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Facilitation Lab Summit 2025

7th Annual Facilitator Summit

February 11-12, 2025
9am - 5pm CT​

Austin, TX

3401 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702

This year’s theme is “practice,” and we’ll be exploring ways to gain exposure and experience with new facilitation techniques, how to apply them to real-world scenarios, and the role they play in your practice.

Over two inspiring days, you’ll engage with expert facilitators, participate in interactive workshops, and connect with a community passionate about continuous improvement

Intimate & Exclusive: We’re focusing on depth over breadth. With eight 90-minute workshops and only 80 seats available, this summit promises a close-knit, immersive experience.

Purely Educational: Our commitment is to your growth. The summit will be a purely learning-centric environment, devoid of any sponsors or sales pitches.

Practical Learning: Get ready to roll up your sleeves! We offer hands-on sessions where you’ll address real challenges for a real non profit, ensuring your learning is grounded in practice.

Community Focus: Community is a commitment we take seriously. Each year, we partner with a non-profit organization to select a pressing challenge that needs solving. Summit attendees will have the unique opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills to this real-world issue, fostering a sense of shared purpose and impact.

Our Signature Touch: Every workshop is not just facilitated but also coached and co-designed by Voltage Control, ensuring you receive the best of our expertise.

Whether you’re a seasoned facilitator or just beginning your journey, this summit offers valuable insights and practical tools to enhance your facilitation skills. Don’t miss this opportunity to practice, learn, and grow with us.

**Super Early Bird pricing ends on August 31, 2024

February 11-12, 2025
9am - 5pm CT​

Austin, TX

3401 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78702

Tickets

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Super Early GA
$ 1,399.00
Unlimited
Super Early Alumni
$ 699.50
Unlimited
Super Early Alumni + Salon
$ 1,598.50
Unlimited

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Alumni Salon

Join us at the Alumni Salon, a dedicated space for our certification program alums to reconnect, reflect, and renew. Dive deeper into the inner work of facilitation and collaborative leadership to nurture and sharpen your practice.

The first 10 alumni to sign up for the summit will get the Alumni Salon for FREE!

Facilitators

JJ Rogers

Product Design Director, Watermark

VC Certified

Nathan Hughes

COO & Co-Founder, Detroit Labs

VC Certified

Dom Michalec

Executive Director, Product Management, J.P. Morgan Chase

VC Certified

Elena Farden

Executive Director, Native Hawaiian Education Council

VC Certified

Caterina Rodriguez

Expert Facilitator

VC Certified

Skye Idehen-Osunde

Curriculum Developer, LogicMonitor

VC Certified

Dr. Karyn Edwards, PCC

Founder & President, Abloom Consulting

VC Certified

Kathy Ditmore

Manager Project Delivery, The Pew Charitable Trusts

VC Certified

Schedule

Day One

9:10-10:40 am

Workshop One

11:05-12:35 pm

Workshop Two

1:20-2:50 PM

Workshop Three

3:15-4:45 pm

Workshop Four

Day Two

9:10-10:40 am

Workshop Five

11-12:30pm

Workshop Six

1:15-2:45 pm

Workshop Seven

3:05-4:35 pm

Workshop Eight

Wait, What's Facilitation?

Whether you know it or not, you are probably using facilitation in your work. The act of facilitating is to make an operation or process easier. Facilitation skills are crucial to exercise when planning and running meetings to make them as participative and productive as possible. It’s imperative to company profit and culture to conduct successful meetings. Perfecting the art of facilitation is one of the most important and beneficial skill sets that make a successful leader.

A skilled facilitator can supercharge a team’s performance by functioning as a process guide for navigating complicated business challenges. Facilitators are experts at leading groups through key meetings and gatherings. Facilitators exist to enable better gatherings between teams, stakeholders, or collaborators of any kind.

Interested in bringing a team?

