St. Louis Organization Development Network      



We host a variety of events throughout the year, including monthly programs, a conference, happy hours, a holiday party, and a volunteer recognition party.  Our monthly programs are generally held on the second Thursday of every month. Networking begins at 7:30 a.m., and the presentation runs from 8:00-9:30 a.m.  Hot and cold breakfast (including water and coffee) is served throughout.  Presentations and materials from previous events may be available to our members (view members-only content or become a member to gain access to these materials).  

Event Registration

We highly recommend that you register and pay for an event in advance.  We use registration numbers to make our catering order and monitor our space-related needs.  Registration opens a few weeks prior to an event and closes 2 days prior to the event.  Walk-in registrations are welcome as long as we have room for our registered attendees.

Event Registration Cancellation

To cancel your registration, e-mail our Finance Chair at with the subject line "PLEASE CANCEL".

  • If you paid in advance & cancel at least 2 days in advance of the program, you will be refunded for the registration fee (minus a $2 processing fee if you paid by credit card) within 2 weeks. 
  • If you paid in advance BUT DO NOT cancel at least 2 days in advance, you will not receive a refund.
  • If you did not pay in advance & do not cancel, you will be liable for your registration fee.  Login to your account to settle the invoice.

Upcoming events

    • 12 Mar 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Schlafly Bottleworks, 7260 Southwest Avenue-Saint Louis, MO 63143
    • 12

    FREE Annual Members Only Party

    Join us for a fun evening celebrating our organization, making new connections, recognizing our dedicated volunteers, and an interactive program on Changemakers.  Once a year, we like to practice the power of pause and say thank you to all our members and dedicated volunteers.  This year, we are doing that through a new kind of event called our Annual Member Party.  There will be plenty of opportunity to network and socialize with colleagues while enjoying Schlafly food and drink.


    When Marketing meets OD: Professional Change-making for Professionals Who Want to Make Change

    In the 1840s, a physician discovered that it was his peers that were inadvertently killing women in childbirth...and he had the indisputable data to back it up. When he presented his findings, his colleagues excoriated and rejected him.

    They were right to do so.

    In lower Manhattan there is a child’s clothing store that actively practices discrimination.

    It’s patrons - and non-patrons - couldn’t be happier or more thankful.

    It is essential for OD professionals serious about their work to be aware of the dynamics that make - and do not make - change happen for leaders and their organizations. These changes have everything to do with the dynamics embedded within marketing...but not marketing how you think it is. In this session we will not explore product, place, price, and promotion, rather we will explore empathy, status, connection, stories, tension, tribes, and generous attention. Come ready for a dynamic and interactive session.


    Travis Wilson - Intentional Professional

    Travis Wilson has been developing leaders for over 15 years in the higher education, healthcare, energy, and aerospace industries. His work centers around creating bold, intentional leaders that push the boundaries of helping others and furthering society. He has spoken at international conferences and has coached people across the world.

    This will be a special evening of gratitude and celebration. We look forward to seeing you there!


    STL-ODN Executive Team

    Limited Space! FREE RSVP Registration Closes February 28th.

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Emerson Electric global headquarters, Charles F. Knight Learning Center, Training Room “B” 8000 West Florissant, St. Louis, 63136
    • 86

    Presenter: Terrence Donahue, Corporate Director of Learning at Emerson Electric


    This session outlines how a multinational company of 90,000 employees conceived, developed, and executed a global leadership development program that is achieving sustained, relevant, compelling, and credible business outcomes. In the process, Emerson’s Chief Financial Officer became the key advocate for the initiative and delivers the call to action and accountability message.

    Leading at Emerson is a required workshop for all new supervisors, managers, and directors across Emerson’s 67 business entities at over 220 locations around the world. Leading at Emerson was not designed simply as a Leadership Development Course—it was designed as an operating system for how to manage and lead others.

    By following the process outlined in the best-selling book The Six Disciplines of Breakthrough Learning, we will describe how, at each phase, we applied a disciplined and business-oriented approach to create a single and standard global leadership development initiative. We will also describe how Emerson’s CFO became an active advocate for this learning investment. 

    This session will enable you to:

    • Gain commitment from senior executives for investing in leadership development by focusing on business outcomes.
    • Move your leadership training from an “event” to an operating system by designing a complete learning experience for learners and their managers.
    • Increase the transfer of knowledge and skills from learning and leadership development programs by implementing a practical and proven post-workshop implementation phase.

