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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "From the Stage to the Organization: Applying Improv Principles as an OD Practitioner"

  • 07 May 2020
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Mark will email the unique Zoom link to those who register prior to the session



DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - Virtual Session Only

Topic: From the Stage to the Organization: Applying Improv Principles as an OD Practitioner 

Description:  Improv (Improvisational theater) is a form of theater in which the performance unfolds spontaneously, without a script. All the characters, story, and dialogue are created through the collaboration of all the performers in real-time. Improv is not completely unstructured, it is based on a series of principles that guide the action between the performers. These principles, when applied in our lives, or into an organization, can provide new opportunities that might have been hidden before.

During this session, participants will learn how some of the improv guiding principles can be inter-changeable as OD principles such as:

  • Co-creating reality
  • Active listening
  • Mindfulness
  • The power of agreement
  • Re-framing
  • Trust and risk-taking

This virtual & interactive conversation will last 75 minutes, and it is intended to provide participants with a clear idea of the guiding principles, as well as opportunities to apply them on a personal level and in the organizations we interact with.

Presenters:  Marytony Torres

Maria Antonieta Torres is a training consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank. She received her undergrad in Business Administration from Tecnologico de Monterrey in her natal town Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  After graduating, she worked mainly for NGO’s as a fundraiser and recruiter. In 2009 she moved from Mexico to Arlington, VA to work as a Training and Development consultant for the Organization of American States. During her 6 years working for the OAS, she developed and piloted a departmental recognition system for HR, an innovation pipeline, several HR related projects and Coordinated the Staff Awards (biggest recognition event) for the organization.

Since 2016, she is a Training Consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank, working on change management initiatives related to Information Management and the implementation of a new Document Repository for the entire Bank.  In August 2018, she began her master’s degree in ODKM at George Mason University, expecting to graduate in May 2020.

CoP Leader:  Mark Sachs, ma.sachs@verizon.net, www.markasachs.com

Mark has been an OD consultant and executive coach for more than 20 years.  He enjoys seeing his clients and their organizations take steps to change, and when they are successful it gives him great pleasure.  He earned his MS in OD from the American University/NTL Institute and MA and BA degrees in Sociology from Rutgers University.  He is an International Coaching Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC). 

Cancellation Policy: Registrants should contact Mark if they need to cancel.  Due to the room size, registrations will be limited so please contact Mark soonest if you register but are then unable to attend so others can register and attend instead.

Additional Notes:  Because there are monthly expenses, $5.00 from each person is requested.

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