We offer 20% off groups of 3-4, or 30% off groups of 5+

Apply for a Diversity Scholarship

A key part of our mission is to support diverse facilitators from different methodologies, backgrounds, races, genders, sexual orientations, cultures, and ages. If you are a part of, or serve, a traditionally underrepresented group and feel that this scholarship would allow you to amplify this mission, please apply now.

What People are Saying

It's an opportunity for facilitators to really deeply connect one-on-one in small groups. And get to practice, put into practice a lot of new methods that maybe are emerging and learn from one another in a in-person format.

JJ Rogers
Product Design Director, Watermark

I think that the interactions with the people who come to the summit are really important because we have a room full of experts, but we have an infinite combination of experience and to tap into that is absolutely amazing. I've learned so much and I'll remember what I've learned forever.

Margaret Miller
Sr. Statistician at Colorado Housing and Finance Authority

Yeah. If you're a facilitator, you probably are used to being in the background and giving out great space for others. Think of this as giving yourself permission to lean back, watch other people do it, learn, interact.

John Rabasa
Director Strategy and Design, Insight

I have been sitting here for the last couple of days thinking, "I am so glad I trusted my gut to come to this." It's exceeding my expectations. And I really feel like I found my people. And so if you're looking for a tribe of people that you need to connect with, this is really the place.

Monica Krol
Workshop Facilitator
Photo Disclaimer

Please note that photographs, video & audio recordings will be taken throughout this event. These will be used by Voltage Control for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media, or in any third party publication. Please contact our events manager if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.

Refund Policy

All sales for the summit are final. The registered participant may invite another person to substitute their place at any time at no charge.

Code of Conduct

Voltage Control is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including talks. Conference participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or expelled from the conference without a refund at the discretion of the conference organizers.

Any form of written, social media, or verbal communication that can be offensive or harassing to any attendee, speaker or staff is not allowed at Control the Room Summits. Please inform a Voltage Control volunteer or staff member if you feel a violation has taken place and the conference leadership team will address the situation.

Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age, religion; sexual images in public spaces; deliberate intimidation; stalking; following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; inappropriate physical contact; and unwelcome sexual attention. Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Partners are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, exhibitors should not use sexualized images, activities, or other material. Booth staff (including volunteers) should not use sexualized clothing/uniforms/costumes or otherwise create a sexualized environment.

If a participant engages in harassing behavior, the conference organizers may take any action they deem appropriate, including warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refund. If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of conference staff immediately. Conference staff can be identified by t-shirts or located at the registration desk.

Conference staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the conference. We value your attendance.

We expect participants to follow these rules at all conference venues and conference-related social events.

 

What to do when you witness a Code of Conduct violation?

All reports of incidents are confidential! We will not publish the name of the reporter in any way.

Speak up
Of course, we do not want you do get into a more uncomfortable position as you maybe already are. You do not need to interact with the person(s) who presumably violated the Code of Conduct.

Please let someone of the organizing team know
At all times, you will find someone at the registration desk or the conference host (the person introducing the speakers). All people who are working at a Control the Room Summit are very aware of the Code of Conduct. Approach them and let them know. In most cases they will bring you to one of the organizers, so we can write an incident report.

Important questions:

Who? Could you see the names of the people involved? Was it a speaker, attendee, service person, organizer, crew?

Where? In a session hall? In the foyer? At a partner booth? …

When? The approximate time of the behavior. 

What?

  • What were the circumstances that led to the incident?
  • Verbal violation (“bad jokes”, discrediting, …)
  • Visual violation (slide in the talk, T-Shirt with an inappropriate print…)
  • Inappropriate physical interaction (violence of any kind)

Everyone working at a CTO Summit is informed on how to deal with an incident. If everyone involved is physically safe, we will only ask for security help or law enforcement at the victim’s request.

Report a Violation

Please reach out to Douglas Ferguson directly:
Email: douglas@voltagecontrol.com
Phone: 512.293.7279

The Purpose of the Code of Conduct

Our Code of Conduct does not exist because we expect to deal with any such problems.