Upcoming Events

    • 18 Jul 2024
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    • 87

    The St. Louis Organization Development Network (STL-ODN) is inviting you to a non-traditional program –  A FREE OD Book Club Conversations Session

    STL-ODN members and guests can participate in one of three virtual book discussions during our meeting time, 12-1:30 pm CDT on Thursday, July 18, 2024.

    Whether you’re looking to develop your consulting skills or build strategic planning skills in internal communications or organizational learning, we’ve got you covered with our three offerings:

    Registration is now open so that you have time to obtain and read the book you plan to discuss. Here’s how it will work.

    1. Pick a skill-building area and buy one of the above books.
    2. Register to attend and identify your book selection.
    3. Invite a colleague or your whole team to join!
    4. Get reading! Jot down notes and insights as you go.
    5. Attend the session.
    6. After a brief introduction, we’ll put you in the appropriate breakout room based on your registration.
    7. You’ll connect with OD colleagues while building critical skills and learning new approaches to increase your impact at work.


    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.

    • 15 Aug 2024
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • The Heights, 8001 Dale Ave, St. Louis, MO 63117
    • 98

    Join us on August 15, 2024 from 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. (7:45 am check-in, coffee and conversation) at The Richmond Heights Community Center to hear from five experienced organizational development leaders on the State of Leadership Development. During this discussion, each speaker will have the opportunity to share best practices and examples of successful execution on one or more of the following topics:

    • Mapping leadership / people management skills in an organization
    • Program design and evaluation
    • Assessment tools and coaching
    • Coaching-based learning journeys
    • Participant selection and stakeholder buy-in

    Q&A will follow the prepared presentations.

    About the Panelists

    Ryan McCreaRyan McCrea, Head of Learning and Leadership Development at Ameren – Ryan McCrea leads a team focused on corporate learning and development programs. Prior to Ameren, Ryan was Vice President – Manager of Talent Development at Commerce Bank. In this position, he launched a corporate-wide professional development program, while overseeing the strategy around people and leadership growth. Ryan has certifications in Situational Leadership, 4 Stages of Psychological Safety, DiSC, MBTI and is also a Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach. He received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Southern Indiana and a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

    Steph AupingSteph Auping, Co-founder and Chief Learning Officer, Leadership & Co - Steph Auping focuses on cultivating skillsets, nurturing a curious mindset and amplifying leadership impact in her work to prepare leaders to excel in today’s complex business environment. In both her current position and her past role as a founding faculty member of CEB/Gartner's Leadership Academies, Steph has effectively led career-defining leadership development programs for leaders across a wide range of major industries in 25 different countries. Steph holds a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Secondary Education, as well as a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management. Currently, she is working on her doctoral dissertation in Organization and Management with a focus on Generation X leaders.

    David RowanDavid Rowan, Ph.D., Vice President, Organizational Consulting at Psychological Associates – Dr. Rowan has a background in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on training professionals to improve leadership capabilities, interpersonal effectiveness, and communication skills. He has experience working with executives from Fortune 500 to smaller, family-owned businesses in a variety of industries, including public accounting, financial planning, business-to-business operations, retail, hospitality, education, technology, healthcare, heavy industry, manufacturing, not-for-profit, and others. Dr. Rowan has also assisted human resources and people leaders with designing and implementing succession plans and career advancement pathways. He holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Illinois Institute of Technology, and a B.A. in Psychology, Grinnell College.

    Gretchen PettetGretchen Pettet, Senior Talent Development Consultant at Commerce Bank Gretchen Pettet is a passionate and engaging consultant and coach skilled in all aspects of talent and organizational development. Her experience spans financial services, higher education, government and not-for-profits, with positions as a VP of Talent and Culture, trainer, skills specialist, customer service effectiveness lead and performance consultant and coach. Gretchen is a high-energy optimist who believes anything is possible with a great team and actively works to grow and develop others through relationships built on mutual respect and trust. She has an M.B.A, Fontbonne University, M.A., Human Resource Development, Webster University and a B.A. in Psychology, St. Louis University.

    Abigail Heinz FinneyAbigail Heinz Finney, Organizational Development Executive (Former Director of Leadership Development at Salesforce) Abigail Finney is a seasoned leadership development professional with over 16 years of experience in transforming organizational cultures and developing high-performing leaders. Most recently serving as Director of Manager Leadership Development at Salesforce, she has held senior consulting roles at BTS Coach and Dynamic Results LLC, designing and delivering coaching-based programs for Fortune 100 companies. With a Master's in Organizational Development and ICF certification, Abigail is known for her collaborative leadership style and ability to drive business outcomes through empathetic connections.


    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.

Past Events

20 Jun 2024 Organizational Design for OD Practitioners
16 May 2024 Sustainable DEIB Practices for Organizations
18 Apr 2024 St. Louis OD Solution Sourcing – (Hackathon)
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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