Date: Thursday, June 9
Time: Bring-your-own-dinner and networking at 6:00
Speaker: Suzanne Zaldivar, MSOD,
Topic: OD on the Edge: Insights from Consulting in Afghanistan
In this era of increased complexity and diversity, what is essential about OD across cultures? Suzanne will draw on insights derived from applying OD in Afghanistan during two separate projects funded by UNDP and USAID – one focusing on the governments of Balkh and Herat provinces and another working with President Karzai’s central government. This intriguing session will engage participants in a lively conversation about what works in challenging cross-cultural situations, and will leave them with a deep appreciation of what is essential and vital about the application of OD when there is a clash of values and worldviews.
Suzanne Zaldivar, MSOD, co-founded Inspired-Inc. (2001), an international organization development consulting firm dedicated to helping leaders and organizations manage change and create effective and sustainable futures. Drawing on her 25 years of experience, she is a trusted resource for clients seeking to understand and better manage individual, organizational and cultural complexities. Working with those who want to own the power and impact of their leadership, she has coached hundreds of executives & managers and consulted to dozens of organizations in Asia, Africa and the Americas. Clients include Fortune 50 multinationals, NGOs, supranationals, as well as small companies and governments.
In addition to her consulting and coaching work, Suzanne has been an adjunct professor at American University’s AU/NTL master’s program in Organization Development since 1997 and serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Business at Trinity University. She has also coached Maryland leaders, both elected and appointed, in the Rawlings Fellows Program within the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland.
Suzanne brings a rich background working within international organizations. She is certified in Multi-Track Diplomacy (international conflict facilitation) and has facilitated community and organizational dialogue in the US and overseas. She recently worked with the central and provincial governments in Afghanistan on several organization development projects funded by USAID & UNDP. She also designed and delivered a culturally sensitive change management program in French to the World Health Organization in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Earlier in her career, she worked in leadership development at the World Bank. In addition to English, she also works in French and Spanish.
Her speaking credits include the Intercultural Management Institute, the Women Presidents’ Organization, the World Future Society, and the Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network. Suzanne has also guest lectured at New York University, and has published several articles.
Suzanne received her BA in International Affairs from George Washington University and her MS in Organization Development from the AU/NTL OD program at American University. In addition, she received her certification in Professional Coaching from the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara. Suzanne loves hiking, dancing, books of all kinds, and believes that when life offers a fork in the road, you should take the path that will give you a really good story.
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SIG Description: The OD/ICD SIG is a forum for collective learning and exchange among professionals who, in their own work, support development and positive change through collaborative partnerships in the arenas of Organization Development (OD), International Development (ID), and Community Development (CD). The SIG is a multi-directional conversation among participants with diverse worldviews, theories of practice, and partnerships; and a common desire to create positive, sustainable change through trusting, transparent, accountable, and powerful collaborations and organizations. Participants are aware of the challenges and opportunities inherent in issues facing the world (e.g., material poverty, violent conflict, climate change, social injustice, and more).
The SIG is a multi-directional conversation between diverse participants, and draws on presenters from within and without the participant base, prioritizing presentations with experiential components. Because participants lead busy lives, the participant base will be different in each meeting, creating a dynamic and evolving community.
Who would benefit from attending: Practitioners, change agents, leaders, social entrepreneurs, policy analysts, grassroots activists, and partners in the arenas of International Development, Organization Development, and Community Development. These may include representatives of any sector (e.g., government, international institutions, philanthropy, civil society, academe, corporations, social entrepreneurs, etc.).
Meeting Frequency: Second Thursday of each month