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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. These workshops help nonprofit staff and leaders reach professional and personal excellence through thought-provoking training workshops led by national and regional trainers/experts. You can 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,, Program Manager of HR Consulting, Organization & Leadership Development.

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

Upcoming Staff Development Sessions

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

In this hands-on experiential training, we’ll learn what mindfulness and self-compassion are and how they are practiced. We’ll explore our stress responses and how mindfulness and self-compassion support healthier and more resilient outcomes in response to stressors. Participants will learn practical mindfulness and self-compassion practices they can apply both at work and at home.

For more information and to register:

Emotional Intelligence: Effective Communication & Influence
Tuesday, December 4, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainer: Hartley McGrath

At this workshop, you’ll enhance your EQ through interactive experiential activities that can be directly applied to your work. You will gain a solid foundation of knowledge and helpful tools for improving your communication skills and ability to navigate through emotionally-charged times. This workshop is designed for nonprofit staff of all levels.

For more information and to register:

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