Become a Certified Social Innovation Facilitator 

A Workshop Series on How to Harness the Collective Wisdom of Communities through Innovation Facilitation

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The Certification Workshop

You will enjoy opportunities to collaborate and co-design with cohort teammates and leading experts. Together, you will learn to guide participants through the following five competencies: 

  1. Social Innovation Journey

  2. Team Innovation Effectiveness

  3. Community Participatory Research

  4. Collaborative Social Design Workshops

  5. Community Engagement

The goal is to alleviate systemic inequality and complex social issues in the DC, MD, and VA metropolitan areas. The Social Innovation Facilitator Certification process develops your proficiency in the five (5) competencies,  assesses your understanding for each competency, and professional coaching to complete a Certification Project with fellow cohort members. The competencies were selected based on SIAA’s extensive practical experience and the success factors of our Community-Driven Social Innovation (CDSI) approach.

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Workshop Topics

Session 1
Social Innovation Journey  

Saturday, September 17, 2022

9 AM to 1 PM EST

You learn how a social innovation goes from conceptual ideas to functional solutions that lead to impactful benefits to communities.

Session 4
Social Design Hackathons

Saturday, October 08, 2022

9 AM to 1 PM EST


You learn to use co-creation and collaboration with diverse community stakeholders following Human-Centered Design Methodologies to solve social issues.

Session 2
Team Innovation Facilitation   

Saturday, September 24, 2022

9 AM to 1 PM EST

You learn to facilitate innovation workshops with diverse teams of stakeholders that solve social issues effectively.

Session 5
Community Engagement   

Saturday,October 15, 2022

9 AM to 1 PM EST


You learn a framework of guiding principles, strategies, and approaches to engage the community within their unique context to reach workable outcomes.

Session 3
Paticipatory Research  

Saturday, October , 2022

9 AM to 1 PM EST

You learn qualitative research methods such as, questionnaires, interviews, and ethnographies, with the various levels of participation.

Fully Certified for Only $100 

Membership Discounts Apply with Coupon Code

Check your inbox or junkmail folders for coupon codes we emailed you. The discounts are as follows: 75% Discount for Executive Ambassadors 50% Discount for Chiefe Ambassadors 25% Discount for Staff Ambassadors Full price for non-members

Hardship Discounts available for 18-30 y.o. with community leadership Interests Scholarship Criteria Serving Charitable nonprofits Serving Youth-based Org. Serving Faith-based Org. or Social Movement Activist And Transition Aged Foster Care Previously Incarcerated Youth or Economically Disadvantaged Unemployeed

   Apply for 75% OFF Hardship Discount  

The Workshop Leaders

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Nicole Davis, PhD

Team Facilitation Workshop Lead

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A Navy veteran. certified mediator, facilitator, conflict coach, personal development coach, and trainer. Has worked in the field of alternative dispute resolution for 20 years. 

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Keysha Gamor, PhD 

Community Research Workshop Lead

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Expert in applied research, root cause analysis, change management, e-learning, assessment, research methods, and professional & technical writing.


Jay Coleman, PhD

Social Design Workshop Lead

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A socially-minded executive solution architect and strategist with PhD research in Innovation and engineering management and experience with sociotechnical systems design

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The Certification Project

The candidates achieve certification by conducting a Social Design Hackathon for one of our nonprofit partners. Each cohort will identify and solve complex organizational or service delivery problems that are unsatisfactory for their beneficiaries. They will work with different nonprofits or solve various issues for the same nonprofit partner.

The Cohort Coaches for the Certification Project


K. Mischele Watson, PhD

MD Cohort Coach, Lead

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Experienced executive leadership coach helping small business owners achieve the day-to-day operations. Serves as Mentor, Diversity and Inclusion Advocate, Business Coach, Senior Change Management Specialist, and Author 

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Janeen Parrott

VA Cohort Coach

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Life Coach specializing in team building, customer service and project management that helps clients achieves short-term and long-term objectives.


Wanda Little-Coffey

DC Cohort Coach

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Life Coach specializing in improving the dynamics of groups with an emphasis on increasing visibility and improving the connection to the mission