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McGill C-Suite Series for HR and Learning Executives

Leading Organizational Development in a Post-COVID World


Build Resilience, Manage Change, and Drive Innovation through Deliberate HR and EDI Strategies

The last three years have witnessed a dramatic shift in our attitudes and relationships with work. Designed for experienced HR executives who lead HR in their organization or business unit, this program will help you develop a strategy that builds organizational resilience, manages change, and drives innovation.

In a short amount of time, you will learn leading-edge best practices to address the new reality of developing organizational structures and managing people in a post-COVID world. Take advantage of small class sizes and interactive mini-simulations and live case discussions based on current research and data on best practices, to take your organization to the next level.

Key Benefits and Takeaways

  • Learn from fellow HR executives
  • Understand your employees’ new relationships with work
  • Discover the latest best practices in human resources
  • Strategize for the new reality of developing organization structures
  • Effectively compare pre & post-covid HR best practices
  • Consider the new and enhanced roles that corporate learning/training can fulfil in your organization
  • Engage with current research and data on post-COVID-19 models of work

This program is for experienced HR executives and CEOs of SMEs and professional services firms who are responsible for HR (including Chief Learning Officers) in their organization or business unit. This includes Chief Human Resources Officers, Chief People Officers, Change Management Officers, Chief Learning Officers, Vice-Presidents. A minimum 10-year managerial experience and five years of executive management experience is required. It is also a fantastic opportunity for executives moving into leading HR positions from other parts of the organization, and an excellent next step for executives who have completed the McGill Mini-MBA series, or an MBA or EMBA.

The registration fee includes facilitation by our highly rated faculty members and seasoned HR experts, course materials, results-oriented exercises, meal service (continental breakfast, lunch and breaks) *, and a certificate of completion from the McGill Executive Institute. To successfully complete the course and receive your certificate of completion, you will need to attend all sessions and complete the pre-work for each session.

*Meal service is included for in-person programs only.

Topics covered in this course

  • Ascend to the C-Suite as a catalyst, advisor, facilitator in a VUCA world
  • Use digital tools and data for better decision-making
  • Understand the implications of technology, Artificial Intelligence for HR
  • Help manage change through purposeful leadership, empathy, and trust
  • Identify and align elements of organizational readiness
  • Develop an Employee Value Proposition for better retention
  • Learn how to motivate for high performance in a remote work environment
  • Understand what motivates newer employees
  • Learn how to promote your company values for more effective recruiting
  • Building an effective hybrid remote/onsite work culture profile
  • Address Quiet Quitting and Quiet Hiring while controlling costs
  • Build trust and reduce Presenteeism, burnout and stress
  • Help first-time leaders succeed through mentorship and training
  • Re-building a learning organization-piece by piece
  • Help first-time leaders succeed through mentorship and training
  • Productivity growth strategies / engagement


Course Leaders

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Melissa Sonberg


Melissa Sonberg

Melissa Sonberg has enjoyed over three decades of international leadership success across a broad range of corporate, not-for-profit and academic environments. A seasoned C-suite executive, passionate about transformation and change management, Melissa’s focus is now on creating positive, and profitable, impact through Board appointments and select business advisory engagements, while engaging directly in the education of our next generation of leaders as Faculty Lecturer in the Organizational Behaviour Area.

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John-Paul Ferguson


John-Paul Ferguson

John-Paul Ferguson is an accomplished keynote speaker and executive educator as well as an award-winning business school professor. He is currently the Academic Director of the MBA program at McGill University. Formerly a professor at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, John-Paul holds a Ph.D. from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. For more than a decade, John-Paul has studied trends in organizational diversification, careers, employment, and strategy. He has published widely on these topics in leading academic outlets. His work on the changing nature of employment composition in the USA has been cited in the New York Times and viewed more than a million times on YouTube. In 2015 he received the Labor and Employment Relations Association’s John T. Dunlop Prize for outstanding research contributions in work and employment research from an early-career professor. Drawing on his research and teaching experience, John-Paul has delivered keynote presentations, executive training programs, and consulting services to organizations in North America and Sub-Saharan Africa. His clients have ranged from small firms to multinationals like General Motors and included healthcare and government organizations as well as for-profit companies. He was a pioneer instructor in Stanford’s Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies, where he taught strategy and organization design to dozens of business owners from 23 countries. He teaches in the MBA, Ph.D., and undergraduate programs at McGill. In recognition of his teaching excellence, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Stanford GSB in 2015.


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Miriam Carver


Miriam Carver

As a faculty member of the McGill Executive Institute and lecturer in the Desautels Faculty of Management, Miriam Carver’s areas of expertise include leadership development, conflict resolution, negotiation skills, building teams, customer service, executive coaching, and emotional intelligence. She consults with a wide variety of organizations in diverse sectors, from manufacturing and telecommunications to government and healthcare. She holds a Master’s in Education (Counselling Psychology) from McGill University and has completed additional graduate work in Organizational Development and Conflict Resolution.

This seminar is currently not available for open enrollment, but remains an active part of our educational offerings.

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