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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)


 Speakers’ Bios:

Jeff Richardson

Before Jeff Richardson became the director of Silicon Valley OD Network, he was engaging the SVODN community in engaging activities in the first networking kickoff event 7 years ago.  His expertise in bringing multi-cultural groups and teams together has been at the heart of the work he does for global companies in the US and Japan.

Jeff designs and facilitates global leadership, innovation and team effectiveness programs for companies wanting to accelerate business growth. He wrote the book on forming successful cross-functional product design teams at a Fortune 50 company while facilitating 34 multi-million dollar startups.  As an internal OD leader, he helped integrate the product development systems during a 4 company merger that resulted in the formation of one of the largest defense contractors in the world.  He was also responsible for leadership integration programs, Project Management competency model and resulting curriculum and guided the launch of virtual team development efforts across that company.  An expert in the area of cultural integration, Jeff’s consulting work includes executive offsites, company mergers, project launches and strategic planning programs at multi-national and hyper-growth companies.

Jeff’s engineering and OD background combined with an expertise designing experiential teambuilding activities enables him to create highly engaging and technically relevant workshops and webinars.

Chris Bui’s Bio

Chris is a pioneering social/civic entrepreneur, collective intelligence, shared wisdom, and participatory democracy practitioner. He loves collaborating with skillful teams committed to successfully address and solve the greatest challenges of our time. In 1991, he created a visionary civic engagement and citizen empowerment process and organization called the 5th Medium I.C. (Interactive Communications) with a mission to ignite and unleash the world’s collective genius.

Leveraging OptionFinder, a global leader in interactive keypad meeting technology, he has planned and co-facilitated over 2,500 interactive town halls, summits, conferences, and meetings that engage the public, elected officials, organizations, issue experts, and businesses in a high-performance team relationship to realize the promise and potential of our Democracy.

The long-term vision and goal is to transform our cultures of dialogue, Democracy, and decision making into ones founded on collaboration and teamwork. He is the Program Champion of a game-changing, scalable and sustainable, civic-engagement and community-building ecosystem program entitled: The American Focus – where together, we are the evolution of the American Revolution.



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Date(s) - 01/08/2018
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

International Technological University (ITU)