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2018 Annual Conference

Conference Speakers

OD Emergence: Create the Possibility...
Hana Abuwardeh

Hana Abuwardeh recently graduated with her master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Capella University. She worked with the United Nations as an organizational development consultant for three years at the Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan when the Syrian refugee crisis first occurred. Later Hana worked at the Recovery Initiative Inc., a rehab facility in Riverside, CA, as a talent solution expert.

Dorothy Agger-Gupta, PhD, Professor – Fielding Graduate University

Dorothy Agger-Gupta is a doctoral faculty member of the Human and Organizational Development programs in the School of Leadership at Fielding Graduate University. She is a scholar-practitioner who blends professional expertise in organizational change and systems development with a commitment to social justice, inclusion, and equity in the workplace. Her organizational change experience and commitment to inclusion extends from her earlier work in non-profits, health care, and international corporations to her work as a faculty member and as an administrator at Fielding, where she is part of two concentrations: Organization Development (OD) and Media, Technology, and Innovation (MTI). Her publications include "Uncertain frontiers: Exploring ethical dimensions of online learning" in Rudestam and Shoenholtz-Read's (Eds.) (2010), Handbook of Online Learning: Innovations in Higher Education and Corporate Training (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

Niels Agger-Gupta, PhD, Associate Professor School of Leadership Studies – Royal Roads University

Niels Agger-Gupta has been a core faculty member in the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC, Canada, since 2007, and is program head for the Graduate Certificate in Leadership. Niels is also the thesis coordinator and a member of the RRU Research Ethics Board. Previously a consultant in cultural competency in health care and organization development in the 1980s and 90s, Niels has been studying and writing about topics including: inclusive and engaged leadership; "action research engagement"; orientations to possibility, including appreciative inquiry; research ethics; and the world cafe and other dialogic group approaches to change. Niels's recent publications include a chapter (with Brigitte Harris) on "Dialogic Change and the Practice of Inclusive Leadership" in the book, Breaking the Zero-Sum Game: Transforming Societies through Inclusive Leadership, (Jossey-Bass, 2017), and three chapters in a book he also co-edited, Engaging Students in Life-Changing Learning: The Royal Roads University Learning and Teaching Model In Practice (Royal Roads University, 2016).

Ebele Achor, Capacity Development Advisor – Pact

Ms. Ebele Achor is passionate about issues of development. In the past 16 years, she has actively worked in health, with keen interest in integration of services, advocacy, good governance, rights and gender starting from the grassroots to have become a confident practitioner. She currently works with the Pact Global Capacity Development team in Washington, DC, as the capacity development advisor having completed her previous assignment with the Pact Swaziland country office where she led the capacity development team. Prior to that, Ebele worked in Nigeria for 13 years, six with Pathfinder International managing SRH including HIV/AIDS programs and seven with Pact managing all capacity development across programs, including designing and implementing knowledge systems, through training, coaching and mentorship of CSOs, government systems both structured & unstructured. Her strong academic background and on the job training has positively influenced her programs management to be evidence-based and result-oriented. In addition to good analytical presentation, she possesses excellent leadership, management, proposal and reporting skills and ability to understand and disseminate data to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Kelly Andrews, Master Trainer – VitalSmarts

As one of the key developers of VitalSmarts' online trainings, Kelly Andrews knows how to connect with people — both in person and virtually. Some of his most notable clients include Proctor & Gamble, GE, NASA, and Oracle. His passion for training grew from his time at Cisco Systems and Price Waterhouse Coopers, where he served in a variety of human resource and research roles. Having been featured on,, and the Society for Human Resource Management, Kelly brings rich insight to the development of human capital and organizational effectiveness.

Fatah Arman, MS, Student – The Pennsylvania State University

As a graduate and teaching assistant, Fatah assists Dr. Donahue in teaching Workforce Education & Development (WFED) 573 & 595A. In addition, he develops courses for graduate students in the Department of Learning & Performance Systems at Penn State, University Park campus. Fatah also manages Penn State;s Master in Professional Studies in Organization Development & Change (MPS OD & C) program's social media platforms. Prior to joining Penn State's WFED, he was working as human resources generalist in the private and the public sectors. Fatah attained his master's degree from Penn State in public human resources management.

John Austin, PhD, Professor – Fielding Graduate University

John Austin works at the intersection of scholarship and practice as a professor in the School of Leadership Studies at Fielding Graduate University. Prior to that, Dr. Austin was a principal at Decision Strategies International and a management professor at Penn State University and The University of Washington. He has taught executives at Georgetown University, Thunderbird School of International Management, and The Wharton School and he continues to teach executives programs for The University of North Carolina and Duke CE. John has worked with numerous global Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and business schools as an executive development resource and is a frequent conference speaker. He is a member of the Academy of Management and the National Speakers Association. Dr. Austin has a B.A. in economics from The Johns Hopkins University and a PhD in management from Boston College. He is a thought leader in the areas of team leadership, organizational change implementation, and strategic decision-making. His research on knowledge-based decision making teams is widely cited in the academic literature, as is his work on the strategic actions of internal change agents. Dr. Austin's work on knowledge transfer in managerial teams has been used to develop executive teams around the world. Dr. Austin is an experienced facilitator and an award-winning teacher who has worked with practicing executives on six continents. John has developed leaders and led long-term projects in the areas of change management, scenario planning, team performance, strategic decision-making, and strategy execution. His experience with individuals at all levels of organizations enables him to translate broad strategies and concepts into actionable, engaging programs. Dr. Austin's research has been published in leading management and applied psychology journals including Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, and Organization Science as well as practice-oriented publications including HR Magazine and OD Practitioner. John's work has been recognized with three Best Paper awards from the Academy of Management and has been mentioned in a number of media outlets including CNN, The Wall Street Journal and Barron's. He is the author of Leading Effective Change: A Primer for the HR Professional, published as part of the SHRM Foundation's Effective Practice Guidelines Series (2015). Dr. Austin's book, Unquestioned Brilliance: Navigating a Fundamental Leadership Trap, was published in fall 2015.

Sheila Babnis, MA, Coach, Consultant & Speaker of 21st Century Leadership – Independent consultant

Sheila Babnis is a pioneer of 21st century practices. She is both a trend-spotter and change agent who uses her business wisdom to prepare individuals, teams, and organizations for future realities. She brings over 25 years of global leadership in healthcare and consumer products. Her thought partnership in the areas of business transformation and innovation have propelled many organization to take the first steps to achieve new levels of success. As an expert in both business transformation and innovation, Sheila works with CEOs and founders, senior level executives and department managers to develop their 21st century business strategies and approaches to innovation. Her extensive global business background, strategic mindset, unique ability to inspire and catalyze, along with a 21st century leadership style, distinguish her in this unique business advisor role. Her specialties include working with small to mid-size pioneering companies, as well as multi-national businesses who want to accelerate time to market and provide high value products to consumers. Recently Sheila served as the global head of strategic innovation for Roche/Genentech. Her work focused on driving paradigm-shifting changes to drug development, employee engagement and health that are required to ensure a healthy, thriving, sustainable future for patients and the healthcare industry. Sheila's career spans senior leadership roles in innovation, acquisitions and integration, product development, operations, distribution and supply chain, manufacturing, and quality.

Katy Bailey, MS, Graduate Student – University of San Francisco

Katy Bailey is a second-year graduate student studying organization development at the University of San Francisco. Currently, she works as a regional director at BlessingWhite, a division of GP Strategies. Using knowledge obtained through her classroom, career and life experiences, she takes a consultative and collaborative approach to working with client organizations as they identify and attain their goals for maximum engagement, learning, and development of their staff teams. A lifelong learner, Katy holds a master's degree in higher education administration from Canisius College in her hometown of Buffalo, NY. She currently lives in San Francisco, CA.

Frances Baldwin, EdD, CP.CC, Principal, Founder of Designed Wisdom – Designed Wisdom, Inc.

Frances Baldwin, EdD, a long-time OD Network member, has been on the faculties of NTL Institute and Gestalt Institute of Organization and Systems Development. She worked intimately and extensively inside of three complex systems: the petrochemical industry, the United States military, and city governance. Consulting internationally for more than 40 years, one of Frances’ important insights has been that the quality of attention to culture, environmental context and relationships uniformly impacts our models of change. In 1994 Frances retired from internal work and created Designed Wisdom, Inc., a small consultancy where she applies her broad experience to a range of organizations, groups and coaching/mentoring relationships. She is currently most curious about the potential applications of conversational leadership and the unique inner wisdom that women bring to leadership as we assume more prominence in organizations and world affairs.

