Innovative Thinking for Extraordinary Outcomes

Monday, May 7, 2018
Presented by Iris Firstenberg, PHD        

Eventbrite - Innovative Thinking for Extraordinary Outcomes

Successful organizations operate on the edge of chaos and embrace risk, error, and ambiguity, while practicing strategies that reduce the need for doing, undoing, and redoing. You will learn key strategies and practical tools to give you the adaptive capacity to work creatively with change and uncertainty. We will discuss strategies for tapping the human potential for creative thinking. Learn how effective leaders infuse all levels of the organization with the creative capacity to achieve extraordinary outcomes.

Key Take-aways…
1 – Key leadership attributes for fostering creativity and innovation
2 – Balancing chaos and order
3 – Traditional Planning and Adaptive Planning
4 – Reduce uncertainty and increase value by learning to visit the future

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

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Using Surveys to Enhance & Expand Your Practice

Saturday, May 5, 2018   –   SPECIAL EVENT !!!

Presented by Jerry Talley,
master survey designer and consultant

Description: Introduce yourself to the basics of sound survey design, question construction, data analysis and data presentation. Jerry will also explain how to use surveys to expand the scope of services you can provide to your clients.

Register Today!

There are 2 reasons why you might consider this workshop:
1. You would like to increase the quality of your work for a particular engagement.
2. You would like a way to constantly expand your understanding of organizational dynamics so you can deliver greater value in future engagements.


Use surveys to expand your skill set and your professional offerings
· Design surveys that will drive decision making
· Some of the special tools within Survey Monkey to enhance your surveys
· Structure questions to reveal even unconscious beliefs
· Analyze survey data without being a statistician

Cost: $30
(plus $5 to park in campus garage)

Class Size: 25

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Organizational Savvy: Political Tactics for Success.

Monday, April 2, 2018
Presented by Dr. Rick Brandon        

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Despite excellent intentions, many corporate employees, managers, and executives are so narrowly focused on their own facts, logic, and task parts of their jobs that they lack broader strategic influence and impact. Assuming their “results will speak for themselves,” they may become the victims of behind-the-scenes power dynamics operating in their organizations.

Based on the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Survival of the Savvy, this high-energy, intensive presentation adjusts attitudes about organizational politics and power dynamics, reframes politics as strategic influence, helps you to identify whether you are more or less political, over- or under-political, and orients you to proven skill sets for increased strategic influence.

Key Take-aways…
1 – A Positive Politics Business Case – Understanding the origins of a leadership competency that wasn’t even on the map 20 years ago, but is now mission-critical.
2 -Leveraging Your Political Style – Learning the strengths and risks of two major Political Styles, and identifying your style
3 – Organizational Savvy Skills – Identifying 13 vital strategies for navigating organizational politics with integrity through optional pre-work and overview by Rick.
4 – Complimentary Reinforcement Tools– the 65-item online Organizational Savvy Assessment with robust Scoring Report and weekly application emails. Dr. Brandon’s bestseller text will also be available for sale

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

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Visual Consulting

Monday, March 5, 2018

Presented by David Sibbet and Gisela Wendling,
The Grove Consultants International

David Sibbet, Gisela Wendling

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David Sibbet, Gisela WendlingGisela and David will share their new Seven Challenges of Change model, an integration of Gisela’s Liminal Pathways Model based on the rites of passages archetype and Grove’s change framework. They will share how this integration emerged from their Visioning & Change Alignment work at UC Merced and how it is applied in their year-long Leading Change program for the MetCouncil in Minnesota. Participants will be asked to share their own experiences with leading change using the framework as a guide. 

Key Takeaways

    • Appreciate the importance of working with both inner process dynamics and outer support structures.
    • Have a chance to test your own assumptions about change.
    • Experience visualization as a catalyst for dialogue.
    • Appreciate the power of large scale visualization to support change.

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Fostering Psychological Safety in Multicultural Teams

Monday, February 5, 2018

Octave V. Baker, Ph.D.

Octave V. Baker, Ph.D.

Presented by Octave V. Baker, Ph.D., Lecturer, Santa Clara University

Psychological safety is a key factor for successful team learning and innovation, says Amy Edmondson of the Harvard Business School.

Psychological safety is especially critical for teams in the science, technology, and engineering sectors.  With the workforce in these organizations now more culturally diverse, their leaders urgently need the insights and skills to successfully lead multicultural teams.

