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Cross Sector Leadership: Solving Problems - May 8-June 11, 2017

The Course

Join us for Introduction to Cross Sector Leadership: Solving Problems, a 5-week Leaderosity course offered by Presidio Institute.Through the course you'll learn a systems approach to solving problems - one that inspires others to look beyond their individual or organizational perspectives to consider a collective good. You'll gain new insight into problems and their impact on people by learning the experiences of those directly affected by them - and you'll learn how to help others understand how they themselves may be contributors. You'll define results and inform decision-making using qualitative and quantitative data. Throughout this online course, you'll be introduced to concepts through short video lectures, readings, and discussions. But, the bulk of your learning will come by practicing cross sector leadership skills in individual and team assignments - the real world cases you feel passionate about.


Participants will walk away from the course with…

  • A better understanding of any problem by understanding the experience of those it directly affects.
  • How to help people and organizations see how they are contributing to the problem.
  • How to build a process of reflection and analysis into your practice in order to continue to refine your understanding of a problem.


Course instructors will be available to answer questions and provide feedback/comments on individual and group assignments. The course is offered through Leaderosity’s third party learning platform called NovoEd. Course content will consist of lecture videos, readings and interactive exercises. It will be available for you to access at any point. The course occurs entirely online and you will set meeting times to meet with your course team.


This course is designed to be completed with a team. You should expect to do approximately 1-2 hours of individual prep work per week and then spend 2 hours working with your team. You will be expected to complete all the assignments and participate in the class-wide discussion board.


You need a computer or smart device that allows you to watch videos, video chat (optional), and the ability to upload your assignments which will be PowerPoint/image/video presentations.


Subject to course completion (completion of all assignments), you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by the Presidio Institute.


Email for more information or for bulk registrations of your organization’s leaders in this course. Group discount: Additional 10% off for 15+ people.



May 8-June 11, 2017

The Instructors

Kathia Castro LaszloKathia Castro Laszlo

Presidio Institute Faculty

Kathia is an international educator, researcher, consultant and coach committed to facilitate transformational processes that lead to cultural healing and social innovation. She is professor at Saybrook University in the Department of Leadership and Management and is a certified coach in the Leadership Circle Profile™. Kathia has taught leadership, organizational development and strategy in the sustainability oriented MBAs of Presidio Graduate School (San Francisco), Bainbridge Graduate Institute (Seattle), Dominican University of California (San Francisco), EGADE Business School (Mexico), and Universidad del Medio Ambiente (Mexico). She is the co-founder of Syntony Quest and Global Leadership Lab, founding partner of The Journey Network, and has her private consulting practice, Magenta Wisdom.

Her interdisciplinary research and publications spans the fields of systems thinking, organizational change, leadership, and innovation. Her work expands systems thinking into systems being by integrating feminine, multicultural and experiential ways of knowing and relating. She is engaged in action-research on the design of new business and organizational models that support authentic leadership and collaboration for social impact. Through her understanding of adult learning, group creativity, and dialogue, Kathia has facilitated numerous learning and design processes in business, academic, nonprofit and community contexts in North America, Latin America and Europe and has coached hundreds of socio-ecological entrepreneurs seeking to blend business, ethical responsibility and higher purpose.

Kathia is holder of a BA in Marketing, a M.Ed. in Cognitive Development and a Ph.D. in Human Science with specialization in Social and Institutional Change which she earned as a Fulbright Scholar from Mexico.


Seth HuffordSeth Hufford

Presidio Institute Faculty

Seth combines his unique mix of professional experiences to build individual and organizational capacity in three distinct areas: policy & advocacy, leadership development, and strategic thinking. He believes that by increasing the capability of individuals and strategically addressing organizational issues, we create better-functioning relationships, workplaces, and communities. Working across the business, government, and nonprofit sectors, Seth has engaged diverse groups of people from community activists to business executives. He has facilitated teams both large and small to tackle complex challenges, address inter-personal dynamics, and produce results.

Prior to launching The People Group LLC, Seth led strategic and organizational development initiatives for the Allegheny County Controller’s office in Pittsburgh, PA, managed global executive education programs at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business, directed Coro’s Leadership New York program, and facilitated Leadership Pittsburgh’s Leadership Development Initiative. He also gained valuable work experience at a countywide Chamber of Commerce and at the Philadelphia office of Booz Allen Hamilton, a worldwide management consulting company.

Seth holds a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College. Other than his professional pursuits, Seth enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons, and good friends, talking public policy and politics, listening to music or seeing live shows, watching and playing international football, and exploring the urban fabric of cities.


Presidio Institute

Building on the Presidio's legacy of service and public-private partnerships, the Presidio Institute provides transformational experiences that inspire, encourage, and empower leaders to make measurable, positive impact in their communities.

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