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2010 OD Network Award Winners

Edwin Nevis, Lifetime Achievement Award

Edwin C. Nevis, Ph..D., is co-founder of the Gestalt International Study Center, an educational organization that he and his wife, Sonia M, Nevis, formed in 1979. He also helped found the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland in 1956, where he remained as President until 1973, and as an active faculty member until 2001. While connected to the Cleveland Institute, he co-created the well known Organization & System Development Program (1977), and the International OSD Program (1991). In addition to his world-wide work in advanced training of OD consultants, Edwin has practiced organizational consulting for almost 60 years. He also has a long history in executive education and development, and in organization change management. He spent 17 years at the Sloan School of Management at MIT, where he taught courses in organization change and consulting skills together with Dick Beckhard and Edgar Schein. He also served as a core faculty member and Director of the MIT Program For Senior Executives. Edwin is the author of numerous articles and several books, including, Organization Consulting: A Gestalt Approach; Intentional Revolutions (with J. Lancourt and H, Vassallo); and How Organizations Learn (with A.J. DiBella).

Richard Axelrod, Lifetime Achievement Award

Dick Axelrod co-founded, with his wife Emily, the Axelrod Group, Inc., a consulting firm that pioneered the use of employee involvement to effect large-scale organizational change. Raised in Chicago, he received his bachelor's degree in industrial management from Purdue University, and his master's degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. Before forming the Axelrod Group, Dick was an organization development manager for General Foods, which was among the first companies in America to use self-directed work teams, and he now brings more than thirty-five years of consulting and teaching experience to this work, with clients including Boeing, Coca-Cola, Harley-Davidson, Hewlett-Packard, and the National Health Service. Dick is also faculty in Columbia University’s Professional Program in Organization Development, the University of Chicago’s Leadership Arts Program, and a guest lecturer at Benedictine University. He served on the board of Berrett-Koehler Publishers and helped to found the Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative, where he currently serves on the board. Dick was president of the association that became OD Network Chicago, co-chaired the Illinois Quality of Work Life Association, and currently serves on the advisory board for the Organization Design Forum. He 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.” And his latest book is the second edition of Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations.

Laurie Reuben, Service to the Network Award

Laurie Reuben is the President and CEO of the Cheshire Consulting Group, LLC, a Maryland-based organization development consulting firm. Laurie uses evidence-based research—quantitative and qualitative data that yields real, actionable information—to help numerous organizations make far more effective decisions and solve their toughest challenges. Her appreciative approach capitalizes on combining individual and organizational strengths, rather than weaknesses, resulting in distinct actions that are not only uniquely suited to the needs of individual clients, but also have a higher probability for success. Laurie has been an active volunteer with the OD Network since joining in 2002. From 2004 - 2006, she chaired the Regional Leadership Initiative, and in the last few years has co-chaired the Volunteer Committee for the Annual Conference with her friend and colleague, Sharon Lieder. Laurie is a past president of the Chesapeake Bay OD Network, and is also a volunteer in her community, currently serving on the board of Leadership Howard County, and chairing the board of Neighbor Ride, a supplemental transportation service for seniors. The OD Network has given Laurie the opportunity to get to know many of the current and future leaders of our profession, and to have fun while doing so, thanks to the exceptional staff and the phenomenal volunteers that step up each year to support the conference.

Sharon Lieder, Service to the Network Award

 Sharon Lieder is an organization development and performance consultant heading her own firm specializing in organizational effectiveness, leadership development, and strategic planning. Sharon started her career in organization development (OD, after receiving an MBA from UCLA and studying under Bob Tannenbaum. She then joined TRW Systems, where she worked for Shel Davis on the OD initiative to increase the effectiveness of the company, along with other consultants, including Dick Beckhard and Herb Shepard. She left there to head the Staff Training and OD department at UCLA, and later at UC San Diego. As an executive coach for the Center for Creative Leadership, she provided feedback to executives in several of the Center's programs, and she is currently an adjunct lecturer at the University of San Diego’s School of Business, teaching Strategic Management and Organization Behavior. Sharon has been active with the OD Network for many years. A member of the San Diego Regional Network, she has served on the board as the VP of Programs since 2006. After serving as the volunteer coordinator for OD Network Conference 1999 in San Diego, she became the Volunteer Coordinator for Conference 2006 in San Francisco, and she then co-chaired the position with her colleague, Laurie Rueben, for the next three years.

