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2018 Annual Conference

2018 Award Winners

OD Emergence: Create the Possibility...

Lifetime Achievement: Geoffrey Bellman

Geoffrey Bellman Geoff Bellman worked inside major corporations fourteen years before opening his consulting firm in 1977. His external consulting focused on renewing large, mature organizations. He authored six books:

  • Extraordinary Groups: How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results, (co-authored with Kathleen Ryan)
  • The Consultant’s Calling: Bringing Who You Are to What You Do
  • Getting Things Done When You Are Not in Charge
  • The Beauty of The Beast: Breathing New Life into Organizations
  • Your Signature Path: Gaining New Perspectives on Life and Work
  • The Quest for Staff Leadership

Geoff served as guest faculty for national OD graduate programs; his work took him to six continents. He is a founding member of the Woodlands Group, the Community Consulting Partnership, and the Extraordinary Teams Partnership.

Lifetime Achievement: Dr. D. D. Warrick

Dr. Don WarrickDr. D. D. (Don) Warrick, a professor of Management and Organization Change at the University of Colorado, is an educator, consultant and author specializing in the development of high impact leaders, high performance organizations and teams, managing change, and building culture. He is the author of nine books and over 90 articles, book chapters and professional papers. His works include Leadership: A High Impact Approach and Lessons in Leading Change.


Organizational Excellence and Impact Award: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health

NINDS logoThe National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS) is one of the 27 Institutes/Centers of the National Institutes of Health. The NINDS mission, to seek fundamental knowledge about the brain and nervous system and to use that knowledge to reduce the burden of neurological disease, is carried out with an annual budget of $1.9B and a diverse workforce of over 1,000 staff. Leadership at NINDS embraced the strategic value of Organizational Development efforts to enhance the culture of employee engagement as a critical part of enabling achievement of important scientific goals.

Walter J. KoroshetzWalter J. Koroshetz, MD, was selected Director of NINDS on June 11, 2015. Dr. Koroshetz joined NINDS in 2007 as Deputy Director, and served as Acting Director from October 2014 through June 2015. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of NINDS under Dr. Story Landis. Together, they directed program planning and budgeting, and oversaw the scientific and administrative functions of the Institute.

Dr. Maureen GormleyDr. Maureen Gormley, Deputy Director for Management, led the OD charge to create a healthy work environment at NINDS.  Dr. Gormley has been with the NIH for over 30 years and previously served as the Chief Operating Officer at the NIH Clinical Center for 17 years.  She earned her doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems in 2014 from Fielding University.

Dr. Meghan MottDr. Meghan Mott, Chief of Staff, advises and assists the NINDS Director with data and policy analysis, program planning and implementation, and outreach activities as well as strategic planning on high priority projects. Dr. Mott earned her Ph.D. in Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology from the University of Louisville.

Mary CoatsMary Coats, Senior Management Analyst, serves as special advisor to the Deputy Director for Management and has been critical in promoting employee engagement and leadership development within NINDS. Ms. Coats has an MBA from the George Washington University with a concentration in Strategic Management and Public Policy.

Communicating OD Knowledge: Robert J. Marshak, PhD

Robert Marshak Robert J. Marshak, Ph.D. is Distinguished Scholar in Residence Emeritus, American University and has consulted with executives about organizational change for more than 40 years. Bob has educated or trained thousands of participants globally in the principles and practices of OD and is an award winning author who has published three books and more than 100 articles and book chapters on organizational consulting and change. He is especially known for his pioneering ideas about organizational covert processes, East Asian change philosophy, organizational discourse, and Dialogic OD. He is a recipient of the Academy of Management Organization Development and Change Division’s Distinguished Educator Award, the OD Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and was a Co-Chair of the 1984 OD Network Conference in Washington, DC.

Communicating OD Knowledge: David Noer

David Noer David Noer’s OD work has bridged the academic, commercial and consulting worlds. He has written nine books, published in peer reviewed journals and professional publications, and been featured in TV and radio media such as BBC, CBS, NBC and NPR. He is a past editor of the OD Practitioner, was the CEO of a subsidiary of an international company, is a Senior Fellow of the Center for Creative Leadership, and Professor Emeritus at Elon University. He has lived and spent significant consulting time outside the U.S. He has an MS in Organization Development and a Doctorate in Business Administration.

