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

Neuroscience, Facilitation and You

December 15th, 8:30am - 12 pm

DC Workshop

GAO Office, Washington, DC

This workshop will discuss how current breakthroughs in neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, newly emergent insights from quantum field theory and the hard sciences, and the application of a western scientific lens on practices from traditional wisdom sources can change can change the way we design, engage and facilitate workshops, trainings and interventions.  More specifically, this goals of this workshop include:

  • Reviewing five current breakthroughs in applied neuroscience and their implications for our facilitation;
  • Exploring the “Physics of Facilitation”©  as applied to the movement of group and team energy;
  • Analyzing a U.S. government client case study focusing on the application of neuroscience design constructs, quantum physics metaphors, and somatic training activities to long term enterprise wide leadership development; and
  • Engaging in an experiential activity built upon principles of attachment theory, emotional contagion, and the creation of “group mind”.

About the Presenter:

Jim White’s experience over the past 35 years includes work as an OD consultant, leadership trainer, facilitator and/or program manager in 17 countries and with 10 US Government organizations, 7 academic institutions, 3 non-profits and 2 trade associations. He has a Master of Arts degree in Transformational Leadership and Social Change from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Jim is currently facilitating leadership development workshops for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, designing and facilitating leadership courses for John’s Hopkins School of Education and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, training law enforcement officials for the Department of State at the West African Regional Training Center in Ghana, and co-facilitating workshops in “Designing and Facilitating Transformational Workshops” at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.  In addition, he is currently collaborating on a book on “Why Mind-Body Experience Matters” with Dr. Ken Nelson and Lesli Lang of Kripalu and drafting a book on the “Physics of Facilitation” which focuses on harnessing and focusing group and team energy in service of transformational contributions to organizations.


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Next Webinar:

How to Become an Edutainor - a New Trick for your Facilitator Toolbox

December 8th, 12 pm EST

Online Workshop using Adobe Connect

"You're your own toughest competition!" We've heard this cliche' many times, from many people. And while it may have been true at one point in time, it's true no longer. In 2017, we have a far greater competitor - the smartphone. Whether we're engaging somebody one on one, leading a sales training or hosting a board meeting, we're competing against that little gadget for our audience's attention. Every. Single. Second.

We think we win this battle by asking them to turn off their phones, but we haven't. Because the phone and all it entails...the notifications, the entertainment options, the social interaction, are still on the minds of everyone. They may be looking at us, but they're not actually listening to us. So what do we do? Become better than the phone.

In this webinar, award-winning comedian and longtime training professional Geoff Woliner will discuss how we can mentally transform into entertainers, and the tips and tricks we can use to capture and keep our audience's attention. After this webinar, you'll have turn-key solutions you can apply immediately, and ensure you never lose the attention span battle to smartphones ever again.


As a longtime stand-up comedian and expert in presentation skills, facilitation, sales, recruiting and association development, Geoff used this experience to create the framework of his company, Winning Wit, whose mission is "Bringing Humor to Life". Unlike many other communications consultants who try to turn you into them, Geoff uses his experience on stage to help you become a more dynamic you.

Recognized by Kentucky Bride Magazine, WTOP Radio, Brides and Weddings of Northern Virginia and several other outlets as a leader in comedic speechwriting and coaching, Geoff has worked with CEO's, law firms, entrepreneurs, private groups and individuals across every industry to help them successfully tell their stories to the world.

As the author of "The Wedding Speech Bible" series, Geoff shares best practices from the stage to help wedding parties write and deliver speeches that mesmerize audiences full of family and friends.Having worked as the National Chapter Manager for ATD, he has a deep understanding of the learning and development landscape and a passion for helping professionals in this industry thrive. Most of all, Geoff operates on one core principle: Your success is his success.

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.
  • Contact for issues/questions about:
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    • Future webinar topics, general feedback, or issues connecting to the webinar the day of:
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Upcoming Events

12/15/2017 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
01/26/2018 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
02/23/2018 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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