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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


Help! I'm Invisible - Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace
New Date TBD, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Pacific Tower, 1st Floor, Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space, Seattle
Trainer: Nancu Kasmar

This training is back by popular demand!

The word “disability” is often used to describe an ongoing physical challenge. While some disabilities may seem obvious, but many are unseen – or “invisible.” This workshop will provide you with knowledge and guidance on the impact of invisible disabilities in the workplace and challenge the way you think about disabilities.

We will discuss the prevalence and cost of invisible disabilities, disability etiquette, and techniques to support and encourage your staff who self-disclose their invisible disabilities to the organization. Participants will understand their own attitudes about invisible disabilities, how to promote acceptance and support people with invisible disabilities in their own workplaces. Staff at all levels will benefit from this workshop; managers and supervisors are especially encouraged to attend.

Based on participant feedback we added even more opportunities for participants to actively engage with the workshop material and other participants. Facilitator Nancy Kasmar will demonstrate how common invisible disabilities are in the workplace through presentation materials, videos, and a panel of 3-4 adults who will offer their perspectives about living and working with different invisible disabilities. There will also be small group discussions, with a report out to the entire group, about what participants plan to do to change their co-workers’ attitudes about invisible disabilities.

Participant Outcomes

  • Understand the prevalence of invisible disabilities, as well as the impact on employee engagement, productivity, and the organization’s bottom line.
  • Learn techniques for supporting and encouraging self-disclosure.
  • Learn how to support people with invisible disabilities.
  • Know how to assess the business practices for accessibility for employees with and without invisible disabilities.
  • Understand how to use available resources related to invisible disabilities.

Meet the Trainer: Nancy Kasmar is a Principal of Compensation Connections, with over 25 years of management experience in addition to 12 years in human resources and total rewards. She received her Master of Science degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Certificate in Management from the University of California, San Diego. Nancy holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation with an additional certification as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP). She is also certified as a SHRM-SCP.

Nancy has worked with hundreds of organizations throughout North America as a compensation consultant. She is the 2018 Director for Washington SHRM and is a past President of the Lake Washington Human Resource Association. In addition to her professional and volunteer responsibilities, Nancy speaks regionally and nationally on topics ranging from compensation and benefits to mentorship and diversity.

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.