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

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Benefit from this unique experience!
Receive your own Leadership Agility self-assessment!

Individual Participant Benefits

Organization Benefits

This highly interactive, virtual workshop will introduce participants to the organizational agility review process focused on actions taken by their organizations in dealing with the COVID-19 Pandemic. Participants will gain insights about how their organization demonstrated agility during 2020 and will prepare plans to apply agility to future organizational disruptions. Each participant will also complete an individual leadership agility self-assessment to identify their personal leadership agility strengths and challenges and apply that knowledge to business disruptions.

Who Should Attend?

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

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

Additional Resources

Questions? Contact Assistant Director
Matthew Mylott at:
or 916-751-9352

Live virtual sessions for groups will run 9-11:30 A.M.
*Final session on April 12 will run 8:30-11 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. We will have one group with fewer leaders from several organizations.


Kick Off

February 23, 2021


Apply Tools to Build Your Agility Plan

March 9, 2021


Implement Your Agility Plan

March 30, 2021


Taking Action Presentation

*April 12, 2021

Session 1 Pre-work
After Action Review
IBM article

Our Facilitators:

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.

Richard Walsh

Director of Swain Center for Executive Education & Economic Development

Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh serves as director of UNCW’s Swain Center for Executive Education. He brings over 25 years of experience in leadership, transformation and executive coaching. He supports leaders from across the globe on moving from crisis to opportunity.

Richard draws upon his experience at AT&T, GE and IBM as well as at the top-ranked Center for Creative Leadership. Educated at Northeastern, Harvard and Augsburg, he and his wife currently live in Wilmington, NC.