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Developing the Organizational and Personal Self

Montreal, July 26-29, 2020

Are you ready to explore how to be more of your best self?

The world we work and live in today is making unprecedented demands on us. Work smarter, work harder, work longer. Balance work and life through a thousand little hacks that get things done but leave us depleted and unfulfilled. What if the answer to surviving and thriving in the complexity of life isn’t adding new tools to our belt or strengthening our outer defenses or finding balance, but instead delving deeper within ourselves? What if the key to being and engaging in the world is in how we know ourselves and know our capabilities…and our boundaries?  
D/OPS Is an Opportunity to do just that.


This workshop enables you to be more intentional, effective, and joyful in how you lead your life and bring your best self into focus. D/OPS can be a place to redefine yourself and see yourself beyond the labels and roles placed on you by the world - by work, family, friends, and yourself. Using group and individual self-exploration activities, this intense advanced personal growth experience will guide you through greater self-knowledge and choice in interactions with others. You will:

  • Gain greater clarity about the organizational and personal life you want and the steps to achieve those.
  • Take greater control of your boundaries and better understand the effects they have on being the person you want to be.
  • Understand the projections and transferences you make onto others.
  • Uncover and eliminate self diminishing behaviors.
  • Identify personal values, strengths and qualities essential to becoming the self you most want to be.
  • Communicate more clearly, directly, candidly and authentically with others, and with yourself.

One Reason why this Matters...

With the growing influence of AI in our lives, it’s clear that what humans bring to interactions—traditionally seen as “soft skills”—will be core skills in the future. Adding value in an AI-influenced world requires us to bring what AI cannot: self-awareness, reflection, empathy, partnership, and so much more. D/OPS is an opportunity to enhance those skills and continue exploring who you are.


Criteria for participation in this program

  • It is important that participants will have had experience with experiential, residential development training processes. To this end, participants should have attended one or more residential personal development training workshops, such as those offered through NTL, CHRCS or the Tavistock Institute.

  • Participants should have a genuine desire to learn about themselves and how they want to show up and be with others at home, at work, and in the world.

  • Programs of this nature can be ambiguous and potentially stressful. Participants are responsible for determining their capacity to engage in this program. Individuals with concerns about their capacity may wish to discuss their attendance with appropriate professionals.  More specifically, individuals who have recently been or are currently involved in psychiatric or psychological treatment will need to confer with their therapists, discussing the nature of this program, and ensuring the recommendation of their therapists for the pursuit of this engagement. Responsibility for obtaining this recommendation rests entirely with the participant.

Dates and Fee

July 26 - July 29, 2020

Sunday, July 26 - 1:00pm - 6:00pm
Monday, July 27 - 9:00am - 6:00pm
Tuesday, July 28 - 11:00am - 6:00pm
Wednesday, July 29 - 9:00am - 12:30pm

Concordia University Conference Centre
John Molson School of Business, 9th Floor
1450 Guy Street
Montreal, Quebec H3H 0A1

Participants are responsible for their own accomodations and their own transportation to and from the venue.

Visit our registration page for more information about discount rates at select hotels in Montreal.

Enrolment is limited.
The deadline to register is June 22, 2020.

Note: CHRCS reserves the right to cancel the program if there is insufficient registration or if there is a situation that is out of CHRCS and Concordia University’s control. Attendees will be notified and will receive a full refund of their registration fee.

CHRCS will not refund your travel or lodging expenses so we suggest you make refundable travel arrangements. If applicable, it is your responsibility to obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance to cover the cost of any potential losses that may arise due to cancellation.

The amount paid minus a non refundable administration fee will be refunded for all cancellations received in writing by June 25, 2020. No refunds will be granted for cancellations received after that time. Please contact in order to cancel your registration.


CAD $1900 + taxes

Concordia Staff and Alumni*:

CAD $1400 + taxes


CAD $1000 + taxes

Special rates are available for groups (3 or more) coming from the non-profit sector. Please contact for more information.

The program fee includes lunch (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), coffee breaks and all materials.

*Concordia Staff and Alumni and Student registrations will need to provide proof by emailing with either an employee ID or Student ID. A promo code to access the registration rate will then be sent to you.



Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson

Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson is an award-winning scholar, Organization Development Consultant, and writer. She has 15 years’ experience across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors; Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in her areas of expertise. Yabome was named an Institute for Social Innovation Scholar at Fielding Graduate University, CA for her published research into the growth and development needs of war-affected people in Africa and is a contributor to the ground-breaking book:  Dialogic Organization Development: The Theory and Practice of Transformational Change (Berrett-Koehler, 2015). She has also been awarded International African Woman of the Year by UK-based Women4Africa and was the first ever recipient of the US-based Organization Development Network’s Emerging Organization Development Practitioner award. She received the prestigious 2018 Harry Jerome Professional Excellence Award in Canada. In addition to peer-reviewed publications, she is author of Identities, a short story collection about global African experiences and Lead Editor of the We Will Lead Africa book series.

Twitter: @supportdevelop


Dr. Ilene C. Wasserman

Dr. Ilene Wasserman, President of ICW Consulting Group, has been on the cutting edge of consulting, research and publishing in strength-based methodologies, capacity building, and inclusive leadership. She has worked with both private and public-sector organizations to build and strengthen diverse leadership teams, staff relationships, and effective communication strategies to help them achieve their goals.

Ilene uses an action learning approach and specializes in developing peer coaching teams that support learning and development as a part of everyday work. In addition to consulting and coaching, Ilene teaches courses related to organization development and leadership, communication, and diversity and inclusion at the graduate level. Ilene serves as a Senior Fellow at the Wharton Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is faculty and executive coach for various executive programs.

She has also served as an Executive in Residence and on the Board of Governors for the Center for Creative Leadership. Ilene holds a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems.

She is the author of the recent book: Communicating Possibilities: A Brief Introduction to the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM), Peer Coaching at Work: Principles and Practices and several articles and book chapters. Ilene also serves on several professional and community boards.




Frederick A. Miller

A past member of the board of directors of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., he currently serves on the boards of Day & Zimmermann (a $3 billion family-owned business), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Center for Automated Technology Systems, and Hudson Partners (a real estate investment trust fund). Fred was the first person to serve on all three boards of the most prestigious organizations in his field—ATD (formerly ASTD), Organization Development Network, and National Training Labs (NTL). He recently completed terms for Pinchot (one of the first graduate schools focused on sustainability), and The Sage Colleges.

Cited as a forerunner of corporate change in The Age of Heretics: A History of the Radical Thinkers Who Reinvented Corporate Management, Fred has been honored as the OD Network’s youngest Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, as one of the 40 Pioneers of Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal, and as one of the Legends of Diversity by the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals.

As CEO and Lead Strategist of The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc.—named one of Consulting magazine’s “Seven Small Jewels” in 2010—Fred specializes in developing workforce utilization strategies that accelerate results to deliver higher individual, team, and organizational performance. A pioneering change agent and thought leader in the field of organization development, he has led transformative change interventions in Fortune 50 corporations, large not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Asia, including Merck, Allstate, United Airlines, Toyota, EILEEN FISHER, Northeast Utilities, Singapore Telecom, the McArthur Foundation, the City of San Diego, and many others.

Twitter: @kjcginc



Dr. Judith H. Katz

Fueled by her passion for addressing systemic barriers, known for her boundless energy and sharp analytical mind, Judith Katz has distinguished herself as a thought leader, practitioner, educator, and strategist for more than 40 years. She has created new paradigms in organization development and pioneered cutting-edge approaches to white awareness, inclusion, the leveraging of differences, covert processes, and strategic change.

Judith began her career by earning a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1976. After continuing in academia, Judith joined The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group, Inc. (KJCG), in 1985 and currently serves as Executive Vice President. She has led many transformational change initiatives in the United States and around the globe, partnering with such organizations as Allstate, Ecolab Inc., EILEEN FISHER, INC., Merck, the City of San Diego, Telecoms of Singapore, and United Airlines. She also co-created the Covert Process Concept and Lab with Bob Marshak.

Judith has been widely recognized for her extensive contributions. She was named a Pioneer of Diversity by Profiles in Diversity Journal in 2007 and a Legend of Diversity by the International Society of Diversity and Inclusion Professionals in 2012. In 2014, Judith received the Organizational Development Network’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She has also received ODN’s Larry Porter Award (2009) and the Outstanding Achievement in Global Work Award (2012). She received the DTUI Cultural Competency Professional Award in 2004 and the American College Personnel Association Voice of Inclusion Medallion the same year. In 2015 she was recognized as a Forum on Workplace Inclusion Legacy Leader. Judith serves as an Expert Panelist for The Diversity Collegium Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks.

Twitter: @kjcginc

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