Service to the OD Network Award: Tony Petrella

David NoerTony Petrella was the second executive director of the OD Network, from 1975 to 1985, and his guidance was instrumental in creating the association we have today. He was a founding partners in the first OD consulting firm, Block Petrella and Weisbord. He joined the Network immediately after graduating from Pepperdine's MSOD program in 1975. 

He also contributed a number of articles to the OD Practitioner during his tenure as executive director including: Our Past and Our Promise and Outgoing OD Network Executive Director: Address to the OD Network, October 15, 1985 where he recaps progress during his tenure.

Tony was a friend and mentor to many, and touched the lives of countless clients, students, associates, and fans. He will be remembered fondly for his impact on our organzation and our profession.


Emerging New Practitioner Award: Sarah Owusu

Sarah OwusuSarah Owusu is a designer of conversations with a proven track record of leading transformational change and enabling inclusive leadership. Specializing in culture, Dialogic OD and change navigation, she is passionate about dialogue and fostering the conversations necessary for organisational health and effectiveness. Her approach is participatory and human-centred allowing individuals, teams and organisations to tackle complex issues with authenticity. She works with community and entrepreneurship development organisations, has built change interventions for Development Organisations, and supported clients such as Africa 2.0, Astraea, None On Record and Peace One Day at the intersection of OD and social justice. She holds a MA in Philosophy is an Integral Coach.

Emerging New Practitioner Award: Dr. Uzonna Olumba

Uzonna V. OlumbaDr. Uzonna V. Olumba is a part-time faculty member at Benedictine University. She is an alumnus of Harvard University’s Project Zero Institute and Think Tank on Global Education, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and alumnus of the U.S. Senate Fellows Program.

Uzonna is the principal of NanoZu Consulting and the Director of Government Affairs for Pugh & Associates. She is also a registered lobbyist in the State of Illinois. Her research and consulting focus is on business strategy, educational policy, appropriations, coal, petroleum or energy, health care, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and transportation. She has conducted research in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Sharing the Wealth Award: Susan Good

Susan GoodSusan Good is a renowned OD practitioner and leader in Canadian healthcare, dedicated to advancing exceptional leadership and employee experiences across BC.  As the previous Executive Director, Leadership and OD, with Fraser Health (26,000+ employees, the largest Heath Authority in British Columbia), Susan is proud to acknowledge an extra-ordinary journey and the legacy impact of creating and sustaining a full-scale internal OD team, growing from a team of 2 to over 30 in 20 years. Susan recently joined the Executive Team of BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services and holds a MA, OD and Change, from Fielding Graduate University.

Outstanding OD Practitioner Article of the Year Award: “Four Trends Shaping the Future of Organizations and Organization Development” by Allan H. Church and W. Warner Burke

Allan H. ChurchAllan H. Church, Ph.D. is Senior Vice President of Global Talent Assessment and Development at PepsiCo. During his 30 years in field he has spent 18 with PepsiCo in various global TM and OD roles, 9 years prior as an external OD consultant with Warner Burke Associates, and 3 years at IBM.  He is a former Chair of the Mayflower Group and currently sits on the SIOP Executive Board and the Board of Directors for HRPS.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, and Associate Editor of JABS. He has authored six books, over 35 book chapters and 150 articles.  Allan received his Ph.D. from Columbia University and is a SIOP, APA and APS Fellow, and in 2018 received SIOP's Distinguished Professional Contributions Award.

W. Warner BurkeW. Warner Burke is the E.L. Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where he has been since 1979. Dr. Burke has authored or edited over 20 books and written over 200 articles and book chapters. He was the second editor of Organizational Dynamics, the inaugural editor of the Academy of Management Executive, and is currently the editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Management, Association of Psychological Science, the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and a Diplomate in industrial and organizational psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has received several lifetime achievement awards, including the OD Network, NASA's Public Service Medal, and The Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the Department of the Army.

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