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2013 Co-Chairs

Marisa Sanchez, Ph.D.
Matt Minahan, Ed. D.

2013 Treasurer
Magdy Mansour

2013 Secretary
Mike Horne, Ph.D.

Christina Bell
Yasmeen Burns
Elena Feliz
Norm Jones, Ph.D.

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Chicago, IL 60611
312.321.5136
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Message from the Executive Director

Reflections on a Successful Annual Conference

I am writing to you from San Jose this week in the midst of a wonderful gathering with so many of you at the OD Network Annual Conference. It has been an inspiring week, and I hope you have enjoyed sharing ideas and connecting with so many leaders in the field of Organization Development.

The conference kicked off Saturday with the Pre-Conference deep-dives. The affinity and caucus groups gathered on Sunday morning, followed by the new attendee orientation and Dick Beckard Mentoring Program. It was great to see so many familiar faces at all of these events as well as the new faces. Over the past three days, you could feel the sense of community building for the whole week.

The conference officially opened with a Keynote Presentation by Robert Kegan, and the first day ended with a lively networking reception and poster sessions with some great topics. Monday morning opened with a thoughtful Sunrise Commemoration Event for Edie and Charlie Seashore and a Keynote Presentation from Verna Myers. Other highlights included the Featured Speakers, Ed Schein and David Sibbet, and the Awards Ceremony and Fireside Chats with award recipients in the evening. We are wrapping up events today with a Keynote Presentation by Susan Foley.

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Register Now for the "Designing for Agility" Workshop

The “Designing for Agility” workshop is only weeks away! OD Network, together with Organization Design Forum, is offering a “Designing for Agility” workshop November 5-7, 2013, just outside of Los Angeles in Torrance, CA.

Organizations need agility in order to shift and advance in global markets. Designed to focus on your organization’s readiness for the next decade, the workshop will help you start with a sound strategic foundation and design the right structures, work processes, and human capital systems that support organizational agility and lead to enduring results.

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Register Now! OD Network Webinars

Based on your feedback, OD Network is introducing new cutting-edge and informative webinars covering concepts and ideas foundational to your practice! Join us for the next webinar onNovember 14, 2013, at 12:00pm CST,when noted author and consultantRichard McDermottwill present“Freeing Up Your Clients to Think.”Clickherefor more information and to register.

In many organizations, the clever thinking of staff is critical to their organization’s competitive advantage. But three social forces have made it more difficult for professional staff to find the time they need to think: knowledge saturation, self-service knowledge management, and the democratization of knowledge. This webinar will address how to reduce the transaction costs of managing knowledge and deepen professionals’ thinking.

We will explore what OD professionals can do to design organizations in a way that reduces the transaction costs of managing knowledge, deepens professionals’ thinking and give their clients – and themselves - time to perform their highest priority-- to think.

Introducing Coaching and Mentoring Programs

In the coming weeks, we will be launching two programs for OD Network members: one to provide one-on-one coaching, and one to provide one-on-one mentoring. The programs will bring together experienced members of the Network with those who are just entering the field or looking for more guidance about OD.

Many thanks to Denny Gallagher and committee members Chris Brabon, Karen James, Hester Darcy and Page Anne Smith, who have developed this program for OD Network that we are proud to get underway soon.

OD Network Regional News

The OD Network Annual Conference serves as a forum for regional network members to connect in person, share experiences, and collaborate to solve common challenges. This personal interaction allows participants to create initial connections that can be continued during or after the conference.

In addition, the ODN Regionals Committee uses this forum to hear feedback on the committee’s work and planned activity. The following report was provided at this year’s Caucus.

2013 Accomplishments

  • Convened 25 regional leaders in a virtual session to:
    • Create new value for regional network leaders
    • Learn from each other
    • Build the broadest possible ownership of the group
    • Have everyone gain at least one good idea
  • Held Regionals Caucus to support regionals networking
  • Developed 2 knowledge sharing tools for regional leaders*:
    • Program Repository to share programming ideas, materials, speakers
    • Regional Leaders KnowledgeBase to share regional management practices
  • Instituted complimentary membership for regional leaders and half-price membership for two additional regional officers/staff
  • Created regional profiles to share more information about each regional*
  • Highlighted Regionals News each month in Network News

*Instructions for access will be forthcoming once the tools are finalized.

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Featured Opportunities on the OD Network Job Exchange

TheOD Network Job Exchangeis the most effective forum forjob seekers and employersto find opportunities and resources specific to OD. Here are some of the latest postings: