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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "Peer Learning Circles: A Simple Yet Powerful Tool for Building Trust and Supporting Change"

  • 07 Nov 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center, Conference Room B, 4805 Edgemoor Lane Bethesda, MD 20814


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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP

Topic: Peer Learning Circles: A Simple Yet Powerful Tool for Building Trust and Supporting Change

Description:  Peer Learning Circles are a powerful tool for building trust and solving problems. These circles help participants build listening and coaching skills. They serve to increase the willingness to collaborate within organizations. This interactive workshop will feature a brief overview of Peer Learning Circles--what they are and where/how to use them--and then will dive into practicing some of the methods.  Several members of the inaugural cohort of OD Flight School will be present to facilitate the small groups and share their insights from a year of participating in and facilitating Peer Learning Circles. Come prepared to talk about a challenge or something you’re looking to shift your thinking on. Bring your creativity, your connection to your subconscious awareness, and your willingness to fully listen to others. It’ll be fun and fruitful!

Presenters:  Carol Hamilton, Ariel Kirkland, & Karen Mack

Carol Hamilton, Grace Social Sector Consulting

Carol helps nonprofits and associations become more strategic and innovative for greater mission impact. She provides organization effectiveness consulting, meeting design and facilitation, and training to organizations. With more than 20 years of experience in the association and nonprofit sectors, Carol graduated from Swarthmore College and has her Masters in Organization Development from American University.

Ariel Kirkland, An Indelible Experience

Ariel has extensive experience in training, facilitation and curriculum design for adult learners. She designs and implements innovative programs aimed at catalyzing individuals, organizations and communities. As the principal coach and consultant at An Indelible Experience, LLC, her mission is to develop people who work and lead whole-heartedly. She thrives on challenging assumptions and limiting beliefs, reframing challenges into opportunities and possesses the uncanny ability to constructively disturb the status quo. Ariel received her BA in Sociology and dialogue facilitation training at Occidental College and her comprehensive evidence-based coaching certificate from Fielding Graduate University.  Her graduate research includes innovative teaming, diversity and equity, transformative learning, and somatic trauma release. 

Karen Mack, Karen Mack Management Consultants

As an Organization Development Consultant, Coach, Facilitator and Trainer, Karen has more than 29 years of experience working with leaders, individuals and groups to increase effectiveness and strengthen talent within organizations.  A veteran trainer and facilitator, Karen’s has led performance improvement learning programs and facilitated meetings nationwide and abroad. Her areas of expertise include: process consulting, strategic and contingency planning and implementation, project management, coaching, customized training and instructional design. Known for dedication and tenacity, Karen’s style has been described as engaging and interactive.

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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