Dr. Cathleen Swody is an experienced industrial/organizational psychologist whose driving force is applying research insights to help people and organizations reach their goals. Cathleen has analyzed thousands of assessments and surveys and uses this expertise to help leaders reality check assumptions and identify opportunities. In addition to her survey consultation work, Cathleen provides executive coaching, workshops, and leadership development programs for clients across industries. Her insights have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Fast Company, and other media.
Before establishing Foster Talent Consulting and Thrive Leadership, Cathleen worked with Leadership Research Institute and SBC Communications (now AT&T). She earned her Ph.D. and Master’s in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and her Bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware. To share her passion for professional growth and development, Cathleen has served on the University of Connecticut faculty, where she taught leadership to MBA students.
Areas of Expertise (4)
University of Connecticut: Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology 2006
- Workshop Leader
- Corporate Training
Are Leaders Learning How To Be More Empathetic? If Not Now, When?Training Industry
Stephen Young, Ph.D. and Cathleen Swody, Ph.D.
With COVID-19 and racial justice issues taking center stage, we need empathy more than ever. The ability to understand another person’s thoughts and feelings from his or her point of view opens the door to good working relationships, innovative business solutions and more inclusive societies. However, empathy is often misunderstood and undervalued. Realizing the benefits of empathy starts by clarifying what empathy actually is, why it matters and how we can learn it.