The Adaptive Leader Certificate Program

In today’s rapidly changing business environment, the need to stay relevant is stronger than ever. In this program, you’ll discover strategies to deal with the uncertainty, complexity and increasing competition in the marketplace, while developing skills to lead and think creatively to achieve your goals.

April 8-10, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m
Cost: $3,495* covers all course materials and lunch.

* A 20 percent discount will be given to companies that enroll two or more employees.
* A 10 percent discount will be given to TCU staff/faculty/alumni, U.S. veterans, 501c3 non-profit organizations and government employees.

What Is an Adaptive Leader?

  • Adaptive Leaders think creatively and flexibly to enable their organizations to succeed in both today's fast-changing world and tomorrow's unpredictable business landscape.
  • They are lifelong learners who are resilient enough to overcome obstacles and setbacks and bold enough to challenge the status quo and conventional wisdom.
  • They are strategic thinkers, able to chart a new course and inspiring enough to lead change while making a difference.
  • They are purpose driven. They lead with their values and have the capacity to engage others while striving for excellence with integrity.

Who Should Attend?

Experienced managers

Even with all your experience and success, there's always room for growth. Especially since today’s business world is evolving faster than ever. Here you'll learn a variety of leading strategies designed to keep up with the pace.

New-to-role leaders and managers

You've experienced steady growth in your career. Now it's time to accelerate your development and learn new skills that will take you further.

What You Will Learn

Real life leadership approaches and practical tools you can put into practice immediately.

How You Will Benefit

  • Adapt your thinking, improve your resilience and enhance your leadership skills
  • Learn to motivate team members to think and act innovatively
  • Discover how to inspire teams and lead change in complex environments
  • Discuss how successful leaders coach and develop key talent


  • Resilience, Emotional Intelligence & Learning Agility
  • Design Thinking & Creative Problem Solving
  • Motivating & Engaging Employees
  • Leading Agile Teams
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Influence & Leading Change
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Leading Teams Through Crisis
  • Leading at the Next Level
  • Developing Adaptive Talent
Date Time Topic Instructor
Mon., Apr. 8 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Adaptive Leadership  Jim Roach
  12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch  
  12:45 – 5:00 pm Emotional Intelligence, Learning Agility & Resilience Dr. Linda LaCoste
Tues., Apr. 9 8:00 – 10:00 am Strategic Thinking Michael Sherrod
  10:00 am – 12:00 pm Design Thinking Dr. Tracey Rockett
  12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch   
  12:45 – 2:45 pm Leading Agile Teams  Dr. Tracey Rockett
  3:00 – 5:00 pm Leading Teams through Crisis Dr. Tracey Rockett
Wed., Apr. 10 8:00 – 11:00 am Influence and Change Dr. Abbie Shipp
  11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Leading at the Next Level Dr. Abbie Shipp
  12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch  
  1:00 – 2:15 pm Leading at the Next Level Dr. Abbie Shipp
  2:30 – 5:00 pm Developing Adaptive Talent Dr. Danyelle Ackall

Faculty Leaders

Abbie Shipp, PhD
Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Shipp is the co-director of the critical thinking initiative at the TCU Neeley School of Business. She teaches classes on employee engagement and leadership at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She has published two books on how time impacts work environments, and her research on time in the workplace earned her an exclusive invitation to Google headquarters to brainstorm with other invited researchers, thinkers and practitioners on the cutting edge of human resources. Prior to joining TCU, Dr. Shipp taught at Texas A&M University, the University of North Carolina and Oklahoma State University. She also worked for The Boeing Company and TV Guide. Dr. Shipp has consulted for Ernst & Young, Marriott International, Halliburton, Texas Transportation Institute and AT&T on employee engagement and retention, person-environment fit, employee relations, organizational change and survey design. She holds a BSBA and MBA from Oklahoma State University and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  

Danyelle Ackall
Visiting Lecturer, Management

With over 18 years of Human Resource experience, Ackall brings insight into employee relations, management coaching, change management, training and facilitation, and policy creation for various industries, including MedStar, Catholic Charities, DeVry University and Trammell Crow. She is holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources certification and is a member of the Fort Worth Human Resource Management Association. She was honored as the HR Educator of the Year in 2011 at the SHRM regional conference. She holds a MS in Human Resource Management from the University of Texas at Arlington and BS from Texas A&M University.

