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2017 Annual Conference

Collective Action with Allstate

The Call of Our Time: OD Innovating for Impact

Monday, October 16, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm

Join us Monday, October 16th for a hands-on collaborative action session: Business Transformation in Organization Effectiveness: An Engagement with Allstate. During this unique opportunity, participants will work with Allstate executives to examine a real-time transformational challenge and apply their OD expertise to propose recommended interventions to Allstate executives.

First up is a journey to the future. All conference participants are invited to join Sherry J. Duda and Jens Hansen in a conversation that propels us into the future of OD as we consider the impacts of technology and other mega-trends on the workplace. 

Then, we will have the opportunity to spend the afternoon with Allstate executives, including Maria Racho, who will present one of Allstate’s most compelling business challenges… how to best shape their corporate culture. This session will give participants the opportunity to collaborate in small groups to design a customized solution. Participants will utilize the Global OD Practice Framework both as part of the intervention as well as for personal development planning. Participants will receive real-time feedback as part of the Allstate case, as well as 1:1 with peers and professional OD master, Tara Carcillo.

In line with our conference theme, The Call of our Time: OD Innovating for Impact, this session will demonstrate the value of collaborative action in driving sustainable change within and across boundaries. Our MC, Laura Gramling, will guide us through the conversations and our engagement partner, Covision, will provide their platform to catalyze and deepen our collective learnings.

We hope you can join us in an effort to find pragmatic and innovative solutions for Allstate and inspire change through collaborative action.

Participants are welcome to experience these sessions in one of two ways:

  • Participation in only the Future of OD segment (10:30am – 12:00pm)
  • Full participation in both the Future of OD (10:30am – 12:00pm) and the Allstate business challenge (1:00pm – 4:30pm). Given the nature of the Allstate business case and progressive participant challenges, attendees who opt for the Allstate session are expected to attend the full experience.

The Allstate session is limited to the first one hundred participants, so reserve your spot while it lasts!

You must register for the conference to attend this session.


10:30 am – 10:35 am

Welcome – Laura Gramling

10:35 am – 12:00 pm

The Future of OD and Work – Sherry Duda and Jens Hansen

12:00pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch with Exhibitors & Sponsors

1:00 pm – 1:40 pm

Allstate Challenge: Framing Up the Business Challenge – Maria Racho & Allstate Team

1:40 pm – 2:10 pm

Allstate Challenge: Developing Recommendations – Laura Gramling

2:10 pm – 3:05 pm

Credible Strategist – Tara Carcillo

3:05 pm – 3:35 pm

Allstate Challenge: Finalizing Recommendations – Laura Gramling

3:35 pm – 3:45 pm


3:45 pm – 4:10 pm

Allstate Challenge: Executive Briefing on Recommendations – Laura Gramling

4:10 pm – 4:30 pm

Learnings and Close – Laura Gramling, Sherry Duda and Maria Racho

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