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Alumni Speaker Series Driving Change Through Social Networks

August 18, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT

TCSPP Alumni Speaker Series

Driving Change Through Social Networks

Wednesday, August 18, 2021


12-1pm PDT

2-3pm CDT

3-4pm EDT


In today’s world, information has never traveled faster shaping how we, as humans, think, behave, and grow.  While at first glance this sounds like a big benefit, there are also risks.  Sitting at the heart of understanding how this impacts us, as humans, is social physics or the mechanism in which social learning influences who we are as individuals.  On the benefits side, we can create social movements where we can move people toward a positive outcome such as an adoption of a new technology to how we think about and act on climate change. On the flip side, if we hear the same information from all of our resources, we create a tunnel vision and unable to see the big picture or generate new ideas and solutions to innovate and advance our thinking and behavior.  Therefore, understanding how social networks influence change has never been more important to ensure we don’t get trapped.


This session, Driving Change Through Social Networks will bring to light the impact our environment plays in influencing how we think, behave and grow. Come join as we explore the underpinning of social physics, how idea flows impact our social environment and us as individuals, the different roles that influence social learning, and the importance of building and diversifying your network. Further, we will explore what a change network is within your social network, how to disseminate information and drive change within your organization through a change network. The session will be highly interactive with chat questions and a potential breakout.

This program offers 1.0 SHRM PDCs for human resource professionals.


Register here.


Co-presented by TCSPP alumni Douglas Blum and Ismail Koubaytari.

Doug Blum is a Manager in the People Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young LLP. He has over 6 years of professional experience in Organizational Change Management with focus on digital transformation, learning and development and communications. He currently has been leading and supporting on change management initiatives for workplace transformation and return to office (RTO). Doug is a graduate of the M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology program in Chicago.

Ismail Koubaytari is an Associate within Spencer Stuart’s Leadership Advisory Services practice, serving clients on organizational culture, top team effectiveness engagements, succession planning, performance improvement and leadership development programs.  Ismail brings both deep practical and theoretical knowledge in Organizational Behavior, Leadership Development, Performance Management and Large-Scale Culture Change to his role. Ismail is a graduate of the M.A. Industrial/Organizational Psychology program in Chicago and is currently pursuing his PhD in Business Psychology at The Chicago School.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP®




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