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The Center for Public Skills Training

Helping Determined Nonprofit Leaders Harness the Power of Shared Vision

Frank Martinelli, President

Frank Martinelli is a contributing author of the new book – YOU and Your Nonprofit Board: Advice and Practical Tips from the Field’s Top Practitioners, Researchers and Provocateurs just published by CharityChannel Press. Frank has over 35 years of work, training and consulting experience with a variety of nonprofit and public sector organizations. He is president of the Center for Public Skills Training where he specializes in strategic planning, governing board development and community partnership and alliance building. Since 1976 over 35,000 professional staff, board and other volunteer leaders have benefited from Frank's practical, results-oriented training and consultation.

Frank served as a member of the national faculty of The Learning Institute, a joint venture of the Society for Nonprofit Organizations, PBS, United Way of America, and the University of Wisconsin-Extension designed to deliver training through a range of emerging technologies. The Learning Institute, faculty and partners were the recipient of the American Distance Education Consortium Award for the “Certificate of Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership and Management Satellite Series”. He has provided training and consultation to over 2000 organizations in the US including Peace Corps, Head Start, The Points of Light Foundation, Association of Volunteer Administration, the American Camping Association, Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Medical College of Wisconsin, Greater Milwaukee Committee, American Lung Association and others. From 1981-1992, Frank served as Coordinator of THE RESOURCE CENTER, a major provider of training to nonprofit groups in southeastern Wisconsin.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with an M.S. in Urban Affairs, Frank has done numerous workshops on nonprofit management topics with special emphasis on the leadership roles of the Board of Directors. Frank has written extensively about the management of nonprofit organizations and is a contributing author to the New Directions publication by Jossey-Bass, "Small Nonprofits: Strategies for Fund Raising Success." Frank is the author of "Encouraging Visionary Board Leadership" appearing in You and Your Nonprofit Board: New Thinking from the Field's Top Practitioners, Researchers and Provocateurs, published by Charity Channel Press (June 2013). Frank also publishes the Strategic Thinking and Planning Blog offering his reflections on strategic planning in the nonprofit sector.

He has been trained by the Peter F. Drucker Foundation in the use of the Organizational Self-Assessment Tool. Frank has completed the Advanced Board Consultant Training Program offered by BoardSource. Frank has also completed the Distance Education Professional Development Certification Program offered at the University of Wisconsin and is presently developing a number of web-based and other distance learning offerings for nonprofits.


Here is a sampling of some of the training programs Frank offers:
bullet Increasing the Impact of Your Strategic Planning Efforts
bullet Developing and Managing Volunteers: New Tools for Changing Times
bullet Building the Nonprofit Board of the Future
bullet Forging Effective Collaborations and Strategic Alliances
bullet Building a Learning Organization
bullet Systems Thinking Tools for Nonprofit Leaders

Other training can be custom designed to meet the special needs of your organization.

The training programs are designed to:
bullet Share specific skills, techniques, and information that have proven useful for other groups.
bullet Challenge participants to focus on key issues so that they can arrive at a more critical understanding of the problems facing their organizations.
bullet Result in practical solutions that will work back home.


Frank can also design specialized technical assistance programs to meet the unique needs of your organization. Areas of expertise include:
bullet Strategic planning facilitation.
bullet Assisting leaders in planning and conducting high priority meetings and conferences.
bullet Board and staff retreats.
bullet Developing community collaborations and alliances.
bullet Annual reviews/updates of strategic plans.
bullet Specialized consultation to address particular organizational problems.


Names of client references can be furnished upon request. For more information, contact Frank Martinelli, The Center for Public Skills Training, 2936 N. Hackett Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53211, (414) 961-2536, frank@createthefuture.com.

Creative Information Systems

Making Technology Work for You.

Susan Biro

Creative Information Systems provides independent computer and internet consulting, training, and services.  Susan has more than twenty-five years of work experience in the information technology field.  She founded Creative Information Systems in 1980 and works with a wide variety of organizations.  As an emerging technology consultant, Susan has created custom databases, helped to design multimedia presentation facilities, and developed numerous applications requiring a broad understanding of state-of-the-art information tools.  Clients have included: S.C. Johnson & Son, the City of Milwaukee, Aqua Chem, Milwaukee Associates in Urban Development (MAUD), the University of Wisconsin, Cleaver Brooks, Marquette University, St. Francis Hospital, American Family Insurance, the Health Education Center, Wauwatosa School District, La Casa de Esperanza, Milwaukee Public Schools, M & I Data Services, Next Generation Now, the Center for Self Sufficiency, and others.  

She is currently involved in the design, production, and facilitation of Create the Future Webinars.

Susan has a BA and MS from the University of Wisconsin and a Web Master Certificate from Marquette University.


Contact Susan Biro, Creative Information Systems, susan@createthefuture.com.

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