Graymake founder Anne Hilb leads The Baltimore Organizational Development Meetup group, in collaboration with Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network.

This is a community of practice. If you are an OD practitioner or related to the OD field (HR, coaching, etc.), join our Meetup group so you never miss a future event!


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.



Establishing Your Own Community Building Circle


Wednesday, April 14; 6-9 p.m.

Baltimore Community Mediation Center  (3333 Greenmount Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21218)

Are you looking for a way to build community using a structured format that creates spaciousness, promotes listening skills, builds trust, a sense of safety and provides self-care? Community building circles are a wonderful fit and a growing practice around the world.

This session will answer your questions about how to establish your own community building circle from finding a location, designing the format, the art of the invitation, creating the container, and where to turn for resources. We will also go through a mini demo of circle to get a feel for what this experience can look and feel like for those new to the practice as well as discuss variations.

Session Objectives:

  • Experience community circle process
  • Discuss possible format(s) for community building circles
  • Consider logistical aspects of hosting community building circle
  • Review resources community members can turn to when seeking to host community circles
  • Discuss role of circle keeper/facilitator as well as how to create container of circle space, including values and guidelines and balancing aspects of circle  


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


Team Chartering with Anne Hilb of Graymake Consulting

Thursday, April 18, 2019, 12–1 p.m.

Impact Hub Baltimore: 10 East North Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21202

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Team Chartering: What Is It and Why Do It?

How many times have you worked with a team or in a partnership and realized only in retrospect all the ways you might have reached better outcomes? What might your experience have been like if you had taken the time to do some more planning up front?

What are the best experiences you have had in teams or groups and what are the most difficult? In thinking through the differences, how much more mission and role clarity was there on the successful teams? How did communication style differ and how did this comfort develop?

This session will offer a stellar tool for team development called a team charter. Team Chartering is an iterative process that can be used in any setting with teams of 2 to 100 +

Using this tool, you will sort through team mission and vision, communication and conflict styles, strengths and areas and growth, roles, feedback and more to create conditions for best individual and team outcome.

Session Objectives:

  • Discuss and understand benefits of team chartering
  • Learn how to discuss this process with your team in advance
  • Practice chartering
  • Leave with a tool to clarify and strengthen team goals, roles, processes and interpersonal relationship

*Content- specific facilitation will be tailored to suit audience and presentation length to maximize learning and engagement



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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