Sam Kaner, Ph.D. is regarded as one of the nation's leading experts on consensus decision-making. He is the senior author of Facilitator's Guide to Participatory Decision-Making, and over the past 20 years he has been a featured speaker at the annual conferences of several professional associations, including the National Organization Development Network and the International Association of Facilitators. His corporate clients have included Hewlett-Packard, PricewaterhouseCoopers, VISA International, Charles Schwab and Company, and many other Fortune 500 companies. His public sector clients have included the California Supreme Court, the March of Dimes, Special Olympics, Annie E. Casey Foundation and many schools, community-based organizations and government agencies. Sam is the founder of the consulting firm Community At Work, and he has been its Executive Director since 1986.
Sarah Fisk, PhD. is an organization development consultant specializing in participatory decision-making and collaborative systems change. She is a co-author of Facilitator’s Guide To Participatory Decision-Making and has been a featured speaker of the annual conferences of the National Organization Development Network and the International Association of Facilitators as well as an adjunct professor at California Institute of Integral Studies. Sarah’s corporate clients have included Hewlett-Packard, Agilent, VISA International, Mercer Human Resource Consulting, Inc. and many other Fortune 500 businesses. Her public sector clients have included the March of Dimes, the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, Earth Island Institute, the City of Edmonton, Alberta, and numerous educational and government agencies and community based organizations. Sarah has been a senior consultant with Community At Work since 1996.
Cathy Toldi, M.A. is a specialist in multi-stakeholder collaboration, with a national reputation for effectiveness with public school systems. She has worked with educators and school administrators in Minnesota, Delaware, San Diego, Wisconsin and in numerous school districts throughout the Bay Area. She is a co-author of Facilitator’s Guide To Participatory Decision-Making, and she has led the Community At Work GROUP FACILITATION SKILLS workshops many times around the country. She has also taught conflict resolution and group facilitation in graduate programs at John F. Kennedy University and at Cal. State University, Monterey Bay. Cathy maintains a busy consulting practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, supporting community-based organizations and small businesses. Cathy has been professionally affiliated with Community At Work since 1994.