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Culture and Change Management Strategies

Organizational culture is fundamental: The product of an organization’s shared values, beliefs, and behaviors, it shapes the way employees behave, treat clients, and interact with each other. Leaders are often responsible for shaping the culture, and frequently called upon to change it, in order to improve morale, increase accountability, or achieve organizational goals. But by its nature, culture is very difficult to change: The old saying, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” continues to hold true.

The culture of resilient organizations is built to be responsive. Their norm is flexibility, giving them the ability to refocus their strategy and stay true to the mission in the face of change, whether it’s internal or external: in funding, in leadership, in the community, or anywhere else.

This workshop will cover both the definition of culture and the strategies you can use to change or improve it. Using real-world case studies and established theory, we will explore how culture impacts the work both positively and negatively, what it takes to change an organization, how to build a strategy for change, and the role management plays in this process.

What you’ll learn:

  • What organizational culture is and how it influences organizational behavior
  • How to identify the cultural norms within an organization
  • The principles of change management and how they intersect with culture
  • Tips for making a positive impact on your organizational culture


Nonprofit executives, managers, and any program staff who want to understand how culture shapes organizational behaviors.

About the facilitator

McKenzie Wren is a skilled facilitator who honors the power of community to solve its own problems. In this work, McKenzie brings an asset-based approach to all that she does and uses collaborative and participatory tools to make sure all voices are heard. McKenzie’s particular areas of focus are helping businesses and non-profits create cultures of collaboration and inclusion. She helps groups and organizations increase their sense of community specifically by assisting with communication flow and increasing engagement. Underlying all of her work is a commitment to social justice and racial equity.

McKenzie earned her master’s degree from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health where she currently teaches students on leadership and community engagement. Her public health training brought her to “the most diverse square mile in the US,” Clarkston, GA, where she has spent over 10 years working with people from all over the world, building community, fostering inclusion and helping individuals to unlock their futures. She worked in non-profits for many years including as an Executive Director at Clarkston Community Center. Along with change management, McKenzie is trained in Asset-based Community Development and the Collaborative Operating System as well as drawing from the deep wisdom of the Presencing Institute and the Art of Hosting.

McKenzie is a board member of the Southeast Association of Facilitators (SEAF) and serves as the VP of Membership.




  • July 25, 2018


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


Georgia Center for Nonprofits
100 Peachtree Street NW
Suite 1500
Atlanta, GA 30303

Registration Details

Member: $150
Nonmember: $195

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 678-916-3081.