In addition to my work as a researcher and educator/trainer, I also work as a professional facilitator. I've served as a facilitator in many capacities including neutral, leadership/ organizational, training, and stakeholder facilitation. As a facilitator, my role is to work with a group to ensure that the participants are represented in voice, ensure as best as I am able that all participants have an equal share in decision-making, mitigate conflict, and help a group to reach their objectives or goals. Below are examples of three forms of facilitation that I specialize in.
Gallery #1: Neutral Facilitation
The first gallery shows an agenda for a "neutral facilitation" event, where I worked with the School of Forestry, Fisheries, and Geomatics (SFFG) at the University of Florida (UF) to help them develop their IDEA strategic plan.
Gallery #2: Meetings, Workshops, & Events
The second gallery shows "leadership/ organizational" facilitation. This gallery shows examples of working with Virginia Tech to plan their 2021 online Women and Gender in Development Conference, and the Association for Tropical Biology Conservation's 2020 annual meeting.
Gallery #3: Stakeholder Processes
The third gallery shows "stakeholder" facilitation. This gallery shows examples of conducting a stakeholder analysis in Tanzania with Virginia Tech and USAID, and a convening of organizations in Santa Rosa de Copan, Honduras to workshop my research results to include recommendations from local agencies.
Facilitation Skills Course
In addition to serving as a facilitator, I teach a graduate level course on facilitation! The course description is as follows:
Professionals working in Conservation and/or Development must know how to work collaboratively as members of in-house teams, inter-organizational partnerships and projects requiring engagement with diverse stakeholder groups. Effective collaboration requires a specific set of skills that range from designing and running effective meetings to helping diverse and often competing interests work and plan together. Graduate students in this class will develop and strengthen facilitation skills and approaches through practice and reflection. By the end of the class participants should feel more confident leading groups, facilitating group decision-making and being effective collaborative problem-solvers both off and on campus.