Think Tank

Think Tank

Monday, June 8, 2015, Lucky Lab, Portland, Oregon

Oregon ODN Think Tank

Please join us for our first Think Tank. This is a new program format that will provide a unique opportunity for you to explore a topic of interest to you with colleagues and peers, while learning about a wonderful OD tool.

So what is a Think Tank?
Some of you may be familiar with this tool and for others this will be new. Think Tanks are meetings designed to bring together people who have knowledge of and interest in a topic and want to develop ideas and discuss issues around that topic.

Think Tank Process
To get us prepared for thinking about the topic for our first event, our facilitator, Joann Gadbaw, MA, an OODN board and CCP core team member, suggests we do a bit of pre-work by reviewing the one page National Training Lab (NTL) map of OD work. This one page map, offered by Tammie Walker, former OODN President, provides a comprehensive view of OD: what to know and what to do.

At the beginning of the program, as a group, we will explore questions that have come up for you about OD or the map, such as; where you feel confident where you get stuck, and anything else. We will then vote to identify the top four or five questions you want to explore. Then, grab some food, choose the small group you want to join based on the question that has interest and meaning for you and dig into the conversation. We will wrap up with a whole group debrief for shared learning and who knows, we may even identify other possible topics for the next think tank.

Who can join us?
The Think Tank is open to ODN OR members and others with an interest in helping organizations improve. The Think Tank will be particularly interesting to:

  • Internal or external OD Practitioner and Consultants
  • HR Professionals or Business Managers
  • Change Management Professionals
  • Training and Development Professional
  • Coaches
  • Anyone involved in change in an organization and doing OD work who wants to explore what the work is, how we do it, where they feel comfortable and what trips them up or trips up their clients


Joann Gadbaw, MA
Joann is an independent OD Practitioner with over 20 years of experience as an internal practitioner and as an external consultant. Her work focuses on creating interventions that support teams and organizations doing for themselves what they can’t do by themselves. She is also a member of the Board of the Oregon ODN, and a core team member of the Community Consulting Projects (CCP), which provides pro-bono consulting to non-profits in the community.

Joann can be reached at


Date:  Monday, June 8, 2015
Time:  5 - 8 pm

  • 5 - 5:30 pm:  Gather and Connect
  • 5:30 - 5:45 pm:  Welcome and OODN Updates from the President
  • 5:45 - 7:40 pm:  Think Tank
  • 7:40 - 8 pm:  Debrierf and What's Coming Next for OODN

Location:  Lucky Lab, 1945 NW Quimby, Portland, OR  97209
Parking:  Parking is available on the street.
Cost:  $10 Chapter members; $25 others.
Refreshments:  Light refreshments and beverages will be served.
RSVP:  Through EventBrite. Online registration available until 8 am on June 8. Registration also available at the door.
Questions:  Joann Gadbaw,