TableTalks Peer Learning Groups & BoardTalks

where nonprofit professionals learn from and support each other

Spring 2018 Schedule

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Executive Leaders

Choose either the Thursday or Friday cohort.

Thursdays, 9 a.m. – noon:
March 8, April 5, May 10, June 7

Facilitator: Janet Boguch

Fridays, 9 a.m. – noon
March 9, April 6, May 11, June 8

Facilitator: Janet Boguch

Development/ Fundraising Professionals

Choose either the morning or afternoon cohort.

Tuesdays, 9 a.m.– noon
March 20, April 17, May 22, June 19

Facilitator: Deb Salls

Tuesdays, 2-5 p.m.
March 20, April 17, May 22, June 19

Facilitator: Deb Salls

Individual/Major Gifts Professionals

Choose either the Thursday or Friday cohort.

Thursdays, 2 – 5 p.m.
March 15, April 12, May 10, June 14

Facilitator: Marion Mohrlok

Fridays, 2 – 5 p.m.

March 23, April 20, May 11, June 15

Facilitator: Laura  Johnson

The Major Gifts/Individual Gifts TableTalks Peer Learning Groups™ are geared toward those wanting to sharpen their skills and confidence in building strong  relationships  with potential and current donors for lasting financial support.

Whether you are starting a major gifts program, have a mature program and/or are in the midst of a capital campaign, this peer group is designed to meet your professional and organizational needs. 

The range of topics we cover is broad and participant driven, from prospecting, cultivating, soliciting to recognizing donors.  You will leave each session supported, encouraged and equipped with tools, resources and frameworks to use to strengthen your major gifts work. Based on the expertise and skills that each participant brings, these peer learning groups aim to foster an environment where we can all learn from one another and inspire each other.

Special Events Professionals

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. – noon
March 13, April 10, May 15,  June 12

Facilitators: Teresa Myers & Erin Tierney

Program Professionals

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – noon
March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13

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

Wednesdays, 9 a.m. – noon
March 28, April 25, May 23,  June 20

Facilitator: Tara Smith 

Build a firm foundation in fundraising best practices!

Whether you are an Executive Director, a Development Coordinator, a Marketing Manager, or have any staff role that touches fundraising and want a deeper understanding of its core concepts, this Learning Lab: Fundraising Fundamentals is for you!

The program includes a mix of instruction, real-life problem solving and peer support. The spring series will focus on the elements of a successful fundraising plan, including how to develop a case statement, while using fundamental tools such as the donor pyramid and giving charts.

Curriculum and conversations are  also determined based on participants’ own challenges and goals, and may include topics like social media, moves management and any and all fundraising related topics. This collegial peer group will provide the vocabulary and framework to raise funds in a more thoughtful and effective way.

 Here’s what people are saying:

“As a person with over 10 years of nonprofit leadership experience, but no formal fundraising training, Learning Lab was just what I needed. Not only was the curriculum highly useful, but I also deeply valued the opportunity to learn from and be inspired my peers.”

“I would highly recommend Learning Lab to anyone looking to strengthen their fundraising acumen and deepen their connections to other fundraising professionals.” 

“Not only did I realize I had more strengths than I thought, but I also became truly excited to increase my knowledge in areas I was inexperienced or uncomfortable.”

“Learning the Fundamentals of Fundraising gave me the structure and context to develop a deeper understanding of the profession that I hope to, one day, have a hand in leading.”

Spots are limited. Sign up today!


Mondays, 5–7:30 p.m.
March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18

Facilitator: Deidre McCormack Martin

BoardTalks™ is a unique learning opportunity offered to board members from all types and sizes  of nonprofit organizations who meet in a confidential and collegial setting to discuss “board best practices” and to solve current organizational problems. The monthly meetings allow time for participants to acquire and practice new skills in order to be the best possible board members. The sessions are fun, spirited and practical! The cohort group meets for  two and a half hour  sessions on a monthly basis.

Board leadership is hard work!  This series will provide tools, skills and information that can be used right away in order to increase board member effectiveness, satisfaction and confidence.  In addition to discussing board roles and responsibilities, the board building cycle and current governance trends, specific topics are based on registrants’ requests.

Sessions are at our comfortable Capitol Hill office that has  accessible and  free parking.  The Metro bus line is at the corner of her office block; bikes are welcome.

BoardTalks™ will be facilitated by  Deidre McCormack Martin, a long time TableTalks™ Facilitator and collaborator with Janet Boguch,  founder of TableTalks™ and BoardTalks™.  Deidre is a seasoned community and nonprofit leader.

Enrollment is limited to 12.  Resource  materials are provided to help build the board members’ tool boxes.

Enrollment is limited and sessions fill quickly.

To register, please register online or download the registration form.

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) .
$375 for early registration (paid by January 20)

TableTalks™  includes access to cohort listserv, materials, refreshments and monthly sessions. 

» Register online
» Download registration form
» Download Spring 2018 schedule (PDF)

How do I register for TableTalks™?

  • Enrollment in each cohort is limited. To register, please  sign up online
    or  download registration form
  • See TableTalks™ registration fees above. No make-up sessions. No refunds.
  • Registration includes: monthly 3-hour sessions; confidential listserv and resource sharing between sessions; hand-outs; refreshments.
  • For more information, email Janet Boguch.

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.