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    • Connection Fest
      July 14, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Reconnect with the Community who has held the line for strategic systems thinking and human-centered organizations through four decades.

    About this event

    Reconnect with the roots of the Organization Development community in our complimentary “Connection Fest.” The OD Network of Chicago is the standard bearer for the tactics, strategies and values of the OD profession and the community of practitioners.

    Raise a glass with us from the safety of your own home, and cheer for the ways that the global events of the last few years have found us rising to the challenge, evolving our services, expanding our reach and reorienting how we serve the OD Community.

    This Zoom enabled event will

    -inspire you with the information on our recent accomplishments

    -intrigue you with the possibilities of our near-future plans

    -refuel you with reconnection to our community through structured networking activities

    -Invite you to be an active part of the movement

    -Introduce you to the Board Members who are transitioning to member-status  or to advisor-status.


    This FREE event is sponsored by the Organization Development Network of Chicago, a professional community for leader/practitioners in OD and related professions. (ODNChicago.org)

    Participants will receive a link to the Zoom meeting before the event.

    You will be asked to be an active participant, sharing your self, your resources and ideas.

    OD in this Moment

    • May 12, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Open Space on OD in this Moment…

    Join Dr. Deborah Murphy for an open space forum on the issues and opportunities for OD professionals in this moment. We’ll discuss the changing nature of the workplace, the challenges we’re meeting today, and what OD must do to evolve and meet the needs of the time. Bring your topics and ideas for discussion to the space for an illuminating, open dialogue with other OD professionals without a strict agenda.
    Come and help us build the conversation!
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    Sponsorship Special

    • Special Event - Invited Sponsors
      April 1, 2022 - May 1, 2022
      8:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Special Event for invited sponsors.

    Listing on our website and acknowledgement during events.

    Opportunity to introduce your organization at events.

    Sponsored Thought Leadership posts on Social Media sites.

    Multiple leadership opportunities.


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    UNconference a Day of Learning & Community

    • April 30, 2022
      8:30 am - 5:00 pm
    Purpose:  To build a stronger community among the people-centered professional associations in the Midwest.

    About this event…

    Many people-centered professional associations reside in Chicagoland. Organization Development Resource Group, a group of inter-organization members, has created an event to foster community and share knowledge among Chicago-based organizations.

    This unconference promotes peer-to-peer learning. Professionals from people-centered associations are welcome.

      • Attend TED-like talks from professionals exploring themes such as culture, change management, organization development, resilience, employee engagement, among others
      • Challenge yourself on a high ropes team-building course with certified facilitators
      • Experience team building/bonding on a low ropes course
      • Participate in a World Café posing questions about emerging organization transformation
      • Explore Henry Horner conference facility for future events
      • Expand your network by meeting other professionals
      • Lunch and snacks provided
      • Learn and have fun!



    • What We Should Expect From Our Leaders (OD)
    • Lessons Learned: How to Build Resilient Cultures of Connection (HR)
    • The Pursuit of Courage in Change Management: When Being Brave is Not an Option (CM)
    • Equity and Anti-Racism as a Change Process (HR)
    • Clarify OD Contribution: Using Visualization to Articulate Deliverables (OD)
    • The Shifting Sands of Followership (OD)
    • Open Stance: Thriving Amid Differences and Uncertainty (OD)

    Book signing by Dr. Larry Kokkelenberg, OD for the Accidental Practitioner. Bring your book, and he will sign it.

    The supporting associations include Organization Development Network/Chicago (ODN/C), Community of Organizational Development in Chicagoland (CODIC), Association for Talent Development Chicago Chapter (ATDChi), and Association of Change Management Professionals Midwest Chapter (ACMP Midwest).

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    Discovery Interview Process

    • August 11, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm


    This workshop is for anyone who interviews others.  It is especially effective in the diagnostic process as it uncovers issues not previously thought about or known.  This workshop is highly interactive and the goal is to increase the skillfulness of the interviewer. A brief introduction will be followed by a brief demonstration, and then practice sessions.  This workshop is based upon content from the book OD for the Accidental Practitioner and will help any interviewer get to the root cause and expand their knowledge of the organization.

    About our facilitators:

    Regan Miller and Larry Kokkelenberg

    Regan Miller is a senior Human Resources Consultant at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Workforce Planning and Reshaping Division within OPM’s HR Solutions, providing OD and human capital management services to public-sector clients nation-wide.

    Regan earned a B.S. in Psychology from Salisbury University, and a M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Baltimore. Most recently, Regan is pursuing her certification in Executive Coaching with the College of Executive Coaching.

    Larry Kokkelenberg  recently retired from the Federal Government Office of Personnel Management,  where he was the chief of employee engagement and directed their Nationwide OD efforts with other Federal Agencies.    Previously he was on the faculty of the Federal Executive Institute  for 10 years working with senior level executives in the Federal Government.  He spent  11 years working for Franklin Covey as one of their top 12 senior consultants, working mainly with senior executives of the Fortune 100 clients as well as Government, military and law enforcement.  Prior to that he spent 25 years as president and founder of a small consulting and training organization providing services to clients world wide.

