About Our Founder

Beth Applegate is the founder of Applegate Consulting Group (ACG), a woman-owned OD practice with three decades of experience consulting with national and international not-for-profit agencies, academic institutions, governmental agencies and socially responsible for-profits. Utilizing systems theory and a well-established action research model,  ACG helps diverse organizations adapt to changing environments, identify priorities, strengthen leadership and facilitates continuous learning at the individual, group and institutional levels. Working collaboratively with each client, ACG employ a series of planned change processes that strengthen organizational effectiveness and increase capabilities. ACG's work is inextricably linked to advancing democratic processes, humanistic values and social justice.

ACG has particular expertise in matching organizational cultures, structures and practices with strategic direction, building multi-cultural organizations, leadership development and coaching, inter-organizational collaboration, program planning, and board and staff development withthe goal of building more cohesive teams and, ultimately, sustainable organizations and progressive movements. Beth is known as an insightful, forthright and compassionate person who holds a deep concern about racial equity and social justice. She approaches her work and life with a sense of inquiry, possibility and purpose. As an OD practitioner, coach and facilitator, Beth values differences and upholds the idea of multiple realities. 

Beth has had had the privilege to work with over 100 organizations, including – Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. Realizing Rights was led by Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland the former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and more recently the recipient of the Medal of Freedom from President Obama; the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University; ExLibris, a global company based in Israel, with over 450 employees and 4,600 customers worldwide; the United Nations Development Programme; Center for Health and Gender Equity; Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice; Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation; The Gill Foundation; Highlands Coalition; New York State Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Services Center; Congregation Beth Simchat Torah; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; The National and the DC Assembly on School-Based Health Care; U.S. Office of Personnel Management; U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service; US Corps of Engineers - Stuttgart Germany; and USAID Uganda Mission.

In addition to her practice, Bethis an active contributor to the field of applied behavioral science. Beth is the co-author of Embracing Cultural Competency in the nonprofit sector: A capacity builder’s guide (edited by Patricia St. Onge and published in 2009). She's also a contributing author to a book on the role of OD in facilitating global sustainability entitled: The sustainable enterprise field book – When it all comes together (edited by Wirtenberg, J., Russell, W., and Lipsky, D. and published in 2008). Beth has also written numerous articles for academic journals, including: Organization Development: A Catalyst for Social Change in the special double issue on ―The Capacity of Organization Development Diversity Consulting to Foster Systemic Change for Social Justice Part 1 and 2 in the Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry (2011).

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Education

Beth earned a B.S. in Political Science from Indiana University where she was chosen to be a Fellow by The Center of the Study of the Presidency, Washington, D.C. She earned an M.S. in Organization Development (MSOD) from the American University/National Training Laboratory, Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences (AU/NTL) where she was inducted into the Phi Alpha Alpha national honor society. Beth’s graduate school cohort bestowed on her the Hal Kellner Award, presented to a class member whose characteristics include being “challenging, thoughtful, humorous…[and] someone who holds a deep concern about social justice.”

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International Experience

In the 1980s, Beth lived and worked in Nuremberg, Germany where she served as the Women’s Outreach Director for the Department of Defense. During her tenure she designed and conducted community needs assessments, evaluated results, and engaged the military leadership and community in the creation and implementation of a military dependent support program for 80,000 service members and their families. Beth’s legacy was the establishment of the first Europe-wide Army Community Services Women’s Outreach Program.

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Academic Experience

  • Kelley School of Business, Indiana Effective Leaders Academy, Coach.
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University, Bloomington.
  • Assistant Practicum Director, AU/NTL Masters of Science in Organization Development Program, American University. [Read the Announcement]
  • Adjunct Faculty, Business Administration Undergraduate Program, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Adjunct faculty, AU/NTL Masters of Science in Organization Development (MSOD).
  • Faculty, Office of Personnel Management, Presidential Fellows Program.

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Grassroots Organizing Experience

Beth served as the National Field Director for Pro-Choice America, known at the time as the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL). As a member of NARAL's senior management team, Bethdeveloped and supervised the field department's affiliate capacity building and training programs, which were the cornerstone of the department's work with the organization's 38 state affiliates. The Field Department provided technical assistance to strengthen affiliate organizations in the areas of board development, strategic planning and nonprofit management, as well as to help ensure the development of integrated political plans including federal and state legislative and electoral campaigns. Beth directed the field department's annual planning process, developed and managed its budget and worked directly with NARAL's national board of directors.

