Community Engagement in Collective Impact

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Community Engagement in Collective Impact. February 23-24, 2023

Workshop Date: Thursday, February 23. 1pm – 4:30pm ET (Eastern Time – US & Canada)

Faculty Coaching Hour: Friday, February 24. 1pm – 2pm ET (Eastern Time – US & Canada)

What does it mean to do “community engagement” and what are the variety of avenues to communicate, collaborate, and co-lead with your community?

The Community Engagement in Collective Impact workshop will focus on foundational concepts and practices around community engagement. This workshop will also review a series of tools for planning community engagement to be more purposeful, equitable, transparent, and strategic so that community residents and grassroots leaders are true partners for achieving impact.

This session includes both a half-day workshop on February 23 from 1pm – 4:30pm ET and a one-hour office hour with workshop faculty to answer further questions on February 24 from 1pm – 2pm ET.

Who is this workshop designed for? This workshop is designed for participants who are new to thinking about how to embed community engagement into their collective impact work and are looking for foundational practices and approaches.

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

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Registration Details

Workshop Rates: Individual registration is $175. Visit our workshop page on Eventbrite to register.

Group Rates: If you have 10 or more people interested in registering for the workshop, there is a 10% discount available. Please contact Christopher Pulido at to access this discount.

Scholarships: A limited number of reduced-price registration scholarships are available for this workshop. This scholarship reduces registration from $175 to $50. To apply for a reduced-price scholarship, please fill out this form by Friday, February 3. Awardees will be notified if they are selected for a scholarship by February 8.

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 more information about cancellations. The deadline for refunds is February 17, 2023.


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 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. 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.


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register? Visit our registration site to join this workshop.

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

What timezone is this workshop held in? This workshop and coaching hour are held during Eastern Time (ET), US & Canada. The workshop is 1pm – 4:30pm ET on Feb. 23 and the Coaching Hour is 1pm – 2pm ET on Feb. 24.

What will this workshop entail? This 3.5 hour workshop on February 23 will include a mix of presentation, Q&A, and small group discussions. There will be a short break planned during the workshop.

What does a Faculty Coaching Hour entail? This is an hour of open Q&A on February 24 with the workshop faculty and attendees, focused on the topic of the workshop.

Will workshops be recorded? The workshop presentation and faculty coaching hour will be recorded and shared after the workshop with those who registered. Breakout group discussions that occur during the workshop will not be recorded. Recordings will be shared within one week of the workshop. Recordings are available for three months after the workshop.

Should I attend if I joined a previous session of Community Engagement in Collective Impact? This workshop will be similar to past ones we held on this topic. If you have attended this session in the past, or attended this session as part of our Champions for Change backbone workshop, we would recommend this session if you are looking for a refresher of that content, or as a new learning opportunity for your teammates or partners. If you are not looking for a refresher, but for a completely new learning experience, we recommend our annual Collective Impact Action Summit instead. The 2023 Action Summit will be held April 25-April 27, 2023.

What accessibility practices will this workshop be using? We will have Zoom auto-captions on for this workshop and coaching hour. In the days ahead of the workshop, we will send out copies of any workshop presentations or handouts. After the workshop, we will share recordings of the workshop presentation, participant Q&A, and faculty coaching hour. If you have other access needs not listed above, please reach out to Tracy Timmons-Gray at

Can my whole 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 throughout the workshop time to discuss learning questions during the session.

How do I cancel my registration and request a refund? All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Registered participants who decide to cancel their participation 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 the refund deadlines detailed below.

Refund Cancellation Deadline

Workshop Refund Deadline: If you registered for the workshop “Community Engagement in Collective Impact,” the deadline for cancellations and refunds is Friday, February 17, 2023.

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