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Poster Sessions

The call for Poster Sessions is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

The poster session is an opportunity for practitioners to discuss important topics in Organization Development, gain exposure to peers, network and exchange ideas. Poster presentations are more casual than a concurrent session presentation. 

All poster sessions will occur Monday, October 27th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.

Education by Track:

Diversity and Culture
Change and AgilityTechnology and Tools

We live in a connected and global world where understanding culture and diversity enables us to be community builders and change agents.Presentations in this area explore diversity and culture, addressing topics of conflict, growth, and innovation and their impact on cultural transformation.

With the world continuously changing around us, organizations and other systems must be agile in order to stay relevant and thrive. In this area, presentations will focus on Organization Development approaches and methods that explore how to plan, deploy, and measure effective cultural transformation efforts through the lens of change and agility.The last decade has introduced an unprecedented new wave of technology and tools that has changed the way we connect and work. Presentations in this area focus on how to enhance culture transformation efforts through new and emerging technology and tools.

Diversity and Culture


Celtic Archetypes for Interpreting Organizational Diversity

Dylan Dalton, MSOD, Organizational Development Consultant, Solás Consulting

Co-speakers: Rosalind Spigel

Oral Poster Presentation


In the Celtic concept of belonging the native, is faithful to place; 2) the visitor belongs elsewhere and brings in outside influences; 3) the neighbor, provides comfort, familiarity and stability; 4) the wanderer, values freedom more than belonging; and the stranger, brings destruction or new life energy.  Based on O’Donohue’s work, this model helps practitioners understand the challenges facing organizations with increasingly diverse workplaces. For example, visitors (consultants) are often brought into organizations that are trying to integrate strangers (people from other cultures) with natives (long term employees), and wanderers (contractors). Attending to the different experiences and expectations of these archetypes is critical to building a strong, vibrant organization.

Key Take-aways:

  • In this workshop participants will understand how to use the Celtic styles of belonging to improve their organization’s efforts at: 
  • Understanding diversity through these archetypes
  • Creating a culture that supports, and understands, an individual’s need to belong
  • Viewing recruitment, hiring, onboarding, retention and team building, through the lens of Celtic archetypes, as organizational interventions to create a thriving workplace


Workplace Bullying- What You Need to Know

Ellen Pinkos Cobb, JD, Senior Regulatory & Legal Analyst, The Isoceles Group

Oral Poster Presentation


Workplace bullying has become generally acknowledged as a global issue, affecting all countries, professions, and workers. Employers are increasingly being required to ensure that persons in the workplace are both physically and mentally safe at work, which has been interpreted in numerous countries to require a workplace prohibiting bullying.  It is important to understand what behavior constitutes bullying as well as what behavior does not, and the different terms used for this conduct around the world.  Recent research and statistics reveal the prevalence and destructiveness of bullying to not only the target and company, but even to those who witness this behavior. Numerous European countries,  Canadian provinces, and Australia prohibit bullying; the US has proposed state laws but not have been enacted yet in this important field.

Key Take-aways:

  • Informing audience what constitutes workplace bullying, as well as what does not
  • Research and statistics on workplace bullying and effects on employer and employee
  • Information on what countries have laws on workplace bullying 



How to Help an Elephant Make a U-turn? Transcendental Leadership & Transformational Change

G.K. Jayaram, Ph.D., Director, ILID (Institute of Leadership & Institutional Development)

Oral Poster Presentation


Why is Leadership the most critical and urgent need of our age?   THE 4 REVOLUTIONS PROBE “Promise Of, and Belief in, the Equality of everyone to everyone else.   RORE -Revolution Of Rising Expectations (with the Demographic Dividend or Disaster- looming large) -  youth thunder with hunger for “more, more, more” like a billion Oliver Twists all at once  /   Is it going to be a symphony of energy and synergy, or a Cacophony of class wars and “MAD” Mutually Assured Destruction?  SORE  -  Spiraling Of Reduced opportunities &  Expectations.  INFO REvolution (INFORE) 5 CONSEQUENCES: VUCAI, VOLATILITY, UNCERTAINTY, COMPLEXITY,  AMBIGUITY, INTERDEPENDENCE. 4 STRATEGIES: DEVELOPMENT OF SELF, TRANSCENDENTAL LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT OF TRANSFORMATIONAL CHANGE, CREATION OF NEW INSTITUTIONS.

