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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

Composed: The Heart & Science of Leading Under Pressure
Thursday, February 28, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainers: Dr. Rob McKenna and Dr. Daniel Hallak

It doesn’t matter whether you are a CEO, parent, manager, or student – none of us are immune to the possibility of losing our composure when the pressure is on.

Keeping your composure under pressure is the hallmark of every great leader. Discover the specific strategies you can use to be a better version of yourself when it matters most. This session offers a roadmap for standing firmly in who you are while staying connected to those who matter most to you – especially during high-pressure moments.

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Help! I'm Invisible - Invisible Disabilities in the Workplace
Wednesday, March 27, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pacific Tower (Smart Buildings Center Training/Event Space), Seattle
Trainers: Nancy Kasmar

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 encourage your staff to disclose their invisible disabilities to the organization. Participants will understand their own attitudes about invisible disabilities and how to promote acceptance of invisible disabilities in their own workplaces.

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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.