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2020 Conference

2020 Conference and Related Workshops

Our 25th anniversary celebration to remember our past, and together, build our global future...

The in-person Conference at Berkeley is cancelled. The IFVP 25th Anniversary Conference team's goal this year is to continue to encourage fellowship and networking.

Save these dates: Saturday June 27, Saturday July 25, and Saturday August 22 for three special virtual conference days.
Stay tuned for more information!

In preparation for the online conference we are pleased to announce a
Training Workshop on Saturday, June 6 from 10am to 1pm US eastern time

"Working Visually in a Virtual World" hosted by Muddy & the Whiteboard Academy


In this 3-hour workshop, you will unlock awesome with Muddy and learn a host of new ways to harness your visual superpowers to better serve your clients and teams in a world of online meetings and video conferencing. This workshop is designed for visual practitioners at every level as well as community and business leaders who want to learn how to tap into the power of visual thinking to empower and inspire others to be more effective when working remotely.

You will learn tips, tools and techniques from simple low-tech approaches that you can do with just a pen, a post-it note and your phone to high-tech setups with multiple cameras, ipads and digital whiteboards.  Whether you prefer pen and paper, markers and big charts, drawing on an ipad or using multiple tools at once, this workshop has something for you.

Muddy is a master when it comes to teaching and technology, and he will share his specific recommendations and resources for the best gear, apps, lighting, audio, and shortcuts to help you level up your virtual and visual game.  You’ll also get a downloadable PDF Resource Guide and several new Visual Connection Guides created for this workshop.

This workshop will prepare you to get the most out of the upcoming virtual IFVP conference sessions as well help you improve your skills and confidence to serve your clients in online meetings and video conferences. Come as you are, use what you have and try something new if it looks like fun.  We’re not going for perfect… we’re going for awesome!  Join us! We hope to see you there.


$19.99 for IFVP members / $24.99 for non-members (Members must be logged in to receive IFVP member discount)


Mike “Muddy” Schlegel, Whiteboard Academy

Mike Schlegel, or “Muddy” as most people know him, lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters.  Muddy’s background is in water resources, where he facilitated collaboration and innovation on complex regional issues involving water.

In 2015, during a one-day course in visual techniques for facilitators, Muddy had a “lightbulb moment” where he discovered his hidden visual powers. He left the course with permission to draw and started doodling icons on his to-do list. Soon after, he started using simple icons and graphics with groups, and the meetings came alive. The groups were getting more done and having more fun, so he knew he was on to something and set out to learn more.

Muddy enrolled in The Doodle Institute with Diane Bleck and thrived in the courses and community. He was invited to become a co-instructor and taught a number of classes with Diane including co-hosting two Doodle Summits in 2016 and 2018, which were broadcast live around the world.

Muddy founded the Whiteboard Academy in 2016, initially as a side gig to take his facilitation and visual superpowers to a broader set of clients and topics. He quickly realized he’d found his niche. By 2017, he was full time with the Whiteboard Academy, and serves leaders and teams all over the world with his unique blend of engaging facilitation, rapid synthesis, real-time visualization and leadership innovation. Muddy is on a mission to help others unlock awesome through visual thinking.

Muddy has a wealth of knowledge and experience as a facilitator, trainer, and digital scribe. We are excited for the opportunity to partner with the Whiteboard Academy and have Muddy as our host to help us unlock awesome in this training workshop presented by the IFVP. 

Everything you need to know about the conference will be displayed below. Keep checking back as we add information.