A case study will be presented for thought and analysis about a new performance feedback program to be initiated inside of a real company. Please bring your OD “A” game to the session because it will be helpful in your small group work about how to work with the client.
Melissa Kessler is director of communications for the U.S. Grains Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding the economic and human benefits of agricultural trade. She began her career as a reporter and editor; later served for eight years as the director of communications for the National Association of Wheat Growers; and has worked in her independent practice, Organizations + Communications, with private and nonprofit businesses, public relations firms and colleague consultants on a wide range of OD and communication focused projects. Melissa holds a master’s of science in organization development (MSOD) from American University and a bachelor’s of political science degree from the University of Oklahoma. She is a certified practitioner of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and EQi 2.0 instruments. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, she now lives and works in Washington, D.C.
Patrick Gallen is the Program Manager for both the Knowledge Management and the Instructed Training Program of a rapidly growing software security company, Cigital Inc. Patrick has had a diverse career including 3D Animation, Project Management, Training, and Change Management work. He’s worked with game development startups, fortune 100 pharma companies, multinational nonprofits, and boutique consulting firms. Patrick has deep technical knowledge understanding, implementing, and integrating enterprise level technologies. Patrick has a master’s of science in organization development (MSOD) from American University and a bachelor’s of animation art and design from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Patrick is happily married with two kids, living in Reston, VA and is an aspiring “minimalist”.
Parvez Khan is a Business and Personal Coach. He has 20 years’ experience with organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, having worked in or consulted for companies in the not-for-profit, faith based, for-profit, Information Technology, healthcare, and civil rights industries.
As an Organization Consultant, he focuses on utilizing OD principles to foster change in organizations to increase productivity and, ultimately, profitability. As a Personal Coach, he facilitates the removal of barriers to empower individuals to achieve their greatest goals. Parvez graduated from the AU MSOD program and holds an Information Technology degree from the University of Phoenix. He is a Licensed Human Element Practitioner (LHEP™). Parvez is also a leader in the interfaith and intercultural scene in the nation’s capital, serving with the International Interfaith Peace Corps, the Greater Washington Muslim-Jewish Forum, and Jews and Muslims–Washington, DC (JAM DC). Parvez is happily married and father of a young daughter.
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