February Chapter Meeting

  • 02/16/2018
  • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Rothchild Catering & Conference Center; 8807 Kingston Pike, Knoxville


  • ATD Smoky Mountain Chapter Members (includes lunch)
  • Non-members of ATD Smoky Mountain Chapter (includes lunch)
  • Current students of any educational institution (includes lunch)

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The Role of Executive Sponsor in Change Management

Presented By: Edward Groody

President, Ed Groody & Associates, Inc.

Networking and lunch: 11:30am

Program:  12:00pm - 1:00pm

This talk is for trainers, consultants and executives that are seeking the most effective ways to overcome resistance and successfully implement change. 

Sometimes we plan a change and it happens successfully. Other times not. Why do some change efforts succeed, while others fail? Companies invest significant resources in training, technology and other change initiatives – yet research shows that over 70% of change efforts fail to meet expectations.

We will discuss what change management is and why it is important - and focus on understanding the role of the “Executive Sponsor” in the change process. 

  • What is the top reason why employees resist change?
  • What is the greatest contributor to successful change management?
  • Why are sponsors so important to successful change management?

We will share best practices, common sponsor mistakes and also learn some practical tools and models for managing change to take home and start using tomorrow.


Edward Groody is President of Ed Groody & Associates, Inc., an organization development-consulting firm. He and his team of consultants have been helping companies get exceptional results and create a Spirit of Community in the workplace since 2001. 


Edward specializes in helping leaders implement change in a way that engages and honors people. He has facilitated highly successful financial and cultural turnarounds in a variety of industries and corporate settings. 


Edward is also founder and President of the non-profit Community Building Institute, a global training and consulting organization. The Community Building Knoxville initiative, funded by the Haslam Foundation and United Way, is using Community Building workshops to: build civility and more authentic relationships and collaboration with key local leaders; increase diversity & equity awareness; reduce employee burnout and compassion fatigue; and improve outcomes in social service and criminal justice programs.


Prior to starting Ed Groody & Associates, Inc. he served as Director of Organization Development with Covenant Health, a large health care system serving East Tennessee. Edward is one of a handful of individuals to train and work with M. Scott Peck, M.D., bestselling author of The Road Less Traveled and developer of the innovative mindfulness. leadership development and team-building process called Community Building. Edward was also a part of the leadership group that organized and facilitated the first men’s conferences with renowned poet and author Robert Bly in Minnesota in the 80s and 90s.


Edward is a longtime student of mindfulness and contemplative practices. In addition to his full-time consulting work, he leads Poetry Divina, Community Building, meditation/centering prayer and other contemplative workshops for retreat centers, universities, nonprofits, businesses, and religious groups.


Networking and lunch will be available starting at 11:30am, and the program begins promptly at 12:00pm. Let us know of any dietary restrictions upon check-in at the registration desk.


Cancellation requests/refunds will be honored within 48 hours notice if paid in advance. Payment will be due for no-shows.


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