Is your team happy?

what is Happyteams 

HappyTeams is a professional facilitation practice that helps groups improve their teamwork and have meaningful conversations to achieve their goals. We specialize in team retreats and workshops that engage all participants and guide difficult conversations, tackle complex issues, and make better decisions. HappyTeams was founded in 2019 and is led by Nami Ishihara, an International Association of Facilitators (IAF) Certified™ Professional Facilitator. 

Using best practices in group process facilitation, we design and facilitate retreats and workshops that bring out the best in teams. We establish a safe space for conversations to develop. We provide a structure to help the group along the process, through a series of thoughtfully designed activities. We guide the group to make decisions and implement changes that will "stick" over the longer term.

Since the pandemic, our workshops have shifted online, but the emphasis on engagement and meaningful conversation remains the same. We use a variety of online platforms and applications, backed by established facilitation tools and methods, to ensure that teams can work better together. 

Team building

We offer half-day, one-day, and two-day team retreat packages that help teams examine how they are working as a team, and to talk about what matters most—whether it is about improving their work processes, looking at the “big picture” trends, or making a decision about their goals and priorities. We design and facilitate retreats that lead to real change and solutions for teams. Learn more by clicking here. 

online meeting design and facilitation

 A well-planned and facilitated meeting can make all the difference, especially when dealing with large groups or complex issues. This is especially true online, as it is more difficult to gauge nonverbal reactions and to build informal connections. We can facilitate your meetings so that the team gets to where they want to go-- with a sense of ownership over the process and results. Let us take the guesswork out of agenda planning, dealing with group dynamics, and choosing the appropriate methods for achieving the group's objectives. 



I started HappyTeams, LLC, in 2019 after working as an independent facilitator for seven years and obtaining my certification as an IAF (International Association of Facilitators) Certified™ Professional Facilitator in 2018. I became a facilitator after sitting through too many bad meetings as a board member of a non-profit organization and deciding to do something about it. I have experience working with non-profit and international organizations, helping teams to improve their effectiveness. 

Past clients include Global Fund for Children (Washington, D.C.), Alexandria Country Day School Board of Trustees, Commission for Women, Commission for Children and Youth (both in the City of Alexandria), Association of Public Health Laboratories (Silver Spring, MD), United Nations Population Fund (Vientiane, Lao PDR), Swiss Development Cooperation (Vientiane, Lao PDR) and the German International Cooperation Organization in Lao PDR.


"I commend Nami for the excellent job she did facilitating the Children Youth and Families Collaborative Commission’s retreat in March 2019.  Prior to the retreat, she attended a Commission meeting to discuss with members their expectations of the retreat. She used these to create clear objectives for the retreat. She facilitated interactive activities and informative discussions throughout the retreat. She helped the group create a timeline that generated a sense of excitement among members. After the retreat she sent a comprehensive report, which was well received by members. I highly recommend her as a facilitator!"

—  Noraine Buttar, Youth Development Team Leader, City of Alexandria