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    5 Universal Truths About Change

    • June 10, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    5 Universal Truths…

    Jason Little has spent the greater part of the last seven  years traveling the world and asking change agents of all disciplines in countless organizations why the changes they were working on weren’t working.  Why were they  getting stuck and how they might jiggle them loose? 
    We live in a world where we’re in a rush to create yet another best practice method in order to magically fix our transformations. It turns out we’ve known the answer all along, and it sure isn’t about the process, method or framework we follow.
    In this program, Jason will share the patterns, philosophies and stories he has collected that will help us see change and transformation through a different set of lenses so we can focus on what matters

    About Our Presenter:  Jason Little

    Jason began his career as a web developer when Cold Fusion roamed the earth. Over the following years, he moved into management, Agile Coaching and consulting. The bumps and bruises collected along the way brought him to the realization that helping organizations adopt Agile practices was less about the practices, and all about change.

    In 2008 he attended an experiential learning conference about how people experience change and since then, he’s been writing, and speaking, all over the world about helping organizations discover more effective practices for managing organizational change. He is the author of Lean Change Management and an international speaker who has spoken all over the world from Canada, the US, Finland, Germany, Australia, Belgium and more.


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    Meaningful Partnership at Work

    • May 13, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Meaningful Partnership at Work:

    Ensuring Mutual Accountability and Success Between Leaders and Teams…

    “All of us work with others.  Sometimes those professional relationships are important enough that we call them a ‘partnership’.  But what does partnership in the workplace really mean?  What makes some of our partnerships exceptional while many are mediocre, frustrating or even a disaster? And why do these work partnerships matter so profoundly to our well-being and success, regardless of our level or role?” (p. 12, Introduction, Meaningful Partnership at Work)

    This two-hour on-line session will explore three ideas from our co-authored forthcoming book, Meaningful Partnership at Work: How The Workplace Covenant Ensures Mutual Accountability and Success Between Leaders and Teams (Productivity Press/Taylor & Francis).  The first idea is the mindset of ‘meaningful’ partnership and how it differs from routine work associations.  The second is the conceptual model that underlies this idea, ‘ERTAP’, which stands for empathy, respect, trust, alignment and partnership.  The third idea is what we call ‘The Workplace Covenant’, which is a practical yet transformative relationship-building process between any two parties at work, that ensures ERTAP through on-going mutual support and accountability.

    Participants will find this session highly useful because it will delve into a number of factors that we often take for granted in the workplace (e.g. how people work together, the expectations we all have of colleagues, the importance of a manager to team success, how to repair broken work relationships, etc.), and explore how to make these more transparent and hence effective.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the three core ideas from the book and how they relate to the health and effectiveness of our new workplace.
    • Learn the model, ERTAP, the research related to it, how to measure the elements, and how it can be used to help managers and teams.
    • Know how to apply a new OD tool, The Workplace Covenant, to ensure ongoing ERTAP

    About Our Presenters:  Drs. Seth Silver and Timothy Franz


    Dr. Silver is the principal of Silver Consulting, Inc., an independent consulting practice, where he has worked for over 20 years with numerous clients in health care, higher education, high tech, government, business services, manufacturing and non-profit.  His consulting focuses on two key areas: developing and improving leadership; and creating high engagement, high performance workplaces.  He provides such services as executive coaching, leadership training, team development, conflict resolution, building effective workplace partnerships, strategic planning, and organizational/team diagnosis.

    Dr. Silver has developed a unique business process called The Workplace Covenant, which helps parties in any organization to exchange and agree upon reciprocal obligations and expectations so as to ensure trust, feedback and alignment in their relationship. He has recently co-authored a book, entitled Meaningful Partnership at Work: How The Workplace Covenant Ensures Mutual Accountability and Success Between Leaders and Teams, to bring the concept to a wider audience.

    From 2000 to 2014, Dr. Silver was a part-time Assistant Professor and taught Masters level students in Human Resource Development, teaching first at St. John Fisher College, and then at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

    Dr. Silver holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto, a Masters degree from Cornell University, and a Doctorate (Ed.D.) from The George Washington University.  He has served on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations in the Rochester area, and is a citizen of both the US and Canada.

