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Cross Sector Leadership: Achieving Impact - August 14-September 17, 2017

The Course

Participants will walk away from the course with…

  • How to work to understand another's motivations and values
  • How to work to align financial, intellectual, human, and social capital to achieve impact
  • How to identify the "right" leverage points to produce the results your effort is aiming to produce
  • How to develop strategies relating to those leverage points

Whether you're just beginning to explore cross sector collaborations or you've been working in them for years, register now!

Learner Expectations

Come with an open mind and willingness to share your experiences and ideas. An important part of the learning process comes from engagement with your peers.

  • 1-2 hours per week of teamwork (utilizing Leaderosity's team workspace)
  • 2-3 hours per week of individual work (reading and podcasts)
  • Completion of all the assignments
  • At least one original post and two comments in your team discussions

Technical Requirements

You will need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures and provides the ability to upload all your assignments.

Statement of Accomplishment

Subject to course completion (completion of all assignments), you will receive a statement of accomplishment signed by your instructor.

Additional Course Information

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


August 14-September 17, 2017

The Instructors

Sherry Stevenson

Sherry Stevenson

Course Facilitator

Sherry Stevenson is an experienced facilitator and curriculum developer, with extensive cross-cultural leadership training expertise. She has served for over fifteen years in the non-profit sector and currently consults for Paddle, a career development platform for cross-sector leaders. Sherry holds an M.A. in Adult Education from Saint Francis Xavier University and an Honours B.A. Arts in Human Rights & Psychology from Carleton University.


Matthew Thomas

Matthew Thomas


Matthew Thomas is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Paddle (, a career development platform for cross-sector leaders. Paddle's digital self-assessments and personalized action plans help users become more innovative, adaptable and collaborative. Prior to founding Paddle, Matthew co-founded Prospect Madison, the Presidio Institute Fellows and The Intersector Project, institutions that empower professionals to create public value by engaging and collaborating across the business, government, and non-profit sectors.

Matthew co-published his research on cross-sector leadership with Harvard Business Review ("Triple Strength Leadership"), Oxford University Press ("The Gifts of Breadth"), and Global-is-Asian ("The Tri-Sector Athlete"). He also serves as a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, and is a member of the World Economic Forum and Banff Forum communities.

Matthew formerly served as Practitioner-in-Residence at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and as chairman of Young Diplomats of Canada, Young Canadians in Finance and CanLeads. He has delivered remarks on leadership to audiences at the White House, Corporate Executive Board, Maytree Foundation, and TEDxWesternU.

Prior to dedicating his time to cross-sector leadership development, Matthew was a consultant with McKinsey & Company. There he served clients in the retail, mining, and financial sectors, and contributed to the firm's efforts on Long-Term Capitalism and Canada in the Pacific Century. Matthew started his career as an investment banking analyst with Morgan Stanley and financial sector stability economist with the Department of Finance Canada. He graduated with distinction from the Schulich School of Business at York University.


Jewyla Lynn

Jewlya Lynn


Dr. Jewlya Lynn is the CEO and founder of Spark Policy Institute, where she leads an interdisciplinary team that develops innovative, research-based approaches to help communities and policymakers solve complex societal problems that defy easy solutions. She is experienced in working in communities, has a deep understanding of policy and politics, and provides extensive expertise in working across public and private sectors. Dr. Lynn's work is exclusively in the context of complex, systemic change and she has led projects across multiple issue areas including climate change, natural resources, healthcare, food systems, justice, nuclear security, and more.

In addition to supporting and catalyzing change in many different arenas, Dr. Lynn has a passion for developing and refining tools, processes, and frameworks that help to make complex work less abstract and more hands on. These include widely-used tools for collective impact backbones, adaptive planning, strategic learning, systems change, and facilitation (many of which can be found on She also developed Spark's unique Strategic Learning model, which she applies in settings where real-time, data-driven learning is critical to achieve success.

Dr. Lynn's learning models and evaluation frameworks have been published by the Foundation Review and the Center for Evaluation Innovation and she has participated on many advisory panels for national evaluations, most recently the United States Department of Agriculture's farm to school grantee initiative and the design of a National Science Foundation funded participatory data analysis system.

Prior to founding Spark, Dr. Lynn managed a project designed to transform social services, juvenile justice, and education systems in response to the Columbine school shooting, and before that worked for the Colorado State Legislature. She has a Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Colorado, Denver. Dr. Lynn was also a Cross Sector Leadership Fellow with the Presidio Institute during the inaugural year of the fellowship.


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