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    • 06/09/2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online using Adobe Connect

    As practitioners, we know the value of professional meeting facilitation. Most of us would agree that hiring a skilled facilitator is one of the most effective ways to ensure a meeting is successful and productive. The return on investment is high. Successful meetings reduce wasted time and money and increase the team’s ability to make decisions and move forward effectively.

    So, why aren’t more meetings facilitated? There are tens of thousands of meetings scheduled every day. And most are headed by someone who is “winging it.” Because of the pervasive lack of preparation, ability to keep the conversation on track, and absent follow-through meetings have earned a bad name. Perhaps second only to the airlines, meetings are the target of endless complaints. They’re dreaded!

    Of course, we don’t feel like that. We love meetings and thoroughly enjoy the process of shepherding a group through a difficult decision or planning for the future. When done right, meetings are energizing and motivating- and can be exactly the inflection point a team needs to make huge leaps forward in their work.

    Our goal is simple. We want more meetings to be professionally facilitated because we see the direct benefit to the organizations we serve every single day.

    We see three ways to “grow the pie.” These include:

    • Building your brand and awareness of your services
    • Selling work
    • Supporting each other and marketing as a community
    In MAFN’s June session, we’ll cover brand building, the challenges faced when selling yourself, and how we can support each other and market meeting facilitation services as a community. This session will cover a balance of marketing theory, tactical steps, and interactive brainstorming.

    The outcome? We hope you leave the session with a greater sense of your personal brand and what makes you unique, new ideas about how to sell your services, and increased wisdom from the community on how we can further support each other.


    Robin Camarote is a communications strategy consultant, meeting facilitator, and writer. She is intent on helping leaders get more done with fewer headaches by outlining clear, creative strategies and solutions that build momentum and buy-in at all organizational levels. In addition to consulting, she writes regularly for Inc.com and Bloomberg Government on leadership and how to increase your positive impact at work. She is the author of a best-selling book on organizational behavior entitled, Flock, Getting Leaders to Follow. Flock offers a universal framework for helping people connect with others, articulate their vision, and gain the kind of support needed to see the solution through to completion. She lives with her husband and three children in Falls Church, Virginia.

    Bill Fischer is a seasoned executive consultant who has partnered with CXO leadership teams on high stakes meeting facilitation and strategic planning initiatives covering topics related to facility management, work planning, organizational development, project implementation and prioritization, HR service delivery transformation, IT transformation and outsourcing and learning and development. Prior to starting his own business, Bill was the Vice President of Serco’s Strategy, Learning and Human Capital Business Unit; overseeing 30+ active projects focused on aligning human capital and learning strategies, staff, systems, and culture with results-based management. He has a Master of Arts, Communication, Culture and Technology at Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, University of California at Los Angeles. He has 20 years of field experience and is based in Alexandria, Virginia

    Robin and Bill work at Federal MicroConsulting 

    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.
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    • 06/23/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9

    In the book Process-Based Facilitation authored by Mr. Wayne Vick (inaugural leader of MAFN) he outlines the 12 principles of facilitation.  Mr. Vick describes these principles as guides, those things abided by that enable one to live and honor personal values.  He indicates that just a few principles guide the majority of our behavior and actions…so the principles of facilitation are at the heart of what we do to make the values of facilitation real.  In the MAFN session the participants will explore the importance of each principle the tools and practices that are aligned with the 12 principles.

    Thus, participants will discover:

    • The importance of the 12 principles.
    • The meaning of the principles.
    • How the principles impact their facilitation practice and the practice within the facilitation community.

    About the Presenters

    Wayne J. Vick, MBA, CPF, has been the heart of facilitation in the Washington, DC region for nearly 25 years. During this period, he served as the President of the Association for Quality and Participation (AQP), National Capital Chapter; founded and served as the Chairman of the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network (MAFN) for 17 years; and created and directed the AQP and MAFN Facilitator’s Workshop Series for 18 years. He also served as an adjunct professor for the Organizational Sciences program of George Washington University teaching “Team Coaching and Facilitation.”

    Mr. Vick is an independent facilitator providing Process-Based Facilitation services to a wide variety of clients centered on strategy, measurement system development, problem-solving, process mapping and improvement. He has been researching and writing on a variety of topics related to facilitation for more than 25 years, much of which he has included, in some form, in his book, Process-Based Facilitation or has been updated for the Process-Based Facilitation Toolkit he will publish in 2017.

    Charles D. Markert, MPA, PE, CPF is a consultant and facilitator in applying business process enhancement methodologies. He has 30 years of public sector civil engineering and management experience in facility and infrastructure design, planning and improvement. He started facilitating in 1990 and turned to full-time facilitating of meetings, workshops and off-sites for clients in 1996. His specialty is Project Partnering. He is the co-author of “Partnering in Construction: A Practical Guide to Project Success.” He also facilitates strategic planning, reengineering, process mapping and innovation workshops. His clients include Federal and State government agencies, military, for profit and not-for-profit organizations.

    Mr. Markert is a Past Chair of the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network. His education includes BSCE,Michigan State University, MSOE, University of Rhode Island, and MPA, American University. He is a registered PE, Virginia, CPF, IAF (2002 to 2014). He resides in Purcellville, VA.

    Dawn Rhine, CPF, is the Principal of SYNERGY FORCES. She is an enthusiastic, IAF-Certified Professional Facilitator™ (IAF-CPF™), with demonstrated proficiency in group dynamics and the development of principles, practices and methodologies for focused team collaboration.

    With about 20 years prior experience as a management executive and as an independent, professional facilitator, Ms. Rhine offers expertise to effectively draw out the collective wisdom of your team, leading to greater productivity, consensus, and results.

    Cynthia Pace, Ph.D, CPF, is the principal of PACEMAKER, LLC. They help individuals and organizations “Experience Their Greatness” by identifying needed leadership behaviors that produce successful results. Her specialty is assisting organizations in creating a culture of trust and personal responsibility. She primarily serves the government and nonprofit sectors as a trainer, facilitator, speaker and organizational development consultant. Dr. Pace was formerly a Community College President and served the higher education arena.  She holds a Master’s and Doctorate degree in Higher Education Administration from The Ohio State University (1979).

    Dr. Pace provides Group Facilitation services as a cornerstone of her work since 2000. She is well known for facilitating and creating events (large and small) that are engaging, interactive and exciting using various tools, including graphic facilitation, to achieve the desired outcomes for the client. She was designated a Certified Professional Facilitator by the International Association of Facilitators (IAF) in 2003. She is also a member and former co-chair of the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network (MAFN) as well as the former Dean of the Mid-Atlantic Facilitators Network University. Dr. Pace is presently the United States Director of the International Association of Facilitators. She resides in Baltimore, MD.


    If you pay for an individual MAFN workshop session and cancel before the registration deadline, MAFN will either credit your full registration fee towards a future workshop or process a refund, less a processing fee.

    There will be no refunds or credits for cancellations received after the registration deadline.

    Refunds, less a processing fee, are only available for workshop series subscribers until the September workshop of each year.

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