Upcoming events

    • 09 Jun 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Zoom - registration link will follow
    • 95

    Summary: Due to the inherent nature of oppression and power, many people, including seasoned organizational development (OD) practitioners, are ill-equipped to address issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and related issues of power in meaningful and sustainable ways. In pursuit of our goals to be and train transformational leaders capable of addressing our greatest challenges as a society (e.g. ‘the Great Resignation,’ political tension, national mental health crisis, various-isms, etc.), OD practitioners must continue to build a ‘toolbox’ of resources to help us in our personal and professional roles as change agents.

    This presentation will introduce participants to the Cycle of Liberation, a framework that helps OD practitioners…

    1. Conceptualize oppression (i.e., racism, sexism, xenophobia, etc.) in various contexts and
    2. Identify action steps OD practitioners can take in intrapersonal, interpersonal, and systemic contexts as developing change agents.

    Learning objectives  

    In this session participants will…

    • Learn The Cycle of Liberation – A tool to help conceptualize and organize positive action in personal and professional roles as (EDI) change agents
    • Explore practical ‘next steps’ as a change agent at the individual, interpersonal, and institutional levels
    • Co-create dialogue with fellow practitioners to explore and apply the Cycle of Liberation within their organization.

    About the Facilitator:

    Photo of speaker, Dr. Reuben

    Dr. Reuben is a multi-talented human who is driven by passion for maximizing innate potential in people and organizations. He combines skills acquired as Division-I-student-athlete, educator, licensed psychologist, speaker, consultant, and artist into engaging speaking and training experiences that are aimed at enhancing wellness, communication and leadership skills within our human community.

    Dr. Reuben works across industry. Former clients include: The American Psychological Association, Harvard University, Berklee College of Music. With humor, passion, compassion, intellect, and a collaborative style, Dr. Reuben offers invitations for individual and organizational transformation.

    • 14 Jul 2022
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Zoom - registration link will follow
    • 100

    Employers have long-maintained a company-first approach to attracting, hiring, onboarding, and retaining talent (a.k.a. Human Resources). Today's labor market shifts control from the employer to the people who have the talent that employers need to operate their businesses. Here are a few common HR practices that don't work anymore.

    • Cumbersome HRIS job applications
    • Premature personality assessments
    • Unorganized recruiting process
    • Insufficient communications (pre- and post-hiring)
    • Weak onboarding processes
    • Inconsistent company culture (supervisor-specific culture)
    • Non-competitive compensation/benefit plans
    • Unclear workplace value propositions 

    Top talent has plenty of options and will make their employment choice based on these People Operations factors. So how competitive are you? This panel brings together leaders in reputation management, culture content, systems automation, recruiting, and human resources to discuss top changes in People Operations that will determine who wins and who loses in today's labor market. Change is upon us, and our organizations must adapt to the evolving market conditions.

    Learning objectives

    This session will enable you to:

    • Work across departments to maximize team member experience and value
    • Improve process, measurability, and management of Recruiting, Onboarding, and Retention
    • Differentiate your organization from others in the competition for talent
    • Augment your HR/OD practices with the capabilities of Revenue Operations expertise

    About the Panel:

    Tara Kinney  - Moderator

    Lauren Fast - Reputation Management & Culture Content

    April Bryant - Attracting Applicants (Social Media and Digital Advertising)

    Joel Emery - Hiring & Recruiting Processes (Stages, Measurable Pipelines & Hiring Change Management)

    Steph Nisson - Process Automation

    See Speaker Bios to learn more about the panel: Revolving Doors Panel - Speaker Bios.pdf

Past events

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.


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