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Are you struggling with a problem and you want an experienced facilitator and remote leader in your corner?
I can give you the support and peace of mind to help you tackle that challenge or nail that upcoming event.
Facilitation Services 🛠
Group conversations and convenings involve a swirl of detail and without help you can get knocked off course. If you are interested in working with a facilitator to design an impactful experience for your next retreat, board meeting, high-stakes conversation, or event, I can help. Learn more about my facilitation services here. The first step is to book a call so we can discuss what you are trying to achieve.
Sometimes you need to talk. You need someone to ask good questions, provide expert advice, and help you get your head on straight so you can make a plan and get moving. I offer coaching support for people developing their remote culture, or wokring on sociotechnical issues. The first step is to give me a little more information about what you are looking for so we can explore and see if there is a mutual fit. Learn more about my coaching services.
What people say about my support 😍
In my 30 years of work, I've never seen a more skilled and intuitive facilitator than Alix. Her planning focuses on deeply understanding the needs of the individuals and creating the right amount of structure to work with what emerges when they come together as a group. Onsite, she holds the group dynamic with what seems like few words and little effort, but with remarkable effectiveness. She is attuned to what's said and unsaid, and to the interplay between the rational and the emotional, and the result is practical, real-world value. An event is a huge investment of time, money, and attention. Hiring Alix was the single best decision we made in support of a great return on that investment. I hope I get the chance to work with her many more times.
Jen Pahlka, Founder at Code for America and former Deputy CTO of the US Government
I’ve worked with Alix on several projects, and every time she has been a phenomenal thought partner. She always takes the necessary time to prepare and orient to the problem at hand, and then finds ways to work through the problem, approaching it from a new angle, and drawing on her own expertise to make the problem tractable. Alix has helped us solve problems involving complex team dynamics and the challenges of mission-driven teams. Whether providing expert perspectives on technology and justice or tackling complex organizational challenges, Alix is an exciting and inspiring partner to work with.
Madeleine Clare Elish, Senior Research Scientist, Google
Alix is an absolute gem. When we worked with her to facilitate our event, she listened deeply to what we were trying to accomplish, and used her deep knowledge of communities and conversations to build a flow for the event that not only hit all the right notes on the topic, but also really took into consideration the breadth of feelings and experiences that people were bringing with them. I already can't wait to work with Alix again!
Mark Lerner, Partnership for Public Service
Working with Alix has transformed the way I feel about initiating complex meetings. She has time and again demonstrated her capacity to curate thoughtful agendas, build trust among participants and manage complex interests, and funnel them into actionable, united outcomes. Alix is flexible and creative while facilitating, always ensures participants feel safe, respected and heard, and is an expert at surfacing tensions that need to be addressed. She is patient yet outcome-driven. Alix has eliminated the stress I used to feel organising meetings with complicated elements.
Hannah Draper, OSF
Meaningful change stems from open and honest conversation about difficult topics, and there is no one more skilled at facilitating those exchanges than Alix. I have personally experienced Alix facilitate conversations between parties who entered the room as skeptical adversaries and left with a sense of understanding and willingness to engage. Andrew Strait, formerly Policy and Partnerships team at DeepMind.
Alix is a facilitation machine – a unique combination of intuition, intellect and supreme organisational skills. I would trust any conversation in her care, from the high level strategy ones, to the weedy interpersonal ones. She helps groups deepen their trust, hone their analysis and grow their confidence in having difficult but vital conversations to be able to increase their impact in the world.
Tanya O'Carroll, formerly Director of Amnesty Tech
Bringing divergent perspectives together on important and often controversial topics is a critical aspect of our work at the Partnership on AI. Alix has been a significant partner in providing expert facilitation for priority projects and training for our entire program staff. Working with Alix has enabled us to develop a cohesive approach to facilitation, and ensure our convenings are highly productive and valuable.
Julia Davis, Director of Partnerships, Partnership on AI