The International Association of Facilitators (IAF) 2024 Conference of the Americas welcomes all members, facilitators and those interested in helping groups work more effectively together to share insights, best practices, and experiences, April 3-5, 2024, at the University of San Diego, in sunny San Diego, California, USA. 

Facilitation enables powerful change, and this conference is a unique platform to connect and grow around the theme of facilitation leadership.  Designed for all levels of facilitation experience, from aspiring to seasoned, and a diverse array of facilitation practices, this conference will better prepare facilitators, practitioners, and enthusiasts to connect and shape tomorrow's world through facilitation.  In addition to the thought-provoking discussions, dynamic and diverse education, and global relationship building, we also plan to have a great deal of fun along the way.

Part of the fun is just being together, but this conference also marks a special celebration.  IAF turns 30 in 2024 and we plan to celebrate the association's facilitation leadership and pivotal role they have played in promoting the value of facilitation around the world for the last three decades.

Agenda
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Pick up your name badge and welcome kit for the full conference
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Pre-conference Full Day Workshop (Requires separate registration) Facilitators: Rangineh Azimzadeh Tehrani and Jennifer Niklaus
Pre-conference Full Day Workshop (Requires separate registration) Facilitator: Adrijana Strnad
Pre-conference Full Day Workshop (Requires separate registration) Facilitators: William Staples and Huiying You
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pick up your name badge and welcome kit for the full conference
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Mix and mingle with your fellow facilitators and enjoy a breathtaking view of San Diego from the terrace. Open to all attendees.
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Breakfast will include scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, french toast, assorted breads/gluten free muffins, seasonal fruit, coffee, tea, and orange juice.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Use this time to visit our exhibitors.
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Pick up your name badge and welcome kit
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Opening remarks from Stefanie Ashley (USA), Chair of the 2024 IAF Conference of the Americas.
Provide your input to help address the IAF's growth trajectory and other strategic challenges.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Our luncheon emcee is Gillian Chambers, Jamalysha Training Company Ltd. (Jamaica). Gill is a Certified Professional Facilitator | Master, CPF Assessor and former IAF board member. She will lead us in celebrating new and veteran facilitation leaders.
Because History repeats itself...what Facilitators can learn from some of the world's oldest civilizations. It's all about Connection before Content....then Connecting and Shaping Tomorrows World.
1:30 PM - 4:45 PM
1:30 PM - 4:45 PM
In the face of uncertain tomorrows driven by relentless change, we play a critical role as facilitators of strategic foresight. Futurecasting empowers clients to imagine, prepare for, and influence the futures they may encounter
During this session, participants will: --Understand how audiences interpret how you show up --Discover how to help your audience accelerate insights and decisions for action --Learn the brain-based secrets to moving audiences faster towards success
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Join Shalaka Gundi (India), IAF Director of Conferences and Events, and Toney Olton (Barbados), the Potter Centre and chair of Caribbean Facilitators Network to reflect on the past, present and future of IAF and facilitation.
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Enjoy dinner with new and old friends. Dinner will include corn chowder, a variety of salads, chicken breasts, fish with butter sauce, shrimp, and an assortment of desserts, including gluten free and vegan options.
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Breakfast will include an assortment of breads (including gluten free), meats and cheeses, as well as, hard boiled eggs, grapes, coffee and tea.
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Use this time to visit our exhibitors.
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
This engaging keynote presentation from Colene Elridge, MBA, Owner & Chief Coach, Be More Consulting and CoachColene.com, will be a thought-provoking session designed to invigorate and inspire new and experienced facilitators.
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Learn tips and techniques that focus on the special value that facilitators can provide to mission-driven groups, and take home a book about how this methodology worked for her and results so you can start putting the ideas to work on Monday.
Learn how to shape effective, healthy teamwork through the facilitation of four simple practices.
Discover how new tech, like chatGPT and Descript can streamline your operations and promote equity.
Embrace the future of facilitation! Deepen your craft beyond the basics by mastering metaskills. These advanced, attitude-centric abilities prepare you to tackle tomorrow's challenges, making you an invaluable asset in any setting.
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
Our luncheon emcee is Rebecca Sutherns, CPF (Canada), Sage Solutions and current Vice Chair of the IAF Board of Directors. Rebecca will take a few moments to share her thoughts on facilitation leadership.
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM
A Forum to Envision the Next Frontier with Members and Guests
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Great leadership starts with self leadership! In this experiential workshop, we will examine our personal relationships to facilitation, our fundamental assumptions about the practice, and what becomes possible when we question them.
If you are an experienced facilitator, this dynamic, interactive workshop is for you! When working with any group or team, professional facilitators are skilled at managing dysfunction in individuals, but what if the entire group is dysfunctional?
Learn the challenges that come with trying to align participants on specific sentence phrasing for mission statements, visions, goals, and objectives. Unlock the benefits and the approach for using "Mood Boards" and "Word Clouds" as effective tools.
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Open-Space-like small group session to allow participants to reflect on their conference experiences and leverage the group wisdom to determine what's next for me
5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
Speakers

