Upcoming events

    • Friday, February 23, 2018
    • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
    • Northern Trust, 181 W. Madison-7th floor, Pilsen

    Chicago OD Practitioners Network 

    Topic: “Building a Learning Organization using Design Thinking”

     DateFriday, February 23, 2018 

    Time7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m.  Optional 9:00-10:00 open networking and discussions re: business challenges faced by attendees.

    LocationNorthern Trust, 181 W. Madison-7th floor, Pilsen

    RSVP PROCESS for building access.  If you plan to attend the meeting, please reply to by noon on Tuesday, February 20th with your name as it appears on your photo ID.  On the morning of the meeting, security staff in the main lobby will ask to see a photo ID, confirm your registration and provide you with a visitor’s pass.  If you do not RSVP by February 20th your name will not be on the list and you will not be able to join the meeting which is located on the 7th floor.

    Program Format:  Mix of presentation, large group & small group discussion.  Informal atmosphere; please bring your own coffee/tea/snacks (note: there is a convenient Au Bon Pain connected to the building as well as a place to buy coffee and snacks on the 7th floor near our meeting).

    Program Description (partial – till our presenter returns from vacation on 2/12!)

    Are you interested in learning how design thinking can be applied to start up an OD function in an organization?  Come join us to learn about such a journey involving a new initiative to build Design Thinking into a transforming financial services organization in Chicago.   Our presenter joined ByLine Bank in early 2017 with the chance to build a learning organization.   Hear how this organization utilized an outside design thinking firm to start a new initiative internally, and then join in a discussion of how any lessons learned may relate to your organization or consulting practice. 

    The discussion will be led by Aideen Shea, the Manager of Learning & Development since early 2017 at ByLine Bank in Chicago.  (More to follow on Aideen’s bio.)

    This is not a CODIC event. 

    • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    To register, go to:

    Topic: Servant Leadership In Action

    Description: Join Ken Blanchard and other leadership experts for this free two-hour online exploration of servant leadership. You'll walk away inspired and ready to take the next steps toward implementing a service oriented culture that focuses on people AND results.

    Date: Feb 28, 2018

    This is not a CODIC event. 

    • Saturday, March 10, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kindlon Hall, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

    Mindful Leadership

    Mindfulness and meditation programs are moving well into the mainstream in the areas of stress relief, well-being, and employee engagement. But there is a larger frame emerging of mindfulness as a source and foundation for larger strategic initiatives designed to equip organizations and people to be more competitive, resourceful and resilient in a volatile, uncertain world. How do mindfulness practices help executive leaders be more effective in this environment? In this interactive session, Thea Polancic of ClearSpace will draw on her experiences working with CEOs and senior teams using mindfulness as an integral part of developing intimate, effective high performance teams and purpose-driven, highly profitable organizations.

     As a result of attending this program, participants will:

    Learn the various definitions of mindfulness and explore the speaker’s use and definition of mindfulness

    • Gain an understanding of why mindfulness has become a popular topic
    • Get first-hand experience in how mindfulness is used with an executive leadership team
    • Learn how to make the case for using mindfulness with achievement oriented leaders

    Thea is the Managing Partner of ClearSpace, LLC (, a Chicago-based consulting firm that helps CEOs transform themselves, their teams and organizations to meet the challenges of the future and grow and thrive. Over the past 15 years, Thea has worked closely with many senior leadership teams to align their organizations with the principles of Conscious Capitalism: having a higher purpose, creating value for all stakeholders, developing servant leaders, and having healthy, values-based cultures. Her firm’s clients include organizations large and small across the country. She is a founding mentor to Chicago accelerators TechStars Chicago and The Impact Engine. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Conscious Venture Lab in Columbia, Maryland; an accelerator for early stage conscious capitalist and purpose-driven companies.

    • Saturday, May 05, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Kindlon Hall, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

    Behave Yourself:  Using Behavior to Activate Change                         


    Change management has had a heavy industry focus on tools, templates, standards and methods.  Although these are necessary, they are not enough in of themselves to drive change. This is evidenced by the continued, disappointing statistics on the rate of successful change. 

    Driving change involves the difficult task of trying to invoke and sustain human behavior impossible by the action of completing a template alone. 

    Isn’t it time we matured our practices to include a behavior based approach as part of our “application” to drive organizational change?  

    This session will energize participants through an engaging session that explores how to immediately employ practical behavior practices into their change management tool kit.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Assess behavior based skills for driving change

    2. Understand how behavior gets rooted and sustained

    3. Explore visible and measurable differences between a behavior based approach and a typical change management approach

    4. Learn practical ways to include behavior in change execution


    Michelle Yanahan, Principal and Owner of ChangeFit 360, is a passionate organizational change management strategist and thought leader with proven expertise in executing programs to enhance and grow organizational change management as a strategic business competency.

