Facilitation & Retreat Design

Is your team looking for a dynamic experienced facilitator?

I love working with diverse teams to materialize a bold vision through leadership alignment, quality performance management, strategic planning, collaboration and iterative learning.

When I work with teams, I bring the listening skills & growth mindset of a coach, the motivation and optimism of an entrepreneur and the analytic skills of a social scientist.

I have a deep commitment to bringing the values of equity, justice and inclusion into facilitative processes. In both my personal and professional life I work to name and dismantle systems of oppression including white supremacy, ableism, homophobia and transphobia – and to recognize my own privilege within these systems.

Team Facilitation
facilitate and lead sessions

Would your team benefit from:

  • Greater trust, cohesion and a sense of belonging;

  • Alignment around key values and the capacity to operationalize these values in their work;

  • Clear processes & norms for communication;

  • Growth in accountability and productivity;
  • A shared, vision, mission and strategy for the work ahead?

I lead sessions that:

  • Increase clarity and trust among group members
  • Reframe challenges as opportunities for growth
  • Transform conflicts into opportunities clarity and realignment
  • Inspire new visions for group collaboration and collective success
  • Increase engagement, productivity and accountability
Topics include: Change Management, Remote Work, Courageous Conversations, Leadership, Strategic Planning, Facilitation, Design Thinking
Cherine Badawi at Thrive Consulting

“Kate is a brilliant and creative thought partner and strategist. Her ideas, energy, results-oriented drive and inspirational leadership were foundational to our success in bringing together dozens of diverse leaders to co-vision and align on a set of bold new strategies for our organizational space. I was particularly struck with her ability to navigate complexity, consider and design process around the needs and interests of a very diverse group of stakeholders, and manage conflict when it arose. I recommend her without hesitation.”

Cherine Badawi at Thrive Consulting

Workshop Case Studies

In 2018, as an independent consultant to Planned Parenthood Federation of America, I led a led a cross-departmental initiative to reduce abortion stigma throughout the Federation

Attendees: 30 + leaders across the Federation.

Outcomes: Established and maintained an intranet site to share training, resources and research; Trained over 500 staff to identify and disrupt stigma in their day-to-day activities.

Between 2015 and 2016, I co-designed and co-led the Stigma Measurement Working Group

Attendees: Researchers from Harvard, UCSF, UC Davis, UMich, Ibis, Ipas, Conway Strategic, STB Foundation, IPPF, University of Alabama and more.

Goal: To get a field-wide understanding of stigma measurement; Identify concerns and areas of need for measurement; develop recommendations for research and practice.

Outcomes: A summary report of the findings from the meeting; A listserv for attendees to use for sharing information; New research partnerships.

Between 2016-2018 I co-designed and co-led (along with SisterSong, Advocates for Youth and CoreAlign) the Culture Change Strategy

Attendees: 20 movement leaders from Planned Parenthood, NARAL, SisterSong, CoreAlign, Advocates for Youth, NNAF and more.

Format: 3 Two-day retreats over two years + working groups with monthly meetings;

Outcomes: A website sharing 6 key strategies for stigma reduction as well as a shared vision for transforming abortion stigma; A campaign to raise awareness about the vision for change that engaged 160 organizations across the globe to endorse the shared platform.

In 2013, co-designed and co-facilitated (along with colleagues at Ipas) the first-ever international meeting on abortion stigma in Bellagio, Italy.

Attendees: Twenty international scholars, practitioners and advocates from six continents.

Goal: To explore the role of stigma social, medical, and legal marginalization of abortion around the world, and to identify a pathway for collective and global measurement and action.

Results: A special issue of Women & Health committed to theory & research on abortion stigma (I was an co-editor); Establishment of The International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma (inroads) which now has 1700 member activists and organizations from 109 countries.

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