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    EI and Technology

    • March 11, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm


    Emotional Intelligence and Technology: Leading High Impact Interactions…

    Emotional Intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognize, interpret, and manage emotions. Those who are strong in this skill are more likely to build trust with others, drive consensus, reduce stress, and build high impact relationships across both personal and professional domains of life. Participants of this session will learn how to navigate our evolving landscape of communicating with technology, strengthen EI competencies, adapt and manage their responses to particular situations, and heighten these skills in others.

    This session is useful for any participant who wants to increase the quality of interactions that occur both virtually and in person.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will be able to describe what emotional intelligence is and be able to summarize why it’s becoming increasingly important in the workplace.
    • Attendees will recognize implications of utilizing technology to communicate and obtain examples of emotional intelligence in the workplace.
    • Attendees will identify core techniques to improve personal and relational competencies.

    About our Presenter:  Christine Lawther

    Dr. Christine Lawther is an Industrial Psychologist specializing in organizational leadership. She is experienced in the design and instruction of collegiate courses highlighting an array of advanced leadership models including servant, transformational, and authentic leadership. She currently is an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. In addition to higher education, Dr. Lawther is an active practitioner with a robust history of guiding organizations in the support of both employees and clients across many diverse industries. She has architected organizational performance management systems, created innovative and unique training events on topics such as emotional intelligence and negotiation, and provided dynamic 1:1 coaching to people eager to expand their impact and effect.

    Modern Influencing

    • February 11, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Modern Influencing:  The Power of Leading with Empathy …

    In human development, we have the opportunity to change the workplace as we know it.  Current events have forced us to adapt to a more human and more digital workplace.  We need business and organizational leaders, and those we serve, to listen and learn from us.  This program will tap into science to unleash your influencing skills.

    If we’ve learned anything during the COVID19 pandemic, it’s the importance of empathy — especially when it comes to how we influence others — and treating employees like human beings.

    No doubt, COVID19 has changed our perspectives on the modern workplace, calling for people in general to provide greater clarity, give more autonomy, and build stronger relationships that ultimately lead to more equity in the workplace.

    So, what can you do to ensure employees are thriving during and after these changes?  We invite you to attend our February program featuring Alex Draper, CEO and founder of DX Learning, a Chicago-based cultural advancement firm dedicated to creating more human workplaces.

    During this lively and experiential session, you’ll discover what biases blind us from leading with empathy, how to accelerate your understanding of other people’s human needs, and a simple and pragmatic tool called C.A.R.E.  that you can apply in every facet of your life.  Maximize your ability to influence others and take what you learn back to your own organization or clients.  If you embrace the notion of “treat others as they wish to be treated,” so much more can be achieved!

    About Our Presenter:  Alex Draper

    Alex Draper started life as a schoolteacher in the UK.  In 2002 he moved into adult education joining a global management development organization. In 2005 he moved to Chicago to build and lead their Americas operation. There he spent 10 years leading and growing the business while consulting with many of the Fortune 500.

    In 2015 Alex founded DX Learning. DX is a partner in progressive leadership and cultural development that taps into the powerful combination of behavioral psychology and experiential learning, to expose and eliminate bad leadership and prepare leaders to put people first. The workforce is changing before our eyes, and our organizations and leaders within, need to change with it or be left out.

    He is now a leading force in disrupting the leadership development industry with science-based methodologies that drive leadership self-awareness and psychological safety that solve organizational challenges.

    Alex has helped develop and unlock the leadership potential in over 18,000 people with DX’s leadership programs all over the world. Alex practices what he teaches with an ever-growing global team, as well as at home with two children under 3, and people he mentors and coaches.


    For more information about this event or ODN/C, contact our Administrator, Maggie Shreve, at admin@odnchicago.org or 312.730.0041 (call/text).

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    How to use people data…

    • January 14, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    How to Use People Data to Deliver Realness, Meaning and Belonging at Work…

    Join Colleen McFarland in a discussion about the youngest members of our workforce. Explore with her the dramatic differences between them and millennials and what this means to leaders. Consider how an employee could be motivated to make behavior changes by using people data. Understand how the companies that will win the digital revolution will be the ones that ensure their people managers are data-savvy and their workplace digital experiences are personal.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Appreciate the need for both connecting with young adults in the workplace where they are (online) and role modeling for them the power of engaging In Real Life (IRL)
    • Understand how people data can be leveraged to personalize employee experiences and build loyalty
    • Leave with ideas for how the manager role needs to evolve

    Social Media: linkedin.com/in/colleenmcfarland1

    Website: colleenmcfarland.us

    There is pre-work for this workshop. This pre-work is included in the MailChimp emails we are sending out for this and future events.

