Krizna Gomez, Facilitator at The Human Rights Lab
This was by far the best facilitation training I have ever attended, and I have gone through many. Moving from facilitating at the grassroots level in the Philippines--with indigenous peoples, victims, security forces and community activists--to "bigger" international spaces with funders, academics, and global advocates was an uncomfortable transition for me. I always felt that while I could leverage my community roots as a facilitator, I also had some capabilities lacking for this new area. Going through the High Impact Facilitation Intensive made me appreciate this dilemma in an entirely different way--I could embrace more fully my unique skillset while also being aware of other areas I can strengthen myself in, always keeping in mind the particular needs and character of the group. I am not only a more confident facilitator I am also capable of bringing out the best in my co-facilitators.
Donna Hall, President & CEO Women Donors Network
Ellen Sprenger and her group, including Nicole Regalado and Elizabeth Seja Min, take a comprehensive, unique and creative approach to strategic visioning/planning. Building off a corporate future scenario planning model, they adapted a process and a series of activities that took our 200 member organization a year to complete, with very high participation levels. Ellen's ability as a creative thinker, researcher, and collaborator was extraordinary, and as a result of our work with her, we move forward into a new five-year cycle with a bold vision of where we want to be and a series of objectives that will help to get us there. We look forward to our next project with Spring Strategies!
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro, President and CEO Global Fund for Women
Ellen probes deep and helps individuals and groups move beyond rhetoric and embrace strategy. Ellen's feminism liberates for greater inclusiveness. She helps individuals and groups realize and own their potential and power.
Marissa Wesely, CEO, Win-Win Strategies
Ellen Sprenger is a master facilitator. Her wide-ranging knowledge and down-to-earth demeanor allows her to connect easily to a group and foster sometimes difficult conversations. She provides direction and structure, but always adapts to the energy in the room, and does so with enormous grace and a sense of humor. Our group developed great cohesion and came up with fabulous actionable ideas in record time. The impact of Ellen’s facilitation continues to this day given the important connections that were made, and the ideas that were generated, at that meeting. What she did over those two days felt like magic. (RETIRED PARTNER AT SIMPSON THACHER & BARTLETT LLP, FELLOW IN THE HARVARD ADVANCED LEADERSHIP INITIATIVE)
Mallika Dutt, President and CEO Breakthrough
How does one realize one's vision of human rights and social justice with integrity, with imagination, with creativity? Ellen will challenge you to find the best in your self and your team to create inspiring and practical leadership, strategies and structures. If you have an opportunity to work with Ellen, grab it.
Josine Stremmelaar, Director Knowledge Program, Hivos
The Art of Facilitation is a great course that inspires and deepens your facilitation practice through group work and individual coaching. Ellen Sprenger is unique in how she motivates with humor and a light touch that makes you feel anything is possible. My whole team took the course and all of us recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone interested in making meetings and conferences a much better use of time and resources.
Ben Phillips, Campaigns and Policy Director, Action Aid
Working with Ellen helped me deliver what I wanted to at work, but it was much more than that. It helped me strengthen my understanding and my relationships with colleagues, and myself. She combines being a frank, no nonsense giver of feedback with being a wonderful generosity of spirit and deep kindness. I always knew, and could feel, that she was helping me to develop as a leader and as an enabler of others. I still reflect on the exercises and discussions and insights that came from working with Ellen - she took me beyond my comfort zone in a way that made it fun to do so.