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2016 Affinity & Caucus Groups





Affinity & Caucus Groups  

Before our conference officially opens, we invite participants to start the conversation and get to know each other through taking part in one of our Affinity or Caucus groups. 


People of Color and First Peoples Caucus 

9:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. | Room: Marietta 

We are inviting all people of color and indigenous peoples to attend and participate in our event.

What’s New This Year?

1. At 11am, we will present Dr. Bailey W. Jackson (Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst) with the first Elsie Y. Cross Award for Advancing Social Justice Theory and Practice. . Dr. Jackson is a leading theorist in racial identity development and a national expert on multicultural organization development. All ODNetwork conference participants are welcome to attend this milestone event.

2. From 11:15 to 12:30, we will facilitate a conversation about race. All ODNetwork conference attendees are welcome to participate in this conversation. We hope for a conversation that moves us forward toward to social justice in our organizations and in society.

Convened by Elena Feliz, Arnold Minors, and Fred Miller 


Men in OD

8:00 A.M. - 8:45 A.M. | Room: Learning Center

We welcome all men to this session. We invite participants to talk about what’s uppermost on their minds and hearts, exploring the unique challenges and dynamics of being men in today’s world. Gender dynamics, power, father-son relationships, competency, age and health are among the topics that we’ve covered over the years, and that may well come up again this year. Join us and create the conversation that matters to you. 

Convened by John Vogelsang 

Spirit in the Workplace

8:00 A.M. - 8:45 A.M. | Room: Hanover AB

Working with faith-based organizations offers some unique challenges and opportunities. Come and share your experiences with other OD practitioners who have worked in this space to gain new insights and strategies for working in this corner of the nonprofit sector.

Convened by Steven Goodwin 


Global Forum

Saturday, October 8th 

8:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. | Room: Hanover C


Sunday, October 9th

12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. | Room: Exhibit Hall


We invite you to the 31st annual Global Forum – an opportunity to dialogue about OD in the World.  As someone working worldwide – or interested in doing so – come share your stories, challenges and joys about global OD; come discover new and old colleagues and enjoy being together.  Join us in continuing to co-create and strengthen our OD Global Community.

In addition to the Saturday gathering, join us at Global Forum tables during lunch hour on Sunday (12:00-1:00 pm in Exhibit Hall). 

Conveners:  International OD Association (IODA), Karen Davis and Peter Norlin


Latinos in OD

8:00 A.M. - 8:45 A.M. | Room: Hanover E

Latino/a practitioners are invited to share information about themselves with a focus on stories about their work and being a Latino/a in the OD/HR profession.  This conversation will help build a group interested in past, present and future Latino/a OD participation.  It is an opportunity to network, share experience and provide support as needed.  Come to share and renew your energy, excitement and enthusiasm for our diverse community.

Convened by Elena Feliz 

Internals Community of Practice

9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. | Room: Hanover E

In our quest for impact, we often find ourselves frustrated by the lack of buy-in and commitment. When we lead big projects, we want best practices and learnings from others who have been in our shoes.  Sometimes, we just need to know that we’re not alone and that someone else is having the same challenges! 

This fall we’re launching a virtual learning community for OD Network internal OD consultants, so that we can get the insights we want– when we need them; share wise practices, tools and outcomes; make meaningful connections; and create positive change in our workplaces.

Come learn about and shape the Internals Community of Practice Forum.

Let’s do this! Better. Together

Convened by Zoe Macleod 

Women in OD

9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. | Room: Learning Center

Calling all dynamic women in OD – let’s reconnect, talk shop, and kickstart our conference together! At our international women in OD caucus, we’ll celebrate each other and tell our stories in a relaxed, supportive and collegial environment. Add your presence and your power, and make new friends in the process. We can’t wait to see you there! 


LGBTQ Practitioners

8:00 A.M. - 8:45 A.M. | Room: Hanover FG

The LGBTQ Professionals in OD will meet to kick off the conference in a connected way! The workplace and the world of work are changing, and not just in North America. Come and share what you do and meet other LGBTQ conference attendees and allies. First-time attendees and newcomers to the field particularly welcome! 

New Attendee Orientation

9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. | Room: Hanover FG

First time joining us? We're glad you're here! Come join this fun and informative session. We'll get to know each other and learn how to make the most of our time in Atlanta. Veteren conference-goers are welcome to take part as well. 

Convened by Steven Goodwin, Matteo Becchi, and Corrie Voss 


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