Conference Program

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    Patrick Lencioni
    Keynote Session with Patrick Lencioni
    Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products, and services that improve teamwork, clarity, and employee engagement.

    What Is Your Working Genius?
    From the bestselling author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team comes The Six Types of Working Genius, the fastest and most practical personality assessment for identifying your natural gifts at work. After working with teams for more than 20 years, Patrick Lencioni has created a model that is revolutionizing the way we think about work and providing a new framework for tapping into one another’s “genius.” The simplicity and usability of this model and personality assessment has made The Six Types of Working Genius the fastest and most impactful teamwork tool that has come from The Table Group since The Five Dysfunctions of a Team was published.

    ATD OrgDev attendees will also receive special access to the assessment so they can take advantage of this powerful tool for free!
  • Concurrent Sessions

    10 Tips for Onboarding in the “Next Normal”

    The pandemic has changed the way we do business. There’s a good chance that we won’t go completely back to the ways things used to be. Companies need to define what their “next normal” will look like for customers and employees. For employees, that means re-evaluating and reworking orientation and onboarding. Join this session to learn what onboarding in the next normal might look like and how organizations can set up their hybrid workforce for success.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Discover the business reasons for why organizations need to assess onboarding processes.
    • Learn 10 tips for reworking onboarding for in-office and remote employees.
    • Gain metrics to measure the success of your efforts.

    Speaker: Sharlyn Lauby
    Track: Employee Lifecycle

    Action Steps to Replacing a Toxic Culture with a Civil One

    Harassment, bullying, and aggression occur because the organization facilitates the opportunity for them to occur. These problems aren’t created by individuals, they’re an organizational problem requiring organizational change to be effectively addressed. Join Catherine Mattice Zundel, a consultant who specializes in turning around toxic cultures, to gain real tactics for doing just that. She’ll share case studies and provide tangible action items you can use immediately after the conference.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Help leadership down the path of ownership of the culture
    • Develop and deliver upon a strategic plan for change
    • Provide specialized coaching for meanies and bullies.

    Speaker: Catherine Mattice Zundel
    Track: Culture

    Future of Work (FOW) and the Re-Skilling Challenge

    Last year the COVID-19 pandemic made evident what many analysts and scholars were already saying: Digitalization and technology’s impact on society will cause major disruption in the way we work, the nature of our work, and which jobs are becoming irrelevant. Companies that want to future-proof their workforce’s ability to respond to the unexpected are continuously transforming by moving from being efficiency-driven to more focused on agility and resilience. With transformation an everyday reality, reskilling is the biggest opportunity and challenge companies will face this decade. What is the role of L&D in enabling this shift? Has the pandemic caused an L&D revolution? And more importantly, can HR technology keep up?


    Applications on the Job:

    • Join the race to re-skill your workforce.
    • Learn more about skills taxonomies and machine learning.
    • Discover how to use intelligent career pathing.


    Speaker: Annee Bayeux
    Track: Future Workplace
  • Lunch N' Learn with Leader Success

    Unleashing Curiosity: How to Build Meaning and Connection in Your Organization


    Now more than ever, we need compassionate workplaces where employees find meaning and connection. Would you like your leaders to develop a mindset of curiosity that enables them to support and inspire people professionally and personally? Join this session for a discussion about how asking the right questions in the right way transforms and empowers teams and individuals in top-performing companies. Learn practical techniques to enable your leaders to succeed and your organization to thrive.

    Speakers: Katy Santen Sharon and Carina Celesia Moore
    Track: Lunch N' Learn
  • Concurrent Sessions

    Future-Ready by Design

    As dynamic systems, organizations are rapidly adapting to an environment characterized by continuous disruptions. In this context, complexity is increasing exponentially while new dilemmas are emerging for leaders, teams, and individuals. This convergence of powerful forces is demanding new ways of thinking, leading, and working to shape a future-ready organization.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Articulate the value creation at the center of workforce strategy and planning with a greater understanding of what really matters when building high performing teams.
    • Design organization development initiatives with a framework that's flexible and comprehensive.
    • Apply future-ready concepts to leading teams.

