Retreats

Using a specialized approach to improve communication & develop plans.

The Open Kitchen Management Consulting Team can work with your leadership team and board to design and facilitate a strategic planning session to determine an intentional path forward. While tackling the questions of mission, vision, and impact is a daunting task during these unprecedented times, this process is a critical conduit for making sound shorter-term decisions that can help you develop and implement restart and recovery plans. 

Open Kitchen Owner Hue-Chan Karels has designed a proprietary process, based on organizational sustainability and change management, to help organizations undergo deep organizational self-assessment and develop insights paired with tangible actions in a collaborative and purposeful environment. Collectively, our management consulting team has over 50 years of organization effectiveness, change management, and business process evaluation and re-design to help your organization clarify the direction and efforts needed for the future while managing the current challenges.

An interactive cooking team bonding experience can be incorporated into this session to facilitate an atmosphere of camaraderie, friendship and fun amongst all participants while improving the communication and cooperation between them. All participants are called upon to use creativity, communication skills, collaboration, goal orientation and leadership skills.

Our Services

Leadership & Strategic Planning

Leaders from every industry and geographical location, private and non-profits, are navigating unprecedented challenges to take care of their present reality – from customers and employees, to operational and financial strategies, to evolving regulatory and technology requirements- while planning for an unknown and uncertain future.

Open Kitchen’s Strategic Consulting Team works with you to design and facilitate a strategic planning session to assess your operating landscape and determine an intentional path toward your future. While tackling the questions of mission, vision, and impact is a daunting task, this process is a critical conduit for making sound shorter-term decisions that can help you develop and implement restart and recovery plans. 

Organization Strategy Sessions with Open Kitchen Santa Fe (4)

"Our team was blown away by Hue-Chan’s ability to guide us to a cohesive, clear and thoughtful long-range strategic plan in a handful of fun and inspiring hours. Creative Santa Fe has always struggled with articulating our vision and mission as what we do is so unlike most non-profit organizations. Hue-Chan helped us gain a level of focus and specificity of what we do, why we do it, and where we are heading in a way that we had not previously achieved. Perhaps even more than that, bringing us together in the kitchen — cooking, laughing, sharing and eating — bonded our team in a way that never would have happened in a more traditional environment. Hue-Chan is a remarkable talent and her approach is more creative and impactful than any other I have ever experienced." 

Board Engagement & Development

Assembling and developing a stellar Board of Directors who are personally invested in the vision and mission – from fundraising to community relations to governance – strengthens an organization and is vital to its sustainability.

Open Kitchen partners with you to design and facilitate an engagement session between Board and staff members that includes a series of interactive exercises to clarify expectations that support the organization’s vision and mission; review Board member composition and committee structure to ensure diversity of skills and perspectives; ensure tools and processes are in place for the Board to perform its work on committees; and define whether actions are needed to strengthen the Board.

Board Development NM Women in the Arts Open Kitchen Santa Fe
Board Development NM Women in the Arts Open Kitchen Santa Fe

Assembling and developing a stellar Board of Directors who are personally invested in the vision and mission – from fundraising to community relations to governance – strengthens an organization and is vital to its sustainability.

Open Kitchen partners with you to design and facilitate an engagement session between Board and staff members that includes a series of interactive exercises to clarify expectations that support the organization’s vision and mission; review Board member composition and committee structure to ensure diversity of skills and perspectives; ensure tools and processes are in place for the Board to perform its work on committees; and define whether actions are needed to strengthen the Board.

"You worked your magic with our very appreciative group yesterday!  You provided “fun” as was requested, an opportunity for all of us to get to know one another better, and delectable food!  Couldn’t ask for more." 

Relationship Building - Open Kitchen Style

Open Kitchen crafts out-of-the ordinary, memorable events for your next team or client gathering. The essential elements of effective working relationships are transferred into our kitchen to create an atmosphere of camaraderie, friendship and fun among all participants while improving the communication and collaboration skills. Guided by our professional chefs, team members work together to prepare a gourmet meal, and then “break bread” while enjoying their meal together.

We have designed a collection of sample menu options that can be customized to meet your dietary preferences. 

PRIOR CULINARY EXPERIENCE NOT REQUIRED!

Organization Strategy Sessions with Open Kitchen Santa Fe (2)

"Hue-Chan Karels, who serves as Co-Chair of the Leadership & Board Development Committee of Santa Fe Community College Foundation, has provided leadership, training and development for the Foundation resulting in the most engaged board of directors in the history of our nonprofit.  She did extensive research, including board member interviews, prior to conducting our two extraordinary strategic planning retreats aimed at helping members internalize the mission, goals, and objectives of the Foundation and creating the action steps necessary for success. Hue-Chan is masterful at encouraging members to draw upon their own life and work experiences in ways that positively affect the forward momentum of our board’s work. We have a renewed sense of purpose and connection. I recommend to any organization interested in engaging board members in a strategic planning process to contact Open Kitchen." 

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