A Learning Community for Team Building Professionals

Network, learn, & practice with The Better Teams Community - FORWARD 


A Message from Our Community Founder

Leigh Ann Rodgers, CPF, CVF


Join Forward Today!

Learn. Share. Practice. Move FORWARD.

As a member of the Better Teams Community, you’ll be joining some of the most experienced professionals in the field of team building and facilitation.  Together, we’ll hear from industry experts, practice new tools and technologies, share what’s working today and how we see things evolving, and talk through challenges we face.


"I found value right away with the tools and ideas in FORWARD. I'm becoming a much stronger facilitator by participating in practice sessions with other members. "

Linda Howard, CVF, CMC, PMP
Howard Consulting

Getting involved in our community is easy...

Join our global community of facilitators, coaches, & leaders


Expand your knowledge, skills, and network through a variety of virtual & recorded events

Engage in various online events and in our Forum discussions. Plus, explore the our ever-growing video library of tools.

Enhance your facilitation skills and increase your impact

Build your knowledge, skills, networks, and confidence in order to increase your influence

At Better Teams, we know what it takes for team leaders to build happy and high-performing teams, and we want to share that knowledge with professionals like you!  That’s why we created the Better Teams Community, FORWARD - as an online gathering place where we invite you to practice your craft and get the support you need from a community that has a deep level of understanding about people and teams. 

On a monthly basis, we offer a wide variety of programming and valuable content such as:

  • Practicing online tools, tech and activities
  • Book Clubs
  • Networking Sessions with Masterminding
  • Facilitated discussions and round tables
  • And more….



Check Out the Types of Workshops We Offer


Upcoming Live Events Available to FORWARD Members

Check Out Examples of Past Event the Recordings Available to FORWARD Members

Planning Hybrid Meetings for Facilitators
Best Practice Tips for Designing and Leading Hybrid Meetings
Slideboards (with Templates)
Photo Metaphors
Expert Interview: Navigating In-Person Facilitation While Socially Distancing
Activity Test Drive: Run & Fetch, Hope, and Wordfind
Liberating Structures
Expert Interview: Facilitating Strategic Planning Sessions During a Pandemic
LEGO Serious Play Workshop
Activity Test Drive: Exploring Team Pressure Through Play
FORWARD Exploring Scenario Planning
FORWARD - Activity Test Drive: Three Virtual Icebreakers
FORWARD - Activity Test Drive: Virtual Escape Room

Demio (for Webinars)
Kudoboard (to Celebrate Others)
Tech Play Time: IdeaBoardz
ZOOM - NEW Immersive View Feature
GroupMap Sandbox
Tech Play Time: Klaxoon - Part I
Tech Play Time: Klaxoon - Part II
Canva Tutorial by Leigh Ann Rodgers
Activity Test Drive: Introduction to VirtualGlass™️
Tech Play Time: Piccles
Piccles: Follow up Practice Session
Activity Test Drive: Connectify Virtual Scavenger Hunt
Tech Play Time: Special Zoom Play Time to Test New Features


Building Strong Remote Teams in Challenging Times
Team Building Roadmap
Better Teams Model eBook

Delivering Virtual Training with Confidence
Learning Lab: Using Stories to Facilitate Change
Learning Lab: Power of Thinking Styles
Learning Lab: Liberating Structures to talk about Hybrid Work
A Virtual World Café
Learning Lab: Making "Trust" Happen
Book Study: Finding Your Individual Why by Simon Sinek
Book Study Part #2 Finding Your Group's Why
Learning Lab: StrengthsFinder
Learning Lab: Go Beyond Dot Voting with Idea Rating

Expert Interview: Annual Customer Surveys
Savvy Strategic Alliances
Using Notion - A Flexible Wiki for Small Businesses
Expert Interview: How to Get Great Testimonials to Grow Your Business

How to Become a Thought Leader

Creating a Business Vision Board

Expert Interview: Energy Leadership
2-Minute Stress Techniques
Expert Interview: Team Coaching
Learning Lab: Discovery Listening

Discovering Your Why Workshop

"FORWARD is my go-to place for ideas, resources, creativity, and wisdom about leaders and teams."

