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    Health Equity Panel Discussion

    • Health Equity Panel
      September 14, 2023
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm


    According to the CDC, Health Equity is the state in which everyone has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health.  Health and health equity are determined by the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, play and age, as well as biological determinants.

    Organizational Leaders have a proven impact on measurable factors  of health and wellbeing.  Join this panel discussion with leaders from different aspects of our community who are working to improve conditions of wellbeing and health equity.   Learn what they are doing and what they suggest we can do to support the move to health equity.

    The panelist list is being finalized, but are intended to represent

    • corporate efforts to promote equity in  addressing the social determinants of health,
    • healthcare service challenges within the LGTQ community;
    • community education resources for flourishing at any age
    • healthcare provider approaches to wellness
    • health insurer programs
    • and more!

    Please join the conversation  in this Zoom-enabled program that will be inspiring and provocative.

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    Fireside Chat on OD in OD: Use of Self in an Emerging Design of an Impactful Summit

    • May 12, 2023
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    Fireside Chat on OD in OD:
    Use of Self in an Emerging Design of an Impactful Summit

    Join three leaders from the committee producing the Organization
    Development Network’s international Summit on

    “Social Impact: Addressing the Challenges of Now.”

    In this chat the three panelists will begin by sharing the methodological frameworks for the tracks they are supporting. We will challenge each other to apply those frameworks to the work process the team went through to create the Summit. Participants are invited to join the meta-analysis, add to the conversation, and learn from their experiences.

    You will leave with solid examples of Appreciative Inquiry, the Conference Model and Adaptive Action and application examples on Earthshot OD, Sustainability and Human Flourishing.   The Use of Self in OD is a lens through which we will work on sharing experiences. 


    Joretha Grant Johnson

    CEO/President: Advanced Transformational Technologies, Business Management Consultants Retired Associate Director/Plant Manager, Procter & Gamble

    Joretha Johnson is CEO & President of Advanced Transformational Technologies Management Consultants. ATT Management Consultants focuses on strengths-based solutions that yield positive, sustainable results and healthy organizations. We specialize in Leadership Development & Training,
    Strategy Development & Implementation, Operational Excellence & Continuous Improvement Methodologies, and Positive Organizational Development Technologies.

    Joretha gained global executive leadership experience through 25+ years with Procter & Gamble (P&G). As a Plant Manager, Joretha’s reputation for leading through complexity and developing high performing teams, led to a variety of Manufacturing Brand Management and Supply Chain Leadership roles across diverse brands, business units, supply chains, product platforms, manufacturing technologies, and global regions.

    She earned her B.S. degree in Polymer Engineering and Science, and M.S. in Positive Organizational Development & Sustainable Change (MPOD) at CWRU’S Weatherhead School of Management.


    Shane Harrison

    Shane Harrison is social entrepreneur who delights helping organizations improve their effectiveness to have a greater impact.  Shane worked in Southeast Asia (Cambodia and Vietnam) for over 13 years in both internal and external HR/OD consulting roles, and in general management, and is fluent in both languages.  After a recent 8-year stint in higher education working on organizational effectiveness initiatives at Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah, Shane is now splitting his time between a number of entrepreneurial ventures, organizing ultramarathons, and volunteering as the Executive Director of The Cambodia Job Foundation.

    Shane holds master degrees in Organizational Behavior (MOB) and International Development (MA), and a bachelor in Asia Studies (BA) all from BYU.

    Deborah Dalzell-Murphy

    Deborah is a Chicagoland native and member of the ODNC Board.  She is serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership and Learning at the University of Louisville and providing Executive Coaching and Process improvement consulting.

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    Helping to Combat Burnout as an OD Practitioner

    • Helping to Combat Burnout as an OD Practitioner
      February 9, 2023
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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    Program Description

    Burnout is a very real threat to our health, our life satisfaction, and our effectiveness as leaders, partners, and parents – and the impact for our organizations in terms of attrition and rapidly diminishing engagement is significant. The need for practical organizational support and personal resilience skills has never been more urgent.

    As OD practitioners, leaders and coaches, we are uniquely positioned to help our clients recognize burnout risks and identify crucial changes to build more resilient leaders and teams.

    In this program Christy Mihina, founder of Verge Coaching & Consulting, will facilitate interactive learning and dialogue around:

    • How to recognize and respond to the signs of burnout in yourself and others
    • A framework for building more resilient leaders and teams
    • Resilience practices you can apply with your clients and in your own life and work


    About Our Facilitator: Christy Mihina

    Christy Mihina is an executive coach and consultant and the founder of Verge Coaching & Consulting. Through Verge, Christy and her collaborators equip leaders, teams, and individuals to be their best selves and do their best work through executive and team coaching, burnout and resilience programs, and organizational culture consulting. In addition to her role with Verge, Christy serves on the faculty of the coach training program at the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. A dynamic coach and facilitator, her clients describe her as insightful, inspiring and “lit up” with positive energy.