Julie Benesh, PhD, Department Chair – The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Julie Benesh, PhD, MFA, SPHR, has consulted to various industries for over 20 years. Simultaneously, she spent more than a decade leading an OD group in an academic medical center where she demonstrated accomplishments in developing organizational leaders, talent, systems, and teams to support culture change and associated financial turnaround, infrastructure transformation, stakeholder satisfaction, and employee engagement. As a project leader, learning designer, facilitator, presenter, intervener, and team-builder, Julie helps systems and leaders learn to strategize and execute more effectively to achieve enhanced strategic outcomes. Prior to entering the healthcare industry Julie held a senior management position with a Chicago social service agency and has also worked as an educational researcher, and she currently works as a leader in higher education. She holds a certificate in Gestalt organizational interventions from the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. She currently works as a leader in higher education where she manages a large virtual team.

Alex Leslie Bethel, Organization Development Consultant

Alex has ten years of experience helping organizations thrive in the non-profit, government, and social sector. From the Amazon of Ecuador to the streets of Portland, Oregon, she has worked with local communities to achieve social change. Most recently she has been working with community health initiatives in northeast Denver that work to break down access barriers and create growing networks.

Lori Blander, President – The Blander Group

Lori Blander, MS, ACC, has been a learning and development professional for over 20 years. She is the president and principal consultant of The Blander Group LLC, specializing in increasing the capabilities of organizations and people. She works in collaborative partnership with executive teams, managers, HR, and functional teams to assess the current state, desired future state, and co-create solutions that work towards achieving vision. She has consulted both internally and externally in the medical, financial, utility, and scientific research industries and has been an adjunct professor in the Human Resources Development Masters Program at Towson University.

Olga Blouch, MEd, Student – The Pennsylvania State University

As an education program associate, Miss Blouch provides workforce education consulting and training services to local companies to improve the effectiveness of the organization and the health of the company culture. Prior to joining Penn State Harrisburg, Olga was the executive director of the Mental Health Association of Lebanon County. Her background also includes work as a training & development consultant for PA Blue Shield, training coordinator at KHP Services, and project manager for Capital Blue Cross. Olga holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Lebanon Valley College, a master's degree in education, major in training and development from Penn State Harrisburg, and is currently in the Workforce Education and Development doctoral program at Pennsylvania State University.

Timothy Brock, PhD, Director of Consulting Services – ROI Institute

Dr Tim Brock is the director of consulting services for ROI Institute, Inc., the leading source of return on investment (ROI) competency building, implementation support, networking, and research. Dr Brock helps organizations implement the ROI Methodology in over 60 countries at more than 5,000 organizations, to include the United Nations and World Bank. He also serves on the faculty of the United Nations System Staff College at Turin, Italy and Capella University at Minneapolis, MN. Dr Brock is retired Air Force, where he served in both the enlisted and officer ranks. He is also retired from Lockheed Martin where he led their Science of Learning and Performance Improvement initiatives around the globe for military, government, and non-government organizations. Dr Brock earned his PhD from Capella University in education with a specialization in training and performance improvement. He is also a Certified Performance Technologist and Certified ROI Professional, as well as an author, speaker, educator, and researcher.

Tara Carcillo, President and Chief Executive Officer – The Clearing

As President and CEO of The Clearing, Tara is responsible for managing and growing the firm to become one of Washington, DC’s premiere strategy and design consultancies. She is accountable for operations, business growth, employee development, corporate strategy, and overall company health. She has nearly 15 years of experience as a professional in whole systems design, enterprise transformation, systems modeling, facilitation, and leadership development. As a consultant, she has supported leaders in the United States Air Force, World Bank, General Services Administration, Federal Aviation Administration, American Red Cross, Small Business Administration, Department of Homeland Security, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Administrative Office of the Courts, along with various associations. Tara has a particular interest in workplace strategy. In addition to her consulting work, she served directly in the public and higher education sectors. She received a Bachelor of Science in biology from Washington College, and holds a Master of Arts in whole systems design and organizational systems renewal from Antioch University.

Zoe Chen – Veldhoen + Company
Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge, PhD, Director, Quality & Equity Consultancy

Dr Mee-Yan Cheung-Judge is known as a scholar-educator-practitioner in the field of organisation development. She has worked directly with a number of organisations across sectors, industry and global regions to deliver powerful transformational change, which is what she is known for. She led one of the world's largest participatory change in BBC involving 17,000 people to co-construct the future of BBC simultaneously. She has led major cultural change in a number of global pharmaceutical, retail, energy, and media organisations. Mee-Yan was the lead consultant to transform the state-owned multi-media organisation in United Arabic Emirates over 24 months; for close to four years she was the senior international consultant to lead the State of Singapore in their nation-wide public service transformation programme (2012- 2016). Mee-Yan is a senior visiting fellow of Roffey Park Management Institute, and the Singapore Civil Service College, a guest faculty on the Gestalt Certificate Programme in UK, and a faculty of the Duke University Executive Programme. She is a professional member of the NTL Institute, and was a trustee on the board of the OD Network in the US. She founded the ODNetwork in Europe, where she remains as a special advisor. She started the NTL OD certificate programme for Europe and was been the dean of the programme for the first 10 cohorts. She is the author of a number of OD articles, books and reports and has been a member of the editorial board of the OD Practitioner since 2014. She was voted by UK HR Magazine as one of the top most influential thinkers in the field of HR in 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and in September 2017 she was voted as number 2 most influential thinker in UK. She was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the OD Network in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of OD globally in 2013, and the Richard Beckhard Award by IODA the International Organisation Development Association in 2016. Mee-Yan is an experienced practitioner, a writer and an outstanding educator because of her passion to grow the talent pipeline of OD practitioners. People who know her value her pragmatic and fun approach to practice OD.

Anita Cooke Wells, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary – RLJ Lodging Trust

Anita is a corporate and federal government executive with more than thirty years of legal, human resources, corporate governance and management experience. She practiced law in in the private sector for more than 14 years and currently serves as senior vice president and corporate secretary of RLJ Lodging Trust, a hospitality real estate investment trust located in Bethesda, MD. She is committed to empowering individuals and organizations to reach their maximum potential.

Maxine Craig, OD Practitioner

Dr. Maxine Craig is fascinated by people, structures and the impact they have upon each other. She works with groups and communities across a range of sectors to support improvement in business performance and personal thriving. She started out her professional life as a nurse and blossomed into an OD practitioner. Maxine’s CV, publications and areas of specialist interest can be viewed at

Deborah Davis, Managing Director – NHS North West Leadership Academy (Manchester)

Deborah Davis is Managing Director of the NHS North West Leadership Academy, a member’s organisation established in 2007, supporting leaders within the National Health Service across the North West England. Working with and for members, and stakeholders, to co create responsive and timely leadership development interventions that are relevant to both the national and local context and landscape that leaders find themselves in. Deborah is a leadership development expert, passionate about the agenda which supports individuals, their organisation and the wider system to be the best they can be for the benefit of population health and wellbeing. Deborah has always seen the value of strong leadership from the first day of her clinical career when she encountered an exceptional role model in her first placement. Deborah is a skilled coach and mentor, having used and developed these skills throughout her career. She is recognised for her expertise in development across the North West and beyond; she knows it is crucial to enabling people to reach their potential, equipping them with the capability to support and provide high quality, safe, compassionate care and to work collaboratively with others in other sectors and communities to improve population health. Deborah has had a very varied career equipping her well for her role. She started her career in the NHS in 1981 as a student nurse, Deborah worked clinically specialising in the Paediatric Intensive Care Setting and progressing in seniority through a variety of roles before working managerially locally, regionally and nationally on the clinical governance agenda and more recently in the leadership development arena where she continues to learn, develop and be curious about all things leadership.

