Company of Experts, Inc.
Monthly Newsletter June / 2011
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In these past two months we have celebrated mothers and fathers whose love, compassion, and patience help mold our future leaders.  


"It's not only children who grow.  Parents do too.  As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours.  I can't tell my children to reach for the sun.  All I can do is reach for it, myself."  ~Joyce Maynard


Parenting, Grandparenting and lending a hand to our next generation as they grow, learn, thrive, and celebrate is a shared experience, blessing and joy that we can all join. Jim Pulliam and I have the good fortunate to have worked with so many young people throughout our professional careers and we realize how fortunate we have been. We support all of you who do work to enrich the lives of so many. We thank each of you and encourage you to reach out to children who need someone to help them find their compass. What better objectives could we have for modeling behaviors for student?


We invite you to check out a new website set up by the U.S. Department of Health and  Human Services at You can visit the site and take the "Fatherhood Pledge" which is in response to President Obama's call for a national conversation on responsible fatherhood and healthy families.


We invite each of you to join in the high energy and well-being that gratitude, compassion, and generosity brings to each of us. As always, we thank each of you for sharing your stories of success - seeking the high points to learn, adapt, and thrive - your stories always bring such light into our office and to our work.

Your Friends at Company of Experts


Welcome to the Ai Community
Company of Experts is pleased to introduce its newest Certified Appreciative Inquiry Facilitators (CAIF) to its growing Ai family.

The individuals listed below participated in our 4-day  Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT) program and submitted a practicum demonstrating their knowledge and application of Appreciative Inquiry. In reading their practicums, we are able to celebrate in their achievements and observe how Appreciative Inquiry has positively influenced their lives - personally and professionally.
New practicums are frequently posted to our blog, so check back often to see what new stories have been posted. Click here for more practicums.
Words Create Worlds
Better living through positive dialogue
Words Create Worlds

Read an issue of our "Words Create Worlds" (WCW) - a periodical compilation of success stories collected from AIFT participants from around the world. Words Create Worlds illustrates how AIFT participants have used words to help shape their world and the world of others - resulting in positive change.


If you wish to read our WCW publications, please click here

Celebrating Earth Day 2011
Company of Experts gets dirty for a great cause!
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Heather Henson (left) and Melissa Robaina (right) are all smiles as they partake in a local cleanup in celebration of Earth Day

On April 22, 1970 over 20 million Americans rallied in the streets, parks, schools, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. According to, "Groups that had been fighting against oil spills, polluting factories and power plants, raw sewage, toxic dumps, pesticides, freeways, the loss of wilderness, and the extinction of wildlife suddenly realized they shared common values". That day in 1970 is one to remember. As a result of everyone's efforts, Congress enacted the United States Environmental Protection Agency in addition to passing the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species acts.


Company of Experts got down and dirty in celebration of Earth Day. The Company's Social Marketing Director, Melissa Robaina, along with their student intern, Heather Henson, joined Get Outdoors Nevada - an interagency volunteer program - in its fight to preserve the desert ecosystem. Full article can be read here.


Featured Event of the Month...

Inquiry-Based Management (4-part webinar series)

Thursdays, March 31 - April 21, 2011 at 9:00am PDT

inquiry based management_Company of ExpertsWhat is Appreciative Inquiry?

Appreciative Inquiry is a collaborative, strengths-based approach to both personal and organizational development that is proving to be highly effective in thousands of organizations and communities in hundred of countries around the world. It is a way of bringing about change that shares leadership and learning, fully engaging everyone in the organization.


What is Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT)?

Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training´┐Ż (AIFT) engages participants to learn about the foundations of Appreciative Inquiry as well as the skills to facilitate inquiry sessions. At the end of this intensive Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT), participants will understand how to guide organizations, groups, and communities to consciously and deliberately shift their collective way of being and seeing to an appreciative approach, that will help them focus on what's right in their organization, group or community, rather than on what's wrong.


This Appreciative Inquiry foundations course includes mini-lectures, and experiential learning (individual, pairs, trios, small group, and large group) as well as auditory and visual materials to enhance the learning experience. Each day has a morning and afternoon session; a morning and afternoon break; and one hour for lunch.  


