About The AIARepositioning the AIA
Remaking the 21st century AIA
The AIA has engaged Kotter International, the foremost expert in change management, to help implement the next phase of Repositioning.
Kotter is the best in the business. More than 70 percent of organizations attempting real change fail at implementation, which is where the rubber meets the road. The AIA is determined to see Repositioning through with Kotter’s expertise in generating broad-based support and willingness among a set of diverse constituents.
The firm’s tailored approach to change management addresses the Institute’s collective knowledge base and status as a bellwether and beacon for the profession. Like the architecture profession, the AIA has undergone radical transformation in recent years. And, like architecture, the AIA is at a critical juncture—perhaps the most significant in its history.
Kotter has assembled what we’re calling an “advancement team,” comprised of AIA National staff, Repositioning Ambassadors, AIA Component executives and staff, and general members, who will be the frontlines of change. The advancement team is charged with helping accelerate action to realize this transformation of our AIA and profession. They will be help us define and implement a range of approaches to create a new level of engagement across the Institute and align a large number of our passionate colleagues to help drive these efforts. As their influence expands, so too will the tenets of Repositioning in a grassroots approach that will have a big impact in the coming decade and keep us grounded in what matters to members.
Our Kotter team includes:
Together with John Kotter, Nancy Dearman built the predecessor company to Kotter International and served in various capacities for 18 years, including as its president. As a founding member and Chief Executive Officer of Kotter International, Nancy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to help serve the company’s mission to provide organizations and their leaders with the process by which to accelerate strategic implementation and achieve transformative change.
At the predecessor company, Kotter Associates, Nancy was instrumental in privately publishing Our Iceberg Is Melting: Changing and Succeeding Under Any Conditions by John Kotter and Holger Rathgeber. The book sold 15,000 copies in seven editions until the title was sold to St. Martin’s Press in 2006, where it became a New York Times bestseller. Nancy also developed two websites that present Kotter’s model on leading change and she developed multiple partner relationships that disseminate Kotter concepts through corporate training programs, video production and the web. She conducted in‐depth interviews with high-level executives from Fortune 500 companies to inform the research, advising and seminar work conducted by Kotter.
For over 15 years, David Carder has worked with global clients to accelerate the execution of their business strategies and drive the development of their top leadership talent. In recent years, he’s focused on helping leaders grow market share, execute strategy, reduce time-to-market, and drive competitive advantage.
Prior to joining Kotter International, David served as a Vice President for The Forum Corporation, a global professional services firm specializing in strategy execution and leadership development. His clients included Fidelity Investments, AstraZeneca, Motorola, Aetna, Deloitte, Morgan Stanley, British Petroleum, AOL, Covidien, and ExxonMobil. David has also facilitated executive development programs. As a Senior Consultant with Forum’s Research and Development Group, he conducted research and contributed to the design of advanced leadership development programs focused on strategy execution, managing complexity, executive-level coaching, and competing on knowledge.
For nearly 15 years, Gregg LeStage has worked with senior business leaders across a wide range of industries and sectors, equipping them and their workforces with the mindsets and skill sets necessary to transform their organizations.
After spending nine years in academia, Gregg transitioned into the business world with the unbending conviction that learning is the most effective way to empower people to change themselves. Working for performance improvement and strategy execution firms helped him build expertise in numerous facets of the consulting profession, with a particular focus on adult learning. Gregg is skilled in research, instructional design, and content development and holds a deep understanding of virtual learning. His domain expertise includes learning architecture design, communications, and measurement.