Group Facilitation: Bringing Community Meetings to Life
Do you attend or lead meetings that fail to achieve meeting or project goals? This day-long Meeting Facilitation workshop will introduce participants to effective meeting preparation, including outreach and engagement strategies, meeting facilitation skills, and how to follow-up for success. Workshop participants will have an opportunity to test their meeting facilitation skills in a supportive, learning environment.
Quotes from past participants:
“I feel that I will be able to hold a meeting to help my community to move forward with projects that they are passionate about.”
“Jennifer was very engaging and prepared but also was able to effectively adapt and incorporate people's experiences and concerns.”
“I learned skills that I am ready to implement today, and also teach others.”
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.