Organizational Development Workshops, Events, and Trainings

The ISODC hosts ongoing professional development workshops, online webinars, and conferences. Members receive discounted registration fees and access to webinar archives, and non-members are welcome to attend our events as entrée into the OD field and the organization.

Upcoming events

    • 21 Feb 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online Webinar

    In this webinar, Al Blixt, coach, consultant, author, and expert on innovation and change, will share with us how to lead strategic innovation and change. We will look at the benefits of truly leading innovation and change, not just talking the talk.

    Leading strategic innovation and change provides people with critical knowledge and skills important for success in encouraging and managing innovation. We will learn how to develop effective skills for the managerial and executive levels and what it means to create accelerated adaption for the demands of tomorrow. We will also look at how you change your infrastructure to an innovation hub!

    We will examine the three leadership roles of strategic innovation:

    1. The Leader as a Visionary

    2. The Leader as an Architect

    3. The Leader as a Change Champion

    Finally, we will discuss the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) as a key factor in your ability to be effective as a leader. The four elements of EQ are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, and relationship management. The good news is that you can learn to improve your proficiency in each of these areas. Al will discuss how to use Emotional Intelligence when you are in the roles of visionary, architect, and change champion. 

    We look forward to your participation in this much-anticipated webinar! 

    Albert B. Blixt (shown below) has more than 25 years' experience designing and implementing rapid strategic change in complex organizations. Mr Blixt is a developer of the Whole-Scale Change methodology as Senior Partner at Dannemiller Tyson Associates. His area of expertise includes strategic planning, work process, and organizational redesign, leadership coaching, team development, training and the facilitation of whole system change. Al also serves as the Managing Partner of New Campus Dynamics, a firm that specializes supporting innovation and change in higher education.
    He is the author of four books including being co-lead author of Leading Innovation and Change: A Guide for Chief Student Affairs Officers on Shaping for the Future (NASPA 2015). Here is the link to his latest book.

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    • 15 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 18 May 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Denver, Colorado USA

    Managing the Fields of Global Opportunity: A Futurist Approach

    Denver, CO
    May 15 – 18, 2019


    Join us at the Embassy Suites Denver from May 15-18 to explore the future of organizational development and change in a turbulent world. OD scholars and practitioners from around the world will share their experiences and advice through interactive workshops and presentations.

    We encourage everyone to submit a paper idea by March 29 to have an opportunity to win a conference award, including monetary prize for best student presentation!

    Keynote Speakers

    Speakers are subject to change.

    • Terry Armstrong, OD author and scholar
    • Dexter Hendrix, managing partner and founder of Genesis Consulting
    • Jeanne Maes, professor of management with expertise in communications, negotiation, and conflict management
    • Ken Murrell, co-author of Empowerment in Organizations: How to Spark Exceptional Performance
    • Tojo Thatchenkery, featured in the Palgrave Handbook of Organizational Change Thinkers
    • And others!

    Conference Agenda

    Details will be added through February.

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    • ISODC Board meeting and succession planning session
    • Pre-conference Workshop: Publishing in the OD Journal

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

    • Opening Keynote: Tojo Thatchenkery
    • Workshops
    • Lunch Break
    • Paper Presentations

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

    • Morning Sessions with Dexter Hendrix and Dave Tunney
    • Lunch Break
    • Afternoon Paper Presentations

    Friday, May 17, 2019

    • Morning Sessions with Jeanne Maes, Terry Armstrong, and Ken Murrell
    • Free time for networking
    • Awards Ceremony

    Registration Cost

    ISODC strives to keep attendee costs down, as we are focused more on the exchange of ideas and collaborative experience of OD, not on making money. The registration fee does not include meals, but hotel reservation provides complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast and evening reception daily.

    • Members: $150
    • Non-members: $200
    • Student members: Free before April 20 ($50 after)

    Call for Papers & Presentations

    Deadline: Workshops April 1; Papers April 29 (March 29 for award consideration)

    We are looking for submissions relating to the field of organizational development, organization change, global cooperation, and futurist exploration of organizational life. We have space for standard paper presentations, which offer a 25-minute opportunity to present, get feedback from peers and experts, and hone your work. Paper submission deadline April 29.

    If you have an idea for a workshop, we have limited space available for 90-minute sessions that teach unique skills and expertise, so don’t hesitate to submit your ideas by April 1!

    Paper Presentations Setup

    • Have a total of 25 minutes – NO More!
    • 15 minutes for the Presentation – YOU WILL BE STOPPED when 15 minutes are DONE.
    • 10 minutes for questions

    Workshop Setup

    • 90 minutes in length
    • Should be interactive and educational, involving something related to the conference theme
    • Can be co-hosted (please include other presenter information in submission)

    Submitting a Paper or Workshop

    To be considered for a spot in the Denver Conference agenda, please submit the following information to Ron Newton ( and James Morris

    ( on or before midnight Eastern USA time on April 29, 2019.

    • Cover page with full name, name of affiliation, and why you want to make a presentation at the Denver Conference
    • 1-page, double-spaced Description of Presentation (250 words)

    Conference Awards

    Deadline for Awards is March 29, 2019

    Whether you’re interested in receiving our coveted Innovative Idea Award or earning a place in one of our Best Student Presentation Awards honor roll, we encourage seasoned OD professionals and OD students to submit their paper for consideration! Please note, only the student awards come with a modest cash prize. If you’re nominated for a conference award, you will be notified by April 22 and at least one author/presenter must be in attendance.

    Innovative Idea Award

    Honors the presenter who causes discussion among the participants of a new idea in creating innovative change. This discussion might lead to additional ideas, further research, new directions in thinking and possible publications. Self-nominations are made before the conference, and additional nominations can be made by the participants of the conference from the beginning until the end of the second presentation day. The awards committee will review the nominations and chose one presenter that will receive the award during the awards ceremony at the end of the conference.

    The recipient(s) will also receive a certificate, will be featured in The ISODC Newsletter, and acknowledged on The ISODC website.

    Edgar Schein Best Student Presentations Award

    All ISODC undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral student members are eligible for this award, which is determined by the awards committee. The recipient of the Schein Award receives $200US, a certificate, and listing on The ISODC website.

    Jack Gibb Student Paper Award

    All ISODC undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral student members are eligible for this award, which recognizes the best paper submitted to the conference. The papers are reviewed by the OD Journal Editor and peer reviewers. The awardee receives $800US, a certificate, acknowledgment on the website, and possible publication in the Journal.

    Entering for an Award

    To be considered for a conference award, please submit the following information to Ron Newton ( and James Morris ( on or before midnight Eastern USA time on March 29, 2019.

    • Cover page with full name, name of affiliated institution/organization, and name of award for which you are applying.
    • 1-page, double-spaced Description of Presentation (250 words).

    Hotel Information

    This year’s annual conference is being held at the Embassy Suites Denver Stapleton, which is a full-service all-suite hotel located 10 miles from Denver International Airport and is close to shopping and dining. A complimentary shuttle service is available between the airport and the hotel and between Northfield Shopping and Dining district and the hotel.

    Please check back soon for a conference code for reserving a hotel room.

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