The Big Bang (Training) Theory: Creative Facilitation & Training Techniques

You are an experienced nonprofit technology trainer who is responsible for internal training and leadership development. You have solid skills but you’re wanting to update your toolkit of facilitation and training tricks. Come explore new techniques to add to your training toolbox – learn how to generate ideas, add more fun, and move people through decisions and reflection – to freshen up your practice and recharge your passion for training. While our session is designed for experienced trainers, people of all levels will find useful ideas.

Our expert facilitators have decades of experience and will share their knowledge as well as tools and techniques that are proven winners. We’ll get you moving in this participatory session so come prepared to exchange ideas, be energized and inspired! As a bonus, resources for additional new ideas you can use back at the office will be shared.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore new training techniques
  • Exchange training ideas with instructors and other session attendees
  • Receive resources for additional training ideas


Cindy Leonard
Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management
Consulting Team Leader
Cindy Leonard is the Consulting Team Leader at the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management at Robert Morris University. She works with the consulting team to maximize client satisfaction and identify areas for growth. Additionally, she creates and teaches a variety of Bayer Center classes, convenes Bagels & Bytes meetings and organizes the annual TechNow conference. Cindy’s consulting specialty is helping nonprofits to leverage technology to meet their missions. An experienced website designer, she adds website planning, design and assessment to the portfolio of services at the Bayer Center. She has trained several thousand nonprofit professionals over the past 11 years. Cindy holds a B.S. in Computer Science, an M.B.A. and a M.Ed. in Instructional Design Technology, all from Seton Hill University. She blogs at

Beth Kanter
The Happy Healthy Nonprofit
Master Trainer, Speaker, Author, and Blogger
Beth Kanter was named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and is the author of the award winning Networked Nonprofit books and more recently The Happy Healthy Nonprofit. She is an internationally acclaimed master trainer and speaker, working in the nonprofit sector for over 35 years.

Jeanne Allen
Jeanne Allen Consulting
Jeanne teaches and consults with nonprofits in the intersection of Strategy, Leadership and Innovation. She is passionate about the network and technology mindset that nonprofits need to succeed in today's environment, Jeanne is a local organizer for NCTech4Good, and loves building the relationships to make that group successful. As a master trainer, facilitator and consultant, she definitely uses her extrovert tendencies to influence and create change.