Read more about Meeting the Challenge of Managing Diversity

Key Takeaways

(1) understand psychological safety
(2) learn key cultural differences that influence psychological safety
(3) identify specific actions for fostering psychological safety within culturally diverse teams.

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

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Get Engaged – Your Team, Tribes & Communities are Waiting

SVODN’s 8th Annual New Year Networking Kickoff Event

Monday, January 8, 2018

Our annual kickoff event is an opportunity to meet like-minded professionals, share your interests and spark new partnership possibilities.

Start the new year off by sharing your dreams for the future in a fun, supportive environment. We’ll use online voting technology to capture perspectives real-time to understand your interests, challenges and opportunities.

We will introduce Silicon Valley OD Network’s new OD framework models that will be used to map both the expertise and areas of interest of our community in moving forward.  We’ve got five different ways to look at the field of OD from where in organizations we work, to programs we implement, dilemmas we help to solve and systematic ways we engage leaders and their organizations.   

Chris Bui

Jeff Richardson

Facilitated by….

Jeff Richardson–MSOD; Multi-Cultural team facilitator & SVODN Director

Chris Bui– Social Entrepreneur – pioneering the use of collective intelligence


Keep your business cards in hand! We will use them during several activities, in addition to sharing with any new connections you make.

Key Takeaways

1-Make and rekindle connections with others who have complementary interests
2-Experience meaningful use of process and technology to stimulate large group engagement
3-Build small virtual groups to continue the cross-community collaboration.

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)


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Is Your Company Millennial Optimized?

Monday, December 4, 2017

Presented by Caryn Joseph Siegel, Linda Lubin Thompson
and other experts from The Millennial Leadership Institute

Watch our interview with Caryn and Linda summarizing the event and their work with the Millennial Leadership Institute (click on image below)…

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Post Event Summary

Inter-generational dialogue was stimulated, and awareness was raised, at SVODN’s December meeting. Speakers Caryn Joseph Siegel and Linda Lubin Thompson, along with members of the Millennial Leadership Institute, engaged us, first with a “millennial-style” warmup where we compared apps on our cellphones, then with facts and falsehoods about the generation now on its way to become the largest population in the workplace.

By including a voting game in their session, they demonstrated principles for retaining millennials past their typical 2-year tenure with a company. Companies that succeed at pre-boarding, on-boarding, and coaching these employees will benefit from having purpose-driven digital natives working for them, and companies that educate execs and managers about millennials can reduce friction between the generations.

Listen to what participants said were their key take-aways…

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In today’s competitive workplace, corporations must be able to attract and retain the most skilled employees. Every day 10,000 Baby Boomers leave the workforce and there are only 5,000 Gen Y’ers ready to take their places.  So, as the Millennials infiltrate the labor pool, companies that maximize their talents will thrive.

The companies that are currently attracting Millennials because of their state of the art technology are quickly getting on board, implementing programs to keep Millennials employed and engaged at their companies.

There are huge numbers of companies whose product offerings, while important, may not be as attractive to Millennials.  These more traditional companies sorely need to get up to speed or they will be passed over by the Millennials, or will suffer from huge turnover if the Millennial new hire only stays long enough until they get a better offer from a company that is more optimized to engage them.

Millennials learn in different ways. We will demonstrate some of these techniques, such as “gamification,” in our presentation. Our session will be very interactive and will involve the participants.

Key Takeaways

  • Determine whether your company is Millennial Optimized and what to do about it if you are not
  • Learn key ways to attract, on-board, develop, engage and retain Millennials so your company can benefit from their awesome contributions
  • Debunk common myths about how Millennials operate in and contribute to today’s workplace

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)


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The Non-Profit Challenge – Volunteer Your Expertise

Saturday, Dec 2, 2017

2nd Annual Non-Profit Challenge in San Jose

Local Organization + Your Expertise = FUN Volunteering Day

Join us to receive or share strategic consulting expertise!!  LEARN MORE

ASP NorCal and SVODN are excited to jointly bring a one-day, hands-on, interactive and collaborative event that brings together consultants and creative thinkers from diverse fields and local community organizations that need help with strategic projects ranging from fundraising campaign design to development of a 5-year strategic growth plan.

Join us for the 2nd annual Non-Profit Challenge either as a strategic adviser or as part of a local non-profit organization on Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 8:30-6 pm in International Technological University (ITU) in San Jose.

