Commonwealth Centers For High Performance Organizations


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Join others experiencing the reality of organizational improvement with the HPO Diagnostic/Change Model (HPO DCM). This performance improvement conference brings together managers, improvement sponsors/champions, internal change agents, and the Commonwealth Centers for High-Performance Organizations (CCHPO) consultant network in a forum to exchange strategies, skills, and stories.


This year’s Conference is being hosted by the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. Co-sponsors for the Conference are the Cooper Center, CCHPO, the US Office of Personnel Management’s Federal Executive Institute (FEI), and – for the first time – the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).  Welcome ICMA!


The Conference will be held April 10-13, 2007 in Charlottesville, VA at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business; it will start at 1 PM Tuesday and end after lunch on Friday. The number of conference participants will be limited to 125 attendees based on conference facilities and meeting room size, so register early to ensure your participation; see registration details, below. 


The theme of this year’s conference is: 

Using the High Performance Organization Diagnostic/Change Model to make performance improvement happen: Implementation strategies and approaches after the initial seminar.

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Current conference topics include:

ü    Real stories of local and federal government improvement journeys with dedicated interaction time

ü  How to program and build a successful “change function” in your organization

ü  Senior Executive panel and discussions

ü    Emphasis on building a ‘sensing mechanism’ for organizational performance    improvement

ü     Methods for working with groups other than the senior team

ü     Understanding what needs to happen at each level of the organization

ü    Managing the “Human Side of Change” using CCHPO’s strategic partner ProSci’s models and methods (Jeff Hiatt)

ü  Understanding the distinctions between leadership and management in today’s organizations (James Colvard)

ü  HPO Diagnostic Change Model (DCM) updates

ü  Determining the fit of New Business Creation concepts to government services (Richard Leifer)






The Conference format provides:

q      Opportunities to network and connect with others in the HPO community

q      Chances to talk with others experiencing similar successes and frustrations

q       An atmosphere to energize and calibrate your own efforts

q       Community room to share references, methods, and tools

q       Fun and laughter for all



The current team of conference chairs include: Phil Harnden (CCHPO), Tony Gardner (Cooper Center and CCHPO), Wayne Sommer (ICMA), and Deborah Roberts (Cooper Center), Sandy Bradley (NAVAIR), Sean O’Leary (NAVAIR North Island), John Mullins (recently of the EPA Inspector General’s Office), and Susan Miller (recently retired from NASA) are the current conference planning committee members. Contact one of the conference chairs for additional information.


Please note that this is intended to be a working seminar and all participants are expected to participate in the working sessions! You are also encouraged to bring materials and examples to share with other conference participants in the “Community Room.”


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Conference Registration Fees (including all meals):


ü   Early registration is available at $1075 per person through February 17th, 2007.

ü   Normal registration fee is $1200 per person; presenters selected by the conference chairs will receive a 15% discount to $1020 for normal registration and $900 for early bird registrations (no more than two speaker discounts per topic).

ü   For those only able to attend two days, the registration fee will be $950

ü   Groups of 3 or more from the same organization receive a 15% a discount depending on when they register (normal or early bird); contact the conference chairs for additional information.

ü   Multiple discounts can be discussed with Tony Gardner


The registration fee includes all sessions, materials, and meals from Tuesday dinner through lunch on Friday and includes a special late afternoon trip to Monticello. Note that the registration fee does not include housing; a block of 80 rooms has been set-aside at the Darden School of Business, at the federal government conference per diem rate of $105 per night, including tax, on a first come basis.  There are also hotels in the area; some will require you to have transportation to the conference site -- see the information below for details.


The conference registration form is available at the end of this document or at,


Early registration thru Feb 20


Normal registration


Speakers discount registration early bird


Speakers discount registration normal


Group discount registration early bird


Group discount registration normal


Combined speakers and group registration early only


Two day registrants



Call for Speakers:

To complete our program for this year we are soliciting a few additional presentations and speakers for this year’s conference. Please consider sharing your experiences in either a 30-minute or 1-hour segment. A registration discount of 15% will be offered for speakers selected to present.


Speaker Submissions:

Submit this form along with a one page description of the topic to [email protected] by February 12,  2007. Check for additional information at  The theme of this year’s conference is


 Using the High Performance Organization Diagnostic/Change Model to make performance improvement happen: Implementation strategies and approaches after the initial seminar


Topics related to the theme are encouraged.


Speaker Name


Phone Number


E-mail Address






Topic Title


Have you attended an HPO Change Conference (Y/N)?



Attach a one page summary of the topic. Include whether the topic is a real story, method/tool, theory/model, or some combination of these.


If you plan to co-present with someone else please provide the second speaker’s information below.


Speaker #2 Name


Phone Number


E-mail Address






Have you attended an HPO Change Conference (Y/N)?



If selected to present, you will receive a registration discount of 15%.  Only two speakers per topic are eligible for the discount. Electronic presentation materials related to the presentation will need to be submitted to the conference chair No Later Than March 20, 2007.  You will receive notification of selection or non-selection by January 26, 2007.


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