    Speaker: Wagner Denuzzo
    Track: Future Workplace

    The Future is Female

    Yes. The future is female . . . and male. The outlook of tomorrow’s leadership development relies on all our talent—both male and female—to even out the playing field and develop strong female leaders.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Find future female leaders on your team and in the market.
    • Develop meaningful programs that are flexible for the leaders of tomorrow.
    • Create an allyship culture so that everyone participates in the development of female leaders.


    Speaker: Rebecca Jones
    Track: Leadership Development

    Succession Management for the Unknown

    As dynamics in the workplace continue to change, it is an increasing reality that employees no longer stay with the same organization for decades but move from company to company chasing better opportunities and increased job satisfaction. Therefore, it is important for organizations to be aware of the needs of their employees and continue to align with them. It is also important to manage succession activities to be prepared for the unknown.

    Applications of the Job:

    • Dispel common myths about succession planning.
    • Discuss factors that affect succession management.
    • Create an action plan to assess organizational succession management activities.

    Speaker: Deadra Welcome
    Track: Employee Lifecyle
  • Fishbowl Overview
    Interact directly with like-minded individuals in your industry. If Zoom is the new meeting room, FishBowl is the office hallway. Have unique conversations in real-time in a casual environment tailored to your organization development interests.
  • Fishbowl Breakout Sessions

    What’s Next: Taking a Futurist Approach to Career Planning

    In this session, you will explore how to apply “futures thinking” principles to career planning. In addition to learning from one another’s career journeys, you’ll hear about the speaker’s career journey and how she futureproofs her skills and capabilities.

    Applications on the Job:

    • List the core principles of futures thinking.
    • Apply the core principles of futures thinking to career planning.


    Speaker: Imani Mance, The Home Depot
    Track: Future Workplace

    Grow Through Change

    One of the best things we can do as OD professionals is help people get better at change. Join this session for strategies to support executives, midlevel managers, and frontline employees as they grow through change.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Apply strategies to help executives, midlevel management, and individual contributors and frontline performers get better at change.
    • Evaluate change through the three levels of performance (high-level assessment): organization level, process level, and performer level.

    Speaker: Amy P. Kelly
    Track: Culture

    Taking a Hybrid Approach to Performance Management Programs

    Many organizations believe that ditching ratings and annual reviews in favor of more frequent check ins and feedback is the solution to their performance management process. However, new research shows that this agile approach is not the cure-all to performance management. Getting rid of ratings doesn’t get rid of the need to evaluate performance, and an agile approach is not necessarily easier for managers and doesn’t suit every organization. But there is a hybrid approach that may be more suitable. Join this session to find out more.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Understand how clear expectations are set with role-based competencies.
    • Ask three simple questions to ensure employees are successful in their roles and organization.
    • Develop and implement an effective hybrid performance management program.

    Speaker: Lauren Bediako
    Track: Employee Lifecyle

    Activating an Agile Workforce: How to Leverage the New Skill Economy

    Over the past year, regardless of industry or business strategy, nearly all organizations have reconfigured their workforces and work environments—through furloughs, layoffs, or hiring freezes—turning to temporary and permanent remote work programs. All those happenings combined to change the workforce composition. While this has undoubtedly presented challenges for employers, it has presented the opportunity for greater flexibility regarding talent as well.Forward-thinking talent management leaders are migrating from newly outmoded practices to creating more fluid skill economies where there is greater focus on identifying, cultivating, and deploying discrete skills to perform needed work. This session will provide ways to incorporate these cutting-edge practices across industries into your talent management programs. During this session, you’ll learn about strategies and best practices to foster more flexibility and fungibility of your talent resources.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Develop an internal skills marketplace
    • Reimagine and “componentize” jobs
    • Revamp talent mobility programs

    Speaker: Patricia Carl
    Track: Leadership Development
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    Dominique Dawes
    Keynote Session with Dominique Dawes
    Throughout her career, Dominique has won more national championship medals than any other athlete. She is an accomplished motivational speaker, talking to audiences of hundreds and thousands on topics about passion, leadership, teamwork, health, fitness, and wellness.

