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 2011to 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
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 affordable housing. 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.