Upcoming Events

    • Wednesday, January 30, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    MSMOB Contemporary Webinar Series: The Art of Single-Tasking with Greg Werstler

    Single-tasking is the practice of being present, open, and engaged in a single moment or task. During this 1 hour webinar, Greg will dispel some of myths you believe to be true about multi-tasking. You will leave with actionable tips on how to be more present in your professional life, your leadership style, and create a balance between your personal and work life. 

    For more information and to RSVP, please visit:

    Please note: this is not a CODIC event. 




    • Saturday, March 09, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room TBD Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

    Dialogic OD with Drs. Leslie McKnight & Julie Bjorkman

    Dialogic Organization Development is a compelling alternative to the classical action research approach to planned change. Organizations are seen as fluid, socially constructed realities that are continuously created through conversations and images—change happens when those conversations and images change. How can you influence change through the use of this method? Come learn about this form of OD to use in your own organization, with clients, or to build your toolbox for future interventions.

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Using Dialogic OD as a tool for organization change
    • Framing the art of great questions in decision making
    • Coaching from a dialogic OD paradigm

    Leslie L. McKnight, Ph.D. is the principal of McKnight & Associates. She holds a Ph.D. in Organization Development from Benedictine University, Springfield, IL and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Human Services Administration from Spertus Institute, Chicago, Illinois. Dr. McKnight holds over 20 years of experience in public and organization administration encompassing stakeholder management, fiscal management, change management, leadership development and program administration. Her current research and consulting interests focus on the use of self in leadership, strategic management, and organization change. She is published in various academic and management publications. Dr. McKnight recently published an article entitled “Strategic Cultures Drive Organization Performance” in InterBusiness Issues Magazine, Central Illinois. 

    Dr. Julie Bjorkman is Assistant Professor and Director of the Ed.D. program in Higher Education and Organizational Change at Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois. She has been serving as an adjunct instructor in the Ed.D. program since it began in 2009, while continuing her professional career in org development (OD), HR transformation, change communications and employee engagement. She graduated with her Ph.D. in OD in 2007 from the globally-recognized program at Benedictine. Dr. Bjorkman earned her bachelor’s degree in English from John Carroll University, and her master’s degree in OD from Case Western Reserve University. She is a published author on change communication and continues to conduct research, write, and consult with organizations on this topic. Her professional experiences with multinational corporations such as GE, HSBC, British Petroleum, Allstate, Sara Lee, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals have given her a wealth of on-the-job experience with organizational change and leadership development.

    • Saturday, April 13, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Goodwin Hall: Benedictine University, Lisle, IL 60532


    Contemporary Trends in Changes Management: Spring Lecture Series      

    Organization Design: Current and Future Development

    To thrive in today’s dynamic global business environment characterized by constant change and disruption, organizations must be able to adapt and innovate in order to maintain their competitive edge. Join us and Donald Anderson, PhD in this seminar to discuss his guide on how to prepare organizational leadership to make smart strategic decisions when designing and redesigning organizations. In this lecture he will expound upon utilizing strategy, structure, processes, people and rewards to facilitate creating a high performing organization.

    Anderson has worked at Oracle for 17 years as an organization development consultant and is currently the Director of Organization and Talent Development. His research focuses on discourse in organizational and institutional settings, and his studies of organizational discourse and change have been published in journals such as the Journal of Organizational Change Management and the Journal of Business and Technical Communication.

    Register for this event online at:

    Please note: This is not a CODIC event.




    • Saturday, May 04, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room TBD Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

    Meeting Topic and Speaker in Process

    • Saturday, September 14, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Room TBD Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
    Join us as Ben Black, Director of the Heart Center at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, shares how he engaged and inspired his employees to make the Pediatric Heart Center one of the top-ranked in the nation. Following the presentation, participants will engage in breakout discussions to explore, solve and provide solutions around four specific employee engagement challenges:
    • What leadership behaviors facilitate or hinder employee engagement? How can we develop appropriate leadership behaviors?
    • What approaches can leaders take to redesign work to make it more engaging?
    • How should managers measure and make the business case for employee engagement?
    • What methods can leaders and professionals employ to translate employee engagement survey results into effective interventions?

    Ben Black, Director of the Heart Center at Lurie Children’s Hospital Chicago, leads all cardiovascular services. Ben is a tenured healthcare operations leader, with multi-faceted experience in academic medicine, for-profit health systems and medical group management. His experience includes operations leadership with Tenet Healthcare and serving as the CEO of the largest independent neurosciences medical group in Illinois as well as his current role leading the now #3 US News & World Report ranked Pediatric Heart Center at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Ben’s passion lies in developing leaders and generating a culture of ownership to drive engagement in healthcare organizations. He has both a Bachelor of Arts in Sports Medicine as well as an MBA from Lewis University, and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt designation from DePaul University. 

    • Saturday, November 09, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Benedictine University, Lisle, IL (Room TBD)


    In his 6 years at Facebook, Mike Rognlien has done just about everything in the learning & development world. He has owned orientation and onboarding, built Facebook’s first-ever professional and manager development programming, partnered with COO Sheryl Sandberg and the LeanIn team to build Facebook’s Managing Unconscious Bias course (available to all at, and served as the L&D leader for both the technical teams across Facebook and the Americas as a region.

    Mike has spent most of his career in tech – first with Intel, later as a consultant to Microsoft, and now Facebook – and is most passionate about helping people identify, develop and play to their strengths while teaching them how to leverage the same in others. He is currently serving as the L&D leader for the many business (G&A) functions at Facebook (think everything EXCEPT tech and sales) and owns the core development experience for people new to managing or new to managing at Facebook.

    In addition, Mike is a main Facebook POC for performers, producers, composers, social media influencers, and other theater peeps on Broadway. He has seen Hamilton 17 times, loves running (badly) and has never met a shoe he didn’t at least kind of want to wear. He’s based at the FB Chicago office, has been at Facebook longer than 97% of its employees, and is now a fully-realized Chicago Cubs fan.

CODIC 2018
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software