My guest for this episode is Rebecca Sutherns. Rebecca is an insightful and high energy collaborative strategist. She is a world class facilitator who has served as a trusted advisor to hundreds of mission-driven organizations in Canada and internationally for more than 20 years. Rebecca is a skilled communicator, with a particular gift for helping leaders make wiser decisions faster. She specializes in facilitating strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, strong governance and effective teamwork, and is the author of Nimble: Off Script But Still On Track – a coaching guide for responsive facilitation and more recently Sightline: Strategic plans that gather momentum not dust.

Here’s what to expect during the episode:

  • How can we plan at a time with COVID-19 around? Planning doesn’t only have to occur when you know what’s going to happen.
  • What does collaborative planning entail? How can it benefit a nonprofit?
  • In a nonprofit setting, who collaborates with who?
  • The factors to consider when designing a planning process. Understand the output you want, why it matters, who you need to get it, and how to make everything come together.
  • There’s no need to have entirely-fixed plans! Organizations need to be structured and flexible at the same time.

You can see Rebecca on her website

Her LinkedIn is at and her Twitter is

Check out these resources mentioned in the episode!

Nimble: Off Script But Still On Track

What The Hell Do We Do Now?: An enterprise guide to COVID-19 and beyond

Get Mary’s free guide: How to Engage Your Board in Fundraising, by going to

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