Catalyst Leadership Program

Catalyst Leadership Program

Since 2007, the Catalyst Leadership Program has helped develop and connect diverse emerging leaders throughout the Sacramento region. The nine-month program helps participants expand their individual leadership and management skills, create meaningful relationships with other emerging leaders across industries, gain insight from the experiences of established community leaders, and work to move the needle forward on key issues through a collaborative community project.

What to Expect

Catalyst provides a forum for participants to explore their individual leadership goals through a variety of interactive conversations with local leaders on topics, such as:

  • Leading Highly Effective Teams
  • Implicit Bias
  • Exploring Your Individual Growth
  • Negotiations and Conflict Management
  • Leading and Serving Your Region
  • Leadership Communications
  • Leading Through Change
  • and more!

Key Benefits

  • Deeper understanding of your own leadership goals and style
  • Mentorship and guidance from the Catalyst Program Director
  • Strong relationships with fellow emerging leaders throughout the region
  • Knowledge of regional issues and ways to engage in the community
  • Valuable insight from established community leaders

Meet our Program Director

Cassandra Pye

For 35 years, Cassandra Walker Pye has enjoyed a successful career in communications, government, politics and advocacy for corporate interests in global, national, state and local arenas. She has served in a variety of leadership roles including being appointed Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Schwarzenegger, launching her own communication consultancy firm 3.14 Communications, and currently serves as the Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer for Lucas Public Affairs.

As Program Director, Cassandra is the class mentor and facilitator, offering a wealth of wisdom and guidance from her years of leadership experience.

Applications for the next class open in the Summer 2021.

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“Over the past 9 months I’ve experienced growth with my assertiveness.  The dynamic group conversations and experiences shared by the array of leaders I’ve engaged with have been motivating and have empowered me to partake in more confident conversations.”

Tiffany McRae
Supervising Customer Service Representative, SMUD
Catalyst Class XIII


“Catalyst has opened my eyes to so many things such as unconscious bias, diversity in the work place, how to see things from different lenses, and how to overall be a better leader not only to my team but to my organization and community.”

Rebecca Delmundo
AVP, Community Banking, SAFE Credit Union
Catalyst Class XIII