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CBODN is the premier DC Metro area community for Organization Development (OD) practitioners. Founded in Chesapeake Bay, MD, our name still pays homage to our founders and we are grateful for their vital contributions to the field of OD.


CBODN brings OD professionals together through programs, Communities of Practice, workshops, and more. We provide opportunities for sharing and exchange of knowledge; professional development and networking; and communion through shared community.


Engage with CBODN members through networking events, social media pages, member discussion space on LinkedIn, and photo galleries, and take advantage of our resources including webinars, event listings, book store (coming soon!), and more!


The CBODN Annual Conference provides an opportunity for participants to see organizations through multiple lenses of OD theories and discover how to use new models in OD practice, expanding individual, leader, and organizational potential.


CBODN sincerely thanks Fielding Graduate University for its ongoing donation of space for use by our Board.


News & Events

CBODN is pleased to announce the election of new officers and board members for the 2016-2017 year as a result of our most recent election held in July 2016. CBODN is pleased to bring on a talented and energized group of professionals to lead the path towards revitalizing the community and offering great opportunities and resources to its members. CBODN has been building communities for over 30 years and we look forward to an exciting new year! Please join the new board in congratulating our outgoing leadership team for their hard work and dedication - Rick Collier and Deanna Larsen. Please click here for the CBODN Leadership page.

Upcoming Programs

    • 26 Jun 2018
    • 6:15 PM - 8:45 PM
    • American University, Spring Valley Building: 4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
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    "A Resilient Workforce "

    Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 6:15PM

    Location: American University, Spring Valley Building: 4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

    By the close of this program you will:

    1.     Understand what resiliency means and why it is highly relevant in today’s workplace

    2.     Discover how mindfulness and mindfulness-based skills are important aspects of resiliency, and how you can develop the ability to be more mindful. 

    3.     Explore specific ways that self-awareness is a key skill to help mitigate stress and enable resiliency.

    Program Summary: 

    Employees are stressed out.  Multiple surveys show this to be the case, and you probably know it from your own experience.  Resiliency is becoming an important workplace topic as organizations take more responsibility for employee well-being. 

    This session will define resiliency and provide the context for the need to enable workplace resiliency.  We will specifically focus on, define, and describe mindfulness-based skills that support resiliency.  You will learn how people who are mindful are better able to handle challenging circumstances, and how mindful people are more self-aware, which is necessary to adopt more constructive, scientifically-proven approaches to handling stress.  You will learn specific techniques to develop mindfulness and to apply mindfulness in the workplace to be a more effective and resilient leader, and to enable a more mindful and resilient workforce. 

    About Your Presenter:

    Michelle Somerday is an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant and the Founder of Neo-Strategic, LLC.  She is a trained scientist who transitioned to the corporate world and understands from her own experience what is required to adapt and lead in the demands of a business environment.  She started her career in academia, reflecting her innate belief in the inherent and diverse capabilities of each individual and a passion for helping people realize their strengths.  She is an experienced speaker and lecturer who has taught at the university graduate level, spoken at international conferences, and facilitates leadership skills trainings. Michelle's former life as a scientist is demonstrated in her preference for evidence-based approaches to leadership, and this is a hallmark of her blog and speaking engagements. She writes, presents, and gives trainings on all things related to leadership and is particularly interested in The Mindful Leader and Women Leaders in STEM Fields. Michelle is a Certified Leadership Coach through Georgetown University and is also recognized as a certified coach by the International Coach Federation (ICF).  She holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia.



    6:15-6:45 PM | Welcome, Networking & Light Appetizers

    6:30-8:45 PM | Evening Program

    **Registration: We strongly encourage everyone to pre-register for planning purposes.*** 


    Registration Fee 

    Before June 26, 2018

    At the Door, On June 26, 2018

    CBODN Members 






    For any questions, please contact Evening Programs Chair, Shara Smith at

    *Refunds will not be issued within 48 hours of an event as catering and other event related costs are associated with registration at that time.

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CBODN offers sponsorship opportunities for both our Annual Conference as well as longer-term partnership.  Contact us now to explore the exciting sponsorship opportunities we can offer your organization!

Who We Are

Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN) is the premier DC Metro area network for Organization Development (OD) practitioners. Founded in Chesapeake Bay, MD, our name still pays homage to our founders and we are grateful for their vital contributions to the field of OD.

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