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Alumni Stories | June 7, 2024

Nate Hughes, a technology executive, discovered the transformative power of facilitation through his evolving leadership role at Detroit Labs. Initially subtle, his facilitation skills became essential as he transitioned from individual contributor to engineering leader. Recognizing the need for structured development, Hughes pursued formal training, including systems like Crucial Conversations™ and Getting Things Done™. His journey led him to Voltage Control’s certification program, profoundly shifting his approach to leadership and collaboration. Embracing facilitation unlocked his team's potential, fostering innovation and empowerment. Hughes now champions facilitation, aiming to drive meaningful change within his organization and beyond.

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Alumni Stories | May 17, 2024

Discover how a designer's passion for collaboration evolved into a mastery of facilitation in "The Unexpected Journey." Initially focused on design, Jim’s career took a transformative turn towards facilitation during a pivotal project at LexisNexis. This experience sparked a deeper engagement with facilitation techniques, leading to significant roles at Citrix and Mural. The blog details Jim’s journey of learning and growth, culminating in a certification in facilitation, and highlights the profound impact of structured facilitation on professional development and collaborative innovation. This odyssey not only enhanced Jim's skills but also broadened their influence in the field of collaborative design and facilitation.

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Alumni Stories | April 17, 2024

Discover how a designer's passion for collaboration evolved into a mastery of facilitation in "The Unexpected Journey." Initially focused on design, Jim’s career took a transformative turn towards facilitation during a pivotal project at LexisNexis. This experience sparked a deeper engagement with facilitation techniques, leading to significant roles at Citrix and Mural. The blog details Jim’s journey of learning and growth, culminating in a certification in facilitation, and highlights the profound impact of structured facilitation on professional development and collaborative innovation. This odyssey not only enhanced Jim's skills but also broadened their influence in the field of collaborative design and facilitation.

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Alumni Stories | March 27, 2024

Julie Baeb reflects on her facilitation journey, tracing her path from diverse roles in advertising, architecture, and education to her role as a strategic innovator. At Stanford's d.school, she gained insights that transformed her facilitation approach, enhancing her impact in education and consulting. Her experience with Voltage Control was pivotal, expanding her facilitation toolkit and enabling her to apply new techniques across professional and personal settings. Julie's story emphasizes the power of facilitation to foster innovation, collaboration, and meaningful change, highlighting its role in her career evolution and success.

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Alumni Stories | March 7, 2024

Discover how the Facilitation Certification from Voltage Control reshaped one professional's career and magnified her community impact. This compelling narrative showcases the transformative journey from a seasoned communicator at UFCU, leveraging two decades of experience, to a trailblazing community leader and facilitator. Learn about her awakening to the limitations of traditional financial education and her pursuit of a more engaging and empowering approach through Voltage Control's innovative methods. Monica discusses how facilitation techniques foster deeper connections, promote inclusive decision-making, and catalyze personal and communal growth. By transitioning from conventional education methods to dynamic, interactive learning experiences, she not only enhanced her professional skillset but also ignited significant changes in community engagement and leadership.

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Alumni Stories | February 13, 2024

Discover John Rabasa's enlightening journey into the world of facilitation. John, initially a product director at AOL, narrates his evolution from experiencing a transformative facilitative leadership program to becoming a skilled facilitator himself. The post delves into how John applied these newfound skills in brainstorming and team sessions, significantly enhancing team collaboration and creativity. His story transcends his time at AOL, reflecting on varied roles where facilitation played a key role, including educational mentorship and agency leadership. John's journey from an incidental to a deliberate facilitator is a testament to the power of facilitation in fostering effective leadership and dynamic team environments. This compelling narrative is not just about a personal journey, but a beacon for professionals eager to harness the art of facilitation for organizational and personal growth.

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Alumni Stories | January 26, 2024

In this alumni story, Trudy Townsend shares her transformative journey. Discover Trudy's compelling narrative from her initial role at the Wasco County Commission on Children and Families to becoming a passionate advocate for trauma-informed care and a certified facilitator. Learn how her experiences in diverse positions, including working on a Safe Schools Healthy Students federal grant and a health insurance plan's coordinated care organization, honed her skills in facilitation, strategic planning, and community collaboration. Trudy's story is a testament to the power of facilitation in driving meaningful change and building stronger, more connected communities.

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Alumni Stories | December 5, 2023

In this post Neallie reflects on the importance of adaptability and empathy in professional settings. Neallie Kani shares a personal experience of reaching out to quieter team members, which led to valuable insights and built trust within the team. Kani emphasizes the importance of self-reflection, understanding team dynamics, and adapting communication styles for effective leadership. The post advocates for continuous learning in facilitation, highlighting Kani's journey with Voltage Control and the impact of facilitation skills beyond professional life. Kani concludes by echoing Priya Parker's words on the significance of how we gather, stressing the opportunity each interaction presents to shape our world.

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Alumni Stories | November 21, 2023

"Designing Change" by JJ Rogers delves into the transformative world of facilitation. From a design consultancy to leading a product design team, Rogers uncovers how facilitation transcends mere activities, emerging as a key to collaboration and potential. The book highlights the crucial influence of the Voltage Control community on Rogers' career, detailing how this engagement profoundly altered their leadership and teamwork strategies. It's a tale of personal growth and professional evolution, showcasing facilitation's impact in the corporate landscape.

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Alumni Stories | November 2, 2023

Susan Golab Wilson's blog post details a transformative facilitation experience. Confronted with lackluster engagement, she transitioned to a standing meeting around a SMART board, invigorating team interaction and collaboration. This approach allowed the group to collectively identify crucial project elements, fostering a co-created solution that capitalized on individual strengths and amplified lesser-heard perspectives. This success reignited Susan's passion for facilitation, bolstering her confidence and preparing her to tackle future challenges with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.