Kathia C. Laszlo



Kathia C. Laszlo

Adjunct Faculty

  • Faculty Senator

  • Campus:
  • Saybrook University
  • Website:

  • Magenta Wisdom
Organizational Learning & Technology
Saybrook University

Kathia Castro Laszlo, Ph.D. is Core Faculty at the Department of Leadership and Management at Saybrook University. She is an international educator, researcher, consultant and executive coach committed to facilitate transformational processes that lead to cultural healing and social innovation. She teaches in the Cross Sector Leadership Program at the Presidio Institute of San Francisco and is a certified coach in the Leadership Circle Profile. She has taught leadership, organizational development and strategy in several sustainability oriented business schools in North America and Mexico. Her interdisciplinary research, publications and consulting work spans the fields of systems thinking, organizational change, leadership, and design for innovation. Her work expands systems thinking into systems being by integrating feminine, multicultural and experiential ways of knowing and relating. She is engaged in action-research on the design of new business and organizational models that support authentic leadership and collaboration for social impact. Through her understanding of adult learning, group creativity, and dialogue, Kathia has facilitated numerous learning and design processes in business, academic, nonprofit and community contexts in North America, Latin America and Europe and has coached hundreds of socio-ecological entrepreneurs seeking to blend business, ethical responsibility and higher purpose. Kathia is holder of a BA in Marketing, a M.Ed. in Cognitive Development and a Ph.D. in Human Science with specialization in Social and Institutional Change from Saybrook University which she earned as a Fulbright Scholar from Mexico. Kathia shares her thoughts through her blog www.MagentaWisdom.net.

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Coaching Executive and Career Coaching
Consciousness & Spirituality Studies Spirituality
Creativity Studies Creativity
Collaborative Systems
Corporate Social Responsibility
Leadership Approaches and Practices
Organizational Change and Transformation
Leadership & Management Social Entreprenuership
Social Innovation
Transformative Learning
Alternative Socioeconomic Models
Interdependence and Social Healing
Social Change Interventions
Transformative Social Change Sustainability and Ecology
Education History
Degree Institution Year
Ph.D. Saybrook Graduate School, San Francisco 2000
M.Ed. Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico 1995
B.A. Marketing Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico 1992
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member International Society for the Systems Sciences
Leadership Circle Profile Certification (approved International Coach Federation), Emeryville, CA
Community Involvement
Role Organization
Board Member Mycelium School
Curriculum Vitae

Emerging educational possibilities: A social innovation perspective


Laszlo, K.C. (2000). Co-Creating Learning Communities in Mexico: Preparing the ground for Evolutionary Learning Community. In Miller, Ron (Ed.) Creating Learning Communities (pp. pp. 137-143). New York: Solomon Press.

Laszlo, A. and Laszlo, K.C. (2008). The making of a new culture: Learning conversations and design conversations in social evolution. In B.H. Banathy & P.M. Jenlink (Ed.) Dialogue as a Collective Means of Design Conversation (pp. pp. 169-186). New York: Springer.

Laszlo, K.C. and Laszlo, A. (2005). The conditions for thriving conversations. In B.H. Banathy & P. Jenlink (Ed.) Dialogue as a Means for Collective Communication (pp. pp. 357-369). New York: Kluwer.


Laszlo, K.C. (2003). Systems Theory. In W.V. van Huyssteen (Ed.) .) Encyclopedia of Science and Religion.. ( pp. pp. 854-858 ). New York: Macmillan Reference USA.


Laszlo, K.C. (2012). From systems thinking to systems being: The embodiment of evolutionary leadership. Organizational Transformation and Social Change, 9 (2), pp. 95-108.

Laszlo, K.C. (2011). The Evolution of Leadership. Linkages: Leadership, Systems Theory and Creative Thought, (37), pp. 21-23.

Laszlo, K.C. (2009). Leaders of Change: Social entrepreneurship and the creation of ecologies of solution.. Action Learning and Action Research Journal, 15 (1), pp. 141-171.

Laszlo, K.C. and Laszlo, A. (2002). Evolving Knowledge for Development: The role of Knowledge Management in a changing world. Journal of Knowledge Management, 6 (4), 400-412.

Laszlo, K.C. (2001). Learning, Design, and Action: Creating the conditions for Evolutionary Learning Community. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, 18 (8), pp. 379 – 391.

Laszlo, A. and Laszlo, K.C. (2011). Systemic Sustainability in OD Practice: Bottom line and top line reasoning. OD Practitioner, 43 (4), pp. 10-16.

Laszlo, K.C. (2003). The Evolution of Business: Learning, Innovation, and Sustainability for the 21st Century. World Futures, 59 (8), pp. 655-664.