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    • Summer Picnic and Annual Meeting
      July 18, 2018
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Let’s have some fun this summer!

    Join your OD colleagues at Millennium Park for the OD Network of Chicago Annual Meeting, great music, good food, drink, and conversation.

    NOTE:   This event replaces our usual monthly program and it occurs on a Wednesday night.  There is no fee for this program, but we do expect you to bring food or drink to share with others.  Please note the city’s new security measures at the end of this message. 

    We will be meeting near the north side of The Great Lawn in the Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park.  See map below…X marks the spot (but it may be too small to see here).  Bring a blanket or chair along with your food/drink items to share.

    The new board of directors will be announced, we will thank Mark Kaufman for his service as President during the past years, and we will talk about ideas for future programs and activities as we enter a new fiscal year.

    Any questions?  Contact us at admin@odnchicago. org or call Maggie Shreve at 312.730.0041.


    The City of Chicago has implemented a new security perimeter and bag check policy for all concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

    For a complete list of prohibited items, visit gpmf.org/prohibited. Please note that metal knives, in particular, are not allowed in the Park.
    Beer and wine may be brought into the Park for all Festival concerts except for the Independence Day Salute on July 4. (Beer and wine concessions will be available on the east and west side of the Pavilion.)
    For most Festival concerts, entrances and security check lines will open two hours before the concert begins.  All patrons are encouraged to arrive early.


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    • August 9, 2018
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Practice Your Consulting Skills:  OD in Action!

    Robert Gramillano, EdD, and Program Chair of the OD Network of Chicago will lead a panel and small group discussions focused on the real needs of a real client:  The Career Transitions Center of Chicago (CTC). Joining Robert in facilitating our consultation with the client will be John Cooper, Gretchen Neve, Eric Sanders and James Sweet.  We hope you can join us!

    Staff from CTC will present a series of challenges they face, including expanding their base of virtual coaches and doubling the size of their Virtual Services Program.  They will present basic information about the Center, its programs, whom they serve, and the impact they have had.  Then the panel and small groups will develop potential interventions or consultations which will aid them to reach their goals.

    NOTE:  We will be meeting our client, CTC, at their offices, 703 W. Monroe (cross street is Desplaines), Chicago, IL  60661.  Please arrive there by 5:30 pm for dinner and our program at 6:30.

    For more information about CTC, go to www.ctcchicago.org.  For more detail about this program, contact Maggie Shreve at admin@odnchicago.org or 312.730.0041.

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    • September 13, 2018
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    What’s (Y)Our Role in This?
    • In April, a powerful panel kicked it off. Each of us who attended that night shared the impact that specific OD founders had — on us individually and collectively.  That was called “From the Founders to the Future, Part I.”
    • In May, we looked at future challenges and how OD might address them. Who decides what OD is? We all do!  This was Part II.
    • September is Part III: If you dare to come, realize that we’ll be asking each other, “How will you make a difference?”  Attendance at Parts I and II are NOT required for Part III.  In fact, newcomers to this discussion may have some powerful ideas to add.
     Every OD professional plays a role in the collective practice of OD, now and in the future. What future will we create — more powerful, less powerful, positive or negative? …and what can each of us do about it today? We can collaborate to help one another contribute to our collective goals — to shape what OD will actually become. 

    Julie Benesh, Bruce Mabee and Maggie Shreve are all past presidents of the OD Network of Chicago.  They have designed an evening of lively dialogue and deeper learning for all who are interested in the practice of OD.

    Join us!  This time at the Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, located at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Chestnut Street on the “magnificent mile.”  Parking may be found on the street or in the 900 N. Michigan or “former John Hancock” building garages.  The church is accessible by public transportation via the Red Line or multiple bus routes.

    For more information about this program, contact Maggie Shreve, Interim President, at admin@odnchicago.org or 312.730.0041.

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    • A Taste of Peer Coaching
      October 11, 2018
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Starting in the fall of 2017, a “peer coaching” project was launched for OD colleagues during the monthly program.  This voluntary program has now gone through three cycles of coaching and those who have participated would like us all to have a taste.  Not the “Taste of Chicago” but more importantly, a “taste of peer coaching.”  Join us Thursday evening, October 11th, for this exciting opportunity.


