MS in Positive Organization Development (MPOD) Alumni | Weatherhead School at Case Western Reserve University

Vania Bueno, MPOD 2009, MOD/MPOD Alumni Steering Committee member since 2018

Vania is a multidisciplinary professional; expert in communications with a focus on human and organizational development. and board member. Founder and CEO of Anima Productive Interaction, she has over 40 years' experience in integrated corporate communications. In the last ten years she has dedicated herself to leadership training, team engagement, professional education, and corporate governance. Curious and committed to continuous learning, she follows market trends closely and keeps her relationship network active, both in Brazil and abroad. From a systemic perspective, she is engaged with the global sustainable appreciative development movement. She is also a Professor at several post‐graduate programs in prominent Brazilian colleges and institutions. She has presented at TEDx and been a guest speaker and process facilitator at events and companies such as Bayer, Bunge, Swiss Re, Norsk Hydro, Rabobank, GSK, Arcelor Mittal, Sabesp, Cosan, Mercur, Banco do Brazil, to mention a few.

"MPOD has a huge influence on what I have become, personally and a professionally. During and after the master's, I expanded my understanding of complexity, human behavior, leadership and sustainable management. I became more appreciative, open and confident. MPOD changed my life forever and for the better.

My work is always and more focused on the role of communication, as behavior, in the processes of cultural change and engagement for innovation. I really enjoy teaching and facilitating groups and strategic actions. In the last decade I have prepared myself to serve on boards of directors.

MPOD has changed my career a lot. I kept my passion and interest in communication, but I started to work on a more strategic and deeper level. The master's degree also opened the doors to teaching - something I never imagined ‐ with a very rich and rewarding experience. Today I feel like a more complete and valued professional.

Organizational development is about changing the world. Corporations today occupy the dimension of greatest power and influence in the world. When we contribute to the development of an organization, we are working to increase the awareness, power and responsibility of individuals, groups and society. OD is more important and complex than ever, a fascinating area of learning and service.

Meeting wonderful professors and colleagues from all around the world to reflect and learn was a time to be expected and celebrated. MPOD for me was not just about studying theories, methods and techniques. The richest thing was being together, living the challenges and beauty of diversity, creating bonds of friendship, respect and admiration. I keep each trip, reading and exchange as happy and transforming experiences."

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