Ann Deaton, PhD, PCC, Leadership & Team Coach – The Bounce Collective

Ann V. Deaton, PhD, PCC is a leadership and team coach, and group facilitator. Ann earned her doctorate in clinical psychology, with specializations in neuropsychology and health psychology, from The University of Texas. After a two-decade career in health care, she earned her Leadership Coaching Certification from the Newfield Network and the Professional Certified Coach (PCC) designation from the International Coach Federation. Ann founded DaVinci Resources coaching practice in 2003, and co-founded The Bounce Collective coaching and consulting business in 2009. Ann's work focuses on coaching individuals, teams, and organizations who are experiencing significant change and growth. She consults with and facilitates workshops and team-building sessions for corporate, nonprofit, and government clients. Ann's strengths are in creating the kinds of rich and open conversations that expand perspectives and ideas and then supporting clients by holding them accountable as they take action to realize their goals. Ann serves on the faculty for The University of Texas at Dallas Executive Coach Training Program and facilitates courses for the Center for Corporate Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is co-author, with Holly Williams, of the book Being Coached: Group and Team Coaching from the Inside. Ann's upcoming book, titled VUCA Tools for a VUCA World: Developing Leaders and Teams for Sustainable Results, was publishd in May 2018. Recent presentations include "What Kind of Leaders Do We Need: Succession Planning with Emotional Intelligence" (Virginia Housing Authority, December 2017, Richmond, VA); "Neuroscience and Polarity Thinking" (Polarity Learning Community, November 2017, San Diego); and "Stretching to Empower Both: Leveraging Polarities Thinking" (Health Quality Innovators, October 2017).

Peter Demarest, Sr. Partner & President – AxiogeniCs, LLC

Peter is the president and co-founder of Axiogenics, LLC, and co-author of the book, Answering the Central Question (2010), with his business partner, Harvey Schoof. Today, as during his successful 22-year career in the field of IT, Peter is recognized as an outside-the-box innovator. He is the originating, visionary pioneer behind the emerging science of neuro-axiology (the integration of mind-brain science and value science) and the lead developer, along with partner Harvey, of Neuro-axiological Cognitive Remodeling (NCRT), Cognitive Self-Leadership development systems, and the revolutionary "Gen-V" framework for organizational and culture transformation. In addition to and as part of his R&D work, Peter is a coach, consultant, and trainer for clients ranging from multi-nationals to local entrepreneurs and across a wide variety of industries. He also trains others to become Axiogenics certified NCRT / Self-Leadership coaches and consultants. As a veteran himself (U.S. Navy Submarine Service), he devotes some of his spare time to coaching veterans with PTSD. Peter lives in near Philadelphia and is a parent of five, grandparent of two, musician, chef, keeper of seven chickens, two dogs, and about a quarter million honey bees.

Karen Dumain, National Lead for OD – NHS Leadership Academy in England

Karen is a leading thinker and OD practitioner leading national projects to develop OD capability and change across the UK NHS healthcare system. She works across regional leadership academies and co-leads the national Do OD network. A variety of OD strategic and operational roles have embedded her OD practice. Karen has a degree in behavioural sciences and an MA in leadership & organisation of public services, is a CIPD fellow, and holds an NTL OD certificate. The golden thread in her work is the passion to inspire and enable people and organisations to be the best they can be. A writer and researcher, she is committed to evolving the theory and practice of OD.

Josh Allan Dykstra, MBA, Chief Energy Officer – Strengthscope (U.S. Team)

Josh Allan Dykstra is a recognized thought leader on the future of work and company culture. He is the CEO of Strengthscope (U.S. Team), a human technology company that helps organizations and individuals do the best work of their lives. His articles and ideas have been featured by Fast Company, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Business Insider. He's worked with some of the most iconic brands in the world, including Apple, Sony, CHANEL, Genentech, Microsoft, HTC, and USC, in addition to many startups and nonprofits. He holds an MBA in executive leadership from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his latest book, Igniting the Invisible Tribe: Designing An Organization That Doesn't Suck, is available on Amazon and Audible.

Glen Earl, PhD, Department Chair, Business Psychology – The Chicago School of Professional Psychology - Dallas Campus

Dr. Glen Earl has over 25 years experience in Leadership and Organizational Development. Currently, Dr. Earl serves as the Department Chair of the Business Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Dallas campus. Previously, he was a Talent management consultant for Parkland Hospital, focusing on teambuilding and executive coaching. Dr. Earl is an OD Network Board Trustee and is on the Editorial Board for the OD Practitioner Journal. Glen earned his PhD in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University-LA campus. He is the co-author of Exiting Oz: How the New Workforce is Changing Business Forever.

Denise Easton, Principle Consultant – Complexity Space Consulting

Denise Easton is an entrepreneur, author and consultant who finds inspiration working at the “complex and emerging intersections” of strategic change management, human and organizational systems, and business innovation. Denise is the co-founder and principle consultant with Complexity Space Consulting, helping clients build adaptive, innovative and sustainable organizations by understanding and influencing the complex dynamics across human and organizational systems. She co-authored the book Complexity Works! Influencing Pattern-Based Change in Teams & Organizations, which explores a new model for systems analysis, process innovation, organization development and change management. Denise assumed the position of President and Board Chair of Plexus Institute ( in November 2017. Plexus is a professional network for Members and Clients interested in addressing real-world challenges through the understanding, advancement and diffusion of ideas and practices rooted in the principles of complexity.

Sarah Ellison, MA, Field Program Support Officer – Pact, Malawi

Sarah Ellison is an enthusiastic, mission-driven professional passionate about the rights of the most marginalized around the world. Her nine years of community-based development experience includes working with organizations and networks at all levels including informal community groups, international NGOs and businesses, and government institutions. Ms. Ellison currently provides project management oversight for three internationally funded projects from Pact's Malawi office. This position includes analyzing and strategizing to respond to complex, highly-politicized systems to improve project outcomes and working with networks and organizations to assess and improve their performance. From 2015 to 2017, Ms. Ellison spearheaded the launch of Pact's Capacity Solutions Platform (CSP), a web-based diagnostic and learning space which incorporates signature capacity development tools with innovative data visualization. During this time, she also supported 11 countries to deliver high-quality capacity development services. Prior to her work at Pact she was at the Global Fund for Children (GFC), where she supported grassroots organizations in South Asia and managed GFC knowledge and learning initiatives. Ms. Ellison served in the Peace Corps in Benin where she taught English as a Second Language, and spent an additional year in Benin with Peace Corps Response as a visual arts program coordinator for a newly established non-profit organization. She co-taught a graduate course at American University on principles of adult education and training and regularly mentors peers and recent graduates in the field of organizational development. Recently, Sarah has begun to explore more visual forms of facilitation and learning including graphic recording.

Celia Harmono, PhD, Principal – Pickingpatch Consulting

Celia has been training and facilitating for over 25 years. She obtained a PhD before joining Mars, Incorporated as a line manager and HR professional for Mars. Celia developed a reputation as a strong coach and mentor working in R&D, supply, HR, training and education, and corporate functions. Since becoming a consultant, Celia has worked with numerous companies and functions with an emphasis in developing teams, building leadership capabilities and conflict management. Celia has certifications in High Performance Collaboration (HPC), MBTI®, VOICES® 360, Crucial Conversations and Accountibilities and several other models.

Jean Hartmann, PhD, Nonprofit Strategy Consultant – Meridian Associates

Jean Hartmann began her early career work overseas at Visa, advising financial institutions in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China about credit card issuance and merchant fraud prevention. At mid-career, she contracted as business analyst and project manager, teaming with corporate sponsors of IT change initiatives across financial, transportation, and healthcare industries. Continuing work as an organization helper, she now serves as a strategy advisor to local nonprofits in south Florida. Jean's helping work with nonprofit agencies is centered on OD consulting, collaborative leadership advising, and strategic dialogue coaching. Her research in workplace reflection has contributed significantly to her own reflective practice and approach to working with others. She is interested in collaborative work to deepen person-to-person connections and elevate our collective consciousness.

Wendy Heckelman, PhD, Founder and President – WLH Consulting, Inc.

Wendy Heckelman, PhD, president and founder of WLH Consulting, Inc. (WLH), has more than 25 years of experience working with Fortune 100 clients in the areas of pharmaceutical, animal and consumer healthcare, biotech, financial and distribution services, international non-profit organizations, and growing entrepreneurial companies. Wendy has expertise in execution planning, change management, organizational effectiveness, human capital management, and leadership development. Clients consistently rely upon Wendy to guide them through complex and large-scale change projects, typically related to strategic planning and execution. Wendy and her team leveraged their experience to develop The 5C's of Leadership Transition, a structured framework to help leaders improve their change agility capabilities and more effectively lead others through transition. This approach accelerates the adoption of large-scale change and reduces resistance because it addresses gaps related to developing an implementation cascade and readying leaders for success. Wendy and her team have applied this approach in multiple merger integration projects, organizational restructurings, and new group development. Wendy has shared her approach to change management and transition leadership through numerous publications and national conference presentations. Publications have appeared in OD Practitioner, Focus Magazine (a publication of The Life Sciences Trainers & Educators Network (LTEN)), and in a chapter entitled, "Driving Cultural Transformation During Large-Scale Change" that is included in The Change Champion's Field Guide: Strategies and Tools for Leading Change in Your Organization, 2nd Edition, July 2013. As a skilled facilitator of executive level programs, Heckelman has worked with leadership groups in over 20 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, and Asia. She also serves as an executive coach to many senior and executive leaders. Wendy holds MS and PhD degrees in organizational psychology from Columbia University, and a Master of Education in counseling from Columbia.

