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

    • April 22, 2021
    • December 16, 2022
    • Online - Self Paced Learning

    Introducing IAP2 USA's first online, self-paced training opportunity

    This new self-paced course will build your skills and knowledge for bravely leading in times of polarization and conflict.

    We live in times of rapid change, upheaval and global inter-connection. We are experiencing a growing divide and polarization between people, with an increasing dynamic of us versus them. We've seen a rise in public shame, blame and vitriol. We face enormous complex challenges like climate change, the global refugee crisis, systemic racism and inequity. We've been hit with a global pandemic which is causing rising fear, anxiety and uncertainty.

    While all these things are in the space of the public arena where we interact with each other every day, we have a unique opportunity to choose how we want to lead these biggest challenges of our lives and choose how we want to work together with others.

    It starts with you. Ask yourself these questions:

    • What is happening around you that you want to step in to?

    • How do you want to lead in ways that are different than you are leading now?

    • What would be different if you were better equipped to bravely lead challenging conversations?

    • What works and what doesn’t and what do you need to watch out for?

    The course opens with an introductory video lecture on key concepts, with 4 more modules where you can work at your own pace to build competency in key areas of leadership in a world of complexity, polarization and disruption. The Modules cover: 

    • Bravely leading challenging conversations 

    • Holding space for high emotion 

    • Building trust in the public arena 

    • De-escalation tools for high stakes interactions

    Priced lower than our other courses, this self-paced training allows you to learn when and where it works best for you. When you are done, you qualify for a free coaching session with Steph Roy McCallum, the course instructor, to deepen and apply your learning.

    $365 Members -- $455 Non-Members

    *IAP2 USA Members must login to receive the members only rate

    *IAP2 International Members can email info@iap2usa for a discount code

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    Trainer: Stephani Roy McCallum

    Stephani is Chief Storm Rider at the Courageous Leadership Project. She is a Leadership Coach, Certified Professional Facilitator, and a seasoned leader specializing in conflict, high emotion and controversy. She has worked internationally on controversial projects with individuals, organizations and communities to transform conflict and create momentum for positive change. Stephani believes that brave, honest conversations solve the problems in our world.

    She has led and managed conversations involving more than 30,000 participants, and has worked on five continents facilitating complex topics like municipal budgets, school closures, land use, health care, transportation, nuclear waste, natural disaster, truth and reconciliation, environment and more.

    Stephani has been the Project Lead on a number of international and national award winning projects, including a project which received the IAP2 International Core Values Award for finding common ground and a way forward for the blood donation policy for men who have had sex with other men for Canadian Blood Services, a highly divisive and polarizing issue.

    She has been a licensed trainer of the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) Foundations in Public Participation since 2005, and was a lead developer of IAP2’s Strategies for Public Opposition and Outrage course. She was an IAP2 Assessor, coach and mentor for new candidate trainers for all of IAP2's training programs from 2011 to 2016, and continues to serve as an Assessor and Coach for new trainers of the Outrage program. She was the 2008 President of IAP2 International. Stephani has a background in Sociology and holds certificates in Co-active coaching, Courageous Leadership, Authentic Leadership, community development & alternative dispute resolution. She regularly speaks and presents internationally on how to lead powerfully in the face of challenges, creating new more possible futures for all of us, together.

    • June 01, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online Via Zoom
    • 15
    Registration is closed

    June 1, 2022

    12:00 - 3:30pm Eastern

    With so much focus on specific tools and techniques, too often overlooked is the critical process of choosing the right tools for your engagement project. This course first sets the context with IAP2’s three pillars and anchoring tool decisions in a robust design, then digs into ethical and equity-centered criteria for choosing the right tools. Participants then work through a comprehensive selection framework, explore challenges and how to overcome them, and learn about the importance of evaluation and real-time change to meet stakeholder needs -- and everyone leaves with access to a crowd-sourced set of online resources.

