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    • 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

    • 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).

    • 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).

    • March 11, 2021 - April 8, 2021
      6:00 pm - 8:15 pm

    March 11th and April 8th — 2021

    These are regular program dates.  We send emails to subscribers whenever a program is available for registration.