Kelly Holly, Director of Leadership and Organizational Development – Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy

Ms. Kelly Bulliner Holly currently serves as the director of the Leadership and Organizational Development office in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Ms. Holly most recently served as the chief of staff to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans, and Capabilities, earning two Medals for Exceptional Civilian Service.

Mary Huntington, Internal OD Consultant – Nemours

Mary has over fifteen years of professional human resource experience and is certified as a group facilitator. As an organization development manager, she is dedicated to supporting, developing, and partnering with clients as they work towards their best selves.

Nicole D. Hurlbutt, MPS, Student – The Pennsylvania State University

As a program manager, Nicole is responsible for the development and delivery of educational programming with content and course delivery designed for adult returning students. Her additional responsibilities include managing organization change and process projects within the unit. Nicole holds a master of professional studies in organization development and change from The Pennsylvania State University, and two undergraduate degrees in music. She has been employed in non-profit agencies her entire career, working with youth, health, and educational non-profit agencies such as the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. and the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. Nicole is currently in the Workforce Education and Development doctoral program at The Pennsylvania State University emphasizing in human resource development and organization development.

David Jamieson, PhD, Professor & Director, OD & Change Doctorate – University of St Thomas

Dr. Jamieson is professor and chair of Organization Development Programs at the University of St. Thomas. He is also president of the Jamieson Consulting Group, Inc. and a distinguished visiting scholar in other OD programs. He has nearly 50 years of experience consulting to organizations on leadership, change, strategy, design and human resource issues. He is a past national president of the American Society for Training and Development (now ATD) and past chair of the Management Consultation Division and Practice Theme Committee of the Academy of Management. He was the recent recipient of The Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organization Development Network and Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Career Achievement Award from the Academy of Management and is past-chair of the Organization Development Education Association. He received his PhD in Management from UCLA, majoring in Organization Design & Development and a BS in Business Administration from Drexel University, with a Behavioral Science minor. Dave is co-author of Managing Workforce 2000: Gaining the Diversity Advantage (Jossey-Bass, 1991), co-author of The Facilitator's Fieldbook, 3rd Edition (AMACOM, 2012), co-author of Consultation for Organizational Change (IAP, 2010), Consultation for Organizational Change, Revisited (IAP, 2016), co-author of Handbook for Strategic HR: Best Practices in Organization Development from the OD Network (AMACOM, 2012) and recently co-author of Enacting Values-Based Change: OD in Action (2018). He has also published 16 chapters and numerous articles in journals and newsletters. He serves on four editorial review boards: Journal of Organization Change Management, Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Journal of Management Inquiry and Organization Development Practitioner.

Sky Jarrett, Human & Organizational Development Consultant – Accenture

Sky Jarrett is a human & organizational development consultant with over 10 years of specialized expertise leading large-scale transformations, helping organizations, in both public and private sectors, transform their culture, leaders, and employee performance from within. Sky has a passion for unlocking human excellence in order to maximize greatness and achieve extraordinary results. Combining unparalleled expertise in human & organizational development, brain science, positive psychology, strengths-based performance excellence, and inclusion & diversity principles, Sky specializes in carefully co-curating experiences, programs, and talks designed to inspire and transform. Committed to sharing the profound benefits mindfulness has had in transforming her life, Sky has been a successful change agent in bringing a mindfulness practice to one of the largest, top-ranked consulting firms in the world. Sky has a bachelor's degree in industrial/organizational psychology and is currently enrolled at George Washington University's School of Education and Human Development graduate school program.

Marisela Jimenez, PhD, CEO, Business Owner – Doctor of Business & Associates

Dr. Marisela Jimenez is the founder and president of Doctor of Business & Associates, a firm specializing in providing technical, administrative and operational expertise to small business in the DFW region. Marisela focuses on manager performance, employee & client satisfaction, and emotional intelligence. Previously, she was the COO of Intire Health and was the director of marketing & public relations for the Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Jimenez earned her doctorate degree in organizational leadership from the University of Phoenix.

Hannah Jones, MSOD, Student and Independent Consultant – Pepperdine University

Hannah is passionate about empowering individuals through organizational change. As a consultant Hannah has worked with organizations across industries to asses and understand their culture in ways that enable positive change and unleash the potential of individuals. Her passion for improving the workplace experience drew her to the field of OD while at UC Berkeley, where she received an Interdisciplinary Field Studies degree, magna cum laude. As a student in the Master of Science in Organizational Development program at Pepperdine University, Hannah developed a deep curiosity about the ways in which the field of OD can push its boundaries and become an essential strategic business function in all organizations. As the recipient of Pepperdine Graziadio Business School's George Award for Outstanding Students, Hannah has been recognized within the OD community and beyond for her dedication to the study and advancement of this field. Outside of academic and professional pursuits, Hannah is an avid runner and outdoor adventurer. She lives in San Francisco, where she enjoys spending time exploring the city and surrounding Bay Area.

Luc Kamperman, MA Business Administration, CEO/President – Veldhoen + Company

Luc holds a Master in Business Management and focuses on effective transitions to future workstyles, primarily from a business and change perspective. With 16 years experience as a strategic workplace consultant working with numerous global clients in Europe, Australia and North America. In 2008 Luc founded Veldhoen’s office in Sydney, Australia after having been the lead ABW consultant for the Macquarie Bank Shelley Street project in Sydney. In the years following he advised several large corporates in developing and implementing their versions of Activity Based Working. Mid 2013 Luc re-located back to the Netherlands, focusing on further business development in Europe. Since mid 2017 Luc has started, and is leading the NYC based, North America office. Luc believes that every employee can, and should be trusted to perform at their best and that leaders are responsible for the sustainable growth of employees. This is key to unlocking true discretionary effort and sustainable engagement. He inspires organisation’s leaders towards their own workstyle vision, and helps formulating a holistic Activity Based Working design (spanning people/tech/space) and facilitates it’s development and implementation. Luc’s motto is “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it”

Judith Katz, EdD, Executive Vice President – The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.

Fueled by her passion for addressing systemic barriers and known for her boundless energy and sharp analytical mind, Judith Katz brings over 30 years’ experience to her work in strategic culture change. As EVP of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Judith is a dynamic speaker and internationally known author. The 25th anniversary of her landmark book, White Awareness: Handbook for Anti-Racism Training was celebrated with the publication of a revised edition. She co-authored The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity; Be BIG: Step Up, Step Out, Be Bold; and Opening Doors to Teamwork & Collaboration: 4 Keys That Change EVERYTHING. Recipient of OD Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award and one of Profiles in Diversity Journal’s Pioneers of Diversity, Judith is a member of the Board of Trustees of Fielding Graduate University. Her newest book, Safe Enough to Soar, will be published in November 2018.

Larry Kokkelenberg, PhD, President – Organizational Trainers & Consultants

Dr. Larry Kokkelenberg has been working in the field of OD for 45 years. He recently retired from the federal government Office of Personnel Management, where he was the chief of employee engagement and OD consultant. He was responsible for going to federal agencies throughout the US and helping them improve their own organizations. Previous to that he was a senior faculty member at the prestigious Federal Executive Institute in Charlotte, VA, where he was responsible for their OD consulting and custom programs. He also was one of twelve senior trainers and consultants for Franklin Covey for 11 years. Additionally he has been president of his own consultancy for 30 years working with both public and private sector and with large, intermediate and small organizations. He conducted a meta analysis of over 50 different OD models over a two-year period and distilled the models into a simple yet highly effective approach to system analysis of organizations which he will be presenting at this conference.

