Leadership & Civic Engagement

Leadership & Civic Engagement

Facilitative Leadership

Facilitation is the art and science of helping groups achieve a goal by organizing and managing the process. Facilitative leaders have the skills, tools and awareness to draw out ideas, encourage effective discussion and guide groups to make inclusive decisions and actionable plans. The Facilitative Leadership workshop teaches facilitation tools and techniques in a supportive “learning-lab” environment.

Are you someone who would like to help groups to make collective decisions, discuss complex issues, or plan events, projects or programs effectively?

Overview

Facilitative Leadership is a three-day workshop for both new and experienced leaders, managers, facilitators and graduate students who would like to develop or improve their facilitation skills. The workshop, originally developed by Michigan State University Extension, provides hands-on learning experience through fast-paced interactive tool-building activities and practical application in small groups. It is designed to build and strengthen the skills and personal confidence necessary to lead and facilitate productive meetings.

During this retreat-style workshop, participants will practice leadership strategies using the tools, techniques and verbal skills necessary to lead group discussions, reach consensus, set outcome-based goals and use recording tools. Process tools for brainstorming, analyzing ideas, decision-making, and planning will be shared. Each participant will plan and lead a 45-minute, small group facilitation and receive broad suggestions for improvement from workshop instructors and colleagues.

 


Testimonials

Attendees of Michigan State University Extension’s Facilitative Leadership report that the workshop has been incredibly effective in improving their leadership skills:

  • “This was truly one of, if not THE best, professional development opportunities I have participated in.”
  • “The way this training was presented was incredible…the format was perfectly balanced. I heard many positive things about it prior, but didn’t believe the hype. I am so impressed! I’m amazed by the things I learned in this short time!”
  • “I have learned style techniques that will be ‘life changing’ in my facilitating … I will USE what I’ve learned in my programs, meetings, and everyday life!”

 

Team

Kris Parker

parkerkj@purdue.edu
219-386-5232

Kris Parker is a Community Development Regional Educator.

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Tamara Ogle

togle@purdue.edu

Tamara Ogle is a Community Development Regional Educator.

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Carmen DeRusha

cderusha@purdue.edu
317-275-9305

Carmen DeRusha is a Community Development Educator for Marion County.

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Jodee Ellett

jellet@purdue.edu
765-494-0349

Jodee Ellett is the Purdue Extension Local Foods Coordinator.

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Kara Salazar

salazark@purdue.edu
765-494-1070

Kara Salazar is the Purdue Extension Sustainable Communities Specialist.

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John Orick

orick@purdue.edu
765-496-7956

John Orick is the Purdue Master Gardener State Coordinator.


Emily Toner

eegglest@purdue.edu
317-275-9269

Emily Toner is an Urban Agriculture Educator for Marion County.


Kristi Whitacre

kwhitacr@purdue.edu
812-462-3371

Kristi Whitacre is a Community Development Educator for Vigo County.

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Tanya Hall

tjhall@purdue.edu
812-723-7107

Tanya Hall is a Community Development Regional Educator.

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Kym Schwinkendorf

kschwink@purdue.edu
219-386-5232

Kym Schwinkendorf is an Administrative Assistant for Community Development.

Partners

Michigan State University Extension

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MSU Extension’s leadership and community engagement programs engage participants in learning how to effectively manage conflict, communicate with purpose and collaborate on solving complex issues in order to move communities forward.

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University of Illinois Extension

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The University of Illinois Extensions’s Community and Economic Development program serves Illinois communities through a wide range of educational offerings.

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Contact

To learn more about Facilitative Leadership, contact:

Kris Parker

Kris Parker

Community Development Regional Educator

parkerkj@purdue.edu
219-386-5232

Kym Schwinkendorf

Kym Schwinkendorf

Administrative Assistant for Community Development

kschwink@purdue.edu
219-386-5232