Do you want to share your strategic expertise to create value for a local community organization? Become a Volunteer Consultant.

Are you a part of a Bay Area Non-Profit Organization that can benefit from a free strategic advice? Submit a Project.


Tapping Collective Intelligence

MJoyce_Reynolds-Sinclaironday, November 6, 2017

Presented by Joyce Reynolds-Sinclair, Ph.D., Managing Director, GEO Group Strategic Services LLC

Tapping Collective Intelligence for Strategic Solutions and Superior Results

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Insightful ideas on how strategic planning is able to be expanded to tap into the collective intelligence of a larger stakeholder groups.  Joyce shared  some of the essential mindset, process, tool and technology strategies that are making this possible virtually.

The event included members of the NorCal Assoc of Strategic Planning, one of SVODN’s newest association partners, and who we are collaborating with on the NonProfit Challenge on Dec 2nd.
Participants rated the event as 6.2 out of 7.0.  In general, our audience felt the night was informative and enjoyable, with specific feedback indicating what they liked most was…
– “the comprehensive integrated approach built on many principles that are commonly known”
– “learned how to make complex issues “simple”, understandable, and transparent”
– “engage collaboration by using technology”
– “saw the power of the role of culture and emotional awareness is in a business environment”


What is Collective Intelligence (CI), why is it critical, and what are the absolute best ways to tap it, especially with virtual or geographically dispersed teams? What is the “Collective Intelligence Paradox”? How can we use it for cross-boundary problem-solving and shaping strategic solutions?

In this session, we will explore powerful, proven processes that help achieve exceptional engagement and high trust levels, and learn about two client examples where the GEO Group increased the speed and precision of idea generation and selection compared to traditional methods.

Key Takeaways

  • Understanding of Collective Intelligence (CI) and the Collective Intelligence Paradox
  • Six critical success factors for effectively tapping CI in any organization
  • Practical and proven ways to tap CI and manage the Collective Intelligence Paradox
  • Two examples of how we applied our Winning in Fasttime® approach for achieving strong organizational engagement, success, and satisfaction

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

Several complimentary copies of Winning in FastTime® by GEO Group founder and President Leland Russell will be given away to those contributing quality questions or comments in the dialogue.

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Influence without Authority

Monday, October 2, 2017

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Dr. BradfordPresented by Dr. David Bradford

A fundamental challenge for organizational leaders has always been to exercise influence where they have no authority. For internal and external OD, HR, and management consultants, the challenge is twofold—they not only need the influence skills, but also an ability to impart these competencies to the client.

A solution can be found in Bradford and Cohen’s best-selling book Influence Without Authority (recently published in its Third Edition). Using the Law of Reciprocity, they show how using their model can lead to win-win outcomes even with those who appear highly resistant.

Key Takeaways
Join author Dr. David Bradford of Stanford’s business school in this insightful and highly interactive session to gain:

  • A sophisticated understanding of how to use exchange to increase ​your influence and the influence of others
  • An awareness of the personal traps that may be limiting ​your influence
  • Activities to apply this model to coaching individuals and developing teams

Event Agenda:

• 5:30 pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour across street at Dish N Dash (optional)

Copies of Bradford’s book will be available for sale and signing.

Influence Without Authority

Influence Without Authority

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Google Team Effectiveness

Google’s research-based model for Team Effectiveness

presented by MARK BALL

Google’s internal study done by its People Analytics group provides some discovery that may surprise you.

What makes an effective team? Come talk with 14-year Google employee Mark Ball, who is currently working in People Operations as part of their internal OD group.

Key Takeaways:

  • Google’s model of team effectiveness (gTeams)
  • Highlights of how this research project came to be
  • At least one generalized intervention for each of gTeams’ five Dimensions
  • Time for you to plan how you will use this new information

  • 5:30 pm – Registration, network, light snacks & beverages
  • 6:00-7:30 pm – Keynote
  • 7:30-7:45 pm – Continue to network and share insights
  • 7:45-9:00 pm – Social hour right down the street (Dish n Dash)

Speaker’s Bio:

Mark Ball has been with Google since 2003, having worked in Engineering, Sales, and currently People Operations. Prior to Google, he worked as a computer programmer at Roche Pharmaceuticals and various startups. He holds a Masters in Organization Development from USF and a Bachelors in Science Writing from UCSC. His informal style and conversational tone will support this being an interactive and engaging session.


