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Join the Staff Development Coalition!

Helping nonprofit staff reach professional and personal excellence

Join the Staff Development Coalition and receive discounts on professional and leadership development training. In 2017, the Staff Development Coalition became a part of 501 Commons so that it can continue to help nonprofit staff and leaders reach professional and personal excellence through thought-provoking training workshops led by national and regional trainers/experts.

These workshops improve how staff members work with each other and with the communities they serve. Each session is 3-6 hours long and provides affordable staff and leadership development on topics such as staff retention, diversity and inclusion, cultivating empathy and emotional intelligence, building leadership skills, improving communication, and handling difficult conversations. These topics are suggested and approved by the committee members and are especially important for nonprofits that serve diverse and vulnerable populations.

Topics and trainers are selected with the input of coalition members. The coalition is working to:

  • Provide high quality and critically relevant staff training for nonprofit staff
  • Ensure transfer and application of learning back at the employee's job
  • Promote, strengthen and reinforce a vibrant “culture of learning”

Sessions cost is $100 per person for SDC members that bring 1-5 attendees, $90 that bring 6 or more attendees. Non-members pay $149 per attendee. Learn more about becoming a member by contacting Pragya Madan, pragya@501commons.org, Program Manager of HR Consulting, Organization & Leadership Development.

Learn more about the History and Accomplishments of the  Staff Development Coalition.

Upcoming Staff Development Sessions

Building Trust in Teams: The Key to Increasing Accountability & Productivity
Thursday, August 29, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainer: Maureen Moriarty

This interactive workshop is designed to help participants understand the importance of trust in building a high performing team and how to do it.

This interactive workshop is designed to help participants explore 13 Trust Behaviors. We will do a ‘trust building exercise’ (no worries we aren’t going to fall into each other's arms, build human pyramids or play silly games!) that you can use to help teams coalesce. You will also learn how to develop team norms, and facilitate discussions that increase trust between team members. There will be opportunities to exchange ‘best practice’ ideas.

For more information and to register, visit https://building-trust-in-teams-aug2018.eventbrite.com

Difficult Conversations: How to Talk About What Matters (Back by popular demand)
Monday, September 10, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainer: Lauren Glickman

This workshop is back by popular demand, and is a repeat of the session from May 31, 2018.

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to develop strategies and practice skills that will help you have successful difficult conversations when it matters the most. Through the course material, you will reflect on your strengths and the obstacles that keep you from successfully navigating through these hard conversations. We will focus on what you can do to in specific behavioral terms to develop and practice the skills that make a difference in high-intensity conversations.

For more information and to register, visit https://difficult-conversations-2-sept2018.eventbrite.com

Difficult Conversations Practice Lab (New offering)
Monday, September 17, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Panoramic Center), Seattle
Trainer: Lauren Glickman

You shared feedback, and we listened! The Staff Development Coalition is offering a special half-day session dedicated to putting into practice the skills that participants learned in the full-day workshop “Difficult Conversations: How to Talk About What Matters”. This all new Difficult Conversations Practice Lab, led by Lauren Glickman, is open to all participants who have attended the full-day workshops in 2016, 2017 and 2018, and is designed to be an opportunity for participants to refresh their learning and develop their learned skills in a low-risk environment.

For more information and to register,  visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/difficult-conversations-practice-lab-tickets-48850408888

Mindfulness Practice for Stress Management and Burnout Prevention (registration link coming soon)
Tuesday, November 13, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainer: Tim Burnett

Registration for these workshops is hosted on Eventbrite. If you need help, here are the step-by-step instructions for registration.