Managing by Network 

2017 Course Notebook

Welcome to Managing by Network!

Find the roster of participants, instructor presentations, links to instructional videos, and additional resources. These course materials will help you dig deeper, as you apply your knowledge and skills to partnerships and community collaboration. 

Coming Up:

Session 5: March 1 or 2 - Cast A Wide Net

Pre-webinar assignments:

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Kevin Connally, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, Conservation and Habitat Planning, USFWS


1. Welcome - Anne Desmarais, 5 mins

2. Community Collaboration and the Edwards Aquifer – Kevin Connally and Anne Desmarais, 45 mins  

3. Stretch Break - 5 mins

4. Partnership Network Life Cycle – Liz Madison, 40 mins

5. Succession Planning Practices – Anne Desmarais, 20 mins

6. Aha Moment & Reflections - 5 mins 

On the Horizon:

Session 6: March 8 or 9 - See the Possibilities

Instructors: Liz Madison, Anne Desmarais and Managing by Network Alumni

  • Launching the 2017 Case Study Program
  • Peer to Peer Presentations: Alumni Case Studies

o    ALPHA: John Titre, USFS, District Staff Officer, Wilderness, Trails, Recreation, Lands & Special Uses, Coronado National Forest, AZ, Class of 2015.

o    BETA: Leslie Wolff, NOAA, Hydrologist, NOAA Fisheries California Coastal Office, CA, MbN Class of 2016.

o    GAMMA: Jane Farmer, NPS, Park Ranger, Interpretation, Natchez Trace Parkway,  MS, MbN Class of 2016.

o    DELTA: Miles Meyer,  Supervisory Biologist, Everglades South Team, South Florida Ecological Services Office, USFWS, FL, MbN Class of 2015.  

  • Assessing Partnerships


MBN 2017 Course Notebook

  • Session 04: Find the Common Threads - February 22 and 23 Session 04: Find the Common Threads - February 22 and 23

    Presentations: The Iceberg Concept of Culture.pdf America's Great Outdoors Initiative.pdf Assess Your Partner Cultural Awareness.pdf Malheur Refuge Occupation Ends Peacefully_Dan Ashe Director USFWS.pdf Active Listening.pdf  Leveraging Partnerships Discussion.pdf Video...

  • Session 03: Hand, Head, Heart, February 8 and 9 Session 03: Hand, Head, Heart, February 8 and 9

    Presentations Think Like a Social Scientist – Christine  Browne-Nunez.pdf Tools of Engagement A Toolkit for Engaging People in Conservation.pdf Collaborative Leadership Strategies.pdf Practioners Guide to Partnerships.pdf Video Assignments Three Elements of Collaborative Leadership...

  • Session 02: Belay On, February 1 and 2 Session 02: Belay On, February 1 and 2

    Guest Speakers: Agency Perspectives on Partnership and Community Collaboration Alpha Group: Steve Guertin, Deputy Director for Policy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service USFWS Partnership Overview.pdf Beta Group: Trevor Needham, National Partnerships Program Lead, Division of Education,...

  • Session 01: Orientation, January 25 and 26 Session 01: Orientation, January 25 and 26

    Presentations: Rules of Engagement.pdf Virtual Campus Tour.pdf MBN - How to Join a Webinar.pdf Managing by Network_discussion.pdf Managing by Network snapshot.pdf Video Assignments:  What is Managing by Network? Instructors: Liz Madison Anne Desmarais Jane Hanson

  • Session 00: Tech Test (optional), January 11 or 12 Session 00: Tech Test (optional), January 11 or 12

    Presentations: Managing by Network - How to Join a Webinar.pdf   Additional Resources: Download the WebEx Mobile app (for tablets and mobile devices) Academy Classroom   Hosts:  Anne Desmarais Jane Hanson Presentations:   Tech Test Presentation.pdf Additional...

MBN 2017 Study Hall

Click here to find assignments, RSVP for Office Hours, and share your progress on sessions you missed. Study Hall: What Should I Do? Flowchart.pdf

Managing by Network Learning Objectives

Applying knowledge and skills learned in this course, participants will be able to:
  1. create or strengthen an internal and external network of individuals and organizations to advance the mission of the agency;
  2. build trust with external partners using collaborative leadership, partnership leverage and partner cultural awareness;
  3. sustain partnership accountability using external awareness and communication skills including collaboration, conflict management, facilitation, persuasion and negotiation;
  4. develop, monitor and evaluate formal partnership agreements and projects that rely on a mix of federal and nonfederal funding, and
  5. identify and apply agency policies and practices related to partner fundraising and donation activities. 

The 22 Competencies

MBN Instructors

2017 MBN Class Roster

as of 2/23/2017

MBN Study Hall

MBN Course Schedule

Do you have a schedule conflict?

If you know you will miss a webinar, please email us: 

Here are some ways you can catch up:

  • Review session materials posted here: pre-webinar videos, presentations, activities or resources;
  • Invite a colleague to sit in for you, and debrief later; and
  • Follow up with a peer in the class, or with the instructors, if you have questions or would like to discuss what we covered in class.

Please note that we do not record Managing by Network webinars in order to encourage everyone to speak freely about their work in partnership, without concern about their comments being taken out of context.

New to the WebEx classroom?

Please log in to the webinar 10 minutes early to troubleshoot any technical difficulties.

The classroom will be open 20 minutes before the start of class. Plan to call the conference line, and then log in to the webinar.

We found some participants encountered a local firewall. If this happens, you will need to contact your IT help desk to get permission to download the WebEx software. In the meantime, you can click on the link to "run a temporary application" at WebEx to gain access to the webinar. 

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