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OD for Emerging Businesses:
Changing out the wings while flying the plane
Who are emerging businesses? Companies who are beyond the raw startup stage, poised for growth, or in the process of scaling up. They are emerging fully into new market spaces, and face organizational challenges from a different perspective, often while business is coming at them rapid-fire. Organizational Development (OD) can be as critical as cash flow at these points, but most companies wait until an OD issue is metaphorically ‘on fire’.
OD issues for emerging companies include:
- Changing roles for both leaders and teams
- Change management in a fluid environment
- Understanding an expanded customer base
- Maintaining connections with employees, customers,
and core values during the scaling-up process
- and many more….
This panel will explore some of the OD issues common to emerging businesses, and their potential solutions. Panelists will bring the perspectives of an experienced entrepreneur, business advisor, and OD practitioner to a “fireside chat” discussion. Audience participation will be encouraged through real-life examples and Q&A.
Panel Moderator: Terri Adkisson, nFLXn Point Group (See full BIOs below.)
Panelists: Dacia Coffee, The Marketing Blender and Tom Allen, Opango
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Schedule for Thursday Evening:
– 6:30 Intros / Networking / Food
– 7:15 Announcements / Program
– 8:45 Closing and evaluation
Meeting Location: American Airlines Headquarters *
4333 Amon Carter Boulevard, Center Port 5 (6 Story Building)
Fort Worth, TX 76155
>> Click for Satellite Map of the building and parking (with lat/long)
Note: Take Hwy 183 to Amon Carter exit; Go south to Sovereign Rd (SW corner).
Parking is plentiful, free, and very close to the door (see map). ADA accessible.
Cost: No charge for members ($60/year). $10 for guests.
Moderator: Terri Adkisson sees things that aren’t there yet, but should be. She combines a deep knowledge of business strategy, operations, and market development to help clients become more profitable in less time.
Her clients have ranged from high-tech startups to a $2 Billion public agency that develops Arctic infrastructure. She assesses risks and opportunities and offers options where geographic, logistical, financial, and human capital constraints affect both public and private sectors. Her work has included projects as far away as Russia, Switzerland, and the Red Dog Mine in Alaska.
Ms. Adkisson is a Principal in the nFLXn Point Group, a consulting firm that helps companies get to the next level, and have fun doing it. Terri holds an MBA from UT Austin and a BBA in MIS from the University of Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Leadership Dallas and served on the Board of Directors for Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) for 8 years. She currently chairs the Partnership Committee for the North Texas chapter of the US Green Building Council.
Dacia Coffey is the President and CEO of The Marketing Blender. She specializes in helping companies to achieve next-level growth by aligning the sales cycle with story, psychology and branding.
As a former copywriter, top-tier sales professional and three-time entrepreneur, she knows how to connect people to one another at the gut level and how to use the digital landscape to differentiate and increase leads.
Dacia received her BBA from The University of Georgia. She volunteers her time via the Boy Scouts of America, the University of North Texas Professional Leadership Program, and The Women’s Center in Fort Worth.
Tom Allen: With more than two decades building businesses and mentoring other leaders, Tom Allen, President/CEO of Opango, is dedicated to helping business professionals and entrepreneurs understand how to create a business plan that is a well thought-out executable roadmap.
Tom collaborates with his clients to install business infrastructure, leadership methods, and management processes that achieve self‐sustaining scale and consistent profitability. His experience spans tech startups to established telecom boardroom, the factory floor to the C-suite. He takes great joy in their successes.
Tom holds an Executive MBA from University of Florida and is an avid pilot. In his spare time Tom serves as a judge for Texas A&M, University of Texas at Dallas, and Lamar University Business Plan Competitions.
We look forward to seeing you there!