Public Workshop: Facilitating for Impact

When: February 3rd and 4th, 2020

Where: Washington, DC

We know how to create spaces that will help people have a greater impact for animals and people. That’s our mission.
— Amielle DeWan, Executive Director, Impact by Design

Facilitating for Impact

Whether you need to make decisions, build consensus, generate new ideas, or write a plan, meetings are a necessary part of our work. But too often, meetings fail to deliver meaningful results. We deliberate but decisions still aren’t finalized. We create a plan, but it just sits on a shelf. People present new ideas, yet nothing changes. Sound familiar?

When meetings fall short of their potential we waste precious time and resources, and miss opportunities to make real progress for animals, people, and nature. 

Facilitating for Impact is a training workshop designed to help practitioners have more effective meetings. In this training, you will learn how to seize the opportunities we have when we bring people together so you can make real progress on the things that matter most.

Why take this training?

  • During this training, you will actively engage with curriculum that builds new facilitation skills and techniques and have opportunities for real-time practice and feedback. 

  • You’ll be introduced to new facilitation tools and solutions that are relevant to your specific interests and working context. 

  • You’ll have the opportunity to make connections with other facilitators and leaders in your field.

  • The training will be led by IbD staff who bring decades of experience as both facilitators and field practitioners working in conservation, animal welfare, and the environment. 

  • IbD creates learning environments that are highly dynamic, inclusive, interactive, and fun. There will be opportunities to interact with the training content, practice your skills, and engage with other practitioners.

We leaned on IbD to design a multi-day meeting for more than 60 lion experts from 16 countries. I am convinced the reason we succeeded was thanks to IbD’s careful focus on process, while staying flexible so we could adapt on the fly.
— Paul Thompson, Director of Conservation Programs, Wildlife Conservation Network

What will I learn?

  • Innovative facilitation tools developed by IbD

  • IbD’s framework for meeting planning & preparation

  • Solutions applicable for your specific interests and working context

  • Techniques for managing real-world challenges and people dynamics

  • Soft facilitation skills like how to read the room and adaptively manage through changing priorities

  • How to leverage your strengths as a facilitator

Meet the trainers

We’re practitioners first. We understand the context people are working in and how to meet people where they are.
— Hanna Lentz, Managing Director, Impact by Design

This workshop will be led by our co-founders, Amielle DeWan and Hanna Lentz-Harry who bring decades of experience as both facilitators and field practitioners working in conservation, animal welfare, and natural resource preservation. Amielle and Hanna have experienced first-hand the realities and challenges of being in the field and know how to create solutions that are both meaningful and realistic. They began facilitating with a passion for helping people work better and have since spent thousands of hours facilitating teams and groups around the world. 

Is this training right for me?

This training workshop is for you whether you are new to facilitation and want to start building a skillset, or whether you come with experience and want to brush up on new tools and techniques, refresh your skills, and stretch your thinking with innovative approaches. This training will also feel worthwhile if you’re looking to connect with other facilitators in your sector and learn by practicing and receiving constructive feedback. IbD offers specific insights and expertise for those working in the conservation, animal welfare, and environment sector, but all professionals committed to mission-driven causes are welcome.


Where is the training located?

This training will take place in Washington DC, 20001. We will provide the street address after registration or upon request.

What does the price of the training include?

On top of two full days of training with our expert facilitators, this price includes all training materials, supplies, and printouts. Lunch, snacks, coffee, tea and other beverages are also included.

Impact by Design is committed to the idea that pricing should not be a barrier to practitioners getting the skills they need to be more effective in their work. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about discounts for nonprofits with small operating budgets.

Do I need to come for the whole time?

Yes, please. To leave with the skills and knowledge we are promising you need to plan on being there for two full days.

How do I get to the training venue?

We are hosting the training in downtown DC, which is accessible via public transportation, with three nearby airports and many options for hotels and other accommodations. If you have questions or need guidance on the best way to reach the training venue, please e-mail

Can I get more information?

Of course! Please feel free to reach out with questions by contacting Ellie at: