Steven M. Cato, MBA, Ph.D.

Steven M. Cato, MBA, Ph.D.

Visiting Faculty

I’m a professional and avocational non-stop learner and designer. I really like to play a part in people’s ability to see things, including themselves, in new ways that enable positive stuff to happen in the world. I’m completely happy when people can do things they previously thought unlikely, and usually unlike themselves, that make a difference for others. I also like seeing the tangible results that come from designing and building things.

In various roles within the OSR community for the past 16 years I’ve been able to play a part in supporting the program, many cohorts and lots of individual students. OSR has been an important and enduring part of my life. I feel like one lucky guy for my involvement in OSR because it is one of the few places in the world where students can learn about themselves in an environment of safety, exploration and challenge. At the same time, all that personal learning is in service to and is supported by the academic direction of the program. People learn life skills plus theories and concepts that give them a life long basis for making a difference in the world. I thrive in being a part of this kind of learning environment.

I have an MBA in marketing and organization behavior and a PhD in organization research and behavior. For the past 15 years I’ve been a leading practitioner of Appreciative Inquiry and was one of a couple of dozen people globally to help launch it into the world. I grew up in California; went to school in New Hampshire and Cleveland , Ohio, and also lived in Texas for awhile before moving to the northwest in 1979. I’ve had an active consulting practice, Moss Bay Consulting Partnership, for the past 45 years working with leaders in organizations of every variety.