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Organization Development
a Catalyst for Social Change

Applegate Consulting Group is an organization development (OD) practice that assists national and international nonprofit organizations, government agencies and socially responsible for-profit corporations with developing human and organizational capacity and building a more just and equitable society.


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Beth Applegate contributed to a recently published book
on cultural competency

Author: Patricia St Onge
Beth Applegate, Vicki Asakura, Monika K. Moss, Brigette Rouson, Alfredo Vergara-Lobo

Publication Date:
July 15, 2009
 ISBN: 978-0-940069-68-8
Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance
Pages: 272
Price: $29.95

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There is no such thing as a “how-to” manual on cultural competency. It’s an ongoing journey organizations choose to take because they know the end-result is a more inclusive, connected, and effective organization. This forthcoming book by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management collects the voices of many nonprofit leaders and capacity builders to help nonprofit organizations begin to understand the complexity within diverse communities.

Through a range of methods—literature review, personal interviews, peer dialogue, insights of contributing authors—readers get a mosaic of perspectives that surround cultural competency. Plus, the book presents the insights of authors who represent five major ethnic communities in the United States: Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, African American, White, and Latino. [Read Press Release]


ACPA Institute on Social Justice 

Beth was selected to serve as a Dialogue Group Facilitator for the Fall 2015 ACPA Institute on Social Justice. ACPA is recognized for its leadership in addressing issues and trends in student affairs within the context of higher education. Its mission, defined in its new strategic plan, is to support and foster college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices, and programs for student affairs professionals and the higher education community. Its core values include: education and development of the total student; diversity, multi-cultural competency and human dignity; inclusiveness in and access to association-wide involvement and decision-making; free and open exchanges of ideas in a content of mutual respect; the advancement and dissemination of knowledge; the continuous professional development and personal growth of student affairs educators; and a sustained program of outreach and advocacy on behalf of students.


Hard Conversations E-Course 

Beth was selected to serve a faculty for an online classroom developed by Patti Digh to support people being able to more productively engage conversations across race. 2800 people from around the  U.S. signed up to take the five week seminar blended learning course. Each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during this course, a new set of activities and inputs were open for learners in the online classroom. Four live seminars provided learners the opportunity to participate in a Live Seminar by phone or web in which we discuss our learning from the online classroom, hear from people directly, ask questions, and speak their truth as we see it. Over the four weeks we covered the following topics: Systemic Racism; White Privilege; The myth of Color Blindness; Implicit Bias, and Silent Racism; and Being an Effective White Ally.


University Initiatives | Office of the President Arizona State University

Applegate Consulting Group was selected to present a skills building session for the University Initiatives team of Arizona State University. Participants increased knowledge and understanding of their own cultural location; practiced being in a courageous conversation; and increased knowledge of practical facilitation tips for dialogues across difference.


ODN/IODA World Summit Institute Presenter

Beth Applegate, will co-present a day-long institute on using Polarity Thinking in OD at the October 2015 ODN/IODA World Summit. Polarity Thinking is not new. Polarities are ongoing, interdependent values (often opposites) that need each other over time in order to achieve a greater purpose. They are energy systems that work in a predictable way. They live in us and we live in them. They are free, unstoppable and leveragable. Each polarity is a powerful energy system that can be – and has been - leveraged to achieve positive change. Polarity Thinking has been used to support black students in a traditionally white school at the fall of apartheid in South Africa, and is being used to support black communities and police reform in the United States today. When we can see societal problems as a part of one or more key polarities, it increases the attainability, speed, and sustainability of our efforts to build the world we envision. Through storytelling and interactive exercises, participants will literally get to stand in and experience each of the four quadrants of a polarity map, experience the "getting unstuck” process, and work in teams to create action steps to leverage the upsides of both sizes of the polarity.


Practicing OD Editor

Beth was selected to serve as a co-editor of Practicing OD, which is published quarterly. We welcome short articles on a wide range of thematic topics such as and not limited to: Gender; Somatic/body work; Transformational Consulting; Racial Justice and Racial Healing; Polarity Thinking; and also Sector focused articles from Labor, Nonprofits, INGOs, Multinationals, and Health Care.