About Idea-Catchers

Strategic planning can be such a stale term. People talk about training and personality assessment and everyone yawns and says “been there done that.” But it’s bigger than that. It’s about transforming an organization and its culture and changing the status quo.

– Maria Birkhead  #strategytakingflight


Maria Birkhead is a facilitator, and strategic planner. Since 2001, Maria has helped nonprofits, corporations and government organizations large and small break through the quicksand of the status quo. Equal parts detective, translator and reformer, she helps teams transform their big, audacious goals into a well-documented roadmap to success.




An End to Meeting Madness

How to lead focused, energized, interactive meetings that build teamwork, reduce stress and deliver breakthrough results.

Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting, BoardSource