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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

Women Leading: Recognizing talent for the 21st Century

Tuesday, July 30, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainer: Elisebeth “EV” VanderWeil, Ph.D

New Offering!!

People who identify as women have been leading for centuries, but our dominant culture has not always recognized or valued this leadership. Within nonprofits, most employees are women, but men still outpace women in leadership roles – particularly in larger organizations.

This session will delve into the research and experience of women enacting leadership behaviors and skills in the workplace, regardless of their title or role; and how women are uniquely poised for leading in our 21st Century environment of disruption that is volatile, unknown, complex, and ambiguous.

Through a combination of discussions, facilitated leadership exercises, and a panel discussion with women in nonprofit leadership roles, participants will learn about the four behaviors these women have in common:

  1. Seeking
  2. Connecting
  3. Doing
  4. Leaping

Participants will be invited to share stories about seeking new knowledge, innovation, connecting people and resources, doing the work that is needed, and leaping into the unknown or areas that are “forbidden.”

The day will conclude with a networking activity, allowing women to connect and increase their professional network.

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.