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IAP2 Federation Announces New Professional Development Manager

August 5, 2016 Leave a comment

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The IAP2 Federation Board is pleased to announce the selection of Cassandra “Cassie” Hemphill as the new Professional Development Manager. Cassie commenced her duties on Monday, August 1, 2016.


Cassie Hemphill

Cassie Hemphill

Cassie brings to IAP2 more than 25 years of experience as a communications educator and consultant. As an educator, she teaches university and outreach courses in public speaking, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, technical writing, and dialogue and deliberation at the University of Montana. She recently piloted a 12-hour “people skills” training for supervisors as part of an outreach to local businesses. For her university’s global leadership initiative, Cassie will teach a first year seminar in deliberative democracy. Prior to teaching, Cassie worked as a communications consultant, primarily coordinating large (>$1M US) commercial and government proposals and serving as lead writer and editor for complex, multi-volume technical and scientific publications.

Cassie’s Ph.D. research focused on the implementation of an innovative government procurement policy by a federal natural resource agency. Her M.A. research examined the decision-making processes used by technical experts in complex environmental cleanup projects. She as a B.S. in management and service leadership and a certificate in natural resources conflict resolution. She completed IAP2’s 5-day certificate course (now Foundations in Public Participation training) in 2004 and has completed training in project management, proposal management, and facilitation of P2 processes. Her current research explores best practices in adult learning and assessment, organizational communication, and deliberative dialogic decision-making processes.

Cassie is active at the national and regional levels of IAP2 USA. She is on the IAP2 USA Certification Task Force and is the Montana state representative for the Intermountain Chapter. She serves on the editorial board of the Northwest Communication Association Journal and has previously served that association as a conference planner. One of the highlights of her year is serving as chief judge for the 8th grade physical science division at the Montana State Science Fair.

IAP2 extends sincere appreciation to Staffing Committee members Jan Bloomfield (Canada), Kylie Cochrane (Australasia) and Ellen Ernst, Executive Manager for their efforts in working through the recruiting and selection process and for their thoughtful consideration of all applications received. IAP2 was pleased with the interest received from more than 30 applicants from around the world. The breadth and depth of experience was quite impressive.

In the coming weeks and months as Cassie becomes acquainted with the organization, key initiatives, and her role, many of you will have the opportunity to meet and work with her. Cassie can be reached at

Please join us in welcoming Cassie to IAP2.


Happy Birthday, NCDD!

Today, the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) turns ten years old. Happy birthday!

From NCDD’s about page:

The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) is a network of over 1,600 innovators who bring people together across divides to discuss, decide, and take action together effectively on today’s toughest issues. NCDD serves as a gathering place, a resource center, a news source, and a facilitative leader for this vital community of practice.

In a post last night, Sandy Heierbacher, director and co-founder of NCDD, recalled some of the organization’s history and milestones.

Many of our members here at IAP2 USA are also members of NCDD, and the two organizations have worked closely together in the past. For example, members of NCDD, IAP2 and the Co-Intelligence Institute led a collaboration in early 2009 that involved many organizations in our field in crafting a shared set of Core Principles for Public Engagement to help guide the Obama administration’s Open Government efforts in the area of public participation. More recently, both organizations have regularly coordinated their efforts to contribute to the conversations around the Open Government Partnership and other related activities.

We very much value this close relationship and were happy to welcome Sandy as an IAP2 USA member last Fall. In February, following an earlier Board decision, IAP2 USA became an organizational member of NCDD.

If you haven’t done so already, make sure to check out NCDD’s vast collection of resources and mark your calendar for their upcoming 2012 conference, October 12-14 in Seattle, WA.

On behalf of the entire Board of IAP2 USA: Happy birthday, NCDD! Here’s to a successful next ten years!