Colene Elridge

Colene Elridge, aka Coach Colene’s decade-plus of HR experience, led to her being known as “the fixer”- she’s called to help organizations and leaders create better workplaces, productive teams, and aligned results.

Adrijana Strnad

Specialises using art, play, action learning processes and associative tools/techniques in catalysing strategic insight and fostering leadership effectiveness.

Ashley Nichols

Director of the Conflict Management Program at Boise State University and co-owner of Sisu Consulting and Training, she brings a unique blend of academic expertise and practical know-how to help individuals and groups navigate even the toughest conflicts.

Barbara MacKay

Barbara is an IAF assessor, CPF-M, and IAF Hall of Fame Inductee. She has enjoyed co-presenting at 20+ IAF conferences globally and loves to mentor others to do global healing work.

Beth Branning

Beth Branning is a strategic planning consultant who specializes in facilitating result-oriented plans, retreats, and workshops for mission-driven organizations, foundations, and associations.

Bill Olsen

CPF, Master Trainer, Speaker & Emcee who turns attendees into engaged participants. Bill empowers you, accelerates consensus & unleashes teams. You’ll Discover how to easily apply Best Practices to get meaningful results.

Cate Czerwinski

Berlin-based workshop facilitator, trainer, and experience creator who channels her core values of equity, curiosity, and joy into every conversation, fostering supportive working environments and employee development through unexpected sources.

David Kohler

David (he/him) is a trainer, facilitator and coach. He's the principal at Metonomy, a leadership development consulting firm in Vancouver BC.

Dawn Sutherland

Dawn has been an IAF-Certified Professional Facilitator since 2011, and an independent consultant for the past 20 years. Prior to that, she worked at several multi-national corporations in executive roles in strategic planning and marketing.

David Nichols

For 30 years, David Nichols has been guiding organizations large and small toward success. As co-owner of Sisu Consulting & Training, he equips leaders with the tools they need to navigate conflict, embrace change, and unlock their team's true potential.

Erin Nicole Gordon

Erin is a certified professional facilitator, strategy consultant and integral coach that specializes in visual methods to solve complex challenges and craft meaningful experiences.

Hector Villarreal Lozoya, CPF

Hector combines information technology, compassion and communication skills to serve clients all over the Americas. He is a former IAF Board member (2014-2019) and co-author of "The Power of Facilitation". He is based in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Hideyuki Yoshioka

I've been involved in professional facilitation for 21 years and facilitated almost a thousand times of meetings including plenty of cross cultural group sessions. I have conducted many original sessions at IAF Facilitation conferences before.

Hope McNish, M. Ed

I design and facilitate fun, engaging results driven Group Processes and Learning Experiences that add value. My RD LAC goals: Language Inclusivity; Growth & Exposure of our Experienced & Emerging Facilitators; a strong facilitative Leadership Team.

Huiying You

I have over 15 years of experience in retail management and leadership development. I specialize in organizational transformation, human transformation and leadership development.

Jenny Niklaus

Jenny is currently the Principal Facilitator for impact groups on race equity and philanthropy and she is the Chief Facilitation Officer for ALFSV’s facilitation services, ALF Insights.

