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2019 Annual Conference: Speakers

2019 OD Network Annual Conference - Agility & Resilience: Navigating Complexity & Transformation

Faith Addicott, MPA

Faith is a graduate of the Master of Public Administration program at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. She focused her studies on organizational development, design thinking, systems thinking, and participatory leadership practices with a desire to use strengths based methodologies and the principles of democratic design to repair relationships and structures in our organizations and communities. In MPA, she found a calling and a new understanding of the systems which define our world and the work we try to do. Inspired by the work of Peter Senge, Otto Scharmer, Peter Block, Margaret Wheatley and Randoph T. Hester, whose enlightened visions of systems, design, and community engagement transformed her experience, her passion for reinventing our daily work and the importance of truth telling have motivated her to begin consulting, using her passion and knowledge to help liberate the human experience of systems. Faith is trained in Appreciative Inquiry, Restorative Justice, Holacracy, design thinking, systems thinking, the Art of Hosting, and other participatory leadership methodologies. She is currently attending Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management, where she will attain a second master's degree in positive organizational development. She is learning from David Cooperider, Richard Boyatizis, Ron Fry, Melvin Smith and other leaders in the organizational development field.

Michael Arena

Michael Arena is the Vice President for Talent and Development at Amazon Web Services (AWS). He is responsible for enterprise talent management, strategic workforce planning, organizational development and global learning. Building on his tenure as the VP for Talent at General Motors, he employs an evidence-based approach to driving performance, leveraging such concepts as predictive analytics and network analysis. While at GM, he launched GM2020, a grass roots initiative designed to enable employees to positively disrupt the way they work, which was highlighted in Fast Company. His book highlighting this experience, Adaptive Space: How GM and Other Companies are Positively Disrupting Themselves and Transforming into Agile Organizations, was named a best business book of 2018 by Forbes. Michael is the guest editor of the spring issue of People+Strategy, themed around Adaptive Space. His research on adaptation won the 2017 Walker Prize from People+Strategy and has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Sloan Management Review and Chief Executive Magazine. He currently teaches in Penn's Master of Organizational Dynamics program and acts as a design thinking coach within the Stanford School. He also spent two years as a visiting scientist within MIT's Media Lab and served as Senior Vice President of Leadership Development at Bank of America.

Patricia Averett, MSOD

Patricia Averett is an Associate Partner in Aon's Talent Practice, based in San Francisco. Pat has more than 30 years' experience aligning strategy, culture and talent to accelerate and sustain high-impact, high-engagement and high-inclusion organizations. Her consulting work in strategy execution, business transformation and large-scale culture change has helped her clients navigate complexity and achieve significant positive change in business results, corporate culture and employee engagement. Pat's experience prior to joining Aon includes roles as associate client partner at Korn Ferry Hay Group, general manager of PDI's San Francisco office, west region managing director at Interaction Associates, principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers and founder and president of Organization Perspectives, Inc., an OD consulting firm. Pat is the author of High Risk Consulting With The CEO: Leveraging the Alliance for Change When the Stakes Are High, and she has presented her work at national and international conferences. Pat holds a master's degree in organization development and analysis from Case Western Reserve University.

Sharon Benjamin, Ph.D.

A "prac-ademic," Sharon Benjamin consults with multi-lateral, governmental, NGO and healthcare organizations. She taught the final executive leadership course for E-MPA students in the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University for 12 years and now is an Affiliated Faculty; teaching leading, and applied methods, courses in the UPenn MS Organizational Dynamics (MSOD) program. She served as civil servant within the federal General Services Administration. As a senior-level staff person, having served in two distinctly different administrations, she has developed a keen sense of how to maintain continuity of operations and continue innovation, during times of turbulent change. As an external consultant, some of her past clients include: The Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Einstein Medical Center, Population Council, Massachusetts Coalition for the Prevention of Medical Errors, Massachusetts Senior Care, Plexus Institute, and Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation. She serves as a trusted advisor to executives and senior leaders because of the breadth of her experience across nongovernmental organizations, government agencies, and healthcare, brokers ideas and leverages networks. She has co-authored three books for practitioners on the principles and methods of using Adaptive Positive Deviance including Unexpected Gifts: Solve Tough Problems with Adaptive Positive Deviance. She is a co-author of "Leading from the Center" in the spring 2019 issue of People+Strategy magazine.

Jacquelyn Bergmann, Ed.D. (ABD)

Jacquelyn Bergmann is a doctoral candidate with a Specialization in Organizational and Transformational Leadership. As a senior consultant, she leverages her experiential insights and knowledge of neuroscience, psychology, and learning theory to help organizations effectively navigate the transformation process. Her research "The Impact of Psychological Flexibility and Stress on Agility and Decision-Making in Teams" will be published in December 2019. Her book Becoming Agile is slated for publication February 2020. She utilizes her 27 years in education to empower leaders and teams with the psychological and social-cognitive neuroscience tools that allow them to create agile, productive, and sustainable teams.

Susan Bethanis, Ed.D.

