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In Memory: Dr. Mila Baker

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 29, 2017

We are saddened to share the news that Dr. Mila Baker died last week of a sudden cerebral aneurysm.

Former board chair Matt Minahan shared his memories of Dr. Baker:

Dr. Mila Baker

Mila was a young 71 years old, and touched many in our field as a teacher of OD, an educational administrator, an OD consultant, an author and speaker.

Mila was very involved in the OD Network, serving on the board for several years in the early 00s and as its chair in 2003, during which she led several important changes for the Network and how it operates.

She served on numerous OD Network project teams, including a branding project, a career development project, a mentoring and coaching project, and several committees. She was an adviser to board in 2010 and 2011, helping the Network steer itself out of a financial crisis and back into solvency.

I had the personal privilege to work with Mila on two projects. She led a major coaching program when she was internal at Merck, engaging dozens of OD consultants and coaches in a program which used a groundbreaking computer algorithm to match candidates' needs and interests with those of coaches.

Our paths also crossed as part of the Org Learning and Change consulting practice at The World Bank, including her long standing efforts to bring competency development to an organization that demanded it but didn't want it. She outlasted all the rest of us in her dogged determination to do what was right for the staff of the Bank, over above and beyond the call of duty.

We also worked together as members of NTL. When we formed Communities of Practice some 15 years ago, Mila was one of the first stewards of our Education CoP. And Mila was active in the OD and Change and Management Consulting Divisions of the Academy of Management, due to present a session in August in Atlanta.

I had the benefit of her wise counsel when I was in role on the board of the OD Network these past few years, during which Mila was always a ready ear and full of good advice.

I loved working with her and knowing her, and the more I did so, the more I loved it, and her.

I miss you, Mila.

Read more about her life at: https://www.lifeposts.com/p/milestone/62087/mila-baker-memorial/lifestory/

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