Kristy Lapidus, Founder – Corvo Consulting Group

Kristy is the founder of Corvo Consulting Group, a boutique professional services consultancy specializing in co-creating business solutions powered by exhilarating technology. She focuses on building and guiding high-performing teams through an agile software development lifecycle intertwined with the change management principles needed to ensure continuous delivery, strategic alignment, and high ROI. Kristy is a 2019 MSOD candidate at Pepperdine University who has spoken at international technology conferences on consulting and change management. She has 15+ years progressive experience in business application design and development, project management, change management, and IT/PMO leadership. Prior to founding her consultancy, she was the Director of IT at the leading herbal products brand in North America, Gaia Herbs. At Gaia, Kristy chartered and established from inception an enterprise PMO reporting into the C-Suite that resulted in a standardized system to control, define, prioritize, and track projects throughout the project lifecycle and in alignment with corporate strategy. Before her time as an IT Director, she spent 6 years moving up the ranks at a technology consulting firm in Chicago where she fostered meaningful partnerships with over 35 clients in a variety of industries. Kristy was recently awarded the Pepperdine Waves of Service scholarship for above and beyond service to her community and to others. She is co-chair of the Organization Development Network Conference and serves on multiple volunteer boards near her home in Asheville, NC.

Karen Mack, MSOD, Organization Development Practitioner – Karen Mack Management Consultants, LLC

Karen Mack is an organization development consultant, facilitator and trainer with more than 25 years of experience facilitating change to increase effectiveness and strengthen talent within organizations. Key areas of expertise are: organizational needs analysis, talent development and employee engagement, core-competency skill development, team development and relationship management, transformational coaching, small and large group facilitation, and interventions meeting facilitation. Karen works with individuals, groups and leaders in organizations to identify what lies beneath the presenting issue and to determine the systemic causes in an effort to improve relationships and increase effectiveness within organizations. She collaborates with clients to plan and implement initiatives that introduce and encourage change. Karen's graduate work in organization development has directed her commitment to focus group dynamics on various levels of organizational systems individual, group and organization in order to facilitate change. A veteran trainer and facilitator, Karen has developed and delivered customized core-competency training for corporate, government and industrial clients. She has led performance improvement learning programs and facilitated meetings nationwide and abroad. Her areas of expertise include: process consulting, strategic and contingency planning and implementation, project management, interpersonal communication training, conference and meeting planning, leadership training and development and instructional design. Known for dedication and tenacity, Karen's style has been described as engaging and interactive. She probes groups with thought-provoking situations and questions, intending to elicit positive behavior and change. With a focus on process facilitation, Karen leads groups through meetings and retreats toward desired outcomes. She brings an abundance of knowledge and experience to a variety of clients. Her education and credentials include: CTI Co-Active Coaching Certification (May 2018), EQi- 2.0 Certification (September 2016), MSOD, American University/National Training Laboratory Institute (August 2013), Certified Management Trainer, Fred Pryor Resources, Inc. Mediation and Alternative Conflict Resolution, USDA Graduate School, Trainer Certification, Dale Carnegie & Associates, Advanced Facilitation, USDA Graduate School, Certified Corporate Image Consulting, Image Resource Group.

Celina Mattocks, Change Management Lead – Accenture

Celina is a member of Accenture's Human Capital practice with more than ten years experience consulting in the DC area with non-profits, educational institutions and the U.S. federal government. Celina has been a part of large-scale change initiatives involving training, communications, stakeholder engagement and leadership development. Celina's experience includes development and delivery of web-based and instructor-led training curriculum, facilitation, design and deployment of client collaborative portals (private/public), executive level communications development, strategy, and branding. She is a founding member of the AFS NextGen Communications Hub in Washington, DC, where innovative communications tools are being used across Accenture to take visual storytelling to the next level.

Julia McGovern, MA, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Chief Human Resources Officer – Anne Arundel Medical Center

Julie McGovern has extensive experience leading change in healthcare. Currently, Ms. McGovern works as vice president and chief human resources officer at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland. In this role she has established the wellbeing framework to guide all workforce initiatives. Ms. McGovern links the wellbeing work to employee engagement, and workforce outcomes. Prior to her current role, Ms. McGovern worked at Chilton Hospital and Atlantic Health System in New Jersey. She has executive experience in various HR roles, including health benefits administration, talent development and recruitment. She has experience guiding hospital mergers and integration. She has a master's degree in corporate and organizational communications from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Madison, New Jersey, and an undergraduate degree in political science from Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania. She is the author of the book The Happy Employee. Ms. McGovern is a board member for the Anne Arundel Workforce Initiatives Board and the Anne Arundel United Way Partnership Board. She divides her time between Annapolis, Maryland, and northern New Jersey.

Laura Mendelow, MAOD, PCC, Owner – Mendelow Consulting Group

Laura Mendelow, MAOD, PCC offers leadership and team development to develop leaders both at work and at home. She believes when you get people, you get results. As a product of a psychologist (mother) and IT entrepreneur (father), Laura has made a career of applying psychology to the workforce. It's simply in her DNA. Laura has done extensive work in the learning industry since 1994 including managing the internal Executive Coaching and Organization Development programs for Booz Allen Hamilton. Her experience, as both an external and internal consultant combined with a strong experiential training background, gives her a unique perspective in working with clients to create innovative yet sustainable results. Today, Laura supports both the private and public sectors in offering executive coaching, facilitation services, and her signature "Leadership Lab" cohort training program, which teaches mid-level leaders how to respond and be effective in today's complex, every-changing world. A recent leadership initiative led to a 16.5% increase in overall job satisfaction, 12% increase in likelihood of staying at the organization, 17.7% increase in satisfaction with immediate supervisor, and a 12.9% increase in likelihood of recommending the organization to potential candidates. The results speak for themselves. Laura has a strength-based, experiential approach that engages leaders and teams in meaningful dialogue and experiences to create and sustain positive change. Laura has also developed a team coaching process for executive leadership teams that has resulted in increased trust, transparent communications, unified business philosophies, and enhanced team productivity. Her practical "What? So What? Now What?" process allows clients to see situations through a new lens, resulting in new possibilities and actions. Most recently, Laura presented at the International Leadership Association – Women & Leadership Conference on Inclusive Leadership in 2017. She was an adjunct instructor at Marymount University teaching a graduate level facilitation skills course as well as a guest instructor at George Mason University teaching the Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance certificate program. She has designed over 100 customized team development programs and has taught leadership development courses for over 15 years including crucial conversations, leadership and team development, and emotional intelligence. She has led an industry-recognized Organization Development Book Club for over 10 years and is well versed in leadership theories and applications.

Cindy Miller, PhD, ACC, Coach, Consultant & Speaker of 21st Century Leadership – Cindy Miller Associates

An experienced leadership, team and organization development consultant, Cindy Miller has held global leadership roles in the biotech, pharma and financial services industries. She is a trusted coach and effective facilitator who has helped hundreds of leaders develop their potential, achieve their goals and lead large-scale changes. Cindy also conducts Your Life By Design coaching and retreats to support people through significant work and life transitions and behavior changes. She holds a PhD in human and organization systems and an MA in human development from Fielding Graduate University and BA from Georgetown University. Her original research on Meaningful Work Over the Life Course has inspired many to find more meaning in their work and in their lives.

Fred Miller, CEO – The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.

As CEO of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. — named one of Consulting magazine’s “Seven Small Jewels” in 2010 — Fred specializes in developing workforce strategies that accelerate results to deliver higher organizational performance. Cited as a forerunner of corporate change in The Age of Heretics, Fred has been honored as the OD Network’s youngest lifetime achievement award recipient and named one of the 40 Pioneers of Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal. In 2018, he was honored with the Forum on Workplace Inclusion's Winds of Change award. Fred served as managing editor of the classic The Promise of Diversity, and co-authored The Inclusion Breakthrough: Unleashing the Real Power of Diversity, Be BIG: Step Up, Step Out, Be Bold, and Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration: 4 Keys that Change EVERYTHING. His newest book, Safe Enough to Soar, will be released in November 2018. A past member of the board of directors of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., he serves on the boards of Day & Zimmermann, Hudson Partners, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Automated Technology Systems.

Regan Miller, Senior Human Resources Consultant – U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM)

Regan Miller is a senior human resources consultant at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Workforce Planning and Reshaping Division within OPM’s HR Solutions, providing OD and human capital management services to public-sector clients nation-wide. Regan previously served in the private sector in training and development positions. Across her federal career, she has served in civilian positions within the Department of Army, and the Defense Logistics Agency.

