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COMTO Workshop: Leading Change in Transportation—Critical Skills to Accelerate Change and Innovation Post-COVID

December 9, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm

Join us for our last event of the year—a strategic planning workshop to support transportation leaders in anticipating and addressing the evolution of leadership development set in motion by COVID-19.


The COVID-19 pandemic thrust the transportation sector into unexpected and unprecedented levels of innovation and change by demanding every facet of the industry to rapidly react to the shifting external landscape. Moving forward, many new influences (such as increases in Federal infrastructure investment and expectations by exhausted employees and customers that we ‘return to normal’, to name a few) will confront leaders with powerful tensions and challenges.

Leaders must assure their teams can adapt, innovate and perform under these new shifting and uncertain circumstances. But did the breakneck experiences of the pandemic effectively prepare your current and future generation of leaders with the long-term, repeatable skills to proactively innovate and improve? Or, might leaders instinctively revert to more incremental, status-quo thinking in the face of these challenges as they return to post-COVID work?

Using an interactive assessment, led by Kimberlee Williams, President of the Center for Strategy Realization, we will explore the post-COVID landscape, and the change leadership capabilities required to encourage and accelerate innovation in that environment. Participants will leave with key insights into high-level gaps that will focus attention on developing priority change leadership skills for your and your agency’s leaders.


  1. Appreciate the new business context for leading change post-COVID
  2. Discover the 7 critical skills leaders must have to accelerate change and innovation
  3. Conduct a high-level assessment and identify gaps for yourself and your leaders


  1. Ability to evaluate whether your leadership development is reinforcing status-quo
  2. Articulate and advocate for the 7 critical skills back in your agency
  3. Begin to create an action plan to close the change leadership gap


  1. Register by December 2, 2021, to participate in this interactive workshop led by Kimberlee Williams, President of Center for Strategy Realization.
  2. Complete the following leadership assessment by December 2, 2021. You will be sent the results in advance of the workshop where Ms. Williams will provide a group assessment and answer your questions.


Kimberlee Williams, President of the Center for Strategy Realization, is an executive advisor and coach to Fortune 100 companies and government agencies on the skills needed to successfully deliver on revenue growth, customer and shareholder commitments through major business transformation. The Center’s research shows that despite effective strategic plans and tracking technologies it is people manager actions, decisions and capabilities during times of disruptive change that ultimately determine whether or not the company’s financial goals will be realized. Kimberlee works with those leaders and their teams to develop key change leadership capabilities including architecting the delivery of critical outcomes, fundamental culture shifts, organization realignment, leader and team effectiveness, employee engagement, performance management, accountability and streamlining processes to achieve cost and efficiency targets.

Previously, she served in Merck & Company’s Strategy Office as the worldwide Head of Change Execution for the $46B/90,000 employee base during the most transformative period in the company’s history. She was also Executive Director – Strategy, Operational Excellence, & Change for the $4B/4,000 employee Global Business Services & Information Technology business unit.

She and two colleagues produced the enterprise performance plan that influenced Merck’s successful goal attainment and subsequent induction into the prestigious “Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame”. Earlier in her career, she was VP, Human Resources & Organizational Effectiveness at a 30,000+ employee facilities services outsourcing company, serving both corporate facilities and heavy manufacturing customers.

Her roles included Operations/P&L, Strategy/Program Management, Customer Experience, Safety, Labor Relations and Continuous Improvement responsibilities. She has worked in 18 industries, including senior advisor, change and capability building programs in the transportation sector.

Kimberlee is a certified Lean-Sigma Black Belt, Master Change Agent and award-winning executive facilitator who provides insights into how to drive major organizational transformation that achieves its intended benefits. Her approach to leading transformational change has enabled more than $6B in cost reduction. She is the author of “Realizing the Return on investment of Asset Management” (Asset Management: Transforming Asset Dependent Businesses, Lloyd & Corcoran, 2019, pages 119-140). She lives on the beautiful Hudson River waterfront across from Manhattan, enjoys boating, fishing and is looking forward to the return of international travel.


December 9, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
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(202) 506-2917
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