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OD SIG EAST(at Alliant International University):OD and Organizational Politics: Challenges We Face & Choices We Make

  • 10/03/2019
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Alliant International University, 1000 South Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803-1360 ~ Building B, Room 101/103 & 102 for pre-paid dinner


  • This option allows you to sign up for dinner and membership at the same time.
    Cutoff for registration with dinner is 12 noon 10/2.
  • Cutoff for registration with dinner is 12 noon 10/2.
  • Cutoff for registration with dinner is 12 noon 10/2.
  • Cutoff for registration with dinner is 12 noon 10/2.

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The Association for Talent Development-Los Angeles Organization Development Special Interest Group, OD in LA, and Alliant International University invite you to a simulation workshop:

OD and Organizational Politics: Challenges We Face & Choices We Make

Panelists: Tony Dixon, EdD; Sohee Jun, PhD; Betsy Riley, MA; and Jonathan Troper, PhD.

Thursday October, 3 2019 at Alliant International University

Cutoff for dinner registration is 12 noon, Wednesday, October 2nd!

Walk-ins welcome for program at 6:50.

  • 6:00pm Self-paid dinner 
  • 6:50pm Introductions: Meet the speaker and the participants
  • 7:00pm Presentation & Discussion
  • 9:00pm Adjourn

They Say That Politics Is the Art of the Possible. What Choices Do We Make When the Challenges Are Great? 

Your organization’s leader describes what they want to see in the organization. But the leader or other leaders work against the very thing they describe. 

You know what an organization needs. But leaders or other stakeholder groups see things differently.

There’s a tantalizing opportunity to create something great, but the finances or staff resources just aren’t there. 

What do you do when you find that the organization or its leader(s) are not ready to do what’s necessary to achieve a vision - a leader’s or yours?  What have you done when the will was there, but financial or time resources were not enough? 

What challenges have you faced, and what choices did you make in the face of those challenges? 

They say that politics is the art of the possible. Let’s talk about what’s possible.  

Tony Dixon, EdD, is responsible for Learning and Development at Volunteers of America Los Angeles, one of the leading social services organizations in Southern California.

Sohee Jun, PhD is the founder of SJ Consulting. She brings 20 years’ experience in coaching, strategic leadership development, and team effectiveness with some of the most admired companies on the planet. Prior to consulting, Sohee most recently served as the Executive Director of Organization Development and Change Management at Warner Bros. Entertainment. She previously held other internal leadership positions at Countrywide Financial Corporation and Jacobs Engineering Group as well as various HR consulting positions at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Washington Mutual. Sohee holds MS and PhD degrees in Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University as well as a BS degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona. Sohee is Certified in MBTI, DiSC, Emotional Competence Inventory (ECI), Hay Inventory of Leadership Styles (ILS), Organizational Climate Survey (OCS), and Lominger.

Betsy Riley, MA is the current Sr. Manager, Organizational Development at TOMS. She works closely with business partners across the global organization on the development of strategic initiatives dedicated to the enhancement of knowledge, effectiveness, and overall engagement of employees. Before joining TOMS, Betsy was an OD Manager at Disney and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where she partnered with the business to enhance positive culture, organization design, and various team effectiveness strategies. 

Betsy holds an MA degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University and a BA degree in Psychology and Political Science from UC Santa Barbara. Through all of Betsy’s experience, she puts immense focus on ensuring the talent in an organization is reaching their full potential and maintaining their edge in the industry.

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 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.


1000 South Fremont Avenue, Alhambra, CA 91803-1360

Building B, Room 101/103 & 102 for pre-paid dinner

Directions to Alliant Building B from the 710 Fwy:

  • 710 N to end of Fwy.
  • Right on Valley. Go about 3 more lights and get into double left-turn lane.
  • Left on Fremont.
  • Go through next 2 lights (Mission and 1000 Fremont)
  • Right on Orange Avenue,
  • Right at the first driveway after LA Fitness.


  • Drive past the back of the LA Fitness building and take a right into the LA Fitness (B2) Parking Structure.
  • Pull a ticket and park ($5 per car).
  • Walk out of parking structure and head south along the red brick path.
  • The B1 building is the first building you come to along the path.
  • Pass the green awning and turn right to walk up a few steps and walk along the south end of the building.  
  • Walk under the archway and along the walkway that hugs the south side of the building, with a courtyard down below you on the left.
  • Enter the doorway and go straight.
  • Room 102 is in front of you at the end of the hall, with tables for eating your pre-paid dinner , and
  • Room 101/103 where speaking will take place is the first and second door on your right when you're standing outside Room 102.


If you want to avoid the $5 parking cost, you can park in the visitor parking lot (like in days gone by). Drive north on Fremont from Valley Blvd, go 100 feet past Mission Ave. and turn right at the driveway to The Alhambra parking lot. Take a ticket at the guard hut and turn left at the first opportunity. Walk north under the green awning at the north end of the parking lot, up the red brick road past the Alliant entrance, up a slight hill and turn left up the short flight of steps. After 9:00pm or a bit earlier, the gate is open, and no one is there to take money.

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