Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network

Events & Learning Opportunities

MAFN offers a wide range of learning opportunities to develop new skills and master new techniques and approaches. For almost 20 years, MAFN has been the leader in professional development opportunities in facilitation across the Mid-Atlantic region. Catering to all levels of facilitation experience, MAFN's workshops receive rave reviews from participants!

MAFN workshops feature a variety of topics related to deepening and broadening the skills of facilitators. Our workshops are designed to be interactive and provide experiential learning for all participants as they learn from the expertise of others. 

Each month MAFN hosts two workshops: a 90 minute workshop and a three hour workshop.

Our 90 minute workshops offer grounding and resources on the focus topic and are included in MAFN membership.  Our three hour workshops offer more time for discussion and practice during the session.

Both types of workshops will begin at 12:00pm Eastern and are being offered online through June of 2022. 

Occasionally MAFN will also host special events or speakers. See details below for upcoming events. 

Upcoming events

    • 09/30/2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online using Zoom

    Duration: 3-hour workshop 

    About the workshop:

    The Empathy Decathlon is an empathy training framework based on academic research, business case studies, and innovation practices. It consists of ten micro-skills that help individuals, teams, companies, and communities understand and continually cultivate self-empathy and cultures founded in empathy.

    The full decathlon consists of five "me" skills including energy, baggage, self awareness, inventory, hearing and five "we" skills that include responding, asking, meaning, feedback, and lead.

    Afterwards, we will leave time for open discussion and networking.

    Learning Objectives 

    In this session, participants will:

    • Participants will walk away with increased self awareness/emotional intelligence and capacity for self care.

      Participants will build interpersonal communication skills that will empower them to connect with their facilitated audience.

      Participants will gain deeper wisdom into the concept of "Empathy" overall which has become a watered-down, overused buzzword in our industry.

    NOTE: This workshop will be recorded for distribution to all who register (breakout rooms will not be recorded).

    This is a 3-hour online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 3pm Eastern.

    Theresa Ward is a Culture + Communications Consultant - her mission is to help teams get things done and enjoy the journey. Her previous roles in sales, product innovation, and relationship management all shaped her training approach that combines personal experiences with cognitive behavioral research. As the owner of The Fiery Feather, Theresa leads workshops and projects for organizational effectiveness across various industries including Utilities, Non-Profit, Theater, Hospitality, and Healthcare. She is a certified yoga instructor, a furmom, and a total TED Talk nerd.

    Shelton Davis would rather hear your story than tell his. An experienced product and UX designer, researcher, and team leader, he believes in our collective power to listen, understand, and create positive global change. In 2017, Shelton channeled 15+ years of human-centered innovation knowledge and his lifelong passion for personal connection into one huge group project: Empathy Lab. After a year of prototyping, testing, rinsing and repeating, he launched the first and only 10-skill training series designed to (re)condition our empathy muscles and empower collective success from the inside out. Inspired by Shelton’s own physical, mental and emotional education as a competitive athlete, the Empathy Decathlon is fully engaging, research- backed, refreshingly accessible, and 100% led by example. Shelton lives, hikes, drinks coffee, dances, and practices empathy daily in Atlanta, GA with his three greatest loves: his wife Laura, daughter Juliette, and son Grayson.


    • - No refunds or credits for registration cancellations.
    • - Registration closes at midnight the day before the workshop.
    • - Registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live session and any additional details 1 day in advance and the morning of the event. Please be sure to look for the link in your email.
    • - Workshops begin promptly at 12:00PM Eastern.  Please log on at least 15 minutes in advance to ensure your internet connections, audio and other settings are functioning properly.
    • MAFN Members have access to all online workshop recordings via the MAFN website.
    • - For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.


If you pay for an individual MAFN workshop session and contact info@mafn.org to cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit the full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee of $10. No refunds after registration deadline has passed.

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