Organizational Change Peer Learning Group


The Organizational Change Peer Learning Group (PLG) is a program facilitated by the Office of Change Management (OCM) that provides mid-to senior-level staff leaders with an opportunity to develop strategies and tactics for planning, leading, and implementing change initiatives in their school/unit. PLG was developed to advance OCM’s mission of facilitating and promoting a culture of organizational change and improvement at Northwestern. The goals of PLG are to:

  • facilitate shared learning with peers
  • provide resources and methodologies to support staff leaders in enabling change
  • expand participants’ professional networks


  • Applicants 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.
  • 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 attend five sessions facilitated by OCM directors. The specific topics of each session guided participants in leading and managing their own change initiatives, including planning for change, assessing and developing a case for change, analyzing and synthesizing data, making recommendations, and implementing change.
  • Participants also engage in small group coaching sessions to facilitate peer learning.
  • Participants will have the option of sharing outcomes of their change initiatives at a future Best Practices Forum.
  • Click here to learn more about the impactful and compelling change initiatives led by 2017-2018 cohort of the Organizational Change Peer Learning Group.

Key Dates for 2018-2019

  • Wednesday, May 30 - PLG Information Session
  • Wednesday, May 30 - Wednesday, June 27 - Application Period
  • Wednesday, June 27 - Applications due for potential PLG participants
  • Friday, July 13 - Applicants will be notified of their acceptance
  • Tuesday, July 31 - Session 1: Plan
  • Wednesday, September 12 - Session 2: Assess
  • Thursday, November 15 - Session 3: Analyze
  • Tuesday, February 12 – Session 4: Design
  • Wednesday, April 10 – Session 5: Implement
Application for PLG 2018 - 2019
Please click here to access this year's application.  Applications are due Wednesday, June 27.

For additional information, please contact Aspasia Apostolakis Miller at