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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]


Nuclear Information Resource Services

Winter 2007

Beth Applegate has been selected to facilitate the Nuclear Information Resource Service's (NIRS)Board of Directors and staff strategic planning process. NIRS is a national organization that serves as a networking center for citizens and environmental organizations concerned about nuclear power, radioactive waste, radiation, and sustainable energy issues.


Center for Women's Global Leadership 

Fall 2007

The mission of the CWGL is to develop and facilitate women's leadership for women's human rights and social justice worldwide. The CWGL was founded as a project of Douglass College in 1989 and is a unit of the Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL) a consortium of six women's programs at Rutgers University.


Organization Development Network Conference Presenter

Fall 2007

This highly interactive session starts with the assumption that participants have personal and professional experiences that include working with issues of race, privilege, and power. Participants will work with each other on a case study in real time using reflection questions as a tool to unpack those issues. They will leave with a diagnostic tip sheet and resources to address issues of race, power, and privilege in organization change processes -- and they will identify a learning partner to promote accountability and continued learning.


Applegate Publishes Article

Fall 2007

The article is based on the summary of results from a survey of nonprofit leaders conducted by the nonprofit and research teams of the Global Committee on the Future of Organization Development is juxtaposed with a case study from The Dwight Stuart Youth Foundation to illustrate how effective Organization Development practices can be applied to and strengthen a nonprofit organization.Survey results reveal nonprofit leaders see increasing opportunity for OD-related work that is critical to the future of civil society. Since there is considerable room for improvement in the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations in areas that organizational leaders consider very important, and the field of OD possesses competencies in these same areas, this paper is a call for action for OD practitioners to help close the gaps that are identified in this study. [Read Article]


Applegate Appointed Veteran Feminist of America Book Release Committee

Fall 2007

Co-Sponsored by Veteran Feminists of America and The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum. Feminists who Changed America is an extraordinary reference book presenting the stories of over 2,200 American feminists who forged the women's movement of the 1960s and 1970s. The book was conceived, and bios collected, edited and readied for publication by Barbara Love , who will join others in honoring over 150 Washington-area women who are featured in the directory.