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.


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Upcoming events

    • 09/25/2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online using Zoom
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    About the session...

    As facilitators, our role is to engage the diverse perspectives and experiences of the groups with which we work. No matter the focus of your facilitation practice, having a grounding in how racial dynamics can impact a group is critical to honoring the diversity within groups. Join us for a discussion focused on the foundations of what all facilitators need to know in order to bring awareness of racial dynamics to your facilitation approach.  We'll review realistic scenarios and how to facilitate unexpected conversations in small groups.

    Participants will:

    • Explore how racial dynamics can impact all facilitation engagements regardless of the topic
    • Hear top tips and advice that all facilitators can keep in mind as they navigate conversations on race
    • Explore some common scenarios of how race can impact a facilitated event
    • Learn resources and additional opportunities to learn more

    This MAFN Webinar will be held 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Eastern Time.

    About the Presenters

    Howard Ross is lifelong social justice advocate, and is considered one of the world’s seminal thought leaders on identifying and addressing unconscious bias.  Howard has delivered programs in 47 states and over 40 other countries to audiences including Fortune 500 companies, colleges and universities, and major institutions within healthcare, government, and non-profit sectors. He authored the Washington Post best seller, Everyday Bias:  Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives, ReInventing Diversity: Transforming Organizational Community to Strengthen People, Purpose and Performance.  His latest book, Our Search for Belonging: How the Need for Connection Is Tearing Our Culture Apart, published by Berrett-Koehler in 2018, received the Nautilus Gold Medal for Social Change and Social Justice. The updated edition of Everyday Bias Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives was published in July 2020.

    Howard founded Cook Ross Inc., one of the nation’s leading Diversity and Inclusion consultancies.  He sold the company in July 2018 and founded Udarta Consulting, LLC.

    Whitney Parnell, Founder/CEO, Service Never Sleeps

    Whitney Parnell is a Black millennial activist, singer, and the Founder and CEO of Service Never Sleeps, a nonprofit that empowers individuals and communities to catalyze social justice through service and Allyship. Her movement work involves equipping effective allies through truth-telling, bridge building, empathy, and action. She grew up between Latin America and West Africa as a Foreign Service child. At Washington University in St. Louis, Whitney doubled majored in English and Spanish, and minored in Communications and Journalism, during which she also embraced her calling as an activist. Whitney’s passion for service and social justice brought her to Washington, DC after college to serve with City Year, and then work in homeless services, before founding Service Never Sleeps in 2015. Whitney is also a musician, and is releasing a social justice album called “What Will You Do”; with the goal of using empathy through song to ignite action.

    1:35-2:15pm: Optional “Happy Hour” discussion on DEI Community of Practice

    Optional post-session discussion: Stay with us after the session to discuss possibilities for creating a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Community of Practice for facilitators. We want to hear your ideas, what you’d want to learn, and how we might build a community focused on diversity and inclusion for facilitators.

    WEBINAR REMINDERS
    • No refunds or credits for webinar registration cancellations.
    • Registration closes at midnight the day before the webinar.
    • 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.
    • Webinars begin promptly at 12:00PM EDT.  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 webinar recordings via the MAFN website.
    • For registration or membership questions contact info@mafn.org.

Past events

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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