Supporting organizations engaging internationally to create a better world.
Support to organizations that are beginning a strategic planning process. Work with the staff and volunteer leaders to design a process that will achieve effective and sustainable outcomes. The customized Going International approach looks to ensure your planning is considering both the big picture and how to meet concrete goals.
When organizations are at a key juncture in their development or would like to develop or strengthen an internationally oriented program, Going International’s knowledge of organizations and the international arena can be especially aligned to the organization’s needs.
Having worked in the global arena for the past few decades, much of this time helping organizations to engage internationally, Bonnie’s experiences are well aligned to organizations looking to expand their global outreach. This work can include stakeholder interviews and other background research, recommendation on strategies, and advice on taking these strategies forward.
When an organization’s leadership has a general idea of what they would like to accomplish, but not the specifics of how the process (leading to sustainable outcomes) might work, using her depth of experience in this area as an executive director and consultant, Bonnie can help leadership to design and facilitate the steps in the process, through the planning and implementation stages.
When it might be useful to have a ‘trusted guide’ through a challenging process, Bonnie’s coaching expertise supports senior staff members and volunteer leadership on their journey through various implementation phases. Bonnie’s combined knowledge of strategic planning (how to design effective and practical goals) combined with in-depth knowledge of how organizations actually operate, help ensure a strategy that meets the organization’s needs.
Bonnie uses her facilitation skills within the broader support areas noted above. She also will work on projects that specifically call for a strong or primarily facilitation role including strategy retreats and workshops (in person and virtually). She specializes in working with multicultural and multinational groups.
“Bonnie has worked with the Global Child Health Task Force and Secretariat to develop strategies as well as approaches for taking them forward. Bonnie initially facilitated strategic visioning meetings of the Steering Committee to develop a value added statement, which helped us put what distinguishes us into words. Bringing her group facilitation skills and a deep knowledge of the global health landscape, Bonnie has also been instrumental in helping the Task Force define a collaborative agenda among its diverse member organizations and a country engagement strategy. Working with the Secretariat, Bonnie brings the practical managerial skills of executing on time while allowing the time for the mindset and paradigm shifts needed to build a credible organization. Bonnie is wise and patient; she knows when exactly to employ the soft skills to break through the resistance. Working with Bonnie made me appreciate that leading an organization is like a long journey that only succeeds when we start with a good map. Thank you Bonnie for helping us develop the map.” (View Project)
Dyness Kasungami, Coordinator, the Global Child Health Task Force Secretariat
“Bonnie worked with ActionAid International as the lead consultant for a year assisting us in a project about developing alternative future governance models and structures. We were lucky to have Bonnie help us. She is an expert of high level when it comes to governance matters! She proved an outstanding facilitator of very culturally mixed groups, with great listening skills, patience and clarity of thought.” (View Project)
Ramesh Singh, former Chief Executive, ActionAid International
“Bonnie has worked with the AAUW for a multi-year period and everything about the relationship has been stellar. Her expertise has guided us through the development of a global strategy for our association and assisted in positioning our future planning with a cross-departmental global matrix. Without a doubt, collaboration with Bonnie has greatly enhanced our organization.” (View Project)
Gloria Blackwell and Christy Jones, senior staff, American Association of University Women
“Bonnie was the key to unlocking some very important thinking for our organization at a critical time. For several years, Global Health Council has been coming into its own as a newly revitalized network of passionate industry leaders and advocates. She worked with the board and staff on a strategic exploration and decision-making process that would enable us to evolve into a sustainable and inspirational touchpoint for our community. In addition to her group facilitation skills, she worked closely with me as a “second brain” to help field the breadth of input and ideas from multiple stakeholders. It proved to be a valuable and productive partnership.” (View Project)<