Destination 2030: The Need for Transformation Architects

May 24, 2023
Webinar (Free for Members) 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

Webinar Series

April 26
Transform Existing Planning and Implementation Processes

May 24
Destination 2030: The Need for Transformation Architects

June 7
Leveraging New Tools to Revolutionize Transformation Efforts and Outcomes


Getting Started on Transformation

Many institutions are committed to making their planning processes more transformative as they face challenging times. While they see existential disruptions, many also see promising opportunities if they can transform to capitalize on them. But they don’t know how or where to start, nor do they have the tools to simultaneously overcome institutional inertia and the powerful tendency of their communities to return to the old normal.

This webinar series will describe three critical elements for a successful expeditionary journey to transformation.

  1. Redirecting current planning and implementation processes, using the building blocks of transformation campaigns.
  2. Transforming traditional planners into transformation architects.
  3. Leveraging a new generation of advanced, virtualized tools to facilitate and accelerate transformation campaigns.

Join us for all three webinars where leaders will provide examples of all of the critical elements in action.

May 24 | 1:00pm – 2:00pm Eastern

Destination 2030: The Need for Transformation Architects

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To thrive in the future, leaders and planners must understand the trends, accelerators, and disruptive factors governing the success of their institutions. They also need to develop significantly different mindsets, behaviors, processes, skills, tools and outcomes to thrive in the future.

This webinar will explain how to make these jump shifts that are necessary to move from traditional planner to transformation architect. Focus will be on a case study using Minnesota State University – Mankato. Building on campus-based examples, presenters will describe the significant leading role that planners can play as transformation architects in the future planning process. Discussion will include how the campus work paralleled the eight-step transformation process presented in the book Transforming for Turbulent Times and the significant supporting role that planner’s play as transformation architects in each step of the process.

As part of their registration, participants will be directed to resources in our online Body of Knowledge having specific applicability to the topic of this webinar.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the dynamics of trends, accelerators, and disruptors in planning for the future.
  • Learn the jump shifts required of a traditional planner to become a “transformation architect.”
  • Understand the organizational roles the transformation architect needs to play in times of accelerated change, disruptive challenges, and constrained resources.
  • Incorporate lessons learned about the transformation architect role from the case study provided by Minnesota State University – Mankato based on insights from the president and VP for student success, analytics, and integrated planning.


Edward Inch
President MSU-Mankato
Lynn Akey
Vice President for Student Success, Analytics and Integrated PlanningMinnesota State University – Mankato
Linda Baer
Senior Consultant and Principal at Strategic InitiativesMSU-Mankato’s College of Business