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In Memory – Tony Petrella

Posted By Brian Fewell, Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018

Tony Petrella It is with great sadness that we pass along the news that Tony Petrella died this weekend.

He was in his native Minnesota, doing what he truly loved —  sailing. He apparently was getting into a boat, slipped, broke some ribs, and never recovered.

Tony was the second executive director of the OD Network, from 1975 to 1985, and his guidance was instrumental in creating the association we have today. He was a founding partners in the first OD consulting firm, Block Petrella and Weisbord. He joined the Network immediately after graduating from Pepperdine's MSOD program in 1975. He returned to the school for a talk, which you can see on their website.

He also contributed a number of articles to the OD Practitioner during his tenure as executive director. Samples of his writing are available below.

Tony was a friend and mentor to many, and touched the lives of countless clients, students, associates, and fans. He will be remembered fondly for his impact on our organzation and our profession.

Read his obituary.

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2018 Conference Sponsor & Exhibitor Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Updated: Monday, March 26, 2018
OD Emergence: Create the Possibility...

Extend your brand identity and marketing reach with a strong visible presence at the 2018 OD Network Annual Conference. Take advantage of the opportunity to tie your brand identity not only to OD Network but to the educational aspects of the conference as well. Sponsoring is an excellent way to gain visibility and build brand awareness with the OD community and key opinion leaders.

Conference sponsor & exhibitor opportunities are available now!

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ODN Europe Annual Conference: April 24-26

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 26, 2018

The 2018 ODN Europe Annual Conference is being held April 25-26 in Bolton, Manchester, UK, with a New To Field and an Experienced Practitioner day on April 24. The conference theme is "Relevance: What do Organisations need from Organisational Development right now?"

The relevance of organisational development has never been more critical, given the complex issues facing communities, organisations and wider society. This raises the question of how we as OD practitioners can play a role beyond that which we do currently.

What is going on in the organisations we work for? What are we noticing and focusing attention on? What are our clients grappling with? How much do you experience your working context becoming more demanding? Are the issues you and your colleagues face more sticky or wicked?

Learn more and register today for this timely event!

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2018 Conference CFP Now Open!

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The 2018 OD Network Conference Education and Content leads are looking for dynamic and engaging facilitators who not only bring their skills and experiences to the conference, but bring learnings to share with participants that are experiential, relatable, and transferable. Facilitators will host sessions on topics that reflect aspects of the Global OD Practice Framework™, facilitate conversations and dialogue that deepen understanding of OD principles and practices and engage participants with emerging perspectives in our field.

Learn more and submit a proposal!

Submissions close April 15, 2018.

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Organization Development Network Announces 2018 Board of Trustees

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Gary Mangiofico Chair
Gary Mangiofico
Pepperdine University
Los Angeles, CA

Lori Blander
Vice Chair
Lori Blander
President, The Blander Group
Baltimore, MD

Amy Cowart
Amy Cowart
COO, Coray Gurnitz Consulting
Arlington, VA

Martha Kesler
Past Chair
Martha Kesler
Lead, People & Organization Development NA CP, Syngenta 
Greensboro, NC

Marco Cassone
Marco Cassone
OD/L&D Practitioner,
San Francisco, CA

Glen Earl
Glen Earl
Leadership Development Consultant, Parkland Hospital
Dallas, TX

Cindy Miller
Cindy Miller
Coach & OD Consultant, Cindy Miller Associates
La Quinta & San Clemente, CA

Tiffany Yates
Tiffany Yates
S&P Improvement – Senior Manager, Grant Thornton
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Gary L. Mangiofico is recognized as a strategic and iconic thought leader. In 2012, he was honored with the Strategic Leadership Award from the World HRD & Development Congress at the Global HR/OD Excellence Awards, which recognizes the Best of Best in the HR/OD professionals internationally and serves as a benchmark of achievement in Organization Development practices.

Lori Blander has been a learning and development professional for 20 years. She works in collaborative partnership with executive teams, managers, HR, and functional teams to assess the current state, desired future state, and co-create solutions that work towards achieving vision.

Martha Kesler has focused her career on building organizational capacity and productivity by aligning individuals with organizational strategy and equipping those individuals with the skills, architectures, tools, measurements and role clarity necessary to continuously improve the level of service provided their respective customers.

Amy Cowart’s career has centered on helping government and non-profit organizations “deliver on their public promise.” She has employed myriad OD interventions to partner with her clients in the areas of change management, strategic planning, leadership and team development, and performance management.

Dr. Cindy Miller is an experienced leadership, team and organization development consultant who has held global leadership roles in the biotech, pharma and financial services industries.  She is a trusted coach and effective facilitator who has helped hundreds of leaders develop their potential, achieve their goals and lead large-scale changes. 

Marco Cassone’s background includes arts education, learning & development, and performance improvement coaching on an international stage across four continents. Since 2015, Marco's primary leadership role for the OD Network has been Chair of Academic Partnerships, working to awaken graduate and doctoral student members to the power, community, and connection that is possible from the network.

Dr. Glen B. Earl has over 25 years of experience as an internal, as well as, an external organizational consultant. He has worked for the past six years as a Talent Development Consultant, in Parkland Academy, Office of Talent Management at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. His focus is in Organization Development, Executive Coaching, Leadership Development and Team Building.

Dr. Tiffany Yates is a pioneer in the field of culture, talent development, transforming workplace conduct and leadership development. She has over a decade of innovative oversight in consulting engagements that result in people alignment to strategic execution. 

The new Board of Trustees members were elected to their current positions in September, and their terms began January 1, 2018.

The OD Network is committed to helping members develop organization capability through alignment of strategy, structure, management processes, people, rewards and metrics. The OD Network mission is Advancing the Practice, Science and Impact of OD. We, as OD Practitioners, make evidence-based decisions grounded in research in behavioral science. We practice OD within organizations in order to improve the organization’s sustained effectiveness and health. We make an impact by introducing solutions and interventions that impact an organization’s strategic objectives and bottom line. The OD Network always encourages members to expand their involvement in volunteer and leadership roles. For more information on volunteer opportunities, please visit:

For more information on OD Network membership, resources and events, please visit the ODN website at


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