Organization Development Network of Western New York

Meeting Your OD Objectives Through Effective Facilitation Skills – Organizational Development Network (ODN) of WNY November 2013

Organizational Development Network (ODN) of WNY

November 2013 Meeting Announcement

Meeting Your OD Objectives Through Effective Facilitation Skills

Presenter: Mary Beth Debus

Friday, November 22nd from 8:30 am to 10:30 am (8:30 am to 9:00 am – networking; 9:00 am to 10:30 am – meeting)

Canisius Center for Professional Development 300 Corporate Parkway, Suite 130, Amherst, NY 14226

Meeting Overview:

When we surveyed the members of ODN of WNY a few months ago, our members indicated that learning more about facilitation skills was a primary area of interest. Accordingly, one of our members and an experienced facilitator, Mary Beth Debus, will join us to present on that topic.

Facilitation skills are significant during many OD-related deliverables including training, meetings, discussion groups, and coaching. This interactive presentation will focus on best practices in facilitation.

Together, we will explore:

  • When facilitation is the best choice
  • Small group and large group facilitation practices
  • Breaking up groups and giving directions
  • How to handle questions
  • Balancing your own sharing
  • Developing questions to generate discussion
  • Preparing to facilitate


Mary Beth Debus is a participating member of ODN of WNY. She has worked in the fields of training, facilitation, program development, OD, creative problem solving, and change management for over 25 years in for profit, not for profit, and collaborative programs.

Mary Beth currently has three professional roles:

1) She recently formalized her business, Program Savvy Consulting, and is dedicating more time to it. She is currently working as an OD Consultant for the GetSET Project, and is developing training for a local not for profit.

2) Now in a part time role, Mary Beth is in her 9th year with EPIC – Every Person Influences Children. As the Senior Vice President of Programs and Capacity Building, a major component of her role is developing and providing training on facilitation skills for individuals who deliver EPIC’s programs.

3) For over a decade, Mary Beth has been teaching Business and Professional Communication at the University at Buffalo.

Mary Beth’s website is under development. In the meantime, you can connect with her and learn more of her background on LinkedIn:


Location Notes:

The Canisius Center for Professional Development is located in Amherst, NY. Directions: Take the 290 expressway, and exit on Millersport Highway going north. At the first light (by the Marriott), make a left onto Flint Road. Make a left turn on to Maple Road. At the next signal, make a left turn on to Corporate Parkway. At the stop sign, turn right. The building is on your left side. The parking lot (no charge) is on your right. Complimentary coffee is available.

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