    Michelle has 16+years progressive business experience in leadership roles in operations, change capability and competency development, change execution, IT execution, project execution/management and project management office (PMO) development and operations.  

    Michelle holds a Masters in Organizational Behavior from Benedictine University as well as CCMP and Prosci ADKAR change management certifications.  Michelle is a member of industry associations such as ACMP, CODIC and ATDChi and has been a featured presenter at the ACMP Midwest Conference for both 2015 & 2016 and ACMP Webinar series presenter in 2017.  Michelle holds a Board position for the ACMP Midwest Chapter.  




    • Saturday, November 10, 2018
    • TBD

    Our next Senior Executive Roundtable will be November 10, 2017. Visit again soon for more information on the keynote speaker, fees, and registration.

    About the Senior Executive Roundtables

    The Senior Executive Roundtables are an ongoing series designed to inform and inspire executives who are committed to leading at the intersection of ethics, sustainability and business results.

    These events are for executives others who are committed to strategic, values-driven leadership. They are ‘roll-up your sleeves’ learning experiences that utilize a dynamic mix of presentation and interaction, giving you and your senior team a new perspective on the leadership and direction of your company.

Past events

Saturday, January 13, 2018 WEBINAR: 360-Degree Feedback Instruments: Deciding how to augment your leadership development programs
Saturday, November 11, 2017 CODIC: Agile: How Teams and Organizations Can Solve Complex Problems
Friday, November 10, 2017 BenU: The Center for Values-Driven Leaderhip - Senior Executive Roundtable
Saturday, September 16, 2017 BenU: Fall Lecture Series (Free event)
Saturday, September 09, 2017 Improv for OD Professionals: Using improv to develop the people skills of consultants and clients (CODIC Learning and Practice Symposium: September Meeting)
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 CODIC: New Board Member Orientation
Saturday, July 15, 2017 CODIC: Board Meeting - Strategy & Planning
Saturday, May 06, 2017 CODIC: Board Meeting - Technology & Website
Saturday, May 06, 2017 CODIC Learning and Practice Symposium: Maintaining Competitive Advantage Through Knowledge Management
Saturday, April 22, 2017 BenU: Spring Lecture Series
Monday, April 10, 2017 CODIC: Board Meeting - Strategy & Planning
Saturday, April 01, 2017 CODIC: Membership Team Meeting
Friday, March 31, 2017 CVDL: Senior Executive Roundtable & Leadership Lecture Series
Saturday, March 11, 2017 CODIC: Board Meeting - Technology & Website
Saturday, March 11, 2017 CODIC Learning and Practice Symposium: Your Organization’s DNA: Taking Culture Out of the Shadows
Monday, February 13, 2017 CODIC: Board Meeting - Strategy & Planning
Monday, January 16, 2017 CODIC: Membership Team Meeting
Saturday, January 14, 2017 CODIC: Board Meeting - Technology & Website
Saturday, January 14, 2017 CODIC Learning and Practice Symposium: Coaching Technical Leaders
Monday, January 09, 2017 CODIC: Membership Team Meeting
Friday, December 16, 2016 Chicago Alliance: Calling Volunteers for TEDx Event!
Monday, December 12, 2016 CODIC Board Meeting
Saturday, November 12, 2016 CODIC: Board Technical Meeting
Saturday, November 12, 2016 CODIC: What They Don’t Teach You in Graduate School: How to Start, Build and Maintain a Successful Internal or External Consulting Practice Part II
Friday, November 11, 2016 CVDL: Senior Executive Roundtable & Leadership Lecture Series
Saturday, October 22, 2016 BenU: Fall Lecture Series - Humble Consulting
Saturday, September 10, 2016 CODIC: Experiential Learning – Beyond Brainstorming and Case Studies
Saturday, May 21, 2016 Chicago Alliance: Expanding Our Understanding of Change
Friday, May 20, 2016 Chicago Alliance: Expanding Our Understanding of Change
Saturday, May 07, 2016 CODIC: Board Meeting
Saturday, May 07, 2016 CODIC: Getting the Most From Your Brain, Neesa Sweet
Monday, April 18, 2016 CODIC: Board Meeting
Saturday, April 16, 2016 BenU: Spring Lecture Series - Contemporary Trends in Change Management
Friday, April 15, 2016 Chicago Alliance: Monthly Networking
Friday, April 01, 2016 CVDL: Jazz and the Art of Leadership
Saturday, March 12, 2016 CODIC: Trends in Performance Management
Saturday, January 09, 2016 CODIC: Strategic Workforce Planning
Saturday, January 09, 2016 CODIC: Board Meeting
Saturday, November 14, 2015 CODIC: Design Thinking
Saturday, October 24, 2015 BenU: Fall Lecture Series - Corporate Stewardship: Accelerating Fundamental Organizational Evolution by Susan Albers Mohrman, Ph.D.
Saturday, September 12, 2015 CODIC: September Meeting - Strategic Workforce Planning
CODIC 2015
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