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Appreciative Inquiry and the Principles of Positive Change

Dr. Ilma Barros, Dr. David Bright, Argerie Vasilakes
Finished on April 3, 2013, 7:30-10:00 a.m.
Wright State University Nutter Center, Berry Room
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway

Change happens whether you like it or not, but even the most complex, seemingly insurmountable organization challenges can have positive outcomes.

This event discussed how to influence positive change in your organization. Participants heard about principles of positive change, and about how to use methodologies such as appreciative inquiry to create sustainable momentum for change. During the panel  discussion, participants heard about how to bring people together to solve big problems. Review the video and slides to discover more about how to generate a vision of excellence that really connects with people and motivates them to change. 


Breakfast Session Video

Special Presentation: Holistic Appreciative Inquiry

Dr. Ilma Barros 
April 3, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Wright State University Nutter Center, Berry Room
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway

Dr. Barros shared her thoughts about the evolution of developments in the practice of appreciative inquiry. Review the video and slides to discover more about Holistic Appreciative Inquiry. 


Special Presentation Video

Information about featured speakers 

Dr. Ilma Barros

Ilma Barros.jpgDr. Ilma Barros is an expert in organization development. Over her 20 year career, she has worked with some of the leading thinkers and practitioners on positive change. She consults internationally with with large multi-national organizations such as Telefonica and the United Nations. Especially impressive, she has planned and facilitated some of the largest participatory change projects ever conducted in the country of Brazil.

Ilma is a Distinguished Fellow at the Fowler Center for Sustainable Value, Weatherhead School of Management. Previously, she earned her Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University and was an Assistant Professor of Business at the State University of New York and L´Moyne College. Currently, she is an ELIAS Fellow (Emerging Leaders for Innovation across Systems) and a member of the Presencing Institute. 

Dr. David Bright

David Bright

Dr. David Bright is a scholar-practioner with expertise in organization development and change. David's work focuses on organizational excellence: the meaning of excellence, the processes that enable excellence, and the design of initiatives that nurture excellence. He has written extensively on these topics. David has consulted with a  wide range of organizations in banking, government, education, transportation, and training. He is the recipient of several awards for teaching and service.
Dr. David Bright is a tenured Associate Professor at the Raj Soin College of Business, Wright State University. He received a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western University. Previously, he attended Brigham Young University, where he finished degrees in Accounting (B.S), Organizational Behavior (MOB), and International Area Studies (MA).

Argerie Vasilakes

Argerie Vasilakes.jpgArgerie Vasilakes leads the organization development (OD) community of practice at GOJO, a global producer and marketer of skin care projects. She serves in a senior internal consulting role, partnering with business colleagues to align strategy and action. She designs collaborations that bring out the best in an organization’s culture to influence innovation and creativity. She has played a key role in helping GOJO to refine its mission through practices associated with positive organization development, such as Appreciative Inquiry.

She holds a B.A. in communication from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, an M.Ed. in Adult Education from Cleveland State University in Cleveland, OH, and an M.S. in Positive Organization Development from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. Previously, she worked as an organization development specialist at BP America.