Our Services

Laurel is passionate about working with your staff, boards or other groups to create customizable training experiences that will move them from overwhelm to confidence. She brings to each engagement a blend of education, inspiration and understanding. Her unique style is grounded in the depth and diversity of her nearly two decades experience as an advocate, resulting in “aha” moments along with needed momentum for you and your group.

Most organizations interested in pursuing Advocacy as a leadership strategy benefit from training because it requires shifting mindsets while also learning new skills and behaviors like:

  • Getting comfortable with risk,
  • Exercising influence in a more public way and
  • Having difficult conversations with key stakeholders like boards and funders.
  • Whether its a two hour workshop or a two day retreat, Laurel is adept at identifying each clients’ unique needs and starting points to produce an energizing and highly interactive experience that will create the momentum you’re looking for.


    Read what people have to say about how Laurel’s trainings created momentum for them to take action:

    Signature Trainings

    Demystifying Advocacy

    In this course, you’ll receive the key pieces of information needed to shift your organization’s readiness and understanding about advocacy. Before nonprofits can create change in the external landscape they need to educate themselves on what’s possible with advocacy

      Learning Outcomes include
  • Strategies for overcoming common barriers to effective advocacy engagement
  • How to make the necessary mindset shifts from feeling overwhelmed and under-resourced to one of excitement about the possibilities for advocacy.
  • Clarity about what Advocacy Is and Isn’t, including what’s legally permissible with advocacy
  • Clarity about your organization’s unique capacities and challenges to engage in advocacy
  • Getting Your Board on Board

    Too often Board’s confuse policy with politics. In this training your board will learn how to move beyond apprehension and become more confident and comfortable with advocacy as a leadership strategy for the organization.

      Learning Outcomes include
  • An assessment of your board’s advocacy readiness quotient, including board culture
  • Education on what Advocacy Is and Isn’t along with what is legally permissible
  • Greater clarity around the board’s role and responsibilities for overall leadership and advocacy
  • Strategies and next steps for engaging your board more deeply in an ongoing role as an ambassador for the organization,
    including advocacy
  • The Three Pillars of Effective Advocacy Fundraising

    Fundraising for advocacy doesn’t need to be difficult. Learn the keys to improving your fundraising support for advocacy.

      Learning Outcomes include
  • Key strategies for aligning your advocacy and fundraising engagement efforts for greater impact
  • Defining staff roles and responsibilities for optimum impact
  • Identify the key points to make when making your case to a funder

  • National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, webinar “Supporting Advocacy Through Grantmaking”, February 16, 2017.
  • Network of Jewish Human service Agencies, Training for Network CEOs, “Amplify Your Leadership Through Advocacy”, October 25, 2018.
  • National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers, webinar “Supporting Advocacy Through Grantmaking”, February 16, 2017.
  • Evanston Community Foundation, “Demystifying Advocacy”, February 9, 2017 Evanston, Il.
  • Chicago Foundation for Women, Advocacy Academy, February 9, 2017 Chicago, IL
  • New Jersey Historic Trust Annual Meeting, Demystifying Advocacy, June 9, 2017
  • Indiana Philanthropic Association, June 7, 2016
  • Forefront, Chicago, IL February 26, 2016
  • Chicago Foundation for Women, Advocacy Academy, Chicago, IL Feb. 2015, 2016
  • YWCA Leadership & Capacity Building Institute, Palm Springs, CA- Feb 4, 2016
  • Kellogg School of Management, November 17, 2015
  • Board Source Leadership Forum, November 9, 2015
  • Florida Philanthropic Network, October 27, 2015 Miami, FL
  • New Jersey Council of Grantmakers, Demystifying Advocacy Workshop, May 2014
  • Not sure where to start? Click here to schedule a call with me so we can discuss your needs in more detail.