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Gwinnett Series | 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
  • Audience


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

About the facilitator

Kathy Keeley
Executive Vice President, Programs
Georgia Center for Nonprofits

With experience as a social entrepreneur, a consultant, the chief of staff for the mayor of Minneapolis, founder of multiple organizations, and the director of nonprofit and for-profit businesses, Kathy has worked with organizations of all kinds in more than 25 states and 30 countries. Over her 35-plus years as a consultant, she has turned around struggling and underperforming ventures, helped launch new companies and initiatives, and given established successes new pathways toward efficiency and expansion. more



  • May 9, 2018


9:30 am - 3:30 pm


Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services
750 S Perry Street
2nd floor, Suite 231
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Registration Details

Member: $150
Nonmember: $195

Receive $50 off per class for multiple class registrations and for additional registrants from the same organization. In addition, if you are a Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services partner, or GNLI alumni, we will match $50 additional off your total registration. To register at discounted rates, please call Jean-Patrick Guichard at 678-916-3001.

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


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Thank you to our sponsors, Primerica and Nordson, and partner Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services for hosting the series.