Saybrook University Organizational Systems Faculty and Student to Present at 2010 Pegasus Conference

Printer Friendly VersionNancy Southern, EdD, Chair of the Organizational Systems program at the University’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, and Mara Zabari, RN, MPA-HA, and PhD student in the College’s Organizational Systems program, will present at the 2010 Pegasus Conference, November 8 – 10, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. Their presentation session is: “Putting Systems Thinking into Daily Practice.” Their presentation will address how systems tools can be used to create changes that improve healthcare operations.

In addition to being a Saybrook University faculty member, Nancy Southern is a steward for the Bay Area Society for Organizational Learning network, where she works to connect people interested in systems thinking and transformative approaches to leadership and change. Nancy teaches graduate courses in organizational culture, systemic change, leadership, and transformational learning.

Mara Zabari is the director of women’s and children’s services at Evergreen Hospital Medical Center in Kirkland, Washington. Having worked in the healthcare sector for 15 years, Mara leads strategic planning, program development, and small and large organizational change efforts. She has taught leadership, systems thinking, and organizational change at both Oregon Health Sciences University and The Vermont Oxford.

Their session will focus on:
  • How to utilize systems thinking and tools in daily leadership activities.
  • Specific practices that foster system-wide transformation.
  • Tools to engage others in identifying contradictory behaviors, competing commitments, assumptions, and strategies for testing assumptions

Pegasus Communications is an organization that helps individuals, teams, and organizations thrive in an increasingly complex world by providing resources and networking opportunities that initiate and sustain positive change in the systems they care about. It is grounded in the principles and tools of systems thinking and related disciplines. The annual Pegasus Conference provides opportunities for leading theorists and practitioners from around the world meet to explore new concepts, build their skills, and share knowledge about organizational change.