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Wednesday, January 16; 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Touchpoint Baltimore
(2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215)

Presenter: Gary Williams


There has been plenty of discussion about race equity and its intersection with OD. And many people have clients asking for coaching around issues of race equity. Core to that is understanding what is race and racism and how racism developed in the US. This workshop will provide you with a succinct yet effective definition of racism, how the racial caste system developed in the US and the implications of that on organizational culture.



American Camp Association’s 2019 Chesapeake Camp Conference: Building a Relational, Restorative Culture at Camp

Monday, February 4, 2019; 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

2019-Chesapeake-logoThe Y in Central Maryland Training Center (1201 S. Caton Ave., Baltimore, MD 21227)

Graymake’s Annie Hilb and Liz London of Constructive Communities will provide a training to camp professionals to enhance program and process improvement. This facilitation will explore discipline from a restorative justice lens and encourage the promotion of positive culture. Liz and Annie have designed an interactive session where participants can expect to practice using tools such as how to use affective statements to express needs and build collective values. Participants will come away from the day with a strategic planning tool to support them in implementing this work with the rest of their staff. This session can be tailored to any industry looking to promote a more restorative, relational culture.

Interested? It’s not too late! Click here to register!


A CULTURE OF HEART: Creating a Powerful Team Culture of Unyielding High Standards

Wednesday, February 20; 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Touchpoint Baltimore
(2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215)

Presenter: Bobby Audley

A strong workplace starts with a strong, happy, efficient employee team. / Steven Connelly

A Culture of HEART means action over apathy, humility over hubris, meaningful and intentional (as opposed to transactional) relationships, individual investment as opposed to individual interest, and a solution-oriented mentality.

Prepare for a highly interactive and revealing discussion on standards and leave with tools that will help you build a stronger team, stronger influence, productive relationships and ultimately a culture of HEART.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the 5 Pillars of HEART: Humility + Energy & Execution + Awareness + Relationships + Trust = Teamwork
  2. Learn the four progress questions in relation to performance and goals
  3. Learn the value of an unshakable positive attitude and how to cultivate it



When Neuroscience Meets OD: Implications, Opportunities and Applications

Wednesday, March 20; 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Touchpoint Baltimore
(2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215)

Presenter: Jim White

Neuroscience is here, and it’s not going anywhere. Luckily, we can help you navigate this new and exciting technology in the field of OD. / British Neuroscience Association

We will explore five major breakthroughs in Applied Neuroscience (ANS), discuss the ANS implications for our work and analyze some of our “go-to” methods, models, activities and/or practices through a Neuroscience lens.

The ANS frameworks we will focus on:

  • Self-directed Neuroplasticity as it relates to training design
  • The Default Mode Network’ s inherent negativity bias as it relates to managing group mood
  • Our Willpower Instinct as it relates to creating vision and maintaining passion
  • Emotional Contagion as it relates to group formation
  • Attachment Theory as it relates to building teams and fostering community.



Talent + Diversity and Inclusion Strategy: Alignment is Critical

Wednesday, April 17; 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Touchpoint Baltimore
(2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215)

Presenter: Megan LaRocque


In many organizations the Talent Strategy and the diversity & inclusion strategy run in parallel but for these strategies to have the intended impact, they must in fact be closely aligned.  Join us as we discuss this paradox and correct this thinking.



Maximizing LGBTQ+ Inclusion in the Workplace: Awareness, Etiquette & Best Practices

Wednesday, May 15; 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Touchpoint Baltimore
(2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215)

Presenter: Tara Taylor

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Gay Marriage

Although efforts have been made in recent years to advance equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Queer, and other gender and sexual minorities, there are still many instances where LGBTQ+ people find themselves excluded, unwelcome, and uncomfortable in the workplace. In fact, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an average of 50% of employees report hiding their sexual orientation at work due to hostility, prejudice, discrimination and mistreatment.

During this interactive session attendees will:

  • become more familiar with current LGBTQ+ inclusive terminology;
  • develop a greater understanding of the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals;
  • understand the differences in biological sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression;
  • discuss specific scenarios that involve LGBTQ+ workers;
  • explore and develop strategies to create more welcoming and inclusive workplaces for LGBTQ+ employees.

Electrifying Culture Change: Transforming Culture in an Electric Utility

Wednesday, June 19; 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Touchpoint Baltimore
(2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215)

Presenter: Hester Darcy

Working in electricity is a risky feat and nuanced field.  Luckily, industry leaders are aware and making necessary changes to keep employees safe and secure. / FleetCarma

The electric utility industry is going through major upheaval with more change coming in the next 10 years than they’ve experienced over the last 100 years. This presentation will tell the story of a large utility looking to improve its safety record, and its ability to innovate and rise to the coming challenges. Also shared will be the underlying organizational culture tool and use of self-lessons learned by the consultant.


July + August: No formal meeting! Group can self-organize to gather socially for happy hour if they choose. TBD.


Getting What You Want: Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Others

Wednesday, September 18; 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Touchpoint Baltimore
(2401 Liberty Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215)

Presenter: Mark Sachs


When we effectively set boundaries and limits with others, it has a huge impact on our ability to do our best work. Examples of setting boundaries are telling people what we want and letting them know what is acceptable. Effectively setting and maintaining them helps people take better care of themselves, maintain self-respect, and increase their ability to control their work and their personal lives.

When we work with clients, boundary issues can come up, not to mention our helping them manage those issues in their workplaces. The inability to effectively set and maintain them at work often results in projects not being completed according to plan or on time, people allowing others to take advantage of them, and miscommunication. When we aren’t successful we can be angry and resentful, resulting in a lot of stress. Successful boundary setting can increase productivity, teamwork, morale, and the bottom line.

In this interactive session participants will learn:

• What is a boundary?
• Examples of setting effective boundaries.
• Why it is often difficult for us to set and maintain them.
• The essential steps to doing it effectively.

A Boundaries Handbook and Boundaries Affirmation card will also be provided to participants.

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