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

    • 02/10/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    Who doesn’t dread those workshop and presentation mistakes? How do we overcome our fear of them? You may have heard that “Perfection is the enemy of success,” and similar sayings, but how do you get over perfectionism? 

    If you’ve ever felt paralyzed by perfectionism, or fear of making mistakes when presenting, come to this workshop with Melissa Dinwiddie! You’ll get to try out some tools that might just help you loosen up, AND you’ll learn some activities you can use in your own sessions, to help participants:

    • Deal with change
    • Deal with confusion
    • Not worry so much about mistakes
    • Work better as a team
    • Become aware of improvement
    • Practice self-compassion

    Learning Objectives

    In this session, participants will:

    • ·        To distinguish between feelings of confusion/overwhelm and actual problems
    • ·        To think quickly and justify on the spot
    • ·       To appreciate that they will survive even if they make a mistake!

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

    This is a 90-minute online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm Eastern Time.

    Speakers:

    Melissa Dinwiddie is founder & CEO of Creative Sandbox Solutions™, a consultancy that helps innovative, people-first companies retain talent and customers, and grow sales through creative (often virtual) experiences. She designs interactive, playful programs that attendees rave about because they acquire new skills and behaviors and build connections while having a blast.

    One of her flagship offerings, Communicating for Influence, is an active-learning program she initially developed for high-performance research teams at Facebook. Author of The Creative Sandbox Way™, an acclaimed book on creativity, Melissa’s known for creating impactful, memorable experiences, planting seeds of possibility, and catalyzing individual and organizational transformation.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • 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.
    • 02/21/2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    • 50
    Register

    Why Black History Month? It’s one thing to create a month-long observance honoring a particular community–it’s another to truly understand and engage in that tribute.
    Please join other members of MAFN’s Racial Justice Community of Practice in a lively discussion of Black History Month, the various ways in which we do (or don’t) celebrate this month, and share ideas for how individuals and organizations can engage more deeply in Black History Month.

    Please note that this is for MAFN members only and there is limited space, so please register early.

    Our guiding principles are:

    • Come open to learning (growth mindset)
    • Not expert led - hosted by peers with space to learn from all
    • Bring your questions, share your expertise

    ONLINE CoP Discussion REMINDERS
    • If you register and cannot attend, please cancel to allow someone else to come. 

    • Registration closes at midnight the day before the discussion group.

    • 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.

    • MAFN CoP discussions will not be recorded in order to support a safe space for learning.

    For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.

    • 02/24/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 3-hour workshop 

    About the workshop:

    Are you able to recognize and manage microaggressions that emerge from participants while facilitating? And how have you mitigated a microaggression that you may have made, one that’s directed at you, or another colleague? 

    In this workshop, you’ll understand the dynamics of microaggressions, the impact of microaggressions, and learn micro-interventions to address the slights, slips, and slurs before, during, or after facilitation sessions. 

    Learning Objectives

    In this session, participants will learn:

        To state the definition of a microaggression.
        To explain the types of microaggressions.
        To describe how to recognize a microaggression or microaggressive behaviors.
        To share what microinterventions can be used and strategies to respond if you or others make a misstep.

    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 Time.

    Speakers:

     Mariama Boney knows about trailblazing to ‘bridge head and heart’ of 3 million people during her 20+ year career.

     As an award-winning educational administrator, DEIA+A visionary, executive leader, and coach, her content knowledge spans over 100 topics in leadership, DEIA+A, and wellbeing with a world-wide impact that includes 1000+ trainings and programs, 550 projects and consultations with over 800 groups and teams.

    With multiple certifications, licensure, and authorized partnerships, as President and CEO of Achieve More LLC, Mariama is a go-to resource for turning goals or problems into solutions and profits while creating safe spaces for transformation.

    Rodneikka Scott has a unique combination of nonprofit and for-profit member engagement experience across a breath of scientific, education and medical associations. Most recently, she has served as the Chief Membership & Diversity Programs Officer for the Endocrine Society where she was able to draw on more than 17 years of diverse experience in membership, marketing, communications, volunteer relations, and education sectors to ensure the Society’s member services and diversity programs. She develops innovative membership strategies to produce stronger member value, expand global reach, build brand awareness, and encourage engagement aligned with its diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategy.

    Having a rich history with associations and nonprofits, Rodneikka was the executive director and co-founder of Simply Fit, a nonprofit committed to the mission of cultivating, enriching, and challenging youth from underrepresented groups through participation in sports to foster life and academic skills. She is currently an active member of the American Society Association Executives (ASAE), the Council for Engineering and Scientific Executives, the Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) for the Archdiocese of Washington, and service on the Board of Directors for Advocates for Children and Youth.

    Rodneikka earned her B.S. in Journalism Public Relations and her Master of Science in Mass Communications with a dual interest in Marketing and Management from Arkansas State University. She holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential and is the recipient of the 2020 Association Technology Stars, 2012 Leadership Academy class from the American Society of Association Executives, and 2021 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate and is the recipient of the 2022 Forty Under 40, Association Forum of Chicagoland award as well as a 2022-2024 ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program awardee.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • - 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.
    • 03/10/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 90-minute workshop

    About the workshop

    In this workshop, we will focus on helping every member of a team differentiate between healthy and unhealthy conflict; the bottom-line cost to avoiding conflict; and how each person can support a constructive conflict culture.

