Collaborations that Work

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019, 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Location: Yellowjacket Union Great Room

Workshop for Collaborations

Especially in times of shrinking resources and strident disagreements on many issues, public leadership requires the willingness and ability to initiate, support, and implement successful collaborations.

Leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors, as well as private industry, are invited to come together to strengthen existing or planned collaborations and to explore new opportunities for collaborative relationships. This will be a highly interactive day, guided by the needs of those participating, with lots of opportunities for learning from the experiences of people in other communities and the experiences of those attending. Throughout the day you will learn:

  • Reasons to collaborate
  • Examples of collaboration that have had a positive impact in Wisconsin communities
  • Why collaborations are often difficult
  • What the common pitfalls are and how to avoid them
  • The importance of defining terms (i.e. collaboration, coordination, cooperation, partnership) at the beginning to help people decide what they want from the relationship
  • Key discussions and actions essential to starting a collaborative venture (and how to go back and amend them later)
  • How to keep a balanced focus on three things at once: results, relationships, and resilience

“Collaboration is a mutually beneficial and well-defined relationship entered into by two or more organizations to achieve results they are more likely to achieve together than alone.” – Karen Ray, Keynote speaker, workshop facilitator (

Two options for registration: Sessions I & II (full day) or Session 1 only (morning). If maximum enrollment is reached; preference will be given to those registering for the full day.

This workshop is made possible at no charge to those participating through a grant from the Tommy Thompson Center on Public Leadership.


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