Zachary Johnson, Co-Founder/CEO, Syndio Social
Lisa Steinhardt, Consultant, LaMarsh Global

Date: Monday, April 15, 2013
Time: 4:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Session Type: Lecture

Presentation Abstract

Who truly influences your organization during times of change? The Change Ambassador – individuals who are the eyes and ears of your organization, trusted peers and confidants who carry a wealth of knowledge about how people really think and behave. If you or your leadership are in any way disconnected from the people who are impacted by change, you need to accurately and efficiently find influential employees and engage them as ambassadors. In the past, these efforts have been haphazard. Today, cutting-edge analytics and social networking are making it possible to identify influencers, examine their change orientation and illustrate how they can be engaged to serve as ambassadors. Through case studies and interactive software, we will illustrate how cutting-edge analytics are complimenting time-tested change management practices. With better data and analysis, Change Ambassadors help decision-makers act on what really happens, not just what they think is happening.

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the role of the Change Ambassador and their value to an organization
2. Develop an awareness of academic social network analysis techniques that can improve the effectiveness of change management
3. Gain an understanding of how increased accuracy in identifying influencers saves time & money

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About the Presenters
Zachary Johnson is the Co-Founder and CEO of Syndio Social. In January 2009, he partnered with world-renowned professor Noshir Contractor to provide scalable network analysis solutions. He has secured and led projects engagements for numerous clients, including Procter & Gamble and the Gates Foundation. Zachary spent over two years studying applied social network analysis with Professor Contractor before graduating from Northwestern University. During this time he collaborated on research projects for NIH, the McArthur Foundation, and the Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), as well as aided in the teaching of network science at the undergraduate, master's and Ph.D levels. Furthermore, he actively participates in the SONIC Research Group at Northwestern University. At SONIC, Zack provides input on the development, design, and application of the C-IKNOW network analysis platform. Zachary received the EMPACT100 award at the White House in 2011 for youth entrepreneurship.
Lisa Steinhardt is a consultant with LaMarsh Global. She is a key resource and trusted advisor to clients with over fifteen years of experience developing and implementing change strategies, communication strategies, and customized training, plus providing clients with accurate assessment of critical issues and process improvement recommendations. She is quick to accurately assess situations and assimilate information, serving clients well in managing the process of change. With a Bachelor degree in Psychology and a Master degree in Organizational Development, she leverages both her insight into human behavior and keen understanding of the individual in the organizational change process. Lisa is a passionate advocate of the LaMarsh Global Managed Change™ Model, being a firm believer that "change doesn’t happen to people, rather people make change happen.”

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