    Kristen English

    Kristen is a coach, consultant and facilitator with 28 years of experience working with international organizations in areas such as executive coaching, organization design & development, cultural competence & global leadership, strategic diversity & inclusion initiatives, work-life balance, and team development.  Kristen received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University and started her career in manufacturing with Procter & Gamble.  She furthered her strategic and organization development skills through OD assignments with P&G in China and Indonesia, later working with a broad range of clients, including WestRock, BNP Paribas, Air Products, BCG, Novartis, SC Johnson, Genpact, American Express, Infosys, and INSEAD.

    Alan Niebanck

    Alan graduated from Tufts University in 1971 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked his entire career at Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in various technical management roles in R&D and manufacturing. Alan came to OD beginning with his bottom-up implementation of a largely self-directed work team in the laboratory he managed. Such efforts were encouraged since Armstrong was committed to company-wide Total Quality, in pursuit of the Baldridge National Quality Award — which it won in 1995. In this supportive atmosphere, Alan’s OD education over the last 15 years included numerous NTL labs in Bethel, Maine, Barry Oshry’s Power Lab, and the MSOD program at AU/NTL. Alan retired in from Armstrong in 2008 and is now involved with various business hobbies, including life coaching, retreat facilitation for non-profits, and photography. Most recently, Alan is building a practice as an integral breathwork facilitator which was his “project” in cohort #1 of ODN/C Peer Coaching program.

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    For more information, contact Maggie Shreve, Interim President, at admin@odnchicago.org or 312.730.0041.

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    • November 8, 2018
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Build a Culture, Develop Talent, and Leverage Technology to Get Results!

    Organizations in every industry around the globe are dealing with massive change that’s increasing in pace, scope, and complexity at an unprecedented rate.  Yet, the failure rate of major organizational change is estimated at 70% or more, 50% of leaders are viewed as lacking the competencies to drive change, and 70% of employees are not engaged at work today.  The costs of failed change, unequipped leaders, and disengaged employees are staggering, ranging from lost investment to customer dissatisfaction to employee exodus.

    Yet, there are organizations that are getting it right: ones that that execute change that sticks, build the talent it takes to get results, and have cultures that foster engagement, bringing out the best in people.

    Join your with three of our sponsors (Human Synergistics, NOOA, and Change Catalysts) on November 8th for a highly interactive event in which you’ll take a learning journey:

    • Experience how an organization grappling with mission-critical challenges can approach this opportunity for change
    • Engage with peers to develop a plan for change that achieves meaningful and measurable outcomes.



    Tom Gronstrand

    Tom Gronstrand, CEO, innovator and organizational change management consult. Tom is passionate about uncovering the insights that drive the next generation of business solutions. And executing upon them. One of his clients describes him, “Tom Gronstrand has brought extremely valuable knowledge and true strategic thinking to our company. He has wide experience and ability to create visions evaluating also the impacts and efficiency of processes. I strongly recommend Tom for demanding strategic processes, collaboration and change management challenges – both B2B and public sector. Beyond that, he is a great person and inspiring mentor.”  Tom specializes in strategy and culture alignment and has a pending international patent for measuring transformation.

    Alysun Johns

    Alysun Johns is the Director of Culture and Leadership with Human Synergistics. She supports the development of integrated solutions for clients and consulting partners and leads consulting and coaching services for individuals and organizations. Her focus and experience over the years has centered on organizing, planning, developing, and facilitating client projects and workshops throughout the US and globally. Alysun often presents and guest lectures at various local universities and professional associations.

    Barbara Trautlein

    Barbara Trautlein is the best-selling author of Change Intelligence:  Use the Power of CQ to Lead Change that Sticks. A frequent ODN/C program leader and participant, she is principal and founder of Change Catalysts and originator of the CQ System for Developing Change Intelligent Leaders and Organizations.  For over 25 years, Barbara has coached executives, trained leaders at all levels, certified change agents, and facilitated mission-critical change management initiatives. In 2015, she was recognized as the Change Management Consultant of the Year by the Association of Change Management Professionals-Midwest Region.

