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Eight Weekly Sessions via Zoom

Mondays - October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 28, December 5 and 12
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Good Ground: A Natural Way to Normalize Wellness in Work Culture

Cohort Facilitator
Erica Briggs, Nonprofit Education Specialist, NAO

The resilience of nonprofit organizations is being tested, challenging us to overcome and recover from extreme disruption and change. As individuals, we now live and work in a present-day that can feel unsafe and uncertain. This can create feelings of dread and anxiety, making it difficult to make strategic decisions about the future. Mental and emotional burdens can seep into the cultural foundation of an organization, sowing burnout, “quiet quitting,” and difficulty hiring new staff. 

How do we find a new normal when the ground keeps shifting? How do we honor the wellness of people in our organization and still get the work done? We cultivate good ground in which to grow as an organization in a complex world, and as complicated humans creating the culture in our organizations.


Session 1


Assess the Topsoil: Understand and reflect on the history of old cultural norms that created current trends in staffing and retention. Explore a new, more natural response to building a culture of wellness. 

Session 2

Oct. 24

Learn Your Roots: Identify factors influencing your personal wellness and consider the identity of others. Recognize the most impactful aspects of individual root systems and how they show up in the community culture.

Session 3

Oct. 31

Evaluate the Composition:  Recognize the four critical elements that create good ground. Analyze the current mix of each element that exists in your organization. 

Session 4

Nov. 7

Create Natural Connections: Identify areas that support healthy relationships in the workplace. Build a plan of action to nurture a culture that reduces silos and better supports relational development.

Session 5

Nov. 14

Test the Waters:  Build a balance between what is fixed and what can be more fluid, from employee benefits to organizational policies.

Session 6

Nov. 28

Add Air: Discover levels of levity that can lift the cultural soul of a workplace community. Practice intentional play and create innovative ways to celebrate, reward and recognize the humanity in human resourcefulness. 

Session 7

Dec. 5

Sort and Sift the Shift:  Evaluate the resilience of your ground work in preparation for WSHTF (When Shift Hits the Foundation). Consider strategies that help people process and respond to the messiness of integrating life, work, and change. 

Session 8

Dec. 12

Tend the Topsoil: Commit to supporting staff wellness by establishing a normalized maintenance schedule that sustains the natural cycle of community caretaking.

Additional Guidelines

  • This learning cohort is intended to support Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits statewide. 
  • Participants make a commitment to attend all sessions.
  • Limit is 15 individuals per cohort with no more than two representatives from one organization.

About the Cohort Facilitator

Erica Briggs, Nonprofit Education Specialist, NAO

Erica Briggs is a facilitator of learning, DEI consultant, community caretaker, creative artist and author. In each capacity she is a storyteller, sharing stories related to developing a more transparent and fluid identity, embracing culture, and aligning with nature to better heal, grow and sustain mental health and well being.

A native Oregonian, Briggs has lived and worked across the country and overseas. Currently, she serves as a Nonprofit Education Specialist at NAO; Facilitator of Learning for the Anti-Defamation League; and is the founder and CEO of a small arts and nature nonprofit based in Troutdale.  

As a single mother, she earned a BA in Communications at Mills College in Oakland, CA and a Master's in Africana Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she studied the social construction of race in America. 

For over 25 years, she has served various roles in asset-based community nonprofits, and both traditional and alternative learning environments from elementary through college. When she is at play you will likely find her wandering in her garden, making a mess in her art studio, or hiking with her children to the nearest body of water.


Thank You Funders and Sponsors

Thank you to the following FUNDERS and SPONSORS who are supporting NAO’s online events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.

Funders: Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Oregon Community Foundation, The Kinsman Foundation, The Carpenter Foundation, and The Roundhouse Foundation
Partner Sponsors: Columbia Bank, Nonstop, Heritage Bank, Kaiser Permanente, and Nike


$240 for NAO Members
$315 for Nonmembers

The NAO member discount will be applied after you select "Register Now" below. You must be logged in to your member account to receive the discount. 

You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail. A link to access each weekly virtual cohort session will be sent to registered participants by the Cohort Leader prior to each session.

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October 17th, 2022 12:00 PM to December 12th, 2022 1:15 PM
Online Event
Price $315.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Leadership Development, Mental Health
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding, Principles & Practices