Patricia Arenas, Outstanding Global Work Award

Patricia Arenas Bautista facilitates "Cultures of Participation” for businesses and community groups as a psychologist, organization development (OD) researcher, consultant, and coach. She founded the Human Change Group at the Havana-based Center for Psychological and Sociological Studies (CIPS), where she served in various leadership capacities over the past 25 years. While officially "retired,” Patricia continues to lead a network of over 200 OD professionals throughout Cuba, and she facilitates a nation-wide Appreciative Inquiry Learning Community, addressing such systemic issues as the clean-up of the Bay of Havana, university curriculum reform, and a national campaign to eradicate homophobia. Partnering with The Taos Institute and The Vallarta Institute, Patricia coordinates the Human Change website where she posts Spanish translations of OD Practitioner articles, publications from OD practitioners in Cuba and throughout Latin America, and information on the annual International Workplace Empowerment and Communications Conference that she facilitates ( Patricia is a former director of the Society of Cuban Psychologists and lead of its OD Section. She has published numerous books and scholarly articles and is a regular presenter at conferences around the world. Her boundary-breaking book, Cultures of Participation at Work in Cuba and the US, is a compilation of workplace participation articles co-authored with 12 US and Cuban OD professionals, including OD pioneers Edgar Schein, Diana Whitney, Angela Casana Mata and Roberto Corral Ruso.


Bauback Yeganeh, Best OD Practitioner Article in 2009

Bauback Yeganeh, Ph.D., is founder and principal of B.Y. Consulting. His work focuses on creating and sustaining market-leading organizational performance initiatives, including multi-stakeholder organizational strategy creation and implementation, leadership development, and eco-advantage. Bauback has supported individuals and organizations all over the world, working closely with clients such as The World Bank, United Nations, FIEP Brazil, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, Progressive Insurance, and Telefonica. He is an educator in the Duke CE Global Learning Resources Network, an Adjunct Professor of Management at Elon University’s Love School of Business, and an Affiliate Instructor of Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He is a skilled facilitator and a leader in strengths-based change methodologies and cognitive-behavioral executive coaching. He holds a Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University, an M.S. in organization development from American University, and a B.A. in (industrial/organizational) psychology from University of Maryland. He is also an author of forward-thinking articles on individual and organizational change, a guitarist, and a music producer.

David Kolb, Best OD Practitioner Article in 2009

David Kolb is Professor of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He received his BA in psychology, philosophy, and religion at Knox College, and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. He is best known for his research on experiential learning and learning styles, described in Experiential Learning: Experience as the Source of Learning and Development. Other books include, Conversational Learning: An Experiential Approach to Knowledge Creation, Innovation in Professional Education: Steps on a Journey from Teaching to Learning, and Organizational Behavior: An Experiential Approach. In addition he has authored many journal articles and book chapters on experiential learning. Current research activities include research on mindfulness and deep experiencing, assessment of learning flexibility, studies of team learning, research on the cultural determinants of learning style and research on experiential learning in conversation. He is involved in a number of learning focused institutional development projects in education. David has also received four honorary degrees recognizing his contributions to experiential learning in higher education. For more information about his work, go to


Outstanding Regional OD Network


The Dallas/Fort Worth OD Network

The Dallas/Fort Worth Organization Development Network has served that metropolitan region continuously for over seventeen years. The group values guide the organization design, leadership practices, meeting design, and processes. These values and resulting practices include:

  • Shared workload and contribution. Since the group’s beginning, it has used a self-organizing work team organizational structure. A self-selected, volunteer, mostly virtual, "planning team” governs the group instead of a board of directors or elected officers.
  • Listen to, encourage, and support others. One program annually includes time for a deep "check in.” Other months, people have time to share professional needs with the entire group so others can support them. Mentoring less experienced members is deeply engrained. Job leads are shared via email and in the monthly meeting.
  • Meetings are for sharing, learning, and growth. Meeting locations are selected to facilitate cross-pollination among scholars, corporations, and practitioners. Since 1994 the group has met every other month at a local university that offers organization development. Meetings are held other months at a corporate headquarters (e.g., American Airlines).
  • Active participation. Each program is expected to be at least 60% participative.
  • Trust. Members do not market professional services in meetings, presentations, or email.
  • Consensus decision-making. Planning team members are contacted by email for input prior to making decisions.

For more information about the Dallas/Fort Worth Organization Development Network, please see

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