George Myers, Principle

"I have been blessed to have received training and certifications from many outstanding people, organizations and institutions. They have shaped who I am, and how I consult with my clients."

George W. Myers, gmars Consulting

Macalester College, St Paul MN; BA with Honors in Music Performance and Composition; Core concentration in English

Fundraising Management Certification: Major Gifts, Annual Fund, Capital Campaigns and Planned Giving: The Fundraising School at the Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University, 2006
Certified TOPS (Technology of Participation) Facilitator: ICA Institute, 2005
Community Development/Neighborhood Revitalization: NeighborWorks America, 2011 and 2012

NTL Institute: Appreciative Inquiry Foundations and Strategic Planning 2008
Harvard Business School: Habitat University Leadership Conference 2003
ABCD Institute: School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University 1998, 1999, 2002, 2007, 2011
Christian Community Development Association: Online and Conference Events: Annual training 2011 to present
Center for Courage and Renewal: Circle of Trust retreat series: Personal Leadership 2014, 2015, 2016
Wilder Foundation: James Shannon Leadership Renewal Program and training in Collaboration 2004
Designed Learning: Peter Block’s Flawless Consulting 2005
BoardSource: Governance and Board Development Training: 2004
Minnesota Non-profit Assistance Fund: Budgeting 2001
Habitat for Humanity International: Conflict Resolution and Negotiation 1995, 1999, 2007, 2009

Adept with PC and Macintosh software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), Mac OSX (Pages, Keynote, Numbers), Photo, Audio, Salesforce and Sharepoint platforms, Little Green Light CRM
Leadership Coaching

Habitat Global Village Team Member and Leader starting in 1995: Led or joined building teams throughout the US and Central America
Training and Experience in: Adult Learning Theory, Workshop and Curriculum Planning, Writing, and Development and Online Learning Technologies
Experienced onsite and virtual trainer and speaker: Webinars, Conference Calls, and Podcasts

Communities of Practice: Group formation and facilitation

Creative: Authored manuals, presentations, assessments and mulitiple other resources

A little about George

I began volunteering with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity almost 30 years ago through my church. My volunteer roles included rehab construction, family selection and an interfaith coalition. In 1995 I left my sales and marketing job and moved to Habitat for Humanity International's headquarters in Americus, Georgia as a volunteer. In 1997 I became a full-time employee of Habitat as an Affiliate Support Manager, assigned to Minnesota and North Dakota. I served with Habitat as an Organizational Development Consultant supporting several programs. After multiple promotions, I led the Habitat efforts in evaluation in partnership with NeighborWorks America Success Measures program. I helped write several operations manuals, was a subject matter expert in Family Selection and Support, and a frequent contributor to the Habitat Intranet site. I worked exetensively with neighborhood community development efforts.

I enjoy working with small and midsized nonprofits, often with a focus on housing, the environment and social justice. I continue to support Habitat affiliates and have a passion for housing and homeless issues. I am a frequent trainer and acclaimed workshop presenter. I am seen at conferences locally, regionally, and nationally. In 2015, I moved from Wisconsin to Sisters, Oregon, and am enjoying an active lifestyle and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

In 2016, I was honored to join the board of directors for Bethlehem Inn, the largest homeless shelter in Bend. In 2017 I helped establish a cold-weather shelter in Sisters, and we continue to advocate and support the homeless living here. These have been some of most important community building experiences I have ever been involved in.