TableTalks Peer Learning Groups

where nonprofit professionals learn from and support each other

Fall 2017 Schedule

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Executive Leaders

Choose either the Thursday or Friday cohort.

Thursdays, 9 a.m. – noon:  

September 21, October 26, November 16, December 14

Facilitator: Janet Boguch

Fridays, 9 a.m. – noon:

September 22, October 27, November 17, December 15

Facilitator: Janet Boguch

Development/ Fundraising Professionals

Choose either the morning or afternoon cohort.

Wednesdays, 9:00 a.m.– noon:  

September 20, October 11, November 1, December 13

Facilitator: Deb Salls

Wednesdays, 2-5:00 p.m.: 

September 20, October 11, November 1, December 13

Facilitator: Deb Salls

Individual/Major Gifts Professionals

Choose either the Thursday or Friday cohort.

Thursdays, 2 – 5 p.m.:  

September 28, October 19, November 9, December 21

Facilitator: Deirdre McCormack Martin

Fridays, 2 – 5 p.m.:

 September 22, October 27, November 17, Decewmber 15

Facilitator: Deirdre McCormack Martin

Special Events Professionals

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – noon: September 26, October 24, NOvember 28, December 19

Facilitators: Teresa Myers & Erin Tierney

Program Professionals

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – noon: 

September 27, Ocotber 25, November 29, Decmber 20

Facilitator: Tara Smith

The Program Professionals Peer Learning Group bings together those who manage, direct or coordinate program area of their nonprofit organizations. Shared challenges include topics such as managing up, leading from behind, performance management, hiring and retaining staff. From managing/leading small to large budgets, staff and volunteer teams, the Program Leaders in this cohort share issues and solve problems in a colleagial, confidential setting. Learning from one another, this interactive cohort leaves each session with tools, resources and frameworks to use to strengthen their programs, along with ideas on how to maintain more of a balanced professional and personal life.

TableTalks Learning Lab: Fundraising Fundamentals


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Facilitator: Tara Smith 

The Learning Lab: Fundraising Fundamentals peer learning group delivers core concepts of non-profit fundraising through instruction and real-life problem solving for development professionals. Over this series of four 3-hour sessions, participants will deepen their knowledge of fundamentals such as the donor pyramid, giving charts, developing fundraising plans and donor centered methodologies. In addition to the focus on fundraising principles, participants will share and solve problems in a confidential setting, while building a network of colleagues for support. The curriculum will feature pre-planned material as well as topics requested by participants.​

What are TableTalks—Peer Learning Groups™?

Described by participants as ‘creative, stimulating and supportive’, TableTalks—Peer Learning Groups™ are facilitated, personalized peer-learning groups that are comprised of 10 to 14 participants who meet monthly as a cohort for three hour sessions. These supportive groups are facilitated by Janet Boguch and her experienced TableTalks Facilitator Team. The TableTalks format is designed to meet the needs of the participants in a collegial atmosphere. TableTalks is a forum for discussing practical solutions and brainstorming ideas in a confidential, safe and comfortable setting.

Sessions are held at Non-Profit Works, a comfortable space on Capitol Hill/Seattle; parking is accessible and free! The bus stops one block away.

Enrollment is limited and sessions fill quickly.

$395 ($385 for returning registrants) – TableTalks™  includes access to cohort listserv, materials, refreshments and monthly sessions.

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How do I register for TableTalks™?

Each cohort uses its own listserv to communicate and share resources between monthly sessions.

At each monthly session, specific topics are based on participants’ requests. Examples have included: Time Management; Effective Teams; Board Evaluations; Burn-out; Getting Started in Planned Giving; Developing a Philanthropic Organizational Culture, Useful Social Media Networking Strategies, among many others.

The cohort group often selects a book to read and discuss. Examples have included: Susan Scott’s Fierce Conversations, Daniel Pink’s Drive, Heath Brothers’, Switch, John Gardner’s On Leadership, Lencioni’s Five Dysfunctions of Teams; Malcolm Gladwell’s Tipping Point, Jim Collin’s Good to Great, Penelope Burk’s Donor Centered Fundraising, articles from the Harvard Business Review and many others.


In 1990, Janet Boguch – Principal of Non-Profit Works since 1988 – founded TableTalks—Peer Learning Groups™ to meet the needs of nonprofit professionals who wanted to learn from each other, gain new knowledge and skills and to discuss timely issues and topics relevant to managing and leading nonprofit organizations. There are now several peer learning groups tailored to particular professional roles and functions, as well as cohorts tailored to board members and board officers.