Leading Change Institute

We empower people and organizations to create the conditions for trusting relationships to grow, for effective teams to thrive, and for everyone to be a leader.

We believe trust is our most valuable resource.

We live in an era of unprecedented complexity, polarization, and isolation felt on an individual to societal scale. The absence of trust – evident in the breakdown of civic dialogue, team dynamics, and working relationships – is our greatest weakness. We believe enormous amounts of latent human potential can be tapped by creating more trust in business, social change movements, and civic society. We see an opportunity to provide this critical missing link by creating participatory, equitable environments that foster trusting cultures where humans can thrive – both individually and within teams.

Leading Change Institute empowers people to build trusting relationships, and provides the tools and skills necessary for metabolizing conflict into creativity, productivity, and connection.

We seek to create a new culture that values relationships, diversity and the flourishing of all life. We offer a new toolkit for interacting within one-on-one conversations, teams & organizations, communities, and governments that will unleash an enormous amount of untapped human potential towards a loving and equitable world.



Principles of Co-Creativity

A half-day workshop designed for teams to expand their abilities to co-create with others by exploring the various principles necessary to establish the conditions for co-creation.

Art of Participatory Leadership

A two-day workshop designed to transform existing dynamics, introducing a set of flexible tools and strategies for diagnosing what’s needed to create the conditions for a team to flourish.

Leading Culture Change

A three-day workshop designed to empower teams to redesign their culture, shifting towards more participatory, equitable, and values-driven ways of working and relating.


Dana Pearlman

Dana Pearlman

Dana designs and facilitates multi-stakeholder engagements and action learning experiences to support systemic change.
Anamaria Aristizabal

Anamaria Aristizabal

Anamaria is a catalyst for personal development and social innovation through masterful Integral Coaching®, transformative learning journeys and creative expression, done in service of a thriving planet.
Amelia Terrapin

Amelia Terrapin

Amelia is passionate about creating environments where business executives, social change agents and K-12 students can embrace their capacity for continuous learning.
Laura Yates

Laura Yates

Laura blends policy, economic, business, and applied sciences training and expertise to support people and organizations working for a better world.

Client Feature: Government

City Government of Peoria, Illinois


Many of us spend a lot of time in meetings that don’t feel productive, where it can be challenging to understand or relate to each other, or arrive at tangible outcomes or agreements. In Peoria – and in cities all around the country – public meetings between city staff and residents have been characterized by polarization, unequal distribution of power and platform, and an absence of relationship and trust, which can make it difficult to move forward in a productive, meaningful way.


A customized two-day Art of Participatory Leadership training, which introduces innovative methodologies for hosting meetings and working in teams, adaptable to various formats and participants. Leading Change experiences transform existing dynamics using a set of flexible tools and strategies for diagnosing what’s required and creating the conditions for successful outcomes.


City staff developed a set of tools and skills for hosting more engaging and productive meetings, both within city government and with the public. Individually, participants expanded their leadership and facilitation capacity. Collectively, the group developed lasting relationships, a shared culture, and a set of practices for navigating conflict and catalyzing the future success of Peoria. As a result of the Leading Change Peoria program, participants experienced, on average, a 14.1% increase in self-assessed capacity for facilitating or leading group discussion.
“I have [an even] firmer belief that truly anyone can be a leader and facilitate a group – the training encouraged me to break down my stereotypes and preconceived judgments.”
“[The program was] excellent. We were able to create a subculture in the City that made new conversations and relationship-building possible.”
“The experience was exceptional. I immediately felt welcome to fully engage in the experience. The facilitators created a space where we could break out of the traditional mold and consider how to approach human-centered situations in a different way and with a new set of tools and skills.”
“I thought the training was excellent. One of the best [programs] I think the City has ever put on.”

Client Feature: Public Health

Public Health Institute
California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative


Public health professionals operate within complex, shifting systems, tasked with making a difference within high-stress, reactive, resource-constrained environments. There is a competing need to engage meaningfully with those they are accountable to, and to respond to the daily, urgent needs of the people they serve. Teams and organizations often work with limited, outdated leadership and community engagement toolkits that aren’t adaptive enough for the complexity of our times, making it feel impossible to make change at a meaningful scale.


Teams working in public health need a robust set of practices that foster trusting relationships, distribute leadership across communities they serve and embrace diverse individual perspectives and skills. Healthy teams are able to metabolize the gridlock of conflict into creativity and innovative solutions, unlocking the potential in a system. Public health teams need a training designed to transform existing dynamics, introducing a set of flexible tools and strategies from the world of facilitation for diagnosing what’s needed, and designing conditions for a team to thrive and be effective. 


50 public health professionals from across California in teams of 2-5 people were trained in facilitation, systems thinking, embodied practice, and mindfulness to create cultures of engagement and trust that enable greater impact. Participants left with first-hand experience participating in and facilitating a variety of innovative sessions. Both teams and individuals alike expanded their leadership capacity and developed a set of practices for catalyzing the future success of public health efforts across the state. 

→ 86% of participants reported increased trust within their team as a result of participating in the training together.

→ 90% of participants reported increased confidence in their ability to lead change.

→ 85% of participants reported an increase in their ability to facilitate conversations that matter.

“This training caused a powerful shift in our internal team dynamics and externally as well. Our team is practicing distributed leadership and engaging our community partners is a completely different way. We were searching for a way to be more authentic, connected, and effective. We found it at this training! ”
“This was an incredibly valuable training. I learned and practiced a variety of different approaches with my team that we are already implementing in our community. The trainers are skilled, thoughtful, and inspiring. I highly recommend this training to teams who host meetings or conversations with diverse groups of people.”
“This is by far the most impactful training I have ever attended. It has given me the confidence to lead others through exercises that are not typically seen in professional meetings, but can have tremendous impact.”

© 2018 photography by Joanna Hathaway

Client Stories

“The weekend was a powerful manifestation of what is possible when a group of people comes together, each answering their own sense of calling, each committed to their own self-mastery in service to a world where all can thrive.  The positive co-creative energy of the learning environment kept building throughout the whole weekend.”
“The facilitators demonstrated what it is to practice, increasingly embodying the essence of the concepts, principles, and ways of being they were teaching.  Through their authentic practice, they invited others to do the same.”
“The Leading Change Training had me from the moment it began. We began our time together in our bodies, as a collective, in circle practice and were heartily welcomed to participate fully and wholly in the training. Each hour brought illumination, more questions, and tangible methodologies to champion systemic injustice. Dana, Anamaria, and Amelia are a power trio of wisdom. It is my hope I can bring my fellow change-agent friends and colleagues to the next training!”
“My experience felt alive, relevant, and meaningful. It also felt very unique to me, and I appreciated our diversity and everyone’s unique contributions, as well as the support and encouragement to bring my own unique contributions.”
“I anticipated that this training would help me find a graceful way to transition out of my current work setting. Instead, I found renewed reasons to stay at it and ways to engage others around me, with similar frustrations, to start working toward meaningful change.”

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