For more than 50 years, the scholars within Benedictine University's Master of Science in Management and Organization Behavior program have brought the world's best leaders to campus. Join us as we bring in an entire panel of the world's best global change agents for their perspectives on the future of Organization Development and the acceleration of change in organizations. This lecture series provides a wonderful opportunity to dialogue with the best in the industry.
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Allan Church, Ph.D., is the vice president of organization development global groups, functions and corporate, and executive assessment and development at PepsiCo. He is responsible for leading the talent development and capability building agenda for PepsiCo. In addition, he is responsible at the enterprise level for building executive talent assessment capabilities to strengthen the company’s C-Suite leadership pipeline.
Church is a visiting faculty scholar at Benedictine University, a member of the executive committee of the Conference Board’s Council of Talent Management, a member of the Executive Board of the Human Capital Institute (HCI), and publications officer for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP).
An active writer, he has authored several books, 30 book chapters and more than 125 practitioner and scholarly articles. He is also a frequent speaker for the Conference Board, HCI, the Talent Management Alliance and SIOP.
Church earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. In 1999, he received the OD Consultant of the Year Award from the Organization Development Institute. He is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.
Dalitso Sulamoyo, Ph.D., is the president and CEO of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies, a membership organization of 40 nonprofits and public entities that serve communities and economically challenged citizens of Illinois.
Sulamoyo is also the president and CEO of the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation, a statewide affordable housing development corporation, and the Illinois Community Action Fund, the advocacy arm for Community Action in Illinois. He has overseen the development of three affordable housing complexes worth more than $15 million in the downstate Illinois communities of West Frankfort, Beardstown and Hoopeston.
He is a senior executive scholar at Benedictine University at Springfield where he teaches graduate-level Organization Development courses in human resources, business research methods and international organization development. He is also a distinguished visiting scholar for the Ph.D. in Organization Development program.
Sulamoyo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations at Illinois College, and a graduate certificate in Public Sector Labor Relations and two master’s degrees in Political Studies and Public Administration with a focus on nonprofit management at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Dalitso recently earned a Ph.D. in Organization Development at Benedictine University.
W. Warner Burke, Ph.D., is the Edward Lee Thorndike Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is associate editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, and is also a fellow of the Academy of Management, the American Psychological Society, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, and past editor of both Organizational Dynamics and The Academy of Management Executive. He is the author, coauthor and coeditor of 14 books, including "Organizational Development: A Process of Learning," and has received numerous awards including the "Distinguished Scholar-Practitioner Award" from the Academy of Management and the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Organizational Development Network.
Janine Waclawski, Ph.D., is vice president of human resources for PepsiCo’s commercial and corporate functions, which includes sales, marketing, food service, finance, franchise and human resources. In this capacity, she partners with the leader of each group to address human resources needs.
She has published two books, book chapters and numerous articles. She has served as co-editor of the “Professional Practice Book Series” for the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and past editorial board member of Human Resource Development Quarterly. She has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Hunter College, and an invited speaker, panel chair and discussant at many conferences.
Waclawski earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Stony Brook University and a Ph.D. at Columbia University. She received the American Society for Training and Development Donald Bullock Memorial Dissertation award for her research on large-scale organizational change.
Bruce Mabee is the managing partner at Milestone Partners LLC. He has consulted with more than 125 organizations in strategic change, leadership and organization development, serving half of those clients for 10 years or longer. He has also trained more than 1,000 corporate professionals and leaders in strategic consulting skills and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Benedictine University, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and the University of Chicago. He is currently an adjunct faculty member teaching in the online M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior program.
He earned an M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior at George Williams Graduate School of Management.
Christopher Fernandez, Ph.D., is the director of organizational effectiveness, learning and change at Magnetrol International, where he is responsible for the areas of learning and development, culture-strategy alignment and change management. He applies a blended approach to all major initiatives which incorporates the practice of organization development with change management.
He is an adjunct professor at Benedictine University where he teaches graduate- and doctoral-level courses in organizational behavior and organization development. He has been part of Benedictine University’s Ph.D. in Organization Development program since its inception.
Fernandez earned a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior at Case Western Reserve University, an M.B.A. at George Williams College and an M.S. in Physics at the University of Chittagong in Bangladesh.
Christopher G. Worley, Ph.D., is a senior research scientist with the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and professor of organizational theory and management at Pepperdine University.
