Coffee Break

AEA Coffee Break Webinars (CBD)

We're pleased to offer a series of short coffee-break-length demonstrations of 20-minutes each that introduce tools of use to evaluators.

Via this site, you can view and PREregister for upcoming webinars (below) or sign in and go to the Webinars eLibrary to download archived recordings of previous Coffee Break Demonstrations.

If you are not a member, and would like to participate in the Coffee Break webinars, we offer multiple membership options that will allow you to register for any Coffee Break webinars that you wish for one year from the month of payment. The regular e-membership is $85 and gives you access to each coffee break webinar for free.  This is discounted to $30 for full-time students. These e-memberships include electronic only access to four journals. To upgrade and get one-year access to all of AEA's coffee breaks, please click here to join or contact Zachary Grays in the AEA office at

Upcoming Coffee Break Demonstrations

NEW! Meet the Candidates for the 2017 AEA Board Election

This year AEA is introducing a new opportunity for the membership to get to know the candidates for the Board via an online webinar prior to the election. This year we will elect three Board members-at-large and a President-elect.

Each candidate will briefly introduce themselves to the membership, describe their background and service to AEA, their vision for how they would contribute to the AEA Board, and what they hope to see accomplished. This is excellent opportunity for you to get to know the candidates listed on the ballot and to hear first-hand how they plan to serve you as a leader in the association.

Mark your calendar for the following dates to meet the candidates who will help shape the future of the association.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET - Board Member-at-Large Candidates - Register here!

Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET - President-elect Candidates - Register here!

This webinar will be recorded for access by members throughout the election process. The ballot will be available on July 5, 2017 at 12:00 AM ET and will close August 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET. Reminder notices will be sent to those who have not cast their ballot by July 14, 2017.


Thursday, July 13, 2017 2-2:20 PM

Changing Cultural Silos in Our Professionals Through Mentor/Mentee Relationships - Wanda Casillas (from the series, Building Latinx Presence, Social Capital and Leadership within AEA)

For many students or mentees, our career and academic trajectories are largely impacted by the mentors we choose. Likewise, mentors learn from their mentees, and the nature of those relationships is to facilitate growth and development. As mentors/mentees of color we sometimes default to the familiar and seek out relationships with people that have a shared lived experience. Though there are benefits to be gained by doing so, it is important to be deliberate in planning our growth and learning. We’ll discuss things to consider in choosing mentors/mentees and potential benefits of changing our default behaviors.

Learner objectives:

  • Understand the Pros and Cons of seeking mentors/mentees that share our lived experience
  • Outline things to consider in mentoring relationships where participants have varying cultural backgrounds
  • Consider how our mentoring choices propagate cultural silos

Wanda Casillas is an Evaluator with Deloitte Consulting, LLC where she works on advancing  culturally responsive evaluation in federal healthcare spaces.  She focuses on supporting evaluation of community programs with the Centers for  Disease Control and Prevention and on improving how organizations use and understand evaluative data to improve healthcare for Veterans and Active Duty Military. Dr. Casillas also works within the Deloitte organization to build her firm’s capacity to be responsive and attentive to program context. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Cornell University  where she researched the role of culture in cognitive development and evaluation of education programs.

Join this presentation by registering here.



Tuesday, July 20, 2017 2-2:20 PM

Networking for Introverts: Circumventing Cultural Beliefs that Silence Leadership - Norma Martinez-Rubin (from the series, Building Latinx Presence, Social Capital and Leadership within AEA)

Co-sponsored by LA RED and Independent Consulting TIG

Though we might prefer the solace of books and facts, data and reflection, an evaluator’s practice requires social interaction, conviction, and the discernment to identify when personal/cultural beliefs might interfere with developing our leadership skills.

In this coffee break presentation, the presenter will discuss how the introverts among us can join the more gregarious and expressive people we encounter in our work without sacrificing a sense of self.  By doing so, a mutually beneficial experience is more likely and we can bolster the perspective we each bring to the evaluation field.

Learner Objectives:

  • Identify cultural expectations that thwart building trust among colleagues
  • Recognize how collegial exchange can bolster cultural competence
  • Discuss practical approaches for professional networking and leadership development

Norma Martínez-Rubin, owner and principal consultant of Evaluation Focused Consulting, launched her evaluation practice after an 18-year professional background in public health education program planning, design, implementation and evaluation. Norma earned an MBA with an emphasis in strategic management from the John F. Kennedy University School of Management. She also has a master’s degree from the UCLA School of Public Health, where she had a dual major in Population, Family, and International Health and Behavioral Sciences/Health Education. Norma is a nationally certified health education specialist (CHES) and has a certificate in training and human resource development from UC Berkeley. Norma’s focus on program evaluation is her way of fostering social change through systematic inquiry for organizational decision making.

Join this presentation by registering here.