Candace T. Mukendi, Facilitator – Be Well Resource Group
Erin O’Connell, PhD, PCC, President – Lockhart Leadership Solutions LLC

Erin Lockhart O’Connell, Ph.D., PCC is recognized as a joyful, inquisitive facilitator and coach effective in aligning business strategy with practical solutions to enhance individual, team, and organization performance. She is passionate about amplifying perspective and individuality to build inclusive and thriving cultures. She brings her early work in theater and deep experience driving large-scale business transformation in the public and private sector to her leadership development programs and coaching clients. Erin pairs her clear thinking, fierce determination, and effective client relationship skills with her broad knowledge of Organization Effectiveness to get results. Prior to founding Lockhart Leadership Solutions, Erin was a leader within Microsoft, BearingPoint, Arthur Andersen, City of San Diego, and Bank of America. As an external consultant, key clients have included Expedia, Amazon, US Air Force, Federal Aviation Administration, T-Mobile, and AbbVie. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organization Psychology and is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation. Erin is a Certified Partner with Roar People LLC and lives in Redmond, Washington with her 2 precocious daughters and her husband, a pilot with Alaska Airlines. She thrives on new adventures, cultures, and places.

Karen Parker Thompson, MSOD, Senior Systems Change Consultant – Engaging by Design

Karen Parker Thompson, a consummate OD practitioner, brings deep knowledge and experience collaborating with education institutions and community organizations to implement practices and strategies that promote and support engagement, student achievement, family-school partnerships, leadership development, school improvement, and inclusion and equity. As the founder and senior systems change consultant of Engaging by Design, Karen has over 20 years of demonstrated experience leading collaborative change efforts in local, state and federal education agencies and with businesses and non-profit organizations. She has collaborated with school districts and organizations across the United States and state departments of education in the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, to increase their understanding of the roles, practices, policies and mindsets necessary to implement effective, inclusive and equitable engagement processes, strategies and practices. Karen works independently and collaboratively with diverse stakeholders at all levels of organization. She applies her knowledge of group dynamics, cultural intelligence, and her skill facilitating and managing complex systems change and small/large group design in her work with clients. As a professional facilitator and masterful program conceptualist and designer, she brings best practices for engagement, adult learning, group process, and change management. She has strong skills in relationship and trust-building, analyzing and increasing program and organization efficiency and effectiveness in the areas of engagement, culture and values change, re-engineering of processes and structures and data collection, analysis, reporting and planning. Karen is a member of NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, a member-driven, global, non-profit organization. She was on the Board of Directors from 2014 to 2018. As chair of the board of directors from 2016 to 2018, she was responsible for leading and overseeing the organization's transformative change efforts and engaging and collaborating with a global community of over 350 members who are leading consultants, practitioners, and researchers at the forefront of innovation in organization and leadership development, coaching, interpersonal skills, group dynamics, diversity and inclusion, and social change. Karen is a wife and a mother of three amazing adult daughters, although her favorite role is grandmother to her 10-year-old grandson. She enjoys reading, listening to music, watching movies, advocating for important issues, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Laurence Pechadre, Senior Change Manager – Lenoir Associés Inc

Single parent of three and entrepreneur, at 50+, Laurence was compelled to move to Canada to really understand successful multi-lingual and cross-cultural organizations. She had financially secured a six months sabbatical but had no clue her leadership exploration would become a six-year journey. A self-aware and resilient leader with a firsthand European and North American business background, she pioneered participatory leadership approaches in various industries with clients such as GSK, Diana Food, and hospitals in France and Canada. For over 10 years, she has been helping government services, corporations and not for profit leaders engage their stakeholders to cope, learn and grow through change. She chronicled each of her clients' transformation journeies. Stakeholders always bring value when invited to the table. Servant and volunteer leader with Toastmasters International since 2013, in 2017, she was elected as District Director. She implemented the digitalization of both the finance management system and the new educational program. Her district serves over 4500 members in two Canadian provinces and one American state. While she joined to improve her public speaking abilities, her Toastmasters journey really pushed her to navigate diverse, multicultural and multigenerational chapters and work forces. She finds courage to walk out of the beaten track during her daily walks by herself and with her clients. Such as, Frank a mature manager who turned around his top down leadership habits in less than a week. He's gladly still working on it. Ellen, a witty millennial just promoted in a management position. She assiduously included collaborative approaches in her team meeting and relishes in noticing her direct reports cooperative initiatives. Laurence is a graduate of Troyes Business School in France, certified to administer and teach workshops based on the MBTI® leadership instrument and earned the Distinguished Toastmaster designation last year. She designs change leadership field guides and posters. She revels in facilitating cross-cultural and multi-lingual workshops.

Dee Ramsel, PhD, Executive Director – VA National Center for Organization Development

Dee Ramsel has been a clinician, mental health executive, organization development consultant, and medical college instructor over the past thirty years. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology in 1985. She was director of a 200-bed mental health rehabilitation program and regional mental health coordinator for the Veterans Health Administration, and from 2003-2008 served as director of the Healthcare Analysis & Information Group in the Office of Policy and Planning at Veterans Affairs Central Office. She now serves as the executive director of the VHA National Center for Organization Development.

Brenda Reynolds, MS in OD, Consultant, Author, Speaker – BKR Consulting

Brenda K. Reynolds is an OD consultant, best-selling author, TEDx speaker and change expert. As a respected organization consultant and thought leader for more than 20 years, Brenda has advised clients like McDonald's, Special Olympics, Sherwin Williams, and the Nemours Pediatric Health System navigate change, develop leaders, and create resilient cultures. Brenda's work is based on the premise that plan A is an illusion, so we need to get good at plan B, learning how to be with the uncertainty we cycle through time and again at work, in our personal lives, and in the unpredictable global world we live in. As an inspiring change agent, Brenda draws on her extensive consulting and personal experiences to equip individuals and organizations with easy-to-apply strategies for navigating through and managing complex transitions. Brenda is known as a now what? expert and best-selling author of TBD-To Be Determined: Leading with Clarity and Confidence in Uncertain Times. She's also the creator of the Now What? Transformation Clarity Card Deck, a tool designed to boost resiliency in anyone experiencing change in their life or business. Brenda holds a master's degree in organization development from American University and a bachelor's degree in secondary education and communication. However, her most significant degree is in life experience, where she's learned from teaching 8th and 9th graders, moving from a small town to the suburbs of Philadelphia, holding two corporate leadership roles, making it through two scary pre-term labors, being an entrepreneur, embracing life after divorce, single parenting, doing missions work in South Africa, and guiding others who are dealing with work and life uncertainties. Brenda is a TEDx speaker, frequent radio guest, Vistage presenter, and keynote speaker whose passion is helping others turn their "Now what?" into "Why not!" As a presenter, Brenda explores critical topics with tremendous insight, honesty, warmth and humor, using her rare ability to inspire audiences and leave them with actionable change strategies. Brenda resides in the Philadelphia area. Learn more at

Irv Rubin, PhD, Founder and CEO Emeritus – Temenos, Inc.

Irwin M. Rubin, BSEE, MS, PhD, founding partner and chief executive officer emeritus, consultant, writer, professor, and irrepressible idealist, was educated in Cambridge, Massachusetts (BSEE. Tufts University; MS and PhD Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Dr. Rubin's teachings and consulting engagements are based on the premise that authentic feedback is the fundamental factor underlying discovery and transformation. Without genuine feedback, individual and organizational excellence is destined to failure. Indeed, the most provocative article of the many he has published, "CEOs: Keyholders to World Peace," challenges us to consider that, without knowledge and transformation, life as we know it becomes seriously threatened. For in the business of living, he warns us, "We are all CEOs." Dr. Rubin established his company, Temenos Inc., in 1985. Temenos flagship program, The ABCs of Win-Win Relationships, and its unique tool, Behavior Tuner, have influenced the lives of over ten thousand individuals. Dr. Rubin is considered one of the founders of modern organizational development. He has written and published numerous professional articles and books throughout his career. His textbook, Organizational Behavior: An Experiential Approach (originally co-authored with David Kolb and James McIntyre) was the first experiential text of its kind. Eight editions have followed since its introduction in 1974, and experiential learning has become the cornerstone at virtually all progressive educational institutions. Over a million people worldwide have greatly benefited from this text. His decades of experience in health care earned him the recognition of being the first non-physician to be made an Honorary Member of the American College of Physician Executives. Dr. Rubin's recent training and consulting engagements include the U.S. Department of Defense, Humanum Training of Mexico, the New Zealand Institute of Management, the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, the Federal Executive Institute, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In response to the ubiquitous saying, "It's not personal, its just business," Dr. Rubin responds, "There is no such condition, it's all personal."

