April 2020 Professional Development Meeting

April 14, 2020
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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University of St. Thomas - St. Paul Campus
2115 Summit Ave, McNeely Hall, Room 100
St. Paul, MN 55105

April 2020 Professional Development Meeting


Leading Change with Informal Authority

Presented by: Susan LaCasse, Leaderscapes

Tuesday April 14, 2020, 5:00pm

Hosted by:
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

It can be a difficult and frustrating job, being responsible for results & timelines for a major change initiative without direct authority to obtain consistent cooperation from others.  Change leaders learn quickly that there is a difference between stated commitment to a broad initiative and support for actual implementation of changes to how people work. 

One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead, or that the best leaders get others to work for or follow them. Jim Collins calls it “Level 5 leadership” — the ability to influence others to work for a cause

In this session we’ll explore the key challenges of leading change when your authority is informal, and strategies to overcome them. Learning objectives:

  •  how human nature gets in the way of our best laid plans, including our complicated relationship with “help”
  •  how assumptions derail our best efforts — for b oth change leaders and business leaders
  •  small changes in approach that can make a big difference in your results

Susan LaCasse knows firsthand the challenges of creating a culture of continuous improvement and the leadership that significant culture change demands. Susan brings 25 years experience in driving change in a variety of project and leadership roles including process improvement and change management.

Susan founded Leaderscapes in 2006 with a mission to help people claim the life they want to have -- essentially, to learn and develop the skills to be leaders in their own life. Susan is a Certified Business Coach and an active affiliate of the Trusted Advisers Network (TAN) in Reading, PA.  She has also studied Transformational Neuroscience Coaching with Be Above Leadership, LLC.  Susan holds a Master’s degree in Training and Human Resource Development from the University of Wisconsin – Stout, and Bachelor’s degrees in English and Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. She has taught strategy and leadership courses at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in the Organizational Leadership Master’s Degree Program.

NEW FOR 2019-20 PROGRAMS:  Full-Time Students Attend for Free!  Courtesy of  Sponsor: 


University of St. Thomas (St. Paul Campus)
2115 Summit Avenue
McNeely Hall (corner of Summit, Cleveland Ave and Grand Ave)
Room 100 - 1st Floor
St. Paul, MN 55105

Parking is under McNeely Hall and the ramp  entrance is from the parking lot on 
the Grand Ave (south side) of the building
Use a credit card for entry and exit.


Date - Tuesday, April 14, 2020

5:00 pm Networking

6:00 pm Dinner

6:45 pm Announcements & Break

7:00 pm Speaker & Q&A

8:00 pm Adjourn

Earn 1 Certification Maintenance Point for attendance at this event!

Members: $35.00, Non-Members: $45.00, Full-time Students: FREE - co-sponsored by Connectology

Registration Deadline: 5:00pm on Thursday, April 9, 2020, or until Sold Out! (Registrations after 5:00pm on Thursday, April 9th, will be accepted on a "space available" basis.  Please call the Chapter Office at 763-413-2513 to register after the posted deadline.) 




$35.00 Member Registration
$40.00 after 05:00 pm April 9

$45.00 Non-Member Registration
$50.00 after 5:00 pm April 9

$0.00 FREE Student Registration - Sponsored by Connectology - ASCM Student Member

$0.00 Free Student Registration - Guest of the Chapter - sponsored by Connectology

$35.00 Member Ticket - Member of Another APICS Chapter
$40.00 after 5:00 pm April 9