President’s Message

Kicking off September!

Your Programming Committee and Board have a lot in store for you. According to event feedback forms and our annual survey, we know that our members are concerned with solving problems affecting the modern workplace, connecting with mission-driven professionals, serving the community, and interactive learning. Each month, we will strive to bring impactful, relevant and assumption-breaking programming for our members to gather and connect over. Our monthly events take place the second Wednesday of the month, so mark your calendars. If you want to help us design an upcoming event, please reach out to Jacob Saiki at

We will kick off September on the 11th with perennial favorite XPLANE. In a highly interactive session, its Associate Creative Director will show how Visual Thinking can elevate organizations. Register here.

Last year, we started a Mastermind group. Internal and external OD professionals have been meeting monthly to discuss the profession and specific challenges and opportunities. Our next meeting will occur on September 19, 5:30-7:00 at a downtown location thanks to the law firm Lewis Brisbois. Please join us by registering here.

Last but certainly not least, on October 16, our first-ever certificate program in Organization Development Fundamentals, presented by OODN and Cascade Employers Association, will commence. Topics will include OD history and evolution; project start-up phases; diagnosis and feedback; developing and selecting solutions; implementation and results tracking; and consulting roles, coaching and putting it all together. The program will take place on six consecutive Wednesday mornings from 8:30 to noon. For more information and to register, go here. Please also note: we have a limited number of 50% scholarships to dispense. If you would like to be considered, please send me an email explaining the reasons why one of these scholarships should go to you.

Best regards,

ODN Oregon

Jathan Janove, President,
Dave Hanna, Treasurer,
Glen Fahs,
Helen Spector,
Sabine Amend,