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.

Tuesday nights from 6 to 9 p.m.
September 12 - November 14, 2017
Cost: $3,495* covers all course materials and a light dinner, served from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

* 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
  • Communicating for Success
  • Motivating & Engaging Employees
  • Coaching & Developing Talent
  • Leading Agile Teams
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Influence & Leading Change
Session Date Topic Instructor
1 9/12/2017 The Adaptive Leader Jim Roach
2 9/19/2017 Design Thinking & Creative Problem Solving Dr. Stacy Grau
& Bruce Nelson  
3 9/26/2017 Self-Awareness, Emotional Intelligence & Learning Agility Dr. Linda LaCoste
4 10/3/2017 Communicating for Relationship Building Dr. Greg Stephens
5 10/10/2017 Coaching & Developing People Dr. Larry Peters
6 10/17/2017 Leading Agile Teams Dr. Tracey Rockett  
7 10/24/2017 Engaging & Motivating People Jim Roach
8 10/31/2017 Power, Politics & Leading Change Dr. Abbie Shipp
9 11/7/2017 Leading in Complexity Dr. Mary Uhl-Bien
10 11/14/2017 Leading at the Next Level Dr. Abbie Shipp

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.  

Bruce Nelson
Vice President of Design and Innovation, Sabre

Mr. Nelson leads a team of more than 50 researchers and designers who plan, design and manage the user experience across Sabre’s product portfolio. With more than 20 years of experience in marketing, digital branding and UX design, Nelson has built and managed digital strategy and design teams for major brands. He previously headed UX strategy and design and global mobile UX strategy for IBM Interactive, one of the world’s largest digital agencies. He helped shape IBM’s approach and methodologies for designing and developing new experiences and strategies across a range of industries and Fortune 100 brands. Earlier in his career, he developed and launched the Gamestop brand for the largest video gaming retailer in the U.S. He holds a master of science in integrated marketing/advertising from Northwestern University.

Stacy Landreth Grau, PhD
Professor of Marketing Practice

An expert in design thinking, Dr. Grau leads the TCU Neeley School’s design thinking initiative after studying it at Stanford. Utilizing several years of professional experience in advertising, branding and consulting, Dr. Grau teaches marketing communication, digital marketing, customer insights, design thinking and creative problem solving at TCU. Her research areas include gender and source effects in communication and advertising, cause-related marketing and initiatives, and social media strategies. She consults with several organizations with an emphasis on strategic brand planning and implementation for social enterprises and nonprofit organizations. She holds a BA in journalism from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and MS in marketing and PhD from Louisiana State University. She has been honored with several teaching awards at TCU. 

Greg Stephens, PhD
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.

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. 

Larry Peters, PhD
Professor Emeritus, Management and Leadership Development

Dr. Peters is a recognized expert in leadership development with more than 20 years of consulting, teaching and coaching on leadership, culture change and individual development for a variety of businesses, nonprofits and government organizations. He is the author of numerous articles in prestigious journals, chapters in leadership books and author of The Simple Truths About Leadership: Turning Your People into Your Partners. He is a four-time winner of TCU-wide teaching awards and teaches transformational leadership, consulting, high-engagement leadership and competitive advantage through people for the TCU MBA program. He holds an AB from Washington University, MS in industrial psychology from Southern Illinois University and PhD from Purdue University.

Mary Uhl-Bien, PhD
BNSF Railway Endowed Professor of Leadership at TCU

Dr. Uhl-Bien is a renowned leader and researcher on complexity leadership, relational leadership and followership. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant for organizations around the world. She has published more than 50 articles and manuscripts, five books and a textbook on Organizational Behavior. Her award-winning research on leadership has been published in premier management and leadership journals, including Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Management and The Leadership Quarterly. Her research has been funded with grants from Booz Allen Hamilton, and she has conducted research in partnership with Lockheed Martin, Bank of America, Disney, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Stryker and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Dr. Uhl-Bien earned her BBA, MBA and PhD from the University of Cincinnati.

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.

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.

Please contact:

Kalyn McKittrick

Director of Marketing and Engagement