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    For questions about the presentation, feel free to contact the OD Network of Chicago sponsors involved:

    Tom Gronstrand, tom.gronstrand@nooa.global

    Alysun Johns, alysun.johns@humansynergistics.com

    Barbara Trautlein, btrautlein@changecatalysts.com

    For logistical or registration questions, contact Maggie Shreve, Interim President, magshreve@gmail.com or 312.730.0041.

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    • December 13, 2018
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Join us at Benedictine University to engage in your favorite team-building exercises!

    Come one…come all…and bring those exercises that you have enjoyed over the years that help people learn to function better in groups.  We used this format a few years ago and had a great time engaging with each other while learning new tricks of the trade. So be thinking about a 10 to 15 minute ice-breaker or team exercise you’d like to lead and bring it with you to our annual, year-end holiday party.

    Dinner with our traditional wine bar will be served.  Members attend for free!  We would love to see you and thank you for your support during 2018!

    This will be the first time holding our annual holiday party at Benedictine University, thanks to Drs. Peter Sorensen and Therese Yeager.  We will be meeting in Room GN 411, 4th floor of Goodwin Hall. Benedictine is located at 5700 College Road in Lisle. Parking is free in the parking garage, adjacent to Goodwin Hall.  For questions about logistics, contact Elizabeth Reniche, MSMOB Program Coordinator, ereniche@ben.edu.

    For more information, contact Maggie Shreve, Interim President, magshreve@gmail.com or 312.730.0041.


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    • Deliberately Developmental Organizations: Revisit
      January 10, 2019
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    How do we realize the vision for healthy and productive organizations that most OD practitioners have shared for over 50 years?  DDOs (deliberately developmental organizations) may give us the answers.

    We OD practitioners care deeply about people and we care deeply about organizational life.  It’s people, after all, who make up the engines driving our businesses and agencies.  But after years of trying to apply various OD theories and approaches, much of organizational life in the US is still pretty awful for a lot of people.

    This program will focus on Keegan and Lahey’s DDO model with examples from current companies using this value-system to help everyone grow (see Immunity to Change or An Everyone Culture).  Diana Goldberg, Adam Malaty-Uhr, and Scott Tang will share the model, give some personal examples, and facilitate conversation that will give you new energy on how to make this happen!

    For more information about this program, contact Maggie Shreve at admin@odnchicago.org or 312.730.0041.


    Diana Goldberg

    Diana Goldberg is the new Program Chair of the OD Network of Chicago, an OD practitioner and consultant.  Diana focuses on facilitating transformational change through working across differences, creating shared visions, and establishing sources of stability amidst transitions.  She recently completed her Masters OD through American University.  She is also a member of the OD Network of Chicago Board of Directors.  Diana can be reached at dianagoldbergmsod@gmail.com.

    Adam Malaty-Uhr spends his time thinking about how organizations can help people thrive.  He is a trained Immunity to Change facilitator, Masters Graduate from Harvard University, and founder of Growing at Work (www.growingatwork.com).  Adam combines his experience training combat leaders for the US Army with world-class techniques from Harvard University to maximize the development of those with whom he works.  Adam has supported the development of thousands of leaders in eight countries around the world, and has run leadership development programs at Loyola and DePaul Universities.  His company, Growing at Work, is also a sponsor of the OD Network of Chicago.

    Scott Tang

    Scott Tang is currently Senior Director at Publicis Sapient specializing in organizational research and is a passionate advocate for growing people and teams in organizations.  He leads a global research function while also serving as a quant methodology SME.  He is a Gallup-Certified Strengths coach and leads the Chicago Strengths Meetup group.  Scott holds an MBA in Organizational Behavior and Marketing from the University of Michigan and an SB degree from MIT.  Scott has completed additional leadership Executive Education courses at Michigan and is certified in Appreciative Inquiry from Case Western Reserve University.

