Hannah Kain – Creating Award Winning Culture

Monday Nov 2, 2015

5:30pm Networking | 6 – 7:30pm Program

Award Winning CEO of ALOM Global Supply Chain Mgmt
including the 2013 Silver Stevie Award as the best global woman-owned company
(which is also the Bay Area’s biggest)

Hannah discussed strategies and practical advice for creating an inclusive, performance oriented company culture with a CEO who is conscious about building a unique culture.




Key Take Aways included…

– Get a handle on what inclusiveness means and how you can make it happen in your company
– Develop new, creative culture strategies that deliver recognizable value to your customers
– Learn how to drive performance without driving people away (or into the ground).

But how do you define and nurture the right culture? What does it take to hire and manage for that culture? ALOM CEO Hannah Kain has contemplated this question throughout her management career. Born in Denmark, Ms. Kain brought a Danish leadership style to the company that she built over the last 18 years. A multi-year winner of one of the best 100 companies to work for in the Bay Area, winner of numerous management, industry, customer, and peer awards, ALOM is a midsized company making a difference to its customers, employees and the community.

Read an except from her  book Scrappy Women in Business HERE

Her most recent leadership awards include:
– 2015 Manufacturing Institute STEP Ahead award
– 2015 YWCA Tribute to Women award
– 2014 NWBOC Eclipse award
– 2012 Silicon Valley Capitol Club wall of fame
– 2009 “Woman of Influence” Silicon Valley Business Journal

Hannah makes time to give back as a Board member at …
Silicon Valley Women’s Initiative (Chair)
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council


Event Location: BROADCOM – located at 190 Mathilda Place in Downtown Sunnyvale
   (Downloadable map – SBODN Sunnyvale Event Location)
Safe underground parking and light snack provided
   CONTINUE TO CONNECT: Walk to post event social hour at Turmeric on Murphy Ave.

Want to Avoid Traffic? – Only 2 blocks from Sunnyvale CalTrain station

Hannah Kain’s Bio

  • Hannah Kain is President and CEO of ALOM, a global supply chain company she founded in 1997 headquartered in Fremont, California.
  • Hannah was born in Denmark and immigrated to the US in 1990. She taught at Copenhagen Business School and is a published author with three university degrees and a 30 year management career.
  • She has been honored with the 2015 Manufacturing Institute STEP Ahead award, the 2015 YWCA Tribute to Women award, the 2014 NWBOC Eclipse award, inducted into the Silicon Valley Capitol Club wall of fame in 2012, named a “Woman of Influence” by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal in 2009, won the global Vistage Leadership Award in 2011, and was named a WBENC Business Star in 2012.
  • Under her leadership, ALOM won the 2013 Silver Stevie Award as the best global woman-owned company. The company has also earned numerous quality certifications, including ISO 9000, ISO 13485, TL 9000 and DMSCA CMP Level 3. ALOM is FDA registered, Safe Harbor, WBENC, NWBOC, and CPUC certified.
  • Hannah is a Board member of WBENC, the National Association of Manufacturers and Watermark, and former Chair of the Silicon Valley Board for the Women’s Initiative. She serves on the Advisory Council of Heritage Bank of Commerce and The Michelle R. Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University. Kain is a member of the exclusive invitation-only Committee of 200 for executive women.
  • Learn more about her background at Hannah’s LinkedIn page

Culture in Action – Greg Ranstrom

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Monday Oct 5, 2015

5:30pm Networking | 6 – 7:30pm Program

CEO of We, Inc. based in Bend Oregon
 2014 Wisdom 2.0 presenter on culture change
Director of the year-long Fellows program at the
American Leadership Forum (ALF) – Silicon ValleyEventbrite - Culture in Action - Greg Ranstrom

3 Key Take-aways
• Learn new tools for creating sustainable team culture change in less time
• Explore practical approaches to integrate vital skill sets into meeting cultures
• Gain more clarity on the unique culture of SBODN through activity experiences

Event Location: BROADCOM – located at 190 Mathilda Place in Downtown Sunnyvale
   (Downloadable map – SBODN Sunnyvale Event Location)
Safe underground parking and light snack provided
   CONTINUE TO CONNECT: Walk to post event social hour at Turmeric on Murphy Ave.

Want to Avoid Traffic? – Only 2 blocks from Sunnyvale CalTrain station

Why does culture matter?
Culture extends to brand identity. Culture attracts, lands and keeps good-fit employees. Strong
cultures develop strong leaders and capable employees—employees develop essential skills for
collaboration and performance and those skills extend to personal development and tools for
better relationships at work and at home. An aligned culture allows operations to flow with ease.
Simply put, organizations with strong and vital cultures perform better

Seven Skill We’ll Explore…

1. Presence: To stabilize physiology, expand awareness, and open mind, heart and will to the group.
2. Sensing: To continue presence practice and to intentionally bring full attention to the meeting.
3. Story: To identify and articulate your culture in action.
4. Tensions: Tensions identify opportunities to learn, create better alignment and to innovate (but left
unaddressed, they can fester and waste energy).
5. Conversations: Conversations to explore tensions allow the group to learn, create better alignment and innovate.
6. Actions: To move forward with smart action.
7. Appreciation: To appreciate the process and intentionally bring full attention to the closing of the meeting.

