Peer Learning Group

Organizational Change Peer Learning Group

At the 2017 Best Practices Forum, Executive Vice President Nim Chinniah introduced the Organizational Change Peer Learning Group, a new voluntary opportunity for mid-to senior-level staff leaders to develop strategies and tactics for planning, leading, and implementing change initiatives in their school/unit. 


The group is facilitated by the Office of Change Management (OCM). The goals of the learning group include:

  • Supporting a culture of change at Northwestern.
  • Facilitating shared learning with peers. 
  • Providing resources and methodologies to support staff leaders in enabling change.
  • Expanding professional networks.


  • Participants are asked to identify a known opportunity or specific challenge within their school or unit (or across multiple schools/units) that has the potential to improve some aspect of their organization’s effectiveness. This may be a process, cultural, technology, or structural change that impacts service delivery, organizational capacity, staff/talent development, and/or cross-unit collaboration.
  • This challenge will serve as participants’ case study for a change process that they will lead over the next year with the support of the peer learning group and coaching from the OCM staff.
  • The 2017 -2018 cohort includes 13 project leaders.  Together with a community of peers, they will develop their initiative and mentor one another as they lead their units through a change process.
  • Participants will have the option of sharing outcomes of their change initiatives at a future Best Practices Forum.

For additional information, please contact Aspasia Apostolakis Miller at