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Co-Creating Mutual Value for a World That Works for All

An Inclusive Approach to Reimagining Organizational Purpose, Reinventing Business Models and Redesigning Operating Models

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Speakers for this webinar will be drawn from Bernard Mohr, Neil Samuels, Toni Benner, Susan Donnan


This event is free




Creating unprecendented, enduring ... advantage requires
“people being inspired every day and bringing their whole selves to work ... innovation arising from everywhere; and it’s about realizing remarkable relationship value with stakeholders - customers, employees, communities, and the biosphere”. 

David Cooperrider

“We long for our institutions, not just in government, but in education, healthcare, and the corporate sector to embrace their essential role in creating a world that works for all. However, despite dramatic innovations in technology and the world of physical objects, our results in designing healthy, effective, and flourishing human systems, -- work teams, community and government agencies, corporations, networks, and nations -- have been highly inconsistent. But imagine for a moment that we succeed in elevating the capacity of all organizations to apply their resources and abilities in creating a world with new systems of prosperity, justice, equality, opportunity, participation, environmental health, and human experience. This is the challenge that the People Powered Innovation Collaborative has set for itself – to make such reinvention easier, faster and less risky”.

 -- Bernard Mohr 

If this proposition intrigues or excites you, then please join us for a 90 minute interactive webinar on questions such as: 

  • When should organizations reinvent themselves and why? 
  • How can innovation in the purpose, business and operating models of organizations (and ecosystems) make a difference in creating a world that works for all - a world where economies, businesses and all people thrive, and nature flourishes, now and across the generations. 
  • Can business success and positive social impact exist? 
  • What other challenges exist in Reinventing Organizations to become not only the Best in the world but the Best for the world? 
  • How does the practice of Co-Creating Mutual Value support successful reinvention?

Speakers for this webinar will be drawn from Toni Benner, Susan Donnan, Bernard Mohr and Neil Samuels.

For more information on the People Powered Innovation Collaborative, please visit their website:

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
10:30 am to 12:00 pm EST
Online via Zoom

Registration Required

PPIC Faculty


Bernard Mohr 
Co-Founder, Managing Director and Core Faculty

After a 45-year consulting career spanning multiple continents, publishing seven books, and pioneering the practice of Appreciative Inquiry in the corporate sector, Bernard co-founded (with Neil Samuels) a not-for-profit research organization called the People Powered Innovation Collaborative. 

The work of the PPI Collaborative is to continuously develop, test, share and evolve evidence-based theory and practice enabling businesses of all kinds to create mutual value, with courage, conviction and capability. 

Bernard brings to this challenge his passion for creating flourishing workplaces, where people, customers, shareholders, the environment AND ecosystem partners all thrive – through innovation in Corporate Purpose, Business Model and Operating Model. He applies his expertise in strength based Whole System Design, Radical Participation and Design Thinking to answering the questions of:

  • What Mindsets. Skill Sets and Tool Sets work best when it comes to reinventing a business?
  • What does business reinvention require and what benefits accrue to its stakeholders?

 Email Bernard.



Neil Samuels
Co-Founder and Core Faculty

A respected coach, mentor, and change strategist, Neil has worked with senior leaders on six continents  to help them develop themselves, their teams, and their organizations as they navigate through complex, large-scale change.

Prior to opening his firm, “Profound Conversations” in 2006, Neil spent 27 years with  British Petroleum, completing his work there managing the European organization development team, serving 30,000 employees in 13 countries. Recent clients have included Aviva Investors, Rolls Royce, Glaxo Smith Kline, Celebrity Cruise Lines, BP, Stantec Engineering, the U.S. Geological Survey, International Fluid Power Society, TransGlobe Energy, Kimberly Clark, and Danish Oil and Natural Gas.

An expert in the field of Appreciative Inquiry, Neil served as adjunct faculty at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. He has published in the education, management, and organizational development fields in the US and UK and has presented his work at the Academy of Management, the International Conference on Appreciative Inquiry, and the National Safety Council Congress. 
Email Neil.


Toni Racco Benner
Core Faculty

Toni has 20+ years of experience as a strategic thinking partner, coach and facilitator of strategy deployment and Lean based process innovation and culture change. In partnership with her clients she has significantly improved the engagement, learning, teaming, coaching, leadership, and productivity across supply chains.

As a lifelong learner, Toni is on a journey where Design thinking, Appreciative Inquiry, Lean and Coaching converge as part of reimagining complex socio-technical systems. She believes this is where we can discover how human actions, mindsets and organizational purpose interplay with work systems and operating philosophies.

Toni holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Youngstown State University; and a Master of Science in Positive Organization Development & Change and Coaching and Appreciative Inquiry certifications from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. She is a doctoral student in the Doctorate in Organization Development and Change at the Allen W. and Carol M. Schmidthorst College of Business at Bowling Green State University.  
Email Toni.


Susan Donnan
Core Faculty and Senior Researcher

Susan has 30 years of experience in organisation development, design and technology implementation within large organisations. Her clients have been in Eastern Europe, Western Europe, and North America and in different industry sectors including aerospace, fast-moving consumer goods, and transportation.

She is an expert in change strategy, transition management, team development and large group facilitation for engaging a whole system in change.  She is certified in Polarity Assessment, Appreciative Inquiry and Agile Coaching.

Most recently she worked with Airbus Commercial Aircraft as a Senior Manager where she designed and implemented the first formal strategic planning process for Airbus as well as the transformation of its ICT function to an Agile way of working and an Empowered Organisation.

Prior to joining Airbus, Susan worked as a Management Consultant for Ernst & Young Consulting, Cap Gemini Consulting and as an independent supporting pan-European supply chain transformations that delivered increased market share, business agility and cost savings for her clients. Before becoming a consultant, Susan held various ICT executive positions at Canadian Pacific Rail.

Her formal education includes Master of Science (Organisation Development) from Pepperdine University and Master of Mathematics (Computer Science) from University of Waterloo. She has published articles for the AI Practitioner and book chapters dealing with organisation development.

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