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    • February 7, 2019
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Agile and Thriving

    In the dynamic world of business today, organizations must become more agile in order to thrive – and in some cases, merely to survive.  While the increased speed of business enables faster responses to a continually changing environment, it also causes issues with worker burnout and decreased performance.

    In this session, we will explore the topics of Organizational Agility and Positive Organizational Psychology. At an organizational level, agility consists of routines of strategizing dynamically; perceiving environmental change; testing responses; and implementing changes based on the learnings from those tests.  As we work to bring in these new practices, engaging in a positive model of change (such as Appreciative Inquiry) can create sustained energy and enthusiasm and enable teams to focus on the positive future – keyed in on what is going well, instead of continually seeing challenges and obstacles to achieving their goals. This combined model of an agile, thriving team has been found to be highly effective in the VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, & ambiguous) world of business today.

    Join us to learn how you can apply these practices to increase responsiveness, effectiveness, and resiliency in teams by participating in hands-on exercises that bring these concepts to life.

    NOTE BENE:  This program is being offered on the first Thursday of February so that you have the second Thursday (February 14th) to celebrate Valentine’s Day.


    Rachael L. Narel, Ph.D., CISA

    Rachael has spent over 18 years in the IT and software fields, having experience in virtually every functional area of an organization through both team and leadership roles. Her diverse background includes organization development, change management, strategic planning and process improvement, product management and marketing, new product development, and customer service, sales and support.

    Rachael is an Assistant Professor at Benedictine University where she teaches in the Master of Science of Management and Organization Behavior program and continues to pursue research in the areas of Organizational Agility and Thriving.  She also consults in practice at Peters & Associates where she partners with clients and prospects to understand business vision, goals, and challenges, and assists in uncovering business solutions and technology that will help immediately and in the future with a focus on user adoption and change management practices.

    Rachael holds both a PhD in Organization Development and a Master of Science in Management and Organization Behavior from Benedictine University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Biology from Saint Xavier University. She also holds the Certified Information Systems Auditor credentials through ISACA.

    For more information about this program, contact Maggie Shreve, administrator, at 312.730.0041 or admin@odnchicago.org.

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    • March 14, 2019
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm



    Beyond the Boundaries: OD from the Outside In

    As a living field, OD has incorporated thinking from a wide variety of practitioners, academics and disciplines.  In today’s rapidly evolving world of interconnections and increased specialization, there is much we can learn and utilize in our work–from fields we might not have thought much about before.

    In a highly interactive program, we’ll discuss key concepts from diverse fields including their models, vocabulary and core ideas. Working in groups, we’ll have a chance to apply these ideas to our own work, as well as consider implications for our field and the OD Network of Chicago.

    We’ll have fun, generate insights and take home strategies. Our work here will create the input for Part 2 of this program later this year.

    Join “The Incubators” — former OD Network of Chicago presidents and board members — to see what you can discover.


    Neesa Sweet

    Neesa is a past Director of Learning & Development at the Chicago Sun-Times and, over 25 years, has supported change, consulting and communication initiatives at BP, Allianz, Underwriters Labs, American Airlines, Hyatt, Sears, Case IH, Allstate, Xerox and more.  She has worked in industries ranging from retail to pharma, insurance, human services, grocery and safety, and has developed leadership and change- related training, focusing on influence, innovation, systems thinking, values, brain-based leadership, polarity thinking, narrative for business, and communications.  She is a Certified Coach from the Neuroleadership Institute, a Master Practitioner of NLP and certified in Change Management from La Marsh Global.  She is also a writer and video producer.  She is a past president of the OD Network of Chicago and her company is the Braided River Group LLC.

