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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

Description:
The DC Area OD Practitioners CoP provides a supportive and learning community for new and experienced practitioners, both internal and external.

Our mission and vision is to:
● Provide an opportunity for people to learn from the presenters and their colleagues.
● Share successes and challenges in working with clients.
● Enhance participants’ competence and confidence in their OD work.

Meeting Frequency:
First Thursday of the month, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., September through June.

Meeting Venue: Meetings through June 2020 will all be virtual by Zoom

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room B
4805 Edgemoor Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814
Convenient to Bethesda Metro.
Note: Because there are monthly expenses, a $5.00 contribution from each person is appreciated.

Directions:  If you are getting off at the Bethesda Metro, around the corner is the entrance to the building, 4805 Edgemoor Lane.  If you need to, use Google Maps or Waze to find it. When you go in the door take the elevator to the 2nd floor and we are in Room B.  If you are driving, there is a County parking garage just below the B-CC Regional Services Center.  It is the building where the CoP is located.  Entrances are at 7601 Woodmont Ave. and around the corner from the 4805 Edgemoor Lane building entrance.  For both entrances there are signs above them that say Bethesda Center.  There has been a recent change.  There used to be two working elevators that go from the garage up to the floor where the B-CC Regional Services Center is.  Now there is only one.  When you park, take the Old Georgetown elevator and follow the directions to the B-CC Regional Services Center. 


Leader: Mark Sachs
email: ma.sachs@verizon.net
www.markasachs.com

phone: 301-588-3858

Mark Sachs has been an external OD consultant and executive coach for more than 15 years and he works with clients in the areas of organizational diagnosis, managing change, teamwork, and boundary management. He holds a Masters degree in Organization Development from the American University/NTL Institute Program, and BA and MA degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University. Mark is an International Coaching Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Upcoming events

    • 07 May 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Zoom link and password will be included in the registration confirmation email
    Register

    DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - Virtual Session Only

    Member Registration: FREE

    Non-Member Registration: $5 (please see our Cancellation Policy below)

    Topic: From the Stage to the Organization: Applying Improv Principles as an OD Practitioner 

    Description:  Improv (Improvisational theater) is a form of theater in which the performance unfolds spontaneously, without a script. All the characters, story, and dialogue are created through the collaboration of all the performers in real-time. Improv is not completely unstructured, it is based on a series of principles that guide the action between the performers. These principles, when applied in our lives, or into an organization, can provide new opportunities that might have been hidden before.

    During this session, participants will learn how some of the improv guiding principles can be inter-changeable as OD principles such as:

    • Co-creating reality
    • Active listening
    • Mindfulness
    • The power of agreement
    • Re-framing
    • Trust and risk-taking

    This virtual & interactive conversation will last 75 minutes, and it is intended to provide participants with a clear idea of the guiding principles, as well as opportunities to apply them on a personal level and in the organizations we interact with.

    Presenters:  Marytony Torres

    Maria Antonieta Torres is a training consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank. She received her undergrad in Business Administration from Tecnologico de Monterrey in her natal town Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  After graduating, she worked mainly for NGO’s as a fundraiser and recruiter. In 2009 she moved from Mexico to Arlington, VA to work as a Training and Development consultant for the Organization of American States. During her 6 years working for the OAS, she developed and piloted a departmental recognition system for HR, an innovation pipeline, several HR related projects and Coordinated the Staff Awards (biggest recognition event) for the organization.

    Since 2016, she is a Training Consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, working on change management initiatives related to Information Management and the implementation of a new Document Repository for the entire Bank.  In August 2018, she began her master’s degree in ODKM at George Mason University, expecting to graduate in May 2020.

    CoP Leader:  Mark Sachs, ma.sachs@verizon.net, www.markasachs.com

    Mark has been an OD consultant and executive coach for more than 20 years.  He enjoys seeing his clients and their organizations take steps to change, and when they are successful it gives him great pleasure.  He earned his MS in OD from the American University/NTL Institute and MA and BA degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University.  He is an International Coaching Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC). 

    Cancellation Policy: CBODN Members may cancel registration up to 24 hours in advance by logging into CBODN and returning to this event page.  Non-members may not cancel their registration.  No refunds will be provided.

