Over the past two decades, I have been privileged to work with individuals and groups in the United States, Canada, England, and Austria.

These groups represent local, regional, national, and international organizations spanning the fields of business, education, association leadership, social service, and faith.


A BIT ABOUT ME:  I call Chicago home. I was raised in rural Oklahoma. My passion for communication and people-connections first emerged as a Congress-Bundestag Scholar living in West Germany during the months before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall.  This passion has fueled many professional adventures including time as a corporate L&D director, the education director to the world’s fourth largest youth hostel, a university chaplain-in-residence, an adjunct faculty, a resident assistant, and a farmhand. I love what I do. No matter the context, I am always interested in assisting participants better connect with themselves, each other and the world around them. In 2017, I am committed to working with more people doing more good concerning the things that matter most. It would be a pleasure to work with you. Let’s connect!


Not every good professional is the right good professional-

experience, expertise, orientation, approach, and personality are all important factors when considering engaging a speaker, trainer, facilitator, or coach.

My commitment is to only work with individuals and groups for whom – and with whom – I can make meaningful contributions.

Here are some of the organizations that have partnered with Toby:

✶  Association of Campus Activities Administrators  ✶  American Association of Nurse Anesthetists  ✶  Barat College  ✶  Chicago Area Small College Housing Association  ✶  Chicago Cares  ✶  College of St. Benedict  ✶  Columbia College Chicago  ✶  Communities in Schools  ✶  Congregation of the Mission  ✶  Cook County Clerk’s Office  ✶  DePaul University  ✶  DeVry University – Chicago  ✶  Dominican University  ✶  Evangelical Lutheran Church in America  ✶  The Haight Ashbury Food Program [HAFP]  ✶  Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services  ✶  Horizons Community Services  ✶  Hostelling International-American Youth Hostels  ✶  HI-USA  ✶  Hostelling International-Chicago  ✶  Hostelling International-New York  ✶  Howard Brown Health Center  ✶  Huron Valley Council for the Arts  ✶  Illinois Institute of Technology  ✶  Joie de Vivre Hospitality  ✶  Joliet Junior College  ✶  Lake Forrest College  ✶  LEAP innovations  ✶  McKendree College  ✶  Milwaukee School of Engineering  ✶  National Conference for Student Services  ✶  Nebraska Wesleyan University  ✶  New Trier High School  ✶  New York University  ✶  North Dakota State Housing Officers  ✶  Northwestern University  ✶  Not In My Name  ✶  Oakton Community College  ✶  Paper-Clip Communication  ✶  Ridge Lawn Public School  ✶  Ripon College  ✶  Rockland School  ✶  Roosevelt University  ✶  Simon Youth Foundation  ✶  Slippery Rock University  ✶  Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville  ✶  Southwestern Illinois College  ✶  St. Vincent de Paul Parish  ✶  United Way of America  ✶  University of Central Arkansas  ✶  University of Chicago  ✶  University of Illinois at Chicago  ✶  University of Indiana, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh  ✶  University of Wisconsin River Falls  ✶  Women Employed  ✶ 

“Toby facilitated two retreats – one for our staff and one for our Board of Directors.  At the end of both retreats, our organization had clear plans of action, including specific “to-do lists” with who was responsible for what.  We literally were able to appropriately modify out-of-date policies because of a single day with Toby, which improved the way we do business.

I would recommend Toby without hesitation.  He made discussing otherwise uncomfortable topics not only bearable but beneficial with his use of appropriate humor and by creation of a safe space.  Toby has a gift of helping cut through to the heart of a matter by taking risks in reflecting participants’ points of view back to the group.  More often than not, he was right on and said it in a way that helped move the conversation along, and also helped colleagues really hear each other, sometimes in ways they had never experienced before.”

Michael Scribner
Executive Director
Haight Ashbury Food Program


I’ve had the pleasure of working with Toby Causby a number of times inviting him to speak as part of our leadership programs for students at UW-River Falls. Toby actively engaged with our staff prior to his visit by reaching out to ensure our feedback and goals were included in his session.

During his time with our staff and students, Toby has consistently captivated his audience with a high level of energy that is matched by an intense focus on human development, interaction, and community. Toby does not just speak and walk away, he is consistently present and connected with his audience and the results are transformative.

Paul Shepherd
Director of Student Involvement 
University of Wisconsin – River Falls


Regarding college student development and training, you can’t do better than Toby Causby. The University of Central Arkansas has invited Toby to campus multiple times to train student mentors and learning assistants working in our Residential Colleges.

Toby does an excellent job relating to diverse groups of students and enabling the students to embrace diversity in their own lives and jobs. He creates a safe environment for students to delve into their personal backpacks and engage with ‘the messy, sticky realities of relationships.’ Toby does not shy away from difficult issues regarding difference and discrimination, but his quirky, open personality draws students into these important conversations.

Students who have participated in Toby’s workshops always comment on how much fun they had, how much they learned, and how much more confident and positive they feel as they prepare to contribute and do good in their jobs, their communities, and their world.


Leah Horton

University of Central Arkansas