Keith Ryall

This Workshop will draw on observations from the Indigenous peoples of North Australia and Southern Africa- and possible learnings for Facilitators today.

John Edwards, CSP

Award-winning facilitator, author, and professional speaker who trains other professional speakers globally.

Manal Sayid

Manal Sayid is a facilitator and change agent at Sayid Consulting Inc., in Ottawa, Canada. She champions authenticity and community engagement with a deep focus on human-centered change and participatory principles.

Marie Dubost

I design and facilitate inclusive, accessible and engaging events that create meaningful change

Mark Cruth

Focused on practice over theory, Mark is a pragmatic modern work designer and coach. Mark's mission is to inject modern ways of working, a transformation mindset, and the power of expert storytelling into everything he does.

Mirjami Sipponen-Damonte

Mirjami is a CPF | Master with 20 years of international facilitation expertise. Leveraging her background as a communication skills trainer and Victim-offender mediator, she supports groups in safely navigating uncharted territories.

Mashaal Ahmed, CPTD, CPTM, SHRM-SCP

I think a lot about how humans can better thrive together. This drive to spark connections among people and ideas guides my work in organizations where I draw potential out of people, strategies out of data, and productivity out of systems.

Rangineh Azimzadeh Tehrani

Rangineh is a Circle Practitioner, Certified Professional Facilitator©, and the Principal and Founder of Solh Resolutions International. She has over 15 years of experience facilitating deeply human spaces that center connection and community.

Rebecca Sutherns

Certified Professional Facilitator, entrepreneur, speaker, bestselling author and coach

Rosanna von Sacken

I design fun and interactive experiences to help groups and individuals find clarity to reach their goals and become more impactful leaders. I also use visuals and Applied Improv to connect, see and hear each other.

Shamir Joseph

Design Thinking Trainer | IDEO U | Facilitator | Keynote Speaker | Coach #Facilitation #DesignThinking #ServiceDesign #Innovation #Belonging #PlayfulWithPurpose

Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom

Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom wants to live in a world where our use of AI propels us to become better humans. As the Founder & CEO of Bloom Facilitation and Do Good, Be Good, she's been spotlighted on Volunteer Nation, How to Change the World, & Authentic AI.

Theresa Ward

Theresa is a team effectiveness consultant, focusing on the foundational pillars of Structure, Story, and Soul.

William Staples

Bill is a founding principal of ICA Associates Inc. in Canada, ToP Facilitator and Trainer, and an original member of IAF. Also a founding member of the ToP Network in the USA.

Yuko Gendo

Yuko is a professional facilitator, workshop designer and coach based in Japan. She actively contributes to the facilitation community in Japan, advocating them to look beyond their local context and engage with the global facilitation community.

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LOCATION
University of San Diego, Hahn University Center and Student Life Pavilion, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
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Location: University of San Diego, Hahn University Center and Student Life Pavilion, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Best Places to Eat, Drink, Shop and Play
Best Places to Eat, Drink, Shop and Play

Our local concierge and IAF member, Lisa Gordon, MS has developed a list of her recommendations for best places to eat, drink, shop and play while in San Diego. Restaurant categories include Italian, seafood, Mexican, Japanese, breakfast, and breweries.  The list also includes local attractions and the best beaches for sun, sand, sunsets and walking.  If you'd like a copy of Lisa's recommendations, please visit Registration or the IAF booth onsite. 

Parking, Ride Share Drop Off & Campus Map
Parking, Ride Share Drop Off & Campus Map
PARKING | West Parking Lot
The IAF conference will be held in the Hahn University Center.  Parking for the conference is available in the West Parking Lot.  The parking fee is $18 for the day, paid by entering the license plate on your vehicle into a pay station (so take a photo of the license plate before leaving your car). The best address to use to find this parking lot is 5452 Marian Way, San Diego, CA 92110.  This should help you turn into the west entrance, which is near the west parking lot.  Parking is a good distance from the Hahn Center, but a tram run every 5 to 7 minutes and will take you to the conference location.  If you are driving, please ahead to allow time to park your vehicle, pay at the pay station, and take the tram to the conference venue. 

