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IPTAR Conference Room — 11:30am to 1pm

1651 Third Avenue, Suite 205 — NYC 10128

Fall 2018

October 24, 2018:

Mal O’Connor, PhD

Organizational Consultation:

Charting a Path between Impotence and Omnipotence

Malachi O’Connor is Senior Vice President and Principal of the Center for Applied Research (CFAR),and Consultant to for-profit and non-profit organizations to implement systemic changes that strengthen cultural values while measurably improving performance and productivity. Trained as an ethnographer, Mal works with clients to harness the often-tacit beliefs and assumptions of employees, managers and leaders, working with—rather than against resistance—to generate improved performance. His most recent book, The Moment you can’t ignore: When big trouble leads to a great future, focuses on the difference that paying attention to culture can make between change efforts that stall out and organizational transformation that delivers sustainable results.  Mal holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Fairfield University, and a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations and The AK Rice Institute.

November 28, 2018:     

Brian Vitonic, MIA

Internal Reform at the United Nations:

Political and Psychosocial Considerations.

Michael A. Diamond, Ph.D. — Moderator and Consultant

Brian Vitunic is a political affairs officer in the United Nations Department of  Political Affairs (DPA) in New York. His work has included assignments in Afghanistan, Cyprus, Iraq, and Tajikistan, and more recently the topic of internal reform at the Organization. He holds a Masters of International Affairs  (MIA) from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University.

Michael A. Diamond is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Organization Studies University of Missouri, Columbia,  Organizational Consultant and Steering Committee Member, The Gould Center.

Spring 2019

March 27, 2019:  Presenter/Topic TBA

April  24, 2019:

Frances Unsell, M.Div., LP

When a Learning Group Becomes a Working Group: An Exploration of Common Themes in a Three Year Small Group Consultation

Frances Unsell is an Organizational Consultant and Psychoanalyst. She has worked for over 30 years as an advisor to senior leaders of not for profit organizations with an emphasis on how the hidden aspects of contexts and organizations affect and is affected by their leadership. She is Founder and President of The Development Center in Darien, CT.

May 22, 2019:

Steven Axelrod, PhD

The Culture of Psychoanalysis and the Future of the Profession

Steven Axelrod is a Psychoanalyst, Psychologist and Organizational Consultant and Co-Editor of Progress in psychoanalysis: Envisioning the future of the profession. (Routledge, 2018).