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Keynote Presentations


Sunday, October 21, 2012

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Opening Keynote Presentation
Frederick A. Miller, CEO, The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group and Judith H. Katz, Executive Vice President and Client Brand Lead, The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group
Monday, October 22, 2012

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Founding Sage Panel
Barbara Bunker, Ph.D., Organizational and Social Psychologist and Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of Buffalo (SUNY), Edie Seashore, M.A., author and professor, Brenda Jones, Billie Alban

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
Conference Model® - CoVision®
Dick and Emily Axelrod, Founders, The Axelrod Group, Inc.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Dynamo and the Trap: Leveraging Polarities to Grow: our Practice, our Impact, our Community
Barry Johnson, Ph. D., Chairman and Chief Thought Leader, Polarity Partnerships and Robert "Jake" Jacobs, President, Global Consulting Services, Polarity Partnerships


Sunday, October 21, 2012
1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.


Opening Keynote Presentation: Partnering with Today's Companies for Transformation
Frederick A. Miller, CEO, The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group and Judith H. Katz, Executive Vice President and Client Brand Lead, The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group

Faster change, markets without borders, a challenging economy, the four-generation workplace, more diversity than ever before: how do we, as OD practitioners, continue to reinvent ourselves and our practices to get in front of such change? In this keynote address, Fred and Judith will share what they have learned about this critical question in their latest engagements with global companies. While drawing on their 30+ years in the field, they will explain why growing our practice, our impact, our community is—more than ever—a prerequisite for our success and the success of our clients. More than that, they will explain what it takes to stay ahead of the curve: new skills, fresh approaches to our work, learning from Gen Y and everyone else, partnering, and not trying to do it alone. You will also have the opportunity to explore the question that may make all the difference: how are you showing up, challenging, thinking, and Being BIG in this new environment?


Cited as a forerunner of corporate change in The Age of Heretics, Frederick A. Miller serves as CEO of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. (one of Consulting magazine’s Seven Small Jewels in 2010). With more than 30 years in organization development and transformation, he specializes in using Inclusion as the HOW®—a foundational transformation mindset he co-created with Judith H. Katz—to accelerate results and achieve higher operational performance in Fortune 100 companies and other organizations. He has co-authored three books with Judith H. Katz: Be BIG: Step Up, Step Out, Be Bold; The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity; and available March 2013, Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration: 4 Keys That Change EVERYTHING. He has served on the boards of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Day & Zimmermann, and many other organizations. Fred has received many honors during his career: in 2007, for instance, Profiles in Diversity Journal named him one of 40 Pioneers of Diversity, and he became the youngest person ever to win the OD Network's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012 he was honored as one of the Legends of Diversity by the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals.

For more than 30 years, Judith H. Katz, Ed.D., has helped Fortune 100 companies address systemic barriers, foster inclusive interactions through the 12 Inclusive Behaviors, leverage diversity and foster strategic culture change.  As Executive Vice President for The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.—one of Consulting magazine’s Seven Small Jewels in 2010—Judith has created numerous breakthrough concepts in organization development and transformation, including (with Frederick A. Miller) Inclusion as the HOW® as a foundational mindset for higher performance. The author of the landmark book White Awareness: Handbook for Anti-Racism Training, she has also co-authored three books with Frederick A. Miller: The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity; Be BIG: Step Up, Step Out, Be Bold; and available March 2013, Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration: 4 Keys That Change EVERYTHING. In 2007, Profiles in Diversity Journal named her one of 40 Pioneers of Diversity, and in 2012 she was honored as one of the Legends of Diversity by the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals.

 


Monday, October 22, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Founding Sage Panel
Barbara Bunker, Ph.D., Organizational and Social Psychologist and Professor of Psychology Emeritus, University of Buffalo (SUNY), Edie Seashore, M.A., author and professor, Brenda Jones, Billie Alban


As the field of OD developed from the roots of Kurt Lewin and others, women have had a key role in the trajectory of the field. This session features four women who are known for their contributions in shaping the path of OD. Billie Alban, Barbara Bunker, Edie Seashore and Brenda Jones will take us on a journey of critical incidences that have influenced the field of OD with an eye on the present and what are the differences that make a difference to practitioners currently as they seek to grow their practice, the field or our community. The session will close with reflection by individuals who are carrying the torch into the future with an identification of the actions we need to take for sustainability of the whole.

Barbara Benedict Bunker (Ph.D. Columbia University) is an organizational social psychologist and Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). Her activities in the area of planned organizational  change span more than 40 years. She has been a partner in the Portsmouth Consulting Group since 1981. Her current clients include Novartis, Walt Disney, Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Mandel Leadership Institute in Jerusalem. She also is faculty for Principles and Practices of Organization Development (PPOD) at Columbia University. Barbara, with her colleague Billie Alban, has become nationally and internationally known for her work systematizing Large Group Methods of organization and community change. She has presented invited seminars  on Large Group Interventions across the world. She was a  ulbright Lecturer in Japan in 1984 and 1990 at Keio University and at Kobe University. Her books include Conflict, Cooperation, and Justice (1995) with Jeffery Rubin, and Large Group Interventions: Engaging  the whole system for rapid change (1997) and The Handbook of Large Group Methods: Creating systemic change in organizations and communities (June 2006) with Billie Alban and Innovations in Inclusion: The Purdue Faculty and Staff Diversity Story, 1997-2008  (2009) with Janice Eddy.