RIDE SHARE | Best Address for Drop Off

If you are using a ride share service (e.g., Uber, Lyft), the best address to give your driver is 5880 Torero Way, San Diego, CA 92110. 

CAMPUS MAP

You can find information about parking at the University of San Diego on their website:  https://www.sandiego.edu/parking/parking-information/guests.php.  This webpage also includes an interactive campus map https://www.sandiego.edu/maps/ and a simplified version is below. 


Accessibility
Accessibility
The conference venue is in the Hahn University Center near the main entrance of the University of San Diego and on flat ground, easily accessible for drop-off.  It is not close to parking, but trams are provided (just allow extra time).

Within Hahn Center, the conference will be on two levels accessible by elevator or stairs. Restrooms are located on both levels, although some have better wheelchair access than others. Visit this link for additional information about accessibility in the Hahn University Center: https://www.sandiego.edu/ucslp/visit-us/accessibility.php
Meals, Food Allergies & Restrictions
Meals, Food Allergies & Restrictions

The planning committee has worked closely with the caterer to identified food allergies of conference attendees. We have done our best to accommodate these needs as much as possible. Please note: the caterer has been asked to label all foods and attendees should carefully review ingredient lists as some allergies may be present and elimination of cross-contamination cannot be guaranteed by the caterer.

Additionally, the Hahn University Center, where our meetings are being held, has several self-pay food options located in the Hahn Center and the adjacent Student Life Pavilion.  For more on these options, please visit:  https://www.sandiego.edu/ucslp/dine-shop-meet/.

We kindly ask for your cooperation in reserving the gluten-free options for those who require them due to dietary restrictions. Your consideration ensures that everyone can enjoy the conference experience to the fullest. Thank you for your understanding and support. 



Travel Requirements to the United States

For those traveling from outside of the United States, the best location for details on travel requirements can be found on the US Department of State website.  If a formal letter of invitation is needed for Visa applications, please email Stefanie.ashley@eku.edu with your name as it appears on your passport and any additional required details that may be specific to your country.  

Refunds

Refunds will be provided through March 18, 2024.  Full refunds will be provided, minus 6% of the total paid to cover processing fees. 

About IAF

IAF is a participatory organization with members in more than 65 countries.  As a professional association, IAF sets internationally accepted industry standards, provides accreditation, supports a community of practice, advocates and educates on the power of facilitation and embraces the diversity of facilitators.  While membership is not required to attend the conference, there are many benefits of joining, including a substantial conference discount.  For more information on IAF, please visit their website

IAF Certified (TM) Professional Facilitator

IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator (CPF) status is a credential given to members who have been through the rigorous IAF certification process and have undergone an in-depth peer review of their experience, knowledge, skills, and facilitation practice. The 2024 IAF Conference of the Americas is honored to be a host for the Stage 2 Face to Face Assessment on April 1 and 2.  Become an IAF Certified™ Professional Facilitator.

About the Registration Fees

As an international association, the planning committee wants this event to be accessible to facilitators in all regions and understand there are vastly different economies around the world. To that end, there are two registration fees based on differing economies. These rates are adjusted to reflect the same percentage discount as IAF membership rates. Residents in Advanced Economies (i.e., Canada and USA) are asked to pay a higher rate than those with emerging or developing economies based on the International Monetary Fund classifications. To find your country or view the full list of classifications, visit: https://www.imf.org/en/Publications/WEO/weo-database/2023/April/groups-and-aggregates.  If you believe your country is not properly classified or there should be a third category, please contact the conference co-chair, Stefanie Ashley, at stefanie.ashley@eku.edu.

IAF members are also extended a discount of $200 off the regular registration rate for members in Advanced Economies and members in Developing Economies receive a $100 discount off their reduced regular registration rate.  This discount is the equivalent of the annual membership fee to IAF, making it more cost-effective to both attend the Conference AND join IAF to receive the benefits of membership all year long. 

All registrations have the same benefits. We ask you to contribute at the highest level possible to support the IAF's mission to promote the power of facilitation worldwide and the Conference of the Americas.