Greg Ranstrom’s Bio:
• Greg Ranstrom, is CEO of We, Inc. Greg believes an organization’s culture determines its ability to deliver value to the market. In 2012 he launched We, Inc. and began delivering the Culture in Action™ approach to nurture and evolve cultures that work.

• In 2004, Greg began a long-term consulting relationship with the American Leadership Forum (ALF) – Silicon Valley. He is Director of ALF’s year-long Fellows program, facilitating the experience of 25-30 cross-sector executives through a 21-day exploration of leadership challenges of the 21st century. Greg also serves as faculty for other ALF chapters.

• In 1989, Greg co-founded Outside Insights, LLC and designed and delivered week long leadership and team development workshops for multinational companies, including Exxon Chemical, Motorola, and Nestle, among many others. In this capacity, Greg has worked with senior leaders of almost every nationality, in most industries. Mr. Ranstrom has also traveled extensively to work with clients throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.

• Greg began his career with Princeton University as the Associate Director of Programs for the Princeton Education Center at Blairstown. In this capacity Greg, managed programs for underserved youth and he designed and facilitated team and personal development retreats for Princeton faculty, staff and students.

• Greg lives in Bend Oregon with his wife, artist Alisa Huntley, and their three children, Madeline, Claire, and Cole. An active community volunteer, Greg recently launched CivilSay a process for citizen engagement in important community issues.


Edgar Schein – Humble Consulting

Edgar ScheinHumble Consulting:
How to Make Help Really Helpful
Monday Sept 14, 2015

Integrating concepts from his most recent book, Humble Inquiry, with his seminal work in the area of process consulting to create a transformational approach to OD consulting.
Get key insights before the forthcoming book is released.

The 3 C’s of Humble Consulting (AUDIO): Commitment, Curiosity and Car

Ed is a fabulous storyteller, sharing insights from his early days of T Groups and with DEC executive teams.  He reflected on situations where an “adaptive move” was needed to shift the thinking of the group, even if it wasn’t always in the best interest of selling more consulting services.  Using curiosity and care to drive our exploration of simple, yet innovative solution ideas was his message.

Adaptive Move AUDIO LINK


The organizational problems of today are complex, systemic, open-ended, culturally diverse, and constantly changing. For us to be really helpful with such problems we need a new approach to consulting that is faster, more dialogic, and more personal. I will describe my experience in evolving this new approach and provide some examples.


Edgar Schein’s Bio:

  • 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).

Healthy Organizations in a Healthy World – Your Role?

Monday, Aug 3 2015
Kathryn Goldman Schuyler

Kathryn will share with us insights into organizational health from interviews and conversations with key OD thinkers Ed Schein, Margaret Wheatley, Peter Senge, Robert Quinn, and Otto Scharmer. She gathered the information over the past year for her forthcoming book.

– Insight into your own current situation
– One or two next steps for you to create a healthier organization
– Clarity about what you want to do and be with regard to the deepest meanings of personal and world health

Event Location: BROADCOM – located at 190 Mathilda Place in Downtown Sunnyvale
(Downloadable map – SBODN Sunnyvale Event Location)
Safe underground parking and light snack provided
CONTINUE TO CONNECT: Walk to post event social hour at Turmeric on Murphy Ave.

Want to Avoid Traffic? – Only 2 blocks from Sunnyvale CalTrain station

OD can help create organizations that contribute to a healthy world!  How healthy is your organization/work place? Is your work contributing to a healthier you and a healthier world? How often do you and your co-workers feel valued? You spend almost half your life working; wouldn’t you prefer a vibrant, healthy atmosphere?

Each of these wise thought leaders has contributed so much to us all: Kathryn has brought them together to revitalize our OD awareness of the central importance of organizational health.
She’ll share her research and involve you in probing dialogue so you can more clearly see your own priorities on these core questions. As Kathryn is a globally certified Feldenkrais practitioner, we will also explore how intuitions about our health and learning are based in our bodies.

About the speaker:

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler, Consultant and Professor of Organization Development, California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP)

Kathryn is a sociologist, organizational consultant, and educator supporting leaders and graduate students in moving with awareness through challenging change. She has helped hundreds of executives to cultivate healthy organizations and views her current passion as helping graduate students to make the changes they want in their lives. Kathryn is the author of INNER PEACE—GLOBAL IMPACT: Tibetan Buddhism, Leadership, and Work (IAP-2012) and editor of Leading with Spirit, Presence, and Authenticity (Jossey-Bass/Wiley – 2014).

Specialties: Mindfulness and leadership – Presencing – Culture Change – Executive Coaching.


Driving Employee Engagement & Innovation

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Jag Randhawa, CIO / Award Winning Author

Research shows a direct correlation between employee engagement and innovation. In addition, executives report employee engagement and innovation among their top priorities. Then why Gallup Polls show employee engagement at an all-time low? In today’s information economy, Human Capital Management is more important than ever. As the HR/OD leader, it is your responsibility to introduce leadership practices and programs that boost employee engagement, align organizational activities with strategic goals and foster a culture of innovation. Learn how you can do it all through a simple six-step bottom-up innovation program

Key “How To” Take-Aways include….

– Build leadership practices that boost employee engagement.
– Foster a culture of innovation and lead the organizational change.
– Help employees find meaning in their work.
– Transform employees into innovators and the catalyst of change.
– Attract top talent and lower turnover.

Event Location: BROADCOM – located at 190 Mathilda Place in Downtown Sunnyvale
(Downloadable map – SBODN Sunnyvale Event Location)

Want to Avoid Traffic? – Only 2 blocks from Sunnyvale CalTrain station

Safe underground parking and light snack provided
CONTINUE TO CONNECT: Walk to post event social hour at Turmeric on Murphy Ave.


Have you ever wondered what makes a company innovative? How Apple creates such beautiful products? How Pixar produces successful movies one after another? How Google comes up with idea after idea? How Toyota became the icon of quality?

The answer is surprisingly simple–employee ideas. These companies engage employees to suggest and refine ideas that improve their products and operations at every step of the way.

The Bright Idea Box introduces a six-step MASTER innovation program for employees to submit, develop, and implement ideas. MASTER is an acronym for Mobilize, Amass, Support, Triage, Execute, and Recognize.


“The Bright Idea Box is part inspiration, part workbook, part resource, and a book everyone can learn from.” —Daniel H. Pink, author of TO SELL IS HUMAN and DRIVE

“This powerful, practical book shows you how to motivate, inspire, and get the very best out of each person in your company.” —Brian Tracy, author of Full Engagement

“The Bright Idea Box teaches you how to create practical, viable programs that will transform the company and the bottom line!” —Marshall Goldsmith, named America’s Preeminent Executive Coach by Fast Company magazine

 Jag’s Bio

Jag Randhawa is a Technology Executive, Venture Capital Advisor, Innovation Consultant, and the award-winning author of the book “The Bright Idea Box.”

Technology executive with 20 years of experience. Expert in revamping technology as a strategic business advantage, fostering culture of innovation and building award winning products.
He wears multiple hats – Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Innovation Officer. At the core, he is a technologist, but with strong people skills and customer service focus.

TechExecs, Silicon Valley CIO chapter chair
American Management Association IST Council Member

Specialities: Innovation Management, Technology Strategic Planning, Employee Engagement, e-Commerce, Process Automation, Technology Roadmap, Enterprise Architecture, Big Data, Process Innovation, Customer Portals, Security and Compliance, Disaster Recovery Planning

Influencing Corporate Culture – Panel Discussion – May 4, 2014

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Moving the Culture Conversation from
Strategy to Action to Sustainability

Join SBODN for an interactive panel discussion that will explore different business transformations and how OD experts are helping to adapt the internal cultures to be successful in this new environment.  Help us compare and contrast culture change elements from diverse situations to discover the common components that are essential for success.  What are YOU interested in learning about?  Share your interests and questions to help drive the conversation.

Situations we’ll be addressing include…

–  Hitting a Plateau: What do you do when what got you here won’t get you there any more?
–  Going Global: Developing leaders during the transition from domestic to global operations.
–  Getting Unstuck: Injecting new insights & energy into old-school environment
–  Consulting Change: Shifting from a consultant-delivered to technology-enabled model

Key elements that our experts will be addressing include…

– Key drivers for change and sponsor engagement
– What’s being done and why it’s working
– Dealing with obstacles and setbacks along the way
– How to measure and maintain culture change success

Panellists with over 100 years of OD experience to share (short bio further below)
Lori Teller – Senior OD Consultant at NetApp
Kimberly Wiefling – Global Leadership Consultant & President at Wiefling Consulting
William Werhane – BD Director for Culture Amp & former Executive at Hay Group
Victoria Baugh – IRS’s Service wide Leadership Succession Planning program manager

Eventbrite - Influencing Corporate Culture - Panel Discussion

Event Location: BROADCOM – located at 190 Mathilda Place in Downtown Sunnyvale
(Downloadable map – SBODN Sunnyvale Event Location)

  •  Centrally located – easy access from 280 and 101
  • Safe underground parking
  • 2 blocks to CalTrain station
  • Walk to post event social hour at Turmeric on Murphy Ave.

Panelist Bio’s:

Kimberly Wiefling, President of Wiefling Consulting, a Global Business Leadership Consulting firm working

A physicist by education, Kimberly realized long ago the limits of technology devoid of human skills – the so-called “touchy feely” aspects of work so vital to success, and so frequently overlooked. Kimberly’s six month global leadership development “learning laboratories” have been a cornerstone of multi-year, multi-cultural globalization initiatives of major Japanese companies such as Kuraray, Furukawa, and Yamaha.

Lori TellerLori Teller,  Senior Organization Development Consultant at NetApp, Inc.

Over 30  years of experience in organization development, change leadership, human resource development and talent management.  Internal and external consultant with: high technology, financial services, health care, manufacturing, government, energy, professional services and more.
Areas of expertise are organizational alignment, culture development, change leadership, strategic planning, organization design, team building and leadership development.  Adept at creating clarity, insight and ability to take effective action.

William Werhane, Business Development Director for Culture Amp, the survey platform for people and culture (#peoplegeeks), previously at Hay Group and International Survey Research.
Human Resources Consultant with expertise using data to provide HR and business leaders with the factbased insights they need to make people-based decisions in the areas of culture, talent management and organization effectiveness. Leader of large-scale quantitative and qualitative research projects to identify tangible connections between people, culture and business outcomes. Success working with HR and business leaders to use people analytics to prioritize and implement plans to improve performance.

vicky_2_Victoria Baugh – Program Manager – IRS’s Service wide Leadership Succession Planning process, previously internal OD consultant for IRS
Was an internal OD consultant in the IRS for 14 years, currently working Leadership Succession planning and is co-designer and instructor for the IRS’s Virtual Coach Training program. The coaching program has spurred a grass roots effort on the part of like-minded people across the organization to attempt to move our TJ culture to one that values and knows how to use a coaching approach in day-to-day management and in performance discussions.

NorCal Association Consortium Events

NorCal Association Consortium  Networking Event!!!
Reboot Your Business / Reboot Your Career
– Get focused and energize your 2015 professional goals!

20140113_182638Wednesday, April 29,  6 to 8:30 PM
San Jose City College,
600 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose

This event kicks off our brand-new, exciting partnership with a network of local, like -minded professional development organizations who will come together to better serve our membership communities through broader networking opportunities and more impactful events.

Click here for more info…

SBODN has joined forces with 6 other associations (so far) to create a single source to find event information related to HR, OD and change management fields.   Check it out….


The Surprising Neuroscience of Gender Inequity – Monday, April 13


Yes, we still have major gender gap issues, especially in the tech firms and innovation communities of Silicon Valley. It turns out that the prime culprit in gender inequity is likely not overt sexism.

Implicit bias, a normal by product of our neural design, leads well-intentioned men and women to reinforce the status quo, while constricting creativity and limiting strategic vision.

​ We are all affected by these limitations, so both men and women are encouraged to attend this need-to-know session. ​

  • how to recognize unconscious bias in your organization and practical steps for addressing it.
  • how to reframe the issue of gender equity from fairness to business imperative
  • how to shift the conversation from blame to responsibility

Eventbrite - Janet Crawford: The Surprising Neuroscience of Gender Inequity

 BROADCOM is located at 190 Mathilda Place in Downtown Sunnyvale

(Downloadable map – SBODN Sunnyvale Event Location)

  •  Centrally located – easy access from 280 and 101
  • Safe underground parking
  • 2 blocks to CalTrain station
  • Walk to post event social time at Turmeric on Murphy Ave.

Janet Crawford’s bio…

Janet Crawford is founder of the Women & Innovation Lab, and Cascadance, a San Francisco Bay Area based leadership development and culture design firm. She is a pioneer in the application of biology and neuroscience to organizational leadership and culture.

Janet holds a Masters from Stanford University and a BA from U.C. Berkeley, and is co-author of Leadership Embodiment: How the Way We Sit and Stand Can Change the Way We Think and Speak.


Create a Culture of Strategic Innovation – Monday, March 2, 2015

Did you know HR, OD, and leadership development will be the most critical functions for driving business growth and innovation within large companies in the future?

In a highly interactive session, Dr. Soren Kaplan shares the principals and practices for how to engage stakeholders, foster collaboration, and mobilize an organization around customer-focused value creation.

Soren’s presentation will include these key actions to take away:

  1. 6 Ways to Create a Culture of Innovation
  2. Strategies for shifting leadership mindsets
  3. How to foster cross-silo collaboration

LINK to Soren’s SBODN event presentation  (Additional resource blog)

Join the session and get a chance to win Soren’s Wall Street Journal bestselling book Leapfrogging that recently won “Best General Business Book” at the International Book Awards and “Best Leadership Book” at the Axiom Book Awards.  Soren will also hold a book signing after his presentation.

BROADCOM is located at 190 Mathilda Place in Downtown Sunnyvale
(Downloadable map – SBODN Sunnyvale Event Location)

  •  Centrally located – easy access from 280 and 101
  • Safe underground parking
  • 2 blocks to CalTrain station
  • Walk to post event social time at Turmeric on Murphy Ave.

Bio:  Dr. Soren Kaplan is a leading keynote speaker, the author of the bestselling and award winning book, Leapfrogging, a writer for FastCompany, faculty member in the executive education program at the Copenhagen Business School, and the Founder of InnovationPoint.

As a leading expert in innovation, culture, and disruptive change, he works with organizations including Disney, NBCUniversal, Kimberly-Clark, Colgate-Palmolive, Medtronic, Philips, Red Bull, Ascension Health, KQED, and numerous other global firms.  He holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Psychology and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife, two daughters, and hypoallergenic cat.

Post M&A Integration – Monday, Feb. 2, 2015

many directionsM&A’s continued to grow in 2014….$ 2.66 Trillion in 9 months…but M&A failure rates of 50%+ continue despite a wealth of information on planning for post merger integration on the web supplied by consultants, business journals, etc.

These failures are not resulting from flawed deal strategies….but rather from companies not planning for integration once the deal is closed…In fact, the Boston Consulting Group found that 80% of companies had done little post merger planning.

Ironically for those of us in HR, M&A failures continue to be largely attributed to cultural and people related problems!

Larry’s presentation will focus on how we in HR can be part of the solution, including:

  1. Discussions that HR needs to have with the Board, CEO, and senior management team before the deal process is started
  2. Roles that HR should be playing pre and post merger
  3. Training and coaching that HR will need to provide to prepare management for leading change and building employee commitment to the merged company.

Eventbrite - Larry Kroh: M&A Integration - Practical Insights for Change Leaders

BROADCOM is located at 190 Mathilda Place in Downtown Sunnyvale
(Downloadable map – SBODN Sunnyvale Event Location)

  •  Centrally located – easy access from 280 and 101
  • Safe underground parking
  • 2 blocks to CalTrain station
  • Walk to post event social time at Turmeric on Murphy Ave.

The session will offer pragmatic steps to address the people and cultural issues associated with post merger integration from Larry Kroh, founder of The Merger Solution, and author of “M&A’s: The HR Paradox,” published in OD Seasonings, the online journal of the Organization Development Network.

An M&A is by far the most difficult and complex change project faced by organizations. It’s hard enough bringing about major change within an organization, but combining organizations, cultures, management styles, politics, etc.takes change management to a totally different level.

The key to success is a management team committed as much to the post-merger integration as they are to doing the deal. Easier said than done!

larrykroh_CroppedBio: Larry Kroh is an OD & Human Resources consultant with 30 years experience in Human Resource management and consulting, specializing in executive coaching, organizational development, change management, teambuilding, onboarding, post-merger integration, and leadership training. His clients have ranged from technology startups to Fortune 500 companies, representing a broad range of industries.
Previously Larry held senior Human Resource generalist roles with American Express and The Coca-Cola Company, and directed global training and development for The Coca-Cola Company. He received his BFT from Thunderbird School of Global Management and B.A. from Michigan State University. Larry has presented at numerous professional meetings and authored multiple articles, including two in OD Network publications: “Crossing the Great (Management) Divide: The Business Case for Inboarding”, published in OD Practitioner, spring 2012, and “Mergers & Acquisitions: The HR Paradox”, published in OD Seasonings, April 2007. Larry is President of Larry Kroh & Associates.

5th Annual Networking Extravaganza – Monday, Jan 12th 2015


Kick start your new year at this wildly popular event focused on meeting influential change leaders around area of common interest.

  • Starting off with some fun, fast moving “getting-to-know-you” activities help you meet more people in less time
  • Deep dive discussions in small groups to discover common connections and shared interests
    • 2015 business challenges of Silicon Valley companies
    • Professional development goals and strategies
    • Opportunities to impact change outside work
  • Identify and launch learning communities for continued learning conversations

Eventbrite - 5th Annual Networking Extravaganza

BROADCOM is located at 190 Mathilda Place in Downtown Sunnyvale
(Downloadable map – SBODN Sunnyvale Event Location)


  • Centrally located – easy access from 280 and 101
  • Safe underground parking
  • 2 blocks to CalTrain station
  • Walk to post event social time at Turmeric on Murphy Ave.


Activities Facilitated by Jeff Richardson, SBODN DirectorJeff Richardson, SBODN Director

Jeff has been developing/delivering the Secrets of Successful Networking seminars for over 10 years for thousands of professionals at corporate, association and conference events.  His interactive style and uniqaue approach make the learning process fun and effective while giving participants a successful experience to build on.

As an educator, Jeff is an expert in the area of experiential design, including a leadership role with the Association of Experiential Educators western region.  Jeff’s been applying this interactive format to leadership, project management and team development programs in Silicon Valley and Japan since 2003.  He has designed/taught at universities including Stanford’s, San Jose State, UC Santa Cruz – Extension, Keio, Kyoto and Tohoku as well as corporations like Cisco, GE, Hitachi, Toshiba, Symantec, Intuit, Raytheon to name a few.

He has degrees include BS Mechanical Engineering and MS Organizational Development

T.U.R.N. 2015 Into Your Best Year Yet!

 Thursday, Dec. 4th
5:30pm networking | 6-7:30pm program
Presented by Clara Chorley
@ Broadcom in downtown Sunnyvale

< 2 min walk from Sunnyvale CalTrain station >
(Continue conversations at post-event ‘happy hour’ 2 blocks away)

4 Steps to Clarity in your Life & Career

A unique opportunity to talk about YOUR career development interests with senior OD change leaders.  Come get excited and engaged.  Awesome opportunity for millennials, students and the “OD curious,” too

What you’ll take away:

  • Tools to give you a new perspective and renewed energy in your work
  • Clarity about what professional changes are needed and the first step to take
  • A simple way to seed your professional and personal development processes
  • Courage and inspiration to make the changes you know are needed
  • Virtual support groups established for those who want to continue the conversations

Click HERE for Clara’s videos.

Change is constant during our lives. As we grow, so do our aspirations and our needs. Often we find ourselves pausing and wondering where the time or the year went; what happened to the goals we set? We might know we want to grow and see improvements in our work, but something is in the way and we’re ready to identify it for better, more fulfilling results.

 As change leaders, we often forget that successful positive change in your work is largely determined by the willingness to do something different.

Signs that indicate positive change is needed:

  • You know what you want professionally, but feel scared and unclear about how to have it.
  • You want something different, you know (or don’t know) what’s in the way, and aren’t actively addressing it.
  • You’re tired of feeling jaded and low energy.
  • Things are good, and … you know there’s more.
  • You’re on track, but you also feel like you’re off-track!

Our profoundly simple 4-step process, developed over 20 years of global research, can help.

Clara Chorley bio

Clara Chorley is the CEO and founder of Clarity Unlimited. She has an extensive and unique international background as a Clarity Coach, organizational consultant, humanitarian, and insatiable explorer.

Clara works with organizations and individuals who are committed to making a positive difference in the world with their work. She has worked and travelled through 40 countries and five continents.

She is author of the book T.U.R.N.: 4 Steps to Clarity in your Life and Career, and an international speaker and TEDx presenter.

Full Engagement: How to Mobilize People as Leaders of Change

Monday, Nov. 3rd
5:30pm networking | 6-7:30pm program
Presented by Steve Levin
@ Broadcom in downtown Sunnyvale

< 2 min walk from Sunnyvale CalTrain station >
(Continue conversations at post-event ‘happy hour’ 2 blocks away)

Eventbrite - Steve Levin: Full Engagement:  How to Mobilize People as Leaders of Change

How do we turn people who are spectators into full participants?

Got frustrating situations?  Bring them with you!
powerful conversations
Get in-the-moment coaching while Steve models and discusses the small things that make a big difference!

Steve Levin will explain how we use every day opportunities to invigorate the desire to grow, contribute, and commit to positive change.

Click HERE for more Powerful Conversations details

Gallup’s 2014 Engagement survey results show 70% of employees are disengaged – more disturbing is the 20% actively working against your company’s change efforts.

Stop talking past each other and move towards greater emotional commitment, mutual trust, and reliable action with Steve’s insightful / effective tools. You will leave ready and eager to practice new ways of coaching and leading change!

 The best leaders and change agents consistently evoke high levels of personal engagement and commitment from others.

The best leaders and change agents consistently evoke high levels of personal engagement and commitment from others. How do we turn people who are spectators into full participants?  How do we use everyday coaching opportunities to invigorate the desire to grow, contribute, and commit to positive change?

Stop talking past each other and move towards greater emotional commitment, mutual trust, and reliable action with Steve’s simple and effective tools. You will leave ready and eager to practice new ways of coaching and leading change!

Steve Levin bio

Steve Levin, principal of Leading Change, has over 20 years experience in coaching leaders, building teams, and consulting in organizational change. He is expert in showing leaders how to influence far beyond their authority to address their most difficult situations.  Steve teaches advanced coaching skills through his “Powerful Conversations” course for leaders and coaches.  He is an expert designer of collaborative events to create lasting organizational change.

Steve is recognized as a Master Certified Coach (highest designation) by the International Coach Federation.  Before founding Leading Change, Steve was a senior consultant and master trainer with Interaction Associates and an internal organization development consultant in the computer and pharmaceutical industries. Previously he managed a $100 million business and developed new products in the consumer packaged goods industry.


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Executive Insights: C-Suite Perspectives on Organizational Change


Monday, Oct. 6th
5:30pm networking | 6-7:30pm program
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with Jag Randawa, Benny Kirsch and Theresa Strickland
Silicon Valley executives with extensive experience leading organizational change 

@ Broadcom in downtown Sunnyvale
< 2 min walk from Sunnyvale CalTrain station >
(Continue conversations at post-event ‘happy hour’ 2 blocks away)

Eventbrite - Executive Insights: C-Suite Perspectives on Organizational Change

Get candid insights from three savvy Silicon Valley executives on key aspects of organizational change. Learn how to influence the C-Suite to ensure your next change project is successful.

Key Take-Aways:
–  What are the critical elements to accelerate change value realization?
–  Does leading change, especially culture, still come best from the top down?
–  What are one or two key “must haves” in change implementation?
–  How do you measure the ROI of change initiatives?
–  In a high-growth, constantly changing business or start-up, how do you recognize what is normal change as opposed to chaos in your organization? What is “healthy change” and what can we do to ensure it happens?

About the panel:

  • Jag Randawa is VP and CIO at CAMICO Insurance, and the author of The Bright Idea Box
  • Benny Kirsch is former VP and CIO of Infoblox
  • Theresa Strickland is VP of People & Culture at GuideSpark


Liz Wiseman: Rookie Smarts Can Keep You Current in the Workplace

Liz cropped 159by180Monday, Sept. 8th
5:30pm networking | 6-7:30pm program
.with Liz Wiseman
Award Winning Author, Leadership Expert & former Oracle VP
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In this highly engaging session, Liz will share her research findings and offer a framework for how individuals and companies can think and act with Rookie Smarts – stepping out of their comfort zone and working at their best in the learning zone. Liz combines vivid illustrations, personal reflection, and practical tools to help leaders keep themselves and their entire team fresh, relevant and performing at the top of their game.

Key Take-Aways:
–  Learning beats knowing in the new game of work
–  Successful leaders are “perpetual rookies,” thinking and operating like newcomers
–  Constant learning is more valuable than experience and mastery in a rapidly changing world

Soon to be released book entitled “Rookie Smarts” addresses the questions every experienced professional faces: “Will my knowledge and skills become obsolete and irrelevant? Will a young, inexperienced newcomer upend my company or me? How can I keep up?” The answer is to stay fresh, keep learning and know when to think like a rookie.

