Strategic Planning Services

The way SNAP-Ed was talked about before didn’t live and breathe in our minds. After visioning, we saw ourselves and our work plans reflected in SNAP-Ed. The visioning document was more functional for our everyday work and made our work present. A ripple effect of bringing our work to light and being able to see our work in the statewide vision helped the University and the Tribes become a team.” Tribal Nations excerpt from, “When Government Gets It Right: How a Strategic Visioning Process Aligned Nested Government Systems to Champion Local Relevance and Determination.” Client Article on SNAP-Ed Strategic Planning

“The entire process of building the strategic plan has been transformative for the Friends of Saint Paul College Foundation Board Members. Ms. Gogins was able to create a sense of urgency and escalate the engagement among board members. She helped the board establish concise vision and mission statements, define goals and strategies, and outline key risks that need to be addressed for success. She then worked with staff to develop action plans to deliver the goals. I found her facilitation skills outstanding and she was able to manage the entire process so we now have a comprehensive strategic plan.” ―Rassoul Dastmozd, President & CEO of Saint Paul College

 “One of Kitty’s strengths is that she is effective in bringing people of various backgrounds to work on a common goal. Through her leadership she led effective and meaningful meetings to help strategize ways to achieve goals.” ―Julie Pfab, Lyngblomsten, Director of Home and Community Based Services

“Kitty is a highly skilled strategic planning facilitator. She comes well prepared, carefully gathers the resources and materials needed for the session, monitors time/pace during the session, is able to communicate clearly capturing the interest of the audience, has the listening skills to understand the audience she is working with, as well as the analytical skills to identify the gaps and the opportunities present!” ―Gilmara Vila Nova Mitchell, Heartland Area Education Agency, Iowa

“Kitty Gogins brings experience, insights and practical wisdom to the work of educators and education organizations. She is clear about the work needed to help a school, a district, an organization and its people understand their challenges and plan and step into solutions.” ―David O’Fallon, President& CEO of Minnesota Humanities Center

Equity Strategic Planning and Training

Kitty clearly has a deep understanding of equity work, and a great perspective for coaching organizations on where to start and what priorities will keep them engaged for the long haul. We’ve advanced our goals more quickly than we’d even hoped. We so appreciate her warm and thoughtful facilitation style, as well as her drive to move things forward for maximum impact.

Debra Cushman, Associate Director Literacy Minnesota 

“Doing strategic planning with Kitty was positive and valuable for our group. She came to each session prepared and consistently kept us on task and moving forward. She offered us some good ideas and resources but allowed us space to explore those within our particular framework and context. Through our work with Kitty our team developed an equity plan that has specific and immediate first steps as well goals for longer term engagement.” —Adult Basic Education Group, Minnesota Department of Education

“Our time was purposeful and focused on our targets for the day. Kitty kept us on track with helping us establish our priorities for moving forward.”  ―Brenda Edmundson Colby, Chief Academic Officer Des Moines Public Schools

“Kitty is a thorough and experienced trainer for school boards on equity policy development and using an equity lens to transform school systems and structures. She has been an instrumental trainer in the Minnesota Education Equity Partnership (MnEEP) Mille Lacs region Equity School Board Institute.”  —Jennifer Godinez, Associate Director of MnEEP

“Kitty developed and led a series of conversations on Race that was open to our entire community. She provided pre-work packets for each conversations and gave people a place for facilitated discussion of what they had learned with others. She ended each conversation with ideas and an exercise to encourage people to go beyond learning to action.  The conversations were highly rated by all of the participants and there is no doubt that the impact will be felt long after the series is done.”        —Kathy Ramundt, President Do Good Roseville