Tuesday, July 27, 2017 2-2:20 PM

Why I Use the Term Latinx and You Should as Well - Efrain Guiterrez (from the series, Building Latinx Presence, Social Capital and Leadership within AEA)

Efrain Gutierrez, an Associate Director for Equity Partnerships at FSG, brings experience and knowledge from work and research in evaluation, learning, strategic planning, and social justice. At FSG, Efrain has participated in strategy, evaluation and equity related projects with a variety of national and regional foundations including the Lumina Foundation, The Grand Rapids Community Foundation, The California Endowment, and the Kresge Foundation. At FSG, Efrain has helped philanthropic organizations design and implement organization-wide and program specific evaluation strategies and has also evaluated place-based strategies in education, health, environment, economic development, among other areas. As part of his work, he also develops conference sessions, blog posts, and webinars that increase evaluators’ cultural competency when working with the Latino and the LGBTQ+ communities. Efrain holds a MPA from the University of Washington and a B.A. with honors in International Business and Management from the Universidad Panamericana in Guadalajara, Mexico. 

Join this presentation by registering here.


Thursday, August 3, 2017 2-2:20PM

Strategies and Opportunities for Advancing Latinx Leadership in AEA - Dr. Lisa Aponte-Soto (from the series, Building Latinx Presence, Social Capital and Leadership within AEA)

Dr. Lisa Aponte-Soto serves as National Program Deputy Director of New Connections, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) at Equal Measure. She has over 20 years of experience working in academia, social services, and health care settings, conducting administrative operations, program management, grants management, research, and evaluation. Dr. Aponte-Soto has extensive experience working with and for diverse communities in conducting culturally responsive research, evaluation, and programming. Her research and evaluation expertise include addressing health inequities, college access, mentoring, and career development.


Join this presentation by registering here.



Thursday, August 10, 2017 2-2:20 PM

Let's Make Love, Not War. How Evaluators and Communicators Can Embrace for Success - Seth Klukoff and Kevin Rafter

As evaluators and communicators, we’ve all been in this position: It’s time to prepare an evaluation report and share it with our audiences. But this assignment can unleash diverse, passionately held “world views.” On the one hand, evaluators typically prefer to articulate findings in ways that demonstrate nuance, rigor, and are laden with data – often in a complex, technical language. On the other hand, communicators believe in translating those findings into succinct messages packaged in a visually compelling way. Each world view has merit, but they can lead to challenging collaborations across roles.

In this Coffee Break, we will share practical tips and tricks for a successful embrace, drawn from our experiences as communications professionals in national evaluation firms. We each bring a nuanced perspective based on our backgrounds in multiple different roles in the social sector, including program manager and evaluation director. And, we can offer tangible examples based on our daily experiences in collaborating with our evaluation colleagues.

Learning Objectives:Our overarching objective is for participants to learn tangible tactics for working effectively with communications staff.  Through this Coffee Break, we would like participants to:

  • Understand a set of preferred practices for how evaluation and communications professionals can negotiate their “world views” and work together to share their findings in different ways 
  • Learn why evaluators and communicators have a mutual interest to work together to share the impact of their work
  • Discover how evaluators and communicators can collaborate around core components of communications planning, including strategy development, identifying and understanding audiences, and adopting an equity lens

Seth Klukoff

Senior Director of Communications, Equal Measure


Seth has a background in strategic communications and public affairs, policy advocacy, social marketing, and writing. He has worked extensively with organizations in the nonprofit arena — from foundations and think tanks to advocacy groups and large research organizations — as well as in the for-profit sector. At Equal Measure, Seth leads all aspects of the organization’s communications. His responsibilities include spearheading campaigns, managing publications, overseeing the website (winner of the Web Marketing Association Non-Profit Standard of Excellence Award in 2015), and maintaining traditional and social media presences. Seth serves as communications liaison with Equal Measure’s funders and works with project teams to develop strategies to promote the lessons and products of those initiatives.



Kevin Rafter

Director of Client Engagement, Harder+Company

As Director of Client Engagement, Kevin works with leaders across the firm to develop and share insights about our work through reports, articles, presentations, and via social media. Kevin also contributes various evaluation efforts for Harder+Company’s philanthropic clients, particularly in the arts. With more than 15 years of experience in the social sector, Kevin has a deep understanding of research and evaluation in the context of both grantmaking and nonprofits. His diverse skills range from designing and managing large-scale research projects – including complex databases, multi-tiered surveys, and longitudinal analyses – to using research findings to inform strategy refinement and support internal program learning. He is also an experienced communicator and works with Harder+Company project teams to develop strategies to share findings with key stakeholders using a variety of methods.

 Join this presentation by registering here.



Tuesday, August 15, 2017 2-2:20 PM

Intro to Non-Technical Project Management - Mary Fairchild

While we may not call it a project, we are all doing project management of some form or another.  Come learn about the various steps in the project management cycle, some common terms, and a few tips to keep work moving and on task.

Learning Objectives:  

• Identify what we consider "projects" 
• Understand project management common terminology 
• Strategies to stay on task and keep the work moving 

Mary Fairchild is a certified professional project manager who has spent her career applying these techniques within the profession of human resources.  She has worked in the tech industry for large corporation such as Microsoft and has her masters in Organizational Developmental Psychology.  Mary uses program evaluation in the corporate setting to measure the return on human resource programs such as mentoring, coaching, training, and more.  She is currently a consultant in this capacity:



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