Facilitative Leadership March 2018

Date: March 13, 2018 - March 15, 2018
Time: See description.
Location: Ziibiwing Cultural Center, 6650 E. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, MI
Contact: Julia Darnton, darntonj@msu.edu; Emily Proctor, proctor8@msu.edu.

March 13-15, 2018

This three-day class focuses on creating an inclusive culture of collaborative learning in teams, communities and organizations. It is for both new and experienced leaders, managers, facilitators and graduate students who would like to develop or improve their facilitative leadership skills. It takes place at the Ziibiwing Cultural Center, 6650 E. Broadway in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. The workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. on day one and ends by 3 p.m. on day three. There are evening sessions on both the first and second days that will end after 8 p.m. Sessions on the second and third days will begin at 8 a.m. 

There are several options for hotels located on E. Pickard St. that are within 1-2 miles of the Ziibiwing Center. These hotels include the Baymont Inn and Suites, Best Western Inn, and the Mt. Pleasant Inn and Suites. The Comfort Inn and Suites Hotel located on S. Mission St. has previously honored the $70.00 per night rate applicable for MSU Extension staff funded by federal grants. The Soaring Eagle Resort is located across the street from the Ziibiwing Center but is the most expensive alternative of all of the hotels in the area.

What is facilitative leadership? Facilitative Leadership workshops help build the capacity of groups or organizations to use the collective talents of its members to coordinate actions, strengthen relationships, and enable the group to meet its goals. It is designed to build and strengthen the skills and personal confidence necessary to lead and facilitate productive meetings.

The goal of the class is to provide experiential grounding in leading groups to have more effective and efficient meetings and work together in a positive and productive way. During the workshop participants practice skills in leading a group discussion, reaching consensus, encouraging creativity, setting outcome-based goals for meetings, keeping a group focused, and creating action plans. Every participant facilitates during the workshop and receives extensive written and verbal feedback from the instructors and colleagues in the course. All practice facilitations are based on real-world situations brought in by the participants.

Class size is limited to 24 participants. This allows time for every participant to practice facilitating and receive coaching and feedback in small groups. Due to the focused nature of the workshop, participants are asked to participate fully in the three days without phone calls, meetings and other interruptions which diminish the learning experience for all. You will apply what you’ve learned in practice facilitation sessions, in a safe and supportive environment.

The cost of this retreat experience includes day one breakfast through day three lunch, and all materials for $490 for tax exempt employees and $507 for taxable employees. Lodging is not included for this session in Mount Pleasant. You will need to reserve and pay for lodging on your own. 

There is typically a waiting list for this session, so please indicate as soon as you become aware if you are no longer able to attend, so that we may fill your seat. If you cancel three weeks prior to the workshop, and we can fill your seat, you will receive a full refund; otherwise, a cancellation fee of $250 applies. With less than two week’s notice, you will forfeit your entire registration fee.


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