Six Winning Traits of Highly Innovative Companies

 Monday, August 7th  from 5:30-7:30pm       

Six Winning Traits of Highly Innovative Companies

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Leaders talk a lot about encouraging innovation, but do they really do it?

Come find out how to create sustainable cultures of innovation.

Victor Assad, Managing Partner of InnovationOne 

This interesting and interactive event will explore cultures of innovation, what they are, why they are important, how to measure them and how to create and sustain them.

You will leave knowing the six critical traits that are essential to winning cultures of innovation; a framework for demonstrating ROI, value and profitable growth; how HR and OD fit together to work create cultures of innovation and what you can do immediately when you get back to.

@ International Technological University
2711 N 1st St., San Jose, CA 95134    

The group will be asked why is innovation, and why are cultures of innovation, important? After a short large-group discussion, I will provide empirical evidence from several researchers which will show that organizations with strong organizational cultures of innovation create more value for their organizations and stronger financial performance.

Do you believe that culture, and cultures of innovation, can be measured and managed? The audience will be asked this question as a lead in. They will be divided in the room by those who believe that culture can be accurately measured and managed, those who don’t believe culture can be measured and managed, and those who don’t think it matters.  Each group will be asked to clarify why they hold their belief, and what empirical evidence supports their belief.  Each group will get two minutes to present.

I believe that culture can be measured and managed—and I have the evidence to prove it!  I will review this evidence from several researchers and its impact for CEOs, HR and OD  leaders.  I will then ask the group for their questions and feedback.

I will go through the six winning traits of highly innovative companies. The six traits  are based on our research and practice, and the research of others.  What is important for this audience—and its main take away– is that cultures of innovation are created by smart talent strategies and organizational development interventions. All their pieces fit together. The role of HR and OD is vital to creating cultures of innovation, creating value, executing business strategy, and improving profitable growth.  The six traits include:

Executive leadership communications and behavior.

Inviting employees to participate and moving beyond hierarchy.

Investing in skill and behavior training of employees and the development of strong collaborative organizations.

Key processes and systems to move ideas forward and to allow for experimentation and learning. I will include examples of helpful digital technologies.

Aligning performance management and other key H R processes to support innovation.

Having knowledge management systems and the alignment of current operations systems and processes to commercialize innovation.

Key Takeaways: 

  • A framework for demonstrating that developing cultures of innovation drive a return on investment, value, and profitable growth
  • How “the pieces” of HR and OD fit together
  • What to do tomorrow at work  (This will be a short, small group exercise)


Event Agenda:

• 5:30pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00pm – Social hour across street at Whole Food (optional)

Speaker’s Bio:

Victor Assad is the CEO of Victor Assad Strategic Human Resources Consulting and Managing Partner of InnovationOne. He partners with companies to create dynamic innovation cultures, powerful talent strategies, and to develops agile leaders and teams. With over 25 years of experience, Victor has been an active member of executive business teams and leader of human resources organizations in business units of fast growth, high-technology, global companies. He currently consults with small and large companies. He blogs weekly, which you can access from LinkedIn or his website


Good Conversations: Essential Building Blocks for Effective Change

 Monday, June 5th from 5:30-7:30pm

with Mary V. Gelinas, Ed.D.

Conducting good conversations is a critical tool for leaders, Organization Development consultants, process designers, and facilitators. To create change for good, you need to be able to create conversations, and help others create conversations, where people can see, contribute and evoke the greater good in themselves, their colleagues and direct reports.

Difficult conversations are, well, difficult. They become even more difficult when changes being initiated are substantial and the stakes are high. The current climate is not making this easier. It appears we are having a harder time listening to one another and an easier time vilifying those who think differently. Conversations about tough topics can become fraught with fears about the future, anger about the past, and disbelief at how we got here. At the same time we have big problems to solve and big visions to create. We need to be able to converse effectively to do both.


Key Insights from Participants

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Key Takeaways:

In this inspiring, practical, and interactive session, Mary Gelinas, author of Talk Matters! Saving the World One Word at a Time (, will identify:

  • Five ways conversations can trigger people’s fears
  • Three ways people get stuck or trapped
  • Seven antidotes to avoid and manage triggers and traps
  • New ways to think about and conduct conversations that set the stage for them to be constructive and bring out the best in themselves and others.

