With more than 26 years of experience in the field, Drew focuses on designing and facilitating group discussions that enable the participants to solve a problem or advance an issue. He works with groups of all sizes to see that the conversation that needs to happen does happen, thereby releasing the potential of the group.
Drew also collaborates with clients to develop meaningful learning experiences for adult audiences. For example, Drew worked with a team of corporate executives to design a week-long conference for senior managers worldwide. By using a variety of learning experiences and creative meeting designs, HOWICK ASSOCIATES enabled the participants to truly understand the organization's new strategic direction. Participants were also equipped with tools and techniques for communicating this strategy to their respective organizations.
Drew is also co-author of the book, The New Compleat Facilitator: a handbook for facilitators.
"I love situations that induce 'head scratching.' For example, a client-partner may ask to arrange a meeting or event that must produce a specific outcome. Diverse participants, challenging issues, complex outcomes and 'higher stakes' are the variables that prompt an invitation from the client."
"The projects I most enjoy are those that have the potential for significant systems change. They usually involve bringing together the people who are affected by the change and engaging them in a process that generates new possibilities. This typically requires a different kind of conversation; one of collaboration, honoring different perspectives and ultimately reaching consensus. The idea is to bring talented, opinionated people together to view things in a new way and help them achieve their potential as a group."
Past Professional Experiences
- Instructor for University of Wisconsin Extension, Communications Department
- High school teacher in the State of Oregon
- Frequent presenter at professional association conferences
- Master of Arts, Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Bachelor of Science, Rhetoric and Public Address, University of Oregon
Memberships and Affiliations
- International Association of Facilitators (IAF)
- International Association of Public Participation (IAP2)
- Leadership Greater Madison
- Rotary Club of Madison (Paul Harris Fellow)
- American Society for Training & Development (past president of local chapter)
Drew especially enjoys activities with his family. As a youngster, he and his father backpacked in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, fly-fished many mountain streams and did other outdoor activities. Today, Drew thanks his mother and father for introducing him to the outdoors and enabling him to do the same with his own family
Backpacking, tennis, biking and cross-country skiing have all been favorite pastimes. But as Drew's aging knees became less stable, he wondered whether he'd be able to enjoy these same activities with his own two girls. As Drew says, "Fortunately, their ascending ability and my descending stability intersected (visualize a graph here) and we were able to romp in the woods for a week, packs on backs, having great outdoor fun."