I'm so glad you're here, Friends!
Until I was 28 I had trouble making eye contact in public. But as a new mom in crisis needing community to survive, I learned, in the cafes of Northeast LA, how to be present to myself and others. I learned, from the inside-out, how to C.L.I.C.K.
That is, to: Connect, Listen, 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. YOU have the answers! (I help you see them and figure out how to make them real.)
Over the last 15 years, drawing from research in multiple disciplines and ethnographic research in LA neighborhoods with The Coop, we've crafted adaptable frameworks and flexible models to help you connect in your unique context. So whether your org needs to reconnect, train in connection, scale connection, or create relational data, we're here to imagine and co-craft next steps with you! This can be awesome, not awful--we promise.
Looking forward to hearing how we may be of support:)
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 conditions 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 USC as the first Director of Belonging in the history of American higher education. She is the course designer and instructor for CLICK and SPARK. She is also the President of ReHuman, a company that empowers digital users to connect on purpose on and off-screen.
She partnered with the Los Angeles Unified School District to analyze the role of relationships and integrity in systemic change before directing communications for a non-profit that helps locals to transform their social contexts through relationships.
For the last 7 years she has been partnering with leaders across industries to prototype models for organic connecting. Her work has been studied by universities, featured in media outlets and received 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.