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MAFN is a community of professionals dedicated to advancing excellence in facilitation. Supporting facilitators in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and around the globe, MAFN...


  • Provides resources, knowledge, and encouragement for individuals to grow their facilitation skills and confidence;
  • Promotes the value of facilitation to business, government, and non-profit leaders; and
  • Develops facilitation opportunities by identifying and sharing projects for and among our members.  

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Reduce Meeting Time with Six Thinking Hats

September 30th, 8:30am - 12 pm

DC Workshop

GAO Office, Washington, DC


Six Thinking Hats is a problem solving tool and idea generator that uses a method called Parallel Thinking.  The measurable results from utilizing this method of include:

  • shorter meetings

  • thorough decisions

  • reduced conflict

  • easier priority setting

  • fluid problem solving

  • increased participation and involvement

  • effective problem definition and resolution

Studies have shown that individuals and teams trained in the Six Hats method experience a five-fold increase in the quantity and quality of their thinking and reduce meeting times by fifty percent.

Come learn how to think differently and be more productive when tasked with making group decisions.

This is an interactive workshop.  Be prepared to participate! Participants will:

  • Learn the basics of parallel thinking and its advantages over traditional thinking

  • Experience a Lateral Thinking Tool designed to spark creative problem solving

  • Connect with other participants in small groups

(Please note: this is an introduction to Six Thinking Hats.  It is not a certification process or Train the Trainer opportunity.)

Leslie S. Schreiber, M. Ed.

For the past 20 years, Leslie has facilitated for and led clients ranging from Harvard Business School to Seventh Generation. She strives to help leaders create cultures that encourage conflict resolution and effective feedback. Her background in outdoor education inform her agility when meeting client needs. Expect the unexpected!

Leslie is a graduate of the Organizational Consulting and Change Leadership program at Georgetown. She is also an executive coach and has been a Six Thinking Hats trainer for 7 years. She loves most anything with cheese or chocolate in the ingredients as they dramatically increase her communication skills.

 Register now!



Register Now for the 2016-17 Series!


Register for the whole series of 10 DC workshops and save!


By registering for the series, you have a guaranteed place in every workshop.  And you will save from 25% or more of the cost of registering for individual events.

Early-Bird discounts for Members are available until September 9.

Upcoming Events

09/01/2016 (EDT) • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, room 2N30
09/30/2016 8:30 AM (EDT) • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9
10/14/2016 12:00 PM (EDT) • Online using Adobe Connect
10/28/2016 8:30 AM (EDT) • Government Accountability Office (GAO), 441 G St, NW, Washington, DC, 7th floor, Room 7N36, classroom 9


Are you looking for a facilitator for an upcoming meeting or retreat? Do you need a neutral person to conduct your meeting, guiding the group to productive outcomes?

MAFN runs the Find-A-Facilitator Service, the only service of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Browse through the facilitators in our database, many of whom are based in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia. All are members of MAFN and are committed to the highest professional standards in professional facilitation.

Facilitators who have the Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF) designation have met and maintained the high standards in professional group facilitation set by the International Association of Facilitators and meet or exceed the Competencies required of professional facilitators.

Coming Soon: search the Find-A-Facilitator database to identify facilitators with specific skills and experience.

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