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Webinar: The Lady in the Chair: Experiences of OD Women of Color as Chairs of Boards
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When: Tuesday, December 18, 2018
1:00 PM (Eastern Time)
Where: United States

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The Lady in the Chair:  Experiences of OD Women of Color as Chairs of Boards

Women of color live at the intersection of race, gender, and culture, and experience unique challenges in aspiring to and holding positions of leadership. Karen Parker Thompson, MSOD, and Dr. Darya Funches will lead a lively session exploring the experiences of women of color in leadership positions. 

Not a woman of color? This webinar is an opportunity to expand your perspective. Hearing from others as they share their lived experiences will help you gain new understanding and expand your capacity to empathize with other people — which is vital to our work in OD.

Learning Objectives

  1. Increased awareness of perspectives of women of color in the role of Board Chair for OD/ABS Organizations: Inspiration, challenges, opportunities, lessons learned, impact of identities on leadership.
  2. Increased awareness of how identities as a woman of color and as an OD professional may influence leadership in the role of Chair in OD/ABS organizations.
  3. Generate participant and presenter observations and applications: How to support self and others who are “The Lady in the Chair”.

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OD Network Members: $15
Non-Members: $25

Karen Parker Thompson, MSOD

Karen Parker Thompson, a consummate OD practitioner, brings deep knowledge and experience collaborating with education institutions and community organizations to implement practices and strategies that promote and support engagement, student achievement, family-school partnerships, leadership development, school improvement and inclusion and equity. As the Founder and Senior Systems Change Consultant of Engaging by Design, Karen has over 20 years of demonstrated experience leading collaborative change efforts in local, state and federal education agencies and with businesses and non-profit organizations. She has collaborated with school districts and organizations across the United States and State Departments of Education in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, to increase their understanding of the roles, practices, policies and mindsets necessary to implement effective, inclusive and equitable engagement processes, strategies and practices. Karen works independently and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels of organization. She applies her knowledge of group dynamics, cultural intelligence and her skills facilitating and managing complex systems change and small/large group design in her work with clients. As a professional facilitator and masterful program conceptualist and designer, she brings best practices for engagement, adult learning, group process, and change management. She has strong skills in relationship and trust-building, analyzing and increasing program and organization efficiency and effectiveness in the areas of engagement, culture and values change, re-engineering of processes and structures and data collection, analysis, reporting and planning. Karen is a member of NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, a member-driven, global, non-profit organization. She was on the board of directors from 2014 to 2018. As chair of the board of directors from 2016 to 2018, she was responsible for leading and overseeing the organization’s transformative change efforts and engaging and collaborating with a global community of over 350 members who are leading consultants, practitioners, and researchers at the forefront of innovation in organization and leadership development, coaching, interpersonal skills, group dynamics, diversity and inclusion, and social change. Karen is a wife and a mother of three amazing adult daughters, although her favorite role is grandmother to her 10-year-old grandson. She enjoys reading, listening to music, watching movies, advocating for important issues, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Dr. Darya Funches

Dr. Darya Funches has over 40 years of experience in visionary and transformational leadership, consulting and coaching.  Working as an Advisor to CEOs and to senior practitioners in her own field, she has become a consultant’s consultant and educator, a strategist, researcher and author with expertise in personal, corporate and community transformation and the science of new creating realities. She is called upon to apply knowledge and unique approaches to address difficult and complex situations for institutions, high tech corporations, communities and for people from all walks of life. She is asked to help develop vision, identify and break through limiting patterns, address equity, diversity and inclusion issues, help accelerate positive results in downward spiraling situations. Dr. Darya helps leadership and culture transform to increase effectiveness and achieve turnarounds, experiment with new forms of business and community for the 21st century, create experiences for healing personal and organizational traumas, and architect strategies that positively impact business and social change results. Throughout her career, she has also advised, mentored, and coached many Black women leaders, executives, and consultants and has 2019 initiatives for this group.

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