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U.S. & Europe Organization Development Networks Announce New Partnership Agreement

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 29, 2017

ST. PAUL, MN (August 23, 2017) -- The Organization Development Network is pleased to announced a new three-year international partner agreement with OD Network Europe.

“This new pact will not only continue this important partnership, it will pave the way for increased understanding and solution management for organization development practitioners on both sides of the Atlantic,” said Martha Kesler, chair of OD Network. “The partnership brings OD practitioners one step close to understanding and addressing global organization development issues.”

In developing the new agreement, OD Network investigated what it means to be a superior performer as an OD professional in today’s world. As a result, they have begun to build The Global OD Practice Framework® which provides a resource guide with real-life examples that demonstrate the behaviors, skills and other characteristics necessary to be successful.

The NHS Confederation, based in London, England, focuses on representing and supporting their members on key issues facing health and care services. With this international partnership agreement in place, both OD Network entities are excited about leveraging this opportunity to engage other countries throughout the world.

“Building on our partnership with OD Network is a critical part of our mission to support organizations in becoming more effective and healthy through advancement of theory and practice of OD,” said Suzanne Padovani, co-chair of the ODN Europe Board. “Learning and sharing, we are stronger together!”

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In Memory: Dr. Mila Baker

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 29, 2017

We are saddened to share the news that Dr. Mila Baker died last week of a sudden cerebral aneurysm.

Former board chair Matt Minahan shared his memories of Dr. Baker:

Dr. Mila Baker

Mila was a young 71 years old, and touched many in our field as a teacher of OD, an educational administrator, an OD consultant, an author and speaker.

Mila was very involved in the OD Network, serving on the board for several years in the early 00s and as its chair in 2003, during which she led several important changes for the Network and how it operates.

She served on numerous OD Network project teams, including a branding project, a career development project, a mentoring and coaching project, and several committees. She was an adviser to board in 2010 and 2011, helping the Network steer itself out of a financial crisis and back into solvency.

I had the personal privilege to work with Mila on two projects. She led a major coaching program when she was internal at Merck, engaging dozens of OD consultants and coaches in a program which used a groundbreaking computer algorithm to match candidates' needs and interests with those of coaches.

Our paths also crossed as part of the Org Learning and Change consulting practice at The World Bank, including her long standing efforts to bring competency development to an organization that demanded it but didn't want it. She outlasted all the rest of us in her dogged determination to do what was right for the staff of the Bank, over above and beyond the call of duty.

We also worked together as members of NTL. When we formed Communities of Practice some 15 years ago, Mila was one of the first stewards of our Education CoP. And Mila was active in the OD and Change and Management Consulting Divisions of the Academy of Management, due to present a session in August in Atlanta.

I had the benefit of her wise counsel when I was in role on the board of the OD Network these past few years, during which Mila was always a ready ear and full of good advice.

I loved working with her and knowing her, and the more I did so, the more I loved it, and her.

I miss you, Mila.

Read more about her life at:

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Annual Conference CFP Deadline Extended to March 28

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 20, 2017

The Program Committee is providing 7 additional days for you to submit your proposal for the 2017 OD Network Annual Conference! Take advantage of this opportunity to share your best work, and join the distinguished OD Network community by submitting your proposal before Tuesday, March 28.

Before you submit your proposal, take a look at the Tips Sheet from our Program Committee to help you with your submission. Please note that each abstract will be limited to 150 words.  

We are seeking sessions on topics relevant to the theme The Call of our Time: OD Innovating for Impact and sub-themes: Technology, Collective Action, and Innovation.

Submit your proposal today!

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New Year (re)New Your Membership

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Happy New Year from OD Network! If you haven't already, be sure to renew your membership with the Network so you can continue to have full access to all member benefits, including the new Global OD Practice Framework™

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December Network News

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2016
Catching up on some light industry reading between holidays? Make sure you read the December issue of Network News to stay in the know about new offerings and updates happening in OD Network. 

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