Convening and Planning Services

​​​Dallas College Convening and Planning Services offers no-cost convening and planning services to local industry, community organizations and more. Our goal: Advance the growth and potential of Dallas County, its businesses and its residents.

Our dynamic resources allow us to explore and develop customized solutions with clear outcomes and expectations. We use a highly interactive visual storyboarding process called Compression Planning to rapidly gather ideas and develop usable solutions. 

What is Compression Planning?

Compression Planning was developed by the McNellis Company and is based on the storyboarding model originally conceived by the Disney Company. This model has been used by more than 500 organizations including major manufacturers, hospitals, education institutions, the Department of Defense, marketing and advertising firms and technology companies.


Overall Purpose of Compression Planning

To provide a proven approach for rapidly developing viable solutions and action plans.

Session purposes

  • To apply thoughtfully developed questions critical to the Compression Planning model.
  • To help leaders leverage collaborative time and make better decisions faster.
  • To increase rich idea development and reduce decision time.
  • To explore, focus and define an actionable plan to achieve desired goals.


  • To spend numerous hours in unproductive meetings
  • To stray from intended topics
  • To convene the same way and expect different results

What is our role?

  • Work with you on the design of the session so that it produces the results you need.
  • Help research and develop background information to support the process.
  • Provide story boards, resources for the session, and a report capturing results within 72 hours.
  • Provide session facilitators and support staff.

What is your role?

  • Designate a knowledgeable contact to work on the session goals and desired outcomes.
  • Provide sufficient time for consultation on the session design.
  • Select, in consultation, the participants in the session.
  • Provide appropriate meeting space or schedule the Dallas College Convening Center.

Industries and Organizations That Use Convening Services

  • Automotive
  • Health care
  • Engineering
  • Nonprofits
  • Foundations
  • Law enforcement
  • Municipalities and ISDs
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Universities
  • Community colleges

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Our Locations

With seven main campuses, eight community campuses and three service centers; Dallas College Convening and Planning Services is right where you need us to be. We offer:

  • Convenient access anywhere in Dallas County
  • Smart meeting rooms
  • Catering services
  • DART accessible
  • Free parking (except at El Centro, which has paid parking lots and nearby)

Contact Information

Dr. Mary A. Brumbach
Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer 

Anthony Denning
Senior Director of Operations, Strategic Initiatives