CSCCE mini-workshop series: Virtual Events

This series of 90-minute interactive mini-workshops will cover frameworks and best practices for creating engaging virtual events and meetings that support community building.

Created with community managers and event organizers in mind, these sessions will be highly practical, offering actionable strategies for you to implement immediately. You will also have the opportunity to ask our experienced staff for feedback on your own particular challenges or use cases, and make connections with others in similar professional contexts. 

Each mini-workshop is limited to 30 participants, so early registration is recommended. We operate on a first come, first served basis, with registration closing the week before each session. Mini-workshops are priced at $150 per person per session, with a 10% discount if you sign up for all five, or if three or more colleagues from the same organization attend the same webinar.

Subject to availability, use the code VE55OFF to obtain a $55 early bird discount on each mini-workshop (cannot be combined with other discounts).

For additional information about CSCCE webinars, visit our webinars and mini-workshops page or contact

Thank you for the well-executed training on Monday. It gave me a lot of food for thought on how to improve virtual meetings within my own organization.

Mini-workshop participant, July 2021

Summer 2021 Schedule

Event planning: Making a PACT for engaging virtual meetings and events

Tuesday, 20 July 2021, 3pm UTC / 11am EDT

In this 90-minute mini-workshop we’ll explore how to design and facilitate engaging and productive virtual meetings. We’ll discuss the opportunities and challenges of working together online and outline the “Making a PACT” framework for effective meeting design. In addition to examples of the framework in action, there’ll be an opportunity to apply it directly to some example scenarios so that you leave feeling empowered to use the framework in your own work.

Event planning: Selecting tools to supplement your online meetings and events

Tuesday, 3 August 2021, 3pm UTC / 11am EDT

It’s becoming increasingly common for community managers, facilitators, and other coordinators to use online tools to supplement their meetings and events. With so many possible needs to solve for, and so many potential online tools to use – how can you quickly determine which tools might be appropriate to explore more deeply and use? Join us for this 90-minute mini-workshop to learn ways to identify, assess, and determine the tool that will best fit your virtual event needs.

Event facilitation: Making decisions during your virtual meetings

Tuesday, 17 August 2021, 3pm UTC / 11am EDT

Multiple types of meetings from project coordination to group learning environments can require decision-making with the meeting attendees. There are numerous aspects to consider, including: how to negotiate power dynamics so that everyone feels able to express their opinions, what outcomes you’d like (e.g., shortlisting, one final decision, consensus-building, and crowd-sourcing different perspectives). In this interactive session we’ll walk through decision-making structures, different tools and how to deploy them in a way that enables all attendees to contribute.

Registration deadline: 10 August 2021

Hybrid events: Making hybrid events the best of both worlds 

Tuesday, 14 September 2021, 3pm UTC / 11am EDT

As we move into the fall, it’s likely that some of us are beginning to consider what hybrid meetings might look like – where some attendees participate in-person from the same location whereas others join remotely. This can be a challenging format to facilitate to ensure that everyone feels included and able to actively participate – and especially that remote attendees don’t feel like an afterthought. In this mini-workshop we’ll equip you with checklists and best practices so that your hybrid meetings are the best of both worlds – virtual and in-person.

Registration deadline: 8 September 2021


Each CSCCE mini-workshop will be facilitated by:

  • Camille Santistevan, CSCCE Lead Trainer
  • Lou Woodley, CSCCE Director

Big thanks for your thoughtful planning and execution, and keep up the excellent work!

Mini-workshop participant, July 2021

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