Welcome to MAFN!

MAFN is a community of professionals dedicated to advancing excellence in facilitation. Supporting facilitators in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and around the globe, MAFN...


  • Provides resources, knowledge, and encouragement for individuals to grow their facilitation skills and confidence;
  • Promotes the value of facilitation to business, government, and non-profit leaders; and
  • Develops facilitation opportunities by identifying and sharing projects for and among our members.  

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Be part of our dynamic community and connect with others who share the same passion and interest in facilitation. Learn with us, find new business opportunities, and advance yourself and the field of facilitation.


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Next Event

Getting More From Pre-Facilitation Interviews

January 27th, 8:30am - 12 pm

DC Workshop

GAO Office, Washington, DC

Making assumptions prior to your facilitation engagement is dangerous. Stakeholder interviews provide necessary insights into the team or participants that we facilitate. Additionally, stakeholder interviews allow us to understand relationships, workflow, challenges, and attitudes in ways that can't be attained from independent research.

This workshop focuses the power of interviews prior to your facilitation engagement. We will explore the practical intent of interviews (to gain valuable information in the design and outcome of your facilitation engagement) and the strategic intent (purpose, designing, scheduling, and the debrief with key stakeholders after the facilitation engagement).

Participants will work together constructing great questions and practice asking them. 


Participants will:

  • Understand the short and long term impact of stakeholder interviews.
  • Practice constructing and delivery great question.
  • Leave with a list of our favorite questions and their intent.
  • Learn new ways to grow their relationship and business with their clients.

About Tom Pickett   

Tom Pickett, Senior Associate, is an executive leadership coach and consultant. Tom’s focus is to help clients develop and manage strategic, cultural, and structural changes within their organizations. He partners with clients to provide personalized processes and support materials that help turn goals into reality. Tom specializes in helping organizations grow and maintain a competitive advantage by developing and more effectively utilizing the talents, aptitudes, and abilities of the people in their organizations. 

Tom lives in Centreville, Virginia, in the Washington, DC metro area.  His corporate career spans companies such as Compaq Computers and Sun Microsystems. Tom’s purpose is to model supportiveness and bring the potential out of everyone with whom he engages.       

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Become a Reflective Practitioner: Join the Conversation and Reflect on the Ethics and Values that form the Foundation of Your Facilitation Practice - presented by Kimberly Bain

February 10th, 12 pm
Online, using Adobe Connect

As individuals, and as professionals, we must be continually mindful of how we exercise our power as Facilitators when helping groups achieve their desired outcomes. Awareness is the first step towards insight. Consideration and reflection are in the interests of each of us, our profession as a whole and in the interests of those we serve.

The value of a professional Code of Ethics is limited to the consideration and reflection we each give to the Code and how we each apply it in the circumstances of our professional practice. We owe it to our clients to act with an informed appreciation of the ethical issues and competencies needed to help groups build consensus and produce meaningful outcomes. 

MAFN will be hosting a group reflective exercise to explore the issues of ethics in our profession. The session will help you explore your own ethical values and flex your ethical facilitator muscles by reflecting on a number of real life ethical dilemmas faced by our host/author and colleague Facilitators from around the world.


Kimberly Bain (kimberly@baingroup.ca) is Senior Partner in Bain Group Consulting, based in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Kimberly is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator, is Past-Chair of the International Association of Facilitators and holds the appointment of visiting scholar in facilitation at Queen’s University and a faculty member at St. Lawrence College. Ms Bain also holds certificates in strategy, mediation and dispute resolution, an Honours Degree from Queen’s University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Carleton University.

As an expert facilitator, Kimberly works with groups numbering 5 to 500, helping them reach consensus and achieve a sense of common purpose. She has facilitated community groups, professionals, volunteers, academics, hospitals, medical professionals, government departments and stakeholder groups. She is well known for her facilitative and consensus building style, her innovative approach to strategic planning, her expert conflict resolution techniques and her varied facilitation techniques and processes. Kimberly’s recent book The Reflective Practitioner: Becoming a Reflective Ethical Facilitator made the Amazon best sellers list and is quickly becoming a seminal resource for facilitators around the world.

Recommended Resources

Become a Reflective Practitioner: The Reflective Ethical Facilitator's Guide by Kimberly Bain; this book can be purchased for under $10 in pdf at www.baingroup.ca or as an e-book at Amazon.

Additional Information:

  • Approximately 2-3 days prior to this workshop, you will receive additional, more detailed instructions for joining the live session. 
  • The workshop will begin promptly at noon Eastern Time, but we strongly recommend you log-in to the website at 11:45 am to address any connection issues.
  • If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Megan Primeau (email: mpeducatefacilitate@gmail.com; text/call: 416-885-2513)
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Upcoming Events

01/27/2017 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
01/27/2017 12:30 PM • Bar Deco, 717 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC
02/24/2017 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9


Are you looking for a facilitator for an upcoming meeting or retreat? Do you need a neutral person to conduct your meeting, guiding the group to productive outcomes?

MAFN runs the Find-A-Facilitator Service, the only service of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Browse through the facilitators in our database, many of whom are based in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. All are members of MAFN and are committed to the highest professional standards in professional facilitation.

Facilitators who have the Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) designation have met and maintained the high standards in professional group facilitation set by the International Association of Facilitators and meet or exceed the Competencies required of professional facilitators.

Coming Soon: search the Find-A-Facilitator database to identify facilitators with specific skills and experience.

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