Susan J. Bethanis, Ed.D., is the CEO/Founder of Mariposa Leadership, Inc., a 12-person San Francisco-based firm, which provides executive coaching to high-tech leaders. Sue is the author of the well-received business book Leadership Chronicles of a Corporate Sage (Kaplan Publishing, 2004) and hosts Mariposa's monthly leadership forum, WiseTalk. Sue is known for designing experiences, services, and products that move people and "raise their game." She regularly applies insights from design thinking, linguistics, anthropology, and athletics to her roles as manager of the Mariposa team and as a sounding board to her clients. Sue also speaks regularly at industry conferences and meetings, like IEEE Women in Engineering, Silicon Valley Compensation Association, Stanford Business School, Commonwealth Club, Adaptive Path, Product Development and Management Association, Healthcare Businesswomen's Association, NorCal Business Marketing Association, International Coaches Federation, and Northern California Human Resources Association. She has also delivered countless seminars and speeches at a variety of high tech companies, such as Cisco Systems, eBay, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Intuit, Juniper, LinkedIn, Lockheed Martin, Oracle, Plantronics, VMWare, and Zynga. She is a sought-after panel moderator and radio guest with appearances on NPR, The Coaching Show, American Airlines Business Radio and Sue has an excellent grounding in both business and coaching: Certificate, Design Thinking and the Art of Innovation, course at Stanford Design School, June 2010 Ed.D., University of San Francisco; emphasis in Organization/Leadership, Adult Learning, and Pacific Leadership International Studies. Dissertation - Transforming Organizations: Understanding Relationships Among Paradigms, Language, and Action. M.A., Education, Stanford University; emphasis in Instructional Design People describe Sue as creative, generous, witty, confident, and laser-focused. She lives in San Francisco with her entrepreneurial 13 year old son, Max. She is an avid photographer and traveler, and loves to play tennis.

Nathan Blain, MBA

Nathan Blain started his career in an organization most well-known for its lack of agility — the US Congress. Currently, he is a Senior Client Partner at Korn Ferry, where he works with large organizations to design new ways of working. Over the last fifteen years, he started five businesses, including one that built and sold enterprise leadership solutions. He teaches a course that covers the topic of strategic agility in the MBA program at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business.

Jeff Boudro

Jeff assumed leadership of Power+Systems in 2018 after the retirement of founders Barry and Karen Oshry. Jeff has been a certified Power+System's facilitator since 2000 and has successfully implemented Power+Systems programs and methodologies in a wide variety of organizations over the past two decades. Jeff is a results-oriented leader with significant global experience helping unleash the power of people at all levels. Jeff is the organization's link with our clients as well as with our global network of trainers. He provides coaching on which program best meets an individual's or organization's goals. He is adept at working with clients to tailor programs to meet their needs and to connect them with the most appropriate facilitator. Key areas of focus include: leadership development, diversity & inclusion, employee engagement, partnership, and customer-focused cultures. Jeff has held HR leadership roles in a number of organizations including Bank Boston, Putnam Investments, Staples, CVS and Hanover Insurance.

Jeff Branch, Ed.D.

Jeff Branch, EdD is an organization development and effectiveness consultant, executive coach and adult education practitioner utilizing inquiry, dialogue and systems thinking to help organizations achieve and sustain high performance. He has over twenty-five years of experience advising corporations and nonprofit organizations on strategic business issues. Jeff practices as program chair of three higher education graduate programs at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Organization Development and Leadership, Public Health Management and Administration, and Non Profit Leadership and Population Health Management. In this role, he focuses on integrating theory into the practice of organization development and leadership by designing and facilitating a highly synergized experiential action learning curriculum. He served in senior leadership roles in healthcare and as an internal organization development leader/practitioner in the financial sector. Jeff is a member previously holding various leadership or steering committee roles with NTL Institute, Organization Development Network (ODN), Philadelphia Region OD Network (PRODN), and Intergeneration Work Group (INTERGEN). He also is a board member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management. His community service includes serving as a board member with community organizations, and pro-bono consulting work with other nonprofit organizations. Jeff holds a doctorate degree in education, master's degree in organization development and deadership and, bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing.

Jackie Bsharah, Ph.D.

Jackie Bsharah integrates her knowledge of leadership, adult learning and development and systems theories with practical application to help individuals, teams and organizations develop more productive and effective mindsets. A wide-range of organizations have benefited from her expertise and knowledge including: the National Institute of Heath, Human Intelligence Training-Joint Center of Excellence, the U.S. Department of Education, the Food and Drug Administration, the city of San Francisco, OTR Wheel Engineering, CHANGE, Inc., Kentucky Education Association, Red Wiggler Community Farms, and ASCD. Before becoming a coach and consultant, Jackie worked at The Associated Press covering national and international news for nearly 20 years. As a broadcast journalist, she covered the stories that have shaped our nation including the September 11 attacks, for which she and the rest of the news team were awarded the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. Her ability to develop others and leadership abilities resulted in her promotion to executive producer of the Radio/Audio Division at The Associated Press. As executive producer, Jackie was responsible for implementing programs and protocols for leadership development, talent and performance management, employee assessment and quality control. During the tenure of her leadership, the division won two more Edward R. Murrow Awards for outstanding news coverage. She is currently appointed at Georgetown University and University of Southern California as adjunct professor of Human Resource Management. Jackie holds a PhD in human and organization development from Fielding Graduate University, Master of Science in Organization Development from American University and a Master of Arts in human and organization development from Fielding Graduate University. She is also credentialed by the renowned International Coaching Federation for executive coaching.

