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University (TCU). Prior to joining Neeley she was the Howard Hawks Chair in Business Ethics and Leadership at the University of Nebraska. She has also been a Visiting Scholar in Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal and Spain.

Mary’s research focuses on complexity leadership, relational leadership, and followership. She has published multiple books and numerous articles in journals including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management, and The Leadership Quarterly. Her work has been funded with a grant from Booz Allen Hamilton, and her research contributions have been recognized with two Decennial Awards and multiple Best Paper Awards. She was noted as the #6 Most Influential Leadership Scholar from 1990-2017 in an analysis by Zhou & Li in The Leadership Quarterly in 2019, and was identified in Poets & Quants as a Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professor in 2018.

Mary is a co-founder of the Network of Leadership Scholars (NLS) in the Academy of Management and was elected as both Division Chair and Representative-at-Large for Organizational Behavior, the largest division in the Academy with over 6000 members. She is active in executive education nationally and internationally, delivering workshops and classes for the Brookings Institute, the Gallup Organization, and universities in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe. She has given keynote presentations around the world and was a regular commentator for CNBC Squawk Box. She participated in a Fulbright-Hays grant to Mexico during the summer of 2003 and trained Russian businesspeople for the American Russian Center and in Magadan, Russia as part of a USAID grant at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 1993-1996. She served as an executive consultant for State Farm Insurance Co. from 1998-2004.

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Breinn Richter

Adjunct Professor

Breinn Richter is a TCU Neeley MBA ('08) and PhD candidate in Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University, College Station. In addition to teaching in the Neeley School's department of Management and Leadership, she is also core faculty in the Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies department here at TCU. She's taught both undergraduates and professional MBA's in the areas of Organizational Management, Managing People, Motivation and Leading a Diverse Workforce. Her research emphasis explores the ways in which racial identity development shapes diversity and inclusion initiatives inside organizations. In her spare time, she works as an organizational behavior consultant, analyzing management and leadership functions and corporate policies/practices through an equity lens, as well as providing custom training and development programs to address inequities related to race, gender and other marginalized identities in the workforce.

Questions

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