Michelle Yanahan

Organizational Management

Michelle Yanahan


An organizational change management strategist with over 15 years of progressive experience in change capability & competency development, change execution, project execution/management, project management office development and operations, Michelle Yanahan teaches Change Management courses at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.

After a long career in business analysis and improvement, primarily at Zurich Insurance, Michelle is the Principal and Founder of ChangeFit 360, a consulting company offering behavior- based workshops and coaching to fuel organizational change.

At Zurich, Michelle was Business Unit Change Lead for Operational Transformation, and Organizational Change Management Capability Lead/AVP, Operational Transformation. In this position, Michelle was the Change Center of Excellence leader, accountable for assessing, building and maturing change transformation capabilities for the transformation team and across North America. She served as North America thought leader to the Zurich Global Change community.

Michelle received her MS from Benedictine University and her BA from North Central College.

Business Leader Faculty® Since 2017


Professional Experience

Principal and Founder 

ChangeFit 360

Change Capability Leader, AVP, Operational Transformation

Zurich North America

Business Unit Change Lead, Operational Transformation 

Zurich North America



- Master of Science 


- Bachelor of Arts