Nathan Bushey

A dynamic executive who casts vision, aligns strategies and leads teams to implement transformative initiatives with high levels of success. He possesses a unique background, with experience in both driving growth and in developing organizational capabilities in a wide variety of disciplines (Sales, Marketing, IT, Human Resources). Nathan currently serves as Vice President, HR Strategy and Optimization at T-Mobile in Bellevue, WA. In this role, Nathan leads professionals across several domains including People Insights, Organization Design, HR Strategy & Planning and Employment Brand. His passion for guiding and developing people/teams led him to the field of OD in 2016 and prompted him to pursue and complete his MSOD from Pepperdine University earlier this year. Nathan is a committed learner who continuously seeks new ideas, input and opportunities. With a strong preference for complex, large-scale, and transformative projects, Nathan is always up for a challenge. He finds joy in solving problems, wrestling with complex ideas and imagining the possibilities of the future. He’s currently wrapping his mind around the intricacies & nuances of M&A work – and would love to connect with ODN members experienced in this area!

Steven Herrol Cady, Ph.D.


Lydia Chan


Jeanie Cockell, Ed.D.

Jeanie Cockell, EdD, is an educational and organizational consultant who specializes in collaboratively designing strategies to surface the wisdom of individuals and groups in order for them to build positive futures and to respond effectively to change. She is a leader in using Appreciative Inquiry and travels worldwide to facilitate workshops, speak at conferences, and consult for clients. She is the co-author of Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness.

Chris Crosby

Chris Crosby is a consultant, author, educator and the President of the Board of the Pacific Northwest Organization Development Network. They have doubled membership in a little over a year. While internal, Chris helped multiple Alcoa locations meet or exceed their business metrics. Now he supports leaders in diverse industries to clarify challenges and implement them effectively. He has held adjunct faculty positions and has extensive international experience. His first book, Strategic Organizational Development, published in 2016 by Business Expert Press, provides the reader with a step-by-step way to align their organization. His recent two-volume set, Strategic Engagement: Practical Tools to Raise Morale and Increase Results was published in October of 2018. In it he outlines eight strategic engagement activities to improve productivity. All his books are written from the perspective of a practitioner and provide the reader with easy access to tools and mental models that make a difference. Chris sees the OD professional as vital in helping organizations reach business results and thinks that the need for clarity of core principles will never diminish. He partners with managers to help engage their employees to increase results and improve morale. He is an expert in creating system alignment, implementation structures, and people processes for various forms of organization change including mergers, large cross-functional projects, department redesigns, and whole system transformations. He developed and executed the change strategy for the largest software implementation (Oracle) in the history of Alcoa CSI, spanning 18 locations throughout USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, Hungary, and Germany. His business unit reached stability in one month, five months faster than any previous Alcoa Business Unit.Chris also develops leadership programs. The programs utilize an industry adapted T-Group to train leaders to engage their workforce in such a way that builds ownership, commitment, organization alignment and ultimately better business results.

Janice Cross, MSW, RSW

Janice is of Mi'kmaq First Nation and Irish decent, and has worked in the social service and healthcare field for the past fifteen years. Janice has a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a joint major in criminology and psychology from Simon Fraser University, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of British Columbia; she is also registered with the BC College of Social Work. Over the years, she has received training in numerous therapeutic modalities such as: Compassionate Inquiry; Modified Interaction Guidance; Attachment Theory and Techniques; Trauma- Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; Dialectic Behaviour Group Therapy; Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT); Response, Abilities and Pathways; Interventions for children with sexual behaviours; Recognizing and Responding to Suicide Risk (RRSR); as well as Complex Trauma and Sexual Abuse Intervention. In addition, Janice has also received certificate training in: Resilience at Work Toolkit Accreditation; Leading at the Speed of Trust; Prosci Change Management; Coaching out of the Box; Psychological Health and Safety Advisor; Brain Gym; Darkness to Light: Stewards of Children; Positive Approaches to Behaviour; Connect Parent Group; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST); and Psychological First Aid (PFA), as well as attended numerous conferences and workshops. Janice has extensive experience working with populations who have experienced trauma(s), as well as those impacted by mental health & wellness related issues, including addictions. In addition, she has significant experience in developing mental health programs into successful service delivery models. Skilled in crisis intervention, facilitation, health promotion, suicide prevention, and evidence based therapeutic techniques, Janice works from a trauma-informed perspective, utilizing numerous therapeutic modalities, to create a holistic service delivery model, while meeting people where they are at.

Glen Earl, Ph.D.

Dr. Glen B. Earl is the Business Psychology department chair for The Chicago School of Professional Psychology-Dallas campus. Dr. Earl is on the OD Network Board of Trustees and in the OD Review Editorial Board. Glen is also the co-chair of the Professional Development Committee. He was on the team that created the OD Practice Global Framework. Formally, he worked at Parkland Hospital for seven years. He was a team that created a Best-In-Class Leadership Development program, winning five awards Dr. Earl has 28 years of experience as an internal and an external organizational business development consultant, and executive coach. His process consulting model enables him to be successful in all types of organizations: from entrepreneurial start-up firms to Fortune 500 companies; from government and military to not-for-profit organizations and universities, to privately and publicly held companies, and across all types of industries which includes: Universal Studios, KONE, City of Plano, Culver City, Sanden, Amgen, Gannett News, Litton, Cigna Employee Benefits, Tenet Health Care, Taco Bell, Lockheed, US Navy, Telematics International, Xerox, US Air Force, Harcourt Publishing, Sonexus Health, Bank of America, Lockheed Martin, and Dallas Airmotive. Dr. Earl has ten years of experience working in international business; i.e. business coaching, education development, training and consulting. He has worked in: Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, and Thailand.

