Dr. Cathy Royal, Phd

Jessica Lopez

Cathy is a teacher, sage, and beloved Nana for helping people discover how to bring antiracist practices into their life and work.

Dr. Cathy Royal is a highly respected Applied Behavioral Scientist, educator, executive coach, and Organization Development practitioner. Her leadership in Systems Thinking, Social Justice and Appreciative Inquiry has rendered her a powerful social justice advocate since the civil disobedience of the 1960s. Cathy uses her “lived experiences” and always speaks from her heart in coaching social enterprise leaders in authentically aligning roles/structures to vision/values.

Recently Cathy teamed up with Jen and Tony to facilitate 900+ remote participants at Portland State University’s Equity + Social Justice Summit. She is a Board member (2020-2023) and member Emeritus of National Training Laboratory (NTL) Institute. In addition to co-editing the book, Lessons from the Field: Applying Appreciative Inquiry, Cathy is author of the Theory of Quadrant Behavior – a framework to help us to be more alert in engaging with systemic ‘isms’ and dismantling its various forms. Shortly after completing her Ph. D at The Fielding Institute, Cathy served as a trainer and consultant to the World Bank. She’s Adjunct Professor at American University NTL Institute and Colorado Technical University and is based in Washington DC where she is the mother of three “only” children and globally beloved “Nana” to every life she touches.

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