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  • Past Events | ODN Chicago | Page 8
    • September 8, 2016
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Based on peer-reviewed research, see the team-centered model 5 teams applied to gain $2+ million in annual performance improvement!  Follow the development and implementation of the “average” to “awesome” process in a series of interactive thought-provoking activities.  Explore the underlying principles in motivation, adult learning, management and systems theory.  Use this method to increase team capacity.

    Gain a new approach to nurturing team collaboration, accountability and empowerment in today’s workforce.

    Participants will be able to:

    1. Assess readiness to apply this process
    2. Ideate potential process impacts
    3. Brainstorm appreciative debrief questions
    4. Craft a pre-launch checklist
    5.    Launch their own version

    Gain a new approach to nurturing team collaboration, accountability and empowerment. Address the desire for more responsibility among much of today’s workforce


    • October 13, 2016
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    We now live and work in an interconnected, transparent, and morally interdependent world. All of us, whether, senior business leaders, professionals, or entrepreneurs, and those of us who consult to those in these roles, must become aware that how we behave and relate to one another is critical to building and sustaining significance. 

    Join us as we explore this classic and up-to-the-minute topic.

    Our presenter is Rob Peters, Founder and CEO of  Standard of Trust

    Rob is a recognized B2B speaker, trainer, and advisor on building social credibility, social selling, and earning relationship capital for sales growth and organizational effectiveness. Recognized as #1 Resource on Networking and Relationship Capital by Relationship Science. Author of the 2014 book: “Standard of Trust Leadership: Transforming Business Cultures Through Purpose, Performance, and Relationship Capital

    The Standard of Trust, A Relationship Capital Benefit Corporation has developed a breakthrough web app called PE-ER Performing Excellence-Engaging Recognition. PE-ER is designed to reward individuals for their kept-commitments and recognition through relationship capital points (RCPs), Appreciation Badges, and Performance Level Trophies.

    Rob is a trusted resource and advocate for industry standards of Relationship Capital (RC) assessment, capture, measurement, and utilization. Since 2005, he has played a significant role in the creation of industry standards and best practices for the capture of RC. 

As a relationship builder with 25+ years of large-account new-business development experience, Rob and his teams created new business clients that generated revenue & profits for iGATE, Capgemini Financial Services, Headstrong, Keane, Romac International and IBM.

    Rob’s business experience resulted in a passion: enabling business leaders and their companies to build and maintain high performing cultures of purpose, mastery, and earned relationship capital that results in greater trust, risk-taking, innovation, and financial results.

    Mr. Peters is an active volunteer for Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. Rob holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and MBA from DePaul University.


    • November 10, 2016
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Many factors impact the performance of an organization – one of the major drivers is the design of the organization – structure, roles, processes, metrics, technology, people-talent, culture. Organizations are like complex machines that have multiple elements that must come together in the right way to effectively and efficiently deliver the desired end-result.

    Designing organizations can be complex and challenging:

    Where should I start?
    How do I link the elements of the organization together?
    How do I ensure they are aligned to the strategy of the organization?
    Many business leader’s inclinations are to draw an organization chart and focus on the organizational structure and believe the other elements of an organization – roles, policies, processes, skills & talent, metrics, goals, technology, culture, etc.. will fall into place.

    It is not until after they have launched the restructure and confusion and chaos ensues they then attend to other elements of an organization and try to patchwork the organization together.

    There’s got to be a better way!

    Transforming and restructuring an organization requires a systematic approach to designing the organization and aligning it to the strategy and desired outcomes.

    Come and learn:

    1. Keys to successful organizational redesign

    2. Steps to designing a high performing organization

    3. How to integrate change management strategies in the organization design process

    Jeff Chan is president and founder of Chan Management Consulting, a consulting firm that partners with senior leaders to dramatically improve organizational performance. Jeff is an expert in Change Management and Organization Development with over 20 years of experience working globally with wide variety of organizations across a number of industries. Jeff specializes in Change Adoption & Acceleration, Organization and Business Transformation, Talent Management, Process Reengineering, High Performance team development and Balanced Scorecard development. Clients of Chan Management Consulting include: CME Group, Illinois Tool Works, Baxter, Baxalta, Grainger, Navistar, DeVry, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sealed Air, US Bank, Aspire of Illinois, Mondelez, McCain Foods and many others.