Tom Hayashi, MS Ed, Ph.D.

Tom Hayashi is the chair and program director of Department of Leadership & Management at Saybrook University. He comes to his appointment as a scholar-practitioner with over 15 years of senior level management background in the corporate, nonprofit, and government sectors. Tom's breadth of experience includes operations, finance, human resources, sales & marketing as well as communications and project management. Moreover, his scope of consulting engagements include change management, coaching, diversity & inclusion, strategic planning, and training & development. Tom's professional highlights include serving as the executive director for OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates, and as the VP of Development and External Relations for Asian Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. As the founding principal of Capacity Empowerment, an organizational consultancy firm, his experience with cross-sector national and international engagement portfolio includes Fortune 100 & 500 companies, local, state, and federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Tom earned a PhD and MA in human & organization systems from Fielding Graduate University. He also holds an MS Ed in instructional technology from California State University East Bay and a BA in liberal studies from Thomas Edison State University. Tom also has achieved certifications in executive coaching, data management, mediation & conflict resolution, and fundraising & marketing.

Linda Hoopes, Ph.D.

Dr. Linda Hoopes is the founder and president of Resilience Alliance, an Atlanta-based firm focused on helping individuals, teams, and organizations learn to thrive in turbulence. She brings over 25 years of experience in psychology and organizational change to her work, and is the author of two books: Prosilience: Building Your Resilience for a Turbulent World, which won the 2018 EPIC award for best nonfiction book, and Managing Change with Personal Resilience (with coauthor Mark Kelly). Prior to founding Resilience Alliance in 2007, Linda spent seventeen years at ODR (now Conner Partners) a consulting and training firm focused on the successful execution of organizational change. She led the development of methodology and assessments, including the Personal Resilience Profile, which has been translated into 13 languages and used by more than 100,000 people around the world; the Team Synergy Profile, which helps organizations maximize the effectiveness of key teams; and the Change Landscape Survey, which evaluates a set of specific opportunities/risks related to the implementation of change initiatives. She continues to work with clients as a speaker, facilitator, consultant, and coach on resilience, organizational overload, human energy sustainability, and related topics. Linda received her PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Tennessee, and an AB in psychology from Davidson College. She has served on the faculties of several institutions, including Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Colby College and PCOM. She is licensed as a psychologist in the state of Georgia and is past president of the Atlanta Society of Applied Psychology and a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the Academy of Management, OD Network, and ACMP. She serves on the boards of Hope & Haven Initiative, a non-profit organization providing well-being and housing services to veterans, trauma survivors, their families and caregivers, and USA Diving, the national governing body for the sport of diving. In addition to her professional and academic history, she brings a number of other influences to her work including music, photography, sailboat racing, and massage therapy.

Erika Jacobi, Ph.D.

Erika Jacobi is the Founder and Managing Director of LC GLOBAL®, a change, growth, and innovation consulting firm with offices in New York City and Munich, Germany. Specializing in adaptive organization design, Erika has facilitated large-scale business transformation processes on three continents. She has consulted for businesses ranging from non-profits to Fortune 50 firms in the tech, pharma, and marketing sector. Her organization design principles foster deep engagement, value-based growth, and unique resilience. She holds a PhD in organizational change and development and a master's degree in human and organizational behavior, systems, and development. Her research as a fellow of the Institute of Social Innovation focuses on mental agility models in the identity construction of successful organizations.

Alysun Johns

Alysun Johns is the Director of Culture and Leadership with Human Synergistics. She supports the development of integrated solutions for clients and consulting partners and leads consulting and coaching services for individuals and organizations. Her focus and experience over the years has centered on organizing, planning, developing, and facilitating client projects and workshops throughout the US and globally. Alysun often presents and guest lectures at various local universities and professional associations.

Judith Katz

As Executive Vice President of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc., 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 has also 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. Her newest book, Safe Enough to Soar: Accelerating Trust, Inclusion, and Collaboration in the Workplace, was published November 2018. She is a recipient of ODN’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.

Shelley Kirkpatrick, Ph.D.

Dr. Shelley Kirkpatrick is a principal at The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that operates research and development centers for the federal government. She is also an adjunct professor of management at George Mason University and founder of Visiontelligence. A former professor at Carnegie Mellon University and The American University, Dr. Kirkpatrick has authored more than 35 articles on leadership, motivation, and workforce assessment in academic journals as well as practitioner-based publications. She recently published Build a Better Vision Statement (2016, Lexington Books). Dr. Kirkpatrick is a former president of the International Society for Performance Improvement's Potomac Chapter. She also holds certifications as a Human Capital Strategist, in Kirkpatrick Four Levels, and in Human Synergistics' Impact and Organizational Culture Inventory Assessments.

Tim Kuppler

Tim Kuppler is the co-founder of, co-editor of the blog, and Director of Culture and Organization Development for Human Synergistics, a 40+ year pioneer in the workplace culture field. Tim has over 20 years of culture transformation experience as a senior executive, coach, consultant and educator. He leads the Human Synergistics collaboration efforts with top culture experts, universities and consulting firms. He has the rare mix of extensive operations, general management, and consulting experience necessary to help leaders quickly improve team effectiveness and results as they focus on their top performance priorities, challenges, and goals.

