Events Calendar

IAP2 USA offers training courses, networking events and other programs of interest and value to P2 practitioners. These events are presented by IAP2 USA alone, or in partnership with consultants and are listed on this calendar.

How do I register online? To register for an event, click on the event name, click on the registration link, then complete the registration page by filling in your information. You will be receiving a confirmation email soon after you have completed registration. 

How do I register offline? If online registration is not available please download the registration form and fax or mail it in to the appropriate location. Please note that some of our events are handled by chapters or independent consultants, and inquiries should be sent directly to them. 

Upcoming events

    • March 29, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • July 02, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Please submit your $300 non-refundable Application Fee, payable upon submission of application.

    Applicants must have completed the IAP2 5-day training, Foundations in Public Participation (formerly Certificate Course) and be members in good standing of IAP2.

    Check out the Professional Certification page for more information. 

    To be eligible for the 2021 Assessment Center on October 14-15, 2021, you must submit your application by July 2, 2021.

    To be eligible for the 2022 Assessment Center on February 4-5, 2022, you must submit your application by October 8, 2021.

    • April 06, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • July 10, 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    Please submit your $250 non-refundable IAP2 USA CP3 or MCP3 Recertification Application Fee, payable upon submission of completed recertification form.

    • April 12, 2021
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • April 22, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • ONLINE

    9-Day online course, April 12 - 22, 2021

    Foundations in Public Participation – The International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and TPC are pleased to announce that we are ready to offer the International Association for Public Participation’s flagship Foundations Program ONLINE

    Two modules, each focusing on one of the two major phases of public communication and participation – Planning and Techniques – offered virtually over nine (9) 4 Hour Days in partnership with the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2).

    Module One introduces a proven method for planning effective public participation and Module Two equips students with 40+ diverse methods for accomplishing engagement objectives. Both courses are delivered in half-day sessions full of interactive exercises and opportunities to get to work with your fellow students virtually. Class size, as always, is limited to 20 students to provide the maximum opportunity to learn.

    Presenters: The Participation Company 

    • Planning for Effective Public Participation (5 - 4 hour sessions CM I 18 CM

          April 12 – 16, 2021        3 PM – 7 PM ET

          Regular $915  Early Bird $780 Members $780

    • Techniques for Effective Public Participation (4 - 4 hour sessions CM I 12 CM) 

          April 19 – 22, 2021   3 PM – 7 PM ET

          Regular $610  Early Bird $ 520  Members $520

    • Certificate Program - Both Modules (9- 4 hour Sessions) 

          Regular $1,525  Early Bird $1,300  Members $1,300  

    Early Bird Registration Deadline: March 18, 2021

    Last Day to Register: March 30, 2021

    Register with The Participation Company

    The Participation Company offers discounts to members of IAP2 USA, AICP, ICMA and NCDD. AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.

    Questions? Email Jennifer Armstrong for more information.

    • April 13, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • April 27, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    This course will invite practitioners to reflect on their own experiences as both participants and facilitators of public participation processes to explore inclusive public participation strategies and practices that engage traditionally under-served groups with an emphasis on ethnic minorities and immigrant populations. The course will equip participants on tools and strategies to:

    • Understand who is in their community and issues that matter to traditionally marginalized communities
    • Determine assets of community members to ensure effective inclusive engagement
    • Design public engagement efforts to support inclusive public participation
    • Build relationships and trust to sustain the impact of public participation efforts

    Join us for an interactive session, where you can fill your toolbox with some new, innovative and effective public engagement techniques that will help you host better, powerful conversations, achieve objectives and create momentum positive change   

    Cost: $265 member, $355 nonmember $175 student

    Members must log in to to receive the member rate.

    IAP2 International members and students will require a code to register. Please contact 

    Learning Objectives:

    At the end of this course, participants will:

    • Recognize the value of ensuring inclusive public participation processes
    • Understand who is in their community and issues that matter to traditionally marginalized communities
    • Determine assets of community members to ensure effective inclusive engagement
    • Design and implement public engagement efforts to support inclusive public participation
    • Build relationships and trust to sustain the impact of public participation efforts

    Trainer: Mahvash Hassan

    Mahvash Hassan facilitates multi-sector collaboration in support of inclusive communities. Her clients include: local governments, nonprofits, UN agencies and philanthropy. At the Institute for Local Government she developed resources on engaging immigrant communities and was a co-trainer for the TIERS Public Engagement Learning Lab. Her consulting projects include: coordinating a Muslim and South Asian civic engagement collaborative, design and facilitation of large-scale public engagement workshops and small-group dialogues on race and ethnicity. Mahvash is chair of the Board of Directors for Welcoming America, and holds a M.P.A. from Columbia University and a B.A. in Political Science from Bates College.

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    • April 13, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM (PDT)
    • Online - Zoom

    Have you used Appreciative Inquiry (AI) in your practice? This collaborative approach to design and decision-making can bring benefits to both a community and a large organization. In this reprise of a popular session from the 2020 IAP2 North American Virtual Conference, Carrie McIntosh of the BC Ferry Corporation and Darcy Vermeulen of Argyle (formerly Context) will discuss how AI was used in the planning of a new ferry terminal in Horseshoe Bay, BC.

