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REGISTRATION IS FULL "The Intersection of Innovation and Organizational Development" | Evening Program

  • 15 Dec 2015
  • 6:15 PM - 8:45 PM
  • GMU Arlington, VA


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Evening Program | December 15,

"The Intersection of Innovation and Organizational Development" 


Presenter: Brian Fortson
Program Description: Earlier this year, Bloomberg Business labeled 2015 “The Year of Innovation.” It is no wonder, given the rapid pace of technological and organizational change around us, that the emerging practice of “Innovation Management” is quickly  becoming part of our daily organizational lexicon. As businesses continue to place innovation at the top of their prioritization effort, the lines between Innovation and Organizational Development begin to blur.

In this session, we will explore the world of innovation as it intersects with the practice of Organizational Development. Spefically, we will explore the following three areas.

1. Innovation requires organizational empathy - Many successful modern innovation stories are driven by an organizations ability to connect with deeply personal human needs.  

2. Innovation requires organizational diversity and inclusion - For innovation to thrive, organizations must embrace inclusive culture that celebrate divergent ideas.

3. Innovation requires organizational autonomy - Top-down approaches to innovation do not work. At the same time, organizations trying the "holacracy" approach are struggling to operate effectively in their Utopian societies. Innovation success stories have struck a balance between hierarchy and autonomy.

We will close this session with a group brainstorm to generate ideas on how organizational development practitioners can help their organizations innovate successfully.    

Learning Objectives:

1. Discuss emerging themes of innovation as they relate to organizational development
2. Identify opportunities to apply OD interventions to innovation needs  
3. Discuss how organizational development can be used to improve an organization’s innovative capacity


Brian Fortson is a Senior Organizational Development and Leadership Development consultant at the Federal Reserve Board. Before joining the Federal Reserve, Brian spent the past 10 years practicing Organizational Development, Human Performance Improvement, and Instructional Design in consulting firms to include Booz Allen Hamillton and DLS Group Inc. Brian is a lifelong learner and a student of the Organizational Development field of practice. He is currently completing graduate studies in Organizational Development and Knowledge Management at George Mason University. Additional, Brian is attending an executive certificate program in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University, where he focuses on scaling innovation practices across large organizations. Brian holds professional certificates in change management from LaMarsh Global, succession planning from Korn Ferry International, and Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (EQ-I 2.0) from Otto Kroger Associates.

Brian is an active member of the Organizational Development Network, International Society of Performance Improvement, and the International Association of Innovation Professionals.

Date: December 15, 2015

GMU Arlington Campus
Founders Hall, Room 207
3351 Fairfax Dr.
Arlington, VA 22201


  • 6:15-6:45 PM | Networking & Light Appetizers
  • 6:45-8:45 PM | Evening Program

Register: Register online, or to pay by check, download a registration form and mail to CBODN, 1325 G St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005. 

Registration Fee  Before December 15 At the Door
CBODN Members  $20 $30
Non-Members/Guests  $30 $45


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