The Northeast Ohio Organizational Development Connection (ODC) 

OD Connection – at the Center of Change
We are a leading OD professional development organization in Northeast Ohio promoting effective practices and philosophies. We offer practitioners, students, and interested parties opportunities to:
  • Create a learning community 
  • Advance their knowledge and skills
  • Network and support one another 
  • Share effective OD experiences.

We meet as often as somebody is willing to develop a program, at various locations.

OD is Diversity: a panel presentation and discussion on the connection between OD and Diversity and Inclusion work


About the Presenters:

Karen L. Gilliam, Ph.D., CDE

Dr. Karen Gilliam is the organization and employee development manager and chief diversity executive for the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. She has worked in the fields of human resources, training and organization development for over 20 years.  Karen has had articles published in HRfocus, the Diversity Journal, and in the International Leadership Association series Building Leadership Bridges. This year she published her first book entitled Finding Your Voice In A World That Needs It.  Karen is a lifetime member of the National Black MBA Association and a board member for Restore Cleveland Hope, Inc. She has a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame College, a master's from Baldwin-Wallace, and a doctorate in Leadership and Change from Antioch University. Additionally, she serves as an elected councilwoman in Bedford Heights, Ohio and has been recognized in Who's Who in Black Cleveland.  Married to John, they are the parents of four, grand-parents of twelve and the great-grandparents of one.


Lisa (Tong) P. Gayner, M.A., Program Coordinator, Executive Director 

Lisa Gaynier joined the Cleveland State University as Director of the nation's first and only Master's program in Diversity Management -a transformational organizational leadership program. She comes to the position with twenty years experience as a consultant and business owner. Her special areas of practice are leadership, particularly within the context of cross-cultural competence, change leadership and global competitiveness.


In her position as Director of the Diversity Management Program, Gaynier bridges the academic world of theory and research with the "real" world challenges experienced by people whether in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, or government entities. In this capacity, she has established the annual Diversity Management Conference: Translating Theory and Research into Best Practices. A native of Hawai'i, Gaynier is of Asian/Pacific island and European descent - truly embodying America's multicultural heritage. She is the author of an award-winning multi-cultural cookbook and academic papers on cultural competence for leaders, mediation and Gestalt approaches to organizational effectiveness. She was the winner of the 2006 Best Paper award at the MBAA International Conference.


Thomas Hawn

Mr. Hawn has spent more than 25 years in both the corporate and nonprofit worlds. He is a creative, accountable and seasoned executive with a background in product, financial, nonprofit and change management.


Currently Mr. Hawn divides his time between three passions: The Plexus Education Foundation, pursuing his Master's degree at Cleveland State University in the Diversity Management Program and as a Senior Consulting Associate for the Cobalt Group Inc.


Mr. Hawn is a past president of the boards of directors for the Broadway Area Housing coalition and Greater Cleveland Community Shares. He was also a former co-chair for Greater Cleveland Community Shares' advisory board. Mr. Hawn was a founding board member of Plexus, the LGBT Chamber of Commerce and served as its Vice President until transitioning to the Foundation board. He is the president of the board of directors at the Plexus Education Foundation. Mr. Hawn received his undergraduate degree in Political Science/Computer Science from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. In addition, he is a graduate of the Key Bank Management program at Case Western Reserve University. He is currently enrolled in the Cleveland State University MA program in Diversity Management.

Location: DeVry University 4141 Rockside Road 


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