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The CLST is involved currently in a number of projects, internal to the University of Washington, that are described in more detail below that advance the mission and vision of our CLST.

Fritzky Fellows Program in Foster
Cambia Center for Palliative Care
University of Washington Facilities Services
Public Health School Masters in Health Administration
Jackson School Master of Arts in Applied International Studies
The University of Washington Library Systems
Veterans Administration Healthcare System
Washington State Department of Natural Resources
Army Research Institute Base Officer Leadership Development Study
UW Co-Motion GIX Program
University of Washington Husky Leadership Institute
University of Washington Resiliency Project

We are working with the Technology Managment MBA (TMMBA) program at the UW Foster School of Business. This is an accelerated degree program for professionals with a passion for innovation and change. The CLST program includes leadership and team development, team building, practicums, and team coaching. First year students take the TMMBA 500 Leadership Development course and second year students participate in a highly-rated rowing team-building workshop, which includes an on- the-water and in-classroom practicums hand-in-hand with a professional development coach.
Fritzky Leadership Fellows offers a select group of 14-16 second-year students a unique, hands-on leadership development opportunity. Fellows receive ongoing training and coaching from CLST’s faculty and professional leadership development coaches. They learn leadership and team development strategies, models, and coaching methods to apply in their role supporting up to 3 teams of first-year MBA students and 12 individual students over autumn and winter quarters. Fellows create and achieve personal leadership development goals while enhancing teamwork within the first year cohort, and working closely with other Fellows in a supportive two-quarter, two-credit Leadership and Coaching Practicum Visit the Leadership Fellows homepage for application information.
We are working with the Jackson School of International Studies and the Master of Arts in Applied International Studies (MAAIS). The MAAIS program focuses on an expanding community of stakeholders who are focused on creating global opportunity and tackling critical global challenges. The CSLT works in concert with the MAAIS multidisciplinary perspective on the pressing issues facing international affairs practitioners today with a leadership and team development program and practicum. This development provides an opportunity for students to increase and build leadership and team capability for increasing individual and team effectiveness in multicultural and global experiences.
CLST is in its fourth year working with the Veterans Administration to develop authentic and transformational leadership among physicians, nurses, and administrative leaders across an eight New England States. In 2017-18, CLST will deliver workshops, assessments, and coaching to hundreds leaders from the front-line to the executive level in basic, advanced, and executive Leaders Academies. This work spring-boards from success CLST had with the Veterans Administration of Nebraska Western Iowa facilities on a variety of intervention projects to develop individual, unit and strategic leadership. What began as a two-year pilot with New England, paves the way for CLST to work with any number of VA service networks nationwide.
Since 2010, the CLST has been providing leadership development programs to students in the Executive Maters of Health Administration (EMHA) and Masters of Health Administration (MHA) programs through the University of Washington School of Public Health. The goal of the CLST program is to supplement MHA curriculum by providing students with increased knowledge and leadership skills that they can directly transfer to their careers in health administration.
Throughout their work with the CLST, students participate in a range of self-assessment and multi-rater surveys aimed at increasing awareness about their own strengths and behaviors as leaders and teammates. Students attend workshops and webinars intended to deepen their knowledge of theory related to leadership and team development. Students develop their own coaching skills as they participate in both team coaching and peer coaching sessions. As part of the CLST program, all students create at a leadership development plan and identify goals and related action steps in service of furthering their development as leaders. Students also participate in one-on-one coaching with a CLST leadership coach.
The CLST is working with the directors and faculty in the Cambia Center to facilitate the development of the Center in formulating and executing on its next 5-year plan. This work has involved engaging in strategic leadership development, as well as facilitating the development of leadership among its emerging leaders. The goal of this work is to support the development of the next phase of this Center’s critical work in improving the quality of healthcare provided in support of serious illnesses.
This project will involve investigating the formation and eventual development of cross-cultural teams participating in this new Masters program, which is based on a strategic partnership between the University of Washington, Tsinghua University and Microsoft. Working with Crystal Fahr, Yu Tse, and Giselle Antoine in our Management & Organization department, we will be designing a research investigation to determine how teams form and utilize their cultural differences to optimize the team’s performance over the life of the program and beyond if they choose to form a company.
Over 1,000 people are employed in building and grounds services, campus engineering and operations, emergency management, maintenance and construction, parking, transportation services, sustainability, and safety so that the the UW Campus is ready to produce its best work each and every day. CLST is helping FS attain its vision to become a world-class organization providing exceptional service anywhere, anytime. In 2016-17, we began cascading principles of ownership and authentic and transformational leadership from the top down – working with 70+ leaders over the course of the year. Each leader attended 3-4 workshops, engaged in self- and 360 assessments and received one-on-one and group coaching following CLST’s Blueprint for leadership development. In 2017-18, another 50 leaders will launch on the leadership development journey.


We are working with the director of the HLI, Fran Lo, in the formation of different interventions that can be used by the HLI with students and faculty at UW. In the past year, we collaboratively designed what was called architecting one’s blueprint for developing leadership as students entered into UW. There was a workshop attended by over 700 new students who learned ways to best develop a plan to accelerate their leadership development.
This is a collaborative research project with Anne Browning, Special Assistant to Undergraduate Dean, Emily Kroshus, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Carlos Guillen, Assistant Director, First Year Programs, UW, and Polo DeCano, Center for Leadership in Athletics that was designed over the last year, to assess all incoming undergraduates coming into UW in terms of their level of psychological resources, such as optimism, hope, confidence and resiliency. Our goal in this project is to begin developing a database where we can examine the base level of resiliency coming into the UW over the first two years. This will provide us with data on over 7,000 students whom we intend to track track over this time period to determine how the challenges of engaging in an undergraduate education impact their psychological resources. Based on the patterns we observe, we can then offer recommendations for evidence-based interventions to boost levels of psychological resources among our undergraduate population.