Programs & Models

Program Contact

Megan Cacciola

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The Alaska Humanities Forum is building a community of facilitators committed to leading meaningful conversations about vital issues in Alaska that connect people across differences, beliefs, and backgrounds. These discussions help build resilient communities and strong organizations.


Conversation is as natural as walking. It doesn’t feel like something we need to learn how to do. But just as a great running coach can teach you to run faster and more efficiently, a great conversation coach can teach you to design conversations and ask questions that more effectively strengthen relationships and build community. 


These trainings are perfect for community leaders, coaches, supervisors, facilitators, and anyone looking to improve the quality of their relationships. 

Workshop Descriptions

2020 Workshops

We do not currently have any workshops scheduled at this time, due to the constrictions of COVID-19.  As soon as we resume programming, we will update this page with details and further information.

Leading Conversations that Build Community

In order for each attendee to receive the best hands-on facilitation experience, participation is limited to 16. 

Participants take part in interactive, reflective discussions in large and small groups, learn techniques to lead them, and then have the opportunity to plan and facilitate a conversation and receive feedback from trainers and other participants.  

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand both the value and limitation of conversations for building community;

  • Develop a concrete set of tools for planning and facilitating meaningful conversations;

  • Co-design and facilitate a conversation;

  • Experience a variety of conversation designs and facilitation styles;

  • Practice both giving and receiving feedback in order to learn and grow as a facilitator.

The Art of Powerful Questions

In order for each attendee to receive the best hands-on facilitation experience, participation is limited to 16. 


Described as "the one conversation tool that will make you better at absolutely everything", the art of asking questions is too important to leave to instinct. Powerful questions build trust, inspire creativity and new ways of thinking, and encourage deep engagement. Powerful questions motivate insight, innovation, and action. Powerful questions ignite change.


This is a highly interactive and experiential 1-day workshop. Participants can expect to hone their questioning skills and gain new insights about real dilemmas they are facing in their personal or professional lives.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Understand the power of questions to improve relationships, build community, and unleash creative thinking.

  • Develop a concrete set of tools for developing questions that 
    (1) build trust and reduce stress, tension, and conflict in relationships
    (2) inspire new ways of thinking, and 
    (3) motivate deep engagement. 

  • Use powerful questions to reflect deeply on an issue in their lives where they feel stuck.

  • Practice both giving and receiving feedback about questions and their impact.

"I learned communication skills that will impact my day-to-day work as well as community conversations."

"I don't really think there was a wasted moment. Everything was so well-thought out."

"I really appreciate the experiential approach, which allowed us to 'fail' in a relatively safe environment."

"I was blown away by the incredibly thoughtful training design."


Kameron Perez-Verdia

CEO and President

Kameron Holloway Perez-Verdia is a lifelong Alaskan with two decades of leadership experience in the non-profit and education sectors. Born in Alaska and raised in Barrow, Kameron obtained a bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Puget Sound. He holds an MBA, with an emphasis in executive leadership, from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver and has earned leadership certifications from the Center for Human Systems and Harvard University’s Kennedy School for Executive Education.   

Megan Cacciola

Director of Programs

Megan Zlatos Cacciola serves as the Director of Public Programming for the Alaska Humanities Forum, where she has had the opportunity to design and facilitate a wide range of gatherings around the state: from strategic planning sessions to community conversations, from team-building exercises to deliberative dialogues. Her favorite community conversation so far explored how language can both connect and divide us. She received her bachelor's from Yale University, graduating Summa Cum Laude. 

Grace Gallagher

Conversation Program Manager

Before coming to the Forum, Grace Harrington put her bachelor's in Human Services from UAA to work as the founder and facilitator for an Alaska Native Reentry group, supporting former offenders who had experienced historical trauma. After moving into humanities work, she was invited to join the Justice for All project – a joint effort with the Alaska Court system and the mayor to increase access to citizen’s justice needs to prevent entrance into the criminal justice system. 

Amanda Dale

Education Programs Manager

Amanda Dale was born and raised in Anchorage. She has a bachelor’s in Mass Communication from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore. and a master’s in Lifelong Learning from Aarhus University in Copenhagen, Denmark. It was while living and working abroad for a decade that she started to realize the power of listening to understand and asking meaningful questions. She hopes that when you join the workshop, you’ll tell her a story.