The Adaptive Leader 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.

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m 
April 13-15, 2021

Cost: $3,495* covers all course materials and lunch.
Certificates will be awarded based on successful completion of the 3-day training.

Click here to see the list of safety measures we are adding to our in-person programs.

* 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
Tue., Oct. 6 8:00 am – 11:00 pm Adaptive Leadership Jim Roach
  11:00 am – 12:00 pm Strategic Thinking Michael Sherrod
  12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch  
  1:00 – 5:00 pm Emotional Intelligence, Learning Agility & Resilience Linda LaCoste
Wed., Oct. 7 8:00 – 12:00 pm Mastering Difficult Conversations Greg Stephens
  12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch   
  1:00 – 5:00 pm Influence and Change Abbie Shipp
Thurs., Oct. 8 8:00 – 12:00 am Leading Effective Teams Brad Harris
  12:00 – 12:45 pm Lunch  
  1:00 – 3:00 pm Inclusive Leadership Breinn Richter
  3:00 – 5:00 pm Leading at the Next Level Abbie Shipp

Faculty Leaders

Abbie Shipp, PhD
Department Chair, Management and Leadership

Dr. Abbie Shipp is a Professor of Management and Faculty Director for “The Adaptive Leader” executive education program at the TCU Neeley School of Business. She is an award-winning professor, teaching graduate and executive audiences on topics such as adaptive leadership, employee engagement, and leading change. Her research focuses on the psychological experience of time at work including: how individuals think about the past/present/future, trajectories of work experiences over time, how individuals react to change, and how time is spent on work tasks. She has published a two-volume book on how time impacts work environments and she is currently an editorial board member of four premier journals in management. Dr. Shipp has previously taught at Texas A&M University and the University of North Carolina. In addition, she has worked for The Boeing Company, TV Guide, and as a consultant for companies of all sizes. Dr. Shipp holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Brad Harris
Associate Professor

Brad Harris is an Associate Professor of Management and Leadership in the Neeley School of Business at TCU. He is an award-winning teacher and researcher with focal interests in leadership, groups/teams, and individuals’ organizational transitions (e.g., newcomer, socialization, turnover, boomerang employees). Brad is currently an associate editor at two respected journals and serves on several other leading journal editorial boards. His work has been featured in leading scholarly and popular press outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Journal of Management, The Leadership Quarterly, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, and Fast Company. He has also co-authored a book (with Brad Kirkman), titled 3D Team Leadership: A New Approach for Complex Teams (Stanford University Press). He earned his Ph.D. in Management from Texas A&M University and was previously a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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. 

Breinn Richter
Adjunct Professor

Breinn Richter is a TCU Neeley MBA ('08) and PhD candidate in Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University, College Station. In addition to teaching in the Neeley School's department of Management and Leadership, she is also core faculty in the Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies department here at TCU. She's taught both undergraduates and professional MBA's in the areas of Organizational Management, Managing People, Motivation and Leading a Diverse Workforce. Her research emphasis explores the ways in which racial identity development shapes diversity and inclusion initiatives inside organizations. In her spare time, she works as an organizational behavior consultant, analyzing management and leadership functions and corporate policies/practices through an equity lens, as well as providing custom training and development programs to address inequities related to race, gender and other marginalized identities in the workforce.

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.

Greg Stephens
Associate Professor of Management and Leadership

Dr. Stephens is a Texas court qualified mediator, an ombudsman for the Academy of Management and a sought-after management coach. He conducts training and facilitation for numerous organizations as an expert in dialogue/communication, negotiation, conflict management, team-building and other key management skills. His research on leadership development, work-life balance, cross-cultural management and other topics has been published in prominent professional journals. He holds a BS in psychology and MBA from Brigham Young University and a PhD in management from the University of California-Irvine. Dr. Stephens teaches both undergraduate and graduates classes at TCU and has been honored with several TCU teaching awards. He is the academic director of the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program.

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