    • 04 Jun 2020
    • 6:30 PM - 7:45 PM
    • Zoom link and password will be included in the registration confirmation email
    Register

    DC Area OD Practitioners CoP -  Virtual Session Only

    Member Registration: FREE

    Non-Member Registration: $5 (please see our Cancellation Policy below)

    Topic: Starter Kit: Essential Steps to Starting Your Consulting Business

    Description:  Starting a business is a big step!  While it can be exciting, it also can be overwhelming and confusing.  What is the best strategy and structure for the desired business? What licenses and registrations are necessary? What support is needed to be successful? etc. These are questions every business owner must answer. Yet, often the answers – and sometimes even key questions – are not easily understood. 

    With 20+ years’ of experience as independent OD practitioners and business owners,  Barry Coleman and Jackie Bsharah will share a strategic framework for business start-ups. This experiential workshop is designed to help current and aspiring business owners explore the necessary elements to starting a small consulting business.

    Presenters:  Jackie Bsharah and Barry Coleman

    Using a strengths-based, client-centered approach, Jackie Bsharah empowers her coaching clients to achieve results, often far beyond their own expectations. Jackie has been called “a game changer” for her ability to support and promote both individual and systems-level change. She is particularly proficient at identifying and reframing self-limiting beliefs to help her client’s create the foundation for sustainable change.  Additionally, Jackie fearlessly engages with resistance and conflict, transforming them into energy and momentum for learning and development. Jackie has worked with clients from around the globe including India, Singapore, the U.K. and the Middle East. The organizations with which Jackie has successfully worked include the National Institutes of Health, Virtusa, the Association for Chinese Americans, the Department of Educate, the Census Buruea, OTR Wheel Engineering, Blackstone, and the city of San Francisco.

    Before becoming an executive coach, Jackie covered national and international news for The Associated Press (AP) broadcast division. She worked her way up from a nine-month temporary position to becoming Executive Productor (EP) of Audio/Radio News, overseeing coverage of small-and-large scale news events.  Dr. Bsharah covered some of the world’s biggest stories, including being on the team that won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    She has a Ph.D. in Human and Organization Systems and a M A. in Human and Organization Systems from Fielding Graduate University, an M. S. in Organization Development from American University, and a B. S. in Broadcast Journalism from West Virginia University.

    Barry Coleman is an Organization Development consultant specializing in training, design and facilitation, coaching, diversity and inclusion management and leadership development. Barry has more than 25 years of experience and has earned an excellent reputation as a strategic human capital professional. He has experience in a broad range of industries including government, newspapers, financial services, insurance and labor unions. His clients include: Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Institutes of Health, American Federal State County and Municipal Employees, and Sodexo Inc.

    Barry is skilled in group dynamics and has achieved outstanding results with large and small group facilitation assignments. Many of his coaching clients have experienced consistent,long-lasting success and recognition for their performance. Barry has worked with several organizations developing and delivering training programs, ranging from customer service skills to leadership and management courses.

    Barry earned a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University National Training Laboratory Institute, and a Bachelor Degree in Advertising from Pennsylvania State University. He is currently Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Creative Leadership. He also is a member of the National Training Laboratory Institute (NTL), Maryland Association of Facilitators Network (MAFN), International Coaching Federation (ICF) in addition to several other professional organizations.

    CoP Leader:  Mark Sachs, ma.sachs@verizon.net, www.markasachs.com

    Mark has been an OD consultant and executive coach for more than 20 years.  He enjoys seeing his clients and their organizations take steps to change, and when they are successful it gives him great pleasure.  He earned his MS in OD from the American University/NTL Institute and MA and BA degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University.  He is an International Coaching Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC). 

    Cancellation Policy: CBODN Members may cancel registration up to 24 hours in advance by logging into CBODN and returning to this event page.  Non-members may not cancel their registration.  No refunds will be provided.

