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Facilitator webinar series

Grow professionally and network with fellow facilitators from across the region and beyond through MAFN's Facilitator Webinar Series!  This exciting schedule of live interactive and collaborative educational webinars connects participants with facilitation experts from around the world.

Webinars begin promptly at 9:00am or 12:00PM Eastern Time, depending on the topic of the event.

Upcoming Webinars


About the MAFN Facilitator Webinar Series:

The MAFN Facilitation Webinar strives to provide you with:
  • A brief overview of a topic and an interactive experience where you'll be contributing and sharing with each other, while learning tips and tricks from our presenters - a true "web-seminar“
  • General knowledge and exposure to emerging ideas and techniques from various fields to help you expand your facilitation skills
  • A collaborative educational experience to help you connect and learn with other facilitators from around the world

Registering and Cost

  • Every live webinar is a FREE benefit for MAFN members, but you must register beforehand to participate. 
  • Please note that there is a fee for non-members to participate. 
  • There will be no refunds or credits for webinar registration cancellations.

What to expect

  • Approximately 1-2 days prior to each webinar, registered participants will receive instructions for joining the live Zoom webinar session.
  • Make sure to download the Zoom app before attending your first webinar
  • Webinars begin promptly at 9:00am or 12:00PM Eastern Time, depending on the topic of the event.   We recommend you log-in to the website 15 minutes prior to confirm your audio and Internet connections.
  • We recommend rebooting your computer about 10-15 minutes prior to joining one of MAFN's webinars to prevent software and browser conflicts.

Webinar Recordings and Post-Webinar Documents

  • A link to the webinar recordings, chat contents, and any handouts is sent to all registrants approximately 1-2 weeks after the webinar.
  • MAFN members can also access past recordings of webinars here.


JOIN MAFN now and gain access to all our previous webinars listed below!


Upcoming events

    • 01/29/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Online using Zoom
    • 80
    Register
    About the session...
    Whether we are in a virtual an in-person environment, people need to find effective and meaningful ways to connect.  This session will use the power of FUN and GAMES and offer multiple ways to build connection with existing teams, new teams, or in other facilitated sessions.

    As adults, we often forget how important it is to actually PLAY, really play. 
    If you take the time to play, you can learn new tasks better. You can stimulate your imagination in ways that will help you innovate and problem solve better. And you can truly improve your relationships with others. 

    Learning Objectives 
    We will take the time during this session to learn how and when to incorporate play and games into our work which will remind us about three important things:
    • When we play, we connect with other people in different and meaningful ways
    • When we remove barriers to play and engage in activities that level the playing field, we find new and different ways to innovate, create and relate
    • When we incorporate fun into our work, work becomes more fun, projects become more meaningful, and lessons become more ingrain

    This MAFN Online Workshop will be held 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Eastern Time.


    About the Presenter

    Michelle Chuk Zamperetti is an organizational leadership and facilitation expert who has been working in the field of leadership development, program development and professional excellence for 15 years.  Her facilitation career started while working at the intersection of leadership and population health and managing community-based interventions with multi-sector collaborations domestically.  

    Michelle focuses on many issues, including but not limited to: public health preparedness, chronic disease, opioid addiction, and program evaluation.  She has worked with businesses, non-profits, faith organizations, governments and academia throughout her career. Michelle uses her skills to support strategy, planning, communication, leadership practices, and coaching and mentoring.  She is currently the principal Zamperetti Consulting, LLC.

    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 EST.  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.
    • 02/02/2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EST)
    • Online using Zoom
    • 7
    Register

    Our next discussion will focus on the book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. After some grounding in the major ideas presented in the book, we will break into small group discussions to explore the concepts and how they may apply to our work as facilitators. Participants are encouraged to read the book but are welcome even if you don’t (a good summary is here or a quick interview with the author is here if you don’t quite find time to read the whole book).

    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

    • Create a brave space to focus on race 

    • Share our truth and also LISTEN to others

    • Start with ourselves = focus on the “inner work”

    • Treat others with kindness & honesty

    Discussion Host: Fatima Argun 

    Fatima Argun is a strategy consultant, visionary, community activist, bridge builder and advocate focusing on conflict management, interfaith engagement, dialogue and women’s empowerment. Her career includes work at Senior levels in international marketing, strategic planning, management consulting and business development with expertise in organizational development, facilitation and conflict management. As Principal of GSG Consulting, she has worked with businesses and NGOs to support leadership development, capacity building and corporate social responsibility. 

