GWU Organizational Change Lessons Learned

  • Wednesday, November 18, 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Excella Consulting - 2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA


  • For chapter or trial members.
  • Not a member yet? No problem! Join us for the nominal fee of $5 (helps cover operation expenses including delicious food!)

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After the public launch of a billion dollar campaign, the George Washington’s University Division of Development and Alumni Relations knew they had to up their game to reach this goal by 2018. While efforts to support staff in advancing campaign priorities were under way, the division was also going through multiple forms of planned and unplanned organizational change. Within a year after the public launch, the division had experienced new executive leadership, an office move, increased teleworking, budget restraints, a reduction in force, and divisional restructuring. This session will explore the development of these organizational changes with a focus on the successes as well as pit falls in managing multiple forms of change at the same time.


Mae Cooper is a Learning and Development Specialist at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In this role, she manages training programs, team building, and organizational development for over 200 staff in the division of Development and Alumni Relations. She holds a Masters of Education in Community Development from Vanderbilt University and has a passion for bringing collaborative, interactive, and strategic interventions to help nonprofits address organizational challenges.  She has also volunteered for over 10 years with CISV, an international organization that seeks to educate and inspire for a more just and peaceful world. In this role, she has led trainings and coordinated service-learning projects in Japan, Guatemala, Brazil, and across the US.

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. (see agenda below)

Cost: Free for IIBA DC members, $5.00 for non-members.

Sponsor: Thanks to Excella for providing the meeting space and dinner.


6:00 - 6:45 Registration, light meal and networking

6:45 - 7:45 Guest speaker

7:45 - 8:00 Q&A and wrap-up

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