He is the former director of the Master of Science in Organization program at Pepperdine University. In addition to his articles and presentations on strategic change and organization design, he is the author of four books including the recently published, “Management Reset: Organizing for Sustainable Effectiveness,” best-seller “Built to
Change: How to Achieve Sustained Organizational Effectiveness,” and five editions of “Organization Development and Change,” the leading textbook in the field.
Worley is a member of the Academy of Management, National Training Laboratories Institute, the Organizational Development Network and the Strategic Management Society. He is on the editorial board for the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science.
Matt Minahan, Ed.D., is the president of MM & Associates, specializing in strategic planning, organization design and development, leadership development, and implementing enterprise-wide change programs including business strategy, mission, business process simplification, new structures and communications.
Minahan has more than 25 years of experience partnering with human resources vice presidents and their staff, and has taught strategic human resources at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland. He regularly offers workshops at OD Network conferences for human resources staff who want to expand their skills into organization development (OD). He was the senior management consultant of institutional change and strategy for the World Bank. Minahan is a member of National Training Laboratories Institute, where he delivers training programs to OD and human resources staff and consults on projects to help strengthen human resources and OD functions in organizations.
Richard Axelrod, M.B.A., is co-founder of the Axelrod Group Inc., and a faculty member in the professional program in Organization Development at Columbia University and the University of Chicago’s Leadership Arts Program, and is a guest lecturer at Benedictine University.
Before forming the Axelrod Group, he was an organization development manager for General Foods, which was among the first companies in America to use self-directed work teams. He now brings more than 25 years of consulting and teaching experience to his work. He is the author of “Terms of Engagement: New Ways of Leading and Changing Organizations,” and co-author of “You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: How to Involve Others to Get Things Done.” He is also the recipient of the Organization Development Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jennifer Smith is a manager of human resources process improvement at Molex, where she is responsible for developing and sustaining a globally diverse talent pipeline through the means of a comprehensive management and leadership development framework. She spends her time outside of Molex mentoring and helping organizations achieve desired effectiveness.
Smith is an adjunct professor at Benedictine University, where she teaches graduate level courses in organizational behavior and organization development. She earned an M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior at Benedictine and is a certified six sigma green belt.
Richard W. Woodman, Ph.D., is the Lawrence Fouraker Professor of Management at Texas A&M University, where he teachers organizational behavior, organization development and research methodology. From 1993 to 1997, he served as head of the Department of Management at Texas A&M. He is the editor of the Journal of Applied Behavioral Science and co-editor of Research in Organizational Change and Development. He has been on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Applied Behavioral Science Review, Journal of Management Review, Applied Behavioral Science Review, Journal of Management and the Journal of Organizational Change Management. He has also served a national program chair and division chair of the Organization Development and Change Division of the Academy of Management.
Tim Goodly, Ph.D., is the senior vice president of human resources for CNN Worldwide, Turner Broadcasting System Inc. He is responsible for the development of human resources policies and procedures, which includes more than 4,000 employees across the globe. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Business Administration at Tulane University. He earned a Ph.D. in Organization Development at Benedictine University at Springfield, where he is a senior executive scholar.
Emily Axelrod is the co-founder and principal of the Axelrod Group Inc. She has delivered presentations to a variety of organizations, including the Organization Development Network, the American Management Association, the Human Resources Planning Society and the London Strategic Planning Society. She is also a guest lecturer at Benedictine University and the University of Chicago's Leadership Arts Program.
She is co-author of “You Don’t Have to Do It Alone: How to Involve Others to Get Things Done,” and is a contributing author to “The Change Handbook,” “The Flawless Consulting Field Book,” “Future Search in School District Change” and numerous articles.
She serves on the board of directors of the Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative and the Organization Design Forum.
Axelrod earned a Master of Arts in Education at the University of North Carolina and a Master of Social Work at Loyola University.
Philip Anderson, Ph.D., is the principal consultant and owner of BKD Consulting LLC, and an adjunct professor at Benedictine University where he teaches graduate and doctoral courses in organizational behavior and organization development. He retired from the U.S. Army after 20 years of active service in 1998. His career culminated as a training and organizational effectiveness advisor to the Illinois National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve.
Anderson earned a bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education and Development at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a Master of Education in Human Resource Development Leadership at the University of Illinois, and a Ph.D. in Organization Development at Benedictine University. His work has been published in Training Today magazine, International Organization Development and the Organization Development Practitioner. In 2005, he received the Silver Bowl Award from the Organization Development Institute for the Outstanding OD Project of the Year.