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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP - "No Need To Panic...OD Is Here: Crisis Management Through An OD Lens"

  • 03 Dec 2020
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Zoom link and password will be included in the registration confirmation email


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DC Area OD Practitioners CoP -  Virtual Session Only

Member Registration: FREE

Non-Member Registration: $5 (please see our Cancellation Policy below)

Topic: No Need To Panic...OD Is Here: Crisis Management Through An OD Lens

Description: "Crisis management" could be the theme of 2020, as our individual, group and systemic abilities to handle unexpected and challenging developments have been repeatedly tested. While crisis management is a subfield and skillset often found in government agencies or media relations departments, those of us working in organization development and the applied behavioral sciences more generally are also uniquely suited to be competent crisis managers and to contribute to crisis management processes that necessarily span several function areas. OD theories, models and approaches have much to offer crisis management, informing how crisis is defined, how to prepare for the inevitability of a crisis occurring, and helping to direct our energies in a productive manner throughout a crisis experience. 

In this session we will:

  • Get grounding on what crisis (or issue) management is and why it's important.
  • Learn some major steps in managing a crisis, from a layoff or breakup to...a global pandemic. 
  • Brainstorm how to apply what we know about how human systems work to managing the worst of times, for ourselves and our clients.  

Presenter:  Melissa Kessler, MSOD 

Melissa Kessler is director of strategic relations for the U.S. Grains Council, a non-profit organization working in agriculture market development. She began her career as a reporter and editor; later served for eight years as the director of communications for a sister agriculture organization; and has worked in her independent practice, Organizations + Communications, with private and non-profit businesses, public relations firms and colleague consultants on a wide range of organization development and communications focused projects. Melissa holds a MSOD from American University and a bachelor’s of political science degree from the University of Oklahoma. She is a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and EQi 2.0 instruments. Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, she now lives and works in Washington, D.C.

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: CBODN Members may cancel registration up to 24 hours in advance by logging into CBODN and returning to this event page.  Non-members may not cancel their registration.  No refunds will be provided.

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