Kristy Lapidus

Kristy Lapidus is the founder and principal of Corvo Consulting Group, a business & technology management consultancy specializing in human & digital systems transformation. Her 16-year career includes partnering with Fortune 500 companies, SMBs, and tech startups to identify technology strategy; optimize & automate business processes; lead the delivery of complex projects and build effective agile teams. Prior to founding Corvo, she was the Director of IT/PMO at the leading herbal products brand in North America, Gaia Herbs. She holds an MSOD from Pepperdine University where she was honored with the distinguished George Award, is a Prosci Certified Change Practitioner, and earned her BA in Journalism & Spanish from Indiana University. Kristy has spoken at international conferences, including ODN 2018, on project management, change management, and technology strategy. She is also the 2019 ODN Conference Chair and an ex officio ODN Board Member. In her spare time, Kristy can be found in the mountains of Western North Carolina, gardening or hiking with her partner Alexander.

Kris Lea, PsyD OD, PCCP

Dr. Kris Lea is a scholar-practitioner, or a “pracademic,” mixing ongoing learning, teaching and practice as a virtuous cycle of activities. This cycle enables rich dialogue with colleagues and clients, and the development of new content such as the “Fear-Trust Continuum: Building Resilience in Relationships.” Her new firm, Kris Lea Consulting Group, Inc. provides opportunities to partner and to serve her clients across a spectrum of industries. She was recently accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), appreciating their values, especially “embody integrity” and “build trust.” Kris Lea provides expert organizational consulting, facilitation and training in a variety of industries and settings. She has extensive experience in Organization Development (OD); Organizational Change Management (OCM); Training & Development (T&D); and, Project Management. Kris received her Master of Science (MS) in OD from the University of San Francisco, CA; and, earned a doctorate (PsyD) in OD from Alliant International University in Fresno, CA. Her dissertation research focused on the “measurable attributes of a Healthy Organization” and considers herself an advocate for healthy organizations. She “helps organizations to be more efficient, productive and happier places to be.” Kris lives and works in Sacramento, California and is a fan of historic Old Sacramento, valuing the geography, history, and present social capital of Sacramento region. Kris has two grown children and two young grandsons, who are the light of her life!

Clara Lee, MA

Clara is a manager in Deloitte's Human Capital practice in New York. She has 13 years of experience leading organizational change management for major transformation programs. Her areas of expertise are strategic change management and digital enablement / technology adoption, with a focus on the life sciences and consumer products industries.

David Livingston, Ed.D.

David Livingston is a senior principal at McChrystal Group, and the Director of Leadership Development within the firm's Leadership Institute. David develops training materials, implements tailored offerings with clients, and lectures on leadership. Prior to joining McChrystal Group, David worked at the Corporate Executive Board as a Senior Learning Designer, responsible for developing classroom and e-learning programs on best practices of leadership. He also held positions as a Learning and Organizational Development Consultant and a Project Manager at a global engineering firm, charged with leading an accelerated development program targeting high-potential managers. David earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Messiah College, Master of Arts degree in practical theology from Regent University, and a Doctorate of Education in human and organizational learning from the George Washington University. His doctoral research focused on team adaptation in uncertain environments.

Christa Mackey, Ph.D. (ABD)

Chris is a doctoral candidate in the field of I/O psychology, specializing in training and eLearning. She uses applied gaming to develop leadership skills and bridge generational gaps between Boomers, Gen-Xer's, Millenials, and Gen-Z's. She believes that games provide accessibility to those who may not be in a socio-economic situation to allow for more technologically advanced systems.

Joan McArthur-Blair, Ed.D.

Joan McArthur-Blair is a powerful speaker, writer, and facilitator who grounds her education and organizational development work in a deep passion for learning, change, and the possibilities of a positive future. She specializes in appreciative resilience and works to foster positive leadership. She brings to her consulting work over 25 years in higher education in positions from faculty to president. She is the co-author of Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness.

Debby McIsaac, Ed.D.

Debby has global responsibility for employee engagement and social impact for HP's 49,000 employees operating in 170 countries. Under Debby's leadership, HP has seen measurable improvements in engagement since 2012. Her team works collaboratively with the businesses, functions and geographies to understand and improve engagement at all levels and create an environment where people are motivated to do their best work, feel fulfilled in their job and proudly recommend HP — all while supporting the company's success. Debby has more than 30 years' experience in the dynamic and ever-changing IT industry. She has grown her career at HP and served in a wide ranged of global leadership roles across IT, HP Consulting, Professional Services and Marketing, People Development, Diversity &amnp; Inclusion, Culture & Engagement and concurrent formation of HP Inc. In addition to her core role, she serves as the executive director of the HP Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds philanthropic programs for underserved communities by supporting technology-related learning, charitable giving and disaster relief. An accomplished presenter, Debby has developed and led seminars and workshops on employee engagement, culture and diversity.

Frederick A. Miller

As CEO of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc., named one of Consulting magazine 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 received the 2018 Forum on Workplace Inclusion Winds of Change Award. He is the co-author of 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: Accelerating Trust, Inclusion and Collaboration in the Workplace was published in 2018. Fred has served on the board of Ben & Jerry's and currently serves on the boards of Day & Zimmermann, Hudson Partners, and Rensselaer Center for Automation Technologies and Systems.