Linda LaCoste, PhD
Director, TCU Executive MBA Student Services and Operations

Dr. LaCoste is responsible for the overall academic and co-curricular experience of the TCU Executive MBA program, as well as study abroad programs. She leads the Leadership Development course and oversees the TCU EMBA leadership development process. Her corporate experience includes ten years with the Walt Disney Company as a senior manager of operations and a corporate trainer for company-wide e-commerce initiatives at the Walt Disney World Travel and Resort contact center. She was recognized with the Disney Spirit award, given to less than one percent of Disney employees. She holds a BA from Iowa State University, MS from Drake University, MBA from Ottawa University and PhD from the University of North Texas.

Jim Roach
Executive Director, TCU Neeley Executive Education

Mr. Roach has 25 years of experience in corporate human resources leading learning and development programs to build leadership capabilities, enhance organizational effectiveness and deliver improved business results. He spent more than 20 years at Verizon leading the organization effectiveness initiative and developing custom leadership and functional development programs. He also spent 15 years leading executive education leadership certificate programs at SMU and five years leading programs for L-3 Link Simulation & Training. He has been honored with several teaching excellence awards and has designed and delivered courses on subjects such as leading in today’s business environment, learning agility, creativity and leadership, retaining top talent, and building and managing the employment relationship. He holds a BA and MS in economics from the University of Illinois. 

Tracy Rockett-Hanft, PhD
Associate Professor of Management Practice

Dr. Rockett is an expert in organizational behavior, group dynamics, intragroup relationships and organizational culture. Her research focuses on group dynamics in organizational settings, developing an understanding of familiarity and its consequences for groups, relational demography and conflict resolution. She has served as the Koehler Center Fellow for Distance Education at TCU and the associate academic director for the Neeley Fellows honors program She holds a BS in psychology from Texas A&M University and a PhD in International Management from the University of Texas at Dallas.

Michael Sherrod
William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence

Sherrod joined TCU Neeley in 2011 after a successful career of entrepreneurial thinking, innovation and creativity. He founded seven successful companies, including, Black Dove Media and Sherrod Publishing. He has held leading positions at and AOL, and was president and publisher of the Dallas Business Courier. He holds an MA from the University of Missouri at Columbia and EMBA from the TCU Neeley School of Business.

Mary J. Waller, PhD
M.J. Neeley Professor of Management

Dr. Waller earned her Ph.D. in organization science from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.Sc. degree in information systems from the University of Colorado, and her B.B.A. degree in petroleum land management from the University of Oklahoma. Before beginning her academic career, she worked in the petroleum, aviation, and software industries -- work that often involved collaborating in teams under time-pressured situations. That experience helped motivate her program in team dynamics research, resulting in 25 years of research involving studies of flight crews, nuclear power crews, emergency medical teams, harbor management teams, mine rescue teams, military and other teams, all working under stressful situations. Her work has been published in numerous outlets including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Applied Psychology, Management Science, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Group & Organization Management, and has been quoted in press outlets including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. She holds numerous research and teaching awards, has been awarded research grants from the Army Research Institute and other government institutions. As a consultant, Dr. Waller helps organizations craft evidence-based solutions for specific issues, and develops workshops and training simulations for client organizations on the topics of team dynamics and crisis management. She served an elected term on the Board of Governors of the Academy of Management from 2012-2015, and remains an active member of several international scholarly organizations.

Please contact:

Kalyn McKittrick

Director of Marketing and Engagement