    About the Facilitator

    In his role as Corporate Director of Learning at Emerson Electric (FORTUNE 120), Terrence shapes and supports the performance of current and emerging leaders across the world. He supports the leadership development of 67 Business Units under two Business Platforms. His training and business skills help drive major corporate initiatives in areas such as outcomes-based training, succession planning, leadership development, and learning transfer.

    Terrence has driven results for the organizations he has worked for by introducing world-class practices and making them common practice. He has held both strategic and tactical roles including Senior Vice President of Training and Development and Corporate Director of Learning. Terrence possesses extraordinary depth and breadth of the Corporate Learning Function. He has personally trained over 32,000 people on five continents.

    Map of Emerson Campus

Past events

14 Feb 2019 Leveraging Internal and External OD Expertise - Partnering to Achieve Success and Results
10 Jan 2019 People Can’t Align to a Strategy They Don’t Understand
08 Nov 2018 Strategy Challenges of Culture and Change
11 Oct 2018 High Potential Development: Best - and Next – Practices
13 Sep 2018 Using Surveys Successfully: Best Practices in Survey Design
12 Jul 2018 OD Academic Panel
14 Jun 2018 360 Feedback - The Truth and the Fictions
10 May 2018 OD and LEAN – Partners in Organizational Effectiveness
12 Apr 2018 Passion & Payoff; Energizing the Work Experience
08 Mar 2018 Evaluating OD Interventions
08 Feb 2018 Successful Leadership Transitions: How a Learning & Development Function in a Global Company Created Relevance through a Structured, Disciplined Approach to Leadership Transitions
23 Jan 2018 Volunteer Appreciation & Holiday Party
11 Jan 2018 The Secret Language of Cross-functional Teaming: Getting on the Same Page to Deliver Results
09 Nov 2017 Leading for a Creative Employee Culture
12 Oct 2017 Psychological Dilemmas of Leadership
14 Sep 2017 Ennobling Spirited Leadership: Core Communicative Competencies
10 Aug 2017 Mindset, Mission, & Metacognition: A Lifelong Learning Framework
15 Jun 2017 We Took the Survey, Now What? Using Data to Engage Your Workforce
11 May 2017 Catching Up with the Gig Workforce
13 Apr 2017 “How You Think Is How You Lead”, A Special Extended Program at the Barry-Wehmiller Leadership Institute
09 Mar 2017 Legal and Ethical Issues in Performance Management
09 Feb 2017 Unconscious Bias in our OD Work
26 Jan 2017 Volunteer Appreciation & Holiday Party
12 Jan 2017 Sound Messages, Using Linguistics for Better Communication
10 Nov 2016 Socratic Questioning and Leadership in the 21st Century
13 Oct 2016 Peer Coaching - The Power of Peers
15 Sep 2016 2016 Annual Conference: Sponsorship
15 Sep 2016 2016 Annual Conference - OD's Role in Launching (i)nnovation
11 Aug 2016 This Is Water – A Discussion on Communication and OD
27 Jul 2016 STL-ODN Evening of Networking
09 Jun 2016 Favorite OD Tools
12 May 2016 Large-scale Change Initiatives
14 Apr 2016 Passages
10 Mar 2016 Inside Out Coaching
11 Feb 2016 See Spot Lead
27 Jan 2016 Volunteer Appreciation & New Year Celebration
14 Jan 2016 Applying Energy Leadership to Your Life and Organization
12 Nov 2015 HR Analytics: Building a Winning Team Based on the Data
08 Oct 2015 Experience-based Leadership Development
05 Oct 2015 STL ODN Capital Innovators Program
10 Sep 2015 Mentoring for Employee and Leader Development
13 Aug 2015 Lessons For All Sizes: Developing an OD Culture in Companies Both Big and Small
29 Jul 2015 STL-ODN Evening of Networking
11 Jun 2015 Case Study of Complex Change at Maritz Motivation Solutions
14 May 2015 Continuing the Conversation: Thriving With Organization Development
21 Apr 2015 2015 Annual Conference: Sponsorship
21 Apr 2015 2015 Annual Conference: Thriving with Organization Development
12 Mar 2015 Stakeholders, Strategy, Culture and Success
12 Feb 2015 OD’s Future and Your OD Potential: An Eye Toward Tomorrow
08 Jan 2015 Mastering the Cube: Organization Design for Complex Times
04 Dec 2014 STL - ODN Holiday Party