Past events

02 Apr 2020 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Embodied Business: Bringing Body Awareness Into Our OD Work"
05 Mar 2020 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Getting Past Negativity in the Workplace"
06 Feb 2020 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Facilitating Change from the Inside Out: A Systems Approach to Improving Performance at the Individual and Organizational Levels"
09 Jan 2020 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Strengths, Values and Story-Types Exploration for the Intersection of OD and Coaching"
05 Dec 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Working with Difficult Client Situations and Ones that Were Easy"
07 Nov 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Peer Learning Circles: A Simple Yet Powerful Tool for Building Trust and Supporting Change"
03 Oct 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Resilient Leadership - Approaches and Tools"
05 Sep 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "The Creative Force of Resistance - a Gestalt Perspective for OD Practitioners"
06 Jun 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "How to Help Your Clients Create Extraordinary Outcomes"
02 May 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Non-Violent Communication (NVC): A Framework for Navigating Conflict and Discovering Alignment"
04 Apr 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Coaching and Organizational Development: What Is the Relationship?"
07 Mar 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "You've Hired a Graphic Recorder, Now What? The Why, What, How, and When of Partnering with a Graphic Recorder"
07 Feb 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "The Brain and Body Connection to Behavior, Connection, and Change"
03 Jan 2019 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "The Phenomenon of the Black Panther: A Convergence of Pop Culture and OD"
06 Dec 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Getting What You Want: Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Others"
01 Nov 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Time to Expand Our OD Discipline? Here Comes Knowledge Management and Conversational Leadership!"
04 Oct 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Working with Difficult Client Situations"
06 Sep 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Increase Internal Capacity - Build Peer Coaching and Learning Skills"
07 Jun 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Resilient Leaders Build Resilient Organizations"
03 May 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Storytelling: A Powerful Tool for Professional Success and Personal Fulfillment"
05 Apr 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "What It’s Like To Do International OD Work"
01 Mar 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Objectifying Trust: Seven Key Considerations"
01 Feb 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Moving Dialogues: A Movement-Based Methodology"
04 Jan 2018 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Can Mindfulness Practices Enhance Your Use-of-Self?"
14 Dec 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Having Fun Learning: Team Development Games That for Some Reason Work Around the World – Part II"
02 Nov 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Leadership Coaching and OD"
05 Oct 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners Community of Practice - A New Look at Use of Self
07 Sep 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners Community of Practice - An Appreciative Approach for Thriving through Conflict
01 Jun 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - Having Fun Learning: Team Development Games That for Some Reason Work Around the World
04 May 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - Neurology for OD Practitioners
06 Apr 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "So, Are You Interested in Becoming an External OD Practitioner?"
02 Mar 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - The Focused Conversation Method - Reclaiming Conversations in Diverse Stakeholder Groups
02 Feb 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "How to Be a Better Collaborator"
05 Jan 2017 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Food for Thought"
01 Dec 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "External OD Consulting - Managing Work and Career Uncertainties"
03 Nov 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Journey Management Workshop..."
06 Oct 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Your Development..."
01 Sep 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "From Science to Practice..."
02 Jun 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Doing the OD Tango"
05 May 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "The Five (Simple) Practices of Exemplary Leadership"
07 Apr 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "What Happens After You Leave?"
03 Mar 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Crafting a Partnership that Works"
04 Feb 2016 DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Using Simulated Experience to Develop Managers"
07 Jan 2016 New OD Practitioner's CoP - "Case Study of a New Performance Feedback Program"
03 Dec 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Three Inextricable Links Between Leadership & Organizational Development"
05 Nov 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Aspects of Life"
01 Oct 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Design Thinking"
03 Sep 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Deliver Workshops That Bring In Clients"
04 Jun 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Swimming in Symbolism: Using Imagery as a Change Tool"
07 May 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Powerfully Agile Thinking"
02 Apr 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Others"
05 Mar 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Design Thinking"-CANCELLED
05 Feb 2015 New OD Practitioners CoP - "Building Your OD Reputation One Piece At a Time"
08 Jan 2015 New OD Practitioners SIG - "Ethical Dilemmas for OD Practitioners"
04 Dec 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "Constellations - A Sea Change in Change Methodologies"
06 Nov 2014 Cancelled: New OD Practitioners SIG - "Design Thinking"
02 Oct 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "The Case for OD Partnership During Executive Transitions"
04 Sep 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "Action Learning for Leadership Development"
05 Jun 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "Navigating Personal and Professional Change with Robust Support Systems"
03 Apr 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "What Leads to Success!"
06 Mar 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "The Metrics of Any Organizational Performance"
06 Feb 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "Polarity Thinking and Approach: A Meta-theory for Consultant/Coaches to Use for Organizations, Teams, and Leaders"
02 Jan 2014 New OD Practitioners SIG - "How to Help Leaders and Organizations Get Unstuck Using Hersey & Blanchard’s Situational Leadership Model"
05 Dec 2013 New OD Practitioners SIG - "Your Brand As an OD Practitioner"

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