Marisa Sanchez, PhD, Independent Organization Development and Change Management Consultant – Marisa Sanchez Consulting

Marisa Sanchez, PhD, brings over 20 years of experience in strategic management and organization development consulting to both the public and private sectors. She is both an experienced program manager and facilitator, drawing on her coaching skills to work closely with C-suite organizational leaders. She incorporates team building in her work with groups both small and large, addressing both mission content and group dynamics to increase organization effectiveness. Her consulting approach uniquely focuses on achieving results by integrating deep knowledge and expertise in organization development, project management, and business strategy. Clients include large private sector organizations such as AT&T, Australia New Zealand Bank, IBM, Security First Network Bank (now a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada), and T. Rowe Price, as well as federal civilian agencies and defense departments, including the Army Contracting Command, Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Department of Transportation. Dr. Sanchez served as principal at American Management Systems, Inc. (now CGI, Inc.) before establishing an independent consulting practice in 2003. Dr. Sanchez specializes in helping organizations adopt new systems and technology. She draws on a variety of business and organization development models and tools in her work with clients. Her practice areas include performance consulting, team effectiveness, process improvement, program management, change management, and strategic planning and management. She has specific experience working in CIO organizations supporting large-scale technology change, particularly utilizing technology frameworks such as SEI-CMMI, ITIL, ERP, PMI PMBOK, KM/SharePoint. As a certified instructor at Management Concepts, Dr. Sanchez taught courses on Leading and Managing Change and The Balanced Scorecard. Marisa Sanchez earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in human and organization systems from Fielding Graduate University, publishing her doctoral dissertation on collaboration and power entitled "Interorganizational Collaboration within a Hierarchical Configuration of Parent and Subsidiary Corporations." Prior degrees include Bachelors of Science (BS) in both computer science and psychology from Duke University and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Georgetown University. Dr. Sanchez served as chair of the board of trustees of the Organization Development Network. She has been a speaker at the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) Potomac Chapter, Human Resource Association of Southern Maryland, Virginia State Conference for the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), Organization Development Network (ODN), Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN), and Software Engineering Institute's Software Architecture Technology User Network. Dr. Sanchez has authored articles in the OD Practitioner, the journal of the Organization Development Network.

Harvey Schoof, MS, Sr. Partner – Axiogenics, LLC

Harvey is a founding partner of Axiogenics, a self-development company, and co-author of the books Answering the Central Question, which he wrote with his business partner, Peter Demarest, and Living a Richer Life, which he wrote with his daughter, Kristin Clark. The books, the business he co-founded, and his life work are all focused on teaching people how to make their lives work better, both personally and professionally. Harvey teaches people how they can have more of what they want in their lives by learning to switch from thinking that doesn't serve them to thinking that does. Over the past thirty years, Harvey has become an acclaimed expert in axiology, the science of measuring how people think and make decisions. He has trained hundreds of coaches and other practitioners from across the United States, in Canada, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia and India. Throughout his consulting and coaching career, Harvey has worked with hundreds of companies and thousands of managers, sharing his insights and experience to teach them how to create greater value in everything they do. Harvey lives near Lansing, Michigan, and is the parent of three and grandparent of six.

Elizabeth Schwab, PhD, Associate Department Chair – The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Schwab has more than 10 years of experience consulting in the restaurant/bar, marketing, legal, and academic/education industries. She consults virtually to many Fortune 500 companies through BrandTrust, a marketing firm located in Chicago, Illinois. She developed the Master of Art in Behavioral Economics program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and is the associate department chair for the online Business Psychology Division. Dr. Schwab earned a bachelor's degree in psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology, a master's degree in applied industrial and organizational psychology: organizational effectiveness, and a doctorate in business psychology. Her research is grounded in behavioral economics and focuses on the relationship between affect, cognitive information processing, and persuasive messages.

Maggie Shreve, Partner – Kenfield|Shreve Consulting LLLP

Maggie Shreve is an experienced OD consultant and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). With more than than 25 years in non-profit management, then consulting, Maggie felt a call to a deeper spiritual life at the turn of the century. Her deep commitment to both organizational and individual health and individual well-being was bolstered by her experience with OD. "I thought it was the perfect marriage of thinking and belief, combining the principles of OD with ministry to people in the faith." Since becoming ordained, she has brought her OD expertise to ministry and consulting with churches, health care organizations, and small non-profits. She is currently a general partner with Kenfield|Shreve Consulting, LLLP, and interim president of the OD Network of Chicago.

Barbara Siegel, Visual Practitioner – Look2Listen

Barb Siegel helps groups and individuals think and see what is hidden. She brings understanding and experience with business systems, education, neuro-cognition, and architecture to her work. A Visual Practitioner and Plexus Institute Catalyst she applies complexity science to human systems. Her career includes producing a speaker series on learning, designing buildings as a registered architect and presenting workshops internationally. Her artwork is in collections around the world.

Suzi Skinner, MSc. (Coaching Psych), Managing Director – Roar People

Suzi Skinner (M.Appl.Sc., MCC, PhD Candidate), is a published author, international leadership specialist and global executive coach. Suzi is the managing director of Roar People, Selftalk Pty Limited, a leadership consultancy in Sydney Australia with teams based in the USA and India. Suzi works with organisations globally to accelerate change toward more positive and inclusive cultures and enhance employee performance. Suzi's compelling approach, "empowering leadership at every level" combines the proven evidence base of strategic leadership and executive coaching with fresh perspectives on tapping into the leadership potential of every individual. Suzi coaches and facilitates at executive and board level in a range of leading international organisations including Microsoft, e-bay, 20th Century Fox, Kimberly Clark, Ernst & Young, BUPA, SunRice, and many more. Her innovative programs titled "What's Your Leader I.D.?" are currently running in the USA, Asia and Australia. These strategic programs continue to successfully enable positive culture change and challenge outdated notions of leading. Suzi's book Build Your Leader Identity: A Practical Guide to Leading Authentically from Any Position was published in 2015. Suzi is a Harnisch Scholar and her research was awarded first prize for an academic poster at the Institute of Coaching Annual Conference. The research was published in the peer reviewed academic journal Coaching: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice in 2014. Suzi was also awarded the Outstanding Women Leaders Award by the World Women Leadership Congress (WWLC) for her work in providing leadership development programs for women in India and internationally. Suzi is a guest speaker at Harvard's Institute of Coaching, Sydney Business School, Macquarie University, International HR Directors Forum, YWCA, American Chamber of Commerce, Finance Executive Women, W.I.N International, and many multinational organisations.

Carla Dancy Smith, MSOD, ACC, Senior Organizational Effectiveness Consultant – MedStar Health

Carla Dancy Smith, MSOD, ACC, is a senior organizational development consultant for MedStar Health. In this capacity she works directly with leaders at all levels across the system, project teams, and clients to facilitate large-scale, complex change management strategies and tactics to help MedStar achieve its goals and annual strategic operational plan priorities. Carla enjoys helping clients tackle challenges related to teamwork. inclusion & diversity, conflict management, communications, and dealing with constant change. Carla facilitates leadership development courses including MedStar Leader of the Future and Good to Great Performance Management. Carla has more than 20 years experience working in management consulting, performance improvement, human resources, quality and safety, training, and organization development (OD). Carla is a change management subject matter expert, certified in the Prosci methodology. She is a certified professional coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She finds joy in supporting individuals to reach their full potential. Carla received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, Mo; and a Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) from American University, Washington, DC. Carla is certified to administer the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Thomas-Killman Conflict Mode Instrument, DiSC Personality Profile, Kolb's Learning Style Indicator, Strengths Finders, and other assessments. Carla resides in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband, Calvin, and has two daughters. She is committed to living a life with no regrets. She is an essential oil educator and doTERRA Wellness Advocate. She is also an avid photographer and scrap-booker and is known for capturing the memories for her family and friends.

