In this issue of HUE News:

  • Message from HueLife
  • Pro Tip- Community Engagement
  • Partner Spotlight- Amanda Koonjbeharry
  • Client Spotlight- AC4C
  • 2023 Courses
  • Mission Update
  • Upcoming Courses

We look forward to seeing you in the virtual space and in person!

-The HueLife Team

Message From HueLife

A Moment Of Pause And Reflection

Pro Tip

Community Engagement

Community Engagement is becoming a buzzword for simply checking the box on what an agency needs to do to meet a statutory requirement or stakeholder expectations. However, little thought is often given to the “Why?” Why is engagement needed, and what is the purpose of engagement?

Through our work with coalitions, community advocates, and local governments, we experienced at the basic level, the need to clarify the purpose of engagement, then decide on who needs to be engaged and how. View an example of three different purposes that were identified through the process of developing ‘The Guide for Community Engagement’ with one of our municipal clients. Contact Dr. Irina Fursman to learn more.

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Partner Spotlight

Amanda Koonjbeharry

Amanda Koonjbeharry loves helping people thrive. She is a natural connector, bridge builder,

advocate, and strong facilitator. Unafraid of taking on challenging topics, Amanda approaches her work from her heart and brings people together to create authentic connections and community.

Amanda’s professional career has been rooted in social justice, including work to end/prevent domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Amanda currently works at Tunheim where she merges her enthusiasm for solving tough public policy issues with her passion for leveraging communications strategies that inspire and promote change. Amanda recently served as a Council Member on the Minnesota Department of Human Services Cultural and Ethnic Communities Leadership Council, and on the board of the Family Housing Fund. She was named 40 Under 40 by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in 2018 and received the Rising Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development in 2021.

When not working, you can find her dancing away at a salsa class, traveling to a new city, immersed in a good book, or exploring a new walking trail.

Where Are They Now?

Alliance of Coalitions for Change

AC4C came along as a statewide community-based organization and it was a great opportunity for coalitions that were on their own to share their successes and failures. In addition, they could speak with a unified voice. AC4C took the coalition to the next level – very timely to work at the state level.”

– Dale Woolery, Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy

The Alliance of Coalitions for Change (AC4C) has been using ToP Methods since its inception. No one knew better than Angie Asa-Lovstad, co-director of AC4C at the time, how powerful ToP Methods can be! She led the development of AC4C by engaging all partners, statewide stakeholders, and community coalitions via ToP Methods. Quarterly retreats are game-changers, and they are not stopping anytime soon. In addition to the quarterly retreats, AC4C is currently organizing its Annual Conference, where they recognize the collective actions of the state. This year they are set to feature a Youth Track to sustain the prevention efforts.

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HueLife Update

2023 Courses

Elevate your professional skills and create a bigger impact within your organization and your community.

HueLife's 2023 Courses are coming!

Grow beyond your limits individually and as a team. Watch our training calendar for registration to open.

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HueLife Update

Facilitation Graphics Workshops Are Back

As we are returning to in-person meetings and facilitation workshops, many of us need to refresh our skills in making posters, visuals, cue cards, room signs, etc. We are bringing back Facilitation Graphics Workshop in 2023! Get on the list if you would like to be informed about when the workshop registration goes live!

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Time to Celebrate Achievements

Dave - New Lumina Practitioner

Congratulations to Dave, he is now a Certified Lumina Practitioner!

Dave's commitment to learning and willingness to get outside his comfort zone is truly admirable.

This is a well-deserved achievement!

Marcy- New Certified ToP® Facilitator

Meet Marcy Douglas, the newly Certified ToP® Facilitator. Marcy, strategic planning specialist at Missouri River Energy has taken ToP methods to a whole new level!

You are an inspiration and we are so proud of you. Let the journey continue!

Global Synergy Group

Thank you!

During the week of Thanksgiving, we are especially grateful to all our partners, colleagues, and friends who supported our mission in Ukraine. We have been able to raise over $200,000 to date! Friends, thank you for your generosity and help!

Envisio was one of the first companies that responded to our call for action, mobilizing and activating the GovTech Industry in support of Ukraine! But, the marketing team at Envisio continues to support our work, and for that, we are grateful to you: Josh Elyea, Tate Tham, and Liz Steward!

To learn more about our causes and volunteers, visit our website

Upcoming Courses

HUE Conversations

January 12 - Twin Cities, MN

January 23 - Madison, WI

February 1 - Liberty, NY

February 15 - VIRTUAL

February 28 - Carmel, IN

March 28 - Rochester, MN


ToP® Facilitation Methods

December 6 & 7 - St. Louis Park, MN COURSE FULL

December 7 & 8 -Orlando, FL

January 10 & 11 - Kansas City, MO

January 19 & 20 - Las Vegas, NV

February 7 & 8 - Madison, WI

February 16 &17 - Orlando, FL


ToP® Strategic Planning

December 7 & 8 - Asheville, NC

January 9 &10 - Orlando, FL

February 28 - March 1 - Twin Cities, MN


Approaches To Environmental Scanning

February 9 - Madison, WI

March 21 - Twin Cities, MN

June 14 - Asheville, NC


Mastering Technology of Participation® (MToP) 2023-2024- Minneapolis, MN

Intensive I October 25th-27th, 2023

Intensive II January 24th -26th, 2024

Intensive III April 24-26, 2024

Intensive IV July 24-26, 2024

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Mastering Technology of Participation® (MToP) 2023 - Asheville, NC

Intensive I March 8th - 10th, 2023

Intensive II June 7th- 9th, 2023

Intensive III September 13th -15th, 2023

Intensive IV December 6th -8th, 2023


Virtual Community of Practice

December 5th 2023

Noon - 1PM CST


HueLife 2022 Tour Locations

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ToP Facilitation Methods and ToP Strategic Planning are eligible for 14 CEHs from the following boards:


CEUs are also offered from Normandale Community College for any ToP course offered at their university.

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