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Join the Nonprofit Staff Development Coalition!

Helping nonprofit staff reach professional and personal excellence

Join the Nonprofit Staff Development Coalition (NPSDC) 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 NPSDC 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,, Program Manager of HR Consulting, Organization & Leadership Development.

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

Upcoming Staff Development Sessions

De-Escalation: Grace Under Fire
Friday, April 20, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainer: Ellis Amdur

Aggression and violence touch all areas of society, and we can no longer have any illusions that nonprofits, businesses, or schools are a sanctuary.

Nonprofit staff that work closely with clients who are emotionally unstable are especially vulnerable. These problems are compounded by substance abuse or mental illness. On occasion, the aggressive individuals they encounter can be co-workers.

With recent news of shootings and workplace violence rocking the country, we’re now having important conversations about how we can prevent more tragedies from taking place in our neighborhoods. The ability to understand and recognize dangerous behavior and the willingness to learn de-escalation techniques is a great place to start.

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Difficult Conversations: How to Talk About What Matters
Thursday, May 31, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainer: Lauren Glickman

The workplace can be rife with difficult conversations: salary negotiations, performance criticism, complaints about a colleague, mending hurt feelings, terminating an employee, etc.

These conversations may always be awkward, but you can increase the likelihood that they go well if approached with clear intentions, self-awareness, and a touch of skill.

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.

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Racial Microaggressions (registration link coming soon)
Tuesday, July 31, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainer: Caprice Hollands

Building Trust in Teams
Thursday, August 23, 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.

The workshop will cover an overview of high performing teams and explore 13 Trust Behaviors of teams, through engaging in a ‘trust building exercise’ (no worries we aren’t going to fall into each others arms, build human pyramids or play silly games!); exploring team norms to increase trust, learning how to have difficult conversations to increase trust and engaging in group discussions, reflection and dialogue, and exchange of ‘best practice’ ideas. Participants will also learn how to support and encourage peer to peer accountability and the willingness to challenge unproductive behaviors.

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