Alliant Intl. University

Online Event: How OD Helped a Silicon Valley Startup Thrive after a Fortune 500 Acquisition

Many fast-growing startups become acquired by larger organizations. Remember when Instagram was a tiny startup? Facebook bought them out. OD practitioners who can solve the cultural difference problems that tear apart M&A’s can help leaders solve a lot of other change issues as well. So join us to generate insights and solutions that you can apply in your area of our field. Do culture differences tear the acquisition apart or can OD practitioners help make those differences a source of strength during times of change? What are the core capabilities required from OD practitioners during a high-stakes acquisition?

Join us for an interactive panel discussion and small group exercises where speakers will challenge you to think through how you might tackle the challenges and change management issues that surfaced during a high-profile acquisition of a Silicon Valley startup. After that, you’ll hear about the behind-the-scenes activities, what worked and what didn't. During this interactive panel discussion, you’ll hear about the behind-the-scenes activities that surfaced during a high-profile acquisition of a Silicon Valley start up. The panelists will also discuss key capabilities required from OD/Change Practitioners to effectively prepare for and manage organizational change. We will share findings from an OD Gathering analysis of capabilities that OD practitioners will need in the future. How does OD have to change in order to grow? How to talk culture with MBA’s? How to create a common language between idealistic, humanistic OD professionals and financially-focused business leaders? When you have to start small, how do you connect the dots between small interventions and systemwide strategy?

Meet Our Panel:
Yon Na, PhD., is a strategic OD/OE consultant. Her 20-year corporate career spans OD, Org Capability, HR Management, in high-growth companies including Warner Bros., The New York Times, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, and Nordstrom. As an organizational effectiveness consultant, she helps companies enhance performance and employee engagement by applying a scholar-practitioner approach.

Briana Sharp, MA is a business transformation leader, who has functioned as an internal and external change maker throughout her career. Ms. Sharp honed her experience over seven years as an engagement manager in Deloitte Consulting’s M&A practice. Today, Briana has her own consulting practice, Razor Sharp Consulting LLC, which is focused on organization effectiveness and mergers & acquisitions.

Todd L. Matthews, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Leadership and Organizational Development at Cabrini University near Philadelphia, PA. He also serves as Coordinator for the Cabrini Doctoral Program in Organization Development.

Jonathan Troper, PhD has co-led strategic planning that produced Alliant International University’s five-year plan and is on the faculty in organizational psychology. He directs the consulting unit, the Center for Innovation and Change, where clients have included the L.A. County Department of Public Health, East Los Angeles Family Resource Center, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, The Walt Disney Studios, Disney-ABC Television, Troika, Goodwill of Southern California, City of Hope National Medical Center, and the City of Pasadena.He earned his bachelors at Amherst College and his PhD at UCLA.

Thursday, March 26 at 6:30pm


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