2015 Sessions

Sessions take place from 11:30am-1:30pm* at the William A Grant Water & Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College.  The sessions are duplicated on the second date, so please register for the date most convenient for you.

2015 Curriculum Description for Sessions offered through November


SEPTEMBER 21 and 22, 2015 - Building Effective Teams

Effective teamwork is essential in today's world, and a critical responsibility for every member of a team - leaders, staff, board members, and volunteers alike. Simply putting people together doesn't make them a team, and we have all experienced that working together has gotten increasingly more complex since the days of playing in the sandbox. Research shows that people working together can achieve more than individuals can on their own, so how can you help facilitate the process to make your teams more effective?

Join us for an interactive session where we both examine team life (whether you're staff or board) and provide tools and answers to questions such as:

What behaviors drive performance?
What makes developing teams in nonprofits more challenging than in the business sector?
What is the role of trust in building a team and can we help it along?
Why are some teams extraordinary and some are simply ordinary?
And finally, what can we learn from geese?

Susan Newton of Development Strategies Plus will be leading the session.


OCTOBER 20 and 21, 2015 - The Impact of Culture

Jan McGowan of Jan McGowan Nonprofit Consulting will continue the conversation on "culture eating strategy for breakfast" by focusing on how culture impacts strategic planning, fundraising, and delivering programs in order to sustain the organization.  She also will address how it impacts conflict resolution within an organization.

Click here to register for October 20th:  Eventbrite

Click here to register for October 21st:  Eventbrite


NOVEMBER 17 and 18, 2015 - Creating & Maintaining an Effective Board

Kay Sohl of Kay Sohl Consulting, Portland, Oregon will address the challenging reality of creating and maintaining a most effective board, including the identification and recruitment of board members who best complement one another as well as represent the optimum mosaic of talents for the organization.  Kay will focus on "why" a board would want truly "different" members and "how" to recruit, engage, and retain them.

Click here to register for November 17th:  Eventbrite

Click here to register for November 18th:  Eventbrite



2015 Session Dates at the Learning Center at WWCC's Water Center

September 21/22, 2015

October 20/21, 2015

November 17/18, 2015

Please note that the content for each session is repeated on the second date. These are not 2-day sessions with new material at each session. 

Also, any PowerPoint presentation and handout material will be posted on the Learning Center's Past Presentations webpage:   http://www.wwcc.edu/CMS/index.php?id=3148 

Past Sessions