This is your home for becoming a wifi hotspot of belonging wherever you are.
I'm a speaker, the Director of Belonging at the University of Southern California and the founder of The Belonging Studio who experienced loneliness for the first 25 years of my life before figuring out how to connect + help others do the same. My flagship course, CLICK!, has been taught at USC, MIT and portions of it used across K-12 education, the Department of Defense, faith-based orgs, and non-profits.
Belonging is our deepest need, first human right + the #1 predictor of our happiness across the lifespan. Despite the loneliness and despair in our world, we are wired to create nests of relationships that give our lives security + purpose.
I create immersive experiences for your conferences, festivals and retreats and imaginative media and workshops. Check out the Speaking + Consulting pages for some ideas on partnership, and let's chat.
An essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books on how to create a sense of home wherever you are...
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.
"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
Leading immersive experiences in belonging, arts + ritual with keynote address at the national conference for spiritual leaders in higher ed...
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...
We'll have a conversation around one of the ten tenets of humanism--altruism--and how it fuels relationships.
Joining a small cohort of trailblazers to vision for the future of higher ed and seed a professional national network.