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Grants Managers as Change Managers (PEAK Minnesota)

Grants management staff are often responsible for sparking, managing, or leading change in their organizations – but change can be surprisingly hard even when everyone agrees that it’s needed! This dynamic workshop will focus on the human dimensions of change management. We’ll discuss the types of changes you are leading and introduce strategies for getting started, overcoming resistance, and making change stick in your organizations.


Jessica Bearman

Jessica works with grantmakers and other mission-based organizations focusing on organization development, facilitation, and R&D to help them align strategy, culture, and practice. As a consultant and in her prior roles, Jessica has written and spoken widely about new and established philanthropy. Her clients include many individual grantmaking foundations seeking to build thriving cultures and strengthen intentional practice. She has also led and contributed to many sector-wide initiatives, including Demographic Data for Impact, Learn Philanthropy, Fund the People, and PEAK Grantmaking’s Project Streamline, through which she has advocated field-wide for sensible and meaningful grantmaking practices. She designs and facilitates learning communities that promote deep knowledge building and peer learning across philanthropic organizations, including Grantmakers for Effective Organizations’ Change Leaders in Philanthropy Fellowship, a 10-month community of practice for senior leaders in the field.Jessica was a member of the NCRP Power Moves Learning Community, focused on equity and power, and is a board member of the National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers. In her community, she is the recipient of the Sheikh Community Unity Award for efforts related to human rights and diversity. In 2007, she founded the Moscow Women’s Giving Circle, a group that has engaged hundreds of women and given more than $250,000 to local organizations. Before joining the philanthropic sector, Jessica spent a decade working for environmental nonprofits and received a Masters in Organization Development from American University/National Training Laboratory.  



  • Complimentary for Organization Members
  • $25 for Individual Members
  • $55 for non-members

Not yet a part of the PEAK community? We invite all grantmaking professionals to sign up for a complimentary Individual Membership to participate in our CONNECT discussion forum, receive complimentary or discounted registration to our events, and to access select resources.

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