Key Take-aways:

  • To share the Why/What/How of the 4 global revolutions and why we need to create new kinds of leaders called "TRANSCENDENTAL LEADER" (TCL); present a model for such a leader
  • To present a 10-step process for transformational change that TCL undertakes 
  • Present an "Operators Manual" for a firm wanting to adopt the models presented 


Spirituality in Coaching: Exploring the Link Between Leadership, Morality and Spirituality

Kathryn Yavorek, MBA, Ms, Widener University

Co-speakers: Courtney Slater Ph.D.

Oral Poster Presentation


Given that one premise of modern leadership models is to develop leaders of high moral character and that morality is a theme in many modes of spirituality, it begs the question: is spirituality an identity dimension that merits attention in modern leadership coaching? The present study investigates the link between spirituality, professional moral courage, and transformational leadership. Results suggest a meditational relationship between the variables, such that after controlling for professional moral courage in a hierarchical regression, intrinsic spirituality no longer significantly predicted transformational leadership.  Furthermore, these findings demonstrate that intrinsic spirituality influences transformational leadership behaviors through the more direct means of developing professional moral courage.

Key Take-aways:

  • Describe the influence of individuals' spirituality on an organization
  • Utilize spirituality as a tool to promote effective leadership
  • Express the relationship between spirituality, morality and leadership and apply knowledge to organizational settings 



Change and Agility


Practical Mindfulness Interventions: An ROI of OD Change Initiatives

Debra Lindh, Ed.D., President and Founder, The Mindful Effect, LLC

Oral Poster Presentation


Over the past decades mindfulness has grown in popularity, yet, what is mindfulness and what do we know about its practical application with OD change initiatives?  Based on field case studies within 3 different organizations, this poster session reveals how practical mindfulness interventions supports ROI and affects individual, group, and organization-wide change initiatives.  

Key Take-aways:

  • Define what practical mindfulness is and illustrate its benefits with OD change initiatives
  • Review and discuss key discoveries of 3 field case studies
  • Identify 3 or more ways how practical mindfulness supports ROI
  •  Compare and discuss principles of practical mindfulness interventions for individual, group, and organization-wide change initiatives



Learning with Emotional Intelligence - The EA Story

Rich Cook, Director of Programs, JCA Global

Oral Poster Presentation


The challenge: transforming operational and technical managers into strategic, people leaders able to lead themselves and others to deliver more for less and during a period of significant change and increasing demand on it's service.  The Environment Agency (EA) is the leading public body for protecting and improving the environment in England and Wales. The EA commissioned JCA to support them in harnessing and developing the talent of their operational and technical experts (e.g. specialists in river flooding, ecosystems, nuclear science and other high-profile areas that provoke emotional responses in the public arena) into more effective leaders, to be able to think more strategically, engage a broad range of stakeholders and motivate and inspire their teams.  

Key Take-aways:

  • Utilize transformational development tools that deliver sustained change, such as the Leadership Climate Indicator (LCI) and the Emotional Intelligence Profile
  • Recognize evidence of change that sticks by looking at emotional intelligence across all scale


Technology and Tools



Virtual Relationship Building Using OD Tools and Practices

Melissa George Kessler, MSOD, Principal, Organizations + Communications

Oral Poster Presentation


While tools are now available to bring colleagues in different physical locations together technically, they do not ensure the necessarily relationships for effective work form or grow. This is a significant challenge and opportunity for OD practitioners in the modern world of work. This poster will explore best practices for relationship building through digital communication as outlined in literature and my experience working with a geographically diverse trade association and an international advocacy coalition. In particular, the presentation will show digital adaptations of traditional OD theories and tools that practitioners can use in their client systems. This presentation will also include an interactive component, seeking to collect data about attendees’ practices in helping clients work together effectively using digital media.

Key Take-aways:

  • Explore relationship building in the age of digital communications, both through published theory and practical experience.
  • Show examples of OD theories and practices brought into the world of virtual work. 
  • Exchange information and ideas about how to help clients work more effectively using modern work tools.

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