The BFR is a professional development network of 800+ facilitators, trainers, coaches and organizational development (OD) professionals, from across New England. 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. Join Us! We look forward to meeting you.
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!
Calendar of Events
DEALING WITH DIFFICULT PEOPLE? SURE! 02/06/20 BFR Bad bosses. Annoying co-workers. Chronic malcontents. Back-biters. Bullies. Clients who are never satisfied. Every workplace has its share of people whose behavior is chronically challenging for those around them. In this session, we'll discuss the SURE model to address these behaviors and people. more info...
GUIDING GROUPS TO ACHIEVE CONSENSUS, MAKE DECISIONS, OR BOTH 03/12/20 BFR Explore the difference between reaching consensus and making decisions, which are not always the same thing. We'll learn how to design a conversation where people can discuss differences safely and openly, in both face-to-face and virtual settings, making use of both asynchronous (any time) and synchronous (same-time) communications. We'll also discuss how to establish criteria for decision-making. 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!