Sarah Miller, MA

Ms. Sarah Miller is an organizational effectiveness and change management lead consultant at The MITRE Corporation. She has worked with individuals and groups in the corporate, education, government, and non-profit sectors through coaching, leadership development, and organizational effectiveness initiatives, both in the United States and internationally. Prior to MITRE, she worked at the Center for Creative Leadership, designing and facilitating leadership development initiatives. Ms. Miller holds an MA from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a certificate in organizational development from Columbia University and holds certifications in many assessments, including the CCL 360 Assessment Suite, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, FIRO-B, Change Style Indicator, and Workplace Big Five Personality Assessment. She completed the Presence Based Coaching series in 2017, as well as the CCL New Coach Orientation program, and is pursuing her ICF coaching credential. She has also served as treasurer and program committee co-chair for the Triangle Organization Development Network.

Matt Minahan, Ed.D.


Rachael Narel, Ph.D.

Rachael has spent 20 years in the IT and software fields, having experience in virtually every functional area of an organization through both team and leadership roles. Her diverse background includes organization development, change management, strategic planning and process improvement, product management and marketing, new product development, and customer service, sales and support. Rachael is an Assistant Professor at Benedictine University where she teaches in the Master of Science of management and organization behavior program and continues to pursue research in the areas of organizational agility and thriving. She also consults in practice at Peters & Associates where she partners with clients and prospects to understand business vision, goals, and challenges, and assists in uncovering business solutions and technology that will help immediately and in the future with a focus on user adoption and change management practices. Rachael holds both a PhD in organization development and a Master of Science in management and organization behavior from Benedictine University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and biology from Saint Xavier University. She also holds the Certified Information Systems Auditor credentials through ISACA.

Kenneth Nowack, Ph.D.

Kenneth M. Nowack, PhD is a licensed psychologist and co-founder/Chief Research Officer of Envisia Learning, Inc. ( Ken received his doctorate degree in counseling psychology from the University of California – Los Angeles and has published extensively in the areas of 360-degree feedback, leadership, stress, coping and wellness. He is the author of two books and his latest is Clueless: Coaching People Who Just Don't Get It. Ken serves on Daniel Goleman's Consortium for Research on Emotional Intelligence in Organizations and serves as editor-in-chief for the American Psychological Association journal Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice & Research. Ken is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Staceye Randle

Staceye is a life-long learner passionate about being a change agent through sharing knowledge. She taught in Dallas Independent School District for 15 years. Desiring a change, Staceye then moved to central administration where she coordinated college and career readiness initiatives and brought career education programs to middle and elementary school students. Her next position focused on managing learning and development experiences, creating meaningful leadership development opportunities, and compliance training oversight. She is currently providing organizational development and human resources insight to Education Opens Doors as the HR manager. Staceye received a BS from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. She also completed an MLA program at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. Currently, Staceye is completing a Master of Positive Organization Development and Change at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, watching scary movies, and spending time with family, friends and her son Ethan. Staceye is a member of the Organization Development Network, SHRM, Junior League of Dallas, Great Girls Network, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Dr. David Rock

Dr. David Rock coined the term "neuroleadership" and is the director of the NeuroLeadership Institute, a global initiative bringing neuroscientists and leadership experts together to build a new science for leadership development. With operations in 24 countries, the Institute also helps large organizations operationalize brain research in order to develop better leaders and managers. David co-edits the NeuroLeadership Journal and heads up an annual global summit. He has written many of the central academic and discussion papers that have defined the Neuroleadership field. He is the author of the business best seller Your Brain at Work (Harper Business, 2009), as well as Quiet Leadership (Harper Collins, 2006) and the textbook Coaching with the Brain in Mind (Wiley & Sons, 2009). He blogs for the Harvard Business Review, Fortune Magazine, Psychology Today and the Huffington Post, and is quoted widely in the media about leadership, organizational effectiveness, and the brain.

Vincent Rousseau, Ph.D.

Vincent Rousseau is a full professor at the University of Montreal (School of Industrial Relations) since 2003. He received in 2003 his PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Montreal. Dr. Rousseau teaches courses in Organizational Behavior and Change Management. His main research interests focus on leadership in workplace and the functioning and the effectiveness of work teams. His previous studies were mainly conducted in organizational settings (such as public safety organizations) and using interactive simulations. He has published articles notably in Group and Organization Management, Small Group Research, Group Dynamics, Motivation and Emotion, and Journal of Occupational Health Psychology.

Steve Siegel, MSOD

Steve Siegel has more than 40 years' experience as an entrepreneur, consultant, and coach, focusing on the alignment of systems and culture for organization effectiveness. Blending his Lean Sigma Black Belt experience with the latest research in neuroscience and behavior change, Steve facilitates leadership teams as they deepen their understanding of themselves and their organizations. Steve began his career as a third-grade teacher, founded a summer camp and preschool, and has consulted to organizations ranging from healthcare to entertainment to aerospace. He recently started the Los Angeles Liberating Structures User Group and spends much of his time in the nonprofit world focused on making a difference for future generations. He facilitates groups of teachers and teens focusing on social justice at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and is in the process of becoming a CASA volunteer to advocate for children in the foster care system. Steve has presented at a number of National conferences including SHRM, APICS, and ISPI. He is a past president of ATD Los Angeles, holds an MSOD from Pepperdine University, an MA in educational psychology from CSUN.