    Larry received his BA degree from Benedictine University, an MSW from University of Illinois and a PhD from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

    Leverage Change with Jake Jacobs

    • April 14, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Leverage Change…

    People struggle with change.  They complain it is hard, takes too long, and costs too much.  All too often, its also ineffective.  Look at your own experience.  Wouldn’t you jump at the chance to achieve results in your own work faster, easier and better?

    It’d be great if there were a predictable way to make this happen.

    There is.  It’s called Leverage Change.

    These 8 smart, strategic actions, or levers, can be applied to any change, any time, any place.  Use them and you’ll be on your way to getting more done with fewer headaches, hassles and problems.  You can use the levers for everything from strategy implementation to culture change to mergers and acquisitions and leadership development.

    This is a session where you’ll get real work done.  Whether your change effort is straightforward or complex, involves only your own team or the whole organization, or is just beginning or well underway, your time with Jake will hit the mark.  This presentation is really a consulting experience masquerading as a presentation.  Using a unique “Rapid Response Consultation” approach, you’ll witness a real time roll up the sleeves demonstration of the power of applying the 8 Levers of Leverage Change.

    You’ll also have your own opportunity to put these same strategies to work on any type of change on your plate.

    Identify and address the most common problems in your current change work – and know how to do it when you recognize them in the future too.

    Question your assumptions. Challenge your paradigm.  Open your thinking.

    You’ll leave with a fresh perspective on change that will transform the way you see and do change work forevermore.  Faster, easier, better change is in your future.  Join this session and see how.

    About Our Facilitator:

    Jake helps organizations, teams, and individuals make monumental changes.

    Over the past 35 years he has worked in 61 industries, from high tech to manufacturing to hospitality to entertainment to financial services. I’ve consulted to 96 organizations, from Fortune 50 to national non-profits and community theaters.

    Jake supported more than 210,000 people directly on important changes to their business. What kinds of changes? Everything from strategy implementation to culture change to mergers and acquisitions and leadership development.

    He’s partnered with CEOs, front-line workers and changemakers in middle management in organizations like Ford, Kraft and Marriott. And, he’s helped create change in the City of New York, U.K.’s National Health Service and the United States Army and Navy.

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    Leading Change

    • September 8, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Leading Change:  Learn to not only survive change, but thrive…

    Large-scale transformational change is happening all around us. How do you ensure you don’t sink the ship while changing course?

    In this interactive sample workshop, Tracy Graf, CEO of Fuse – Igniting Communication, will introduce some best practice concepts and facilitate live discussions about:

    • Understanding how and why individuals react to change as they do
    • Gauging each important stakeholder’s position on business decisions
    • Considering the effects of commercial, personal, emotional, & political factors
    • Building sufficient consensus to ensure a smooth (enough) transition.

    This all helps to positively shape the future of your business, organization or group. The “Leading Change” workshop instils the knowledge and skills to not only survive change, but thrive!

    This program will also touch on how AI Simulation technology, which Fuse uses to deliver their full “Leading Change” works.

    Our Facilitator

    Tracy Graf is the CEO of Fuse – Igniting Communication, an innovative training company that is increasing success for a variety of prestigious organizations across the globe.

    Tracy has 20 years of leadership experience in project management, marketing, and public relations roles with prominent international corporations. She led teams of professionals to grow revenue for over 25 prestigious international brands in her positions with Vail Resorts, Life Time Fitness, Disney on Ice, and Ruder Finn Public Relations.

    Tracy customizes her approach to her clients’ needs to strengthen their skills in the areas of:

    • Team Collaboration
    • Transformational Leadership
    • Partnership Development

    Fuse is the exclusive distributor in the U.S. of workshops that provide months of realistic workplace relationship management experience in a matter of a few hours by utilizing AI simulation technology.

    Tracy presents interactive, engaging workshops weekly to clients from a variety of industries. Some of her notable clients are: Cisco, Oracle, Ball Aerospace, Texas Instruments, IBM, Hitachi, Arrow Electronics, National Renewable Energy Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, and more

    Building Psychological Capital

    • January 13, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Building Psychological Capital…

    Learn how to build Psychological Capital from the new field of Positive Psychology.  Psychological Capital (PsyCap) is the motivational propensity to achieve and is constructed from hope, self-efficacy, resilience, and optimism.  PsyCap is significantly related to important outcomes such as engagement, organizational commitment, stress, well-being, turnover intentions and performance.  This event will introduce the research around PsyCap and train participants how to increase their own PsyCap to better reach their own goals.  These skills are essential for coaches, leaders and trainers.

