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2017 Annual Conference

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2017 OD Network Annual Conference

Loews Chicago O'Hare

October 14-17, 2017

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The Call for Abstracts is now open!

The Program Committee is looking for dynamic and engaging facilitators who not only bring their skills and experiences to the conference but also learnings to share with participants that are experiential, relatable and transferable.

Facilitators will host sessions on topics relevant to the theme The Call of our Time: OD Innovating for Impact and sub-themes: Technology, Collective Action, and Innovation. This is also your chance to facilitate conversations and dialogue that deepen understanding of OD principles and practices and engage participants with emerging perspectives in our field.

We are seeking diverse, innovative proposals from around the world. Learn more about each category on the Session Format Descriptions PDF.

The Call of our Time: OD Innovating for Impact

Our world faces great opportunities — rebuilding trust in our financial systems and global relationships, turning around inequality and poverty, caring for our environment, and lifting up education and healthcare. Organization Development — being creative, inspirational, and deeply practical — is poised to inspire and generate the innovation being called forth by our organizations, communities, and society. The 2017 Conference invites all of us to think differently about our work, not as intervention but rather as innovation and delivering impact. Our conference will combine learning from thought-leaders and practitioners with hands-on action learning in multi-stakeholder client systems. Be part of the innovation in OD that will answer the call of our time. It is our time!

Conference sessions will take two forms: classic concurrent presentations and live large-group change meetings. In both types of experiences, participants will interact with new and familiar tools, techniques, approaches, models, and philosophies. Three sub-themes will weave through the conference sessions, with opportunities to delve deeply into: technology, collective action and innovation.

Technology – Increasingly OD practitioners are discovering technology as a necessary tool for their work no matter the context. How does technology increase not only productivity but meaning? How is technology bridging differences across generations, race, beliefs and life experiences? The conference explores technology’s role in developing healthy human systems and how it may change our field in the future.

Collective Action – Inspiring collective action is essential to drive sustainable change within and across boundaries. What is it like to engage in large-group change methods as a part of, not apart from, the evolving system? How do client systems sustain the engagement and positive momentum that often happens when people collaborate towards a common goal? The conference invites attendees to hear cases about and have hands-on experience with large scale change initiatives.

Innovation – OD practitioners harness their skills in creativity, improvisation, and experimentation to guide the evolution of businesses and nonprofits, communities and institutions and in broader society. Which innovative techniques and approaches have positively affected these settings? How might we innovate ourselves as instruments to drive impact and prepare for our future challenges? How is the field of OD itself changing to develop and guide human systems of all types? The conference invites participants to dive deeply into ways to innovate for impact.

How to Submit

  • Proposals must be submitted online below.
  • Proposals must be received by the close of business (5:00 pm EST) March 28, 2017.
  • Notification of acceptance will be sent via email in late spring of 2017.
  • Before you submit your proposal, take a look at the tips sheet from our Program Committee to help you with your submission.

Submit your proposal today

Conference Pricing

Member Type

Early Bird

Received by 8.31.2017


Received after 8.31.2017

Full Conference — ODN Member

By 8/31: $995

After 8/31: $1195

Full Conference — Non-Member

By 8/31: $1270

After 8/31: $1470

Conference — Senior Member

By 8/31: $795

After 8/31: $995

Student — Member

By 8/31: $495

After 8/31: $695

Student — Non-Member

By 8/31: $620

After 8/31: $820

Enterprise — Individual Member

By 8/31: $795

After 8/31: $995

Enterprise — Member

By 8/31: $795

After 8/31: $995

ODEA Administrator

By 8/31: $945

After 8/31: $1145

ODEA Member

By 8/31: $595

After 8/31: $795

ODN Europe

By 8/31: $995

After 8/31: $1195

Organization — Individual Member

By 8/31: $995

After 8/31: $1195

Organization — Member

By 8/31: $995

After 8/31: $1195

One-Day Pass (10.14 – 10.17.2017)

By 8/31: $400

After 8/31: $500


Loews Chicago O’ Hare Hotel
5300 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018

Loews Chicago O'Hare


Book Your Room Online: ODN 2017 Annual Conference

Phone: You may call to book at 1.877.868.9134 and provide the Group Name (ODN 2017 Annual Conference) or the Group ID (ODN017). The Reservations Center is open 7am – 11pm CST daily. There are a limited number of hotel rooms available under our reduced rate block and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

The hotel cut-off date is September 22, 2017. Please be sure to book your rooms early!

Discounted Conference Room Rates: The room rate at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel is $179.00 plus tax for single and double occupancy. **The room rate includes complimentary internet in all guest rooms within the OD Network room block.

Things To Do in Chicago

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Explore the depths of the ocean at the Shedd Aquarium. Catch a fly ball at Wrigley Field. Take in a show at The Chicago Theatre. Ride the Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier. And that’s just day one.

Chicago boasts some of the best cuisine, attractions, and entertainment in the U.S., including several of the top 100 restaurants in the country, the tallest building in the US, and one of the best orchestras in the world in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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