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Upcoming: Panel on HPT, KM and OD

On June 13th, I'll be one of three people participating on a panel discussion on the relationship between HPT (human performance technology), KM and OD (organizational development).  The session is being run by CISPI (Chicago chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement), and they have a registration page for the event.  Event details are being passed around in a Word document, which I've reproduced below.

HPT, KM, OD: Who does what and why? Can they work together?

What's in it for YOU?

  • Learn from experts representing three disciplines focused on improvements in the workplace
  • Discover new strategies for making a difference in the work you do
  • Network with the panelists and your peers

Register at or call 630-585-3681

Event Agenda:

9:00 - 9:30 AM: Registration & breakfast
9:30 - 11:30 AM: Panel discussion, Q&A
11:30 AM - Noon: Closing announcements

Event Location:

True Value Company
8600 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue
Chicago, IL  60631 (map)

Sorting Out this Alphabet Soup: HPT, KM, OD

Panelists Sandra Lamartine (Organizational Development), Ken Silber (Human Performance Technology), and Jack Vinson (Knowledge Management) discuss similarities and differences of their disciplines, how each benefits an organization, and how they might partner for the ultimate in performance improvement.

Our panelists

Sandra Lamartine
Sandra is the Manager of Organizational Development at Tellabs in Naperville, IL. Sandra has over 12 years of experience in organizational development, change management, performance and talent management, culture, and employee satisfaction. Prior to Tellabs, Sandra worked as an internal OD consultant with Arthur Andersen, Hughes Aircraft, and the Southern California Gas Company. She is the organizer of the Western Suburbs Organizational Development Network (of the Chicago Chapter of the ASTD) and a popular presenter at Alliance events.

Dr. Ken Silber
Founder and President of Silber Performance Consulting, Ken is a performance consulting/ID/change management professional with 30 years experience in consulting in corporate, nonprofit, and academic settings both in the U.S. and internationally. He has co-authored four books-most recently, Writing Training Materials That Work-and is an associate professor of instructional design at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Ken is an annual presenter at the ISPI national conference, CISPI, and CCASTD, along with other conferences on Performance Consulting.

Jack Vinson, Ph.D.
Jack is a knowledge management consultant and advocate-helping organizations and people consider how they use their information, technology, and each other to get work done. He is president of Knowledge Jolt, Inc. and an adjunct professor in Northwestern University's Learning and Organizational Change program, where he teaches a class on "Making Knowledge Work." In addition, he writes regularly at Knowledge Jolt with Jack.

Note: The program also provides 3 CPT Points for Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) certification.  See for more information.

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