Introduction to Appreciative Inquiry

Build Organizational StrengthsOverview:

How does your organization become a creative and innovative leader for the new world order? Corporations, NGO’s,  Education, and the miliary are using Appreciative Inquiry to create postive change within their organizations.  This short introduction to Appreciative Inquiry will show you why so many organizations are looking to this whole human systems approach to change their organizational culture, to creatively engage stakeholders and magnify their results.

Designed For:

Professionals involved in the following areas: business, education, government, health-care, human services, non-profit organizations, and management and organizational development consultants.

Learning Outcomes:


  • Understand the theory and practice of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Find out what makes AI so different?  Understand the D’s
  • Understand strength-based vs. deficit-based assessment of individuals and organizations
  • Learn how organizations are planning for their future by eliciting vision and hope, building on strengths, and inspiring constructive engagement and action

Material / Technical Requirements:

  • Computer with Internet access
  • Computer with the ability to read and print Microsoft Office Documents/Applications (i.e. PowerPoint, Word, PDF, etc.)

Faciliator Bio:

Kathy Becker worked in the California community college system for 27 years and served in staff and leadership positions in the library, disabled students and human resources, leaving the system as the first human resources officer for a new, rural college. As a student of the two-year system and as an employee both in the rural and urban college, Kathy was “bitten” early and has a passion for the collaborative learning environment.  Kathy has been certified by Company of as an Appreciative Inquiry Facilitator.

Kathy served as the Chief Human Resources Officer, Staff Development Coordinator, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, and had direct responsibility for contract negotiations, sexual harassment training, discrimination investigation, mediation and conflict resolution, discipline and grievance, management training, and leadership development. More>

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