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Webinar: 2020 Leadership Series - Influencing Without Formal Authority
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Join us for the first session of our 2020 Leadership Professional Development Webinar Series. Sustainability professionals like us, no matter what our official titles, lead and drive change daily. Learn more about the leadership skills you need to influence without formal authority.

When: Wednesday, Feb 12th
10am PT/1pm ET
Where: Virtual, On-line
Presenter: Jessica McGlyn - President, Catalynics

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Sustainability professionals like us, no matter what our official titles, lead and drive change daily. This almost always requires us to persuade and collaborate with others to get the results we want. But those we wish to influence juggle many competing priorities, are overworked and have lots of distractions. Those we wish to influence often report to different parts of the organization or are in other organizations entirely. Those we wish to influence often don’t yet care about what you do, the same way you do.  And if we’re honest, sometimes those we wish to influence don’t yet like or trust us or our cause.

Let’s work to change that! In this one-hour webinar you will:

  • Better understand the benefits of influence;
  • Learn the foundational personal leadership traits and assets that make you more influential;
  • Understand the basic steps to strategic influence; and
  • Take away next steps to apply what you have learned. 


Jessica McGlyn is President of Catalynics, a consultancy with the mission to help organizations develop and implement strategy, partnerships, and leadership skills to achieve environmental and social goals. Catalynics uses the tools and approaches of leadership development, coaching and design thinking to enable social impact professionals and organizations maximize their impact. Some of Jessica’s clients include DuPont, UN Environment, USAID, Conservation International, PepsiCo, Enviva, World Resources Institute and World Wildlife Fund.

Prior to Catalynics, Jessica was Director of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) North American office. In that role, she engaged global corporations from over 20 industry sectors in sustainable development programs and policy initiatives. Jessica has also served in several corporate engagement and policy roles at World Wildlife Fund. She began her career as an environmental and sustainability specialist with International Paper Corporation.

Jessica is an ICF Associate Certified Coach and certified in leadership coaching through American University. She is also certified in Everything DISC and The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team Assessments. She is a certified ISSP-SA Sustainability Professional and the ISSP Mid-Atlantic regional coordinator. She serves on the Board of IUCN North America. Jessica holds a Masters in Forest Science from Yale University.  In her free time, Jessica enjoys surfing, rock climbing, hiking, weight lifting, yoga, biking, and writing fiction for fun. 



ISSP credential holders will earn 0.5 CEUs for attending this webinar.

ISSP Webinars are free for members and $25 for non-members.  After the webinar, non-members will receive a discount code worth $25 off a full ISSP individual membership.