Strategy and

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Facilitating 1,600+ sessions and leading dozens of strategy engagements means we’ve done a bit of everything.

Competency and Services

  • Board and Staff Retreats
  • Stakeholder Gatherings
  • Decision Sessions
  • 360 Feedback
  • Generative Sessions
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Scenario Planning

“Sometimes consultants will just endorse the work the executive does, but Brocade both pushes executives to interrogate ideas and assumptions and also does the work to support the team between sessions (e.g., research, facilitation, analysis).”

— Angela Ciolfi, Executive Director, Legal Aid Justice Center

“Brocade brings high emotional intelligence coupled with quick situational analysis. They can read a room well and move stakeholders to consensus, or tease out unseen consensus.”

— Adam Kenney, Managing Director of Programs, Bridgeway Capital

“With Brocade’s facilitation and with good input from the Board, the result was a focused and realistic, but challenging, long-range plan. The whole process was executed with efficiency, humor, and excellent insights into our long-term hopes.”

— Jay Johnston, Jr., Board Chair, Polegreen Foundation

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Selected Work

Legal Aid Justice Center

Committed to an approach that would engage and galvanize their staff, board, and community partners, Brocade led LAJC through a collaborative rethinking of their identity, goals, governance, and community relationships. With a successful strategic plan in-hand, they accepted a transformative $10M unrestricted gift that further accelerated their work. Brocade later returned to support an analysis and rethinking of their leadership structure.

Emory University

Wanting to honor individuals whose enslaved labor helped to build its original campus, Emory University engaged Brocade and a partner architectural firm to facilitate a series of 26 community and campus listening and visioning sessions involving hundreds of students, staff and faculty, neighbors, and descendants. The sessions involved sharing context and discussing what messages could be conveyed through multiple on-campus memorials.

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Posner Foundation

A private funder focused on human rights, education, and the environment, the Posner Foundation supports causes on multiple continents and locally in Western Pennsylvania. Wanting to gather its local grantees for the first time for a day-long retreat focused on the transition to higher education, the Foundation engaged Brocade to co-envision and facilitate the retreat. The Foundation used learnings from the retreat to launch a funding RFP focused on student success initiatives.

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