How does a shy, isolated girl from Western Pennsylvania become the Director of Belonging at a major research university and found a consulting firm specializing in connection? It's as surprising to me as anyone that the answer is: because I had to.
As a new mom in crisis needing community to survive and as a grassroots community maker in the cafes of North East LA, I learned to be present to myself and others--I learned, from the inside-out, how to CLICK.
That is, to: Connect As Is, Listen First,
Investigate, Communicate Kindness
& Keep in Touch
Despite studying Community and Ethics Academically and Professionally, the methodology of Connecting didn't click for me until I experienced it in first person. This, it turns out, is the only way we CAN connect--from the center of our hyper-particular experience.
This is how I approach every client and project--suspending theory to allow the individuals involved to chart an original path from the inside-out, leveraging research to help unpack and support the process.
At Connectors Consulting, we're all about the art and science of crafting relationship-centric lives especially as they involve work and vocation, since the quality of our relationships is the #1 key to our happiness.
Whether you're an Executive, Educator, Entrepreneur, or Creative, we are excited to help you create the conditions for meaningful connection.
We specialize in helping you connect the isolated people dots in your organization, revitalize the relational heart of your team, and cultivate long-term authentic relationships with your clients.
Over the last 15 years, drawing from research in multiple disciplines and ethnographic research in the trenches of Los Angeles neighborhoods with The Coop, we've worked out some transferable principles and flexible models to help you connect widely and deeply in your unique context.
Would love to see how we can support you in your next steps!
Cat was scholarshipped to study the Human Condition at USC & the University of Edinburgh, graduating summa cum laude with honors in Philosophy for her work on the preconditions for community and the transformation of social life through public spaces.
She received fellowships to study engagement of culture through politics and religion with a political think tank and Yale faculty, respectively.
For nearly ten years she apprenticed to Philosopher and Theologian, the late Dallas Willard (USC), participating in the development of work around the ethical basis of the professions in American life.
Cat is currently serving the University of Southern California as the Director of Belonging and course designer and instructor for CLICK. She partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District to analyze the role of relationships and integrity in systemic change.
She went on to direct creative and strategic communications for a national non-profit that equips rogue do-gooders to transform their local contexts through building bridges of caring relationship.
For the last 7 years she has been partnering with non-profits, entrepreneurs and local leaders to prototype models for organic connecting especially around the Arts & Education as an Applied Philosopher in North East Los Angeles. Her work has been studied by several researchers and universities, been featured in several media outlets and books and received national and regional grants.
Until her mid 20's, Cat was so shy that she had trouble making eye contact in public. Through the slow, organic process of being present in her local cafes, she began hatching socially. Over the course of several years, she came to discover the power of listening, generosity, and other micro gestures of friendliness to create community. She came to experience the reality of interdependence, which renewed her conviction that community is not only possible for all of us, but is, in fact, the most basic human right and the precondition for human flourishing. One day she looked in the mirror, and with a shock and a thrill, saw a community maker dedicated to working this out with whomever else is excited to weave unity in community.