Illinois Action for Children - Skill Building Workshop Series

Announcing Coaching Sessions:

In addition to the final workshop in the series, we are launching group coaching sessions.  Sign up for the final workshop in this series Creating a Culture of Engagement and special small group coaching sessions to take your impact even further. Learn more below.

Sign up for the final workshop in this series, as well as coaching sessions

Illinois Action for Children, the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood Development and Illinois State Board of Education are partnering with the Tamarack Institute to host three skills building workshops designed to equip you with new skills and techniques you can apply right away. 

Between January and March, you and your team will benefit from a series of three 2-hour workshops and small group coaching sessions.  The three workshops will be interactive sessions with a focus on the following: 

  • Useful perspectives and examples about how communities are working differently

  • Practical tools you can use to advance your collaborative work

  • A network of partners you can reach out to for support and collaboration

NEW | Enhance the Learning through Small Group Coaching – One month after the completion of the workshop, you and your team will be invited to a small group coaching session.  This session will focus on how you have implemented the tools and approaches.  You can also use this time to ask questions and share your lessons learned. 

Register Today!  You and your team can register for the final workshop in the series.  You also have the option to register for the final workshop and coaching sessions individually. Space for the workshop and coaching series is limited, so we encourage you to register early. 


Workshop 2: Facilitating Co-Design

Coaching Sessions: March 31 and April 1, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central

We're offering two group coaching sessions to follow-up on our Facilitating Co-Design workshop. Choose between the March 31 and April 1 sessions, and join us for continued discussion, more resources, and deeper learning.

Background Resource:  Facilitating Co-Design Virtually – Part 1 and Facilitating Co-Design Virtually – Part 2

Register for a coaching session

Workshop 3: Creating a Culture of Engagement  

Workshop date: March 23, 2021 | 1:00 - 3:00 pm Central

Coaching Sessions: April 7 and 8, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:00 pm Central 

We're offering two group coaching sessions to follow-up on our Creating a Culture of Engagement workshop. Choose between the April 7 and 8th sessions, and join us for continued discussion, more resources, and deeper learning.

Background Resource:  Creating the Culture for Engagement

Register for the workshop

Register for a coaching session


Series Sponsors

Illinois webinar sponsors


LisaAttygalle-137609-editedLisa Attygalle

Lisa works with cities and organizations to help them meaningfully engage their communities. Over the last six years her work has focused on creating authentic engagement strategies and training staff teams, teaching and writing about innovative engagement methodologies, designing and facilitating workshops with a focus on raising the voice of the context expert, integrated communications planning, and the use of technology and creativity for engagement. Lisa advocates for simplicity in infrastructure, frameworks and design and loves applying the principles of marketing, advertising, loyalty, and user experience to community initiatives.

Lisa comes to this work from the private sector where she worked at one of Canada's leading communications firms with clients in agribusiness, healthcare, financial services and technology. Hailing from Australia, Lisa also worked on major water infrastructure projects as the liaison between municipal government, engineering and the community.

Liz Weaver 1Liz Weaver

Liz is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute where she is leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre has a focus on advancing community change efforts and does this by focusing on five strategic areas including collective impact, collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact. Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on collective impact and is the author of several popular and academic papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum and leads a collective impact capacity building strategy with the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Liz is passionate about the power and potential of communities getting to impact on complex issues. Prior to her current role at Tamarack, Liz led the Vibrant Communities Canada team and assisted place-based collaborative tables develop their frameworks of change and supported and guided their projects from idea to impact.


Register for Workshop 3 - Creating a Culture for Engagement (March 23, 2021 1:00 pm Central)