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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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