President’s Message

President’s Message

Welcome to 2020-2021 OODN year! We’re planning for a rich and rewarding year.

In July, our full roster of nine Board members started off with a great ZOOM team-building facilitated by Mary Cogan. Our first Board meeting focused on key elements of our year to come: Strategic Planning, Programming, Membership development, Outreach and CCP.

In May, the Board issued a Call for Racial Justice stating our commitment to incorporate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a lens for all decisions as we move forward to build our membership and design our programs. We will pursue this commitment through all of our activities.

To complete our Strategic Planning, we will hold a Leadership Summit in September to design initiatives described in the Strategic Sketch based on three lenses to set our priorities: EDI, Membership and Value-added for our members. We anticipate forming several Committees to develop and implement new efforts in Outreach/Marketing and Membership recruitment. If you have interest in working with us in these areas, please let me know.

Programming Offerings and Developments
Since March, all our programs have shifted to virtual, a great job by our Programming Committee. This shift has allowed us to tap offerings from sister ODN chapters in New York City, Chicago and Toronto. We will continue to augment our own programs with virtual offerings from across the OD Chapter Network as we share our offerings with them.

Coming Attractions
Our September 9 Monthly Program with Diane Kubal presents how to design virtual experiential learning that sticks. Time: Noon – 1:30 pm. Place: Zoom.  Sign up now to ensure your spot.

Special Note
We invite you to join the Program Committee and add your voice and energy to this essential group. In addition to free entry to all monthly programs, you will have the opportunity to shape the direction of OODN programming and grow your professional network working with colleagues and presenters.

MindShare (formerly MasterMind) also quickly shifted to virtual in March and now meets the first and third Thursdays each month from 4-5:30 on Zoom. This free peer-to-peer, gathering continues to strengthen the network experience of our members and friends, and provides professional conversations on topics generated by the group. The next one is scheduled for August 20.

CCP has undertaken a re-visioning to incorporate our pivot to virtual and opportunities that other strategic outreach will provide for engaging members and serving clients throughout the state. Their participation in the Leadership Summit will ensure opportunities to grow the CCP program will benefit from enhancements in our other initiatives.

A reprise of our successful OD Fundamentals series begins October 7 on a virtual platform. This seven-session series includes added content relating OD and HR, and new faculty will bring both internal and external OD perspectives. Register now with a discounted rate for Members and partner organizations. Space is limited to ensure a highly interactive opportunity to learn an OD approach to consulting, HR and management and extend your network with virtual class sessions and informal connecting.

Come join us!

Helen Spector
ODN Oregon

Dave Hanna, Treasurer,
Sabine Amend, Secretary,
Glen Fahs, Member at Large,
Kitty Miller, Member at Large,
Nadine Ambrose, Member at Large,
DJ Jaeger, Member at Large,
David Kertzner, Member at Large,
Jathan Janove, Member at Large,