    How To Climb The Mountaintop
    Dominique Dawes wows audiences with her honest, funny, and inspiring look at life as a three-time Olympic gymnast. As part of the “Magnificent Seven” at the 1996 Atlanta games, Dawes won gold, but also learned her greatest lesson: the pain of failure is always an opportunity for growth. After slipping in her individual floor routine and immediately falling out of contention for an All-Around gold medal, Dawes was heartbroken but resolute on continuing her career and becoming a beacon of hope in a sport that strives for near-impossible standards. Years later, Dawes is committed to teaching audiences around the world that failure fuels the mind and body to achieve things they could have never imagined possible. With a unique ability to connect with audiences, Dawes shares her thoughts on the power of the mind and positive thoughts, the importance of healthy self-esteem, why teamwork means checking your ego at the door, and why every person’s contributions matter—no matter how high or low on the totem pole they may seem to be. A roller coaster look at the life of an Olympian, Dawes leaves audiences inspired to be their best.
  • Concurrent Sessions

    The Sustained Change Method

    Pressures on organizational performance continue to increase. Capitalizing on change is imperative for organizations and their talent to grow and lead in their market. Employee performance is a critical resource in driving organizational productivity and overall success. OD professionals must build and lead a holistic and fully integrated change program to optimize organization performance. This session reviews “The Sustained Change Method” addressing five key steps to enable optimal employee and organizational performance through constant change.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Share the value of the sustained change method with organizational leadership.
    • Speak to the future of talent development in constant change.
    • Implement the five steps in "The Sustained Change Method"

    Speaker: Amy Kelly
    Track: Culture

    Leading with GRIT: Overcoming Setbacks with Resilience

    If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that life is unpredictable, and the leaders who succeed are the ones who respond to crisis with stability and optimal thinking. In this session, the speaker will share the definition of resilience, why it’s critical, and why it’s a consumable resource that leaders need to invest in maintaining. Most importantly, you will learn how to cultivate an optimal attitude and lead with GRIT through tough circumstances of any kind.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Explore the physical impact of negative information and disruptive circumstances as well as how it affects our brain activity and decision-making mechanism.
    • Learn the GRIT model for strengthening your resiliency muscle.
    • Develop a personal strategy and create a 30-day action plan to develop GRIT for yourself while guiding your team to do the same.

    Speaker: Kimberly Gerber
    Track: Future Workplace

    Moments that Matter When Leading Remotely

    In this session, you will explore the moments that truly matter when managing remotely—the ones that lead to higher engagement, better connection, and productive teams. We will also investigate tools you can use to help your managers identify their own moments that matter when it comes to communicating, collaborating, and connecting with their teams and start to build a plan to help managers build their remote management skills.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Learn about team agreements and how to use them to help teams identify how they will work, collaborate, and communicate to be effective and productive.
    • Educate managers about how they can become more intentional in connecting with their teams everyday.
    • Identify ways to collaborate asynchronously within your work environment to lessen meeting fatigue and improve team collaboration.

    Speaker: Chris Coladonato
    Track: Leadership Development
  • Lunch N' Learn with Administrate

    How to Strategically Leverage Training Business Intelligence

    In this session, we’ll explore two case studies where intentionally crafted reporting structures enabled training leaders to provide mission-critical analysis and insight during a period of high change and uncertainty for their organizations.