    Learning Objectives

    In this session, participants will:

    • · Participants will increase their awareness of conflict and how it can be used for dynamic facilitation
    • · Participants will leave with an understanding of the different conflict management styles and how they can affect group dynamics
    • · Participants will leave with mediation-based tools and techniques to more productively resolve conflict when it arises

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

    This is a 90-minute online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm EDT.

    Speaker:

    Natalie Garramone is the Owner and Principal Consultant at ONE EIGHTY.

    HERE'S WHAT YOU THINK YOU NEED TO KNOW...

    For the past decade, Natalie has worked as a consultant with executive teams—both nationally and internationally—to develop strategies aimed at fostering growth and innovation, shifting organizational culture, and engaging employees.

    She has driven large-scale change and innovation initiatives inside Fortune 500 companies alongside sales, customer service, R&D, and new product innovation teams, to name a few.

    She has certifications in mediation, mindfulness-based stress reduction (MSBR), and yoga instruction (200RYT).

    She was promoted to CEO before the age of 30.

    HERE’S WHAT YOU REALLY NEED TO KNOW:

    As a child, Natalie was the one to raise her hand with “just one more question.” Never satisfied with a standard response, she wanted to know more, learn more, do more. That innate curiosity and insatiable craving for informed action powers her today.

    She has the rare ability to toggle seamlessly between big-picture thinking and in-the-weeds execution. She listens, digests, and synthesizes information on the spot, reflecting back key points while remaining remarkably objective.

    She truly likes people. She loves figuring out what motivates them. And she believes their intellect and spirit have limitless power to drive business outcomes.

    She is often described with the same select adjectives. Unflappable, intelligent, diplomatic, and level-headed are among them.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • 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.
    • 03/14/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

                      

    All New Collaboration:

    Join us for the MAFN/SEAF Facilitation Mastermind Series!

    Are you looking for ways to collaborate with other facilitators to enhance your facilitation practice? The Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network and the Southeast Association of Facilitators have joined efforts to host a 3-session Mastermind Series, focused on helping all of our members as internal and external facilitators:

    • Think about how to build and nurture facilitation partnerships
    • Create your facilitation brand
    • Surface challenges and brainstorm solutions for managing clients and sponsors 

    MAFN and SEAF share a mission of helping facilitators develop their skills. This series is a great opportunity for facilitators of all experience levels to come together, share learnings, and build their practices!

    These sessions will bring together members from each organization in guided discussions led by seasoned facilitators. We will use an open space workshop format to consider everyone’s ideas and collaborate in real time. You will have chances to surface your own challenges, share your experiences, and practice your messaging in an interactive and safe environment.

    There will be many moments to learn from each other and build relationships with other facilitators. All are welcome, whether you’re an internal or external facilitator, experienced facilitator, or just starting your facilitation journey. Sign up for as many of the three 90-minute sessions as you feel fit your needs. We will hold these events in addition to the regular programming from both organizations. Sign up today!

    PLEASE NOTE: This Mastermind Series is a complimentary member benefit and is open to MAFN and SEAF members only.

    Sessions will be from 12:00 - 1:30 Eastern

    *Register for each session separately.

    Learning Objectives 

    In this session, participants will:

    • Explore how to build and nurture facilitation partnerships

    • Learn to your facilitation brand

    • Surface challenges and brainstorm solutions for managing clients and sponsors  

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

    This is a 90-minute online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm Eastern.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • 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.
    • 03/24/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 3-hour workshop 

    About the workshop:

    The Enneagram is a powerful tool to help us understand our go-to facilitation style, as well as styles and approaches we might be overlooking based on our personality type. In this interactive session, you'll learn what each type tends to focus on in facilitation and walk away with some practical ways to flex your focus and approach so you can even more effectively work with clients.

    Please take an Enneagram typing test before this workshop to get the most out of the session: https://cpenneagram.com/taketestnow

    Learning Objectives

    In this session, participants will:

          Identify your primary center of intelligence

          Articulate how being in that center shows up in your facilitation style/work

          Define the facilitation strengths and possible blind spots related to your personality type

          Identify 3 ways you want to flex your facilitation style

    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 Time.

    Speaker:

    Nevada Lane is the founder and principal consultant of Lane Change Consulting. Nevada believes that great workplaces and teams thrive on authenticity, creativity, a learning mindset, and courageous conversations. For nearly 20 years Nevada has helped teams have the conversations that matter and increase their impact by weaving together expert facilitation, team coaching and visual thinking.

    A well-known voice in the world of graphic facilitation, Nevada is a contributing author to two books on graphic facilitation, the creator of two Linkedin Learning courses on visual thinking, and an adjunct professor of visual collaboration for organization development at the University of San Francisco.

