Leading Networks Toward Action: How to Facilitate Effective Discussions with Groups of Diverse Stakeholders

Event Details
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Center on Network Science, University of Colorado Denver

Duration: 62 min

To achieve sustainable outcomes, representatives of diverse stakeholder groups are coming together in networks and coalitions to develop and implement mutually beneficial solutions. Part of the Network Leadership Webinar Series through the Center on Network Science at the University of Colorado Denver, this presentation provides network leaders and participants with an understanding of how individuals process information and how groups make decisions. Participants review practical tools for designing discussions and decision-making sessions that take advantage of the natural thinking process, leading to greater group creativity and consensus. 

Learning Objectives

  • Gain insight into the dynamics of group decision making and how network participants can contribute to productive discussions
  • Explore techniques for facilitating key conversations with network representatives
  • Understand approaches to navigating common barriers experienced in network facilitation


  • Danielle Varda, Associate Professor and Director of the Center on Network Science, University of Colorado Denver
  • Kap Wilkes, Director of Program Development, Rural Health Innovations
  • Becky Gourde, Senior Program Coordinator, Rural Health Innovations