Fostering healing-centered organizational practices, cultures, and leaders

Burnout and toxic stress impede decision-making and limit capacity. Breaking out of organizational and individual habits that keep us stuck can nurture creative problem-solving and compassionate leadership. Catalyst North offers training, coaching, and insights into organizational practices to build resiliency.

Leadership Development

Generative leadership leverages your own inner wisdom and assets. It requires clear awareness of one’s core values and habits and the development of personal practices that open pathways to deeper insight. Doing inner work is necessary to be the most powerful change agents we can be! Working one-on-one or with teams, Catalyst North can help emerging and established leaders uncover their core purpose and insight.

Facilitating the alignment of systems and community engagement

Taking a collaborative approach to complex problem-solving requires space to identify multiple paths toward a common goal. Catalyst North has a track record of legislative advocacy and coalition building that is anchored in shared values and the integration of many voices to enhance creative problem-solving.

Co-creating healing initiatives through strategic philanthropic investments

Catalyst North brings seasoned professional philanthropic leadership and strategic thinking to funders. We offer insight and expertise on how to integrate trauma healing within existing priorities, or to develop new funding portfolios that achieve greater impact by addressing root causes.

Keynotes and conferences

We provide engaging, dynamic, and thought-provoking keynotes and workshops on topics such as:

  • Collective Action to Advance Health Equity
  • Mind-Body Medicine in Indian Country: Interrupting Historic Trauma
  • Leadership in Crisis: Minneapolis Following the Death of George Floyd
  • Advancing Strategy and Sustainability Through Unlearning Habits
  • Joy and Healing: Community Solutions to Toxic Stress

Sample Client List

University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Master of Public Policy program

University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs Master of Human Rights program

Northland Foundation, Duluth, MN

Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace (GHFP) Research Institute, Brighton, UK

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Blandin Foundation

Women’s Foundation of Minnesota

Carlson Family Foundation

Minnesota Community Health Workers Alliance

Hennepin County

National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center

Recent Trainings and Keynotes

International Leadership Association Global Conference, 2021

Minnesota Council on Foundations Annual Conference, 2021

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations Virtual Learning Conference 2021

Minnesota Safe Harbor Statewide Conference, 2020

Traditional and Alternative Medicine Conference, Milan, Italy. August 2024

Minnesota Council on Non-Profits Annual Conference, Duluth, MN. September 2023

Carlson Family Foundation, Minneapolis, Minnesota. September 2023

Center for Women, Gender and Public Policy, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. February

Blandin Foundation, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. October 2022.

“I wanted to thank you for the simply amazing presentation you gave at the Women’s Leadership Luncheon. I don’t know if I can adequately share with you the way you enlightened all of those attending. The feedback we have received has been nothing but positive.”

Keynote on human trafficking at School Sisters of Notre Dame, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

“Thank you so much for coming! I know many of us in the room were really moved by your training. Our core work is to help young people to survive, but this morning refocused me on the importance of creating opportunities for youth to thrive and engage meaningfully in this crazy challenging world we live in.”

Training for homeless youth outreach workers, Lutheran Social Service, St. Paul, MN

“Suzanne Koepplinger has meant everything to our work at Open Path Resources. She has opened doors, knocked on doors, pointed out doors, smashed down walls to create doors, and guided us to see that we do not need to wait for doors. We are grateful.”

Michael Van Keulen, Co-Executive Director of Open Path Resources

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