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OD Network to Host Annual Conference in Chicago

The Organization Development Network is set to host their annual conference at the Loews Chicago O’Hare in Chicago, Ill. The multi-day event will take place from Oct. 14-17 and will encourage participants to think differently about their work, not as intervention but rather as innovation and delivering impact.

The theme of the OD Network’s 2017 conference is “The Call of Our Time: OD Innovating for Impact” with plenary and concurrent sessions hosted by leading experts in leadership, business and community building. The conference will feature a blend of insight from thought-leaders and practitioners with hands-on action learning in multi-stakeholder client systems.

Featured on the conference schedule are:

  • The High-Performance, Horizontal Model: What Is It — and What Can We Learn from Maersk’s Transformation? – from Howard M. Guttman, a renowned OD practitioner, author, and founder of Guttman Development Strategies; and Ulf Hahnemann, CHRO, Maersk
  • What Time is It … Are We Cracking Up or Cracking Open? – from Frances Baldwin, EdD, founder of Designed Wisdom; Juanita Brown, PhD, co-founder of the World Café and founder of Whole Systems Associates; and Stephanie Brown, MSOD, collaboration designer and graphic facilitator
  • The 21st Century Growth Culture: If Not This, What? – from Andy Fleming, CEO and founder of Way to Grow, Inc., and co-author of An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization with Harvard’s Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey, Matthew L. Miller and Deborah Helsing
  • A hands-on collaborative action session: Business Transformation in Organization Effectiveness: An Engagement with Allstate. During this unique opportunity, participants will work with Allstate executives to examine a real-time transformational challenge and apply their OD expertise to propose recommended interventions. Swiss futurist Jens U. Hansen will be leading the workshop activities.

There is a full schedule of pre-conference sessions available and OD Network will offer more than 40 concurrent sessions as well as CEUs for participants. View the complete OD Network conference schedule on their website to plan a weekend itinerary.

“The pace of change we experience in the world today makes it almost impossible for complex organizations to stay nimble enough to effectively adapt their structure, so we focused on hosting a conference that paved the path for organizations to be creative, inspirational, and, most importantly, practical for their members,” said Martha Kesler, (pictured above) chair of the Board of Trustees at OD Network.

The Organization Development Network was established in 1968 by founders in the field of organization development. OD Network leads the profession and its practitioners in creating effective, healthy organizations. Guided by clearly-articulated values, principles, and ethical standards, the OD Network serves change agents by creating a global community for exchanging best practices, opportunities to interact with thought leaders and access to leading edge practices, tools and technologies. As a result, members create change and sustainable impact in today’s organizations, communities and beyond. For more info, visit the OD Network 2017 conference webpage.


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