Jackie Stavros

Jackie Stavros is a professor at Lawrence Technological University. She has worked in 25 countries using Appreciative Inquiry, the heart of all her research and work, to positively affect the lives of others. She is recognized for her creation of SOAR ( She has written six books and 70 articles, including: Thin Book of SOAR: Creating Strategy that Inspires Innovation and Engagement and Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement (

Celia Szelwach, DBA, PMP

Dr. Celia Szelwach has been practicing OD for almost 25 years and has held a variety of leadership 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, US Department of Veterans Affairs, US 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 US 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, FL, 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. 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 is currently a Scholar-Practitioner in Residence for Cabrini University's PhD in OD program and an Adjunct Professor for Pepperdine University's Graziadio Business School. Her research interests include: embodied leadership, organizational resilience, and building healthy, inclusive work cultures. Dr. Szelwach graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in the 11th class of women, and holds an MBA in International Trade and a doctorate in business administration.

Rick Thomas, Ed.D., ACC

Rick is a leadership explorer, LEADS and ICF Certified coach, facilitator, consultant and author. As principal and "chief inspiration officer" of Ambient Consulting, Inc., Rick's work is to assist leaders lead deeply through self-exploration, collaborative dialogue and adaptive action. For several years, Rick has had the opportunity to engage and work with inter-disciplinary leaders in a variety of contexts. Rick has experienced first-hand the benefits of the synergy that is created when the rich diversity and multicultural gifts of people — their talents, skills and experience — are allowed to flourish. Rick has over 19 years of experience as a human resources development and learning strategist, facilitator, executive coach and organization development consultant gained through multiple contexts facilitating leadership development, culture transformation, and strategic organizational development initiatives for progressive organizations of 55 to 23,000 employees. He is also an active keynote speaker and has been a speaker, trainer and panel moderator at several conferences across Canada, the United States, Scotland and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Rick holds a doctorate in educational leadership with a focus on human resources strategy and leadership, and master's degrees in organizational leadership and systems renewal, and adult education. Rick is faculty with both the Justice Institute of BC's Fire & Safety Division (School of Public Safety) and the Centre for Leadership, which is a division of the School of Health, Community & Social Justice. His first book, The Anxiety Chronicles: 39 Real-life stories of Personal Angst, Honesty, Humour and Coping is available on Amazon. Several of Rick's facilitation/presentation/coaching 'touch points' include:

  • Dare to Lead Facilitation Certification (Inaugural Cohort, BBERG)
  • Insights Discovery and Insights Transformational Leadership
  • LEADS Capability Framework
  • Cultural/Intercultural Awareness
  • Emotional Intelligence (Learning in Action Technologies and Bar-On EQ-i2.0)
  • Ontological (Newfield Network), Adaptive Action (Human Systems Dynamics) and Coaching Out-of-the-Box Coaching Certifications
  • Behavioural Typology Tools (Insights Discovery, Myers Briggs Typology Indicator, DiSC)
  • Power + Systems (Organizational Systems)
  • Clear Leadership (Leading Through Partnership)

Rick's passion and service stem from his desire to experience others tapping into their joy, connection and passion at work and in life.

Cheri Torres, Ph.D.

Cheri Torres, PhD, is Lead Catalyst and CEO at Collaborative by Design. The foundation of her work is Appreciative Inquiry, one of the most widely used approaches for systems change. She is adept at helping others understand how every day work and life conversations influence well-being and success. She’s written numerous books and articles; her most recent is a Berrett Koehler bestseller, Conversations Worth Having: Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement.

Nick Tobey

Nick Tobey is a husband, father, brother, son, Yankee-fan and pleasure seeker in a sometimes painful world. He loves listening to stories about personal growth and partnering with clients to make sense of the crazy world we live in. Over 15 years’ experience working in technology and executive education, Nick has many stories to share about his development journey and hopes to hear some of yours. Currently a Senior Director at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona, his role is to seek out organizations that need support in developing their leaders and design a learning intervention that can be proven to drive impact. He is currently finishing an OD program at Pepperdine, is a graduate of UCLA Anderson’s Executive Program, and received his bachelors at Arizona State University. When not at the ODN conference, you’ll likely find him in his pool in Phoenix or watching Llama Llama with his son Lucas.

John Turanin, MBA

BioTransitions founder John Turanin has been forming, developing, and transforming teams in bioscience enterprises for over 30 years. From start-ups to multinational commercial firms, John has worked alongside technical leaders and their teams to achieve their goals, with his most recent venture as a Co-Founder of pharmaceutical firm Zogenix. He’s held roles as a division head and in separate roles as head of manufacturing, quality, project management, business development, marketing, and strategic and financial planning. In doing so, John has gained key insights into designing, leading, and nurturing both functional and matrix organizations. At BioTransitions, John helps entrepreneurs successfully bring bioscience innovations to life through step-wise organizational development and smart change management. John earned his MBA at the University of Pittsburgh.

Robyn Wagner Skarbek, MSOD

Robyn Wagner Skarbek focuses on helping global consumer clients address the people considerations that result from large scale, global transformations enabled by technology. Areas of focus include organization design, implementing global technology platforms and new processes while maintaining key cultural aspects of the organization. Her experience also includes helping clients reduce adoption cycle time to more quickly achieve desired business results. Robyn has been internationally recognized for performance improvement and is published in the areas of change management and culture.

