7th Annual OD Conference: “A Game Changer, New Trends in OD”

Our 7th annual OD Conference has officially concluded. It was a wonderful and memorable time.

We want to thank everyone who participated in helping to make this event a huge success!!

From our blog:

OD Professionals from Jamaica, Africa, India, and the U.S. recently came together to attend the Institute of Organization Development’s 7th Annual OD Conference: The Future of OD: A Game Changer.  Speakers shared their experiences in Leadership, Use of Self, Renewable Energy, Social Responsibility, Neuroscience, and beyond.

IOD hosted this year’s conference at The Duncan Center in Delray Beach, Florida.  The staff was extremely helpful and offered a new menu each day, happily accommodating each participant’s dietary restrictions as needed. The space was perfect for the interactive conversations and activities that were held.

“I really enjoyed Judy (Vogel) and David’s (Glaser) presentation.  I now realize how important self-care is for organizational consultants.” – Noreen Timoney, conference participant and presenter, shares her thoughts from Day One of the conference.

“I really appreciate the diversity of the conference, as well as the experiential aspect.” Dr. Gabriel Gbiel Benarkuu, from Ghana, Africa reflects. “Additionally, it provides great networking opportunities, the facilitators participate in the sessions, and attendees have the opportunity to come back next year and present.”

An especially memorable activity was shared by Marva Greig, Ilsa duVerney, and Peteula Gayle, OD practitioners from Jamaica.  Their thoughtful presentation highlighted the importance of each role in leadership.  Each participant was randomly assigned to groups of three as either the leader, the follower, or the observer.  The Follower was blindfolded in colorful bandanas and a masquerade mask, while the leader was instructed to guide their blind follower through an obstacle course, with the observer listening and watching closely behind. Mr. Ian Williams (Jamaica) was the first to successfully lead his team through the obstacle course.  After the activity, all of the participants sat in a circle to reflect on their experience and what they learned.  “Ian maintained a very soothing, reassuring voice and offered his hand as guidance.  He explained each step and motion before they took place, allowing his partner to trust him,” Ray Zentis, their observer recalled. “His follower, Linda, was also very quiet through the process, constantly listening, allowing for Ian to do his job.”

Overall the conference was an immense success, a wonderful networking and learning opportunity for everyone involved.  “It is always a pleasure to experience something like this, with professionals from all levels coming together to share their knowledge and the willingness to learn more.  It really goes to show the importance of OD throughout every culture, worldwide.” Dr. Nancy Zentis, CEO of IOD, reflects on the last day of the 2017 conference.  Stay tuned for an announcement for next year’s conference!


IOD was established by Dr. Nancy Zentis in 2002, and provides top educational services and consulting in the field of OD.  IOD is dedicated to growing the field of Organization Development, by developing OD Professionals who will help organizations implement change using a systemic approach.  IOD’s vision is to support the professional growth of those interested in becoming OD professionals.  With over twenty years in the field, IOD is a leader in education regarding OD tools, processes, and applications for change.  Through their globally-recognized, award-winning, online certification programs, IOD continues it’s mission to provide participants with opportunities to excel in their role as OD professionals from anywhere in the world.



  • OD Practitioners and Consultants
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Learning & Development Leaders
  • CEOs, Directors and executives that influence the culture  in the organization
  • Past and current ODCC and ODCP participants are highly encouraged to attend.


  • Health Care
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Insurance
  • Technology and Software
  • Transportation
  • Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Engineering
  • Education
IOD Conference Attendees - 2016

IOD Conference Attendees – 2016

Future of OD: A Game Changer

Conference Themes

Future of OD: A Game Changer

Day 1: OD Basics – Tools, Concepts, and Application – Learn basic OD tools, core concepts and applications to help clients support change – learn how to facilitate behavior change, how to ensure successful results through the use of self as the instrument of change.  Recognize how to promote collaboration, creativity and innovation through activities such as the Open Space Technology.  Realize shared common areas of interest and dialogue with others to increase your understanding of the topic in “Birds of a Feather.”

Day 2: Making an Impact – Helping Organizations Achieve Success -Demonstrate how to increase emotional intelligence in Leaders, Recognize how to achieve results through measuring the impact of interventions, experience how teams work together more effectively, what are keys to success, learn more about your role as a business partner, how to build effective relationships and how to build trust using the fear trust continuum model.

Day 3: Future of OD in the Workplace – Recognize global trends and how OD practitioners prepare for the future of OD, participate in a Future Search Activity, Learn a new tool to support the future of OD, discover how neuroscience can be applied in day to day OD practice,  share insights about the future of OD using world cafe.