@ International Technological University
2711 N 1st St., San Jose, CA 95134

Event Agenda:

• 5:30pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00pm – Social time up the street at Dish Dash (optional)

Speaker’s Bio:

Mary V. Gelinas, Ed.D., is a managing director of Gelinas James, Inc., and co-director of the Cascadia Center for Leadership (see more info in links below). As an expert in organization development, process design, and facilitation, she has served boards, leaders, and organizations in all sectors with strategies based in the behavioral and brain sciences. With her partner, Roger James, Ed.D., she has developed pioneering and transformative approaches to leading, creating change, planning, and solving complex problems.  She lives in Arcata, California. You can read and subscribe to Mary’s blog in the link below.

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Jerry Talley – The Nuts & Bolts of Consulting

A Silicon Valley OD Network Legacy Series Event

– Are you currently an internal OD practitioner, wondering if you could convert your expertise to an external consulting career?
– Have you launched your consulting practice and are not yet finding the type or volume of work you want?
If you answered YES to either of these questions, then this two-part workshop series is for you.

Learn about becoming a consultant and how to be a more effective consultant.

Saturday May 20th & June 3rd
from 10am – 1pm both days
for only $20
Eventbrite - SVODN Legacy Series: The Nuts ‘N Bolts of Consulting

For the last 40 years, Jerry Talley has had over 450 consulting engagements in organization development with clients from all backgrounds here in the Bay Area.  He is also the founder of SVODN as well as it’s current Advisory Council chair

Key Concepts

–  Make the shift from being an expert to being a consultant
–  Define your value proposition
–  Wade through proposals and contracting
–  Learn to quickly see the forest through the trees to orient your client
–  Design an intervention that will address their needs
–  Plan, track, and bill efficiently for the engagement

Limited Space Available: The first 20 people to register are required to complete a survey within a specific timeframe to complete admission. If event registration is full, please use the ‘waitlist” ticket option and we’ll notify you if seats become available.

Did we mention that the event ONLY costs $20 per participant !!!

WHERE: at International Technological University (ITU)
2711 N 1st St., San Jose, CA 95134



Creative Solutions to Organizational Change — A Taste of Organizational Constellations

 Monday, May 1st  from 5:30-7:30pm 

@ International Technological University 

    2711 N 1st St., San Jose, CA 95134


with Yishai Gaster

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Key Insights by Attendees

Organizational Constellations is a unique, highly creative process that helps people find solutions to the issues and problems that occur in the daily life of an organization.

Live Simulations, an original and  revolutionary development of Organizational Constellations, engages the creative potential of individuals and teams and in turn brings “out-of-the-box” solutions to complex situations. In complex environments, whether interpersonal, inter-organizational, micro or macro, Organizational Constellations helps people shift entrenched patterns, see new options,  gain perspective, and move from tunnel vision to expansive vision. 

You are invited to learn and experience Organizational Constellations through interactions and Live Simulation.

A Taste of Organizational Constellations

Key Takeaways:

  • Experience the use of Live Simulation as an approach to organizational change
  • Learn about the unique systemic view of Organizational Constellations  
  • Get to know other members of the group through a Constellation interaction

Event Agenda: 

• 5:30pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00pm – Social hour across street at Whole Food (optional)

Speaker’s Bio:

Yishai Gaster, new to Silicon Valley as of  August 2016, is the founder of the Institute for the Study of Systemic Constellations, in Israel. He has been practicing Systemic Constellations since 1996 and has trained consultants, facilitators, and therapists, providing seminars internationally since 2003. Yishai has worked with and trained organizational consultants from different backgrounds and organizations in Israel, and worked as a consultant with organizations such as: Tefen Municipality, Magal Security Systems, Hakuk Ecological School, and others. Yishai brings extensive clinical experience with individuals and groups as a UK Council for Psychotherapy integrative psychotherapist, and organizational experience as a general manager in Columbia Marketing UK for over ten years.


The Future of Work and the Impact On Organizations

 Monday, April 3rd  from 5:30-7:30p  


The Future of Work and the Impact On Organizations

with Mitch Plott & Marianne Jackson

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In an increasingly complex business environment, multiple factors are compelling organizations to rethink the makeup of the workforce and how work gets done.  We will identify key forces of change, and trends that are already challenging organizations to respond in new ways.  This session’s focus will be exploring changes in technology, social shifts, the emergence of human & machine collaboration, talent scarcity, and how a truly connected world impacts the future of work and organizations.