Leadership expert Liz Wiseman argues that the most successful rookies are hunter-gatherers — alert and seeking, cautious but quick like firewalkers, and hungry and relentless like pioneers. Most importantly, she identifies a breed of leaders she refers to as “perpetual rookies.” Despite years of experience, they retain their rookie smarts, thinking and operating with the mindsets and practices of these high-performing rookies.

About Liz Wiseman

  • President of the Wiseman Group, a Silicon Valley leadership research and development firm whose  clients include  Apple, Disney, eBay/PayPal, Facebook, GAP, Genentech/Roche, Microsoft, Nike, Salesforce.com, and Twitter
  • Listed on the Thinkers50 ranking and named as one of the top 10 leadership thinkers in the world
  • Author of the bestsellers Multipliers:  How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter and The Multiplier Effect:  Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools and Rookie Smarts:  Why Learning Beats Knowing in the New Game of Work (October 2014)


There Are No Problems by Jerry Talley

jerry talley photoMonday June 2nd
5:30pm networking | 6-7:30pm program
Presented by Jerry Talley
@ Broadcom in downtown Sunnyvale

Eventbrite - There are No Problems with Jerry Talley

Transforming Organizational Change Mindsets
Invaluable insights for internal and external consultants on executive engagement strategies for addressing the REAL organizational issues instead of a “solution request”

Key Take-Aways
– Discover how our problem-solution mindset is hindering effective change
– Learn a different strategy for supporting the evolution of your client
– Understand the implications of this view of organizations for leadership
– Learn how to find an organization’s natural path of change

We pride ourselves on having solutions for our clients’ needs.  Greater resilience.  More alignment.  More on-time project performance.  Greater personal productivity.  Smoother operations.  Stronger buy-in.  The solutions we can deliver is how we define our value in the marketplace.

And our clients actually want to have problems.  They want to cordon off a segment of the organization and call it “a problem” so they can start fixing it and so the rest of the organization can keep on going.

So we believe in “problems” and “solutions”.  But what if that belief actually interferes with our ability to identify and promote genuine change?  What if the problem-solution mindset is the real problem?

After 35 years of organizational consulting — and delivering a program on advanced problem solving — I think it’s time we took a look at the things we seldom question.  What if there are no problems?!

Jerry Talley Bio

Jerry Talley’s consulting work is a blend of his facility with data analysis, systems analysis, and working with people. He has had over 350 engagements with clients in high tech, pharmaceuticals, hospitals and health care, banking and finance, consulting houses, the military, manufacturing, public utilities, commercial construction, city and county governments, higher education, not-for-profits, publishing, hospitality, entertainment, aerospace, and one organic grocery store.

In 1984 he founded Organizational Diagnostics, a Bay Area firm specializing in diagnostic surveys to identify organizational problems. Based on the knowledge gleaned from over 250 corporate engagements, his practice expanded in 2000 to include design and implementation of specific interventions.

His consulting career actually began in 1975, and overlapped with his fifteen years on the faculty of Stanford University’s Department of Sociology. His teaching there ranged from “Marriage and Intimacy” to “The Philosophy of Applied Social Science” to “Corporate Competence”. Stanford was also the source of his Ph.D. in Sociology. He continues to lecture at Stanford and Santa Clara University.

In addition to teaching, he is also a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist. He had a private practice for over 10 years, which included 4 years consulting to the staff of Stanford’s Psychiatric Unit. He also taught family therapy in Santa Clara University’s Master’s Program.


Brain Savvy Leadership with Dr. Dario Nardi

Dario_photo_1Monday May 5th
5:30pm networking | 6-7:30pm program
How Neuroscience Can Enhance Your Leadership Style
Eventbrite - Brain Savvy Leadership with Dr. Dario Nardi

  • Award winning UCLA Professor and Co-founder of Human Complex Systems program
  • Internationally recognized author and speaker on neuroscience / personality
    • Neuroscience of Personality: Brain Savvy Insights for All Types of People
  • Neuroscience lab manager since 2006

Key Take-Aways
– Explore the brain’s 4 leadership modes and identify your strengths and weaknesses
– Discover mode shifting strategies for adapting to different work situations
– Learn how neuroscience relates to personality style tools like DiSC, MBTI, & others
– Actions to apply brain science to become a more agile leader starting tomorrow

Do you or your client have a leader’s brain?
What does that even mean?
And can we improve leadership skills?

After some brain basics, we focus on the prefrontal (“executive”) regions of the brain behind the forehead. Participants will get to profile their likely strength and usage with four particular regions. These regions link to personality models like DiSC and MBTI. Beyond that, we have capacity in all four — often with a primary and a secondary executive — and what is key is when and how well we use them together. Moreover, each our “executives” is more than cognitive. It effects emotions, attention, presence (physicality), and so forth. Often, emotional responses are the hidden ingredient in how we lead. Participants will have a chance to practice their secondary executive style as a way to improve coordination and flexibility across a variety of situations. A handout will allow them to take home the ideas to integrate with their current facilitation practices. 

We are excited to have graphic facilitator Nevada Lane on hand to transform the conversations into artwork
(See her sketch from Edgar Schein event)

Learn more from Dario on these YouTube videos:

Dr. Dario Nardi’s Bio

Dario Nardi, PhD is an author, speaker, and trainer in the use of personality and neuroscience. He has taught at University of California (Los Angeles) since 1998, has been recognized with three teaching awards, and is a co-founder of UCLA’s Human Complex Systems degree program.

