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.

    • November 29, 2022
    • (EST)
    • December 09, 2022
    • (EST)
    • 4 sessions
    • Online Via Zoom
    • 12

    November 29, December 2, 6, and 9 

    12:00 - 3:45 pm Eastern 

    Digital tools are essential for public participation in the age of COVID-19. This hands-on course will teach you to create online engagement campaigns that gather input creatively, enable collaborative online interactions, and sustain participation over time. We'll identify barriers to participation and examine strategies to build equity and inclusion online. Learn best practices for facilitating online meetings. Bring your questions and lessons learned, so we can learn from one another's engagement innovations during this global pandemic. Join by computer if possible (rather than tablet), as this course gives you an opportunity to experience both the convenor and participant sides of online participation.

    Participants completing this course can:

    • Define objectives for their engagement efforts and understand how these apply to online participation strategies
    • Use simple online tools to “listen” to what people are saying online about a project’s key issues and people
    • Begin to write content appropriate for social media public participation projects and understand the importance of two-way communication in this medium
    • Identify participation barriers for digital environments and explore approaches to increase equity and inclusion
    • Recognize the value and capacity of online advertising
    • Craft a basic online strategy to engage people at all depths of involvement and at various stages of the project

    Cost: $530 member, $710 nonmember, $250 Student

    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.

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    Course Outline

    Trainer: Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A.

    Susanna Haas Lyons, M.A. is a civic engagement specialist. She designs participation strategies, facilitates complex meetings, and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision-makers. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, she has worked for almost 20-years on large and complex citizen and stakeholder engagement projects across North America. Susanna teaches public participation skills for government, at post-secondary institutions and for professional learners. She is also a judge for Canada’s International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) annual awards that recognize excellence and innovation in public participation.

    • December 08, 2022
    • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Online Via Zoom
    • 22


    December 8, 2022

    12:00 - 4:00 pm Eastern

    Virtual workshops and meetings are here to stay, whether we like it or not! In this course participants will experience hands on practice and coaching to advance their ability to create engaging virtual workshops and events. Participants will learn the tips and trick for collaborating on three virtual platforms and strategies to overcome typical issues experienced in a virtual setting (e.g., multitasking, fatigue…).

    In this workshop participants will create personalized resources such as check lists and templated designs. If you are looking for some hands-on experience to transform your virtual meetings from a monologue to a dialogue, this training is for you!

    The key takeaways for this course are as follows:

    • Learn the tips and trick for engagement in three virtual platforms
    • Hands on experience designing effective virtual meeting to engage participants in collaborative processes
    • Strategies to overcome typical issues experienced in a virtual setting (e.g., multitasking, fatigue…)
    • Walk away with your own personal virtual meeting template

    $175 Members  --  $250 Non Members  --  $100 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.

    • December 15, 2022
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EST)
    • 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. 

    • January 06, 2023
    • 11:59 PM (EST)
    • Online

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

    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 Spring 2023 Assessment Center on March 28 & 29, you must submit your application by January 6 2023. Please contact with questions.

    • January 09, 2023
    • (EST)
    • January 20, 2023
    • (EST)
    • 9 sessions
    • ONLINE

    9-Day online course

    January 9 - 20, 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

         January 9 - 13, 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) 

          January 17 - 20, 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: 12/12/2022
    Last Day to Register: 12/19/2022

    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.

    • January 18, 2023
    • (EST)
    • January 19, 2023
    • (EST)
    • 2 sessions
    • Online
    • 21

    Two 3-hour sessions

    Rescheduling January 18 & 19

    12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Eastern

    11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Central

    10:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m. Mountain

    9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific


    Facilitating effective engagement and teamwork across social and individual differences is becoming a more important part of many leadership roles.  Diverse spaces and teams are critical to the ongoing work of reaching equity and inclusion.  They also present a unique set of interaction challenges that can result in misunderstandings and mistrust that can linger and damage teams if not managed well.  In this workshop Connected Realities will share simple and effective planning tools and facilitation techniques that will help you to:

    • Understand how social identities and interpersonal dynamics impact meetings and can lead to inequitable participation. 
    • Discover how our individual social identities impact how we facilitate.
    • Create an inclusive meeting environment for all, including how to avoid creating barriers to participation.
    • Create space for participants to hear and understand each other across their differences and perspectives, and move toward achieving desired team outcomes. 

      Cost: $265 member, $355 non-member, $175 student member

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

      *International IAP2 members require a code to register. Contact for it.

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      Connected Realities 

      Joy Lujan

      Joy is the founder of Connected Realities, LLC. Before dedicating herself full-time to collaboration consulting in 2016, Joy had 17 years of experience as a community planner, facilitator, mediator, and trainer while working for the National Park Service. Her passion for authentic public engagement underscores her deep commitment to community dialogue and public processes where people hear each other, understand each other, and find ways to work together effectively. Her experience working within all levels of city, county, state, and federal government agencies as well as community groups and nonprofit organizations, has resulted in success in reaching group consensus on contentious projects. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado, Denver. Her primary focus is to help individuals and groups translate individual power into collective action through effective collaboration.

      Le'alani S. Boykin, AICP

      Le`alani (Kanaka `Ōiwi) is a community planner and collaboration specialist fascinated with people processes and human potential. She empowers stakeholders and promotes useful input for community planning & design projects and community resource programs through careful process design and facilitation. Since 2008, she has provided meeting facilitation, participatory planning, capacity building, strategic planning, and training services to local, regional, and federal governments, nonprofits, and community-based organizations.  She uses empathy, mindfulness, and visualizations to help groups with diverse learning styles to work together toward a common goal.  Le`alani holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado.  She is a certified planner of the American Institute of Certified Planners and a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program.
      • January 23, 2023
      • (EST)
      • January 26, 2023
      • (EST)
      • 4 sessions
      • Online

      STRATEGIES (4, 3-hour sessions)

      January 23 - 26, 2023


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

      STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH OPPOSITION AND OUTRAGE IN PUBLIC PARTICIPATION is a 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 4-day, 3-hour 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.

      Members $625 —  Early Bird $625  —  Non-Members $750

      Early Bird Registration Deadline 12/26/2022

      Last Day to Register: 1/2/2023

      Register with the Participation Company

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