This is your home for becoming a hotspot of belonging that transforms the world. I'm the Director of Belonging at the University of Southern California, and a speaker, writer + innovator sparking micro-movements of belonging.
Belonging is our deepest need, first human right + the #1 predictor of our happiness across the lifespan. And the good news is that despite the crisis of loneliness and despair in our world, we are wired to create nests of meaningful connection right where we are--as individuals, organizations and societies. Across age, wage and divides.
I create strategy, leadership models, pilot projects, immersive experiences, curriculums, language and visuals to help us create those nests. Check out the Speaking + Consulting pages for some ideas on partnership, and let's chat.
CLICK!, The pioneering Friendship Class gaining national media attention, was piloted at USC before COVID and is now at MIT and ready for license!
Or start with a "Belonging Bundle" of self-led student leader trainings.
An essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books on how to create a sense of home wherever you are...
"Cat has an uncanny ability to connect with systems in a way that humanizes them."
- Sam C., Executive Director, Level Ground
"What Cat is doing here can serve as the basis for renewed democracy."
- Jim B., Senior Associate Dean, USC
"Cat's understanding of people and systems runs deep. Beyond this, she brings to her work a faith in humanity and a commitment to fun, workable solutions that make her a joy to work with. She helped me -- a solitary writer, emphasis on solitary -- launch a successful workshop program. Nobody but Cat could make the work of drawing writers out of themselves so fun and so effortless."
- Ellie R., Writer, Founder, Write & Hike
"I've learned from Cat that community is synonymous with breathing. She has also attended several of my retreats, helping with ideas to create a magical experience out of the weekends. Cat not only has brilliant ideas, but she is a delight to be around."
- Jennifer D., Founder, Chapter One Workshop
USC Campus, Private
Thrilled to support the next generation of political leaders through USC's Center for Political Future. How do we stay "relaxed and ready" i...
USC Campus, Private
We'll be presenting a workshop session on using conversation and arts to build community around two shared questions of human life: Where do...
Joining a small cohort of trailblazers to vision for the future of higher ed and seed a professional national network.
Rev. Brandon Harris, my incredible colleague in ORSL at USC, will be engaging me and this historic congregation in a conversation around bel...
Excited to be part of the panel on youth mental health!