Making business meetings more productive topic of lecture, workshop at Benedictine

March 19, 2015

Dick-&-Emily-Axelrods---2-24-15Lisle, Illinois ~ Nationally-renowned Organization Development consultants Richard and Emily Axelrod will discuss how to lead and get more out of business meetings from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University.

The Axelrods, co-founders of the Axelrod Group and whose clients have included Ford Motor Company, The Chicago Tribune, The Boeing Company and others, will present key findings from their 2014 book, “Let’s Stop Meeting Like This: Tools To Save Time And Get More Done,” as part of Benedictine University’s Department of Management and Organizational Behavior Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series.

Using the same principles that have made video games so engaging and transformed the numbing assembly line into the dynamic shop floor, the Axelrods will outline a flexible and adaptable system for running truly productive meetings where people create concrete plans, accomplish tasks, build connections and move projects forward in all kinds of organizations.

The series underscores the more than 50-year history of the University’s Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior and Ph.D. in Organization Development programs. Both programs are recognized worldwide for educating managers who are competent in the human side of enterprise. The lecture series regularly attracts some of the industry’s foremost thought leaders to campus.

In addition to consulting work, Richard Axelrod is a faculty member in the professional program in Organization Development at Columbia University and the University of Chicago’s Leadership Arts Program. He is also the recipient of the Organization Development Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

He brings more than 25 years of consulting and teaching experience to his work, and 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.”

Emily Axelrod 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 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 is also a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago's Leadership Arts Program and serves on the board of directors of the Berrett-Koehler Authors Cooperative and the Organization Design Forum.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, visit For more information, contact Hilda Valdivia at or (630) 829-6361.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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