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

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Upcoming events

    • 10 Jan 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • THE HEIGHTS, 8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights, MO 63117
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    People Can’t Align to a Strategy They Don’t Understand

    A Corporate Executive Board survey found that almost 67% of employees are significantly unproductive because they aren’t clear on what they are supposed to be doing. This lack of clarity is one indicator of misaligned workers and one of the most influential factors in failing to execute strategy. Addressing the lack of clarity starts with the C-suite.  OD leaders can play a signification role in strategy formation and execution by doing two things: 

    • ensuring the C-suite has addressed the most critical strategic questions.
    • ensuring that employees understand how the answers to these questions affect their daily work.

    Andy Kanefield of Dialect, Inc. and Justin Woodard, President of Woodard Restoration & Cleaning, a Dialect client, will lead program participants in discussions that will bring greater clarity on barriers to employee understanding of your strategy and alignment to it.  

    Participants will walk away with the following

    • The most critical strategic questions that every organization must answer.
    • A simple system for understanding how neuroscience helps you translate your strategy to maximize the engagement of your employees.

    About the Facilitators

    Andy Kanefield is the founder of Dialect, IncDialect helps organizations grow faster by aligning their people to their strategy.  Improved alignment can be achieved through recognizing the impact of cognitive diversity--we are each wired differently and are motivated by different parts of an organization's identity.

    The genesis of Dialect was an integration of what Andy learned as the parent of a son with special needs and as a partner in an advertising agency. Andy is currently a member of the Association for Corporate Growth and a board member of The St. Louis Arc, a non-profit agency dedicated to helping individuals with special needs and their families.  He received his B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado.

    As the 3rd generation owner, Justin Woodard currently serves as the President and CEO of Woodard Cleaning & Restoration, a local, family-owned company that helps families and businesses in the St. Louis region clean up and rebuild after fire and water damage.

    In Justin’s tenure with the company he has served in a variety of roles - from IT Manager to CEO and Rug Plant Operations Manager to Vice President of Operations.

    Justin supports organizations dedicated to having diverse conversations about how to create equitable learning and growth opportunities for everyone in our communities. Currently he serves on the Finance Committee at the St. Patrick’s Center and on the boards of Midtown Community Services and We Stories.

    • 14 Feb 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM
    • THE HEIGHTS, 8001 Dale Avenue, Richmond Heights, MO 63117
    • 67

    As organizations scope out OD and Talent strategies, large initiatives, and projects, they must navigate opportunities to leverage internal and external expertise for optimal success and impact for the business.  We will explore successful approaches for making sound decisions about when and how to use internal versus external OD talent, sharing approaches, lessons learned, and success stories. Karrie Carlin has extensive experience in both internal and external OD roles, and has guided clients in determining the OD resources needed for successful initiatives.

    You will leave with specific ideas for:

    • Optimizing ways for your internal talent and external consultants to partner together to create the greatest value for the organization
    • Determining the right balance of internal and external expertise and when to partner externally to gain the greatest benefits and external perspective
    • Client examples, results, and lessons learned about internal and external partnerships.
    • The session will include dedicated opportunities for discussion. You’ll be invited to share your experience, questions and best practices.

    About the Facilitator

    CEO, Performance Impacts

    Karrie has been in organization and strategy consulting with business clients in all types of industries since the late 1990s. She founded Performance Impacts, LLC in 2009 and  has worked with a range of clients, from large Fortune 100 companies to smaller, family-owned businesses and non-profit organizations. Her expertise includes change integration, organizational development, succession planning, executive coaching, assessment, leadership and team development, and strategic planning (

    Prior to founding Performance Impacts, Karrie led the Human Capital consulting practice for MarketSphere Consulting in St. Louis. She also led the Learning and Organizational Effectiveness Consulting Services Team at Edward Jones. Karrie began her career as a consultant in the Strategy, Organization and People Practice at Arthur Andersen in Chicago focusing on Fortune 100 companies.

    Karrie teaches at Washington University in the Human Resources Management graduate program, and serves on
    St. Louis University’s Law School HR Advisory Board.

Past events

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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