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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Mapping Visions of Change

February 24th, 8:30am - 12 pm

DC Workshop

GAO Office, Washington, DC

Every change model includes sharing a clear vision. Management guru John Kotter dedicates two of his eight steps to developing and communicating a vision. But how do you share a complex vision in a way that’s clear and engaging? To paraphrase Peter Senge, how do you consult and co-create, rather than tell and sell? How do you help people see through uncertainty and ambiguity? How do you map their vision?

Vision mapping is a collaborative, facilitative process that results in stakeholder engagement and a graphic representation of the vision. Vision mapping:

  • draws on design thinking, graphic facilitation, and participatory decision making,
  • accessibly shares large amounts of information all at once and in context,
  • promotes systems thinking,
  • shows relationships, patterns, and gaps,
  • promotes transparent communication and invites feedback, and
  • allows stakeholders to explore the aspects of the vision that interest them the most.

Please watch this short video detailing what the presentation will be about

Brian Tarallo

Brian Tarallo is the managing director of Lizard Brain Solutions.  He is a graphic facilitator and graphic recorder. Brian is an associate of the Grove Consultants International, an active member of the International Forum of Visual Practitioners, and the lead of the OGSystems Visioneering Team.  He has delivered a TEDx talk, “What’s Wrong with This Picture,” on the power of visual note taking in education. He brings visual methods to federal agencies, national associations, and companies in the healthcare, defense, and consulting industries.         

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Become a Facilitating Genius
  Presented by John Lesko, CPF, ACC

March 10th, 12 pm

Online Workshop using Adobe Connect

Join us for an encore presentation on how you can become a facilitating genius. This highly interactive webinar is more a discovery workshop than an on-line lecture. Learn how to quickly assist your clients in identifying their genius. Apply the theory of multiple intelligences to individual and group problem solving sessions. Experiment with the direct application of genius role-playing or opt to think outside the box and look at an issue or group challenge from a new point of view. After a very short introduction to the theory of multiple intelligences, webinar participants will work in breakout rooms to address several ‘wicked problems.’ And there’s a bonus; all who register and participant in this webinar will receive an e-book filled with over two dozen stories of truly genius as well as multiple worksheets which can be immediately used with your clients should you decide to apply these techniques in a future facilitative engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain a working understanding of the theory of multiple intelligences
  • Tap into the psyche of well-known geniuses via question prompts and worksheets
  • Share with others ideas, tips, and best practices experienced in your breakout rooms
  • Add another book to your professional library which you’ll be able to refer to again and again.


John Lesko is the lead facilitator and head coach at JohnLesko.Biz, LLC. As a certified professional facilitator and leadership coach he helps private, public, and nonprofit organizations create and develop extraordinarily successful teams and leaders. John is a former board member of MAFN, serves on the steering committee for the George Mason University Coaching Community, and is a Region Advisor within Toastmasters International. John loves being outdoors and is a senior challenge course facilitator at The EDGE at Mason as well as a member of the adjunct faculty at the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point.

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

03/10/2017 12:00 PM • Online using Adobe Connect
03/31/2017 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
04/28/2017 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
05/19/2017 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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