    About Our Facilitator:  Colleen McFarland

    Colleen McFarland has made a career of working with leaders to prepare and manage the impact that a business change will have on their customers and employees. As an expert in change management, she knows that cold hard facts combined with compassion is what is needed to motivate individuals to do the hard work that change requires. And it takes empathetic leaders to drive the change.

    Educated first at Marquette University as an engineer, later at Loyola University of Chicago in business, Colleen has spent her career building relationships. Being open to others, getting to know them, working to understand their point of view and learning from them is what she does. Disconnected – How to Use People Data to Deliver Realness, Meaning, and Belonging at Work is her first book.

    For more information about this or any ODN/C program, contact Maggie Shreve at admin@odnchicago.org or 312.730..0041 (text or call).

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    Joint ODN/C and CODIC Event

    • January 9, 2021
      8:40 am - 12:00 pm

    Peter Sorenson and Therese Yeager will work with all of us in January!

    Join members of CODIC to start off the new year!
    • Saturday, January 09, 2021
    • 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    • ZOOM link will be shared with Registrants.
    Registration at the ODN/C website or click register now button below:


    Join us at 8:40 for Networking! Please register using the link above to receive the Zoom link and password. This session will be recorded. By registering, you are giving your consent to be recorded. 

    LinkedIn: Peter Sorensen

    LinkedIn: Therese Yaeger

    Website: Benedictine University

    8:40-9:00 am Logging On & Networking

    9:00-12:00 pm Program

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    Put a Bow on 2020!

    • December 10, 2020
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Join the OD Network of Chicago to put a bow on 2020 and set intentions for the new year!

    We won’t be surprised if you tell us that you’re ready to wrap up 2020! But as OD professionals, we know there’s plenty to learn from this challenging year.
    So, we’re inviting you to join us to hear 2020 success stories from OD practitioners (internal and external) and get a chance to bounce ideas off your colleagues. Then the fun really starts! Play a game and network virtually with seasonal cocktail/mocktail recipes, and wrap up by setting intentions for 2021.
    We hope you’ll join us for this celebratory event with your ODNC friends!
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    Organize Your Life and Thoughts

    • November 12, 2020
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Organize Your Life and Thoughts…

    Change has been one constant throughout history.  This is especially true today given the uncertainty thrust upon everyone as a result of COVID-19.  Time and time again human ingenuity and resiliency have prevailed. They will prevail again.  
    During this session, Yuzu and Dolores will present perspectives and methodologies to assist in your change journey.  You will hear about and have an opportunity to apply the Prosci process in a pseudo corporate scenario.

    Additionally, you will learn about navigating your own change to achieve desired future outcomes, improve a process, or create what you need in your life.   The goal of experiencing these change processes is to achieve transformation as leaders and individuals.  When we effectively change one aspect of ourselves, the possibility of effecting change for others exists. Change presents an opportunity to raise awareness and see new possibilities to transform yourself and your life.  

    We look forward to
    • Discussing change vs. transformation
    • Leveraging your knowledge and experiences
    • Learning how change can benefit all while being fun and self-fulfilling

    NOTE:  Registration for this program closes at midnight Wednesday, November 11, 2020

    About Our Presenters:

    Yuzu Byrne
    Yuzu Sasaki Byrne is a board-certified professional organizer (CPO®) and certified productivity coach through the Institute of   for Applied Coaching. She is the owner of NEATOPIA Professional Organizing Services.  Yuzu integrates coaching into her client sessions and works collaboratively to create unique organizing and productivity solutions. She is also one of the two licensed and certified Sanity School® Trainers in Illinois and a certified facilitator for the Buried in Treasure Workshop.
    Before starting her own company, Yuzu worked for Morningstar, a Chicago-based financial information provider, for over 20 years.  At Morningstar, she held various Human Resources roles, including Sr. HR Business Partner with Morningstar’s Investment Management division reporting directly to the Business Unit President.  She was responsible for developing HR strategies to support the division’s business objectives, providing advice and coaching to senior management, facilitating employee integration through acquisitions and mergers, managing the division’s 360 feedback process, compensation budget, and co-developing a company-wide manager training program.  She holds an MS in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from Loyola University Chicago and continues learning about coaching and executive function challenges that impact organizing and productivity issues.

