ADEA Signature Series

Beyond Boundaries: How Leaders Can Create Change

Coordinated by the ADEA Leadership Institute Alumni Association

Saturday, March 18, 2017 | 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.


Creating and sustaining meaningful change is a formidable challenge for aspiring leaders. In this session we’ll look at the most common strategies for change efforts and why these approaches usually fail. We’ll draw explanations from research in psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience, and we’ll explain the counterintuitive strategies that are more likely to succeed. Then we’ll focus more specifically on the role of leaders in change efforts—from formulating long-term visions to demonstrating new behaviors through their own everyday activities. The session will conclude with participants applying these ideas as they begin to develop their own strategies for creating change.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the reasons why people and organizations resist change and why most change efforts fail.
  • Describe ideas from psychology, cognitive science and neuroscience about what actually works for inspiring and creating change.
  • Apply the principles of behavioral change to the challenges of leadership for individuals, teams and organizations.


Welcome and Introductions
8:00 – 8:05 a.m. 

Melanie Mayberry, D.D.S., M.S.-HCM (LI 2013)
Clinical Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Oral Health and Integrated Care University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry

Beyond Boundaries: How Leaders Can Create Change (Part 1)

8:05 – 9:45 a.m. 

Alan Deutschman
Professor, Reynolds Chair of Business Journalism
University of Nevada, Reno

Alan DeutschmanAlan Deutschman has studied leadership and organizational change over the course of his 29-year career as a nationally prominent journalist. He has been the Silicon Valley correspondent for Fortune, a senior writer at Fast Company, the “Profit Motive” columnist for GQ, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and New York Magazine. Since 2011, he has held the Reynolds Endowed Chair in Business Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. Mr. Deutschman is the author of The Second Coming of Steve Jobs (2000), A Tale of Two Valleys (2003), Change or Die (2007), Walk the Walk (2009), and How Steve Jobs Changed Our World (2011). His books have been translated into eight languages. Walk the Walk was selected as one of the best business books of the year by Strategy & Business and the Miami Herald.

Mr. Deutschman’s articles have also been published in the New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Wired, Newsweek,, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Boston Globe. He has appeared as a commentator for NBC’s “Today Show,” CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Bloomberg TV’s “Bloomberg West,” and documentaries on CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and Discovery Channel.


9:45 – 10:00 a.m. 

Beyond Boundaries: How Leaders Can Create Change (Part 2)

10:00 – 10:45 a.m. 

Melanie Mayberry, D.D.S., M.S.-HCM (LI 2013)
Alan Deutschman

For ADEA Leadership Institute Fellows and Alumni, the ADEA Leadership Institute Alumni Association Business Meeting will occur immediately following the ADEA Signature Series (11:05 a.m. – noon).