    At the heart of a small village, the terminal is a vital community asset and plays an oversized role in the lives of locals and travelers alike. To create a plan that would guide the future development of  the terminal, BC Ferries and Argyle partnered on the design of an appreciative inquiry engagement program that empowered communities to co-create the guiding design principles, and the look and feel for a new terminal building.

    Learn how to run your own appreciative inquiry process and empower the public through strategic co-creation. Increasingly infrastructure design is an expert-driven process, yet publics have vital contributions to make. Hear about how our project team approached this challenge and how you can too.  

    In this session, you'll learn how to use AI principles in engagement processes and how to involve the public meaningfully in complex processes like infrastructure design.

    • April 20, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • April 21, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 17

    Two 3-hour sessions

    April 20 & 21

    11:00 am - 2:00 pm (EDT)


    The concept of workforce Diversity is no longer an abstraction; it is part of everyday life. But how much do we actually understand about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)? 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 DEI initiatives within the organization. This course is geared for those who seek a fundamental understanding of DEI. It will provide a fundamental understanding of DEI Concepts and address the following: Why DEI is important in the workplace and in social investment. Know the true value of DEI in the workplace. This course will provide an understanding of the terminology, insights into legal and compliance constructs and beyond, and insights into creating 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).

    Cost: $265 member, $355 nonmember, $175 student member

    PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged in to to receive the member rate.

    International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact to obtain it.

    — Cancellation and Substitution policy —

    Trainer: Adriene Wright

    Adriene Wright

    Adriene is a consultant and thought leader with more than twenty years’ experience in stakeholder engagement. She is currently serving on IAP2 International's Board of Directors. Her background also includes engineering, marketing, communications, and fund development. She has worked across market sectors in aerospace, transportation, energy, higher education, and government. She is a former Brookings Congressional Fellow and policy advisor in the U.S. Senate.

    Adriene is Founder, President and CEO of Abelita, LLC, a management consulting company with a significant emphasis on working with clients across market sectors leading stakeholder engagement initiatives, strategic planning, organizational development, training, and thought leadership. She is also a professional certified life coach, trainer, speaker, and published author.

    • April 20, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Online - Zoom

    You have a P2 project to set up. Do you want to increase your certainty that your process will be a success? This Taster with Carole Spicer PMP, is just the ticket you need!

    Project Management is all about the knowledge, tools and techniques to make a project run smoothly, and it's a natural fit with IAP2's Five Steps for Public Participation Planning. This Taster will show you how to map project management tools to the Five Steps, learn how to apply a project management lens to your planning process, and make sure your engagement process succeeds.  

    P2 practitioners, project managers of a P2 process, sponsors of a P2 process, and even those who are just interested in learning more about project management will learn a lot from this Taster.

    Trainer: Carole Spicer, PMP

    Strong relationships are one of the core values of Carole R. Spicer, owner and founder of Spicer Facilitation & Learning. A certified master trainer and facilitator, Carole uses her experience to help her clients achieve desired outcomes. She has worked in both private and public sectors.  Carole is skilled in Adult Learning Principles and creates a safe environment for her clients to share and learn new skills and information. She prides herself on the ability to customize solutions to meet the unique needs of the people she works with.

    With over 10 years in public participation, she is experienced in facilitating discussions with stakeholders that hold differing views.  She has worked extensively with the not-for-profit sector on strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.

    • May 03, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • May 06, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online
    • 24

    Does this sound familiar?

    • Are your conversations fraught with discomfort, tension and concern?
    • Are you unsure what to say or intimidated in difficult conversations?
    • Are fear, hesitancy and worry about getting it right constant companions in your work?
    • Are you feeling burnt out, stressed and stretched to the limit in your interactions with others in conflict situations?
    • Are you in need of support, comfort and an ability to know when to walk away, disengage and recover yourself?
    • Are the practices that have served you in the past not working?
    • Are you worried about having really tough conversations with your team, community or group?

    There is a different way. Brave, Honest Conversations™ are a way of talking together, working together and living. When we show up with courage, compassion and integrity the possibilities are endless. The world needs more leaders who dare to make a lasting difference.

    PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged into as a member to register at the member rate. Please contact if you have any questions 

    $425 Members   --  $510 Non-Members  --  $250 Student Members

    Cancellation and Substitution policy

    Learning Objectives

    It’s time to build your leadership skills – to practice courage, compassion and responsibility for impact. When you build your capacity to lead others, groups and the world around you, you create the momentum for positive change and the opportunity to move from stuck to possible. Foundational to leading others is the ability to lead yourself, to practice courage, compassion and kindness for yourself, and to make choices that allow you to bring your best self to your work.

    • Courageously show up as a leader who invites tough conversations;
    • Cultivate and enhance a mindset of service and commitment to brave, honest conversations;
    • Create a space for brave, honest conversations that encourage constructive participation and address conflict boldly;
    • Learn tips, tools and approaches to deal with high stakes, high emotion situations;
    • Build comfort, confidence and skill to work with the chaos and emotions in a room or group; and
    • Practice and experience effective approaches for recovery, stress reduction and setting boundaries amid conflict and controversy.

    Trainer: Stephani Roy McCallum