    About Our Presenter:  Jennifer Thompson

    Jennifer Thompson has combined her career as a business psychologist with the newest field of positive psychology and its effect on organizations and individuals. As an expert in statistics and research methodology, Jennifer can measure unseen phenomena in organizations and their effects on company culture. Through her PhD in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology and a Certification in Positive Psychology, Jennifer brings together a strong scientific background paired with the latest research on emotions and motivation to generate a powerful result.

    Jennifer has the capacity to take complex scientific information and break it down simply for general audiences. She uses adult learning principles to make training engaging and change behaviors.  Jennifer has been a professor in Business Psychology at The Chicago School  for over 15 years.  She has experience in the airline, technology, and healthcare industries.

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    Dialogic OD and Generative Change

    • March 10, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Dialogic Organization Development and Generative Change: Helping Leaders Lead Emergent Change

    Gervase will provide a brief overview to Dialogic Organization Development, and then describe some of his work in helping leaders understand emergent change approaches and help them develop the capacity to lead an emergent, generative change process.  Dialogic Organization Development (OD) is a mindset about leadership and organizational change based on conclusions from three decades of studying successful transformational change. Focusing on the patterns of thinking and organizing that emerge from networks of meaning-making, the intent of Dialogic OD is to promote rapid transformation by disrupting (or working with the current disruption of) current patterns and engaging the right people in conversations that generate new, more useful ideas, meanings and beliefs to better manage complex problems and create more agile, adaptive teams and organizations. It encompasses a variety of methods, from one-on-one coaching to very large group events. The Generative Change Model is the focus of Gervase’s most recent book, The Dynamics of Generative Change, and helps managers and consultants understand how to lead an agile, rapid, transformation effort.

     About our Presenter — Dr. Gervase Bushe

    Gervase (pronounced Jervis) Bushe is the Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser U in Vancouver, Canada.  His career spans four decades of transforming organizational structures, cultures and processes away from command and control toward more collaborative work systems.  He is an award-winning author of over 100 papers and four books on organizational change, leadership, teams and teamwork. Gervase has consulted to blue chip corporations and start-ups, public sector and business corporations, in a variety of sectors. Clear Leadership (2009) has been translated into 7 languages and over 100 certified facilitators have trained tens of thousands of managers in North America, Europe and Asia in his models and methods.  Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change, co-edited with Robert Marshak (2015) builds on his ground-breaking research into processes of generative leadership and change, and is transforming the OD discipline. In 2019 he co-founded the Bushe-Marshak Institute for Dialogic OD, which offers online courses and certification in Dialogic OD,  and is the editor of the BMI Series in Dialogic Organization Development. Since 2016 HR Magazine in the UK has identified him as one of the 30 most influential HR Thinkers. In the last ranking he was 12th. A chapter on his life and work appears in the Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers.  For more information and links to his papers go to www.gervasebushe.ca

    For more information, contact Maggie Shreve at admin@odnchicago.org or 312.730.0041 (mobile/text)
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    Leading with Emotional Intelligence

    • February 10, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Leading with Emotional Intelligence…


    As an organizational development professional, you required excellent skills to get you to where you are now in your professional career. But if you are to progress to the next level in your career or you want to be a more effective leader, what will that require? We now have over 3 decades of research on emotional intelligence (EI). Yale University has its Centre for the Study of EI. Google, Nike, Amazon and Microsoft base their leadership development programs on one specific model of EI. And the World Economic Forum has identified EI as a top employment skill for 2020. And yet, the concept of EI or EQ remains poorly understood by many. What exactly is EI/EQ and why is it so important for professionals who work with organizations? Join David Cory, coach and leadership development specialist, as he shares with you what you need to know.

    Learning Objective #1: Explain what we mean by emotional intelligence and how it can help organization development professionals be better leaders and progress in their careers to the next level

    Learning Objective #2: Describe one of the world’s leading models of emotional intelligence

    Learning Objective #3: Take away 5 Keys for Developing Emotional Intelligence Competencies

    The presentation will be virtually through zoom.

    About Our Presenter — David Cory
    David Cory is a leadership development coach, trainer, and consultant known for his expertise in applying the concept of emotional intelligence to individual and organizational performance improvement. David founded one of the first companies in North America to focus on the development of leadership based on emotional intelligence in 1998. In the course of his work, David has been an invited guest of the Sultan of Brunei, worked under armed guard in Nigeria, been kicked out of a restricted area in Saudi Arabia, chased by an elephant in Zambia, and sang for royalty in Malaysia. David’s company completed the design of a leadership course based on emotional intelligence for the citizens of the Republic of Botswana. Finally, David was a key-note speaker at an international EQ conference at the Harvard Medical School in 2013 and was the closing Key-Note speaker at the Asia HRD Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in July 2016. Clients include the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) and the Treasury Board Secretariat of the federal government of Canada.


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