Facilitation Lab: Erica Wood

Stress Optimization with Modern Science

Facilitation Lab is a weekly virtual meetup focused on helping facilitators hone their craft to help improve the quality of meetings.

Each week we rotate between highlighting facilitators sharing activities with tips and tricks, facilitation practice where you can get hands-on with tools for better meetings, and deep-dive skill-building workshops.

We’re honored to be part of the Google Global Sprint Chapter program that aims to build and foster a Design Sprint community by providing awareness, resources, and connecting people.


February 10, 2022


1pm - 3pm CT​


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What to expect

What to Expect

We offer opportunities for facilitators to gather in a safe judgement-free zone to learn from experts and one another. Our community offers many levels of engagement and exclusive resources for facilitators, whether you are a beginner or a Master Facilitator. Our weekly Facilitation Lab makes up 5 key segments: impromptu networking, our guest facilitator session activity, community critique, a weekly giveaway, & After Hours. Come & network with facilitators from around the globe and expand your facilitator toolbelt from each Lab experience!

What You'll Learn

For most busy professionals, the phrase "work-life balance" sounds like an oxymoron. Perhaps unachievable. In our world of 24/7 connectivity and exponentially advancing tech, work can seem omnipresent and overwhelming. A vital, foundational piece is missing from the puzzle: an understanding of the brain. This experience aims to leverage the collective experience and knowledge in the "Zoom" room. I hear new ideas from clients about various physiological "red flags" & indicators that they're gone into the "too stressed" side of the bell curve. They also hear ideas from one another about tactics and strategies on how to regulate and make a public promise as to one concrete idea they'll take action on in the next 24 hours. The ultimate vision is to elevate awareness regarding the adverse impact of "pushing through" when the brain and body would best be served taking a pause.

How You'll Learn

The workshop will be activity-based with facilitation simulations and collaborative sessions. You’ll recognize, practice, and design your workshops based on key learning experience design principles. We won’t just talk at you — you’ll learn through doing, work with other participants, and get feedback. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn in real-time from a master facilitator with tons of experience running hundreds of workshops at some of the world’s largest institutions and enterprises.


Impromptu Networking

Engage with everyone in the community during a quick round of introductions to network and begin our time together

Guest Facilitator Session

Experience the lead facilitator's activity & method to engage together as a community.

Rose, Thorn, Bud Critique

Share your feedback as a community and offer expressions of tangible takeaways to our lead facilitator.

After Hours

Stay awhile & chat post-session about your experience in the Lab.

Who Should Attend

Team Managers & Leads

who want to learn more & benefit from the power of facilitation practice

UX Designers

who want to expand their facilitation skillset while gaining inspiration of new approaches

Experienced & New Facilitators

who want to level up their facilitation skills and enhance their facilitation tool belt


who want to gain feedback & uncover new resources with forward-thinking activities

Key Takeaways

Learn and discuss the mapping of neuroscience research onto what we now understand about how to elevate our effectiveness and moderate the "just right" amount of stress

identify the triggers, feelings, and embodied physiological indicators of being distressed

Clarify and share their chosen strategy to support quick recovery

Discuss the implications on health, memory, and focus as well as how to expedite the recovery period to get back on track sooner

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Hassan Ghiassi

Hassan Ghiassi is the Vice President of Relationships at Voltage Control and has the exciting role of diving deep to truly understand what our partners and facilitators are experiencing and how we can best serve them. Our leadership team is made up of master Facilitators in Design Sprints, Innovation Acceleration, Team Alignment, Meeting Systems, Culture Transitions, and Change Transformations. Motivated by a mission to rid the world of horrible meetings and offer meaningful magical meetings in their place, Voltage Control is calling upon fellow facilitators to transform meeting and innovation culture. From free weekly community meetups to Control the Room–the annual facilitator summit, Voltage Control is building a community of facilitators to change the world. Outside of Voltage Control, I’m also the Founder of Aristotle’s Cafe where our mission is to improve community, state, and national discourse with Facilitation, questions, communication, and empathy.

Erica Wood

For more than 15 years, Erica’s primary role has been to help multinational organizations achieve the highest levels of performance in a variety of leadership capacities. She’s worked with the Neuro-Leadership Group & The Academy of Brain-Based Leadership (ABL) alongside mentor, neuroscientist and founder of ABL, Dr. Dan Radecki, who presents and applies brain research to elevate performance and effectiveness within organizations and teams. She’s offered leadership coaching and has designed/facilitated leadership programs for more than 200 organizations across the US. She’s served start-ups, commercial, and non-profit enterprises to establish their mission, vision, and values to create and maintain a healthy organizational culture. Her programs involve a foundation in the key neuroscientific principles that underpin effective leadership with practical insights and tools based upon years of research. Her additional background as a dance/embodiment practitioner is folded into the design, strategies proven to enhance collaboration and build resilience.
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