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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 Kendra B. Demuth,, Program Manager of HR Consulting, Organization & Leadership Development.

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

Upcoming Staff Development Sessions

Courageous Conversations on Race

Tuesday, October 30, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Medical Center (Ground West 1 & 2), Seattle
Trainer: Richard D. Kim, M.Div.

New Offering!!

During this interactive workshop participants develop an appreciation for their role in becoming culturally competent by: 1) providing a framework on how to address issues of equity and race; 2) creating common language for entering into discourse; and 3) increasing ones understanding of diverse experiences and perspectives. This framework takes into account the importance of deepening awareness of self—moving from color blindness to racial cognizance; increasing knowledge of others and their experiences of racism and oppression; developing skills to work effectively across cultures; and advocating and taking action to initiate change. Participants are invited to learn, reflect and practice engaging in the courageous conversations which are the foundations in moving towards equity.

Learning Objectives:
Participants Will…

  1. Develop a common language and understanding of cultural competence.
  2. Increase ability to talk about race and other isms.
  3. Gain knowledge and awareness of race, racism and identity.

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.


Avoiding the Employment Law Hotseat: Basics for Frontline Supervisors

Wednesday, November 6, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower, 8th Floor, Room 810, Seattle
Trainer: Claudia Malone

New Offering!!

Supervisors are the frontline for organizations in ensuring compliance with the many laws that regulate the employment relationship. In this interactive workshop, supervisors will review common situations they may face on the job and determine the legal way to respond to those situations. The course will cover major employment laws including discrimination (all 15 categories); wage-and-hour (FLSA); leave laws (FMLA and new Washington PFML); safety (OSHA/WISHA); labor relations (NLRA); and other areas such as reference checking.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Introduce supervisors to the major laws that govern the employee relationship.
  • Make supervisors aware of situations that have legal implications.
  • Encourage supervisors to use resources available to them either through their organization or via networking, government websites, etc.

Participant Outcomes:
By the end of the workshop participants will become:

  • Familiar with the major laws regulating employment;
  • More aware of their role as supervisors in ensuring legal compliance;
  • More confident when they face situations in the workplace that have legal implications;
  • More knowledgeable about resources available to them in these situations.

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.