Michelle Yanahan

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Michelle Yanahan CNM Instructor

Michelle Yanahan, Principal and Owner of ChangeFit 360, is a passionate organizational change management strategist & thought leader with proven expertise in executing programs to enhance and grow organizational change management as a strategic business competency for both business and academia.

Michelle has 16 +years progressive business experience in leadership roles in operations, change capability and competency development, change execution, IT execution, project execution/management and project management office (PMO) development and operations.


Michelle’s professional expertise includes the following:


  • Corporate office operational transformation for insurance and financial services in national and global operations
  • Successfully grew the discipline of organizational change capability for a recognized market leader in financial services
  • Represented North America as the face of change partnering with colleagues across the globe to help them establish regional change capabilities and competencies to help transform their businesses
  • Coached business and project execution leaders on transformational change
  • Conceptualized, built and delivered behavior focused leader and employee learning solutions for 400+ resulting in an average 25% project execution lift
  • Created and actively engaged a change special interest group with 300 +members to drive organizational change
  • Founded ChangeFit 360 to drive a behavioral based approach to organizational change that drives results with clients from both the corporate and academic sectors
  • Change Management Review article and podcast contributor
  • Faculty member for University of Illinois Chicago, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and Harper College

Michelle holds a Masters in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University as well as CCMP and Prosci ADKAR change management certifications.  Michelle has been a featured presenter for ACMP, ATD, OD Network, CODIC, and SHRM on a variety of organizational change topics.  Michelle has published articles and been a featured podcast for Change Management Review on behavior’s role in change.