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Saying Goodbye and Good Luck

Dear friends and colleagues,

At the end of December, I am stepping down after seven years of serving on the Board of Trustees of the OD Network and completing my term as Chair of the Board.  It has been an exciting and invigorating time to be working with so many of you in building the OD Network into the wonder that it has become today.

We set out to make OD “central to creating effective and healthy human systems in a sustainable world.” (OD Network Vision for the Field)

As I look at where we’ve been and what we’ve done, I think that the OD Networkand the field, overall—is in a better place. 

I am thrilled that we will finish this year in the black for the 5th year in a row, and with a positive net income for the second year in a row, which has never happened in my long memory of the Network’s operations.

For that, I am deeply grateful to the hundreds of you who have volunteered their time and effort on our committees, including Diversity, Culture and Inclusion; Professional Development and Education; Strategic Relations; Social Media; Enterprise Membership; Conference Planning; Competency Development, Internals Community of Practice; OD Practitioner Editorial Board; the OD Education Association, and more.

The Network is at its strongest when you are involved and that has been the most exciting part of these years for me.  We have had more of you involved, committed, and working together to advance the field and the Network than any time I can remember in my decades of membership in the Network.

I want to particularly thank Marisa Sanchez, who was the 2014 chair and co-chair with me in 2013 for being a thoughtful and generous partner, collaborator, and incredibly strong leader over her years on the board.  I also want to thank Gail McCauley, our Executive Director this year, and our staff who have been miles ahead of me on matters of importance, in the management of our Network, and the execution of our conference.

I am also deeply grateful for the Trustees with whom I’ve had the pleasure of serving over these 7 years.  Our success together has been one of the hallmarks of my career, and I can’t say enough about all of the time and effort that you have invested in the Network and for the betterment of the field.

Please join with me in thanking the three board members who also complete their terms this year, Yasmeen Burns, Secretary; Magdy Mansour, Treasurer; and Norm Jones, chair of the Culture, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

I wish the 2016 Trustees and the Network great success in “creating effective and healthy human systems in an inclusive world community.”

To all, be well and do good, my friends.

Matt Minahan

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