    • What’s required to get your organization positioned for analytical success
    • How to architect a relevant data strategy to empower decision making
    • How to tell the right (and most important) stories with your data when it matters

    Speakers: John Peebles
    Track: Lunch N' Learn
  • Concurrent Sessions

    Employee Offboarding: 3 Reasons Why HR Should Give Exiting Employees the Red Carpet Treatment

    Offboarding practices have a direct ROI because they can dramatically impact your talent acquisition strategies, who buys your products, and how well your company is prepared for a changing workforce. By giving employees the red carpet treatment during their exit, they will be better brand ambassadors, better spokespeople, and better allies—telling their talented colleagues about your organization and possibly even choosing to work for you again.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Learn how offboarding impacts your bottom line and talent acquisition strategies.
    • Discover a way to reframe the exit interview conversation to a “stay interview.”
    • Develop a strategy for allowing employees to leave on their own and transition due to performance issues versus being fired.


    Speaker: Raymond Lee
    Track: Employee Lifecycle

    Exploring the Impact of World Issues on Workplace Well-Being

    The global pandemic and racial injustices are affecting people in different, distressing ways. This session will examine psychological safety and its impact on workplace culture, productivity, and engagement, and discuss how to create experiences and environments that support well-being.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Explore the impact of world issues on workplace well-being
    • Understand the concept of psychological safety and its impact on workplace culture, productivity and engagement
    • Create psychologically safe experiences and environments that empower employees and support well-being

    Speaker: Allyson McElwain
    Track: Culture

    Developing Essential People Skills Virtually: Make it Real with Learner-Actor Interaction

    Experience and analyze five types of live interactions with professional actors in excerpts from a virtual workshop on essential people skills for leading during uncertainty. Such interactions increase engagement, skilled application, and word-of-mouth publicity. By following five basic guidelines, you and your actor partners will impact leaders’ behaviors throughout your learning and change initiatives. Presenters include Deborah Pettry and two professional actors from San Diego.


    Applications on the Job:

    • Create memorable online interactions that prepare learners to deal with real-life people challenges
    • Draft a plan to apply five interactive techniques with live actors in a virtual or in-person workshop, coaching, OD intervention, or other HR project
    • Use basic guidelines for successful implementation when collaborating with actors

    Speaker: Deborah Pettry
    Track: Leadership Development
  • Concurrent Sessions

    Unconscious Bias: A Quiet Performance Killer

    Unconscious bias is a quiet yet powerful performance killer because it interferes with our ability to build relationships across differences and leads to bad decisions that impair individual and organizational performance. This session describes unconscious bias, identifies the specific ways it can diminish your effectiveness, and offers steps you can take to reduce bias and its negative impact on your performance.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Define unconscious bias and describe the different types of bias that can impact your interactions with others as well as your performance.
    • Determine the specific ways unconscious bias can affect your personal and professional relationships, as well as your work performance.
    • Identify specific steps you can take to reduce your unconscious bias and diminish the negative impact it has on your life and performance.

    Speaker: Tyrone Holmes
    Track: Culture

    Inclusive leadership Is Just Leadership! Developing 21st Century Leaders

    We are living in a complex and changing world. To support development and growth for our leaders, we need to prepare them to lead inclusively. That complexity requires a different style of leadership than what many of us have been taught about leadership. Join this session to learn how to embed change management as a critical competency for successful leadership and development and how to design a curriculum that intentionally increases cultural competency using experiential learning.

    Application on the Job:

    • Design leadership development programs.

    Speaker: Sabrina Yvette D'Almeida
    Track: Leadership Development

    The New Normal

    Is your organization, like many, stuck between an industrial age and digital age way of working? Are you using remote ways of working, technologies in the cloud, new workplace policies, new styles of leadership? It’s time to move beyond experimentation and fully embrace what’s possible in our digital age while honoring what’s valuable from our past successes. It’s not all about the systems you have, it’s how you evolve the culture that makes or breaks success. Join the speaker as she shares insights gained from nearly 10 years of future of work research and personal remote work experience dealing with human behavior challenges in digital workplace culture. Leave empowered with perspectives to create new initiatives and lead differently.

