Upcoming events

    • 09 Mar 2023
    • 16 Mar 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Virtual Event on Zoom
    • 84

    You only need to register once BELOW. Registrants get notifications for each event on March 9 and March 16, 2023.

    Program Summary

      Are you ready to practice a skill to transform your organization or personal initiative?

      Join the Saint Louis Organizational Network’s (STL-ODN) Executive Team via Zoom for an interactive opportunity conducted across two workshops one week apart. We will explore the generative nature of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) as an alternative to problem solving approaches, like Change Management, to reimagine and unlock our organizational potential. You will unleash your creativity while learning practical and actionable skills. Everyone, no matter your role or area of expertise, is welcome to collaborate in this 2-part, virtual, hands-on workshop. We hope you are inspired to learn more to apply within your own life and organization.

      • In the first session on March 9, you’ll get an introduction to core concepts of Appreciative Inquiry, conduct interviews and learn basic features of Miro’s collaborative whiteboard. As we re-imagine STL-ODN as a case study, you will participate in group activities and discussions to create a shared vision for the future.
      • In the final session on March 16, you’ll continue to learn the various tools and techniques that you can use to implement Appreciative Inquiry in your own organization or life. You will turn insights and inspiration from the first session into an action plan.

      Learning Objectives:

      By the end of both sessions, you will have a basic understanding of how to:

      • Apply the Appreciative Inquiry approach of focusing on strengths rather than weaknesses to identify what’s working well within an organization.
      • Conduct Appreciative Inquiry interviews and use the data collected to identify core strength areas and potential for growth.
      • Develop collaborative skills working together to re-imagine an organization or individual initiative using Miro’s virtual whiteboard to map out the strengths and potential.
      • Practice action planning to co-create a new vision for STL-ODN as a case study. As a bonus, all participants will have access to the Miro board used during the workshop and a blank template to conduct their own Appreciative Inquiry sessions.
        Note: Miro offers a free version of the tool.

      About the Facilitators:

      • Cheryl A. Throgmorton, EdD, SPHR (she/her) – Volunteer Chair - LinkedIn
      • Ramona Jones, Senior User Experience Designer (she/her) – Technology Chair - LinkedIn
      • Joani Alsop, MAOL (she/her) – Community Outreach Chair - (99+) Joani Alsop, M.A. | LinkedIn
      • David Mersman, Leadership Consultant for BEATTY (he/him) – Social Media Chair - Email: | Phone: 314-881-2800

      You only need to register once BELOW. Registrants get notifications for each event on March 9 and March 16, 2023.

    Past events

    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).  


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