Facilitator Mentor Program

Consider a Mentor

Our mentor program will help you assess what your current facilitator competencies are and help you take the journey to becoming more confident, present and skilled at working with groups.
Consider a Mentor

This program is beneficial for:

  • Anyone facilitating in their organization and who want to deepen their understanding of how to work with almost any situation

  • Students and organizational development (OD) consultants who understand the concepts of OD but are still not completely confident in their ability to use facilitation skills

  • Leaders who want to take a more facilitative approach with their peers and direct reports

  • Professional Facilitators, internal or external, who have a complex event to design and co-facilitate, including multi-lingual, cultural sensitivities, multiple stakeholders, etc.

  • Others who are regularly called on to facilitate groups but sense they may be lacking certain tools or methods, or simply want to become more present with the group

  • Facilitators ready to make the next step of certification

Mentoring Guides You With...

  • Skill Building

    Barbara or an associate will work with you to assess your current facilitator competencies and help you take the journey to becoming more confident, present and skillful in working with any group or situation

  • Complex Events

    We can help you create an effective agenda when complex conditions may include large groups, multiple languages, cultural sensitivities, multiple stakeholders, etc.

  • Certification

    Barbara and her associates can help you develop your skills to prepare for certification, ready to be assessed in a supportive environment

Barbara MacKay

Meet Your Mentors

Barbara has been a professional facilitator for over 25 years and is a Certified Professional Facilitator (CPF©) with the International Association of Facilitators (IAF). In 2018, Barbara was inducted into the IAF Hall of Fame.

From 2004 to 2007, Barbara was in charge of the worldwide certification program for the IAF. In this role, she was able to strategize ways to make facilitation a more accessible skill to people all over the world. She continues to certify facilitators and since 2002, has participated in assessing the competencies of hundreds of professional facilitator candidates from six different continents. She is also a certified Technology of Participation (ToP®) facilitator and mentor-trainer with the Institute of Cultural Affairs in the USA and Canada for those interested in honing their skills in this highly participatory way of facilitating. Barbara has mentored dozens of highly respected professionals to become better facilitators.

Other North Star associates may also available to mentor you if you prefer. Barbara has worked with all of her associates and highly recommends any that you choose from. See our Associate page.

Mentoring Includes...

  • Competency

    At the beginning and end of the program we review your self assessment for the IAF facilitator certification competencies and help you set goals and plan for continued improvement in all areas where you would like to improve.

  • Monthly
    Mentoring Calls

    We talk on the phone, online (Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, WeChat) or in person to review your progress toward your stated goals. We also offer coaching to help you design particular events for your clients.

  • Observation and Feedback

    Barbara can observe one of your facilitated events (send us a video recording) and provide affirming and helpful feedback on what you are doing well and how you can continue to improve as a facilitator and/or prepare for certification.

  • Discounts on
    Products and Workshops

    When you buy a mentoring package, you can purchase any of the Facilitator Tools at half price. You will also get a 20% discount on all our facilitator training workshops in our Academy with an opportunity to hone some aspects of your facilitation skills by assisting at the workshops.

Pricing options

Purchase a single 1.25 hr session for $225 or bundle 3 for $550!


"Barbara has been a great resource for me and she supports me in so many different ways and levels. She stretches my thinking and capabilities through challenging my assumptions and approaches, and at the same time, instilling positive energy and confidence in my work. I always feel a sense of clarity and hopefulness after each call with Barbara.” L.W., Hong Kong

"I would like to thank you for all your support, mentoring and help in my CPF certification!”  A.V., India