Building a Culture of Trust in Collective Impact

, Online

About this workshop

Building and growing trust is one of the most critical factors to support long-term collaboration, and without it, engaging partners and community members, centering equity, and making progress as a collective can feel untenable.

This workshop will focus on practices that build and repair trust both interpersonally and among community members and partners. This begins with building authentic and empathetic relationships, is fostered through transparent communication, and advanced by working through difficult conversations and problem solving together. Participants will have opportunities to engage with each other and consider practical ways to apply the practices to their collective impact efforts.

This session includes a half-day workshop on October 26 from 1pm – 4:30pm ET. as well as copies of the workshop post-event recording and related presentation.

Faculty: Dominique Samari, Principle, P3 Development Group; Paul Schmitz, Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum

Register for this workshop

About Essentials for Collective Impact

This workshop is part of the Essentials for Collective Impact workshop series. Attendees can register for the full series pass and join all four online workshops, or register for an individual workshop on a specific topic.

Registration Details

To Register: Visit our Eventbrite site to register for a single workshop or a full series pass of all four workshops.

Workshop Rates: Individual topic workshops cost $175 each. The full series pass for all four workshops costs $599. Visit our registration site to join a workshop or the full series.

Scholarships: A limited number of reduced-price registration scholarships are available for this workshop. This scholarship reduces the single workshop registration from $175 to $50. To apply for a reduced-price scholarship, please fill out this form by Friday, October 6. Awardees will be notified if they are selected for a scholarship by October 10, 2023.

Cancellations and Refunds: Refunds are available, minus a 10% processing fee, as long as registrants contact us in writing ahead of the cancellation deadline. Please see our FAQ below for cancellation deadlines.

Have More Questions? Please see our FAQ further down this page for answers to frequently asked questions. If your question is not addressed in our FAQ, please reach out to Tracy Timmons-Gray at:

Workshop Faculty

Dominique Samari is Principle at P3 Development Group and is an experienced strategist, coach, and facilitator who helps organizations build and sustain equitable and inclusive change. A naturally empathetic leader, Samari specializes in supporting leaders as they navigate difficult and complex change. Samari began her career as a criminal defense attorney and a City of Milwaukee criminal court commissioner. She transitioned from the practice of law to international development, serving in key management positions for the U.S. Department of State’s Rule of Law Program in Afghanistan. There, she designed and implemented culturally-relevant strategies and training opportunities for over 2,000 Afghan criminal justice professionals. In 2011, Samari translated her diverse background and experience into co-founding P3 Development Group. Most recently, Samari has led planning for Imagine MKE, the city of Milwaukee’s first inclusive hub for arts and culture, helped set the strategic direction for the newly-created Milwaukee Parks Foundation, and facilitated racial equity and inclusion strategy development for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. Samari is also the creator of the Belonging Project, a year-long exploration into how individuals create a sense of belonging across differences. Informed and inspired by data from the Belonging Project, she subsequently developed Kin, an online platform designed to authentically connect individuals across real and perceived differences.

Paul Schmitz is Senior Advisor at the Collective Impact Forum and CEO of Leading Inside Out. Paul Schmitz builds the collective leadership of organizations and communities to achieve greater social impact through his roles as Senior Advisor at The Collective Impact Forum and CEO of Leading Inside Out. He is also the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up, and the former CEO of Public Allies, where he helped more than 5,000 diverse young adults begin careers working for community and social change. Paul is a faculty member of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute, was a social innovation advisor to the Obama White House, and has been named three separate years to The Nonprofit Times list of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in America. He lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and five children. Paul is the author of Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up (Jossey Bass, 2011). The book is based on lessons learned from 21 years leading Public Allies, an innovative leadership development program that helped more than 5,000 passionate and diverse young leaders across the country begin careers working for community and social change. Paul is a faculty member of The Asset-Based Community Development Institute, and a board member of The Corps Network, the NYU Leadership Initiative, Playworks, and The United Way of Greater Milwaukee. Paul previously served on the board of Independent Sector, the association of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders, and was the co-chair of Voices for National Service, which led advocacy for AmeriCorps and other national service programs. Paul co-chaired the 2008 Obama Presidential campaign’s Civic Engagement Policy Group, was a member of The Obama-Biden Transition Team, and was appointed by President Obama to The White House Council for Community Solutions. Paul is an honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 2014, Paul was appointed the first Innovator in Residence at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Innovation. He has also been recognized by The Rockefeller Foundation as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow, by the Nonprofit Times three separate years as one of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in America, and by Fast Company Magazine with their Social Capitalist Award for innovation. He lives in Milwaukee with his wife and five children.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for this workshop? Please visit our registration site to join the full series or a single workshop.

Is this workshop in-person or online? This is an online workshop. We will be using Zoom Meeting for this session.

What time zone are the workshops using? We are using Eastern Time (US & Canada) with each session running from 1pm – 4:30pm ET. If you are joining from another time zone, please note the time difference.

What will this workshop entail? This 3.5 hour workshop on October 26 will include a mix of presentation, Q&A, and small group discussions. There will be a short break planned during the workshop.

What accessibility practices will Essentials for Collective Impact be using? We will have zoom auto-captions on for each workshop. Ahead of the workshop, we will send out copies of any presentation or handouts that the workshop will use. After the workshop, we will be sharing recordings of the workshop as well as any referenced resources.

Who Is Essentials for Collective Impact designed for? The Essentials for Collective Impact series can be helpful for anyone working in a collective impact effort, but may be especially helpful for those in the beginning/early stages of their collaborative work. If you are preparing to launch your collaborative or are in the first few years of your initiative, the resources shared in this series of workshops may be very valuable. The series is also broken up by topic, so you may choose the full series or the specific topic that you are most interested in.

If I attended the Essentials for Collective Impact workshop series in Fall 2022, will the content be the same? Can I join this series? The 2023 Essentials for Collective Impact series workshops are all new and are different from the topics in the 2022 series. So yes, please join us this fall!

What’s the difference between the Full Series and Single Workshop registration? If you are signing up for the full Essentials for Collective Impact workshop series, you are signing up for all four workshops. If you sign up for a single workshop in the series, you will be just registering for that specific workshop.

Will workshops be recorded? The workshop presentation and full group Q&A will be recorded and shared after the workshop with those who registered. Breakout group discussions that will be part of each workshop will not be recorded. Recordings will be shared within a week after the workshop.

Are there Group Rates available? Yes. If you have 10 or more people interested in registering for the complete Essentials for Collective Impact series of all four workshops ($599), there is a 10% discount available. Please contact Christopher Pulido at on how to access this discount. Single workshops in the series do not have a group discount.

Can my team sign-up with one registration? No. Each person will require their own registration as this is an active workshop where attendees will be broken up into small groups during the workshop time to discuss learning questions during the session.

How do I request a refund? Registered participants who decide to cancel their participation in either the full Essentials for Collective Impact workshop series or a single workshop will receive a refund of their registration fee minus a 10% processing fee. The 10% fee covers non-recoupable administrative and credit card processing expenses associated with registration and event preparation. All refund requests should be emailed to We are unable to process refunds after a refund deadline has passed.

Refund Cancellation Deadlines:

Full Workshop Series:

For a full four workshop series refund, requests for cancellations will be honored through Friday, September 8, 2023.

Single Workshops:

If you register for a single workshop, these are the refund deadlines. These are only for those who registered for a single workshop and not a full series pass.

  • Tools for Collaborative Engagement and Planning: Friday, September 8, 2023
  • Facilitating Collaborative Meetings: Friday, September 22, 2023
  • Navigating the Dangers to Collective Impact: Friday, October 6, 2023
  • Building a Culture of Trust in Collective Impact: Friday, October 20, 2023

Sign Up to Download

You will also receive email updates on new ideas and resources from Collective Impact Forum.

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Confirm Your Registration

You will also receive email updates on new ideas and resources from Collective Impact Forum.

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.