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Meet the Instructor

Chelley Patterson

Chelley Patterson has 25-plus years of experience working with domestic, global, private and nonprofit organizations focusing on leadership development, innovative team performance, change management and strategic planning. She was a member of the collaborative research team that designed and conducted the Harvard Business School studies reported in The Progress Principle and coauthored Wheels Up: The Alaska Airlines Case

In 2017, Patterson joined the consulting firm New Legends Now, where she works with leaders and teams at the intersection of strategy and culture. She helps executive teams create a simplified and clear strategy, prioritize initiatives and drive accountability for execution and results — all while aligning everything to their organization's culture. This work is powered by proven tools and processes for growing and scaling businesses and creating learning organizations. 

From 2009 to 2017, Patterson was a director at the UW's Center for Leadership and Strategic Thinking (CLST), where she helped guide CLST's multi-site field research on leadership, strategic thinking and organizational change. She co-designed games and simulations aimed to accelerate the development of teamwork, leadership and strategic thinking. Patterson also designed and delivered leadership development workshops and other training and education, executive coaching and consulting on CLST client engagements. 

Patterson has also served on the City of Snoqualmie Parks Board (2009-2014), the Snoqualmie City Council (2014-2017), the Encompass NW board of directors (2006-2015), the Snoqualmie Valley YMCA board of directors (2008-present) and the Sno-Valley Innovation board of directors (2018-present). She has a Ph.D. in organizational behavior, an M.S. in human resources and organizational behavior from Georgia State University, and a B.B.A. in management from Ohio University. 

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