Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

People smiling at Activate 2023 Hollyhock Leadership Institute

Laura King

As a leadership coach, facilitator and mediator Laura King centers human relationships,
mindfulness, and communication in her work. She knows that at the heart of growing
communities and organizations is growing each unique person. She has 25 years of experience
exploring both the art and science of adult development while asking leaders to stretch inward
for a more embodied leadership to cultivate connected and trusting teams. Her workshops and
coaching focus on the deeply human need to learn and innate desire to realize one’s full

A front row seat in leadership and human resources has provided insight into how much time
and energy at workplaces is spent on avoiding what is difficult (conversations, people, and
projects) managing people’s impressions, seeking external validation, while longing for more
confidence to be authentic. Drawing on the wisdom of Brené Brown, David Whyte, Resmaa
Menakem and Leadership Pioneers from Minds at Work, she shares insight on ways to achieve
personal transformation and overcome obstacles to change. Her work aligns with the inner
development goals (being, thinking, relating, collaborating, acting) put forth by the UN as a pre-
requisite for all sustainable global change.

Laura has an MA in Comparative Education from the University of Maryland College Park, is a
Co-Active trained coach, certified mediator and Minds at Work trained facilitator. Her decades
of experience in coaching, human resources and the co-operative movement create a unique
alchemy of lightness, wisdom and care in her work.