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OD SIG [Virtual]: How OD Helped a Silicon Valley Startup Thrive after a Fortune 500 Acquisition

  • 03/26/2020
  • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Virtual Link provided upon registration


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The following four organizations invite you to an engaging workshop...

ATD-LA Organization Development SIG

OD in LA

Alliant International University California School of Professional Psychology

Association of Change Management Professionals - SoCal Chapter 

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

Via Zoom hosted by Alliant International University

Panelists: Yon Na, PhD; Briana Sharp, MA; Todd Matthews, PhD; and Moderator: Jonathan Troper, PhD

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A’s) happen often in many larger companies. 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. 

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? 

6:30pm Welcome & Introductions
6:50pm Panel presentations, small group discussions with a case & questions
             What the consultants did, what worked, and what that means for you
8:45pm Structured networking for people with common interests & aspirations
9:00pm Adjourn  

A 10-minute bio break included. 

People who want to continue talking a little longer in structured networking small groups will be able to. 


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. She specializes in incorporating research, theory, and decades of experience in Corporate America to develop solutions.

In 2019, Yon founded Radiance HQ, an organization dedicated to developing Asian women leaders. Yon is an adjunct professor at her alma mater, the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She holds a Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Golden Gate University

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, where she was able to combine her passion for employee engagement with the large and sometimes complex challenges associated with merging the operations and cultures of companies. Today, Briana has her own consulting practice, Razor Sharp Consulting LLC, which is focused on organization effectiveness and mergers & acquisitions. Briana has the unique talent of finding common ground between business needs and an employee-friendly approach that helps engage staff through a process, rather than having change forced on them. Briana has worked successfully across a number of industries, including Life Sciences/Pharmaceutical, Technology, Consumer Products, Financial Services, and Non-Profit organizations, and her clients have ranged from small entrepreneurial organizations to established global leaders in their category.  

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. He is a broadly trained scholar who teaches and conducts research on organization development, leadership, trust, civic involvement, research methodology, environmental inequalities, poverty and health, and religion (among other topics). His research has appeared in numerous book chapters and scholarly journals. Todd earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Salisbury University, a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Tennessee, and a doctorate in sociology from Mississippi State University.

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.

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