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Beth Applegate

President, Applegate Consulting Group

Beth Applegate is the founder of Applegate Consulting Group (ACG), a woman-owned OD practice with three decades of experience in 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 facilitate 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 with the goal of building more cohesive teams and, ultimately, sustainable organizations. 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 is 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, through; 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, Beth is an active contributor to the field of organization capacity-building. 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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