footprintsFacilitator mentoring is ideal for people who have been thinking about becoming a professional facilitator or more skilled at the process of facilitation. At North Star Facilitators, we believe it is important to work with someone who has a wide range of experience in the field and has a respectful, interactive coaching style that honors all the skills you are bringing to the table. We have a program for you that 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.

This program is beneficial for:

  • People who have been facilitating in their organization and want to deepen their understanding of how to work with almost any situation where they are called on to help the groups in their organization
  • 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 in their OD work
  • 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
  • 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. They need help creating an effective agenda when the conditions include some or all of the following factors: large group, multiple languages, cultural sensitivities, multiple stakeholders from different organizations and geographical locations.

You can use our services to buy individual session.  Or, you can buy a mentoring package that takes place over 3-6 months and is customized to meet your needs as you move forward in the field of professional facilitation.

Your mentor, Barbara MacKay, 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.  This is a rare distinction that has been offered to less than 20 people in the world.  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. She has also been certified in the OneSmartWorld system including smart meetings processes. These have proven to be highly effective in helping people design their meeting agendas and build "total intelligence" in organizations.  Her current mentoring project is with a group of 20 diverse facilitators from 10 different countries around the world.

What mentoring includes:

  • Facilitator Competency Assessment - 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 or in person (Skype, Adobe Connect, WhatsApp, WeChat) 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.

You can purchase single sessions of 1.25 hours for $225 USD or bundle 3 sessions for $550 USD.

Interested in certification?

Barbara and her associates can help you think about how to prepare for certification.  Please click here for more information about the certification programs.


"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

Talk with Barbara

Let's get a mentor and coaching session that's right for you.  We're happy to talk with you to discuss your specific needs.  Email us at or call us at (503) 579-5708.


  1. Terri Clark on January 7, 2023 at 1:26 am

    I have been a facilitator in my organization for a while but still feel I struggle and would like to hear more about your 3 to 6 month coaching or mentor programs. Does the 3 to 6 month program have online sessions?


    • Barbara MacKay on February 16, 2023 at 6:59 pm

      Hi Terri,
      Sorry for the delay in replying. I understand the struggle. It takes a while to feel you can handle the sometimes complex and needs of different groups. I am no longer offering mentoring, but my colleague Eileen Pippins will continue our Gold Facilitator Academy mentoring program. We are jointly running one now until September 2023. But Eileen will run another one in September 2023 and you can learn about it here: Everything is online and there is lots of practice. It may meet your need. Eileen can also offer you online mentoring on an ad hoc basis. You can also approach almost any of our associates for coaching too. I might start with Dawn, Robin or Rosanna. Visit

  2. Paula Stewart on February 13, 2023 at 4:47 pm


    I wish to prepare for facilitation coming up. Do you provide any opportunities to facilitate?

    • Barbara MacKay on February 14, 2023 at 7:52 pm

      I am not currently able to offer any facilitation opportunities. I suggest you take a training that offers opportunities to practice and get feedback. The ToP ICA training offers this in the USA, Canada, Taiwan, China, etc. May your facilitation go well!

Leave a Comment