blog: 9-7-2009 - program year intro

September 7, 2009

Dear OD practitioners and enthusiasts,

I am very excited about the 2009/10 year! We are continuing the transformation we began in 2008. Several new initiatives will continue and we are adding more services in response to your input. To support this expansion we are embarking on a website overhaul. Our goal is to provide you more access to our community and OD tools and resources, and to help us communicate with you and coordinate activities better.

Last year was a huge success because of you! Your energy, input and engagement are what make ODN of GNY successful. When you connect with each other, assist with events and interact with speakers at programs and events, you create our wonderful community.

This year we are expanding our offering to make it even easier for you to participate and contribute in ways that are meaningful to you:

  • Speaker Series - our excellent monthly programs with OD thought leaders
  • Community Networking and Dinners - our season kickoff dinner is on Sept. 30th
  • Member to Member - programs for members to engage with each other
  • Learning and Development - specific opportunities for professional development
  • Student Outreach - events for students in New York-area OD programs
  • Corporate Relations - incorporating internal consultants' needs into programming
  • Pro Bono Consulting - ODN of GNY volunteers work together to help nonprofits

If you're interested in participating in or learning more about these initiatives, contact the Board Member responsible for it.

In addition to these initiatives, there are a number of behind-the-scenes initiatives that contribute to making our whole program possible, including marketing, hospitality, volunteer coordination, mentoring, budgeting, and technology. I am grateful to the Board and all committee members for their commitment, service and hard work that make all of this possible.

Please join us to kick off the program year:

  • Our first Member to Member event on September 15. Learn about, join or create a Special Interest Group. Click for details and to register
  • Our Program Launch Dinner on September 30. Reconnect with colleagues, make new connections and enjoy a meal together. Click for details and to register
  • Our Speaker Series begins on October 8. Geoff Bellman will share his insights and experience on "How Ordinary Teams Achieve Amazing Results." Click for details and to register

The Board and I look forward to seeing you at events and getting to know you.

Thank you for your partnership in creating an organization that helps us all have a greater positive impact on our organizations and communities.

Annie Merkle