    As a result of this course, participants will:

    • Understand how tool and technique choices
      • Fit within an engagement design framework and context

      • Are shaped by project position on the IAP2 Spectrum for Public Participation

      • Are anchored in the IAP2 Core Values

    • Recognize how tools and techniques vary by objectives and group size
    • Understand the critical obligation for tools and techniques to meet engagement objectives and stakeholder needs
    • Explore ways to choose tools and techniques while understanding their value, limitations, implementation, application, etc.
    • Explore equity opportunities and risks in selecting tools and techniques
    • Recognize the importance of evaluation and real-time changes
    • Learn ways to navigate process and decision-making challenges

    Participants will receive:

    • Complete course presentation and content 
    • Tools and Techniques Matrix
    • Access to extensive online tool and technique resources

      $150 Members  --  $225 Non Members - $75 Student Members. 

      PLEASE NOTE: IAP2 USA members must be logged into as a member to register at the member rate.

      Members from other IAP2 regions need a code to register which can be obtained from

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      Trainer: Anne Carroll

      Anne Carroll has been a consultant and trainer in public involvement and strategic planning for many years, serving primarily the public sector in both the USA and Canada. She focuses on designing and implementing ethical and equity-centered stakeholder engagement on important public issues, reaching out to and engaging diverse groups of people and perspectives, and tackling complex and multi-stakeholder environments. She served for 16 years as an elected member of the citywide St. Paul, Minnesota Board of Education, and serves as a board or committee member with IAP2 USA and the Minnesota Chapter, and the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership.

      • June 06, 2022
      • (EDT)
      • June 16, 2022
      • (EDT)
      • 9 sessions
      • ONLINE

      9-Day online course

      June 6 - 16, 2022   12:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

      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

           June 6 - 10, 2022 12:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

      Regular $960 -- Early Bird $870 -- Members $870

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

            June 13 - 16,2022   12:00 - 4:00 PM EDT

            Regular $640 -- Early Bird $ 580 -- Members $580

      • Full Foundations Program Both Modules (9- 4 hour Sessions CM I 30 CM)  

            Regular $1,600 -- Early Bird $1,450 -- Members $1,450  

      Early Bird Registration Deadline: 5/9/2022
      Last Day to Register: 5/16/2022

      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.

      • June 08, 2022
      • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
      • Online Via Zoom
      • 14

      June 8, 2022

      12:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern

      As we return to the “new normal” - post pandemic, some of the public are eager to return to the in-person setting and other prefer the virtual. setting Effective public participation practitioners will need to be skilled at embracing both by designing and implementing hybrid workshops and events. In this training, participants will learn the tips and trick for designing and implementing hybrid workshops and events. They will learn the three (3) key principles to designing a hybrid meeting and the tools available. In this workshop you will also work to create personalized templates and materials to design your next hybrid meeting.

      Learning Objectives

      • Learn the tips and trick for designing and implementing hybrid workshops and events

      • Understand the technology and tools available for hybrid workshops and events 

      • Learn the three (3) key principles to design and implement successful hybrid workshops and events

      • Hands on experience designing a hybrid workshop or event

      • Walk away with your own personal hybrid workshop and event template

      $100 Members  --  $175 Non Members  --  $50 Student Members. 

      PLEASE NOTE: IAP2 USA members must be logged into as a member to register at the member rate.

      Members from other IAP2 regions need a code to register which can be obtained from

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      Trainer: Kimberly Horndeski

      Kimberly Horndeski is a certified mediator, facilitator, and the Executive Director for Community Consulting LLC. Her work focuses on integrating policy and science to engage stakeholders, develop strategic plans, promote collaboration, and transform conflict into successful strategies for the future. She has led multiple state and national working groups to overcome challenges and reach agreement. Her projects include bottom-up approaches, such as working with nonprofits to develop effective strategies to engage elected officials in adopting initiatives, and top-down approaches, such as assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife to incorporate stakeholder values throughout the nation in the decision-making process for federally-listed threatened and endangered species.

