Here's just a small sampling of recent projects we have completed

Washington State Department of Early Learning, Organizational Assessment    Conducted an organizational cultural assessment for DEL entailing an agency-wide organizational and health survey (using Athena’s Social Capital Assessment tool), 50 ethnographic interviews of a cross-section of DEL employees across all levels and regions, group ethnographic observation and extensive analysis and vetting of assessment results.

Washington State Department of Early Learning, Organizational Assessment

Conducted an organizational cultural assessment for DEL entailing an agency-wide organizational and health survey (using Athena’s Social Capital Assessment tool), 50 ethnographic interviews of a cross-section of DEL employees across all levels and regions, group ethnographic observation and extensive analysis and vetting of assessment results.

Washington State Department of Commerce, Housing Assistance Unit, Re-visioning of current Unit structure to support strategic goals    Provided facilitation and other forms of professional consultation to evaluate current business practices and staff resources with respect to both capacity (appropriate number of staff) and fit (appropriate roles, strengths, etc.), develop a new organizational chart, including reporting lines and position descriptions, outline any new resources needed to accommodate the changes; and provided leadership coaching support to the unit manager and his direct reports to help them become more responsive to the changes.

Washington State Department of Commerce, Housing Assistance Unit, Re-visioning of current Unit structure to support strategic goals

Provided facilitation and other forms of professional consultation to evaluate current business practices and staff resources with respect to both capacity (appropriate number of staff) and fit (appropriate roles, strengths, etc.), develop a new organizational chart, including reporting lines and position descriptions, outline any new resources needed to accommodate the changes; and provided leadership coaching support to the unit manager and his direct reports to help them become more responsive to the changes.

 
King   County Library System Leadership Development Program   Designed a leadership development program to cultivate a cross-organizational network of emerging leaders throughout the regionally dispersed library system. Cohort-based program features learning, practice and coaching to build competence in emotional intelligence, giving and receiving feedback, building trust, communicating effectively, influencing change and engaging conflict.

King County Library System Leadership Development Program

Designed a leadership development program to cultivate a cross-organizational network of emerging leaders throughout the regionally dispersed library system. Cohort-based program features learning, practice and coaching to build competence in emotional intelligence, giving and receiving feedback, building trust, communicating effectively, influencing change and engaging conflict.

The Washington State Department of Transportation    Gathered information regarding transportation challenges from the perspective of stakeholders, users of community transportation and hard to reach populations in urban and rural areas in order to enable WSDOT to make sure their Statewide Human Services Transportation plan was consistent with the needs of the population.

The Washington State Department of Transportation

Gathered information regarding transportation challenges from the perspective of stakeholders, users of community transportation and hard to reach populations in urban and rural areas in order to enable WSDOT to make sure their Statewide Human Services Transportation plan was consistent with the needs of the population.

 
United Way of Thurston County: Olympia Summit on Homelessness    Facilitated a series of meetings with a small group of community leaders to try and reach a high level of shared clarity regarding the need for and purpose of a generative, multi-stakeholder community conversation on homelessness built around Participatory Leadership principles and methods. This was followed by the day and a half long summit on homelessness where participants engaged deeply around the question,  How can our community respond to the homelessness issue in a healthy, compassionate way that will transform the status quo and lead to wise actions?  Over 40 people participated in the summit. They represented service providers, law enforcement, downtown business owners, developers, elected officials, funders, and individuals who previously experienced homelessness.

United Way of Thurston County: Olympia Summit on Homelessness

Facilitated a series of meetings with a small group of community leaders to try and reach a high level of shared clarity regarding the need for and purpose of a generative, multi-stakeholder community conversation on homelessness built around Participatory Leadership principles and methods. This was followed by the day and a half long summit on homelessness where participants engaged deeply around the question, How can our community respond to the homelessness issue in a healthy, compassionate way that will transform the status quo and lead to wise actions? Over 40 people participated in the summit. They represented service providers, law enforcement, downtown business owners, developers, elected officials, funders, and individuals who previously experienced homelessness.

Changing the Legacy of Race – Program Development and Facilitator Training & Coaching    Worked with board and staff members to identify an approach to change the work they did - from engaging communities in history and literature to strengthening communities through engaged civic practice and democratic traditions - that would both leverage the strengths that already existed among staff in their previous programming and increase their capacity to host and facilitate bridge-building community conversations on challenging topics. Developed and piloted a Community Conversations program on Changing the Legacy of Race and trained two experienced facilitators in advanced methods in intergroup dialogue, mentored them throughout the pilot project and worked with the team to evaluate the pilot effort.

