The global pandemic has stopped many of us in our tracks. Travels and conferences are on hold.  We’re making short term contingencies and hoping for the best. But our work is too important to wait for this crisis to end. 

SPRING isn’t waiting.

In response our High Impact Facilitation Intensive (HIFI) is moving online so that important collaborations and convenings can proceed without interruption. HIFI-virtual is an on-line course offered in April, May and June that includes practical, creative tools and practices to build your capacity to ensure impactful remote meetings.

This 3-day online course will allow you to:

  • Recognize your own facilitation patterns and engagement styles
  • Develop multi-actor engagement strategies
  • Work with tension and conflict in resourceful ways
  • Create approaches to navigate complexity
  • Learn tools for creating vibrant conversations
  • Design virtual meetings for optimum results
Meet the team
Elizabeth Seja Min
Consultant, Coach, Strategist, Facilitator & Musician

Consultant, coach, facilitator. Executive director 4 times. Former orchestra conductor and record label chief. Thrives on creativity, action for humanity, arts, nature and great conversation.

Elizabeth Seja Min has helped hundreds communicate with heart, raise serious capital, collaborate, lead and develop people and the systems that bring out their best. She’s been at the helm of four organizations, built signature projects from the ground up, and guided leaders and teams in NGOs, foundations, social enterprises and companies. Elizabeth cut her teeth working with teams as a music director and conductor—founding and conducting a professional symphony orchestra, running a record label (two Grammy nominations!), and bringing unlikely partners together to create magnificent work on the stage. She met Ellen Sprenger while consulting in the world of women’s funds, and thus began a multiyear conversation about how whole people working in whole systems can, without a doubt, spring missions forward. Elizabeth is an associate with Spring Forward.

Home base




Proudest achievements

Taking what I know as a musician and an activist to create learning paths and tools that my clients love to use and embody in their organizations, and uncovering the many-layered and multi-ethnic story of my birth and adopted parents after learning I was adopted at age 30 – a great story of discovery and geopolitics I hope to write.

You became a Spring Associate because…

I believe that global social movements are the way forward – and to stay the course we need to connect, know and support one another.

Your leadership philosophy

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. -June Jordan A leader is best when people barely know she exists. When her work is done, they will say: We did it ourselves. -Lao Tzu If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Ellen Sprenger
CEO & Founder, Spring

Ellen Sprenger is a strategist and advocate for social and climate justice. Since 2004, she has been the founder and CEO of Spring. She is a believer — especially in human potential and our collective ability to solve the problems of our time. She is a curious and creative optimist, an espresso enthusiast and avid meditator. Her areas of expertise include multi-actor conference facilitation, future-scenario development, financial innovation and resilience for justice organizations globally, and executive coaching. Previously she held several management positions at Oxfam-Novib and was the Executive Director of Mama Cash, a feminist foundation based in Amsterdam. Ellen holds a masters degree in Development Studies, an MBA from Erasmus University, and she is an Integral Master Coach™ and Certified Integral Facilitator™. She is a member of the Board of, a movement working to end the age of fossil fuels and build a world of community-led renewable energy for all. Ellen is from the Netherlands and Canada, and has lived in Tanzania, South Africa and the United States.

Home base



English and Dutch

Proudest achievements

To always be ‘in development’, growing and waking up, and to resist the temptation of staying in my comfort zone. (Okay, I try.) And that I have been able to surround myself with people committed to doing the same.

Choose an intensive

HIFI-Virtual #1: May 27-28-29, 2020

7:00 am. – 1:00 pm. EDT


HIFI-Virtual #2: June 10-11-12, 2020

12:00am to 6:00am (EDT)


HIFI-Virtual #3: July 13-14-15, 2020

9:00 am. – 3:00 pm. EDT