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Happy New Year!

We are pleased to serve as the Co-Chairs of the Board of Trustees of the Organization Development Network for 2013. 

2012 was a year of strategizing for the Network.  We sifted through the data collected during the 2011 surveys, focus groups, and Vision-Strategy-Organization effort, and developed a 3-year strategic plan to address what you, our members said you wanted most.  Although the past two years have been difficult as we weathered an economic recession and re-designed our internal business model, we know we are on the right track with a strong team and focused plans to expand our value proposition to our members and greatly improve our financial health.  We are optimistic about where we now are and where we are headed.  In fact, 2012 was the first year since 2006 that the Network attained a positive net income. 

Throughout the year, you will hear about the Network’s increasing value to its members as we forge relationships with businesses and universities to offer professional development benefits, strengthen ties with the regional networks to promote a shared repository for regional network programs, launch social media vehicles for networking and collaboration, and offer a top-notch conference that engages practitioners, leaders, and academicians, in advancing practice and theory – already scheduled for October 5-7, 2012 in San Jose, CA.   

In all of this we are putting forth new energy and commitment to build diversity into our work, expanding our culture of inclusion to business and government leaders, managers, and others who use organization development principles to build and sustain healthy organizations and communities. 

We are launching a number of committees to deliver on our strategic goals.  These committees serve as wonderful opportunities to engage you in the work of the Network, and for you to meet and work with one another and with board members on projects in service of our mission and vision.  The committees also serve as a vehicle for succession planning and board recruitment, so if you’re considering a future leadership role in the Network, service on one of our committees will give you good exposure and help you learn more about the Network. 

We have restructured our communications so you will hear from the Network each week of the month:  OD Network News, OD Connections, OD Practitioner/Seasonings/Practicing publications, and more.  (ODN Executive Director Laura Rudzinski will introduce our communications strategy in the February edition of OD Network News so stay tuned!)

Our vision is to convene and equip practitioners, leaders, and academicians with leading edge practice and theory in the field of organization development to address critical corporate, governmental, and social justice priorities.  This is a long-term vision, but we are confident that the work we do this year positions the Network to lead in advancing the practice and theory of organization development to result in healthy effective organizations, and, in the broadest sense, a healthy planet.

Please consider getting involved on one of the Network’s committees to do the important work of making our strategic goals a reality. 

We look forward to working with you this coming year. 

 Marisa Sanchez, Ph.D.
2013 Co-Chair
Matt Minahan, Ed.D.
2013 Co-Chair

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