    Dr. Franz is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist at St. John Fisher College. He is a Professor of Psychology as well as Chair of the Psychology Department and past Program Director and Chair of the graduate Human Resource Development Department.  In addition to his academic work, he also works as an organizational consultant through his independent consulting organization, Franz Consulting.

    His topical areas of expertise include team leadership, individual and team decision making, improving team performance, and using teams to drive organizational change.  Many of his ideas about improving teams are published in his books, titled Making Team Projects Work: A Resource for High School and College Educators and Group Dynamics and Team Interventions: Understanding and Improving Team Performance. His forthcoming book, co-authored with Seth Silver, is titled Meaningful Partnership at Work: How The Workplace Covenant Ensures Mutual Accountability and Success Between Leaders and Teams He is also an experienced applied researcher, specializing in conducting focus groups and interviews, designing custom surveys, analyzing data, and evaluating the effectiveness of training programs.

    Prior to his work as a college professor, Dr. Franz was a survey consultant for the Wyatt Company (now Towers-Watson) and Buck Consultants.  In these roles, he designed and conducted custom compensation surveys and salary administration projects for clients in the Northeast and Midwest.  In addition, he has designed selection tests, employee development instruments, and custom organizational surveys as a contract consultant for Custom Solutions, A London House Consulting Group.

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    OD for the Accidental Practitioner

    • September 9, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    OD for the Accidental Practitioner —

    What is the difference between a knowledgeable OD practitioner and a Skillful OD practitioner?  Between Proactive OD and Reactive OD? Between team building and team bonding? Join Larry Kokkelenberg, PhD, in this interactive session based on his recent book, “OD for the Accidental Practitioner.” We will look at developing the necessary skills to be an effective and successful OD consultant. Filled with practical applications from a veteran OD practitioner, this is a session you don’t want to miss!

    About Our Presenter:  Larry Kokkelenberg

    Larry Kokkelenberg, Ph.D. has spent 45 years as a consultant working both as an internal and external consultant.  He worked internally for Franklin Covey and the Federal Government, Office of Personnel Management HRS where he was the chief of employee engagement and directed their Organizational Development efforts with all other federal agencies. He has learned that the unexpected, the unusual, the unbelievable, is not once in a lifetime but is the norm when consulting with clients.

    It’s time to talk…

    • April 8, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    It’s Time to Talk:  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the OD Profession….


    Like leaders of many organizations, we are taking steps to assess the impact of our culture on diverse members of our community and the resulting experience of equity and/or inclusion. We experienced the angst of the last year watching the news reports, like having a mirror held up to us demanding answers. Our aspirations began well before that, however, as prior board members, as quiet single voices, would ask, “so what are we doing about this?”
    As your 2021 Board of Directors, we are committed to making progress on the issues of Diversity Equity and Inclusion this year.
    We need to define what those terms mean, define our aspirations and make measurable progress.   This is where we need your help.
    We are sponsoring a free, working event on April 8th, with the intention of gathering many voices in the “room” (ok, Zoom room), considering many points of view on the DEI topics, and selecting priorities for this year.  The event will be facilitated as an “Open Space,” meaning that it is designed to generate many points of view, to capture and consider possibilities and then generate commitments to act.  We are writing to you with an invitation to participate.

    Your participation will be on Zoom, with a great number of people  who are our current, recent and future OD Network of Chicago  members and the broader OD community.  Participants will generate a list of considerations and self-select into break out groups.  In these groups, participants consider different aspects of our DEI topic that they are interested in and energized about.  We encourage your participation in these unscripted discussions.  The themes that rise to the top will be voted on and several next action steps will be committed to by this 2021 Board and hopefully the next Board as well (elected in June, 2020).


    Hope to see you there!


    Deborah Dalzell-Murphy, President, on behalf of the ODN/C Board of Directors

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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.
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    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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