    Dolores Perez Priegnitz

    As a bi-lingual (Spanish) transformation and training professional with global experience, Dolores Perez Priegnitz leads change and project efforts for organizations in the high tech, consumer products industry (CPI) and energy sectors. Her experience includes mergers and acquisitions and trailblazing a remote worker program for every level in an organization. This 4A’s program of Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime on Any Device launched in the Americas, APAC and EMEA before it became the “the way we work” today as a result of the 2020 pandemic.  Having recently been certified as a Life Coach, she plans to soon launch this business. These work and life experiences increase her understanding across diverse cultures, geographies and the nuances in learning styles when working with global audiences.   Her goal to achieve WIN-WIN-WIN solutions complements her mantra: Work Hard, Stay Humble, Live Happy. She holds a B.B.A. & M. S. in Human Resources & Industrial Relations from Loyola University Chicago and a Doctor of Education from the University of San Francisco.

    For more information, please contact Maggie Shreve, ODN/C Administrator at admin@odnchicago.org.


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    Recognition in a Virtual World

    • October 8, 2020
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Recognition in a Virtual World:  Fuel Trust, Connection & Resiliency Through Challenges and Change…

    Recognition is one of the most effective, accessible and cost-effective ways to fuel healthy working relationships, trust and collaboration. Now, more than ever, we need to show how much we value each other (not to mention all the unsung heroes in the community helping us through the pandemic). How do you do this when you have minimal time, limited energy, and even less face-to-face contact? How do you express gratitude when typical recognition forums and systems for communication have changed? How do you find the energy to appreciate when you are overwhelmed yourself? Learn from Sarah McVanel – Canada’s Recognition Expert – and from your peers – about the multitude of manageable and effective ways to recognize virtually and remain more resilient in the process.

    NOTE:  Registration closes at midnight, Wednesday, October 7, 2020

    Who This Session Is Ideal For:

    • OD practitioners
    • Staff, supervisors and other client-facing or technical experts
    • Middle managers and directors
    • Organizations and associations with a strong focus on healthy culture, retention and morale
    Why This Session is Ideal in the Virtual Realm:
    • Virtual keynotes bring the best of breakout sessions and keynotes to make this facilitated experience highly interactive, relevant and adaptable
    • Interact with your peeps from other organizations/divisions about what works for them and how they are keeping morale high
    • Engage in real-time feedback with a Recognition Expert to have your questions answered
    • Build on ideas provided in virtual breakout rooms and the core presentation so you can immediately implement what you learn
    • The technology allows all to stay engaged, present and energized through a highly participant-centric approach

    About Our Presenter:  Sarah McVanel

    Sarah McVanel is a recognized Recognition and Culture expert with over 20 years of experience, including at a senior leadership level in healthcare. Sarah has been a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation for 7 years, coaching over 300 professionals virtually.

    Sarah is a Certified Senior Organizational Development Professional (CSODP) and Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL). Sarah is one of only 1500 people internationally with the earned CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) designation. She has a BA in Psychology, MSc in Family Relations, and Diplomas in Human Resources and Healthcare Administration.

    Sarah has authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, industry articles, hundreds of LinkedIn articles, and four books:

    • Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness: Solution Focused Strategies for Satisfied Staff, High Performing Teams and Healthy Bottom Lines )
    • The FROG Effect: Tools and Strategies to Forever Recognize Others’ Greatness
    • #GreatnessBizHacks: 100+ Tips to Grow a Profitable, Service-Based Biz you Love!
    • FLIP Side of Failing: Recognize and Leverage Greatness in Work and Life

    For more information about this program, contact Maggie Shreve, ODN/C Administrator, at admin@odnchicago.org.


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    Expanding Your Power

    • September 10, 2020
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Expanding Your Power (This Experiment is Real)…

    Is a big window now open for you—to do what you could not have done three months ago? The painful disruption of COVID and Anti-Racism may be a brief, once-in-a-lifetime “unfreezing,” a chance to deeply change our organizations. Yet, if we don’t focus our larger power quickly, our desperate leaders may quickly lock into decades of new dysfunction.

    Even as power is abused, feared, misunderstood and ignored, we will experiment together in this Chicago ODN Zoom: how can we build larger power into our work, to create a forward leap—while the window is open?

    We will explore our own differing perceptions of power and engage in an experimental Power Lab. And then, some of us will help each other. The “door” is open to you to join our 3-week individual power experiments.

    This OD Network of Chicago session builds upon Bruce’s recent national conference experiment with the Organization Design Forum. There, in June, the group and the follow-up were global; maybe here, we in this Chicago Zoom will “go global,” too!

    NOTE:  The day of this program, registered participants will receive an email with instructions for logging into the Zoom meeting.

    About Our Presenter :  Bruce Mabee


    Bruce Mabee has consulted over 135 client organizations in projects of strategy, teamwork and change. Half of his work has been in consulting relationships lasting 5-10 years and longer; designing “power” into them made the larger outcomes stick. The clients have included Walgreens, Motorola and Conoco-Phillips, creative non-profits such as Working Bikes, and governmental units of the US and Scotland.