    Fatima is a former Presidential appointee at the US Department of Commerce. As a longtime Arlington resident, Fatima continues to serve her community in in a leadership capacity as a member of the Arlington County Democratic Committee Steering Committee, Outreach Chair for Interfaith Advocacy Caucus and Arlington Dems Equity & Inclusion Task force. She is co-leader and co-founder of the Arlington chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, a Muslim-Jewish women’s peacebuilding group.

    Fatima received her MBA from the Johns Hopkins University and studied conflict management at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS) the United States Institute of Peace and USAID. Fatima also holds a MPA from the LBJ School, and has studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Ms. Argun is proficient in Turkish, and is conversant in French.

    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.

    • 02/12/2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Online using Zoom
    Register

    About the workshop:

    Do you find yourself describing your facilitation work differently since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic? 2020 turned the nature of work upside down. Some streams of business went on pause, virtual work reigned, and we shifted our services accordingly. If you have changed or refined your service offerings and have procrastinated updating your LinkedIn bio or website or are simply not sure where to start, this workshop is for you.

    Free yourself from the nagging feeling of updating your online presence in this 90-minute interactive workshop designed specifically for facilitators. Whether you are looking to update your LinkedIn bio or tweak your website, this workshop will give you a framework for identifying areas of highest impact. Attendees will walk away with a concrete plan for refreshing their online presence to support their work in 2021.

    As a special gift for MAFN members, all attendees will receive an audit worksheet to help formulate their strategy for updating their online presence. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to volunteer to have parts of their website or LinkedIn profile workshopped live during the session.

    Speaker:

    Lauren Mobertz (she/her) is an organization designer who aligns the needs of business, workers, and society. She brings an equity lens to evaluation and design and applies co-creative methods to bring stakeholders into strategy and organizational change.

    In a previous life, Lauren served as a marketing advisor to technology startups and spent two years on eBay's corporate communications team. A former Fulbright fellow, Lauren holds degrees in professional writing and organization development from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of San Francisco, respectively. She aims to further the field of facilitation by helping build the marketing capabilities of fellow facilitators.


    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 EST.  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.
    • 03/10/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Online using Zoom
    • 11
    Register

    Discussion on Featured Book: Leading With Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People by Donna Hicks, Ph.D

    As facilitators and learning and development professionals we spend a great deal of time and effort helping & supporting leaders, managers, teams, and individuals to build organizations and relationships that are respectful, empathetic and trustful. Dr. Hicks’ book on Leading with Dignity is a straightforward approach to bring the concept of honoring dignity into our practice as facilitators and into our work with leaders and organizations.  Over the course of the two sessions there will be prereading and thinking questions for our conversations about the impact of having a facilitation practice built on dignity and how best to educate and support leaders of organizations to build a culture based on dignity.

    Please note that this is for MAFN members only and there is limited space, so please register early. The two sessions will build on each other, so participation in both is strongly encouraged. Be sure to register for the second session here: Conversation on Facilitation CoP: Leading with Dignity by Donna Hicks (Members Only) Part 2


    Discussion Host: Bernadette Costello

    Bernadette Costello is the Managing Partner for BCC Consulting.  She collaborates with leaders, teams, and organizations so they can reach their full potential. As a consultant, her methods involve listening intently to the needs of her clients and helping them identify focused solutions that will work best with the culture and climate.  As a coach, her focus is to help the client identify a desired impact and develop a clear plan to achieve that result. In consulting and coaching, she uses a variety of strategies and assessments/tools that have evolved after many years of facilitating and coaching. Her experience includes working with organizations, teams and leaders in the public, non-profit and higher education sectors.

    Bernadette has served as a Chapter President for Metro DC ATD, as Chair of the ATD Leader’s Conference Program Advisory Committee and is a current member of the National Advisors for Chapters. She has served on other professional organizations in leadership and volunteer roles with Virginia CUPA (Colleges and Universities Personnel Association)-HR, and the International Personnel Management Association. Bernadette received a Bachelor of Social Work from Southern Illinois University, a Master in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in Higher Education from George Mason University. Bernadette holds an ACC coaching credential and a SHRM SCP certification.

    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.

    • 03/24/2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online using Zoom
    • 28
    Register

    Discussion on Featured Book: Leading With Dignity: How to Create a Culture That Brings Out the Best in People by Donna Hicks, Ph.D

    As facilitators and learning and development professionals we spend a great deal of time and effort helping & supporting leaders, managers, teams, and individuals to build organizations and relationships that are respectful, empathetic and trustful. Dr. Hicks’ book on Leading with Dignity is a straightforward approach to bring the concept of honoring dignity into our practice as facilitators and into our work with leaders and organizations.  Over the course of the two sessions there will be prereading and thinking questions for our conversations about the impact of having a facilitation practice built on dignity and how best to educate and support leaders of organizations to build a culture based on dignity.

