Disruptions, Disinterest, and Denial...Oh My! The "What Would You Do?" Boot Camp for OD Professionals

  • 15 Sep 2011
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Franklin University, Phillips Hall, Room 220-220A, 201 S. Grant Ave.


Many organizations today are faced with major economic, social, and technological forces that affect their overall effectiveness.  These forces engender a host of operational and psychological challenges for organizational leaders.  Higher educational institutions are no exception, and many are faced with the challenge of adapting to change by reinventing themselves, or endangering their species by holding onto traditions and past practices.  In this active learning session, participants will review a series of past and current challenges in the higher education industry and key targets of change.  Dr. Christopher Washington will serve as an industry expert and resident muse by asking participants, "What is the desired state in the given situation?  What would you do?"  Participants will work in teams to select proper OD tools and approaches to fit each situation.  There is one catch: proposed approaches must be sensitive to risk tolerance of the people affected.  A panel of experts will be on hand to judge risk tolerance levels.  Oh my!

Participants of this program will:

  • Gain a variety of professional perspectives related to matching OD solutions to organizational challenges
  • Cultivate sensibilities to the social and psychological risks associated with OD change initiatives
  • Identify ways to moderate risk associated with major organizational change requirements
About the Speaker

Dr. Christopher Washington serves as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs for Franklin University.  Prior to his current position, he served as a full-time faculty member and program chair of Franklin's M.B.A. Program and Dean of the former Ross School of Management and Leadership.  Under his leadership, the faculty have continually adapted its curricula offerings and added new programs to meet the needs of current and future students, as well as those of their current and potential employers.  Active in the higher education community, Dr. Washington serves as a Consultant Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission and is on various committees for the Ohio Board of Regents.  He was selected as a recipient for Business First's 40 Under 40, Ohio Magazine's Outstanding Educator Award and the Robert L. Bailey Outstanding Teaching Award from Franklin University.  Dr. Washington is actively and strategically involved with the international community.  He is a member of the European Association of International Educators, the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Educators, and serves on the Board of the International Visitors Council, an organization that works to build partnerships between American citizens and citizens of other countries, promotes democratic ideals, encourage economic development and promote cultural understanding through the exchange of knowledge and ideas.  A Chicago native, Dr. Washington holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree from Western Illinois University, and a Ph.D. in Human Resource Development from The Ohio State University.  

Date: September 15, 2011

Location:  Franklin University, Phillips Hall Room 220/220A
Visitor parking available in lot C or D.

Time: 5:30 Check in, dinner and networking
         6:00-7:30 PM - Program

Cost: CCODN Members - $15 through September 14
         Non-members $30 through September 14
         Walk-ins/At the door - $35
         Sponsors - free
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