Facilitating By Heart: Testimonials

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Facilitating By Heart: Testimonials

“I can’t express in words what this series has done for me both personally and professionally. Kathy and Denise, you are making the world a better place 25 people at a time.”

Rob Van Nevel, Senior Vice President & Member Solutions Officer, UW Credit Union

“I feel like we formed a new nation with a new language. Going back to my organization, I will be an ambassador for the land of Facilitating by Heart.”

Amy Luebke, Forestry Specialist, WI DNR

“Thank you so much for sharing your hearts, minds, and experiences. As facilitators and teachers you offer an abundance of practical wisdom and modeling that can benefit learners in multiple settings.”

Valerie Walker, LCSW, Therapist/Consultant/Trainer, Lake County, IL

“Facilitating by Heart was excellent in all regards. You created a wonderful, safe, and creative environment for all of us to open up and be ourselves — we became a community of learners. The series approach made this possible, but it wouldn’t have happened without your wonderful teaching skills.”

Betty Les, Program Manager, National Heritage Inventory Section, WI DNR

“Thank you for an excellent educational opportunity and a wonderful means of networking with a vital and stimulating group of people. I really enjoyed the various teaching styles and approaches you each brought to the series.”

Deborah Miller, Director of Rehabilitation Services, North Central Health Care

“The instructors were very good at providing opportunities for group and self learning. The open and safe learning environment established during the series helped foster better understanding of the material and each other.”

Michael Murray, Coordinator, Standards Oversight Council

“A great mix of content and experience, from three of the best trainers/practitioners in the field. The exercises are so good for assimilating the information and the reflections help so much with personal applications.”

Jo Ann Stoddard McNiel, Project Manager, Trees Forever

“Facilitating by Heart is a wonderful workshop that offers a holistic approach to facilitation. After years of facilitating, I was eager to refresh and hone my skills. FBH was just what I needed to learn facilitation in a deeper and more meaningful way.”

Roseann Mason, Director of Diversity Circles, UW-Parkside

“This series has given the participants from my company skills and take-away materials that are immediately applicable. The effect has been tremendous personal and professional growth. There has been a positive ripple effect in our organization among the people we work with.”

Rob Van Nevel, former Learning & Development Manager, Lands’ End

“Facilitating by Heart is the best integrated series of workshops that I have attended. The facilitators have unique styles that bring together people from diverse backgrounds into an uncommon learning and growing community. I recommend this experience to anyone who helps a group of people move together toward a mutual outcome.”

Deborah Thies, Program Coordinator, Birth to Three Connections, United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Dane County

“You are great models for the style, mode, and process of facilitation at its best and most effective.”

Shawn Steen, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator, Literacy Network of Dane County

“The work I’ve done here has done wonders already in navigating the dynamic of my leadership team as a young manager.”

Andrew Jehl, Quality Assurance Team Leader, Epic

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Project Manager with UW Health at The American Center Stephanie Sobczak on how “Facilitating by Heart” can teach anyone to be an authentic leader.


UW-Madison Training Officer Senior Shoko Miyagi on how “Facilitating by Heart” training creates more warm, well-rounded humans in the workplace.


Capital Area Regional Planning Commission Deputy Director and Director of Environmental Resources Planning, Kamran Mesbah, on how his “Facilitating by Heart” training was a “truly transformative experience.”