Cascadia Center for Leadership


Cascadia Center for Leadership 2020 session begins in January. Learn more here.

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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 Graduates 2019Cascadia Center for Leadership Graduates 2018Cascadia Center for Leadership 2017 GraduatesCascadia Center for Leadership, 2016 GraduatesRoger, Cassandra, and Mary at CCL Graduation 2015Cascadia Center for Leadership, 2015 GraduatesCascadia Center for Leadership Graduates, 2014Five Leadership Domains

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 28 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 gave me the tools to be a more effective leader and a better person in my community. I am eternally grateful.

Cassandra Hesseltine, Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commissioner

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

Cascadia blew my mind! I learned so much about myself, affecting change, and about community. Cannot recommend it enough.

Peggy Metzger, Director of Financial Aid, Humboldt State University

Cascadia was a life-changing experience that I would recommend to any community members ready and willing to bring his or her true, best self forward in community and organizational endeavors.

Amy Neukom, Farmer, Neukom Family Farm

You leave Cascadia with a set of well-honed tools as relentlessly practical and measurable as they are rooted in the human heart.

Matt Gross, Production Manager, Cypress Grove Cheese

I have a renewed commitment to and awakening of what leadership really is and for my purpose.

Carla Rae Creason, Dental Services Manager, United Indian Health Services

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