      • June 13, 2022
      • (EDT)
      • June 15, 2022
      • (EDT)
      • 2 sessions
      • Online
      • 26

      June 13 & 15, 2022

      1:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern   

      Is your public participation strategy prepared to handle a 'cancellation'?

      In a world where outrage travels fast, and the list of organizations and individuals facing a so-called 'cancel culture' backlash grows longer, a crisis is likely no longer a matter of if - but when. This workshop offers an honest conversation about cancel culture and crisis communications; the good, the bad and the ugly.

      How we tell our story, including how we communicate through crisis, can allow us to shift from a place of reaction and shame towards a mindset of accountability and meaningful change.

      Through real-world examples, practice scenarios and group discussion, we'll offer tools to support any successful communications strategy, helping you recognize the power of communication to repair and reimagine a better future

      Upon completion, participants will:

      • Understand why anticipating 'cancel culture' scenarios needs to be part of any crisis communications strategy.
      • Develop skills to navigate difficult conversations, offer a public apology, manage high-stakes communications.  
      • Learn to prioritize equity, diversity and inclusion in organizational structures and communications, how to evaluate current strategies and identify risks.
      • Know the steps that should be taken to be prepared.
      • Understand how to avoid the dangers of woke-washing and tone-deaf activism through real world examples. 
      • Be empowered to employ practical tools that can foster the authentic values necessary to support a successful communications strategy in a changing world.

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

      *You must be logged in to to receive the member rate.

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

      Course Outline

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      Trainer: Kathryn Kolaczek

      Kathryn’s diverse background in media, PR, and digital marketing has developed into a deep commitment to crisis management and communications. Formerly the founder and editor of a national publication for entrepreneurs, Kathryn has written a book for entrepreneurial women, speaks to entrepreneurial groups, and built Alchemy Communications Inc. on her strong relationships with the media across North America. She specializes in crisis management and crisis communications, public relations, business and product launches, digital marketing strategy, and brand integration.

      • June 14, 2022
      • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (PDT)
      • online/Zoom

      A reprise of one of the more popular sessions at the 2021 IAP2 North American Conference.

      Is your organization looking to develop authentic, equity-based partnerships with diverse communities? This session focuses on the Port of Seattle's equity-based approaches to community engagement, grantmaking, and environmental justice. The team will present our approach to engaging multi-cultural, multi-lingual communities through a liaison model to accomplish a shared goal of deepening access to Port resources.

      Speakers Andy Gregory and Ilays Aden

      • June 16, 2022
      • 3:00 PM (EDT)
      • June 30, 2022
      • 5:00 PM (EDT)
      • Online

      IAP2 USA board meetings are conducted by conference call on the third Thursday each month. Board of Directors and IAP2 USA members can email for meeting documents and call-in information.

      Board meeting dates are subject to change.

      • June 27, 2022
      • (EDT)
      • June 30, 2022
      • (EDT)
      • 4 sessions
      • Online
      • 23

      STRATEGIES (Four- 3.0 hour sessions) 

      June 27, 28, 29, 30

      Growing global citizen outrage causes government gridlock, lawsuits, stopped projects, election losses, loss of time, money, and destroyed credibility. 

      STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH OPPOSITION AND OUTRAGE IN PUBLIC PARTICIPATION is a new workshop based on the theories of Dr. Peter Sandman (, creator of the "Risk = Hazard + Outrage" formula and a pre-eminent risk communication speaker and consultant. This course will help you move people from rage to reason and engage stakeholders in building consensus for better decisions.

      This practical, hands-on workshop is a fresh 2-day mix of lecture, video, small and large group discussion and authentic, real world exercises that give you the answers, tools and ability to prevent problems, manage the tough public issues that you face and keep your organization on track and moving forward.

      $425 Members  --  $510 Non-Members  --  $250 Students

      PLEASE NOTE: You must be logged in to receive the member rate and International IAP2 members require a code to register. Please contact to obtain it. 

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      Learning Objectives

      AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this training.