Edith Whitfield Seashore, M.A., author of Triple Impact Coaching: Use-of-Self in the Coaching Process, has had over 40 years of experiences training and consulting with corporations and government agencies as well as non-profits. The past president of the National Training Laboratories, Edie recently received the Organization Development Network's Life Time Achievement Award. Edie is co-founder of the American University/NTL Institute Master's Program in Organization Development and currently is on the adjunct faculty of several universities in the US and Canada. She has co-edited The Promise of Diversity and co-authored What Did You Say? The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback.

 

3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Conference Model® - CoVision®
Dick and Emily Axelrod, Founders, The Axelrod Group, Inc.

Join Dick and Emily Axelrod, Laura Gramling, and the CoVision Team in a mini large-group organization design session. Here you will become a member of Hecky’s restaurant staff. You might be a cook, a dishwasher, a customer, or even the owners, Hecky or Sally. In a brief hour and a half, you will experience what normally takes place over a couple of days as together we create a new organization design for this unique organization. A special feature of this simulation is the addition of the CoVision process, where you will learn first-hand how technology can support interaction and bring new meaning to our conversations.


Dick and Emily Axelrod founded The Axelrod Group, Inc., a consulting firm that pioneered the use of employee involvement to effect large scale organizational change. They now bring a combined sixty years of consulting and teaching experience to this work, with clients including Boeing, Chicago Public Schools, Calgary Health Authority, Coca Cola, Harley Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, and the UK’s National Health Service. Dick and Emily are faculty in University of Chicago’s Leadership Arts Program, and Dick is faculty in Columbia University’s Principles and Practices of Organization Development. Emily serves on the board of the Organizational Design Forum. Dick and Emily are founding members of the Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative. Along with Julie Beedon and Robert Jacobs, they co-authored You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: How to Involve Others to Get Things Done, which The New York Times called, "the best of the current crop of books on this subject.” Dick is the author of the award-winning Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations. He is the recipient of the Organization Development Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Teaching Excellence Award from University of Chicago’s Graham School of Liberal and Professional Studies.

 

 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012
12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The Dynamo and the Trap: Leveraging Polarities to Grow: Our Practice, Our Impact, Our Community
Barry Johnson, Ph. D., Chairman and Chief Thought Leader, Polarity Partnerships and Robert "Jake" Jacobs, President, Global Consulting Services, Polarity Partnerships

Our most passionately held values are both absolutely essential and a potential trap. There is wisdom in them AND there is wisdom in those who are resisting us. What do the "Tea Party” and "Occupy Wall Street” have in common? They are both holding on to an essential point of view that is grounded in the U.S Declaration of Independence and the Gettysburg Address. Seeing the tension between them as an "either/or” problem to solve leads to a vicious cycle of unproductive conflict. Seeing these opposing views through a "both/and” Polarity Lens opens the possibility of leveraging these opposing views and creating a virtuous cycle that benefits all. In this session we will bring this same Polarity Lens to our own work. We have all chosen to work in the field of OD because we want to make a difference – in our practice, impact and community. Join us to explore how our passion to make a difference can paradoxically get in the way of our doing so.

In his 30+ years as an organization and leadership development consultant, Dr. Barry Johnson has shared the "gift of polarities” with tens of thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations around the world. His writing of Polarity Management: How to Solve Unsolvable Problems®, Polarities in Congregations with Roy Oswald, and his enthusiasm and passion have created a world wide learning and practice community. Barry not only acknowledges but also emphasizes that Polarity Thinking® is the deliberate leveraging of wisdom found in human culture for thousands of years. Throughout his life Barry has devoted great amounts of his time to community activism, community building and trust building in organizations. He is devoted to his family, an avid outdoorsman and intrepid traveler, and brings head and heart together in his presentations, teaching and consulting. Barry and his wife, Dana, have 5 children and 11 grandchildren.

Jake’s been curious about why some organizations work and others don’t since he began his consulting practice.  He captured his pioneering work and lessons learned in the field of Large Group Interventions in Real Time Strategic Change:  How to Involve an Entire Organization in Fast and Far-Reaching Change. He has also co-authored You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: How To Involve Others to Get Things Done, a straightforward approach to engaging people in creating their collective future. After years of working with Barry, Jake re-framed the Real Time Strategic Change principles into a set of six key polarities. Leverage them well and you will rapidly and sustainably create your preferred future. When not working Jake enjoys cheering for his favorite sports team (pick the sport, college or pro, he’s got one) and keeping a look out for the next Dave Matthews Band concert. Jake now calls Los Angeles home with his wife Cheryl, children Alison and Aaron, their cat Chloe, spunky rescue dogs Stella and Bonnie, and his best friend black lab, Theo.


 

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