Learn more about this event >>

Learn more about Appreciative Inquiry >> 

New Beginnings, New Opportunities
Wishing continued success on all of life's adventures...

Natalie Aisoff_Company of ExpertsToday is a big day for all that have worked, interfaced, had a conversation, or requested information from Natalie Aisoff.  Natalie is leaving the Company of Experts to be closer to family in Arizona. We wish her success, good wishes and happiness in everything she does.  


Since the Company of Experts was purchased by Jim Pulliam and Kathy Becker in 2005, Natalie has been a mainstay of the organization. Her never ending smile, friendly and comforting voice, mixed with a willingness and interest in assisting others are attributes we shall miss. One of the most important values for service is, did the individual make a difference for others in their journey? Without hesitation, Natalie Aisoff made a "difference".


Natalie, in turning the page, enjoy the journey.


We welcome you to sign Natalie's virtual "Card" via the discussion threads found on the Company of Experts' Facebook page. 

Going to the 2011 NCSPOD Conference?
Attend a pre-conference AIFT at a Special NCSPOD member price

Company of Experts is pleased to announce that the North American Council for Staff, Program and Organizational Development (NCSPOD) has joined with us as a partner in offering the popular Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT). The purpose of this training is to support its members' professional development just prior to the national conference in Charlotte, North Carolina. October 26-28, 2011. 


This special edition of the Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training has been designed to include asynchronous and synchronous learning to complement the NCSPOD conference in Charlotte, NC. Dates for this training are October 24-26, 2011 at the Levine Museum of the New South ~ approximately 4 blocks from the NCSPOD Conference Hotel.  


AIFT participants must complete the three full days of intensive onsite learning, plus online study, live webinars (to be scheduled), readings and exercises, and complete a supervised practicum (case study) which typically consists of five to forty hours of planning with client/Core Group, designing, delivery to stakeholder population, and documenting the inquiry (case study).


This AIFT is open to all individuals and organizations. Special pricing for NCSPOD members. To receive the NCSPOD price, please register for the NCSPOD conference first and then for this training.

To register for the 2011 NCSPOD conference, please click HERE
To learn more about this AIFT, please click HERE.
Do you have a cause that you are passionate about?
Get involved with GoodSearch...
GoodSearch_Company of ExpertsCompany of Experts is always seeking new things that we feel will be well received by you and your friends. Earlier in this issue we talked about contributing for the greater good of humanity. While our desire to contribute and donate may be great, many of us struggle to find the time or resources to support the causes we are passionate about. GoodSearch makes it easier than ever to help support the causes we all love.

GoodSearch is a free search engine that donates 50 percent of its sponsored search revenue to the charities and schools designated by its users. All you have to do it use GoodSearch exactly as you would any other search engine. Because GoodSearch is powered by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. Click here to learn more about GoodSearch.
Upcoming Events
New events are being added regularly...

To view our entire event calendar, click here

Become a Host for our Trainings
Receive two complimentary registrations as a thank you...
Company of Experts is seeking host organizations throughout the world to host any of our trainings (Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator Training (AIFT), Department Chair Institute (DCI), and Leadership Development Institute(LDI)). To show our gratitude, host organizations receive two complimentary registrations for a training held on their site.

Host organizations may limit the training to people at their organization or it can be open to others. If the training is open, Company of Experts partner with the host organization to help promote the training.

Please contact Kathy or Heather for more information.
In This Issue
New to the Ai Community
Words Create Worlds
Celebrating Earth Day 2011
Featured Event of the Month
New Beginnings, New Opportunities
Going to the 2011 NCSPOD Conference??
Do you have a cause that you are passionate about?
Upcoming Events
Become a Host for our Trainings
New Services
Quick Links
New Services

To start the New Year off right - Company of Experts developed several new programs that are designed to provide the skills and confidence to develop a framework for planning and implementing positive change as well as develop and harness energy for that change.  




Appreciative Coaching


Ask an Expert


Refer a Friend


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