    Jeff is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin Business School Executive Education Program teaching and working with companies on Change Management and Organization Effectiveness. Jeff has served as a Baldrige senior examiner for the Illinois Performance Excellence program and on the Board of Directors for the Association of Change Management Professionals and a sought after Change Management speaker and expert.

    Prior to starting Chan Management Consulting in 20016, Jeff held numerous senior level roles in General Management, Human Resources and Organization Development for companies such as Amoco Corporation, Hewitt Associates, Spiegel, Sears Roebuck, and British Petroleum.

    Jeff has a Masters degree in Labor and Industrial Relations with an emphasis in Organization Development from Michigan State University.


    • December 8, 2016
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Are you an open-minded person? Of course you are! It’s other people who are the problem, right? Sometimes trying to communicate with them is frustrating, drains your energy, and feels nearly impossible.

    But guess what? Those people think they are open-minded too, and they probably think you’re the problem.

    What if you could turn the desert of miscommunication that exists into an oasis where you can have refreshing conversations that will lead to empathy, insight and reach mutually beneficial agreements?

    Join Ann Van Eron as she draws on scientific brain research and her years of coaching experience to teach ODNC the OASIS Conversations process to achieving mind-opening connections with others.

    Find out why global organizations, Fortune 500 corporations, and even families are benefitting from the OASIS Conversations process.

    • Learn how to minimize misunderstandings and reap amazing results.
    • Learn to lead with an open mindset to ensure unparalleled results.

    • January 12, 2017
      6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Facilitated by: Kiersten Rippeteau
    Presented by: Kiersten Rippeteau & Bruce Mabee


    • February 9, 2017
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
    In this hands-on session highlighting the Localism
    movement, you’ll experience how communities,
    community organizations, and activists are using
    OD tools to make critical connections and
    turn individual actions into social change.
    BIO:
    Ellen Shepard is part of a new breed of economic
    development professionals taking a community-based
    approach to fostering vibrant neighborhoods and towns.
    Her company, Community Allies (communityallies.net),
    is focused on building community wealth and
    resilience through thriving, sustainable localized
    economies, with locally owned businesses and a joyful
    sense of place.
    Along with economic development consulting,
    Community Allies providesorganizational and leadership
    coaching tonon-profits and social enterprises in order to
    deepen their impact.
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    • July 13, 2017
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    A triple header program includes #1 – How Innovation, Technology, and Collective Action are Transforming Our Practices and Profession, #2 –Digital OD: Innovation for Change Leaders and Virtual Teams, and #3 – a session for all you big thinkers on Pandisciplinary OD. Topics preview the Fall ODN conference here in Chicago.

    We will also welcome our new board members and celebrate a really amazing year!

    We hope to see you here… and there!


    • August 10, 2017
      5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    Our program will explore how OD practices can support innovation at the various stages of a business’s growth cycle.

    • Start-Ups We will discuss the unique needs of start-ups and the various organizations in Chicago that support these businesses as they go from concept to viable proven businesses.
    • Rapidly Growing Businesses We will then examine the challenges faced by businesses after they have proven their business concept and begin to experience explosive growth and demand for their products and services. We will explore the extensive OD interventions needed to build the infrastructure and capabilities necessary to be successful in this phase.
    • Mature Businesses We will then examine the needs of mature businesses as they take steps to create, nurture and sustain an entrepreneurial culture.

    Our approach will include a panel discussion, Q&A and a group exercise as a means to creating an engaging learning experience.

    Our presenters will include

    • George Vukotich is currently Managing Partner at FinTank, a newly established incubator for Financial Industry start-ups. As Senior VP of Programming, George also played a key role in establishing 1871 as the nation’s most successful incubator. George has extensive experience as a Leadership Development and OD Consultant and has worked for companies such as BP/Amoco and Navistar. George holds a PhD in Organization Development with a focus on Organization Culture.
    • Michael McGovern, Principal at Turn-Key Performance Solutions. Mike has extensive experience in the practice of OD in mature businesses such as Abbott Labs, BP/Amoco and Navistar. Mike also possesses a Master’s Degree in Organization Development from Loyola University of Chicago. Mike’s areas of expertise include Leadership Development, Organizational Development and Change Management.