    Mike McGovern

    Mike is a seasoned change management, organizational development and leadership development professional with more than 25 years of experience in a variety of industries including: oil/natural gas, pharmaceuticals, medical technologies, mass media communications, publishing, financial services/insurance, automotive, manufacturing, healthcare, and public transportation. Mike has made contributions in operations, human resources, and information technology as both an internal and external consultant. Mike’s clients and employers have included Dover Corporation, BP/Amoco, Abbott Labs, Navistar, Tribune, the Chicago Transit Authority and State Farm.  Mike is consistently effective in identifying business needs and designing, developing and deploying pragmatic organization effectiveness interventions to build capabilities and improve business performance.  He has an Master’s degree in Organization Development from Loyola University of Chicago and an Bachelor’s degree in Education from DePaul University.

    Eric Sanders

    Eric is a scholar-practitioner in organization development. He has a Ph.D. from Benedictine University, an MBA with concentrations in economics and international business, an MA in economics, and a BS in psychology from other universities. Eric has practiced as a consultant since 2004 with clients in financial services, manufacturing, health care, and non-profits, and worked in retail sales and management for 20 years prior to that. He has taught for most of the past 20 years in several different business schools including Benedictine, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola Chicago and Marquette. He is an active member of the Organization Development Network (past president of OD Network of Chicago), and the Academy of Management where he is the 2018-19 Program Chair of the Management Consulting Division.

    Bruce Mabee

    Bruce has practiced OD for over 40 years, as an internal consultant for 10 years and as an external consultant for 30 years, including 14 years as Managing Partner at Milestone Partners, LLC. He has combined strategy, design and innovative use of problems with Walgreens, ConocoPhillips, Motorola, Rush University and over 135 organizations in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific. He has also designed and taught OD, leadership and strategy programs in eight graduate schools. Bruce holds an MS in Organization Development from George Williams and a BFA in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana. He is a former president of the OD Network of Chicago and has served as a CPLP reviewer ATD’s global award programs for ten years.  NOTE:  Bruce cannot attend the March 14th program but contributed to its design as he has been active with this informal incubators group all year.

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    For more information about this program and dinner, contact Maggie Shreve, administrator, at 312.730.0041 or admin@odnchicago.org.

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    • Fear and Loathing in Consulting
      April 11, 2019
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Event Phone: 3127300041

    Fear and Loathing in Consulting: An Agile Journey to the Heart of the American Dream

    The Hunter S. Thompson novel and article series commented on the experiences of those chasing the American Dream in context of the confusion of the post-1960s counter-cultural movement.   This session will focus on the American Dream of “being your own business.”  It will allow for real work on the issues facing OD practitioners aspiring to ply their trade in a period of economic changes, such as the expansion of helping professions (like “agile scrum masters,” “change management,” and “business partners”) and the challenges of the “gig economy.”

    This session will focus on external OD consulting work. We will gather multiple points of view on the experiences facing contractors, consultants and entrepreneurs; foster connections among participants who have something to share; and set the stage for continuous growth.  We will use a modified “world café” structure to gather data on challenges and opportunities, and then generate best practices from our assembled knowledge base.  Ultimately, the Board of Directors will use the output from this meeting to generate ideas for how OD Network of Chicago can support independent consultants, from the perspectives of consultants themselves as well as those who hire them.


    Deborah Dalzell Murphy, a co-chair of the OD Network of Chicago, will lead us through this experiential exploration.

    Deb has spent the last 30 years developing skills, careers, leaders and organizations.  With a master’s degree in education leadership, she focused on adult development and mentoring.  She leads processes which attract, engage, and develop people’s talents, most recently as the head of HR for a manufacturing firm. She uses OD-related tools in large scale organizational changes like divestitures, acquisitions, and changes in leadership, strategy and systems, as well as smaller scale department or dyadic situations. As the process leader for HRD, she served a leadership team that successfully challenged for the Deming Prize for TQM practices.

    Currently, Deb is the Director of the Institute for Organizational Psychology of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology,  This group consults to external organizations on leadership development, process improvement and facilitating customer focus groups.  She serves on the OD Network of Chicago  Board of Directors and chairs an interest group for the Human Resources Management Association of Chicago (HRMAC).

    For more information:

    Contact Maggie Shreve, 312.730.0041 or admin@odnchicago.org for logistics or questions about this event.

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