Ilene Wasserman, Ph.D.

Ilene C. Wasserman, PhD, president of ICW Consulting Group, has been on the cutting edge of consulting, coaching and research in strength-based methodologies and capacity building strategies for building inclusive work cultures and supporting inclusive leadership. Ilene is deeply committed to providing the foundation and motivation that sustain learnings with senior leaders, teams and staff long after the consulting relationship has ended. Clients point to a more enriching, rewarding and inclusive environment that strengthens the organization from within, but also sustains significant, positive results over time. Consultations have included conducting organizational assessments, designing retreats for leadership teams and developing internal work teams. Ilene uses an action learning approach, developing peer coaching teams that support learning and development as a part of everyday work. In addition to consulting and coaching, Ilene teaches courses related to organization development and leadership, and diversity inclusion at the graduate level. Ilene serves as a Senior Fellow at the McNulty Leadership Program at the Wharton Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is the lead coach for the AMP (Advanced Management Program) and provides coaching to the Women's Executive Leadership, the MBA program and custom clients. Ilene received her PhD in human and organizational development from the Fielding Graduate University. She also holds master's degrees in both counseling psychology and social work from Washington University, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in human development. She was the keynote "interviewer" at the Columbia University Coaching Conference in 2014, where she engaged with Ed Schein on the topic of Humble Inquiry, and has presented and published on topics such as Culture Change and Strategic Conversations, Leveraging Diversity and Inclusion in Creating High Performing Workplaces, and Using Appreciative Inquiry for Strategy and Process Excellence. She is frequently an invited speaker at professional conferences and is the co-author of the books: Communicating Possibilities: A Brief Introduction to CMM, and Peer Coaching at Work: Principles and Practices as well as several articles and book chapters. Ilene also serves on several professional boards including the Board of the CMM Institute, The Lewin Center, and the Fielding Graduate University Building Inclusion Collaborative (BIC), and has been an Executive in Residence at the Center for Creative Leadership. She was also an expert examiner for the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks (GDIB). She is active in her community and serves on the Lower Merion Human Relations Commission.

Meg Wheatley, Ed.D.

Since 1966, Margaret Wheatley has worked globally in many different roles: a speaker, teacher, community worker, consultant, advisor, formal leader. From these deep and varied experiences, she has developed the unshakable conviction that leaders must learn how to evoke people’s inherent generosity, creativity, and need for community. As this world tears us apart, sane leadership on behalf of the human spirit is the only way forward. She is a best-selling author of nine books, from the classic Leadership and the New Science in 1992 to her newest book (June 2017) Who Do We Choose To Be? Facing Reality, Claiming Leadership, Restoring Sanity. She is co-founder and President of The Berkana Institute, a non-profit that supports emerging leaders and emerging ideas about how to organize in life-affirming ways. Berkana has worked in many countries, especially in the Global South; its newest work is to provide training and community for leaders from over 20 countries to take on the work of Warriors for the Human Spirit. She received her doctorate from Harvard University in 1979 in Administration, Planning and Social Policy. She continues to be honored for her ground-breaking work by many professional associations, universities and organizations. She was inducted into the Leadership Hall of Fame of the International Leadership Association in 2014, and the American Society for Training and Development dubbed her a 'living legend' when they honored her with their highest award for contributions to workplace developmen

Eric Willeke

Eric has extensive experience leading complex lean-agile adoption efforts in America’s largest companies, spanning technology, media, enterprise software, insurance & financial services, telecom, and healthcare industries. Eric helps companies deliver better business results and the ability to steer and change themselves as a matter of normal business operations. Eric partners with leaders as they adopt the new approaches and mindsets necessary to optimize their technology investments and develop their people, instilling the philosophy that the most effective change is that driven and led by the people involved. In addition to his role as Principal and Co-Founder at, Eric speaks frequently at Lean and Agile conferences around the world, is a Principal Contributor to SAFe®, (the Scaled Agile Framework®), is a SAFe Fellow and SPCT, and volunteers as a founding board member for Women in Agile.

Chris Worley

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.

Susan Zytnik-Kunzler, MS

Susan is a business coach whose service statement is: "Small tweaks with huge positive impacts for leaders and organizations is my passion. I can help, and I will. Let's partner together!" She has over 20 years of experience developing people & managing projects in settings as diverse as manufacturing, churches, schools, faith-based ministries, nonprofits, & international. Susan specializes in pre-launch startup incubation of all businesses, nonprofit, and ministries, and is particularly interested in working with new leaders, entrepreneurs, & executives who seek greater impact in their new roles. She started a nonprofit in 2015 to provide coaching and organizational development to budding workers, leaders, & entrepreneurs or solopreneurs. Susan carries certifications in startup incubation, behavioral consulting using DISC & DISC Team, Emotional Intelligence EQi 2.0 & 360, and Conversational Intelligence CIQ Catalyst tools from WBECS. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt (NPO project: fundraising/finance) and is qualified to administer and use hundreds of individual, team, and organizational assessment reports or worksheet tools with clients in conjunction with co-learning strategies. Susan has an M.S. in Organizational Leadership and a dual-major B.A. degree (political science, international relations).

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