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Raven Tahara, MA, CTF, CPF, QTT


Raven Tahara combines over 20 years as a visual practitioner with training in ToP facilitation methods to create visual notes, templates, and processes that support groups and organizations in maximizing the effectiveness of meetings and achieving greater recall of key information later.

Employment History

  • The Kolbe Company – Facilitation, Graphic Recording for keynotes, strategic plans, board retreats
  • DrawYouOut – Strategy Consultant, facilitator, graphic recorder
  • Abinader Group – Graphic recorder, designer, co-facilitation

Competency Areas

  • Strategic Consulting for Innovation – Raven designs and facilitates board retreats for organizations to dive deep into strategic planning that taps into the group’s capacity for innovation to navigate complex change.
  • Facilitation – As a Certified ToP Facilitator, Raven assists groups in designing meetings to navigate change, improve processes, and generate new ideas.

  • Graphic Recording – Create visual notes in support to a primary facilitator; work in tandem with a facilitator to enhance meeting flow and capture key concepts and content
  • Graphic Facilitation – Facilitate a meeting independently and utilize visual recording skills to enhance content capture and presentation.


  • Masters in Leadership, Organizational Innovation and Change – University of the Pacific.
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, CSU Sacramento; Marketing Concentration; Minor in Graphic Design

Professional Certifications and Awards

  • Master’s in Leadership Organizational Innovator Award (2024) – Benerd College, University of the Pacidfic
  • ICA Certified ToP Facilitator – Technology of Participation Facilitation Methods including ToP Facilitation Methods, Strategic Planning, Implementation, and Environmental Scanning
  • IAF Certified™  Professional Facilitator (CPF)
  • Certified Facilitator of the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method
  • Qualified Top Trainer (QTT) – Trainer of ToP Facilitation Methods, Strategic Planning, Accelerated Action Planning, and Facilitation Graphics.

Professional Associations

  • ToP Trainer Network
  • IFVP – International Forum of Visual Practitioners
  • IAF – International Association of Facilitators
  • CalSAE – Industry Partner

Sample Project List | Graphic Recording

  • Blue Shield of California – Keynote capture for launch of leadership program
  • UC Davis Children’s Hospital – Capture of Vision at staff retreat
  • Power House Science Center – Capture of Board presentations and Vision
  • Children’s Miracle Network – Board retreat and kick-off event
  • Fresno State Alumni Association – Board Retreat including capture of Strategic Plan
  • Society of Hispanic Engineers – Board Retreat
  • ATD – Association of Talent Development – Captures of Panel Discussion on Change Management, Diversity & Inclusion, and keynotes
  • North Valley Community Foundation – Captured keynotes and panel discussions from 10 presenters for an all-day virtual conference
  • Amazon Web Services – Capture of discussion on AI and Machine Language
  • Vision Service Plan (VSP) / Eyefinity– Capture of notes from Provider Advisory Council
  • David & Lucile Packard Foundation – Board Retreat Historical Scan
  • Climate Resilience Nexus 2024 – Captured Keynote, Panel, and Extreme Heat track