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How will you build resilience this winter?

Cultivate resilience together

in this interactive course

for nonprofit leaders

Thursday mornings 10am-noon Jan 14, 21, 28, and Feb 4

designed and facilitated by

Susan Howlett 

and David Westerlund

You know many people count on you to deliver on multiple fronts, and you wonder how you’ll stay grounded, confident, and inspiring when you’re struggling with uncertainty yourself.

This four-part course offers you the opportunity to discover, create, and practice strategies that result in increased personal and organizational resilience in challenging times.

Hands-on exercises and interactive conversations with other leaders on the same path will equip you to navigate the shifting landscape ahead.

This course is for you

if you want to:

Create powerful virtual engagement with others that energizes

Invest in relationships that are essential to your health and your nonprofit’s 

Explore complex leadership issues in a confidential, trust-filled environment

Bring your whole self - vulnerable and imperfect - to the conversations

Gourmet Meal

By the end of this course

you will have:

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Amy Lee Derenthal,

Executive Director

Senior Center,

West Seattle

David and Susan have two different styles, personalities, and teaching methods and they fit perfectly together.  I got what I needed from being around other smart leaders who felt comfortable sharing and learning from each other.  If you’re looking for tools to help with resilience you'll find them here! 

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Vicci Hilty,

Executive Director

Domestic Violence Services

of Snohomish County

Everett, WA

Honestly I think we all need this right now during the pandemic. It’s caused a lot of stress within our agency and in all of our lives. So to have the tools that we need is really important for me as I help with my staff and my family. I thoroughly enjoyed the class. Every day when I stepped back, I walked away feeling better with some new tools in my toolbelt that I was able to use immediately with my team and my family. It’s been a beautiful thing. I highly recommend taking this course!

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Brent Mason

Executive Director

Foss Waterway Seaport

Tacoma, WA

David and Susan gave us tools to use in our professional lives and our personal lives. They helped us all feel safe and we realized that we were not alone. The variety of activities we engaged in meant it wasn’t just content being spewed at us. It felt like we were on a weekend retreat, where we had the chance to bond with other great colleagues.

Developed Personal Resilience

Developed and refined personal practices that foster resilience

Improved Organizational Resilience

Identified strategies for increasing organizational resilience

Practiced New Tools for Richer Engagement

Practiced exercises to promote richer engagement virtually

Co-created a Community of Practice

Co-created a community of practice that supports you during and after the course

Intentionally designed for

leaders who want to lean in

Skilled facilitators will help you identify your biggest challenges and discover simple, no-cost ways to address them as we solve problems and tap into hidden resources, using

  • guided personal reflection

  • carefully crafted group conversations that build deep connections

  • new virtual tools and resources

  • time for making plans to bring it all to life in your world

What's unique about our virtual course?

This is NOT a Webinar.

This course is highly engaging, interactive course in real time, with an intimate cohort of nonprofit leaders

We're Going Deep.

If you want to cultivate the resilience of your nonprofit, it's critical that you cultivate your own resilience.

There is so much changing and in flux in the world right now. Now is an opportune time to examine our mindset, and choose growth over stagnancy. 

 We're creating a cohort of accountability so that you can take clear action to develop your personal and organizational resilience. 

Registration is limited.

Sign up today.

Dates for this four-session interactive course

[Cohort #2]

Thursday, January 14

Thursday, January 21

Thursday, January 28

Thursday, February 4

10am-noon (PST)

1-3pm (EST)

Cost: $695

Note: When you click this button your browser will open a new tab where you can register via Susan Howlett's website


"Susan and David led the most participatory Zoom workshop I've ever been in, which is also a great tool to use with stakeholders. It was great fun and also provided very useful info."

- Toni Higgs,

Development Specialist,

Hunger Intervention Program

Meet Our Team

Susan and David design and facilitate virtual, real-time, workshops, courses, and retreats that amplify engagement to unlock hidden resources within individuals and organizations.


Susan Howlett

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Susan has been strengthening nonprofits for over 40 years, as a board member, development director, executive director, and consultant to thousands of nonprofits across the continent.  Author of two award-winning books (Getting Funded: The Complete Guide to Writing Grant Proposals, now in its 6th edition, and Boards on Fire: Inspiring Leaders to Raise Money Joyfully), Susan has also been lead faculty in the University of Washington’s year-long certificate in Fundraising Management Program since 1990.  Longtime leader in professional associations, she facilitates dozens of board retreats each year and speaks, trains, and consults nationally, known for offering practical solutions to thorny problems, delivered with humor, stories, and chocolate.


David Westerlund

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David delights in listening to the aspirations of leaders and helping them unlock hidden resources by facilitating meaningful engagement.  This unleashes innovation, and leads to resilient, supportive, joyful, and agile workplace cultures that allow organizations to have greater momentum and impact towards their mission. His work as a consultant, facilitator, and coach is informed by the philosophy and practice of Liberating Structures and Applied Improvisation, both of which amplify our ability to connect and build trust.  He believes that in order to solve the complex problems we are facing we must be collaborative and intentionally develop skills of presence, agility, and creativity. He worked in the non-profit sector for 15 years and continues to serve nonprofits. His clients include: United Way of King County, PeaceHealth, Skagit Valley College Foundation, Non-GMO Project, Bastyr University, Catholic Community Services, and the USDept of Agricutlure’s Center for Training and Development. He currently serves on the board for AFP/AdvancementNW.

Contact Us

David Westerlund

 Tel: 360-223-7548

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