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Publications

  • Embracing Cultural Competency: A Roadmap for Nonprofit Capacity Builders. Editor: Patricia St. Onge, Contributing Authors: Beth Applegate, Vicki Asakura, Monica Moss, Brigette Rouson, Alfredo Vergara-Lobo [Read Flyer]. Order book.
  • "Organization Development a Catalyst for Soical Change," Tamara Journal for Critical Organization Inquiry, Vol 8, Issue 8.3 & 8.4, December 2010. ISSN 1532-5555.
  • “Diversity and Inclusion: The Next Step in Social Responsibility.” for ASAE and the Center for Association Leadership Associations Now magazine [Read Article]
  • The Sustainable Enterprise Field book – When It All Comes Together. Edited by Wirtenberg, J., Russell, W., and Lipsky, D. 2008. Co-published by Greenleaf Publishing ( UK ) and AMACOM. To order book visit www.amazon.com and visit the Living Fieldbook at www.TheSustainableEnterpriseFieldbook.net
  • "Challenges and Opportunities in Nonprofit Capacity Building ," NONPROFIT WORLD JOURNAL, Vol. 26, No. 3, published by the Society for Nonprofit Organizations [Read Article]
  • Wirtenberg, J., Backer, T., Chang, W., Applegate, B., Lannan, T., Conway, M., Abrams, L. & Slepian, J., (2007 pages 179-195). "The Future of Organization Development in the Nonprofit Sector," OD Journal, Third Special Issue of "Best Global Practices in Internal OD", Volume 25(4). [Read Article]
  • Wirtenberg, J., Backer, T., Chang, W., Conway, M., Abrams, L. & Slepian, J., "The Future of Organization Development: Enabling Sustainable Business Performance Through People" article in the Organization Development Journal, Summer 2007 (Volume 25 No. 2), pp. 11-22 special edition. Applegate a contributor to this article. [Read Article]
  • Applegate B., Illif, H., Kloth, C. (2005) “Organization Development and Social Change – A Practitioner’s Dialogue,” OD Network 2005 Conference Proceedings. [Read Article]
  • Applegate B. (2005) “Racial Equity as a Prism for Effective Consulting,” Alliance for Nonprofit Management Enhance Newsletter. [Read Article]
  • Applegate B. & Kloth C. (2004) “Inter-Organization Collaboration & Partnerships: A Critical Analysis,” Ohio Coalition on Sexual Assault Exchange newsletter. [Read Article]
  • Applegate B. (2002) “Allies for Democracy,” OD Practitioner. [Read Article]
  • Applegate B. (2002) “The Case of Camwell High School,” OD Practitioner. [Read Article]