    Please note that this is for MAFN members only and there is limited space, so please register early. The two sessions will build on each other, so participation in both is strongly encouraged. Be sure to register for the first discussion: Conversation on Facilitation CoP: Leading with Dignity by Donna Hicks (Members Only).


    Discussion Host: Bernadette Costello

    Bernadette Costello is the Managing Partner for BCC Consulting.  She collaborates with leaders, teams, and organizations so they can reach their full potential. As a consultant, her methods involve listening intently to the needs of her clients and helping them identify focused solutions that will work best with the culture and climate.  As a coach, her focus is to help the client identify a desired impact and develop a clear plan to achieve that result. In consulting and coaching, she uses a variety of strategies and assessments/tools that have evolved after many years of facilitating and coaching. Her experience includes working with organizations, teams and leaders in the public, non-profit and higher education sectors.

    Bernadette has served as a Chapter President for Metro DC ATD, as Chair of the ATD Leader’s Conference Program Advisory Committee and is a current member of the National Advisors for Chapters. She has served on other professional organizations in leadership and volunteer roles with Virginia CUPA (Colleges and Universities Personnel Association)-HR, and the International Personnel Management Association. Bernadette received a Bachelor of Social Work from Southern Illinois University, a Master in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in Higher Education from George Mason University. Bernadette holds an ACC coaching credential and a SHRM SCP certification.

    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.

