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About Michelle Yanahan

Michelle is a wonderful thought partner for building organizational capabilities. She is very detail-oriented with a keen ability to get people excited about organizational changes. If you are looking to build a Change capable organization I would recommend Michelle as a valuable resource.

Unique presenting style, engaging examples, and detailed descriptions provided the audience concrete examples on how Change Management functions in day-to-day settings and how to overcome certain challenges. Her warm demeanor and wealth of knowledge connects with any audience. Michelle's training program will put anyone at ease whether you're new to Change Management or a seasoned practitioner.

Michelle is an excellent public speaker who is great at engaging the audience. She is an expert on change and can help organizations big and small prepare for change in any aspect of their operation.

Thanks for the informative session - it was helpful in showing me the inadequacy of our approach to managing change!

Michelle Yanahan, Principal, is a passionate organizational change management strategist and thought leader with proven expertise in executing programs to enhance and grow organizational change management as a strategic business competency.   Michelle has 16 +years progressive business experience in leadership roles in operations, change capability and competency development, change execution, project execution/management and project management office (PMO) development and operations.  

Michelle's professional expertise includes the following:

  • Corporate office operational transformation for insurance and financial services for national and global operations 
  • Successfully grew  the discipline of organizational change capability for a recognized market leader in financial services 
  • Represented North America as the "face of change" partnering with colleagues across the globe to help them establish regional change capabilities and competencies to help transform their businesses
  • Coached business and project execution leaders on transformational change 
  • Conceptualized, built and delivered behavior focused leadership development and employee learning solutions resulting in an average 25% project execution lift
  • Created an active change special interest group with 300 +members   

Michelle holds a Masters in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University as well as CCMP (one of the first 500 to receive the designation) and Prosci ADKAR change management certifications.

Michelle is a featured presenter for many  industry associations including ACMP, ATD, Change Management Review, PMI, OD Network and SHRM.  Michelle  is a faculty member with UIC and Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. 


ChangeFit 360 is honored to be recognized by the following professional organizations for training content and facilitation:

  • ACMP Qualified Education Provider Course for educational credits for the CCMP designation and recertification
  • SHRM Recertification Provider for educational credits for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM


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