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Regional Leaders Virtual Gathering - September 12, 2014

Posted By Christie Smaidris, Monday, October 20, 2014

Notes from Regional Leaders Virtual Gathering

September 12, 2014



Carol Anderson, Greater Orlando Organization Development Network

Ed Bierschenk, Houston OD Network

Doug Blum, ODN Chicago

Chris Chittero, South Florida ODN

Magda Kaspary, Pacific Northwest ODN

Martha Legare, Organization Change Alliance (Atlanta)

Edward Malinowski, OD Connection Northeast Ohio

Robert McCarthy, Oregon ODN

Tammy Preble, Dallas-Fort Worth OD Network

Clarissa Sawyer, Massachusetts Bay OD Learning Group

Maggie Shreve, ODN of Chicago

Bob Stapleton, Triangle OD Network




Melanie Brannigan

Jeff Richardson

Marisa Sanchez

Eric Sanders



Resource Sharing: 

In this session, regional leaders identified resources that could be pooled or shared. 

·         Articles for our websites or newsletters.

·         A catalog of whitepapers or webinars

·         Completed newsletter templates, which we can brand by adding our logo to and a piece of local news.

·         Virtual admin to support several chapters

·         Models, processes, that help us do better work

·         Blog posts

·         Website content from ODN's site to post on regional sites

·         Use of rigorous behavioral science methods to contract with a client, assess needs, diagnose the issues, design relevant interventions, implement, and evaluate outcomes (during and after).

Regionals are not chapters of ODN but independent organizations that informally affiliate with ODN.  We hope that regional leaders self-organize around sharing these resources, post your resource sharing in the Regional Leaders KnowledgeBase blog, and share with your Regional Connectors so that we can continue to communicate to other regionals who may also want to contribute to your resource sharing.  For those regionals who would like to begin thinking about a more formal relationship with OD Network, please contact Marisa Sanchez so we can begin a dialogue with interested regionals. 

Other information regional leaders identified they would like to share with one another have been identified on OD Network’s Regional Leaders KnowledgeBase.  If you have information about these topics, please contribute your knowledge to the KnowledgeBase – reach out to your Regional Connectors if you want help posting to the KnowledgeBase. 

·         Legal advice, advice on becoming a non profit organization

·         501c3 information

·         Financial advice

·         How to recruit and retain volunteers and board members

·         Webpage best practices

Regional leaders also would like to share program topics and speakers.  If you have topics, materials, speaker contact information, please post your contributions to the OD Network’s Program Repository

·         Sharing of program speakers, topics

·         Sharing meeting formats

Marketing to Members Amid Changing OD Profession:

In the second half of the session, regional leaders voted on the types of professions that attend regional sessions:

Facilitators / Trainers (5)

Change Management practitioners (6)

OD consultants (6)

Talent development specialists (8)

Coaches (6)


HR professionals (5)

Strategy consultants (3)

Management / human capital analysts / consultants (6)

Organizational leaders (1)

I/O Psychology programs

Leadership development

Training and development, instructional designer programs

Community development professionals

Students of OD (7)

Professors (6)

Students from other programs (3)

Researchers (1)

Business majors

Psychology majors

MBA students belonging to the Organization Behavior club


Participants were also polled on how regionals track attendance of these various professions: 

Formal tracking – during registration process (6),

Informal tracking - “Raise hand” request at event (1)

We don't track very well (1)

We track based on loose categories related to OD -- student, interested in the field, experienced practitioner, etc.

Conversation moved into how the definition of OD (or lack of a common definition) is contributing to less of a focus on how to market to participants for regional programs.  Participants discussed the relevance of questions such as “what is OD” and “where is it going” to understanding trends in association membership and regard for the field.


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