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Community Meetings and Strategic Planning

“The EKU Facilitation Center has done an excellent job in helping the Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board chart a new course in response to the changing global economy. Their process makes you think beyond the surface to have a much better understanding of how internal assets can be leveraged to take advantage of new opportunities. We look forward to implementing the strategic direction we have discovered through their facilitation process.”

Daryl W. Smith, former Chair, Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board

“Developing a strategic plan with the Facilitation Center at EKU was an amazing process that not only enabled us to set new goals but empowered us to transform how we see ourselves, how we pursue our mission, and how we can better serve the children and families of Kentucky.”

John Mountjoy, Executive Director/CEO, Kentucky Head Start Association

“The Facilitation Center was everything we hoped for and needed with the help of a strategic plan. Karen and Stefanie both made our group feel warm and involved and allowed our process to reach conclusions far beyond expectations. I would use [them] again and strongly recommend the Facilitation Center to anyone needing their assistance.”   

Shannon Hutchinson, former Development/Tourism Director, Wayne County, Kentucky


“The Facilitation Center assisted my organization in conducting a two-day focus group with line staff workers in the Cheltenham (MD) Juvenile Detention Center, which was in the midst of numerous allegations stemming from mistreatment of youth. Needless to say, it was a difficult session. The line staff had issues that needed to be voiced and addressed. Facilitation Center staff managed the process in an expert manner to allow open and frank discussion of past issues without training the process of planning for the future.”

David W. Roush, Ph.D., Senior Counselor & Co-Founder, Juvenile Justice Associates, LLC

“Thanks to the Facilitation Center staff, I know there is someone I can call who can guide me in pulling my ideas together for facilitating difficult meetings, keeping everyone on task, getting specific objectives accomplished, and having everyone leave the meeting feeling good about their accomplishments.”

Debbie Vonnahme, Training Curriculum Developer, EKU Training Resource Center


“Our management staff walked away with communication tools and insights that will have a lasting effect on the operations of our division. We would recommend them to any team looking for ways to identify areas of improvement, tackle challenges, and build mutual respect among team members.”

Melissa Banks, Early Childhood Policy Advisor, Kentucky Division of Child Care

“Several of my colleagues and I took advantage of the facilitation training offered by the Facilitation Center. Since then, all four of us have assumed leadership roles in the organization. The skills we learned have increased our effectiveness in our current positions and made us more marketable for the future.”

Carrie Cooper, Dean of University Libraries, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William & Mary

“The skills I gained from the Group Facilitation Methods Workshop have proved extremely useful in solving problems, facilitating consensus, organizing data, and conducting effective planning sessions. I would recommend the Group Facilitation Methods Workshop to anyone who wishes to help a group come to a consensus on any topic in a productive manner.”

Kate Williams, former Director, Quality Enhancement Programs, Eastern Kentucky University

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Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-8653

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