University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Swain Center: Executive Education and Economic Development

Leading Organizational Agility

In partnership with Agility Consulting

Benefit from this unique experience and receive your own Leadership Agility Self-Assessment!

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This highly interactive, virtual workshop was held February thru April 2021. We introduced participants to the organizational agility review process focused on actions taken by their organizations in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Participants gained insights about how their organization demonstrated agility during 2020 and prepared plans to apply agility to future organizational disruptions. Each participant also completed an individual leadership agility self-assessment to identify their personal leadership agility strengths and challenges and apply that knowledge to business disruptions. We look forward to our next workshop and will have more details for participants soon.

Live virtual sessions for groups will run 9-11:30 A.M.

Number of groups per program is limited to 5. Each organization can send up to 5 participants.

Cost to attend: $5,000

*For the best outcome, group of participants should be from the same organization, in order to work on an action plan for their organization.
  • Learn an After-Action Agility process that will help develop and apply leadership agility to how individuals responded to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • Prepare for future organizational disruptions.
  • Update or create individual development plans based on a leadership self-assessment specifically designed to measure leadership agility.
  • Identify actions and plans that their organization can take to minimize agility gaps in its response to the pandemic as well as in preparing for future changes.
  • Develop leaders who can directly apply agility to disruptions their organizations need to address post COVID-19.
  • Participants will be able to pass on tools and techniques for helping your organization become more agile.

Executive Team, Management Teams, Group Heads, Department Heads, Senior Managers, High Potential Future Leaders

"Turning Crisis Into Opportunity" by Richard Walsh, Greater Wilmington Business Journal

"Strategic resilience during the COVID-19 crisis" by Dago Diedrich et al, McKinsey & Company
Questions? Contact Bob Pious at:

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SESSION 1: Kick Off Session

February 23, 2021

SESSION 2: Apply Tools to Build Your Agility Plan

March 9, 2021

SESSION 3: Implement Your Agility Plan

March 30, 2021

SESSION 4: Taking Action Presentation

April 12, 2021

Dr. Nick Horney

Speaker, Author, Former VP of Client and Constituency Relations at Center for Creative Leadership, Founder of Agility Consulting

Nick Horney

Dr. Nick Horney, with experience spanning over 30 years, founded Agility Consulting and Training in 2001 and has been recognized for innovations in organizational and leadership agility, including the global standard for leadership agility -- The AGILE Model®.

Representative clients include: Turner Broadcasting, Coca-Cola, Navy SEALs, Hanesbrands, Lenovo, CIA, ARAMARK, REI, Celanese, United Launch Alliance and R.R. Donnelley.
Written or contributed to the following books: Focused, Fast and Flexible: Creating Agility Advantage in a VUCA World; Managing Change in Organizations; and Project Change Management.

Dr. Kozhi Sidney Makai

Speaker, Consultant, Behavioral Scientist, Psychologist, Founder of Kozhi Makai Worldwide


Founder of Kozhi Makai Worldwide, he partners with companies, organizations and individuals in industries such as education, finance, healthcare and technology, all of whom have the desire to thrive, build on their current skillset and become more effective leaders.

Kozhi is a Senior Professional in Human Resources® and Certified Professional in Learning and Performance®, who earned his Bachelor’s in Speech Communication, Master’s in Leadership and Influence, Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences, and a Doctorate of Psychology with a focus on Positive Performance Psychology.

Kozhi lives out his motto of bringing others From Potential to Performance by using behavioral science to help others thrive, both in and outside of the workplace.

Dr. Laura Santana

Founder of Leadership Consulting Solutions and Former Senior Leadership Solutions Partner at Center for Creative Leadership


Laura guides clients around the world toward deep mindfulness, sustainable growth, more effective performance, and continuous development to benefit the individual, team, and organization. She has headed leader, team, and organizational development across the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East for over 20 years, and is a regular speaker at global conferences on challenges facing women leaders, leadership and cultural agility, and leadership development.

Laura holds a Doctorate from Antioch’s Leadership and Change Program, a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Development, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. With a graduate degree in hospice care, Laura understands the mind/body connection and its profound influence on personal and career transformation.