Inaugural Conference of Association of Change Management Professionals a Success

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Nearly 700 attendees from around the globe join to learn about leading change.

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I am extremely pleased by the level of engagement and excitement we see in this global community. Based on the positive momentum from the conference, ACMP members are ready to enable change that matters.

The Inaugural Global Conference of the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) concluded on May 3rd in Orlando, Florida.

Traveling from every continent except Antarctica, conference attendees numbered close to 700, representing one of the largest gatherings of change management professionals ever recorded.    The inaugural conference represents a significant milestone for ACMP, which in itself represents a first – a membership-driven organization devoted to advancing the discipline of change management worldwide. Over 300 “founding members” signed up to join the new Association during the conference.

Industry heavyweights John P. Kotter and Daryl Conner led two of the three keynote addresses, providing their unique perspectives on future trends in the change management industry. The third keynote address was delivered by Admiral Thad Allen, retired Commandant of the US Coast Guard. Attendees benefited from his practical change management approach to solving the significant challenges he faced during his long career in public service.

“This conference was a significant event for change management professionals,” says Dr. Stephen Wehrenberg, ACMP President. “I am extremely pleased by the number who attended, the quality of the presenters, and the level of engagement and excitement we see in this global community. Based on the positive momentum from the conference, ACMP members are ready to enable change that matters.” At the conclusion of the conference Steve charged the attendees with reinventing themselves; "You aren't merely change management professionals, you are change leaders."

The organization’s momentum is indeed significant, as illustrated by nearly 40% of conference attendees expressing interest in volunteering in various capacities – establishing consistent Change Management Standards, creating the structure to support local chapters, and building the first-ever member-driven Change Management Certification process. In the coming months, the ACMP Board, in conjunction with a large cadre of volunteers, will begin to execute the ACMP strategy discussed during the conference.

Businesses around the globe are becoming increasingly aware of the need for change management professionals to partner with them to increase the probability of successful change – and achieve better results. Change management professionals have grown and organized over the last decade through well-organized community-of-interest networks. Now, for the first time ever, they have joined forces under one banner, within one global professional organization, the Association of Change Management Professionals.

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