Upcoming Events

    • 18 Apr 2024
    • 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
    • The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave, St. Louis, MO 63117 (NO Virtual Option)
    • 88

    Work Through Real Life Challenges in This Collaborative In-Person Event Using Open Space Technology

    Program Summary

    Got a challenge you’d like to work through with a group of colleagues? Or, do you just love sharing ideas and knowledge to help others with their OD challenges? Either way, this is the place to be on April 18, 2024 from 4:15 - 6 PM at The Heights Community Center.

    Program Itinerary

    • Meet & Greet: 4:15 to 4:30
      We invite all attendees to arrive by 4:15 for a chance to network with peers.
    • Kickoff: 4:30 to 4:45
      Your program facilitator will kick the event off by providing a quick overview of the principles of Open Space Technology (OST). We will use this methodology to solution-source in multiple groups working various challenges in a highly interactive session.
    • Small Groups: 4:45 to 6
      It’s all up to you! Those bringing a challenge will be able to describe their situation and small groups will form around the topics that interest them the most. Those bringing the topic will facilitate the small group. Groups can work through as many topics as they have time for.

    Don’t feel you can contribute to a certain challenge? Everyone is invited to use the “law of two feet” at any time to move to another group as needed.

    This is a great opportunity to not just meet more people in your profession, but to get to know them better while working together to solve a challenge. Don’t miss it!

    Please note, the program will begin promptly at 4:30. This is an in-person only event. There will NOT be a virtual option.

    About the Facilitator:

    Dr. Cheryl Throgmorton, EdD, SPHR (she/her) – STL-ODN Programs Volunteer 
    Cheryl is a consultant, coach, 
    facilitator, leader, and educator with over 20 years of organization development and learning, DEI, human resource management and leadership experience in a variety of industries in both internal and external consulting capacities. Cheryl specializes in work that builds organization diversity, equity, and inclusion, grows coworker engagement, and enhances leadership capability. She is a life-long learner who has valued her STL-ODN and ODN memberships for years and enjoys giving back by volunteering with both professional organizations. Cheryl enjoys traveling and hanging out with her beloved cats, family, and friends. She welcomes you to connect on LinkedIn.  


    We look forward to seeing you at this in-person only event. View the STL-ODN Programming Plan for other topics we are excited to share with you this year.

    • 16 May 2024
    • 4:15 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Center of Clayton, 50 Gay Avenue, Clayton MO 63105
    • 99

    Struggling with ways to create a more diverse organization? Join us to learn how!

    Program Summary 

    Creating and Sustaining a Diverse Talent Pipeline

    To diversify your workforce, you first need a diverse pool of job candidates to choose from. Join us at The Center of Clayton (or virtually on Zoom) on May 16 starting at 4:15 for pre-program networking, and then from 4:30 to 6 p.m. to hear from Kesha Kent, BA, MAOL and discover strategies for attracting and retaining diverse talent. She’ll focus on outreach, networking, partnerships, mentorship programs, and other approaches to creating a talent pipeline that matches your firm’s needs.


    • Formulate a real-world plan for connecting with and retaining diverse candidates.
    • Develop ways to better utilize your teams, community, and clients.
    • Define and establish clear, realistic, and measurable ways to connect and build solid relationships.
    • Analyze the art of building teams that are loyal and feel a sense of belonging.

    About the Speaker:

    Kesha Kent, BA, MAOL

    Kesha Kent, BA, MAOL

    Kesha is a wife, mother, a High Energy Speaker, and two-time author. She wrote her first book Networking it’s your Superpower and released it on Juneteenth 2020! She has over 20 years of experience in Talent Development, Training, Development and Talent Acquisition.

    Her current role is National Diversity Talent Strategist with Husch Blackwell, a national Top 100 law firm, with over 800+ lawyers in more than 20 offices across the United States.

    Kesha is a Distinguished Toastmasterthe highest award level within Toastmasters, and Division Director with District 8 Toastmasters International.

    She has shared her expertise as panelist and keynote speaker for media outlets such as Oprah Daily and a diverse group of businesses and organizations, including, Ameren, Hire Level Staffing, Dress for Success, Washington University at St. Louis, to name a few.

    She holds a bachelor’s degree in Management and Leadership and a master’s in Organizational Leadership, both from Judson University.

    Connect with Kesha on LinkedIn.


    We look forward to seeing you at this in-person event with a virtual option via Zoom. View the STL-ODN Programming Plan for other topics we are excited to share with you this year.

    • 20 Jun 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    • 99

    Learn About Organization Design from an Experienced Practitioner

    Organization Design has become a foundational offering for internal HR and OD. Business leaders are expecting internal guidance to create scaled and agile organizations able to move as fast as the external context. This webinar will provide an overview of the core operating model frameworks and methods in organizational design and highlight a few key tools for guiding leadership teams through making strategic organization design decisions.

    In this session, Meredith will cover the following:

    • How to align the organization to the business strategy
    • Importance of blending consulting and analytical skills by asking the right questions, diagnosing root causes, and developing design criteria
    • Review of and practice on how to apply 1-2 key tools that can be applied in the Ambition phase of an operating model and org design project
    • How to anticipate and articulate the advantages and disadvantages of various design options

    About the Speaker

    Meredith Paxton, Senior Manager with Accenture Strategy's Op Model & Org Design Meredith Paxton  – Meredith is a Senior Manager with Accenture Strategy’s Op Model & Org Design practice, partnering with executive leaders across industries to solve difficult business challenges by designing effective organization models that unlock value and fuel growth.

