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Fielding alumni and current student to present at upcoming Systems Thinking in Action Conference

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Nov 06, 2012

Using the Power of an Organization's Natural Network

Fielding Graduate University alumni Joan Goppelt (HOD '09) and Keith Ray (HOD '09) with Act Too Consulting, Inc., will be presenting with current MOD student Samantha Cooprider with Learning as Leadership at the Systems Thinking in Action Conference November 12-14 in Indianapolis, IN.

Overview of the upcoming of "Using the Power of an Organization's Natural Network":

When embarking on organizational improvement, working “in” the system can be much more powerful than working “on” it. Organizations are not objects but rather are people in the constant act of organizing. As they organize toward accomplishing individual and collective goals, they create networks of interaction known as teams, groups, departments, etc. In this session, you will hear how change agents in one large organization used the power of their internal network to address the limits to growth encountered with most organizational initiatives. You will learn what research revealed about their process and how an understanding of complex adaptive systems guided their way.

Joan and Keith presented the highly successful scholar-practioner class titled Integrating Research & Practice at the last all-school Fielding Summer Session 2012 alumni track to a packed room of Fielding alumni, students, and faculty.

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Keith Ray, PhD, has over 20 years of experience in organization development, organizational research, strategic change, project management, software development, and systems engineering. In 2008, he co-founded Act Too Consulting, Inc., which provides organization development and research services to a variety of clients. Keith has a BS in physics and a doctoral degree in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. Keith is interested in complexity and narrative in organizations.

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Joan Goppelt, PhD, has over 25 years of experience in leadership development, organizational change, software development, and project management. In 2008, she co-founded Act Too Consulting, Inc., which provides organization development and research services to a variety of clients. Joan has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, a master’s degree in computer science, and a doctoral degree in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. Her interests include collaboration, adult learning, and new concepts of leadership.

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Samantha Cooprider has been a facilitator, executive coach, and COO with Learning as Leadership (LaL) since 2000. She developed a Leadership in Action course at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a facilitator of LaL’s on-site We Lead leadership training program. Samantha has a BA from the University of California at Berkeley with a focus on leadership organizations and social change and is currently pursuing a master’s in organizational development at Fielding Graduate University.

 

For further information about the conference: http://www.systemsthinkinginaction.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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