Past events

01/15/2021 Level Up Your Virtual Facilitation Studio - January 15th Online Workshop
12/11/2020 Facilitating Cheer During the Holidaze - December 11th Online Workshop
12/02/2020 Book Club - Every Day Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgements in Our Daily Lives, by Howard Ross
11/20/2020 Using Team Roles and Archetypal Coaching to Elevate the Performance of Teams and Groups
11/06/2020 Strategic Communications (powered by Mural) - November 6th Webinar
10/16/2020 Strategic Communications (powered by Mural) - October 16th Webinar
09/25/2020 Racial Justice Foundations: Tips and Tactics for All Facilitators - September 25th Webinar
06/19/2020 Quick Quick What Do I Say: Facilitating and Improvisation - June 19th Webinar
06/12/2020 Virtual Brunch with MAFN
05/22/2020 Liberating Structures in Virtual Meetings - May 22nd Webinar
05/08/2020 Building Strong Remote Teams in Challenging Times - May 8th Webinar
04/24/2020 The Focused Conversation: Structure Meaningful Conversations - April 24th Webinar
04/10/2020 Technology Tools for Facilitation - April 10th Webinar
03/27/2020 Learn to Lightning Decision Jam
03/13/2020 Lettering for Facilitators and Trainers
02/14/2020 Listen like a Pro
01/10/2020 6 Steps to Creating Great Slides
12/06/2019 Connecting Workplace Culture Patterns to Your Facilitation
11/05/2019 Learn the Design Sprint Process
10/11/2019 You Need to Sell, But You Don’t Want to be a “Salesperson"
09/20/2019 Reframing Challenging Comments: A Simple but Powerful Conflict Resolution Technique for Facilitators
08/23/2019 Bringing Improv Into Online & Virtual & Facilitation
06/14/2019 Raising your Other IQ, the Innovation Quotient: An Overview of What Facilitators Should Know about Creativity and Innovation
05/15/2019 Designing and Using Visual Templates
04/24/2019 Making Your Good Stuff Better
03/22/2019 Just Relationships
12/21/2018 A Thousand Mile Journey: Continuous Improvement and the Agile Retrospective
11/30/2018 What Really Makes Us Tick? Using A Story-based Framework to Assess Individual and Group Motivation
11/02/2018 IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator Virtual Panel
05/11/2018 How to Calculate and Communicate the Return on Investment of Facilitation to your Clients
04/13/2018 Liminal Facilitation: Using the Gateway to the Unconsciousness to Increase Collaboration and Creativity
03/09/2018 The Emotionally Intelligent Facilitator
02/09/2018 Masterful Facilitation: Discovering the strengths of your unique style
01/19/2018 Virtual Facilitation: Share Your Favorite Tools for Facilitating Remote Groups
12/08/2017 How to Become an Edutainor - a New Trick for your Facilitator Toolbox
10/13/2017 The Power of PowerPoint: A Visual Approach for Engaging Facilitation
07/14/2017 Facilitated Discussion Session: Refreshing the MAFN Facilitator Webinar Series – facilitated by Megan Primeau
06/09/2017 Growing the Pie: Working Together to Increase the Number of Meetings that Engage Professional Facilitators – presented by Robin Camarote & Bill Fischer
05/12/2017 Change Forever the Way You Facilitate: Applying Neuroscience Breakthroughs to Transform Your Work – presented by Jim White
04/07/2017 Finding Better Solutions, One Conversation At a Time — presented by Marion Langford
03/10/2017 Become a Facilitating Genius — presented by John Lesko, CPF, ACC
02/10/2017 Become a Reflective Practitioner: Join the Conversation and Reflect on the Ethics and Values that form the Foundation of Your Facilitation Practice - presented by Kimberly Bain
01/13/2017 Fingerpainting Online: Experiments in Synchronous Multimodality with Nancy White
12/02/2016 Theming and Harvesting - an Essential Facilitation Skill Enabled by Technology, presented by Michael Randel
10/14/2016 Mindfulness and Facilitation: A virtual Open Space, presented by Charlie Rebich
06/10/2016 Stakeholder Management: Finding Strategies Along a Path of Resistance, presented by Linda Howard
05/06/2016 Showcase 2016:Three latest Resources to Rock Your Facilitator's Toolkit, presented by Marian Pitters
04/08/2016 Everything You Need to Know to Become a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) [Informational Webinar]
03/10/2016 Using Technology for Facilitation Planning and Design: Do It Easily with TrainedOn, presented by Robert Cserti
02/04/2016 A Clean Language Approach to Facilitation presented by Caitlin Walker
01/08/2016 The Neuroscience of Infographics: Why They Work and How to Make Them Work by Margie Meacham
12/11/2015 Individual Peak Brain Performance Leads to Peak Group Performance by Dr. David Hardy and Nancy Walters
10/09/2015 The Future of Work and Implications for Facilitators by Dana Roberts
05/08/2015 Getting to the Other Side of Conflict: Facilitating Difficult Conversations by Dianne Lipsey and Shayne Julius
04/10/2015 Now What? Experiential Agendas by Dorothy Strachan
03/13/2015 Advancing Facilitation Through Technology with panelists Nancy White, Amy Lenzo, and Nancy Settle-Murphy and moderator, Michael Randel
02/06/2015 Moments of Impact: Designing and Facilitating Strategic Conversations that Accelerate Change by Lisa Kay Solomon
01/23/2015 CPF Information: Overview on Becoming a Certified Professional Facilitator
12/05/2014 Dynamic Facilitation: From Conflict to Creative Collaboration by Rosa Zubizarreta
11/06/2014 Play Open Cards! And Power Up Your Teamwork by Jeroen Blijsie and Gunilla Blijsie
10/02/2014 Speak Up?! Encouraging Dissent to Improve Decision Making by Abby Yanow
09/05/2014 Navigating Citizen Dialogue and Deliberation Practices with NCDD by Sandy Heierbacher
06/13/2014 Facilitating Meetings with Remote Teams: Some Thoughts and an Experiment by Dave Gray
04/10/2014 Take Me to Your Leader: Facilitating Multi-organization Collaborative Processes by Penny Walker, CPF
03/14/2014 World Cafe and the Pattern Language of Online Engagement by Amy Lenzo
02/07/2014 Liberating Structures for Knowledge Sharing by Nancy White
01/17/2014 Expanding the Scope of Facilitation Engagements: Helping Clients Optimize Improvement Opportunities by Gene Bacher
12/05/2013 Take Me to Your Leader: Facilitating Multi-organization Collaborative Processes by Penny Walker, CPF
10/04/2013 The Power of Polarity Thinking by Jean Porto and Cliff Kayser
09/13/2013 The Ethical Responsibilities of the Facilitator by Mark Haas, CMC
05/03/2013 The Success Factors: A Client-Facilitator Relationship that Works by Barb Sweazey, CPF
04/12/2013 Planning and Facilitating Virtual Meetings by Nancy Settle-Murphy, CPF
03/08/2013 Exploring A Method: The Interrelationship Digraph by Dana Roberts
02/08/2013 When Numbers Soar: Working with participant numbers in the hundreds (or thousands) by Gillian Martin Mehers CPF
01/18/2013 Facilitating Shared Understanding and Commitment: A Case Study of the Powernoodle Meeting App by Michael Randel, CPF
11/30/2012 Focus Groups: A Facilitator's Primer by Paul Cooper, CPF
10/12/2012 Evaluating Facilitated Processes: From Pain to Pleasure by Marian Pitters

Ideas About Future MAFN Webinar Topics and/or Presenters

Do you have some thoughts about possible future MAFN webinar topics?

Maybe:
  • You attended a workshop somewhere else and thought to yourself, "this would be a great workshop for MAFN members!" 
  • There's a facilitation technique or subject you'd like to know more about?
  • You've seen a really engaging presenter you want to tell us about.
  • There's a topic you would like to present!
Let us know!

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