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Caucuses and Affinity Groups


People of Color/First Peoples Caucus
Saturday, October 20, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Convener: Cathy Royal
Location: Sunrise CD

People of Color and First Peoples are invited to attend a caucus meeting all day Saturday, October 20 on the topic "Teaching, Learning, and Lobbying: The Fight for Rights and Recognition.” The caucus will address immigration as a global issue, racial profiling, practitioner best practices for change and justice, and the importance of voice and presence in the tapestry of the global community. The day will include dialogue with colleagues of Color from the Arizona community about pertinent matters, and we will create a vision for the caucus going forward. Click here for more information.


Regional OD Leaders Network
Sunday, October 21, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Convener: Marisa Sanchez
Location: Salon OP

Strengthening relationships between the OD Network and regional networks is a key strategy to realizing ODN's vision of organization development as a field central to creating effective and healthy human systems in an inclusive world community. Earlier this year, ODN volunteers came together to brainstorm new benefits and services that will strengthen ODN's relationship with regional networks. Formal and informal regional network leaders are invited to learn more about and provide feedback on the proposed services. Contact Marisa Sanchez, member, ODN Board.


 Affinity Groups

LGBTQ Practitioners in OD
Sunday, October 21, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Salon N
Convener: Paul Cadario

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! For more information, contact Paul Cadario.    


Newer Practitioners Networking & Learning
Sunday, October 21, 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Location: Salon K
Convener: Yasmeen Burns and Magdy Mansour

Are you new to the field of OD? Great, you are in the right place! There will be a networking activity, discussion about what it is like to be a newer practitioner in the field, and where we see organization development heading in the future. We will be using an Open Space meeting format to discuss the current state of Organization Development, challenges the field faces and ways we can overcome these challenges. Let's join together to make this conference the best learning and networking experience possible. For more information, contact Yasmeen Burns.

Yasmeen Burns has 12 years of concentrated experience in the area of talent management. Her area of expertise is in training, leadership development, succession planning and competency modeling. Yasmeen is a graduate of Georgetown University with a major in Psychology, and is pursuing her MBA in Organizational Development from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School. 

Magdy Mansour has worked 12 years in the financial services industry and has served in various leadership roles. He has focused on the areas of team building and employee development. He is a graduate of Towson University in the fields of Sociology and Economics and is currently pursuing his MBA in Organization Development from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business school.   

Spirit in the Workplace
Sunday, October 21, 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Location: Salon M
Convener: Audrey Seidman

What is sacred about your work? Join OD practitioners from diverse (or no) spiritual paths to explore the workplace as the locus of our self work or spiritual practice, the process of organizational discernment, and OD as "Divine service."  This session is hosted by Audrey Seidman, author of "Listening for the Sacred -- Within and at Work" in OD Practitioner, July 2011. For more information, contact Audrey Seidman.


Men in OD
Monday, October 22, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Salon L
Convener: Matt Minihan

We welcome all men to this session.  We typically open with poetry or a song to set the tone and then invite the 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. For information, contact Matt Minihan.


Global Forum for International Practitioners
Sunday, October 21, 8:30 a.m - 10:00 a.m
Location: Courtroom L
Convener: Peter Kalmar and Karen J. Davis

We invite you to the 27th annual Global Forum - an opportunity to dialogue
about global OD. As someone working worldwide - or interested in doing so - come share your stories, challenges and joys about global OD; come discover new colleagues and engage in continuing to build our OD global community.


ODN is seeking conveners for the Government Practitioners and Practitioners in Transition groups. If you would like to lead or co-lead this meeting, please reply here. Also, if you are planning to attend the conference and would like to suggest another group meeting, please reply here, too.  

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