Changing the Legacy of Race – Program Development and Facilitator Training & Coaching

Worked with board and staff members to identify an approach to change the work they did - from engaging communities in history and literature to strengthening communities through engaged civic practice and democratic traditions - that would both leverage the strengths that already existed among staff in their previous programming and increase their capacity to host and facilitate bridge-building community conversations on challenging topics. Developed and piloted a Community Conversations program on Changing the Legacy of Race and trained two experienced facilitators in advanced methods in intergroup dialogue, mentored them throughout the pilot project and worked with the team to evaluate the pilot effort.

 
Thurston Thrives: Facilitating countywide cross-sector action    Provided facilitation and technical assistance to Thurston County Board of Health’s Thurston Thrives collective impact initiative. This county-wide strategy is taking a system-wide approach to identifying the communities’ priority health outcomes and targets. Nine community action teams comprised of government, non-profit, business interests, and community members are developing a common agenda, aligned activities and shared measurements. We also facilitated the conversation and mechanisms for community funders to align their resources to support the strategic initiatives that result from this effort. The intent was to engage the entire community in making a collective impact on improved health in Thurston County. More than 100 organizations and at least 300 community leaders have participated in Thurston Thrives. Delivered 10 strategy maps, including a common agenda, aligned activities, and shared measures. Draft outline for a backbone structure to sustain the work.

Thurston Thrives: Facilitating countywide cross-sector action

Provided facilitation and technical assistance to Thurston County Board of Health’s Thurston Thrives collective impact initiative. This county-wide strategy is taking a system-wide approach to identifying the communities’ priority health outcomes and targets. Nine community action teams comprised of government, non-profit, business interests, and community members are developing a common agenda, aligned activities and shared measurements. We also facilitated the conversation and mechanisms for community funders to align their resources to support the strategic initiatives that result from this effort. The intent was to engage the entire community in making a collective impact on improved health in Thurston County. More than 100 organizations and at least 300 community leaders have participated in Thurston Thrives. Delivered 10 strategy maps, including a common agenda, aligned activities, and shared measures. Draft outline for a backbone structure to sustain the work.

Sound Transit, Continuous Process Improvement    Provided Sound Transit with on-call consulting services to assist the agency in creating and improving core processes that are critical to organizational performance. To date, Athena members have provided services to several different departments within Sound Transit on a total of 32 continuous improvement task orders such as; Controls and Authority, Reducing Project Delivery Times, A&E Invoice Review and Approval Process Improvement, HR-Payroll Employee Team Coaching, Interagency Permitting, and Signature Culture.

Sound Transit, Continuous Process Improvement

Provided Sound Transit with on-call consulting services to assist the agency in creating and improving core processes that are critical to organizational performance. To date, Athena members have provided services to several different departments within Sound Transit on a total of 32 continuous improvement task orders such as; Controls and Authority, Reducing Project Delivery Times, A&E Invoice Review and Approval Process Improvement, HR-Payroll Employee Team Coaching, Interagency Permitting, and Signature Culture.

 
Pac-Mtn WorkSource, WorkSource Operations Quality Improvement    Conducted a micro version of an organizational analysis with a focus on strategy, systems, and culture. These efforts led to the identification of a number of key issues and cultural enablers that could be leveraged to achieve the organization’s goals. A future-state process map was created for how to, inclusively, develop and deploy strategic goals annually. An implementation plan was created for how to achieve this future state map. As a result, leaders have a road map for how to better implement their strategic priorities.

Pac-Mtn WorkSource, WorkSource Operations Quality Improvement

Conducted a micro version of an organizational analysis with a focus on strategy, systems, and culture. These efforts led to the identification of a number of key issues and cultural enablers that could be leveraged to achieve the organization’s goals. A future-state process map was created for how to, inclusively, develop and deploy strategic goals annually. An implementation plan was created for how to achieve this future state map. As a result, leaders have a road map for how to better implement their strategic priorities.

Okanogan County: Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan    Researched and help update their transportation plan to submit to the state so that transportation providers in the region could submit their grant applications.

Okanogan County: Public Transit-Human Services Transportation Plan

Researched and help update their transportation plan to submit to the state so that transportation providers in the region could submit their grant applications.