Barb Pedersen, C.P.F.
Barbara Pedersen Facilitation Services Inc.

Meet the Community Leader...


I'm Leigh Ann Rodgers, M.Ed., CPF, CVF, and the founder of Better Teams and FORWARD. The Better Teams Community - FORWARD provides us with a forum to share our passions, learn, and network with leaders, coaches, trainers, and facilitators around the world.

During more than 20 years working as a team-building specialist, trainer, and leadership coach with clients including Mars, SunTrust, National Geographic, Safe-Guard, AARP, Univision, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and Custom Ink, I've hustled and spent countless hours finding the right resources to support leaders and teams. Over the years I've learned how it's faster and more fun to learn in community with other like-minded professionals.

As a learner and a connector, it lights me up to bring together professionals who all serve teams in different ways. Every member of FORWARD is talented, warm, and generous.  So, we have cultivated a friendly, supportive community that provides a place to network, share best practices, and experiment with how we facilitate teams in a modern, changing world.

You are invited to grow FORWARD with us!


"I love the opportunity to share experiences and learn new techniques and tools."

Heather Clarke, OLY, B.A., M.I.R.
BraveWolf Consulting

"I have gained a new network of phenomenal people to learn and grow with! I love the variety of activities and networking is wonderful and enriching! "

Sandra Rose, IAF, CCM & IBM BCC

Join FORWARD & Grow Professionally (& Personally)!

Monthly Dues




  • Access to the entire Vault
  • Attend unlimited live events
  • Join the discussion in the Forum
  • Interact with Leigh Ann & Professionals who share your passion

Annual Dues




  • Access to the entire Vault
  • Attend unlimited live events
  • Join the discussion in the Forum
  • Interact with Leigh Ann & Professionals who share your passion

 100% Money Back Guarantee

If you are not satisfied, just talk to me within 21 days of joining and I’ll gladly give you a refund if you give me feedback.

This Word Cloud was created by members during one of our online workshops...

You don't have to do this work alone!

You are invited to join this amazing group of professionals who love serving leaders, teams, and organizations. The caliber of our members, all life-long learners, is quite impressive.

I promise to deliver new and useful information and online workshops each month. And, I stay available to members via our live events, Forum, and Private Facebook Page.

Let's rise to the challenges before us and move FORWARD together!

Leigh Ann Rodgers, M.Ed, CPF, CVF


Frequently Asked Questions

What people ask before joining FORWARD...

FORWARD is a global, yet cozy and friendly membership community for professionals (leaders, facilitators, coaches, and trainers) with a common interest and desire to connect, collaborate, and learn from each other about facilitating and developing teams in-person, virtually, and in hybrid meetings.

Members tend to desire the fellowship of being with other facilitators and coaches - and enjoy the comradery that comes with our community.

We connect during online workshops and networking events and through our Forum and/or private Facebook group.

FORWARD is for professionals who work (or aspire to work) with leaders and/or teams.  If you like to mix and mingle with leaders, consultants, coaches, facilitators, trainers, and professionals in Human Resources and Learning & Development, you will find your people here! 

You might focus on strategy, change management, team building, or leadership development. We welcome a diverse group of professionals because that makes our discussions rich and interesting.

Try it and see what you think risk free.  Money-back guarantee within the first 21 days.

Get your first month free using the COUPON CODE: TRY FORWARD2023  (You can also apply this coupon code to the annual membership, so you'll get 3 free months your first year, and 2 free months every year after that.)

Yes, of course. Just email [email protected] within 21 days of signing up and we will refund you.  All we ask is that you provide specific feedback so we can improve. 

You'll have immediate access to our ever-growing resources and events including:

  • Recorded workshops, interviews, and micro-training about teams, leadership, engagement, tech tools, etc.
  • Downloadable PDF activity guides, eBooks and resources.
  • Access to all of our live events each month including workshops and networking events.
  • Access to our Forum - full of questions and discussions on a variety of topics to help you grow professionally and connect with other members.
  • Access to our private Facebook group.
  • Networking opportunities with brilliant and generous professionals.
  • Discounts on Better Teams courses including Team Consultant Academy

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