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    The Global OD Competency Framework™

    • The Global OD Competency Framework™
      December 8, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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    Program Description

    The December meeting of the Organization Development Network of Chicago is historically reserved for a grateful and celebratory reflection on the past year and a whole-hearted look to the new year. Building on that tradition, this year we will be celebrating our partnerships with our speakers, sponsors and affiliated associations for the community of learning we have been able to generate for our members.

    This FREE program will be structured to celebrate and learn with our colleagues at the OD Network (National) as we welcome Dr. Matt Minahan, a former Chair of the ODN’s Board of Trustees and a leader in the process of developing the ODN Global Competency Framework.  We will celebrate our partnership with the University of Louisville’s HR and OD Masters’ program by welcoming all students from the program to participate and learn alongside the practicing professionals of the OD Network Chicago.

    Join us for this unique and complimentary Open Space program centered on the OD Global Competency Framework to learn about the depth and nuances of the Organization Development profession. Come for the content and stay for the community.

    About Our Facilitator: Dr. Matt Minahan

    Dr. Matt Minahan is an organization strategy and design consultant, “committed to removing the gap between human potential and the human condition.” He leads a boutique strategy, organization and leadership development firm. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at American University and is a former Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Organization Development Network (National).


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    Reach Back to Go Forward: A Collectivist Approach to DEI

    • Reach Back to Go Forward: A Collectivist Approach to DEI
      November 10, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Leadership practices, shaken to the foundations by economic upheavals, political divisiveness, generational differences and a global pandemic, are the subject of a great deal of conversation around diversity, inclusion, culture building, and promoting well-being.

    OD professionals can be drawn to the latest iteration of good practice, or be jaded by having “heard it all before.”

    Dr. Ron Sheffield will challenge us to reach back…to go forward.

    During Native American Heritage Month, Ron invites us to view modern challenges through the lens of the wisdom of Indigenous peoples, and to be open to the insights of a collectivist approach. Whether your current pursuits are around promoting diversity and inclusion, or fostering belonging in a disconnected team, or setting a course for the future, you will find this interactive and collaborative session very powerful.

    About Our Facilitator:  Ron Sheffield

    Ron is Native American, a member of the Quechan Tribe of Yuma, Arizona and Winterhaven, California. He is a business consultant and owner of OrgScience, a management consulting firm. Dr. Sheffield is a faculty member at the University of Louisville, and serves as Program Director of the Human Resources and Organization Development Masters’ program and, as such, is a significant sponsor of the ODNC. Ron’s research on Native American Entrepreneurs was published in his book of the same name. He holds several certifications such as Black Belt, Scrum Master, Agilist, Project Manager and RODC.

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    Is the Future of Organizational Change Evidence-Based?

    • Is the Future of Organizational Change Evidence-Based?
      October 13, 2022
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Program Description

    Join us for our October program with Alex Boulting in looking at the future of organization development (OD) and change by discussing:

    • What is the history of organizational change?
    • What is wrong with organizational change?
    • Why we need to change our beliefs about organizational change.
    • How can we better challenge our beliefs about organizational change?
    • Why the future of organizational change has to be evidence-based.

    About Our Facilitator

    Alex Boulting is an evidence-based organizational change and development practitioner with 20 years’ experience. Alex has worked on organizational transformations in public, private, and third sectors on the client-side and within consultancy.

    Since 2018, Alex has been challenging assumptions in organizational change using his myth buster series and Change Management challenges series. Most recently, Alex has focused on building a new evidence-based body of knowledge for organizational change and is currently working with GSK helping them to build a future-proof culture.

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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 should use this Zoom link:

    OD Network Chicago is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 936 0303 8913
    Passcode: ODN/c2020!

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

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    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.

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    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

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