    Bruce has taught topics of leadership, strategy and power in nine graduate schools, including Benedictine, Lake Forest and the University of Chicago. He holds an MS in OD, and a BFA in Industrial Design. He co-created the Impact Awards of the Chicago OD Network, where he is a founder and former president.

    Expanding Your Power is a key element in Bruce’s upcoming book, The Impact Kit, which integrates power into agile innovation and design thinking.

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    Experiential Virtual Learning That Sticks!

    • Experiential Virtual Learning
      July 9, 2020
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm


    Experiential Virtual Learning That Sticks!

    Join the Organization Development Network of Chicago for our annual meeting plus a new tool for your virtual toolbelt!

    It’s July – time for the ODN/C annual meeting! Plus, we have Diane Kubal joining us to present, “Experiential Virtual Learning that Sticks: Keeping Learners Engaged & Motivated in Uncertain Times.”


    We’ll spend the first portion of our meeting reviewing our accomplishments over the past year, along with sharing the exciting plans we have for the future. We’ll also be asking for your real-time feedback (confidentially) in a few polls to help us check the pulse of our network to make sure we’re heading in the right direction.


    With in-person training at a halt, you are likely wondering how you can convert your classroom training into virtual learning experiences. Organizations must now level-up and offer new and creative ways to engage, train and develop their workforce virtually; a workforce of modern learners that demand personalized learning that is interesting, accessible, and available anywhere, on any device.

    Isn’t this just converting existing training into webinars?

    No! Experiential virtual learning is different because it doesn’t just deliver knowledge through lecture, videos and written content.  Learners are required to take action by experimenting and applying what they have learned. It’s more effective because it helps establish lasting behavior change. When used in combination with a variety of methods such as gamification and micro-learning, learners stay engaged and motivated. And experiential virtual learning can be applied to all kinds of content and works especially well for “soft skills” training.

    Join this session to see a state-of-the art experiential virtual learning approach and how it can be implemented with or without a technology platform!

    In this enlightening and interactive session, attendees will:

    • define what experiential virtual learning is
    • review design methods used in experiential virtual learning
    • see a live experiential virtual program on a learning experience platform
    • practice converting classroom content into virtual experiential learning

    About Our Presenter:  Diane Kubal

    With more than 20 years of experience, Diane Kubal is founder of the Fulcrum Network, a boutique talent agency that helps Learning and Development and Human Resource professionals find top external consultants. A sought-after expert in instructional design, organization development and human resources, she has presented to a number of groups including the Association for Talent Development, International Society for Performance and Improvement, Illinois Psychological Association, and Organization Development Institute of Chicago.

    Diane’s work has been featured in leading industry trade journals, including Training Today, Performance Improvement, and several news publications.

    Prior to founding her company, Fulcrum Network, Diane was a corporate leader and training specialist with expertise in experiential learning, career development, customer service, and leadership development. She earned her Master of Science degree in Organization Development from Loyola University and Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science from National Louis University.

    For more information about this program, contact Maggie Shreve, ODN/C Administrator, at admin@odnchicago.org or 312.730.0041 (text or call).


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    Advertiser’s Secrets

    • August 13, 2020
      6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

    Advertiser’s Secrets to Compelling Change Videos…

    With short attention spans and the need to “break through the clutter,” how can your organizational videos leave your audience remembering your message? Try looking to a field that does this well: advertising. If commercials can get people to purchase items they don’t need, how can you use these marketing secrets to influence employees (and do this without them feeling manipulated)?

    In this interactive, game-based session, you’ll learn what makes some ads so compelling they persuade you to buy. You’ll explore the strategic framework to use when creating a video strategy as well as the essential design considerations. Learn to:

    • Explain the video “hooks” to make the content in your learning video memorable.
    • Apply the four characteristics of effectively using visuals to design or evaluate videos.
    • Distinguish when learning videos should and shouldn’t be used.

    The interactive session helps OD professionals re-think how to create effective change videos that actually evoke the intended emotion and action by using specific advertiser’s techniques.

    NOTE: Registrations for this event will close on Wednesday, August 12th, at 11:55 pm.  Please register in advance!

    About Our Presenter: Danielle Wallace

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    Danielle Wallace is the chief learning strategist at Beyond the Sky, a provider of custom learning solutions. Previously, as a marketing executive with Procter & Gamble and PepsiCo, she learned strategic marketing principles which she now applies to learning and development to create compelling breakthrough solutions. Danielle is a sought after speaker at global conferences and her thought leadership is found in numerous industry magazines and publications. Her monthly free infographics and tips can be found at www.beyondthesky.ca


    For more information about this online program, contact Maggie Shreve, ODN/C’s administrator, at 312.730.0041 (call or text).

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