Laura Handy Laura Handy

Alumna '06
Transformative Leadership

Executive Director
Heart of Oregon Corps

"The TLD program at CIIS taught me that leadership must be developed and cultivated at all levels of an organization, and gave me the tools I needed to reflect, listen, act, and persist as a leader."

I currently serve as the Executive Director of Heart of Oregon Corps, a youth conservation corps, leadership development, and job skills training non-profit in Central Oregon. We support, teach, guide and challenge our young people, ages 16-24, to transform their lives through hard work, education, and service to the community. At a leadership level, I work to facilitate change, develop people, build partnerships, and increase organizational capacity. The TLD program at CIIS taught me that leadership must be developed and     cultivated at all levels of an organization, and gave me the tools I needed to reflect, listen, act, and persist as a leader. It also taught me that transformative practices are a journey, not a destination. 

To learn more about Laura's employer, visit: www.heartoforegon.org

Transformative Leadership Alumni

Laura Handy Laura Handy
Alumna '06,
Executive Director, Heart of Oregon Corps
"The TLD program at CIIS taught me that leadership must be developed and cultivated at all levels of an organization, and gave me the tools I needed to reflect, listen, act, and persist as a leader.",
Sophie Herting Sophie Herting
Alumna '11,
Director of Customer Relations, EASYPEP
"The TLD Program has rooted me in this world and its effect continues to show up in my career, relationships and entire being.",
Sunder Kaur Khalsa Sunder Kaur Khalsa
Alumna '06,
Operations Coordinator,
"I was seeking a master's degree that would allow me to explore my own self as a leader while learning both subtle people development and leadership skills in partnership with down-to-earth practical skills for excelling as a leader in the 21st century.",
Erin Lightfoot Erin Lightfoot
Alumna '14,
Ph.D. Student,
"For anyone passionate about trailblazing community initiatives and putting one's leadership philosophy into action, this program is for you!",
Philip McAdoo Philip McAdoo
Alumnus '07,
Adjunct Assistant Professor, California Institute of Integral Studies
"I am grateful for the experience of the “intensives” and my cohort of educators; grateful for my instructors who validated and honored my presence every step of the way;",
Rajkumari Neogy Rajkumari Neogy
Alumna '10,
Executive Coach & Thought Leader,
"The balance of autonomy and guidance from the faculty provides the student with both the ability to reflect on course material and fosters the curiosity to explore tangential concepts.",
Elizabeth Nicolosi Elizabeth Nicolosi
Alumna '14,
Talent Development Manager,
"This hybrid learning model met all of my needs: challenging and interesting studies, an experiential learning approach, flexibility for a working professional...",
Roseanne Olszewski Roseanne Olszewski
Alumna '13,
Founder Metamorphosis & Consultant, Metemorphosis
"I emerged from the program a woman integrated with vision, potential and courage.",
Eric Reynolds Eric Reynolds
Alumnus '12,
Editor,
"Completing the MA program in Transformative Leadership at CIIS was truly transformational. To say that it changed my life is an understatement.",
Tara Ryan Tara Ryan
Alumna '08,
Chief Marketing Officer, Coupa
"I practice integrating mind, body, and spirit as well as my personal and professional leadership into one present presence.",
Heather Scott Heather Scott
Alumna '14,
Executive Director,
"TLD provided a container for meaningful exploration of personal goals but, more importantly, it guided me to think in new ways and to discover my own truths relevant to the world today.",
Alejandra Siroka Alejandra Siroka
Alumna '12,
Communication Consultant, Language Alchemy
"The Transformative Leadership program helped me found and launch Language Alchemy, a transformative consulting and coaching business.",
Mark Austin Thomas Mark Austin Thomas
Alumnus '08,
Adjunct Professor & Part-Time News Anchor, Fullerton College
"My experience with the TLD program at CIIS was invaluable and something I draw on often, both to spot and develop leadership qualities in others and within myself.",

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