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OD Cooperative
Program Coordinators

Co-convener: John Kelly

Co-convener: Diane Kubal

Producer: Jerry Sullivan

Social Media Instigator:
Michelle Filicicchia

 OD Cooperative Professional Development Network

The OD Cooperative Professional Development Network (formerly the Northwest Chicago PDN) has been meeting six times a year since 2007.

We explore topics centering on consulting issues inside organizations across the spectrum of Organizational Development, Human Resources, and Training and Development. We provide opportunities to learn from experienced professionals in the field as well as take an experiential and action learning approach in our meetings.

While this is primarily focused on internal consultants, all are welcome with the understanding that we strive for a forum free of direct marketing or overt networking from those in job transition.

While we collaborate with other local PDNs, we are not affiliated with the ODNetwork, ATD or any of their regional organizations.'

We charge a nominal fee to attend our meetings, though we are an all-volunteer organization and fees go to cover meeting and speaker expenses.

Meetings typically take place on the second Friday of January, March, May, June, September and November from 8:30 – 10:00 A.M. United States Central Time and include small group and interactive exercises to provide opportunities for learning and networking. Please check our website for the most current dates and times.

Location: Our group is an international online community. All of our meetings take place via webinar.

Upcoming events

    • January 21, 2022
    • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Virtual
    Video: OD Cooperative - January 2022

    “The more things change the more they remain insane.”

    Normal, new normal, or new abnormal- no matter what you call our Covid-impacted workplaces, most organizations would benefit dramatically from an effective new employee onboarding program.

    The pandemic influenced “great resignation” has made one thing abundantly clear- most employees still don’t leave their jobs; they leave their bosses! However, a great onboarding program could be the first step in reducing unplanned employee turnover and maximizing performance.

    Join Dr. Gia Suggs & Hayward Suggs as they share valuable tips, tactics, and tricks to help get your workforce up to speed faster and better than the competition “and keep them there”.


    • Difference between onboarding and “orientation”
    • Benefits of onboarding
    • Connection between organization culture and onboarding
    • Best practices in onboarding your remote employees and create a sense of connection

    Warning: There will be fun!

    Our Speakers: 

    Dr. Gia Suggs, Ed.D, MPH, MA
    Author of the book, “Onboarding; Maximizing the Success of New Employees and co-author of the “Onboarding Quick Guide”, Dr. Gia Suggs specializes in delivering business consulting services that improve human performance and organization outcomes. Her work as an organization performance thought partner with Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, and government entities results in dramatic improvements in business outcomes.

    As an organization development expert, Dr. Gia manages a private consulting practice. She is a distinguished adjunct professor at Olivet Nazarene University and adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Gia combines her educational accomplishments and professional consulting experience to ensure she remains current in both the academic and business worlds.

    Hayward Suggs, MA
    Co-author of the book “Onboarding Quick Guide”, Hayward loves working with cool people on awesome projects. He specializes in helping successful leaders prepare themselves and their teams for career defining moments. His clients include C-suite executives of major organizations, entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders, public officials, and adult education experts around the globe.

     He is managing principle at Commonquest Consulting, and brings a wealth of experience as general manager at the Institute of Managerial and Clinical Consultation, Sr. VP of Operations at Behavioral Health Non-Profit in Chicago, as well as Executive Director at Behavioral Health Non-Profit in Kankakee.

    To Sign Up: Click on our website: odcooperative.com

    Scroll to bottom to sign up and pay.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Diane Kubal, John Kelly, Jerry Sullivan, and Michelle Filicicchia

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