13 Nov 2014 Strategic Planning for Business Effectiveness and Growth: The Hoshin Kanri Method
10 Oct 2014 The Choice in Establishing Trust and Influence with our Clients
11 Sep 2014 2014 Annual Conference: Transforming… Our Practice, Our Impact, Our Community
14 Aug 2014 Paradox Thinking
31 Jul 2014 STL-ODN Evening of Networking
12 Jun 2014 Monthly Program Canceled
08 May 2014 Strategic Talent Management in a Dynamic Business Environment: A Graybar Case Study
10 Apr 2014 BrandU: Re-energizing Your Leadership Identity
14 Mar 2014 Volunteerism in the OD Community: Leveraging our Expertise for Added Value - Case Study on the United Way Funds Allocation Process
13 Feb 2014 Enhancing OD's Value: 7 Tips on Thinking Like a CEO
29 Jan 2014 Communities of Practice - Change Management Meeting
09 Jan 2014 Learn Like a Child, Lead Like an Adult, Succeed Like a Champion
12 Dec 2013 2013 STL-ODN Holiday Party
14 Nov 2013 Using Coaching to Further the Emerging Leadership Development Agenda
29 Oct 2013 Third Annual STL-ODN Volunteer Recognition and Networking Event
10 Oct 2013 LAB Profile: Language Tools for Successful Interventions
25 Sep 2013 The 2013 STL-ODN Conference: OD's Role in Corporate Strategy
09 Aug 2013 Retaining Talent in Organizations: StrengthsFinder
31 Jul 2013 STL-ODN Summer Happy Hour
13 Jun 2013 Lessons Learned from Practice: A Case Study in OD
10 May 2013 Emotional Intelligence: Implications for Application (FRIDAY program)
11 Apr 2013 Assessing Organizational Health
14 Mar 2013 Executive Assimilation: Accelerating Executive and Organizational Effectiveness
14 Feb 2013 Personal Agility & Organizational Change
11 Jan 2013 Bring It On! Add Magic to Successful Culture Shift (FRIDAY program)
05 Dec 2012 2012 STL-ODN Holiday Party
08 Nov 2012 Strategy Execution As An Organization Development Intervention
12 Oct 2012 Blending Leadership Development and Talent Management: A Case Study at BJC----NOTE: This program is on a Friday
27 Sep 2012 Second Annual STL-ODN Volunteer Recognition and Networking Event
13 Sep 2012 Shaping Change with Social Media: What, when, where, why, how
22 Aug 2012 STL-ODN Mission/Vision Discussion (Open to STL-ODN Members)
09 Aug 2012 Are You Solving the Right Strategic Problem?
26 Jul 2012 An Evening with Warner Burke
20 Jun 2012 An Evening of Conversation
14 Jun 2012 Evaluating OD- Myths and Misconceptions?
10 May 2012 Leadership Development Coaching with The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
12 Apr 2012 Gamifying OD
14 Mar 2012 An Evening of Conversation
08 Mar 2012 Succession Planning, Managing the Future of Talent
29 Feb 2012 The 2012 STL-ODN Conference: The Shifting Role of Organization Development in Business
12 Jan 2012 Identifying Potential and Developing Talent
08 Dec 2011 A New Paradigm for Change Leadership
30 Nov 2011 2011 STL-ODN Holiday Party
13 Oct 2011 You Define 2012: "You Are the Program" Program
28 Sep 2011 Members-Only Networking and Volunteer Recognition Event
08 Sep 2011 Experience the Collective Knowledge of a World Café!
18 Aug 2011 Volunteer Recruitment Event
18 Aug 2011 Strategic Change Management
14 Jul 2011 Summer Break - No July Program
09 Jun 2011 MAPping Performance – A New Path to OD Interventions
12 May 2011 The Shifting Paradigm of Executive Leadership Development: From the Individual to the Collective
19 Apr 2011 An Evening of Conversation
14 Apr 2011 Dilemmas, Challenges, and Opportunities Facing Us as OD Professionals
10 Mar 2011 Organizational Change toward Work-Family Balance
23 Feb 2011 St. Louis OD Network 2011 Conference
13 Jan 2011 Developing Managers Who Can Lead: An Integrated Leadership Development Model at Olin Business School
09 Dec 2010 Holiday Party
18 Nov 2010 Building Virtual Work Organizations
14 Oct 2010 Making Mentoring Matter
09 Sep 2010 Understanding the Power of Competency Modeling
12 Aug 2010 HR and OD: Two Sides of the Same Coin - How can OD effectively partner with HR?
10 Jun 2010 Innovations in Assessing and Designing Organizations
13 May 2010 Driving Business Results through People
11 Mar 2010 Anatomy of Feedback
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