Forecasting change and identifying possible responses is a competency that can be developed using foresight techniques and tools. You will get the chance to experience using foresight practitioner approaches with real trends you see emerging in your organizations.

We will also share successful activities going on in organizations today as well as activities in academia to prepare the workforce for this new world.

  @ UCSC-Extension Silicon Valley, Santa Clara


Key Takeaways:

  • The intersecting forces of change setting the course for the future of work
  • Now, soon, later or never?  The future of work and its implications for organizations and the workforce
  • How to read organizational signals and what to do with what you see
  • What some organizations are doing today that prepares them for change


Event Agenda:

• 5:30pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00pm – Social hour across street at Whole Food (optional)

Speaker’s Bio:

Mitch Plott

Mitch Plott is Director, Business & Management at UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, responsible for  curriculum development and design of 10 professional development certificates with a faculty of 85 instructors. Prior to UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, he was the principal consultant with the Almaden Consulting Group. working with a variety of high tech and manufacturing companies throughout the US and internationally. His experience includes work with Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Lam Research, HGST, eTrade, among others, responsible for design and delivery of worldwide learning and organizational development initiatives.  Mitch has over 25 years of experience in coaching, training, and development. He holds a BA from UC Davis, in Interpersonal Communication, and an MA in Management and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University.

Marianne Jackson

Marianne Jackson is the Chief Talent Development Officer for eBay and the Founder and Principal of 3g Human Capital Consulting. Her experience spans healthcare and technology industries, including Cisco Systems, Palm, Sandisk, Sun Microsystems, Logitech, Blue Shield of California, and eBay. She is well known for her practical approach to organizational effectiveness, executive / leadership development, workforce optimization, strategic planning, and culture-shaping. Recently, Marianne has done what many executives seek to do. She is balancing a role as eBay’s Chief Talent Development Officer while sitting on numerous boards and keeping her consulting practice active with the overall goal of fueling multiple interests. She holds bachelor degrees in Psychology and Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She did her graduate work at the University of Santa Clara in Counseling Psychology.

Holacracy Demystified

Monday, March 6th  from 5:30-7:30pm

A new approach to running  organizations

Come learn about the key ideas at the heart of Holacracy and participate in a simulated Holacracy governance meeting. You’ll see how Holacracy creates the foundation for a purpose-driven organization and leverages “tension processing” to dynamically steer the organization towards achieving that purpose.


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SVODN Holacracy Demystified -March 2017

Holacracy® is an approach to running an organization based on a system of extreme empowerment and self-management. It was created in 2007 and is now used by hundreds of organization around the world, of all types and sizes. Holacracy is quite different from how organizations are traditionally managed and as a result it is often misunderstood. Holacracy does not use a management hierarchy, but it is not “structureless” or “flat”. In fact, Holacracy has a very defined structure that evolves in a dynamic way through the Holacracy governance process. Everyone in the organization participates in this governance, but decisions are not made by consensus. There is a lot of autonomy, but there are also very clear accountabilities and new approaches for maintaining alignment.


Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how Holacracy works and the changes required for an organization to use Holacracy
  • Experience a Holacracy governance meeting and see it dynamically evolve the structure of the organization
  • Thought provoking ideas to challenge your assumptions about leadership and management


Event Agenda:

• 5:30pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00pm – Social hour across street at Whole Food (optional)

Speaker’s Bio:

Eric Babinet has been working with Holacracy since 2010 and has been a Certified Holacracy Coach since 2014. He has helped two organizations adopt Holacracy and has many years of experience guiding Agile transformation initiatives at Bay Area companies including Salesforce, SAP, and Credit Karma. He has extensive experience coaching teams and leaders on Agile approaches such as Scrum and Kanban. He is passionate about helping organizations learn to operate with greater self-management, so that they can become more adaptive, more successful, and better places to work.


Humble Leadership with Dr. Edgar Schein

Monday, Feb 6th  from 5:30-7:30pm
Humble Leadership:
Skills for Adapting to Organizational Evolution

New Insights from the 5th edition of Ed’s renowned book

Organization Culture & Leadership (OCL)

and how it is shaping his next book Humble Leadership as a skill for adapting in the real world.

