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Saturday, September 30 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Learning and Leading on the Edge

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Our problems are becoming increasingly complex, are no longer linear, and often have so many layers its difficult to know where to begin. Additionally, leaders find themselves amidst chaos, whether it’s regarding tasks and projects or people and relationships. Often, we find it’s a combination of the two. How can leaders make conscious choices, take the time to reflect, consider, and engage in inquiry when the demand is for action and answers? How can leaders courageously raise the difficult issues and meet people with compassion and care?

 In this session we will discuss what it means to live and lead consciously, being more aware of our decisions, our actions, and our impact. This way of learning and leading may require giving up what we think we know – allowing ourselves to experience uncertainty – in order to make space for new thoughts, feelings, and perspectives. Benefiting from it requires a willingness to surface and examine elements of personal identity and history that influence the ways we think about leadership, relate to authority, manage boundaries, respond to criticism, and handle conflict.

In this session we will explore methods for a style of leadership that values curiosity, responsibility, awareness, integrity and change.


Sr. Cathy Katoski, OSF

President and Director of Development, Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque


Taylor Harell

Taylor is a doctoral student in Leadership Studies at USD and a lead facilitator for USD’s Conscious Leadership Academy. Originally from St. Louis, MO, she earned her Bachelors and Masters degree from USD. She received her Masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy, and found... Read More →

Saturday September 30, 2017 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
Marriott Grand 11