Tukwila City Council members wanted to build relationships with each other, increase their awareness of their individual and team strengths, and identify ways to work together even better.
The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, based in Southwest Wisconsin, looked to The Athena Group to provide leadership of the work emerging from three committees focused on key stewardship planning. This effort is part of a larger two-year Congregation Planning Project that will culminate in a 10-day gathering of 500 Dominican Sisters in April 2016. Going forward, in addition to supporting the planning and facilitation of this major planning effort and [...]
Cowlitz on the Move is a coalition working together to create a healthier community full of opportunities to eat healthy, be active, and breathe clean air. At their Community Health Planning Summit, coalition leaders wanted to gain greater clarity, ownership, and commitment among stakeholders and volunteers in the coalition’s future direction and success. Further, they hoped to gain better insight among the Community Health Planning Summit participants on the most important challenges [...]
The King County Executive’s Office of Performance, Strategy and Budget coordinates the One King County Strategic Plan. This is a large county-wide effort with the intent of incorporating the high level vision, goals, objectives and strategies into a single plan. It is especially difficult to align organizational plans for separately elected officials. The Athena Group was hired to facilitate conversations between the county executive’s staff and other elected official offices.
The Washington Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Parks and Outdoor Recreation (Task Force) wished to develop a strategy, action plan, and recommendations to manage, transform, and leverage Washington’s outdoor recreation assets and state programs. Community input was a high priority for the Task Force and, in addition to the more traditional forms of public engagement, it wished to also conduct extensive on-line public engagement in order to better inform [...]
Early Achievers is Washington’s new Quality Rating and Improvement System for child care providers. Through Early Achievers, participants receive training and technical assistance to improve the quality of their child care, and a professional evaluation and quality rating of their child care. Child Care Aware of Washington and its seven regional partners are responsible for preparing child care providers for rating and then coaching participants after they receive their rating. [...]
Based on our work with a broad spectrum of community leaders throughout the Northwest, The Athena Group recognized that while many community leaders —including elected officials, department managers, social innovators, non-profit leaders, educators, and community members— are in search of answers to critical problems, they must communicate in a world that’s increasingly complex and fragmented. We recognized further that the times we are living in call for more effective meetings, [...]
Kauai, HI based Kukui’ula Development Co wanted to develop a comprehensive sustainability plan for its Kukui’ula Village community. Its new CEO and its head of land development each had prior experience integrating sustainability within residential and resort community contexts but lacked the necessary expertise to lead the creation of a truly world class sustainability program. The intent of the planning effort was to: 1) integrate social, environmental, and economic sustainability [...]
In September 2014, Washington State’s Secretary of Health John Weisman convened an Annual Meeting of local health officials. The goal was to have a forward-looking conversation about public health in Washington. Public health leaders have had many successes and much to celebrate. The state is a national model demonstrating the creative ways state and local public health collaborate to find solutions to issues. At the same time, the world we [...]
Washington Scholarships for Child Care Professionals is a comprehensive scholarship program that supports Washington State child care providers and teachers who wish to enhance their education and professional skills. Providers receive formal training at community/technical colleges, colleges and universities. Child Care Aware of Washington wanted to know how well WA Scholarships for Child Care Professionals was assisting child care providers in achieving their goals and improving the quality of their [...]