    Applications on the Job:

    • Envision how to create "both/and" workplace cultures that reflect the new normal of diverse working environments
    • Consider effective personal mindsets and navigation of your own day to day
    • Discover new energy to imagining a future workplace that inspires you and your team

    Speaker: Crystal Kadakia
    Track: Future Workplace
  • Wrap Party: An Afternoon on Broadway featuring Brittney Johnson, Glinda in Wicked
    Join us at the OrgDev Wrap Party, featuring Brittney Johnson. Brittney goes down in Broadway history for being the first African-American woman to play the role of Glinda in the Broadway musical Wicked ! She has also been seen on Broadway as Eponine in Les Misérables, as Little Eva in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, in Motown the Musical, Sunset Boulevard, and as a special guest in Kristin Chenoweth’s For the Girls. Come prepared to ask Brittney about her time on Broadway and all about the day she broke Wicked history! This interactive Q&A session will feature a special performance from Brittney.

    Speaker: Brittney Johnson
  • Deep-Dive Workshops: Employee Life Cycle, Future Workplace

    Advancing Your Organization through New Program Development

    This session introduces program development (PD) processes that will help participants successfully launch new innovative programs in their organizations. Specifically, the facilitator will provide a detailed short talk on PD needs assessment processes both with internal and external consultants.  Special attention is placed on meeting real need, and gaining management support and employee acceptance. Next, we review some approaches design, implementation, and evaluation process.  As a result of this highly interactive workshop, each participant will be able to: 

    • Describe the success factors (and landmines) for launching new programs
    • Applying the HRD cycle specifically to their program development at work.
    • Review, discuss, and report out in breakout teams on real PD case studies


    Speaker: David Strubler
    Track: Employee Lifecyle


    Creating a Community Focused on Gifts

    Now that your minds and notes are swimming with ideas from the Future Workplace sessions. What’s next?

    It will take our collective gifts to create the Future Workplace (and world) we all desire to be a part of. In this workshop you will experience how to strengthen the social fabric of a community to help create accountability and commitment to the work required to move forward.

    In this gathering we will become an example of a future we want to create - diversity of thinking and dissent are given space, commitments are made without barter, and the gifts of each person and our community are acknowledged and valued. 
    What is required of you: plan to engage with others, commit to the time, and be willing to postpone quick action. Applications on the job:

    • Learn how to build relatedness, accountability, and commitment in a virtual community
    • Create conditions on how to create a future distinct from the past by engaging in a different conversation

    Speaker: Linda Ly
    Track: Future Workplace

  • Deep-Dive Workshops: Culture, Leadership Development

    Unbiasing Your Organization

    This session introduces a 4-step unbiasing process that will help participants reduce the negative impact of unconscious bias on work relationships and performance. Specifically, the facilitator will provide a detailed demonstration of the unbiasing process by examining its application with a specific organizational process and then give participants a chance to practice the application of the 4-step model on one of their organizational processes. As a result of this highly interactive workshop, each participant will be able to:

    • Describe a 4-Step Unbiasing Process.
    • Apply the 4-Step Unbiasing Process to any organizational process.
    • Implement an Unbiasing Process using the facilitator’s SMART-based Individual Action Plan (IAP) template.

    Speaker: Tyrone Holmes
    Track: Culture

    Increasing Your Influence to Accomplish Your Mission

    John Maxwell once said, “Nothing of significance was ever achieved by an individual acting alone.” Thus, the success of your projects and programs are tied to your ability persuade others (such as supervisors, team leaders, team members, constituents, and so forth) to share their time, funds, influence, and other resources with you. The skill required to navigate these relationships is called political savvy. But, just as politically savviness can help persuade others to help you, this skill can also protect you from becoming a victim to the “behind-the-scenes” forces operating against you and your interests.

    This interactive workshop adjusts attitudes toward power and politics, challenges naïve assumptions about organizational dynamics often not acknowledged, and helps you develop the skills needed to successfully implement your ideas. Through this workshop you will learn:


    • The importance of political savviness and influence in furthering the organization’s mission and reaching your career
    • How to identify and develop strategic relationships with key internal and external leaders
    • Key techniques for ethically influencing others

    Speaker: Alex Tremble
    Track: Leadership Development