    Nevada grew up at the San Francisco Zen Center and attended the San Francisco Waldorf school, where she developed a love for art (and beeswax). After graduating from UC Berkeley, she held a number of positions in marketing and corporate communications in the U.S. and England before receiving her M.S. in Organization Development. Nevada spent five years working in Commercial training at Genentech, and two years at Lorensbergs, Sweden’s leading facilitation and training firm, before launching Lane Change Consulting in 2010.

    Nevada is an Enneagram enthusiast (she’s a type 3), a committed but average CrossFit athlete, and her favorite food is a Mission-style burrito. She lives in San Francisco with her husband of 20 years and their two feisty teenagers. 

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • - 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.
    • 04/28/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    Duration: 3-hour workshop 

    About the workshop:

    Jolts! Have we got your attention? Join us as we revisit Thiagi’s treasure trove of Jolts published in 2011. Jolts intentionally energize participants in a meaningful and purposeful way whether in a meeting, team-building session, or workshop. They also enable participants to creatively discover critical insights.

    We’ve selected a variety to explore and made a few updates to reflect our current virtual environment. We’ll “kick the tires” and test drive some with you in the main room, breakout rooms, and on Mural.

    You’ll have an opportunity to take part in a two-fold debriefing: from your vantage point as a participant and as a facilitator/trainer.

    Learning Objectives

    In this session, participants will:

    • Experience the power of Jolts to unleash energy and foster engagement.

    • Discover a variety of Jolts that you may use or adapt in your facilitation and/or training work.

    • Explore how tailoring Jolts and adapting debriefing questions can make a tangible difference.

    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 Time.

    Speaker:

    Laura Lazar Holbrook, MA, MLS, CVF, MMP, is a trainer and facilitator who designs and facilitates customized training sessions and retreats for associations, non-profits, and government agencies. Laura specializes in unleashing participant energy, creativity and insights to advance professional growth and organizational effectiveness. Whether the focus is on developing new skills, rolling out an organizational initiative, or enhancing team effectiveness, she brings versatility, flexibility, and integrity to the table. Laura leverages her deep understanding of best virtual practices and an ever-expanding repertoire of tools to create environments in which participants can connect, share, and support each other. In doing so, she draws on Liberating Structures, Technology of Participation, simulations and other interactive strategies. Laura has enjoyed collaborating with Tanja for several years on a variety of virtual projects.

    Tanja Sarett, M.A., CFRE, CVF, ACC, is a facilitator, trainer, and executive leadership coach passionate about helping nonprofit organizations increase innovation, effectiveness, and revenue. Appreciating the opportunities in the virtual world to achieve results and bring people and teams together (no matter where they live), Tanja has developed her virtual toolbox on Zoom, Mural, and Spatial Audio sites. She brings to her work a wide range of collaborative and creative techniques and tools from IDEO Design Thinking, Liberating Structures, the Technology of Participation, and the Agile community. Tanja offers train-the-trainer sessions for facilitators and nonprofit professionals to empower them in the virtual world. Now, Tanja is looking forward to another MAFN workshop and teaming up again with Laura, who is equally excited about experimenting with new methods and sharing them with facilitator colleagues.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • - 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.
    • 05/23/2023
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

                      

    All New Collaboration:

    Join us for the MAFN/SEAF Facilitation Mastermind Series!

    Are you looking for ways to collaborate with other facilitators to enhance your facilitation practice? The Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network and the Southeast Association of Facilitators have joined efforts to host a 3-session Mastermind Series, focused on helping all of our members as internal and external facilitators:

    • Think about how to build and nurture facilitation partnerships
    • Create your facilitation brand
    • Surface challenges and brainstorm solutions for managing clients and sponsors 

    MAFN and SEAF share a mission of helping facilitators develop their skills. This series is a great opportunity for facilitators of all experience levels to come together, share learnings, and build their practices!

    These sessions will bring together members from each organization in guided discussions led by seasoned facilitators. We will use an open space workshop format to consider everyone’s ideas and collaborate in real time. You will have chances to surface your own challenges, share your experiences, and practice your messaging in an interactive and safe environment.

    There will be many moments to learn from each other and build relationships with other facilitators. All are welcome, whether you’re an internal or external facilitator, experienced facilitator, or just starting your facilitation journey. Sign up for as many of the three 90-minute sessions as you feel fit your needs. We will hold these events in addition to the regular programming from both organizations. Sign up today!

    PLEASE NOTE: This Mastermind Series is a complimentary member benefit and is open to MAFN and SEAF members only.

    Sessions will be from 12:00 - 1:30 Eastern

    *Register for each session separately.

    Learning Objectives 

    In this session, participants will:

    • Explore how to build and nurture facilitation partnerships

    • Learn to your facilitation brand

    • Surface challenges and brainstorm solutions for managing clients and sponsors  

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

    This is a 90-minute online workshop. It will take place from 12:00pm to 1:30pm Eastern.

    ONLINE WORKSHOP REMINDERS

    • 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.

CANCELLATION POLICY

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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