Dario is the owner of Radiance House, a media and publishing company. He gained Myers-Briggs certification in 1994 and is the author or coauthor of numerous books on personality including 8 Keys to Self-Leadership, Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types in Organizations, Character and Personality Type, An Introduction to the Personality Type Code, and the 16 Personality Types: Descriptions for Self-Discovery. He created two apps, Personality Types and Love Therapy, for the Apple iPhone / iPad. He is a co-founder of MatrixInsights, which offers online and blended coaching and leadership development.

Dario has supervised a neuroscience lab since 2006, with a focus on brain activity, brain development, and personality patterns as described in Neuroscience of Personality: Brain Savvy Insights for All Types of People. He focuses on sharing these insights for practical applications.

Cross-Cultural Conversations with Edgar Schein

Edgar ScheinMonday April 7th
5:30pm networking | 6-7:30pm program
Explore culture with the foremost expert
Edgar Schein 


Thanks to Nevada Lane for graphical summary of the event!

  • Learn keys to cross-cultural collaboration 
  • Explore other cultures using Humble Inquiry -ask questions that REALLY want to know
  • Share the insightful wisdom from Ed and other participants as ‘key take-aways’

We are ecstatic to have Ed back to dive deeper into this complex subject that every change leader must contest with.   Learn more about the art of asking instead of telling from Ed as he introduces key insights from his latest book Humble Inquiry.  We’ll practice this approach as a tool to dive deeper into a conversation about someone’s culture.

After establishing a safe environment for sharing, you’ll get to ask the questions you’ve always wanted to ask, but were afraid to because of the cultural norms that inhibit our conversations.  Then debrief the experience with Ed sharing key lessons to help you better manage the cultural complexity in your organization.

Learn more from Edgar Schein on these YouTube videos:

– Interview on Corporate Culture
– The concept of “culture”

Edgar is a former professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, has made a notable mark on the field of organizational development in many areas, including career developmentgroup process consultation, as well as organizational culture.




  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Workplace Learning and Performance of the American Society of Training and Development, February 3, 2000
  • Everett Cherrington Hughes Award for Career Scholarship, Careers Division of the Academy of Management, August 8, 2000
  • Marion Gislason Award for Leadership in Executive Development, Boston University School of Management Executive Development Roundtable, December 11, 2002
Board Member

Escape Velocity with Michael Eckhardt

Monday March 3rd
5:30pm networking | 6-7:30pm program 


Many technology-based companies have enjoyed success in their mature mainstream markets for 5 or 10 or even 20+ years – these include Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Nokia, as well as HP and Intel. To remain competitive, however, these companies must accomplish two challenging objectives simultaneously:

  • maintain + protect their mature mainstream businesses
  • while achieving “Escape Velocity” with breakthrough market initiatives fueled by new customer expectations / new business models / new innovations

The “Escape Velocity” session provides OD leaders + experts with insights on the specific strategies and tactics needed to achieve a sustainable and profitable entry with new market innovations, while remaining competitive in their mature business. As the March 3rd session will describe, this requires dramatically different executive coaching / skills / mindset / metrics / actions.

Escape Velocity examples:
Successes – IBM (from hardware to software + services); Apple (from desktops to mobile ecosystem)
Failures – Nokia (from basic mobile phones to smart phones); Kodak (from analog to digital)
Currently in Process – Oracle (from on-premise to cloud); Adobe (from installed s/w to online s/w)

Learn how Chasm Institute is putting the insights from this transformational book into ACTION with global Fortune 100 companies.  YOUTUBE VIDEO

Michael’s Bio:

Michael Eckhardt – Managing Director at Chasm Institute, is a veteran of Hewlett-Packard, Pepsico, and Price Waterhouse. An MBA graduate of Harvard Business School and Wall Street Journal Award winner, Michael Eckhardt is a recognized expert in both strategic innovation & high-tech market success.

He provides clients in Silicon Valley, the US, and Europe / Asia-Pacific with strategy workshops & practical market-centric innovation tools for gaining (+ sustaining) leadership positions in highly-competitive markets

Michael Eckhardt has worked with over 90 technology-based businesses in 19 countries. Founded in 1993, our clients include: Intel, Cisco, Adobe, HP, AT&T Wireless, SAP, Agilent Technologies, Micron, LMC Data Systems, NetApp, Autodesk, Plantronics, Mentor Graphics, and other high-tech leaders.

His 3 primary areas of focus are:
– accelerating market success
– predicting customer reaction to new product intro’s
– achieving “Escape Velocity” / driving profitable innovation

Michael Eckhardt and his Chasm Institute senior team have worked on market strategy for winning products, services and solutions in North America and worldwide. Geoffrey Moore is Chairman Emeritus of Chasm Institute, and Eckhardt has edited + contributed to several of Moore’s best selling high-tech strategy books, including the newest book entitled Escape Velocity – Free Your Company’s Future From The Pull Of The Past.

Chasm Institute provides these advanced workshops to executives + teams:

  • “Go-to-Market Success ”
  • “Accelerating Sales thru Marketing ”
  • “Achieving Escape Velocity ”
  • “Winning in Mature Markets ”

… for more information please visit Michael Eckhardt’s LinkedIn site or click on: www.chasminstitute.com