    Meredith has more than 20 years of experience in consulting. With deep expertise in Human Resources, Meredith helped companies optimize their HR function and align HR initiatives to support business strategy. A veteran to program and change management, Meredith understands the unique needs of an organization amid disruption and is a trusted advisor to leaders embarking on organization design and activation. She has worked with clients in diverse industries.

    Meredith has spent most of her career in consulting working for PwC and Accenture. She has also held executive positions in HR at Fidelity Investments and Accelion, a venture capital start-up. She holds a BA in Psychology from Rollins College, and an MBA from The University of Tampa. She is passionate about environmental sustainability and based in Houston, TX.


    We look forward to seeing you at this virtual meeting. View the STL-ODN Programming Plan for other topics we are excited to share with you this year.

Past Events

26 Mar 2024 STL-ODN Special Program with ICF St. Louis - The Neuroscience of Transformation
21 Mar 2024 Learn to Design More Effective Meetings and Engagements!
22 Feb 2024 Change Management in Action
25 Jan 2024 Chart a Meaningful OD Career with the M.O.S.T. Assessment Workshop
29 Nov 2023 Gratitude Gathering: STL-ODN Happy Hour - You're Invited to Share Wisdom, Hear Our Latest Plans, and Help Build a Program
27 Sep 2023 Together Again! (FREE) STL-ODN Member Social Event - You're Invited to Reconnect, Network, and Shape Our Future
09 Mar 2023 Free 2-Day Virtual Workshop: Appreciative Inquiry for Work and Life — Get Hands-On Skills and Learn How to Drive Positive Change for the Future - Part 2: March 16
14 Nov 2022 Free November STL-ODN Connections Café
10 Nov 2022 Evidence-Based Change Management Strategies for Creating a Culture of Innovation
17 Oct 2022 Free October STL-ODN Connections Café
13 Oct 2022 Awkward to Awesome: How to Recruit, Retain & Promote Employees with Cultural Intelligence
19 Sep 2022 Free September STL-ODN Connections Café
08 Sep 2022 Building Cultures for Healthy Conflict Resolution
15 Aug 2022 Free August STL-ODN Connections Café
18 Jul 2022 Free July STL-ODN Connections Café
20 Jun 2022 Free June STL-ODN Connections Café
09 Jun 2022 Toolbox Building: Being and Creating Transformational Leaders in EDI
16 May 2022 Free May STL-ODN Connections Café
12 May 2022 The Human Team: So, You Created a Team But People Showed Up!
18 Apr 2022 Free April STL-ODN Connections Café
14 Apr 2022 Stop Living Life on the Sidelines and Start Living B.O.L.D!
21 Mar 2022 Free March STL-ODN Connections Café
10 Mar 2022 Five Robust Actions to Lead Well During Turbulent, Uncertain Times
24 Feb 2022 Free February STL-ODN Connections Café
10 Feb 2022 Eight Ways to Achieve Change Faster, Easier and Better
13 Jan 2022 How the Practice of Courageous Authenticity Creates Cultures of Belonging
11 Nov 2021 Applying a Culturally-Grounded, Trauma-Informed Approach to OD Consulting
02 Nov 2021 Free November STL-ODN Networking Event
14 Oct 2021 The Entrepreneurial Mindset: A Competitive Advantage for Your Company
05 Oct 2021 Free October STL-ODN Networking Event
09 Sep 2021 Reducing the Fog: Approaches to Effective Employee Onboarding
07 Sep 2021 Free September STL-ODN Networking Event
03 Aug 2021 Free STL-ODN Networking Event
08 Jul 2021 Build Resilience to Recover, Recharge, and Navigate Stress
10 Jun 2021 OD Is an Infinite Game
13 May 2021 Up Your OD A-Game: Neuro-Axiology and the Rise of “Use-of-Self 2.0” (Valuegenic Self-Leadership)
04 May 2021 Free STL-ODN Networking Event
08 Apr 2021 Magical Thinking in Organizations: How to Break An Illusion That Drains People's Energy
11 Mar 2021 Why Agile and Other Forms of Collaborative Organizing Fail, and What to Do About It
11 Feb 2021 Group Coaching Strategies to Build and Statistically Measure Soft Skill Development
14 Jan 2021 Can You Keep Up? Merging Change and Agility During a Pandemic
22 Dec 2020 Free Holiday Networking Virtual Event
12 Nov 2020 Achieving a Staff Engagement Turnaround and What We Learned about Sustaining Gains in the Process
26 Oct 2020 Transformation after Trauma: The Power of Resonance
08 Oct 2020 ALIGNing an organization: How we dumped year end performance reviews and replaced it with a conversation
10 Sep 2020 Culture and Climate: What Emerson Electric has learned and what they are doing about it
26 Aug 2020 Finding Comfort in Discomfort – A Dialogue for OD Professionals about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
09 Jul 2020 Developing Resilient Organizations
11 Jun 2020 Ten Drivers of High Performing Organization June 11th 2020
14 May 2020 Creating the Workplace of the Future with EQi
09 Apr 2020 Human Connection In A Virtual Environment – How are OD professionals meeting the need?
12 Mar 2020 Brain-Based Coaching: Evaluating Interventions Using Psychology and Neuroscience
13 Feb 2020 Unlock the Creative Potential of Your Teams: An Introduction to the Simplexity Method of Applied Innovation
09 Jan 2020 The Courageous Leader: An Introduction to Dare to Lead

About Events

We host a variety of events throughout the year, including monthly programs, 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).  


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.


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.

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