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Planning for Projects and Change: Essential Tools for Change Management

April 29 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The old adage is as true today as ever: ‘the devil is in the details,’ and in the case of developing and implementing projects within an organization of any size, even the smallest changes can have unforeseen repercussions. We are often tasked with leading projects that will directly impact employees and or end users and we may not have the luxury of knowing what will work well and what may cause resistance, confusion, or dissatisfaction.

Facing uncertainty and operating in a mind-set of not knowing but needing to execute can be both a challenge and an opportunity to engage with our stakeholders in a meaningful way.

Key Topics

Throughout this workshop, participants will explore tools and discuss best-practices to help manage both the organization of project and change planning in order to help drive the adoption of new initiatives. We will use case studies and real-life examples in order to:

  • Explore the vital role that effective and consistent communication has across project and change management
  • Create and analyze project and change plans to help identify and mitigate risks, dependencies, and assumptions
  • Discuss the effects of change in relation to culture and create plans for managing identified issues

Who Should Attend

Project planners, team leaders, and others with a role in the change management process.

About the Instructors

Ann Hackett is the Chief Learning and Engagement Officer for Bloch Executive Education and Executive Coach for the Bloch Executive MBA program. She brings over 20 years of corporate leadership experience in communications, financial, product, retail, and hospitality industries, serving in both consulting and in-house roles. Ann holds a Ph.D. and Masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Central Michigan University.

Brian Daly is the Managing Director of Executive Education at the Henry W. Bloch School of Management. Prior to joining the Bloch School, Brian directed professional education offerings at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and worked with non-governmental clients to create classroom, online, and field-based training experiences for leaders from around the world. Brian holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Learning and Development from Suffolk University.

Program Details

Available Discounts

Are you a UMKC Alum or KCRAR member? You qualify for a discount! Contact us at or 816-235-6259 to take advantage of discounted rates.

Pre-Course Communication

Two weeks before the session, you will receive an email with details including any pre-work assignments (such as short readings or videos that instructors may ask you to complete prior to the session).


Light breakfast and coffee will be available at the beginning of the event and lunch will be provided.


Photo & Video Policy

By attending the event, you are giving the Bloch School of Management permission to use any photos, videos, or images captured on site for future promotional purposes.

Cancellation & Transfer Policy

Seminar participants (or their organizational representative) should call or email Bloch Executive in order to change or cancel registrations. Cancellations made prior to 7 days from the seminar date are eligible for credit towards a future seminar, but are ineligible for refund. Credit for future seminar is valid through the following seminar year. Seminar registrations may be transferred from individual to another up to 7 days before any elected seminar. Cancellations made within 7 days from the seminar date are non-transferable and non-refundable. Bloch Executive Education reserves the right to make changes to the cancellation policy and transfer policy. The current policies will be posted on our website and will be observed regardless of previous policies or standards. “No-shows” are non-refundable and non-transferable.


April 29
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Bloch Executive Hall
5108 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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