Upcoming Events

    • Saturday, October 26, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Goodwin Hall, Sorensen Hall of Leaders (4th floor): Benedictine University, Lisle, IL 60532

    "Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change: A Dynamic New Approach to Organizational Change"

    Bushe - Dialogic Organization Development

    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. Leaders and consultants can help foster change by encouraging disruptions to taken-for-granted ways of thinking and acting and the use of generative images to stimulate new organizational conversations and narratives. This book offers the first comprehensive introduction to Dialogic Organization Development with chapters by a global team of leading scholar-practitioners addressing both theoretical foundations and specific practices.

    Dr. Gervase Bushe is a Professor of Leadership and Organization Development. In 2006, Dr. Bushe was added to HR Magazine's list of the 30 most influential HR thinkers in the world and in 2017 was voted into the top 10. He studies organizational change, organizational learning, leadership and leadership development, teams and team building, change agents and change agentry. He has twice won the Douglas McGregor Award for his research. His 2009 book, Clear Leadership, has been translated into 6 languages. With an extensive background in helping leaders create great organizations, Gervase consults to major corporations such as Business Objects, Telus, General Motors, the Vancouver Island and Fraser Health Authorities, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and ACL Analytics.

    Though free to CODIC members and guests, attendees must register for this event online at:

    Please note: This is not a CODIC event.

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

    Managing Unconscious Bias

    Every living person has unconscious biases that sabotage results. Most organizations have specific goals they want to achieve with regards to diversity & inclusion but spend precious little time understanding the role that bias plays in affecting their results. Building on the content that Mike built at/for Facebook (with COO Sheryl Sandberg), explore how to make meaningful progress in starting conversations about the biases that hold you and organizations back.

    In this learning session:

    • Discover a variety of biases we bring to our relationships and decisions
    • Explore and become better aware of our personal biases
    • Learn ways to manage the effect of our biases on our personal and professional interactions


    Mike Rognlien
    Chief Builder of Awesome People
    Multiple Hats Management Consulting

    Mike Rognlien is the founder of Multiple Hats Management, a consultancy focused on building leadership at every level of an organization, strong organizational culture and awareness of and ability to manage biases that prevent us all from achieving our best potential.

    Before starting his own company, Mike was one of the founding members of the L&D team at Facebook, where he spent 6.5 years building all things learning – onboarding, manager development, hard conversations and, in partnership with COO Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s Managing Unconscious Bias training. 

    Mike was a featured expert speaker for visiting executives and other VIP guests, He has given dozens of internal and external talks on Facebook’s culture, people philosophies and practices to leaders from every type of organization, private and public, government and civilian. Mike oversaw the growth of the learning team and Facebook’s culture as the company grew from 1,700 to almost 25,000 employees and worked in Facebook’s Menlo Park HQ, New York City and Chicago offices.

    Prior to joining Facebook, Mike was the Director of Microsoft Client Services for Intrepid Learning Solutions, where he managed a global team of 27 facilitators charged with delivering all of Microsoft’s elective Employee & Manager Development programs. He has held similar senior L&D positions at Washington Mutual Bank, Intel Corporation and USAA.

    Mike holds a Bachelor’s in Organizational Communication from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master’s in HR and Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. He has been PHR certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute since November, 2004. Mike resides in Chicago and is the author of This Is Now Your Company, published in 2018.

    8:30-9:00 am Registration & Networking

    9:00-12:00 pm Program

    • Saturday, January 11, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Benedictine University, Lisle, IL (Room TBD)

    As consultants, we know that the models, tools and techniques that we employ are secondary to the primary instrument in our consulting engagements, that is, our Self. Most, if not all MSOD graduate programs have a course entitled, “Use of Self” that speaks to this. But what does this really mean? How does this “Self” come to be developed?

    Join us for an experiential morning to inquire into these questions and to have a breath experience designed to connect you more deeply to your Self.

    Alan Niebanck

    Alan graduated from Tufts University in 1971 with a degree in Chemical Engineering. He worked his entire career at Armstrong World Industries in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in various technical management roles in R&D and manufacturing. Alan came to OD beginning with his bottom-up implementation of a largely self-directed work team in the laboratory he managed. Such efforts were encouraged since Armstrong was committed to company-wide Total Quality, in pursuit of the Baldridge National Quality Award — which it won in 1995. In this supportive atmosphere, Alan’s OD education over the last 15 years included numerous NTL labs in Bethel, Maine, Barry Oshry’s Power Lab, and the MSOD program at AU/NTL. Alan retired from Armstrong in 2008 and is now involved with various business hobbies.  Alan’s primary business hobby – actually a calling – is as a breathwork facilitator. He is certified in Integral Breath Therapy, a developmental/healing modality that he has been involved in for 15 years. Alan facilitates breathwork for individuals and groups.

    8:30-9:00 am Registration & Networking

    9:00-12:00 pm Program

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