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Cathleen Swody - Thrive Leadership. West Chester, PA, US

Cathleen Swody Cathleen Swody

Partner and Director of Assessment | Thrive Leadership


Organizational psychologist | executive coach | leadership advisor



Cathleen Swody is Director of Assessment and Founding Partner of Thrive Leadership. For over 15 years, her passion has been has been helping people tap into their potential and reach higher levels of performance. Clients describe her as well versed in the sciences of leadership and psychology as well as warm and understanding. In addition to executive coaching, Cathleen designs and delivers leadership programs, assessments, and climate surveys.

Before 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. A strong believer in helping people succeed, Cathleen has taught leadership for the University of Connecticut MBA program. She serves as Board President for Glastonbury A Better Chance and actively participates in the Human Resources Leadership Forum of Southern New England.

Areas of Expertise (4)

Emotional Intelligence


Employee Engagement

Stress Management

Education (1)

University of Connecticut: Ph.D., Industrial/Organizational Psychology 2006


  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Corporate Training


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Articles (1)

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.

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