Cascadia Center for Leadership

Applications for Cascadia Center for Leadership 2018 will be available Fall of 2017.

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Cascadia Center for Leadership’s mission is to strengthen participants’s commitment and ability to take on the tough issues facing their communities and organizations so that collaboratively they can create the communities and organizations of their dreams.
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Cascadia Center for Leadership, 2016 GraduatesRoger, Cassandra, and Mary at CCL Graduation 2015Cascadia Center for Leadership, 2015 GraduatesFive Leadership DomainsCascadia Center for Leadership Graduates, 2014Cascadia Appreciation Circle

Whether you are an established or emerging leader at work or in your community, in this practical and highly-interactive program, you will acquire the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and tools to help you be as effective as possible in working with others to create positive change.

This ten-day, four-month developmental experience focuses on five “leadership domains:” intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organizational, and community. For specific learning objectives within each domain please download this document of the five leadership domains.

By the end of this program you will have:

  • Greater understanding of your own leadership gifts and challenges;
  • Improved effectiveness in interpersonal interactions, including the most difficult ones;
  • Increased ability to create and lead high-performance teams;
  • Expertise to design and lead meetings that result in smart decisions and commitment to action;
  • Increased ability to plan and create change in communities and organizations;
  • A plan to continue to strengthen your leadership capabilities and a network of colleagues to support your continued growth and learning.

Specific dates and applications for this annual program are available on-line at We accept a maximum of 24 participants annually. All sessions are held at the Humboldt Area Foundation (HAF) in Bayside, CA. HAF created this program and has continued to support it since 2000.


“I would recommend Cascadia to anyone who wants to be a better leader, but also to anyone who wishes to be a better human being.”

Vincent DiMarzo,
Wiyot Tribal Councilman

 “Cascadia Leadership Training was invaluable, and I will be a better leader and person for having experienced it.”

Kevin Waters,
Arcata Store Manager, North Coast Co-op

“Cascadia gave me the tools to be a more effective leader and a better person in my community. I am etternally grateful.” 

Cassandra Hesseltine,
Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commissioner

“Mary and Roger and the Cascadia Leadership Program are a community resource that have the potential to transform our communities and organizations by empowering individuals with knowledge and resources.”

SarahFay Philips,
Corrdinator of Instruction and Reference, Humboldt State University Library

“Cascadia is such a gift to this community! It changed my concept of leadership and my understanding of myself as a leader. Mary and Roger do a masterful job teaching this course. It is simultaneously individualized and universal.”

Jennifer Catsos,
Program Manager, Watershed Stewards Program