Dr. Edgar Schein and Mr. Peter Schein

.                                                                        at UCSC-Extension Silicon Valley, Santa Clara

Eventbrite - Humble Leadership with Edgar Schein


  • Dr. Edgar Schein and his son Peter are co-founders of the OCL Institute
  • Dr. Schein has been researching and writing about group dynamics for over 30 years including his breakout book Organization Culture & Leadership back in the mid 80’s.
  • Actively writing and speaking on these topics at the age of 88, Ed is more direct than ever as he’s earned the right to call things out.
  • Humble Leadership is part of the answer to the challenge that organizational evolution is undergoing, especially HERE in Silicon Valley.  This book was just recently released in December 2016, still hot and will be reviewed with public for the first time HERE!
  • Over the past 4 years, Ed has presented on the topics of Humble Consulting and Cross-Cultural Communication at Silicon Valley OD Network.
  • Organizational Culture and Leadership was cited over 29,000 times in academic journals and is a textbook for many graduate level OD programs.
  • The 5th Edition expands on:
    • Working in a multicultural world with macro cultures such as nations and world wide occupations.
    • How socialization embeds layers of cultures within us and how they influence who we are as leaders.
    • Patterns and typology of cultures and rapid diagnostic methods.

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Event Agenda:

• 5:30pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages
• 6:00-7:30pm – Keynote Program
• 7:30-7:45pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 7:45-9:00pm – Social hour across street at Whole Food (optional)

Speaker’s Bio:

Dr. Edgar H. Schein is one of the leading voices in OD, best known for his work in organization culture, which he says consists of three levels: artifacts, espoused values, and underlying assumptions.

He joined MIT’s Sloan School of Management in 1956 and was made a professor of organizational psychology and management in 1964. He currently holds the title of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus. His clients have included Digital Equipment Corporation, H-P, Apple, Motorola, Exxon, Shell, BP, Con Edison, and many other corporations and agencies around the world.

Dr. Schein has been a prolific researcher, writer, teacher, and consultant. Besides his numerous articles in professional journals, he has authored fourteen books, including Organizational Psychology (3rd ed., 1980), Career Dynamics (1978), Organizational Culture and Leadership (1985, 1992, 2004), Process Consultation Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (1969, 1987, 1988), Process Consultation Revisited (1999), and The Corporate Culture Survival Guide (1999).

Mr. Peter Schein is a strategy consultant in Silicon Valley.  He provides help to start-ups and expansion-phase technology companies.

Peter’s expertise draws on over twenty years of industry experience in marketing and corporate development at technology pioneers.  In his early career he developed new products and services at Pacific Bell and Apple Computer, Inc. (including eWorld and Newton).  He led product marketing efforts at Silicon Graphics Inc., Concentric Network Corporation (XO Communications), and Packeteer (BlueCoat).  He developed a deep experience base and passion for internet infrastructure as the Web era dawned in the mid-1990s.

Thereafter, Peter spent eleven years in corporate development and product strategy at Sun Microsystems.  At Sun, Peter led numerous minority equity investments in mission-critical technology ecosystems.  He drove acquisitions of technology innovators that developed into multi-million dollar product lines at Sun.  Through these experiences developing new strategies organically and merging smaller entities into a large company,  Peter developed a keen focus on the underlying organizational culture challenges that growth engenders in innovation-driven enterprises.

Peter was educated at Stanford University (BA Social Anthropology, Honors and Distinction) and Northwestern University (Kellogg MBA, Marketing and Information Management, Top Student in Information Management).

7th Annual New Year Networking Extravaganza

Monday, Jan 9th @ 5:30 – 7:30pm
2 for 1 for online registrations ONLY
LOCATION at the historic Pedro’s Cantina, Santa Clara

A fun, fast-paced set of activities that breaks the group into small groups for more intimate conversations about areas of common interest.  DON’T MISS – One of our most popular events of the year!Eventbrite - 2017 New Year Networking Event

– Connect with like-minded OD professionals to explore future possibilities
– Explore emerging trends in OD, leadership, and culture change to sharpen ‘talking points’ for 2017
– Share strategies for promoting the work you do with executives across the Valley

Learn more about SVODN’s transformation into a self-organizing learning organization.
Meet SVODN’s growing team and learn about our exciting new OD development programs like…
Learning Circles – small groups, short term, focused topics, identify best practices, get exposure
Mentoring program – engaging our full spectrum of the community from students to sages
Probono consulting projects – applied learning projects to impact non-profits through Taproot Foundation

Good Food. Great People.  Fabulous Conversations!

