I am highly recommending Mary Ann Downey for any position she may propose
to teach the consensus building process. I have known Mary Ann for three years
in her capacity of presenter/ facilitator for all day workshops delivered to
Leadership Greater Galesburg, a community leadership program. She is extremely
creative, flexible, organized and prolific in this endeavor.
When teaching our very diverse group, she didn't just "put her time in" but engaged
everyone in the experience of decision-making using consensus. Participants relay
back to me that they are actually facilitating, teaching, and using Consensus
Building in their workplace, in community and church organizations, and at home,
when difficult decisions need to be made.
Ms. Downey is a master at conveying ideas and processes to others through her
speaking, examples, exercises, and story telling. I have observed different language
in our local media that tells me an impact is being made because leaders in our
community really understand Consensus Building.
Here are some direct quotes from participants in Ms. Downey's workshop: In answer
to the question, "Which of the 21st Century Leadership Capacities have you taught
"Building Consensus. I chair the National Stearman Fly-in committee in our community.
We had some different thoughts within the group on the direction of this year's
celebration. By teaching consensus building, we were able to each voice our opinions
and arrive at a solution agreeable to all
"I'm working at incorporating the consensus process in our staff meetings at
work. The most useful and exciting thing to see is how positions and ideas are
not identified or given over to one person. After learning to trust the process,
things progress in a refreshing, positive manner."
"Because of my workshop day with Mary Ann Downey and her teaching partner I learned
how to listen more carefully and hear what others have to say."
Please call me if you need further information at (309) 343-2030.
Sandra S. Fisk
Leadership Greater Galesburg
2101 Windish Drive, Suite 212
Galesburg, IL 61401