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Fool-Proof Facilitation Practices

You can trust the experience and wisdom of any group using tried and true facilitation methods. They will surprise you, and themselves when given a solid, reliable process and a neutral facilitator.

Kathleen Osta

Kathleen Osta

As President of Vital Clarity, Kathleen Osta designs and facilitates participatory meetings that help organizations fulfill their purpose. She has mastery of consensus facilitation methods that articulate and build alignment within groups. With 30 years of experience applying these methods in a wide range of settings and fields, her intent is always to draw out the best thinking and creativity from all participants. She specializes in organizational and personal strategic planning, and change management and has experience as a trainer of facilitation methods.

She says, “My professional career began in human services in 1972 when I held positions such as manager, public relations professional, and development director. I dedicated 12 years to programs that serve families with young and adult children with cognitive and physical challenges. Since 1989 I have focused on leading groups to develop and implement realistic strategic plans. Equipped to work within many professional arenas, I have a depth of experience in the local government and private sectors, the disability field, social services, health care, nonprofit mergers, education, collaborations, and marketing.

I have a B.A. in Sociology from Nazareth College of Rochester, N.Y., and 30+ years of management and consulting experience. I am a charter member of the Arizona Organization Development Network, a member of the Technology of Participation (ToP) Trainers Network, and the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

As a mentor trainer of the Institute of Cultural Affairs’ “Technology of Participation® and Facilitation Methods” course, ​I have equipped hundreds of leaders with the tools and benefits of facilitative leadership. I am also certified to conduct “The Power Within Change” program developed by ChangeWorks Global.

I founded and led AshevilleConnects for three years, a community initiative dedicated to information and resource sharing across a wide range of community sectors. Through candid dialogues and speed-dating style information-sharing sessions, delightful coincidences and collaborations were hatched and community members made good use of previously untapped resources.

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I am committed to designing and offering experiences that entice individuals and groups to move beyond their previous limits.

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