9-29-2010 - program year intro

Sept. 29, 2010

Dear Colleagues,

Our goal as an organization is to bring you new and exciting opportunities to learn, to share and to contribute. The 2009-2010 season was hugely successful, highlighted by excellent programs and high attendance, a successful first pro bono consulting project and a new sponsorship program.

It will be a tall order to match, let alone top, our successes last season. But that’s our goal.

So I’m really excited, as is the rest of the ODNNY board, about the upcoming year.

We’ve got three programs planned in October that will bring you new ideas, new tools for work and new approaches to managing professional transition.

  • Peter Block joins us Oct. 11 to talk about how community and a sense of belonging are changing conversations from problem-solving to possibility. Peter will define a form of leadership that depends on listening, convening, invitation, and the triumph of questions over answers.
  • On Oct. 18, Esther Matte and Roch Landry will lead the first of two workshops on how to better understand and learn to use intuition to make better decisions.
  • On Oct. 25, a free pecha kucha session of presentation and discussion on new perspectives on managing career transition.

And that’s just October. In coming months, we’ll have programs on engagement, on global teams, on diversity and on sustainability.

We’re also planning to relaunch our web site in the next few weeks, which will make it easier for us to keep you up to date on what ODNNY is doing and open new channels for communication.

And we’ll be kicking off our second Pro Bono Initiative project in January. The Pro Bono Initiative is meant to help a qualifying non-profit organization and give ODNNY members a chance to practice, to learn and to teach OD skills. You’ll be hearing more about this soon – we’re looking for a client and for volunteers to be part of the consulting team.

Along with all this new and exciting news, I do have to let you know about a modest increase this year in our membership and program fees. The cost of an ODNNY membership hasn’t changed in many years, while the quality of our offerings – and the cost of providing them – has increased.

It’s a diverging graph curve that we couldn’t ignore any longer.

Effective Sept. 15, the cost of an individual membership went from $100 to $125 a year and a student membership from $30 to $50. This gets you the same free access to monthly programs as before and helps us expand the workshops, seminars and member-to-member exchanges we offer based on what you’ve told us you’d like ODNNY to provide. We’re also including a guest pass with each membership; during the year you’ll be able to bring a friend to sample one of our monthly programs at no cost. The cost of corporate/group memberships goes from $500 for 10 seats to $750.

I hope you’ll understand the need for this small increase, which will help us continue to deliver compelling, high-quality programs and services for New York’s OD community.

Finally, I’d like to encourage all of you to support ODNNY by attending programs and other events to learn and to share your own ideas, and also to volunteer. ODNNY was the nation’s first OD network and we want it to be the best. To do that we need your ideas and your energy. Contact a board member today to let us know how we can help you better, and how you can help the OD community.

I'll look forward to seeing you all at our programs and to hearing your ideas.

Mark Berns
President, ODNNY