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    POSTPONED: Doing Bad Things for Good Reasons: A Discussion About Unethical Pro-Organizational Behavior

    • Why Do Team Players Cheat? An Examination of Unethical Pro-Organizational Behavior
      June 8, 2023
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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    Unethical behavior in organizations can be extremely costly. It exposes firms to direct costs, such as fines, settlements, and legal expenses, as well as indirect costs like damage to the firm’s reputation. This presentation will examine when employees perform unethical acts to benefit the organization (i.e., unethical pro-organizational behavior), what factors contribute to it, and what organizational development professionals can do to reduce unethical behavior at work. Participants will identify specific actions that they can take to mitigate the risk of unethical behavior at work.


    About Our Facilitator: Kyle Payne

    Dr. Payne serves as the talent development manager for Collins Engineers and as a leadership consultant with Development Dimensions International. He has served as a volunteer exam developer for several professional associations and currently serves on a committee overseeing ethics and professional practice in the coating industry. Dr. Payne recently completed his PhD in human capital management at Bellevue University where his dissertation examined unethical behavior among professional engineers. He and his partner Sid reside in Chicago along with their cats, Queso and Fundido.

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    Creating Belonging: A Practical Approach to Accelerate Belonging in Organizations & Communities

    • Creating Belonging: A Practical Approach to Accelerate Belonging in Organizations & Communities
      April 13, 2023
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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    Program Description:

    In Justin Reinert’s decades as a practitioner in talent development, he has encountered many interventions related to Diversity & Inclusion but has seen us collectively fail to move the needle. Based on his experience and research, Justin kept coming back to concepts of deep self-awareness and radical acceptance of others. The result of this work is his new book, Creating Belonging: A Practical Guide to Accelerate Belonging in Organizations and Communities.

    Join Justin to learn more about his findings and the Creating Belonging model to see how belonging is created at the intersection of authenticity and acceptance. In this session, individual reflection and small group discussions will help you explore how to balance authenticity and acceptance, see where you may sit in the model, and create a plan to move further into belonging.

    About Our Facilitator: Justin Reinert

    Justin Reinert is an experienced Talent Leader with nearly 20 years of talent development experience. He holds an MA in Educating Adults from DePaul University, along with the CPTD, SPHR, and SHRM-SCP. He has led learning at organizations as large as HSBC and Oracle and built award winning learning functions at smaller high-growth firms. He is currently the Senior Director of Learning & Development at Provi, and recently published his first book, Creating Belonging, in the spring of 2022.

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    How Leaders Can Build a Culture of Higher Trust

    • How Leaders Can Build a Culture of Higher Trust
      March 9, 2023
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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    Program Description

    Having a culture of high trust pays big dividends in any organization. The result is double productivity, lower attrition, ability to attract best talent, and fewer internal conflicts. Unfortunately, the behaviors of many leaders actually cause lower rather than higher trust. Join Bob Whipple, the Trust Ambassador, to learn the keys to reverse low trust and make solid progress toward a new and more robust culture based on real trust.

    About our Facilitator: Bob Whipple

    Bob Whipple is CEO of Leadergrow Inc., a company dedicated to improving leadership in organizations. He is known internationally as “The Trust Ambassador.” He is a professional speaker, and a member of National Speakers Association. He is a Certified Professional in Talent Development with the Association for Talent Development. He has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 100 Leadership Speakers for the past three years and by Leadership Excellence Magazine as one of the top 15 thought leaders. Trust Across America has honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award as a Top Thought Leader in Trust. He has won numerous other awards including two BEST Awards for Talent Development. He has five published books on the topic of trust, over 1700 published articles, and more than 100 videos on various leadership topics.

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    Tim’s Top Ten Tips for Teams

    • Tim’s Top Ten Tips for Teams
      January 12, 2023
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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    Program Description

    How can you make teams you work with more effective? Join the OD Network of Chicago to kick off the new year and explore the answer to this question with Dr. Tim Franz, an experienced organizational psychologist with expertise in team leadership and performance. Join Franz to discuss the ten reasons that teamwork goes wrong. For each of the ten reasons, explore at least one solution.

    Expect the following key takeaways from this interactive session:

    • Understand the principles of effective teamwork
    • Learn the top ten team traps
    • Learn the best ways to help avoid the ten team traps
    • Think about how to apply the tips to teams you work with


    About Our Facilitator: Dr. Tim Franz

    Dr. Franz is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist at St. John Fisher College, where 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 most recent 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. 

    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 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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    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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