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

Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Others

October 27th, 8:30am - 12 pm

DC Workshop

GAO Office, Washington, DC

What is a personal boundary?

  • A limit.

  • A line not to be crossed.

  • Something that separates what is acceptable from what is not.

Setting boundaries is about setting our limits. By doing this we are taking responsibility for ourselves and promoting fairness and respect in relationships. Boundaries reflect our right to say “no” to those things that aren’t good for us. Boundaries are about learning to take care of ourselves, regardless of the circumstances. They emerge from a deep sense of our personal rights, especially the right to be ourselves. Effective boundary setting promotes our safety and self-respect and can also be beneficial to those with whom we set boundaries.   This workshop will help you set and maintain successful boundaries.  Participants will:

  • Discuss how boundary issues show up when facilitating.

  • Learn approaches and tactics in establishing boundaries.

  • Explore difficult boundary setting situations and how they might be managed better.

  • Practice setting boundaries in small group exercises.

Participants will be provided a copy of “Getting What You Want: Setting and Maintaining Boundaries with Others.”

About the Presenter

As an organizational consultant and executive coach for more than 15 years, Mark Sachs has often noticed how organizations and their people underestimate their potential. In his organizational consulting practice, his areas of expertise include improving open communication among staff, developing productive teams, assessing organizational strengths and challenges, planning and managing change, and facilitating meetings and retreat.

Before opening his consulting and coaching firm, Mark was director of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Management Consulting Service. He earned his MS degree in Organization Development from the American University/ NTL Institute, where he currently serves as an adjunct faculty member. Mark is a graduate of Coach University and is an International Coach Federation, Professional Certified Coach (PCC).  Mark is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Bar-On Emotional Quotient Inventory, Drexler/Sibbet Team Performance Inventory, Hogan 360, and Culture Transformation Tools.


 Register now!

Next Webinar:

The Power of PowerPoint: A Visual Approach for Engaging Facilitation – facilitated by Steve Cherches

October 13th, 12 pm EST

Online Workshop using Adobe Connect

You’ve nailed down your topic. You’ve rocked your facilitation game plan. And now… the obligatory PowerPoint presentation.

PowerPoint is often an afterthought, and occasionally an effective torture device. However, used properly, PowerPoint can be a powerful tool to visually enhance your communication, guide your facilitation, and engage your audience.

Join us for this fun and interactive experience as we explore various techniques for leveraging the power of PowerPoint, and add additional powerful tools to our facilitation toolkits.


  • Develop a revolutionary approach to presentation design
  • Explore various ways to leverage PowerPoint to engage your audience
  • Learn to convey your message more effectively through visual storytelling and metaphor


Steve Cherches is the co-founder of BigBlueGumball, a NYC-based professional development firm that helps people become more effective thinkers, communicators, and leaders. With their motto "We make training entertaining" as their foundation, Steve and his brother Todd are on a mission to make the world a better place by ridding the planet of bad bosses and painful presentations. At the heart of Steve’s approach to training, coaching, and facilitating, is the idea that learning and growth should be innovative, interactive, experiential, and fun.


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:
    • Registration or membership: 
    • Future webinar topics, general feedback, or issues connecting to the webinar the day of:
Register now!


Upcoming Events

08/24/2017 • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, room 2N30
10/27/2017 8:30 AM • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
10/27/2017 12:30 PM • Bar Deco, 717 6th Street, NW, Washington, DC
11/17/2017 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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