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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "The Phenomenon of the Black Panther: A Convergence of Pop Culture and OD"

  • 03 Jan 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Service Center, Bethesda, MD


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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

Topic: The Phenomenon of the Black Panther: A Convergence of Pop Culture and OD

Description:  When you see a popular music video, a modern painting or a scene from a meaningful movie, can you visualize it as material for your client system?  Join us for an interactive session, which through the lens of the movie Black Panther, illustrates themes, lessons and the benefits of incorporating pop-culture as a relevant intervention tool.  This session offers OD practitioners valuable resources for a chance to learn, discuss and reflect on innovative ways to better engage and understand clients, enhance interventions, and deepen OD skills.  Participants will be introduced to the Parker Thompson-Mack Pop-Culture Model of Change, a road map to infuse pop-culture in your work with client systems.  Black Panther movie clips will be shown.  

Presenter:  Karen Parker Thompson and Karen Mack

Karen Parker Thompson is an Organization Development practitioner specializing in family and community engagement and outreach.  She has over 20 years of demonstrated experience leading collaborative change efforts in local, state and federal education agencies and organizations to facilitate effective family, school and community engagement systems, practices and processes that enable effective family-school-community partnerships. 

She is former District Administrator of Family and Community Engagement for Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia where she worked with administrators, principals, family/community coordinators, educators and families in 20 culturally diverse schools.  Presently, Karen is the founder of Engaging by Design, an organization focused on engaging clients in collaborate change efforts. 

Karen has a Master of Science in Organization Development (OD) from American University in Washington, D.C.  She is former Chair of the Board (2016-2018) of NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science.  

Karen Mack, MSOD, ACC works with individuals and groups in organizations to determine what’s needed to improve the workplace and increase effectiveness within all levels of system – individual, group, and organization. She collaborates to plan and implement initiatives that introduce and encourage change.  A proficient trainer and facilitator, Karen has led performance improvement learning programs and facilitated meetings nationwide and abroad.  Karen can attest to improvements in client’s awareness, within oneself and with others, through experiential learning programs and coaching. She believes these are the best ways to engage and support competency development.  In addition to OD consulting, facilitating groups and coaching, Karen has expertise in process consulting, strategic and contingency planning and implementation, project management, interpersonal communication training, conference and meeting planning, leadership training and development, and instructional design.

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

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 Coach 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:  A $5.00 per person contribution is requested to help pay for rental of the room.

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