Be a Group Facilitation Pro in an Age of Meetings


June 8, 2020
9:00am - 11:30am EST


Jennifer Raitt, Town of Arlington, Director of Department of Planning and Community Development


Registration for this event is closed. Please contact Fehintola Abioye ( with any questions.

You will receive the Zoom Link for this training after you've registered, closer to the date of the Training.

Ever feel like you're participating in one very long meeting lately? Do you attend or lead meetings that fail to achieve meeting or project goals? Effective meetings build connections, generate ideas, share knowledge, and can even create pathways to leadership. This two- and one-half hour workshop will introduce participants to techniques in meeting preparation, managing interpersonal and group dynamics, and following-up for success. This workshop is designed to help you explore and improve your capacity to manage meetings and to connect with other individuals planning meetings through a combination of active-learning, small groups, and presentations. Apply the knowledge gained from this workshop to any meeting, small, committee meetings to larger public forums.

Meeting objectives:

  • Define meeting roles and expectations
  • Understand & incorporate appropriate learning styles that invite participation and inclusion
  • Identify the characteristics of and learn how to plan a results-oriented meeting
  • Identify and apply core facilitation principles in a range of settings
  • Understand and learn to manage meetings with a range of participants

Jennifer Raitt is the Director of Planning and Community Development for the Town of Arlington. She has worked in the fields of housing, community development, and planning to advance a range of initiatives from creating affordable housing in urban and suburban areas, to developing and implementing master plans, community-based engagement and facilitation strategies, housing analyses, to crafting statewide and federal policy, to leading an arts and culture plan. She currently serves on the American Planning Association (APA) Legislative and Policy Committee, the APA Massachusetts Chapter Board of Directors, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council Executive Committee, and the Town of Brookline Housing Advisory Board. She holds a M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Urban Policy from The New School and a B.A. in Urban Planning and Documentary Studies from University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Registration deadline: 

Friday, March 27, 2020

Registration fee: 

$60 Regular, $30 MACDC Member, $15 Student/AmeriCorps/Intern

Type of event: 

MKI Training

Learning area: 

Commun. Org. & Planning
Nonprofit Governance