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OD Network Award Winners

Each year, the OD Network recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the field of organization development. There are several award categories, recognizing extraordinary achievement, different facets of service to the field, and in honor individuals and the OD Network for service to our profession and advancing the practice and theory of organization development.

We're proud to announce the following winners of the 2019 OD Network Awards:

Lifetime Achievement Award

Frances Baldwin

Frances BaldwinM. Frances Baldwin, Ed.D., CPCC, is the founder of Designed Wisdom Inc. and a life-long Organization Development practitioner and scholar. She has been a successful international consultant, coach and educator, serving business,  government and communities for 30+ years. Through her work, she prepares individuals and organizations to move with competence and integrity through the complexities of a global business environment. Her approach integrates the wisdom of teaching and learning from the OD Network, NTL, the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Organization & Systems Development Integrative Studies Center, the Shambala Institute and the World Café Foundation. She generously mentors emerging OD practitioners by sharing her craft and her “use of self” experience. Dr. Baldwin has an Ed.D. degree with a focus in Organization Development from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Miami.

Darya Funches

Darya FunchesDarya Funches, Ed.D., Principal and Founder of REAP Unlimited, is a leader, teacher, coach and innovator in the fields of Organization, Personal and Professional Development. She is a pioneer in concepts and techniques for transformation applied to realize the highest potential of organizations, individuals, leaders and groups. Her work is applied to create large scale transformational experiences for business strategy, turnarounds and many social change and justice issues. Named one of 12 Sages of OD by OD Network in the early 90’s, she has served the field as Board Chair for both the OD Network and NTL, and as adjunct faculty for graduate and postgraduate learning at USC, American University and Gestalt Institute of Cleveland Organization & Systems Development Integrative Studies Center. She is an author, poet and inspirational speaker in the US and abroad.

Sharing the Wealth Award

Maxine Craig

Maxine CraigDr Maxine Craig is an English freelance OD leader, a former nurse and she is currently a board member of the ODN (Europe). She is fascinated by people and structures and the impact they have upon each other in all walks of life. For over 38 years she has worked as a public servant in England. She is passionate that our OD values are at the heart of how our organisations run, our communities thrive and our people prosper. Currently she is focuses upon deep work in her local community, chairing the leadership group for the #lovehartlepool campaign which aims to build prosperity and well-being in her home town. She works across England to build OD capability and undertakes a small number of interesting OD projects annually. She is a passionate gardener and knitter!

Organizational Excellence and Impact Award

Fraser Health

Fraser HealthFraser Health has been described as the best OD practice in British Columbia and likely nationally in Canada as far back as 2011. It is an award-winning public health care region that has 26,000 employees, 3,000 physicians and more than 6,000 volunteers who provide health services to 1.8 million clients, with a $3 billion budget annually. Fraser Health has made sustained investments in OD for over 15 years, with a department that has mandate to provide services to 800 - 1000 formal leaders and are increasingly supporting emerging leaders and physicians as well. They have worked with leading thinkers and practitioners including but not limited to Gervase Bushe, Glenda Eoyang, Richard Axelrod, Fred Miller and Judith Katz, Peter Block, Margaret Wheatley, David Rock, Barry Oshry, Brene Brown and more. Two previous ODN award winners have also been leaders at Fraser Health.

Communicating OD Knowledge Award

Gervase Bushe

Gervase BusheGervase Bushe is the Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. His career spans almost four decades of transforming organizational structures, cultures and processes away from command and control toward more collaborative work systems, having consulted to blue chip corporations and start-ups, public sector and business corporations, in a variety of sectors. His training and development company, Clear Learning Ltd., supports managers who want to lead highly collaborative teams and organizations through the elaboration of a partnership based theory of organizational design and leadership. Gervase is an international speaker and award winning author of over 100 papers and three books on organizational change, leadership, teams and teamwork.

David Jamieson

David JamiesonDr. David Jamieson is President of the Jamieson Consulting Group, Inc. and retired Professor, OD & C at the University of St.Thomas. He also holds Visiting Scholar roles in numerous other graduate OD programs. He has over 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 (AOM). He has been honored with The Lifetime Achievement and the Communicating OD Knowledge Awards from the Organization Development Network, Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Career Achievement Award from AOM and Distinguished OD Educator from the OD and Change Division of AOM.

Dave is co-author of 8 books, the latest, Enacting Values-Based Change: Organization Development in Action. He published 17 chapters and a few dozen articles. He serves on 4 editorial review boards: Journal of Applied Behavioral Sciences, Organization Development Review, Journal of Organization Change Management and is Associate Editor, Journal of Management Inquiry.

Service to the OD Network Award

Sharon Thorne

Sharon ThorneSharon Thorne’s OD career spanned 25 years. As the third OD Consultant and first woman, Sharon was Executive Director of ODN for ten years. This followed six years on the Board. She’s proud of the “firsts” created during her tenure: health insurance for those in private practice; vibrant People of Color and Women in OD gatherings; Ecology of Work Conference; membership doubled; creation of a job exchange; establishing the ODP Editorial Board; and study trips to China and Russia. And, for two years over 600 members engaged in a Future Search process that redesigned ODN … contributing to the “agility and resilience” seen today.

Kris Lea/Marco Cassone/Joni Truss

Kris LeaDr. Kris Lea believes in the attainment of organizational health for the betterment of individuals and the organizations that they serve. Her firm, Kris Lea Consulting Group, Inc. provides opportunities to serve her clients in developing organizational health. Dr. Lea provides expert organizational consulting, facilitation and training in a variety of industries and settings. With the OD Network (ODN), she has served in several leadership roles, most recently as the Program Manager for the Welcome Group Program. Giving back to ODN is a big part of her professional life, paying it forward in gratitude. .

Marco CassoneMarco Cassone coaches individuals and organizations how to orchestrate effective change. By day, Marco leads enterprise change, learning, and digital transformation for Cisco Finance. His work received the 2019 CFO award for Operational Excellence. Prior to Cisco, Marco’s OD practice supported diverse organizations in media/entertainment, high tech, education, healthcare, and the nonprofit sector. Prior to OD, Marco was an internationally accomplished jazz vocalist and arts educator. Upon graduating Pepperdine’s MSOD Program in 2014, Marco joined the ODN Board of Trustees. He co-founded the Welcome Group Program to help hundreds of members make meaningful connections and become the life-blood volunteers that founded Talent Connect and other key ODN committees.

Joni TrussJoni Truss is an accomplished business improvement leader and consultant, with experience in energy, financial services, and retail industries. She has led human resources, talent management and process improvement teams for over 25 years. Her leadership and hands-on experience includes working with operational excellence initiatives, post-merger consolidations, and transformational change management initiatives. Joni earned her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and a B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is SPHR certified, is an Organization Development Certified Professional (ODCP), and is Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certified. Joni has been a member of the OD Network since 2016. She and her husband Art live in the Charlotte, NC area and have four daughters. Joni enjoys running, reading, and photography.

Emerging New OD Practitioner Award

Rebecca Slocum

Rebecca SlocumRebecca Slocum is an independent OD consultant currently working for the United Nations and living in Rome, Italy. Rebecca has held various assignments with the UN over recent years, including her current role in change and innovation and a recently completed assignment advising on the merger of two UN secretariats. Prior to Italy, Rebecca lived in Washington, D.C. where she worked with federal and non-profit clients on org design and change projects. Before receiving her MSOD from American University, Rebecca worked in international development, focused on sustainable agriculture and environmental policy. Since becoming an OD practitioner, she has found great passion working for international organizations as they navigate the complexity of global workforces and transnational problems

Outstanding Article of the Year selected by the OD Review Editorial Board

AIxI=AI2: The OD Imperative to Add Inclusion to the Algorithms of Artificial Intelligence by Frederick A. Miller, Judith H. Katz, & Roger Gans

Frederick MillerJudith KatzFrederick A. Miller and Judith H. Katz are CEO and Executive Vice President (respectively) of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc., one of Consulting Magazine’s Seven Small Jewels in 2010. They have partnered with Fortune 50 companies globally to elevate the quality of interactions, leverage people’s differences, and transform workplaces. Katz sits on the Dean’s Council, Col­lege of Education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the Board of Trustees of Fielding Graduate University. Miller serves on the boards of Day & Zimmermann, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Automated Technology Systems, and Hudson Partners. Both are recipients of the OD Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award and have co-authored several books, including Safe Enough to Soar: Accelerating Trust, Inclusion, and Collaboration in the Workplace (Berrett-Koehler, 2018) and Opening Doors to Teamwork and Collaboration: 4 Keys that Change EVERYTHING (Berrett-Koehler, 2013). Miller can be reached at Katz can be reached at

Roger GansRoger Gans, MA, PhD, is a writer, consultant, and educator who specializes in strategic communication. He has been a long-time thinking and writing partner of Miller, Katz, and The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group. A tenure-track assistant professor in the Communication Department of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), his teaching and research focuses on strategies for fostering positive behavioral change in civic affairs, health care, and the workplace. His current consult­ing projects include promoting health care services on Eastern Long Island (NY) and increasing utilization of student support services at UTA. Gans can be reached at

Evolving OD by Connecting People and Ideas In Honor of Lisa Kimball

Lisa Kimball (posthumously) - John Cooney accepting

Lisa KimballLisa Kimball was a visionary, who understood that the future is an ever-changing network linked through people, ideas, technologies, and infinite possibilities. This award honors Lisa's belief that innovation happens when people with diverse experiences and professions shared their ideas and passions in creative collaboration and dialogue. This award was established in honor of Lisa Kimball to acknowledge individuals who, like Lisa, are life-long connectors, integrators, and master networkers of people, ideas, and technologies. Lisa had a substantial impact on the field of OD and through her years of service to the OD Network. The inaugural 2019 Evolving OD by Connecting People and Ideas has been awarded posthumously to Lisa Kimball.

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