The BFR is a professional development network of 800+ facilitators, trainers, coaches and organizational development (OD) professionals, from across New England. In Feb. 2015, the BFR became the New England regional chapter of the OD Network.
Our mission is to provide professional developmentin organizational development, facilitation and coaching to professionals who work to increase the impact and effectiveness of leaders, teams and organizations. We also enjoy the colleague-ship of members who share their knowledge and expertise for the learning benefit of the entire community.
The BFR, which has been meeting in Boston since 2000, serves members from throughout New England. Throughout the year BFR members get together for 8 face-to-face workshops; see the upcoming programs on the home page and the description of past programs.
Member Benefits: In addition to meeting discounts, BFR members also post messages to the BFR Forum and receive job postings, and have access to a file archive of member advice and a member directory.BFR members also receive a $25 discount on OD Network membership.
In March 2015, the Boston Facilitators Roundtable received the "OutstandingRegional Network Award" from the national OD Network! "This Award honors a Regional Network whose leadership, programs, organization and mission; respond to its members’ needs, and adds value to a diverse constituency of local practitioners."
The unique value of the BFR is the collegial and welcoming community that we have built. We thrive on fun, interactive workshops and an active member communication forum. The BFR has an embarrassment of riches in our skilled members who share generously of their knowledge and expertise. Since 2001 we have grown from a small group of about 200 people to a dynamic network of 800+ people. We are committed to inclusion and to delivering high value. Come see for yourself!
BFR is a nonprofit organization (501(c6)) registered in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The organization is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, who are: Jan Sage, Michael Connolly, David Ehrmann and Marilyn Kobus. (photo coming)
The board from 2015-2016 comprised of Mick Verran, Vicky Schubert, Michael Connolly and Marilyn Kobus. Thank you to all of them for their board service!
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Calendar of Events
BREAKFAST, NETWORKING AND "HACKATHON"! 08/09/19 BFR Join us for "August at the BFR", for networking and a hackathon (idea sharing)!It’s a chance for you/us to talk about what’s on our minds -- from sharing work-related challenges to swapping creative “hacks” for dealing with them -- to sharing a recent triumph. more info...
FACILITATING COLLECTIVE GENIUS, ONE CONVERSATION AT A TIME 09/13/19 BFR This interactive workshop is based on the book, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, which demonstrates how the capacity to foster collective genius can yield unparalleled competitive advantage. For facilitators, this work reveals why certain types of conversation matter most if seeking to cultivate discovery, learning, and collaboration. more info...
SOMATIC PRESENCE: THE BODY AS PORTAL TO TRANSFORMATION 10/04/19 BFR Presence. It's about how we show up as coaches and facilitators. Join us to explore, and practice, how we deepen our own presence and turn it into the most powerful tool we have to support individuals and groups to transform. more info...
The BFR has a No-Marketing policy, which helps preserve the collegial culture we've built. Members ask we not market our OD/ Facilitation/ Coaching services to one another. Members may, however, promote their programs in the BFR monthly calendar, for which Sharon Kalus solicits submissions every month by email. Thank you Sharon!