Registration : $20 in advance /  $25 at the door  /  $10 -full time students & non-profit professionals  (online registration closes at 11am on day of event)


Event Agenda:
• 5:30pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Beverages, networking primers
• 6:00-7:30pm – Interactive networking program with breakouts
• 7:30- ?? Continue to talk, eat, drink and discuss insights for new year success

Pedro’s Resturant & Cantina
3935 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara
Close to 101 / Great American Hwy



Keys to Organizational Life & Death

Monday, Dec 5th
Jerry Talley and Victoria Baugh
at UCSC-Extension Silicon Valley,  Santa Clara 

“When one side wins to the exclusion of the other, we both LOSE!”

Eventbrite - Organizational Life or Death
Join us for an interesting and provocative look at common organizational challenges that are rarely understood for what they are, but can kill an organization if managed poorly.

Jerry and Victoria will guide us through common organizational challenges, conversations and solutions to release tensions, open communication channels, and work together for success. Dilemmas call for these non-traditional approaches. And there are only a critical handful of dilemmas we need to consider.

Take A-ways:

IMG_99791. Explore: How to recognize and think about these unusual challenges.
2. Ways to shift our perspective to see what is really occurring.
3. How to structure the conversations that improve organizational health and effectiveness.
4. Useful tools for your consulting practices.

Too often in Western thought we address problems by carving them into “more manageable” pieces; sometimes the only effective approach is to find the whole rather than the parts, to embrace the incompatible, to see past conflict to find collaboration and creativity. Dilemmas call for these non-traditional approaches. And there are only a critical handful of dilemmas we need to consider.

Event Agenda:IMG_9952

• 5:30pm – Registration, Light Snacks & Networking
• 6:00-7:30pm – Engaging Keynote Program
• 7:30-8:00pm – Continue to network and share insights
• 8:00-9:00pm – Walk to social hour at Whole Foods cafe (optional)

Event Cost  – Christmas Special !!

$10 in advance with canned donation to Second Harvest / $15 at the door
No food? No Problem. An additional $5 will be added and donated on your behalf.
Full time non-profit and university students attend for $5 with canned food donation

Speaker’s Bio:  Jerry Talley

Jerry is the veteran of 3 careers. His first venture was on the faculty of Stanford University teaching in the Sociology Department for 18 years. Stanford was also the source of his PhD.
He had a practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist for about ten years. He still sometimes lectures at Stanford and other Bay area schools on relationship issues.
In the late 1970’s, he moved into organizational development consulting, accumulating over 250 client engagements since that time. For 16 years he managed the South Bay Organizational Development Network, a 500-member professional development group for HR, Training, and OD practitioners.
Through all these experiences, the common focus was on how people think about and manage complex and troubling situations, and how they form relationships with each other (or not) in the process.
His clients have included companies in high tech R&D, hospitality, health care, the military, manufacturing, insurance, banking and credit unions, education, publishing, entertainment, mental health, city and county government, not-for-profits, and large consulting houses…and one organic grocery store.
Companies he has served: Alza Corp.; Hewlett Packard; Intel; Health Product Center; Santa Clara Valley Water District; Human Factors Inc., to name a few of the 81 companies he has worked with.

Bio – Victoria Baugh,

Silicon Valley OD Network Council Member

20 years experience with the IRS in a variety of positions: IRS’s Service wide Leadership Succession Planning program manager, senior organization development consultant, executive coach, leadership trainer and facilitator.

  • Co-designed, developed and delivered IRS’s Virtual Coaching certification program based on the International Coaching Federation standards.
  • 15 years as instructional designer and Curriculum and Instructional Standards Officer with the U S Navy
  • 5 years as Curriculum Coordinator/ crisis intervention specialist for a program for Severely Emotionally Disturbed children K-12,
  • Currently retired to live a new more exciting life as a photographer, mhypnotist and training in healing modalities.

• MA Psychology, MA Instructional Systems Design
BA Psychology, BA Special Education

• Organization Development – Community at Work, The Grove, Interaction Associates
• Coaching: Michael Grinder Associates, IRS Internal, AMA, NLP of California
• Process Management – George Mason University
• Emotional Intelligence – Talent Smart
• Neurolinguistic Programming – NLP of California, Master’s Level
• Assessments: MBTI, DiSC, OPM 360, Leadership Impact Assessment and others.