The Global Leadership Lab team is a group of individuals united by a drive to accelerate large scale systemic change.

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Dana Pearlman | Co-Founder

Dana Pearlman
Dana designs, hosts, and facilitates action learning experiences. She works at the intersection of authentic leadership, sustainable development, and collaborative community building in order to accelerate the profound transformation that is needed in our world. Her academic background is in clinical psychology and strategic leadership towards sustainability. She uses participatory processes and powerful questions to enable deeper learning and profound change. She connects people to one another through dialogue to strengthen communities and teams. Dana’s clients include the Sustainability Learning Centre, the Blekinge Institute of Technology, The Bold Academy, Fukushima Response Group, and Daily Acts. She is a practitioner and co-hosts trainings in The Art of Hosting Conversations that Matter and also hosts workshops in authentic leadership that stems from her co-created research in Sweden. She co-authored and published The Lotus: A practice guide for Authentic Leadership towards Sustainability.



Cloe Shasha | Co-Founder

Cloe Shasha
Cloe grew up in New York City and Paris, and spends as much time in San Francisco as she can. She is the Associate Content Producer at TED, where she works on speaker research, content and script development, writing, community building, and helping speakers prepare for their talks. She graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College with a degree in cognitive psychology. She continues to work with admissions to interview first year applicants. Cloe is a Thousand Network Fellow and a StartingBloc Fellow. In 2012 she co-founded Global Leadership Lab, a small incubator for social entrepreneurs. She has been a logo and web designer, a cognitive psychology researcher, a solar engineering document translator from English to French at The Barefoot College, an industrial design researcher for Ross Lovegrove, a commissioned child portrait painter, an illustrator for Scientific American, and a news journalist for ABC News and small print newspapers. She founded and organized TEDxMiddlebury and helped launch an accelerator called The Bold Academy. She loves dancing, bringing people together, writing, music, visual design, and exploring the outdoors. Cloe is a drummer for Batala, an all women’s samba band. She speaks English, French, Spanish, and is proficient in German.



David Hodgson | Co-Founder

David Hodgson
David weaves creative ecosystems and convenes them in possibility spaces, to catalyze and accelerate the transformative innovation necessary to meet the profound challenges of the 21st century. He is a fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab, the International Futures Forum, and is an adviser to Shareable. In previous lives, David has been a sound engineer and a software architect, working with Microsoft, Sony, and Electronic Arts.



Kathia Laszlo, Ph.D. | Co-Founder

Kathia Laszlo
Kathia is an international educator, researcher, and consultant committed to facilitating transformational processes that lead to integral sustainability. She is the co-founder and executive director of Syntony Quest, a social enterprise dedicated to enable organizations and communities to design new ways of working, learning, and living that embody social and environmental integrity, with offices in Northern California and Mexico. She is a professor at Saybrook University in the Organizational Systems doctoral program where she coordinates the specialization in leadership of sustainable systems. She has taught leadership, organizational learning, and strategy in the sustainability oriented MBA programs of Presidio Graduate School, Dominican University of California, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, EGADE Business School, and Universidad del Medio Ambiente.



Julie Hayes | Synthesis

Julie Hayes
Julie is a natural cross-contextual systems thinker and connector, drawing her background in ecology to understand large, complex systems. Ever planet-minded, Julie has worked as a field ecologist recycling specialist, a residential energy efficiency specialist, and an outdoor educator. Most recently, she’s wandered the philanthropy world looking for the kinds of thinkers the Global Leadership Lab convenes. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder and National Outdoor Leadership School.