Upcoming events

    • 09 Sep 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom - registration link will follow
    • 99

    SHRM shared that one-third of mangers will fail in their new role and on average direct replacement cost of an employee can be 6-9 months of salary. Retaining your talent is more important than ever. Organizations need to ensure new employees fall in love with the organization and its mission, and that starts on day 1. This session will provide organizational development professionals with the tools and tactics needed to create an effective onboarding process to ensure new hires adjust to the cultural and performance aspects of their new role and quickly become productive contributors to your organization.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Steps to Building an Effective Onboarding Process
    • Phases of the Onboarding Process
    • How to Build a Compelling Case for your Organization
    • The Results of an Effective Onboarding Process

    About the Facilitator:

    Gisele Marcus is the product of a best in class - onboarding experience and also possesses an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a TEDxHarvard speaker on the topics of relationship building and networking, key elements to the onboarding process. A native New Yorker, Gisele was raised in Harlem (the old Harlem). Professionally she is an operations executive who makes organizations hum. Her audiences have consisted of national organizations such as the Association of Chamber Executives, National Sales Network, and Syracuse University. Globally she has been a keynote speaker for Autodesk and Amalgamated Banks of South Africa. She has been featured in the Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, the Milwaukee Business Journal, and the St. Louis Business Journal. A lover of international travel, her favorite continent is Africa where she has explored 11 countries.

    OD Global Competency Framework: The competencies for this framework are Credible Strategist and Efficient Designer.

Past events

08 Jul 2021 Build Resilience to Recover, Recharge, and Navigate Stress
10 Jun 2021 OD Is an Infinite Game
13 May 2021 Up Your OD A-Game: Neuro-Axiology and the Rise of “Use-of-Self 2.0” (Valuegenic Self-Leadership)
08 Apr 2021 Magical Thinking in Organizations: How to Break An Illusion That Drains People's Energy
11 Mar 2021 Why Agile and Other Forms of Collaborative Organizing Fail, and What to Do About It
11 Feb 2021 Group Coaching Strategies to Build and Statistically Measure Soft Skill Development
14 Jan 2021 Can You Keep Up? Merging Change and Agility During a Pandemic
22 Dec 2020 Free Holiday Networking Virtual Event
12 Nov 2020 Achieving a Staff Engagement Turnaround and What We Learned about Sustaining Gains in the Process
26 Oct 2020 Transformation after Trauma: The Power of Resonance
08 Oct 2020 ALIGNing an organization: How we dumped year end performance reviews and replaced it with a conversation
10 Sep 2020 Culture and Climate: What Emerson Electric has learned and what they are doing about it
26 Aug 2020 Finding Comfort in Discomfort – A Dialogue for OD Professionals about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
09 Jul 2020 Developing Resilient Organizations
11 Jun 2020 Ten Drivers of High Performing Organization June 11th 2020
14 May 2020 Creating the Workplace of the Future with EQi
09 Apr 2020 Human Connection In A Virtual Environment – How are OD professionals meeting the need?
12 Mar 2020 Brain-Based Coaching: Evaluating Interventions Using Psychology and Neuroscience
13 Feb 2020 Unlock the Creative Potential of Your Teams: An Introduction to the Simplexity Method of Applied Innovation
09 Jan 2020 The Courageous Leader: An Introduction to Dare to Lead

About Events

We host a variety of events throughout the year, including monthly programs, happy hours, a holiday party, and a volunteer recognition party.  Our monthly programs are generally held on the second Thursday of every month. Networking begins at 7:30 a.m., and the presentation runs from 8:00-9:30 a.m.  Hot and cold breakfast (including water and coffee) is served throughout.  Presentations and materials from previous events may be available to our members (view members-only content or become a member to gain access to these materials).  


We highly recommend that you register and pay for an event in advance.  We use registration numbers to make our catering order and monitor our space-related needs.  Registration opens a few weeks prior to an event and closes 2 days prior to the event.  Walk-in registrations are welcome as long as we have room for our registered attendees.


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