Cooperrider, Sorensen Receiving OD Network Lifetime Achievement Awards

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Award recipients to be honored at upcoming annual conference in Chicago

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Noted professors David L. Cooperrider, PhD, and Peter F. Sorensen, Jr., PhD headline an impressive group that will be honored by the Organization Development Network in Chicago next month. Dr. Cooperrider and Dr. Sorenson will be given the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by OD Network on October 16 in recognition of their significant and lasting impact on the field and practice of organization development.

The OD Network Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those who have served the profession over an extended period of time, have earned the respect and admiration of professional colleagues and have freely engaged not only contemporaries, but also have been committed to maintaining a dynamic connection to all generations of OD practitioners.

Dr. Cooperrider is the Fairmount Minerals Professor of Social Entrepreneurship at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University. He is past President of the National Academy of Management’s OD Division and has lectured and taught at Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, Katholieke University in Belgium, MIT, University of Michigan, Cambridge and others. Currently David serves as Faculty Director of the Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit. He has published 15 books and authored close to 50 articles.

Dr. Sorensen is professor and Director of the Master of Science in Management and Organization Behavior (MSMOB) program as well as the Doctor of Philosophy in Organization Development program at Benedictine University. A pioneer in the OD field, he helped establish Benedictine's MSMOB program, one of the first master's level organization development programs in the world. Sorensen was an invited, distinguished scholar to the first Academy of Management Conference on Global Change and has received numerous awards. He is the author of more than 200 articles, papers and books.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented at OD Network’s annual conference, which will be held October 14-17 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare in Chicago, Ill. The four-day conference will feature a wide range of speakers addressing an even wider range of issues affecting organizations, communities and society at-large. Other award winners to be honored at the conference include:

--    Emerging New OD Practitioner – Yabome Gilpin-Jackson
--    Sharing the Wealth – Jeanne Hartley
--    Organizational Excellence and Impact in OD – Boston Scientific
--    Service to the OD Network – Mila Baker & Yasmeen Burns
--    Communicating OD Knowledge – Steven H. Cady & Loni Davis

For more information, visit the OD Network 2017 conference webpage.

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The Organization Development Network was established in 1968 by founders in the field of organization development. OD Network leads the profession and its practitioners in creating effective, healthy organizations. Guided by clearly-articulated values, principles, and ethical standards, the OD Network serves change agents by creating a global community for exchanging best practices, opportunities to interact with thought leaders and access to leading edge practices, tools and technologies. As a result, members create change and sustainable impact in today’s organizations, communities and beyond.

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