Collaborative Strategic Planning: Why and How, Especially Now?

This workshop will be facilitated by
Dr. Rebecca Sutherns

It’s difficult to keep your organization or team on track if you aren’t clear what track you’re on or what destination you’re trying to reach.

Is planning even possible at a time like this?

Designed for board members, Executive Directors and anyone else responsible for casting strategic vision, this workshop will demonstrate the value of having a collaboratively-developed strategic plan. It will offer dozens of practical considerations to take into account as you prepare to plan -- including how to do it at speed in shorter increments. It will help you design a planning process that is aligned with the needs and resources of your organization. 

Not only will you leave with tools and templates to guide your planning, but you will have been given time and coaching to begin actually filling them in. And you will be equipped with strategies to ensure your plan breathes life into your team rather than gather dust on a shelf. 

Led by a masterful facilitator who brings over 20 years of experience walking hundreds of organizations through effective strategy development processes, this highly engaging and practical session will offer you clarity about what you need to know and do when it comes to strategy development, and a customized road map to get there.

  • Deeper understanding of the value of collaborative strategic planning, even now

  • Awareness of dozens of practical considerations when planning to plan 

  • Templates to streamline your planning, and knowledge of how best to use them 

  • Tips to ensure your strategic plan doesn’t gather dust on a shelf

TARGET AUDIENCE: Board members, Executive Directors, Senior Managers. Anyone involved in/interested in setting departmental or organizational strategy 

LEVEL: Suitable for all levels of experience with planning

Are you a nonprofit member organization with an operating budget of under $100,000? You may be able to save an additional 50% off the registration fee. Learn if you are eligible for the NONPROFIT MEMBER DISCOUNT RATE

Dr. Rebecca Sutherns is an insightful and high energy collaborative strategist and world class facilitator who has served as a trusted advisor to hundreds of mission-driven organizations in Canada and internationally. Rebecca brings intellect, enthusiasm and varied experience in strategy development and collaborative leadership when speaking, writing and mentoring. She is a skilled communicator, with a particular gift for helping leaders make wiser decisions faster. 

As the founder and Principal of Sage Solutions, a consulting firm based in Guelph, Ontario, Rebecca has facilitated customized strategic processes for community benefit organizations for more than 20 years. She provides strategic coaching and planning services, with an emphasis on professional facilitation, stakeholder engagement and evidence-based decision-making. 

Rebecca holds a PhD in sustainable communities and a Master’s in Public Administration. She is the author of “Nimble: Off Script But Still On Track – a coaching guide for responsive facilitation.” She writes a blog called “Wiser Decisions Faster.” For more information, including a full client list, see or

Thank you to our 2020 Professional Development Sponsors:

Western Continuing Studies and Fanshawe Corporate Training Solutions

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