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2018 Conference CFP Now Open!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The 2018 OD Network Conference Education and Content leads are looking for dynamic and engaging facilitators who not only bring their skills and experiences to the conference, but bring learnings to share with participants that are experiential, relatable, and transferable. Facilitators will host sessions on topics that reflect aspects of the Global OD Practice Framework™, facilitate conversations and dialogue that deepen understanding of OD principles and practices and engage participants with emerging perspectives in our field.

Learn more and submit a proposal!

Submissions close April 15, 2018.

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Organization Development Network Announces 2018 Board of Trustees

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Gary Mangiofico Chair
Gary Mangiofico
Pepperdine University
Los Angeles, CA

Lori Blander
Vice Chair
Lori Blander
President, The Blander Group
Baltimore, MD

Amy Cowart
Amy Cowart
COO, Coray Gurnitz Consulting
Arlington, VA

Martha Kesler
Past Chair
Martha Kesler
Lead, People & Organization Development NA CP, Syngenta 
Greensboro, NC

Marco Cassone
Marco Cassone
OD/L&D Practitioner,
San Francisco, CA

Glen Earl
Glen Earl
Leadership Development Consultant, Parkland Hospital
Dallas, TX

Cindy Miller
Cindy Miller
Coach & OD Consultant, Cindy Miller Associates
La Quinta & San Clemente, CA

Tiffany Yates
Tiffany Yates
S&P Improvement – Senior Manager, Grant Thornton
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Gary L. Mangiofico is recognized as a strategic and iconic thought leader. In 2012, he was honored with the Strategic Leadership Award from the World HRD & Development Congress at the Global HR/OD Excellence Awards, which recognizes the Best of Best in the HR/OD professionals internationally and serves as a benchmark of achievement in Organization Development practices.

Lori Blander has been a learning and development professional for 20 years. She works in collaborative partnership with executive teams, managers, HR, and functional teams to assess the current state, desired future state, and co-create solutions that work towards achieving vision.

Martha Kesler has focused her career on building organizational capacity and productivity by aligning individuals with organizational strategy and equipping those individuals with the skills, architectures, tools, measurements and role clarity necessary to continuously improve the level of service provided their respective customers.

Amy Cowart’s career has centered on helping government and non-profit organizations “deliver on their public promise.” She has employed myriad OD interventions to partner with her clients in the areas of change management, strategic planning, leadership and team development, and performance management.

Dr. Cindy Miller is an experienced leadership, team and organization development consultant who has held global leadership roles in the biotech, pharma and financial services industries.  She is a trusted coach and effective facilitator who has helped hundreds of leaders develop their potential, achieve their goals and lead large-scale changes. 

Marco Cassone’s background includes arts education, learning & development, and performance improvement coaching on an international stage across four continents. Since 2015, Marco's primary leadership role for the OD Network has been Chair of Academic Partnerships, working to awaken graduate and doctoral student members to the power, community, and connection that is possible from the network.

Dr. Glen B. Earl has over 25 years of experience as an internal, as well as, an external organizational consultant. He has worked for the past six years as a Talent Development Consultant, in Parkland Academy, Office of Talent Management at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. His focus is in Organization Development, Executive Coaching, Leadership Development and Team Building.

Dr. Tiffany Yates is a pioneer in the field of culture, talent development, transforming workplace conduct and leadership development. She has over a decade of innovative oversight in consulting engagements that result in people alignment to strategic execution. 

The new Board of Trustees members were elected to their current positions in September, and their terms began January 1, 2018.

The OD Network is committed to helping members develop organization capability through alignment of strategy, structure, management processes, people, rewards and metrics. The OD Network mission is Advancing the Practice, Science and Impact of OD. We, as OD Practitioners, make evidence-based decisions grounded in research in behavioral science. We practice OD within organizations in order to improve the organization’s sustained effectiveness and health. We make an impact by introducing solutions and interventions that impact an organization’s strategic objectives and bottom line. The OD Network always encourages members to expand their involvement in volunteer and leadership roles. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please visit:

For more information on OD Network membership, resources and events, please visit the ODN website at


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Special ODN Member Discount on March 15–17 Integral Facilitator® Training

Posted By Administration, Thursday, February 8, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ten Directions would like to extend a special invitation to OD Network members to attend Ten Directions’ 3-Day Next Stage Facilitation intensive in Salt Lake City, March 15-17, 2018. Register by February 28, 2018, to take advantage of the 25% discount offered to ODN members who are new subscribers.

OD Network of New York President Amy Pasquale is a Ten Directions’ Certified Integral Facilitator® and gives the program her highest endorsement. See her video here.

The IF path is aligned with the Global OD Practice Framework™ defining five different areas of OD Competency, especially for those who are looking for way to grow to work with more complexity in groups. Systems change experts, efficient designer, business advisors, credible strategist, and informed consultants all benefit from the advanced facilitative leadership, group dynamics, adult development and self as instrument within our Integral framework.

The Next Stage Facilitation intensive is taught by a powerhouse faculty team led by Diane Musho Hamilton, award winning mediator, masterful facilitator and author of Everything is Workable, a Zen Approach to Conflict Resolution. This opportunity to experience and learn from Diane Musho Hamilton’s dynamic, creative and liberated way of working with groups is not one to be missed!

Go to the Next Stage Facilitation webpage for ODN members for more information. Register by February 28 to receive the special 25% discount for ODNetwork members.

25% off for OD Network members

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Benedictine professor receives lifetime achievement award

Posted By Administration, Monday, October 23, 2017

Peter Sorensen Jr., Ph.D., receives landmark award from largest international association in field of Organization Development

LISLE, Ill., Oct. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Peter Sorensen Jr., Ph.D., a world-recognized Organization Development (OD) pioneer and professor at Benedictine University, has received yet another accolade to add among his many honors as a distinguished scholar who has helped prepare hundreds of managers and executives to successfully organize and implement change for more than five decades.

In recognition of his lasting impact in the field, Sorensen was honored with the Organization Development Network's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday, October 16.

The award is given to individuals who have served the profession over an extended period of time, have earned the respect and admiration of professional colleagues and have freely engaged not only contemporaries, but also have been committed to maintain a dynamic connection to all generations of OD practitioners.

"Peter is an icon," said Therese Yaeger, Ph.D., a professor and colleague of Sorensen's. "He has literally been teaching in this field of study from the very beginning and has not only produced a mountain of work on the subject, but has helped launch the careers of a great number of men and women, many of whom are now widely considered among the most influential of OD practioners. People come to Benedictine from all around the world just to meet and learn from him because his enthusiasm for what he does is so infectious and inspiring. This award affirms his life's work and is much deserved."


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OD Network to Host Annual Conference in Chicago

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Multi-day event brings leaders, innovators in organization development together in Windy City

September 21, 2017 (St. Paul, Minn.) – The Organization Development Network is set to host their annual conference at the Loews Chicago O’Hare in Chicago, Ill. The multi-day event will take place from Saturday, Oct. 14 through Tuesday, Oct. 17 and will encourage participants to think differently about their work, not as intervention but rather as innovation and delivering impact.

The theme of the OD Network’s 2017 conference is “The Call of Our Time: OD Innovating for Impact” with plenary and concurrent sessions hosted by leading experts in leadership, business and community building. The conference will feature a blend of insight from thought-leaders and practitioners with hands-on action learning in multi-stakeholder client systems.

Featured on the conference schedule are:

  • The High-Performance, Horizontal Model: What Is It — and What Can We Learn from Maersk's Transformation? – from Howard M. Guttman, a renowned OD practitioner, author, and founder of Guttman Development Strategies; and Ulf Hahnemann, CHRO, Maersk.
  • What Time is It ... Are We Cracking Up or Cracking Open? – from Frances Baldwin, EdD, Founder of Designed Wisdom; Juanita Brown, PhD, Co-Founder of the World Café and founder of Whole Systems Associates; and Stephanie Brown, MSOD, Collaboration Designer and Graphic Facilitator.
  • The 21st Century Growth Culture: If Not This, What? – from Andy Fleming, CEO and Founder of Way to Grow, Inc., and co-author of An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization with Harvard’s Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey, Matthew L. Miller and Deborah Helsing. 
  • A hands-on collaborative action session: Business Transformation in Organization Effectiveness: An Engagement with Allstate. During this unique opportunity, participants will work with Allstate executives to examine a real-time transformational challenge and apply their OD expertise to propose recommended interventions. Swiss futurist Jens U. Hansen will be leading the workshop activities.

There is a full schedule of pre-conference sessions available and OD Network will offer more than 40 concurrent sessions as well as CEUs for participants. View the complete OD Network conference schedule to plan a weekend itinerary.

“The pace of change we experience in the world today makes it almost impossible for complex organizations to stay nimble enough to effectively adapt their structure, so we focused on hosting a conference that paved the path for organizations to be creative, inspirational, and, most importantly, practical for their members,” said Martha Kesler, chair of the Board of Trustees at OD Network.

For more information, visit the OD Network 2017 conference webpage.

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