November 2020 Newsletter

  From the Executive Manager's Desk: Gail Madziar

November Message: Gail Madziar, Executive Manager, IAP2 USA

In November we take time out to acknowledge those things for which we are grateful.

Our IAP2 USA board, volunteers, chapter leaders, members and trainers are high on

my list. You are the leaders and future of IAP2 and public participation. The IAP2

Board of Directors guided us through an unprecedented time, committee members

did the hard work creating new paths and countless members took time to provide

input as we continued our journey through the harmonization process. While our

trainers were busy moving all their courses online, a great many of them stepped up

to help review and contribute to the update of our foundations courses. You have

made this progress possible. Thank you for your time and leadership.

Our association will continue to see many changes throughout the next year including a number of new professional development opportunities. Watch for lunch and learns – 90 minute short courses to provide a quick training session, new trainers, and new courses many with a DEI focus as well as more online resources. Check out this Crisis Management course.

Also please keep in mind that while our premier IAP2 USA Certification program is on a temporary hiatus as we traverse COVID-19 and work through the harmonization process, a fine-tuned program will be back in 2022. You’ll have a chance to apply your successes and enhance your credentials as a P2 professional.


Save the Date: GivingTuesday - Dec. 1

GivingTuesday is a global day of generosity that will take place on Dec. 1, 2020. Over the past nine years, GivingTuesday has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

2020 has left an indelible mark on all of us. It has been a trying year, but it has also brought us together in new ways and opened even more doors for good public participation.

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, IAP2 hopes to create a movement where public participation is deeply embedded and widely applied, and where equitable, efficient, and informed decision-making processes improve the quality of our democracy. Good public participation is needed now, more than ever.

IAP2 USA is working to center equity in all that we do. Your gift will help us leverage capacity to focus on diversity equity and inclusion; and strengthen our training and scholarship programs. 

You can make your gift early here.

The IAP2 North American Virtual Coference

Hosted this year by IAP2 Canada, 267 registrants in 35 sessions and workshops had opportunities to caucus with others in similar fields. Those hard figures tell only a fraction of the story of the 2020 IAP2 North American Virtual Conference. This huge undertaking, switching from the planned in-person event in Banff to the online experience that it became, put technology -- and tech support staff -- to a big test, and by all accounts, it was a success! You can review the presentations and other materials here.  Thank You! to the session presenters, keynote speakers, the organizing committees, led by the conference co-chairs, Pam Kapoor and Gay Robinson, and our sponsors, who stepped up to underwrite our conference. 

New Member Benefit: Online Job Board

Job Board Now Available

Are you looking for a job or have an opening at your company? All members can access the IAP2 USA job board free of charge. Send along your job opening information to info@iap2usa. Watch our Career Center on the IAP2 website for additional career information.

Featured Course Perceptions, Practices, & Possibilities in DEI

Dec. 3rd & 4th

11:00 am - 2:00 pm EST

Trainer: Adriene B. Wright

In today’s environment of a heightened focus on racial disparities, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the workforce, organizations seek to better understand how to effectively advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives within the organization.

This course is geared towards those who seek a fundamental understanding of DEI and will address the following:

    • A thorough explanation of essential DEI concepts and terminology
    • Why DEI is important in the workplace and in social investment.
    • The true value of DEI in the workplace. 
    • Insights into legal and compliance constructs and beyond.
    • How to form a framework to advance DEI in the workplace. 

This course will also challenge individuals to explore their attitudes and perceptions about DEI and to self-identify with their DEI role within an organization using the PCIHO model (Pioneer, Champion, Influencer, Hesitater, Obstructer).


Upcoming Webinars

IAP2 TASTER - Mission Impossible: Building Trust in the Public Arena

Wednesday, Dec. 7 11am PST / 2pm EST

This Taster session is an opportunity for participants to learn about a P2 skill, obtain a few takeaway learnings, and get a sense of how Stephani Roy McCallum approaches and delivers training. This session will provide you with a short introduction to the elements required to build trust, and explore some practical steps you can take to adapt your practice.  Register Here, but don’t delay! Space is limited!

IAP2 Webinar - COVID-19 Check-In

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 11am PST / 2pm EST

How are you -- and your P2 practice -- faring, eight months into the COVID-19 situation? Back in March, when shutdowns and other restrictions started forcing people to re-work their businesses -- especially those that generally involve in-person events -- we hosted a series of webinars on how to adapt to the “new reality”. Now, it’s time to check back with some of our presenters, see how they’re doing and hear about some of the experiences others are facing. Come and share your own experiences in this special 90-minute webinar. Register here.

Webinar Rewind

The Things Kids Say: Elevating Child/Youth Voices in Government (NAC Encore), Nov. 12, 2020

As civic engagement processes strive for greater inclusivity, there is one sector of the public that still tends to be overlooked: children and youth. The November Learning Webinar was an “encore” from the 2020 IAP2 North American Virtual Conference, in which Sarah Huntley of the City of Boulder, Colorado, and Mara Mintzer of Growing Up Boulder showed how a unique partnership of the two organizations is addressing that situation. (Read more) IAP2 USA members may view the webinar video and get access to collateral materials here.

Growing Up Boulder offers a two-hour training session for any group interested in acquiring tools and techniques for including children and youth. The cost is US $2,000 for up to 50 participants, $3,000 for 51 – 150 participants and $4,000 for 151 and more. The session is designed for virtual delivery, but it can also be provided in person, which would allow for more informative and hands-on activities (once it is safe to do so, of course). Travel costs would be added to the session fee. You can find more information here, or contact Mara directly at

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Other News

Member Spotlight

If your organization  had any recent P2 successes or thought of creative solutions we want to hear about it! Please contact to be featured on our website or newsletter.

COVID-19 Resources

If you are looking for guidance on how to safely reopen your next event, The ESA Reopening guide offers a great checklist.

**We continue to add more resources to help you adjust to the new virtual world. Check out our favorite online tips and tools here. **

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