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

    • 02 Apr 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online Webinar

    Using Appreciative Inquiry to Fuel Productive and Meaningful Engagement

    About this Event

    "A conversation is the smallest visible unit of change, our starting point for every important change effort. This book is a gift to the world, business, schools and families!" - Jon Berghoff, President, Flourishing Leadership Institute

    Hope you can join us for this incredibly insightful webinar on April 2nd at 12 noon E.T.! You will learn two practices of how to positively influence any conversation and how you can prime yourself to engage in the Appreciative Inquiry zone!

    Conversation is a crucial part of everything you do. It influences our well-being - a good conversation can leave us ready for anything, a bad one can ruin our whole day. But most of us are unaware of the nature of our conversations, let alone how to make them consistently affirming and empowering. This book shows how to use appreciative inquiry, one of the most effective and widely used approaches for fostering positive change, to dramatically improve the outcome of our conversations. By focusing on what we want to happen instead of what we want to avoid, and asking questions to deepen understanding and increase possibilities, we expand creativity, improve productivity, and unleash potential, at work and at home. Please go to for more information! 

    "This book is for everyone, from managers striving to lead more effectively to parents trying to cultivate better conversations with children." - Lindsey Godwin, Director, David Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry.

    Register for free here.


    Along with Kimberley Barker, Ph.D. Kim received her doctorate in Organization Development from Benedictine University. She also has her MBA and BSBA from Hawai’i Pacific University. She has taught at Eastern Michigan University, Management Department, since 2015. Kimberley is a Scholar-Practitioner who wants to assist you in ‘living your best life at work’! She has spent five years in Human Resources... and over 15 years in Hospital Administration. Kimberley serves as Vice President for the International Society for Organization Development and Change (ISODC). Her research interests include Global Organization Development, the Upside of Change, Cultural Competence and Dilemma Reconciliation, Conflict Resolution, Gender Equality and Inclusion, Business Communication, and Compassionate-Lean-Servant Leadership. Dr. Barker can be reached at
    Follow Kimberley Barker's YouTube page by clicking on the link here!

    • 12 May 2020
    • 15 May 2020
    • University of South Alabama, USA

    UPDATE:  ISODC May conference
    "Future World of Work" is now VIRTUAL!
    Save the date (May 12-15).
    More info to follow.

    Where: University of South Alabama, USA

    When: 12–15 May 2020 (Tues–Fri). Pre 12th / Post 15th

    Register now and save!

    Early registration through March 20, 2020 is $250.00. Conference cost after March 20 is $350.00.

    Theme: OD and the Future World of Work

    • Location is on campus at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.
    • Intervention associated with South Alabama Community Engagement
    • Key note speakers addressing OD's role in future work
    • Call for Presentations and Papers due April 2020.
    • Local hotel discounts available.

    Organization Development and the Future World of Work

    Mobile, Alabama USA
    May 12 – 15, 2020
    Pre-conference Intervention: May 11

    Don’t miss out on the opportunity to submit your paper presentation and workshop proposals for the 2020 ISODC conference at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama! Join colleagues from around the world as we address “Organization Development and the Future World of Work”. Link

    Students, scholars, and practitioners are welcome to participate in an OD Intervention with the Office of Community Engagement at the University of South Alabama and submit your ideas for this interactive and informative conference on the World of Future Work. Featured keynote speakers: Tojo Thatchenkery, Roland Livingston and other prominent OD experts.

    Paper Submissions

    Whether you’re interested in receiving our 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 papers for consideration! Paper presentations are limited to 25 minutes in length and are a great way to share ideas, gain feedback, and strengthen expertise. Find out details on the easy submission process on our website. Award submission deadline: March 29, 2020. Non-award submission: April 29, 2020.

    Workshop Submissions

    Would you love to give a 90-minute workshop that teaches a unique skill? As we manage the Future World of Work, think about what you can give to your colleagues to explore predictions and possibilities about the future and how to start managing them from the present. This is a great opportunity to dialogue with global colleagues while showcasing your skills and expertise. All you need to do is write a one-page summary of what you plan to teach to our esteemed audience. Visit our website for more information on submitting your workshop idea! Deadline is April 3, 2020.

    Conference Registration

    This year’s conference is being held at the University of South Alabama in Mobile Alabama (port city to the Gulf Coast).  Registration is open now, so make sure to secure your seat! Early registration is only $250 until March 20 and $350 after March 20. Don’t forget, active student members receive free registration prior to April 20.

    We've locked in a special room rate at the Holiday Inn (across from the university) at $94.00 plus tax so make sure to book your hotel when you register for the event and tell them you are registered. The Conference will be listed as USA ISODC and the 3-digit registration code will be MCB.

    Please share this email with your colleagues, students, and classmates! Join us online! Twitter & LinkedIn

    We look forward to seeing you in Alabama.

Past events

19 Mar 2020 Leading Global Innovation: Facilitating Multicultural Collaboration
16 Jan 2020 Manage to Lead: 7 Truths to Help You Change the World Webinar w/ Peter DiGiammarino
12 Dec 2019 Webinar with Diana Whitney author of Thriving Women Thriving World
14 Nov 2019 Webinar with Francois Heon author of The Yin and Yang of Leadership
10 Oct 2019 Webinar with Raj Sisodia author of The Healing Organization
15 Aug 2019 Webinar with Richard Sheridan author of Chief Joy Officer
01 Aug 2019 The YIN and YANG of Leadership
29 May 2019 Survey – OD Values for the Future
15 May 2019 2019 ISODC Conference
16 Apr 2019 Practicing Organizational Change and Development in the Global Community
21 Feb 2019 Leading Strategic Innovation and Change Webinar with Al Blixt
24 Jan 2019 TBD - To Be Determined - webinar with Brenda Kline Reynolds
14 Dec 2018 2018 ISODC China's 2nd Global Executive OD Summit
15 Nov 2018 Webinar with Matt Minahan on OD: From the Founders to the Future
30 Oct 2018 Unstoppable Leadership and Exponential Results - Webinar with Bjorn and Victoria Martinoff
18 Sep 2018 Culture, Change, and Leadership Workshop
17 Sep 2018 ISODC International Conference 2018 - Dublin
13 Sep 2018 Webinar with Ed and Peter Schein
03 Aug 2018 Global diversity requires a worldview appropriate for Culture, Change, and Leadership
29 Jun 2018 ISODC CHINA, 1st OD Global Summit Conference
16 May 2018 Workshop on Managing, Measuring & Changing Org. Culture
16 May 2018 May 17-19, 2018: Ohio Information Exchange

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