 Agenda – (for a detailed program, click here)

Day 1: 7:30-5:00 PM – OD Basics, Tools, Concepts, and Applications


Dr. Gabriel Benarkuu, “Opening Activity”

Judy Vogel and David Glaser, “What Makes OD Unique and Powerful: Use of Self”

Patricia Dammann and Susan Gervasi, ” Open Space Technology”

Dr. Nancy Zentis, “Birds of a Feather”


Day 2: 7:30-5:00 PM, Making an Impact


Ragland Thomas, “Opening Activity”

Michael Sabbag, “Ready for Impact, Measuring People Process”

Marva Greig and Peteula Gayle, “Team Building Activity”

Susan Gervasi, “OD Tool Time”

Selen Turner, What is Your Role: Business Partner or HR Partner?

Susan Gervasi, Edgar Schein’s New Approach to Helping Relationships


Day 3. 7:30 – 4:30 “The Future of OD in the Workplace”


Dr. Gabriel Benarkuu, “Meditation/Reflection Activity”

Ilsa H. duVerney, & Marva Greig, NTL Certified, OD Consultants, CARI-CODE, “Marvin R. Weisbord’s, Future Search”

Dr Katya Matusevich, “Brain-Friendly OD: Is Neuroscience a Game Changer for OD?”

Ragland Thomas, “Future of OD, World Cafe”

The Call for Speakers for the 2017 Conference is closed.

We are starting to visualize our next years conference


If you’d like to share your OD Experiences and Techniques with other OD professionals, we’d like to hear from you!  Please send us a brief description of your presentation using the attached form. Download Form

IOD Facilitators in Attendance

Dr. Nancy Zentis, Ph.D, ODCC

Dr Nancy Zentis

Patricia Dammann, ODCC

Patricia Dammann

Ragland Thomas, ODCC

Ragland Thomas

Susan Gervasi, ODCC

Susan Gervasi


Gabriel Gbiel

Keynote Speakers


Michael Sabbag

Judy Vogel

Judy Vogel

David Glaser

David Glaser

Katya Matusevich

Katya Matusevich

Additional Speakers In Attendance

Marva Greig

Marva Greig


Selen Turner


Ilsa duVerney, CARICODE

Mercedes Martin, Ashton212

Call for Sponsors:

We would like to invite you to participate as a sponsor to share your products, services, and offerings with our participants to broaden their knowledge.  If you provide educational services, software applications, publications, resources, consulting in areas that would benefit our participant working in the field of HR, OD, T&D, in Professional, Leadership or Consulting Roles, please consider the following sponsorship options.

By sponsoring our event, your organization will:

• Gain access to key potential buyers.
• Gain greater visibility and exposure among OD professionals.
• Secure an opportunity to showcase products and services.
• Distribute handouts and promotional gifts to participants.
• Sell your products and publications.
Sponsorship Options

1) Gold Sponsorship: $1,000.00
This package includes a display table, five (5) minutes of podium time, 50% discount for 1 conference attendee including lunch daily. Your organization name and logo on our conference website, conference program – full page ad.  You will be mentioned as a sponsor in the e-mail notifications/ reminders sent out to the participants before and after the conference.

2) Silver Sponsorship Package: $500.00
This package includes a display table, lunch for one person, your organization name and logo on our conference website and conference program – ½ page ad. You will be mentioned as a sponsor in the e-mail notifications/ reminders sent out to the participants before and after the conference.

3) Bronze Sponsorship Package: $250.00
This package includes your organization name and logo on our conference website, name and logo on our conference program – ¼ page ad. You will be mentioned as a sponsor in the e-mail notifications/ reminders sent out to the participants before and after the conference.

If you are interested in being a sponsor, please complete the enclosed form (click here) and return to Nancy Zentis, at info@instituteod.com or call 954-341-2522 for more information. An invoice will be sent for the payment transaction. Thank you!

This registration is closed

Contact: info@instituteod.com

Institute of OD
8595 College Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33919
Phone: 954.341.2522

The Duncan Conference Center is a premier conference destination located in the heart of Delray Beach, FL. The Center is located on five, serene, tropical acres and includes meeting rooms, dinning room, lodging, pool  and spa surrounded by a butterfly garden. There is easy access to the center from major highways and airports. See Map for details.

Note: If you’ve signed up for the $120.00/per night on the Costs page, you don’t have to make a reservation.  We make it for you!

Duncan Conference Center
15820 Military Trail
Delray Beach, FL 33484
Call for your reservation (561) 496-4130

Other Hotel Options:

Hyatt Place Delray Beach – (561) 330-3530
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Delray Beach – (561) 279 2900
Delray Beach Marriot – (561) 274-3200
Colony Hotel, Delray Beach – (561) 276-4123

Duncan Center