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About the Episode

The what's what...

In this episode, Robin Johnson provides applicable advice on managing change during an M&A process. Listeners will learn about:

  • The four stages of processing change

  • The integration of different teams and cultures

  • Dealing with the uncertainty that comes with M&A

  • Being an effective leader and manager through the process

E-book sold on Amazon at Blended: A Leader’ Guide to Managing Change During Post M&A Integrations

About the Podcast

Kin Sejpal


Kin Sejpal

Kinnari “Kin” Sejpal is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications/Chief Marketing Officer at University of Redlands where she oversees brand management, enrollment marketing, and communications and digital teams. Before joining Redlands, Kin served as the Associate Vice President, Marketing and Creative Services at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Among her many accomplishments there, Kin developed RIT’s brand strategy and launched its first national reputation campaign. Kin started her career in the U.S. by joining Purdue University’s Office of Marketing and Media where she held progressively responsible roles in the areas of advertising, marketing strategy, and marketing intelligence. Dedicated to advancing higher education and the importance of marketing in shaping the perception of our industry, Kin serves in prominent positions with CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and AMA (American Marketing Association). Kin has an M.B.A in Marketing and Strategic Management, and an M.A. in Communications from Purdue University.

Robin Johnson


Robin Johnson

Robin Johnson, D.S.L. is the founder and change leadership advisor of DesignOrg Solutions, an organizational effectiveness boutique consulting firm. Robin brings more than 15 years of experience as a change leader, executing and navigating companies through complex organizational change and development, such as merger and acquisition (M&A) integrations, restructures, and other large-scale transformations. In addition to assessing the impact of change on organizations, a great deal of Robin’s work is helping business leaders and their teams take the “hard” out of change. Instead, she focuses on the “people” part of change. Robin helps leaders understand what change personalities they have on their teams, she shows teams and individuals how to navigate through change, and she assesses the readiness of the organization to go through the change process. Robin is the author of two books. One is “Leaders Don’t Have to be Lonely: Eliminate the Loneliness and Lead like a Coach” which informs managers of people and leaders whose performance goals include developing their team members what it takes to lead with the intent to coach. The other is “Blended: A Leader’s Guide To Managing Change During Post M&A Integrations.”

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