Celia Szelwach, DBA, PMP, Owner and Principal Consultant and Online Adjunct Professor – Gift of Words LLC and Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School

Dr. Celia Szelwach has been practicing OD for over 20 years and has held a variety of management and consulting positions, most recently as director of organizational development for a local government agency. In these roles, she has led large-scale leadership and change initiatives, business partnerships, client and community relations, and organizational communications to deliver breakthrough results in industries such as Fortune 50 food and beverage, Fortune 100 defense, durable manufacturing, pharmaceutical, health care, professional services, federal government, education, and non-profit. Her clients have included: Northrop Grumman Corporation, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, Tropicana Products (a div of PepsiCo), Honeywell, CAE, Nielsen Media Research, Zenith Insurance Company, Hide-Away Storage, PGT Industries, Seminole Electric Cooperative, Hospice Southwest Florida, Pinnacle Medical Group, Analgesic Healthcare, Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, Pinellas County Schools, Blue Ridge Community College, City of Tampa, City of Palmetto, Manatee County Public Schools, and Manatee County Government. As a military officer and senior-rated jumpmaster in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps at Fort Bragg, NC, she coordinated logistics requirements for the 18th Airborne Corps Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during Desert Storm and managed logistical operations for two humanitarian service deployments in support of Hurricane Andrew disaster relief in Homestead, Florida, and Haitian relief in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Although she transitioned from the military, Dr. Szelwach is passionate about serving veterans and was appointed by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to two advisory committees on women veterans and minority veterans. She also founded and led WOVEN Women Veterans Network for over seven years. Her awards include: Tampa Bay Business Journal's Up and Comers, Tampa Bay Business Journal's Women in Business Winner, Latin Times Magazine's Tampa Bay Latina Movers & Shakers, Gulf Coast Business Review's 40 Under 40, the President's Merit Award from Girl Scouts Gulf Coast of Florida, and the Outstanding Performance and Learning Award from the American Society for Training and Development. Dr. Szelwach is certified as a yoga teacher, Project Management Professional (PMP), DDI Master Trainer, and DDI Targeted Selection Program Manager. She is also certified in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Conflict Dynamics Profile (CDP). She has taught for numerous universities since 2001 and currently teaches leadership theory for Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School's online MBA program. Her research interests include: mindful leadership, organizational resilience, and building healthy, inclusive work cultures. Dr. Szelwach graduated in the 10th class of women from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and holds an MBA in international trade and a doctorate in business administration from Argosy University.

Kris Terry, Principal – ProQuest America

Kris Terry, facilitator and coach, combines over 25 years of experience in business and psychology to work with organizations on the people-side of business. Kris utilizes her unique background to assist organizations with a range of areas including leadership development, team development, and coaching. Kris is specifically interested in group dynamics, communication, and cross-cultural competency. Kris began her professional career in sales as a financial consultant for Merrill Lynch. Later, she practiced as a psychotherapist for seven years. In 1996, Kris began her consulting practice, ProQuest America, where she has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies.

William (Bill) Thompson, Administrator – Office of Foreign Labor Certification

William (Bill) Thompson has been the  Administrator of the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC), ETA, Department of Labor in Washington, DC. since late 2014. From January 20, 2017 until May, 2018, Bill was on temporary assignment in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for the Employment and Training Administration (OFLC’s parent agency). He is an attorney and began his career in private practice in New York and Washington DC in labor and employment law. Prior to assuming his current position in OFLC, Bill was the Administrative Officer of the Employment and Training Administration. From 2006 until 2012, Bill was the Associate Solicitor of Labor for Management and Administrative Legal Services. Prior to joining DOL, he served for 5 years as the Executive Director of  the Office of Compliance of the United States Congress, which focuses on advancing workplace rights, safety, health, and accessibility in the Legislative Branch.  He has a JD degree from Columbia University School of Law, an MA in counseling from Loyola University in Baltimore, and a BA degree from Amherst College.

Sheryl Unger, MILR, Senior Consultant – WLH Consulting, Inc.

Sheryl Unger has provided project management support for a number of the large-scale projects conducted by WLH Consulting, Inc. She takes the lead in developing the communications planning and change management efforts. Sheryl has played a major role in WLH client engagements on business planning and resource allocation. After completing a curriculum blueprint for a pharmaceutical company, the client recognized the need for a program on business acumen for new district managers. Sheryl was the lead designer of all materials related to the program, including a job aid that helped participants evaluate their marketplace. In similar efforts, she contributed to the customized development of a Business Planning and Resource Allocation Framework. This project became the case study for an article she co-authored with Dr. Wendy Heckleman in, "A Sturdy Framework." Sheryl has played a critical role in the development of all human capital strategy tools and processes for a large animal health company. Projects have included the custom creation of 360° feedback surveys and supporting development planning tools and coaching guides. Additionally, she has been instrumental in creating a number of competency models and supporting development planning tools for marketing, sales, and other functions. Her training and development experience includes designing programs on teamwork, leadership development, and process improvement. Sheryl's data collection and analysis efforts have helped organizations with business performance improvement, strategic planning, organizational health diagnosis, and medical-marketing integration planning. She has authored management toolkits on change management, transitional leadership, HR's role in mergers and acquisitions, goal planning, and operating plan implementation. She has consulted to a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, biotech, and call-centers. Sheryl has worked with various HR departments, including the Ford Motor Company in labor relations where she developed and facilitated workshops on employee involvement. She has a B.A. from American University and a aster's in labor relations from Cornell University. Sheryl is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) and the South Florida Organizational Development Network.

Carlos Valdes-Dapena, BA, MFA, MSOD, Managing Principal – Corporate Collaboration Resources, LLC

Carlos is the founder of Corporate Collaboration Resources, LLC, an organization and group effectiveness consulting firm, and the author of the upcoming book, Lessons from Mars: How One Global Company Cracked the Code on High Performance Collaboration and Teamwork. Carlos developed his expertise in collaboration at the highest organization levels. For 17 years he was an internal consultant at Mars, Inc. and was involved with brands like M&Ms, Snickers, Uncle Ben's Rice and Wrigley's gum. There he won the company's prestigious Global Make the Difference award for his work on the Mars Framework for High Performance Collaboration. Before Mars, he spent three years at IBM as an executive coach and consultant to the top 35 global leaders at IBM including a number of CEO Lou Gerstner's direct reports. Carlos's consulting career began in 1993 when he was hired by DDI, a global talent development consulting firm, as a leadership and performance management consultant. His client list included AT&T, Pfizer, General Motors, Lockheed Martin and others.

Denisse Vega, MIS, PMP, Director of Organizational Development – Tiempo Development

With a major in information systems engineering and a master's degree in information security, Denisse has more than 15 years of experience in the software development industry: embedded, desktop, cloud (SaaS). With an eye on systems, processes and team relationships, she enjoys being a transformational coach for leaders, teams, and organizations. She has provided conferences in the following topics:

  • Women in engineering
  • Knowledge management in open source companies
  • Security basics
  • White hat: penetration testing
  • Evolution of project manager in the agile era
  • IoT security challenges
  • 7 deadly sins of teamwork
  • Remote and distributed teams: guide to success
  • Remote distributed work

Other trainings and certifications she holds include:

  • Cisco Certified Network Administrator
  • EcCouncil's Certified Ethical Hacker
  • Certified Software Testing Engineer from Quality Assurance Institute
  • Certified Scrum Master
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) from PMI
  • Co-active Coaching from CTI
  • Organizational and Relationship Systems Coach from RSS
Shonna Waters, PhD, ACC, SHRM-SCP, Senior Behavioral Scientist – BetterUp

Shonna Waters is a senior behavioral scientist at BetterUp, where she partners with organizations to design evidence-based solutions to organizational challenges. She also conducts research to further our understanding of behavior change and embed that knowledge into BetterUp's coaching. Prior to joining BetterUp, Shonna was the vice president of Research at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and technical director of Human Resource Strategy and Program Design at the National Security Agency. She has spent over 15 years helping organizations make evidence-based decisions. Dr. Waters holds a PhD in industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology and statistics, a certificate in leadership coaching from Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching Program, she is an ICF certified coach, and holds her SHRM-SCP. Her work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, HR Magazine, and books.

Chris Worley, PhD – Pepperdine University/University of Southern California/NEOMA Business School

Dr. Chris Worley is a recognized leader in the field of organization development, agility, and organization design. He is the former Director of the Master of Science in Organization Development (MSOD) program at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School and served as past chair for the Academy of Management's Organization Development and Change Division. Dr. Worley's applied research and consulting practice is complemented by more than fifteen years of management experience in academic, for-profit, and government organizations. His consulting clients include organizations in high technology, fast-moving consumer goods, aerospace and defense, health care, financial services, retail, the public sector, and natural resources. Dr. Worley's most recent books include The Agility Factor, Becoming Agile, Management Reset, and Built to Change. He recently co-edited Organizing for Sustainability: Leading through Networks & Partnerships. He also authored Integrated Strategic Change: How OD Builds Competitive Advantage, and with Tom Cummings has co-authored seven editions of Organization Development and Change, the leading textbook on organization development. His articles on strategic change and strategic organization design have appeared in the Sloan Management Review, the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Organizational Dynamics, and the Journal of Organization Behavior, among others. In 2012, he received the Douglas McGregor Best Paper Award in The Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, and in 2011, he received the OD Network's Larry Porter Award and the Emerald Publishing Emerati Literary Award.

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