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Presentations

  • Introducing the Polarity Approach for Leveraging and Achieving the Greater Purpose of "Reclaiming our Humanity" the 14th Annual White Privilege Conference: Seattle, Washington April 10-13, 2013.
  • Introducing the Polarity Approach for Leveraging and Achieving the Greater Purpose of "Reclaiming our Humanity" the Polarity Learning Community: Chicago, Ill March 9-10, 2013.
  • The Critical Liberation of White Women - What Are We Fighting For?
    The 13th Annual White Privilege Conference: Albuquerque, NM March 27-April 1, 2012.
  • Lacrosse WI, April 7-10, 2010Service Learning and Leadership Webinar: Sponsored by NTL and the AmeriCorps Alumni Association: May 18, 2011.
  • Race, Power & Privilege in Sustainability: 12th Annual White Privilege Conference: Bloomington, MN, April 13-16, 2011.
  • The Critical Liberation of White Women: Who Am I-U?: An Inclusive Conference on Identities: Bloomington, IN, March 3-4, 2011.
  • Embracing Cultural Competency: Who Am I-U?: An Inclusive Conference on Identities: Bloomington, IN, March 3-4, 2011.
  • Understanding Privilege and Racial Equity: Sustaining 21st Century Organizations During Difficult Economic Times: ODN Conference: New Orleans, LA, October 17-20, 2010.
  • Creating a Global Sustainability Culture, NTL: Washington, DC, May 4-6, 2010.
  • White Awake Affinity Group, Insight Meditation Community of Washington: February – May, 2010.
  • Organization Development A Catalyst for Social Change, Management and Organizational Inquiry Conference: March 27, Washington, DC.
  • The Critical Liberation of White Women - What Are We Fighting For? The 11th Annual White Privilege Conference: Lacrosse WI,  April 7-10, 2010.
  • Embracing Cultural Competency, The 11th Annual White Privilege Conference: La Crosse, WI April 7-10, 2010.
  • World Work – Deep Democracy, The 11th Annual White Privilege Conference: Lacrosse, WI April 7-10, 2010.
  • Embracing Cultural Competency, CBODN Conference: Washington, DC, and April 30, 2010.
  • Embracing Cultural Competency, Maryland Council for Dispute Resolution quarterly membership meeting: March 15, 2010.
  • Insight Meditation Community of Washington, Embracing Cultural Competency Institute for Policy Studies (SALSA): February 23, 2010.
  • Sustainable Organizations: Race, Class and the New Green Economy, We Are Building Open Opportunity Structures Together (We Are BOOST): February 21, 2010.
  • Open Space Technology and Polarity Management: Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, Clergy Conference, April 28-30, 2009.
  • Voices in Cross-Cultural Capacity Building: Alliance Conference, Palm Springs, CA. July 16, 2009.
  • The Critical Liberation of White Women - What Are We Fighting For? The 10th Annual White Privilege Conference, April 1-4, 2009, Memphis, TN.
  • The Critical Liberation of White - What Are We Fighting For? Montgomery College Super Saturday Diversity Conference, November 2, 2008.
  • The Future of Organization Development: Alliance for Nonprofit Management Webinar, December 3, 2008.
  • Racial Identity Panel: Montgomery College, December 1, 2008.
  • Sustainability Series, Executive Treasury Institute, September 2008, Washington , DC
  • The Future of Organization Development: Alliance for Nonprofit Management Webinar, December 3, 2008, Washington , DC.
  • The Critical Liberation of White Women – What Are We Fighting For? White Privilege Conference, April 2-5, 2008, Amherst, Massachusetts.
  • The Future of Organization Development: Chesapeake Bay Organization Development Network (CBODN), March 7, 2008, Washington, DC.
  • Use of Self: Understanding Race, Power, And Privilege In An Organizational Change Process:
    OD Network Conference, October 21-24, 2007, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Becoming A Culturally Competent Leader through Understanding Privilege: Alliance for Nonprofit Management Conference, July 19-21, 2007 Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Cultural Competency Remix: Advanced Peer Exchange: Alliance for Nonprofit Management Conference, July 19-21, 2007, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • White Nonprofit Leaders Against Racism: Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organization’s Conference, 2005.
  • Organization Development and Social Change – A Practitioner’s Dialogue: Organization Development Network Conference, 2005.
  • Inter organizational Collaboration: Organization Development Network Conference, November 2004.
  • White OD Practitioners As Partners for Change - Doing Our Work: Organization Development Conference, November 2004.

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Certificates

  • Polarity Thinking Mastery Program - 2013-2014
  • Advanced Enneagram and Organization Development - 2009
  • Myers Briggs Type Indicator - December, 2008
  • Ennegram Train the Trainer Program - 2008
  • Study Circle Facilitation – 2006
  • Practitioners Program – 2004

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Awards

  • Best of Takoma Park Award in Management and Consulting Services, 2010.
  • Best of Takoma Park Award in Management and Consulting Services, 2009.
  • Alliance for Nonprofit Management Cultural Competency Award, 2009.
  • Hal Kellner Award, American University, Washington DC, 2003.
  • Phi Alpha Alpha National Honor Society, American University, Washington, DC, 2003.
  • Outstanding Community Contribution Award, Department of Defense, Family Support Division, Army Community Services, Nuremberg, Germany, 1988.
  • The Center of the Study of the Presidency Fellow, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1982.

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Professional Affiliations

  • Alliance for Nonprofit Management
  • AU/NTL Association
  • NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science
  • Organization Development Institute
  • Organization Development Network
  • Polarity Thinking Learning Community
  • Women Consultants' Network