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Looking to the Year Ahead — A Letter from the Board Chair

by Gary Mangiofico, OD Network Board Chair

Dear OD Network Colleagues:

I am honored to serve as the Board Chair for OD Network for 2018. This is such an amazing organization whose mission to support the development and practice of Organization Development is a noble one. Like so many of you I have benefited from the work of the OD Network leaders, staff, and countless volunteers over the years and am committed to the privilege of giving back to an organization that enriches the lives of our professional community.

The work of Organization Development is important in the world, helping to maintain our humanity amid ever increasing technology, rapidly changing dynamics, and complexity. OD Network, along with our education partners, can support the voice of OD in the service of others. Helping to bring the lens of behavioral science and developmental approaches to the ecosphere of business and industry, thereby helping them lean in to new possibilities and achievement!

Transformation is always an evolving and dynamic process, and the OD Network’s evolution must embrace the richness of its diversity, pursuing an inclusive strategy much like the foundation upon which it was built. Our individual and collective voices as practitioners, researchers, scholars, and thought leaders are essential to the health of our field and delivering on the promises of OD. We need to continue honoring the legacies of our founders, while simultaneously learning from those steeped in their careers and embracing the voices of the newer emerging generation OD practitioners. This is our continuing challenge and we need YOU to help us make this happen. Your talents, strengths, and voices are critical to our emerging future.

I encourage each of you to help make this profession strong, not just by the work you do every day to serve organizations, but also by attending to how we can collectively be in service to each other. If you’re not a current member, please join! If you are a current member I further invite you to explore how you can be a part of our excitement in 2018! We have a number of volunteer opportunities, the call for proposals for our 2018 Conference will open soon, and we always welcome your ideas to help us fulfill our mission.

As I stated previously, YOU matter, and I invite each of you to collaborate with us as we strive to make the OD Network a beacon in the field we love so much!

Warmest Regards,

Gary Mangiofico, Ph.D.
Chair, Board of Trustees
Organization Development Network

Dr. Gary L. Mangiofico, Executive Professor of Organizational Theory and Management and Academic Director, MS in Organization Development at Pepperdine University 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.

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