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While serving as the Director of Human Resources for a nonprofit organization, Catherine found herself working with a bully. Fascinated by the fact that no one ever stood up to this person, and that the Executive Director wouldn’t dare address the bullying behavior, Catherine decided to write a paper on toxic leadership for one of her grad school classes. It was then that she discovered the phrase “workplace bullying” and that there were 30 years of academic research on the topic. Thrilled to learn she wasn’t the only one experiencing this issue, Catherine spent the rest of grad school focused on workplace bullying. Her Master’s Thesis was even on the topic, and she dedicated her 130 page paper to “The Post-It Nazi,” which is what the office called the bully.

Since then, Catherine has been working with organizations to assist them in building systemic action plans to end workplace bullying and replace it with a positive workplace culture.

Her firm, Civility Partners, has worked with such clients as Chevron, Embraer Executive Jets, the American Red Cross, the U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot, the Office of Civilian Human Resources at the U.S. Navy, Kaiser Permanente, O’Connor Hospital, Coachella Valley Mosquito & Vector Control, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, University of San Diego, San Diego State, Inland Regional Center, and a variety of other universities, hospitals, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private businesses in a variety of industries.

Catherine has presented her research and training programs both nationally and internationally. She has made several appearances on news stations around the country, including FOX, NBC, ABC, and Al Jazeera, and she has been cited in such media outlets as MSNBC, Inc MagazineEntrepreneur, Huffington Post, and USA Today. She is co-author of the book, BACK OFF! Your Kick-A** Guide to Ending Bullying at Work, with a foreword by Ken Blanchard, who called it, “the most comprehensive and valuable handbook on the topic.” Catherine has also published articles in a wide variety of industry trade magazines including human resources, leadership, safety, personal development, employee assistance, and others.

Catherine played an important role in Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez’s California AB 2053, the law that requires sexual harassment trainers to mention “abusive conduct” during their mandatory training. Catherine provided training materials corresponding to the proposed legislation so that Gonzalez could demonstrate the outcome of her proposed legislation to the Assembly. The law was passed and made effective Jan 1, 2015. Further, Catherine’s template Healthy Workplace Policy was a cornerstone for the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations’ (TACIR) template anti-bully policy, drafted as required by Tennessee’s Healthy Workplace Bill, also effective 2015.

Catherine is Past-President of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), San Diego Chapter, and is active in the International Association for Workplace Bullying & Harassment (IAWBH). She is also one of the four founding members of the National Workplace Bullying Coalition, a nonprofit organization focused on ending workplace bullying through education, conversation and legislation.

Catherine is an adjunct professor at National University, and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in communication from San Diego State University.

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Client Praise

Catherine’s facilitation skills are excellent and made the training engaging and memorable. She incorporated our core values into her training which made it even more relevant.

Frances M. Stokes, Solano County

I received a lot of very positive feedback about her style and delivery; people enjoyed the interactive content and really felt they’d learned something from her.

Melissa M. Esten, Goodwill Industries of San Diego County

After handling several internal complaints about the work environment in one of our departments, we decided to locate an expert… She not only worked with the management team of that department but provided the tools to staff during their training to set the stage for creating a positive work environment. This training was so well received we decided to offer the program to another department.

Julie HatcherO’Connor Hospital

This training gave the managers the tools to create change; moving from negative behavior to positive attitudes… Today, people are smiling and looking at one another. Laughter is heard in the halls. People are able to problem solve and reach a good resolution. IRC is becoming, once again, a good place to work.

Carol FitzgibbonsInland Regional Center

We’ve had some huge successes with our regional leaders, and noticed a shift once we communicated the ideas Catherine suggested. We think they felt appreciated and empowered! We really appreciate her insight and the changes we’re already implementing from one short meeting are a testament to her expertise. Thank you for your support!

Candice CoffeyHuman Resources Manager, Sage Oak

I learned more over my 30 days with Catherine than I have learned in years and months in a corporate setting and numerous seminars and trainings – I really do mean it! Her workbook was extremely well thought out and provided great exercises, visuals and helpful tools for understanding and adapting to the world we live in. I was able to apply many of her tools, examples and lessons to my everyday life.

Becky ReedBehavioral-Medical Interventions

"With a healthy workplace culture, when sexual harassment is observed or experienced, the community takes over and shuts it down collectively, with a message that this behavior will not be tolerated here, by anyone at any level."


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