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Contemplating a New Story for Leadership Development 4/28/11

Instructors Bios

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Tracy Puett, MA
Tracy Puett, Director of Leadership and Organizational Development at The Vanderbilt Clinics, comes to the role after learning from and being inspired by such notable leaders and teachers as Ken Wilber, D.T. Suzuki, Peter Senge, Dōgen Zenji, and Dennis Genpo Merzel - just to name a few. He has been teaching and facilitating groups and teams for the last 15 years and finds working with adult learners to be one of his greatest passions.
Tracy attained his BA from Prescott College in Environmental Studies and Human Development and an MA in Whole Systems Design from Antioch University Seattle. At Antioch, his final thesis explored the skills and traits of highly collaborative leaders.
In addition to his medical experience, Tracy has worked as an operations manager, leadership and organizational development consultant, and sustainability consultant. He has worked with start-ups, non-profits, and for-profit businesses as well as government and Fortune 500 organizations. He has worked with hundreds of leaders on their personal and professional development needs and sees leader development as a critical component for creating a just and sustainable world.
He holds a certificate as an NLP Professional Coach and has coached quite a number of leaders and executives on leadership challenges relevant to them. He also holds a graduate certificate from the Institute for Sustainable Practices at David Lipscomb University. In recent years Tracy has presented at the annual Organizational Development Network Conference and the American Society for Training and Development.

Kat Baker, PhD

Katharine “Kat” Baker is the Assistant Director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, and a senior lecturer in Vanderbilt’s Religious Studies Department and Divinity School.  Kat earned her Ph.D. in “Religion, Psychology & Culture” at Vanderbilt University in 2008, as she is fascinated by the ways people make meaning for themselves.  She understands her vocation to be that of fostering human development—spiritually, psychologically and intellectually. Individually or corporately, Kat works to assist people in building on their current knowledge and skills to create new understandings and possibilities for action.  

Prior to her academic career, Kat worked as a professional in nonprofit and corporate settings, specializing in writing, corporate communications and both public and employee relations. She has worked for Glaxo SmithKline; the Tennessee office of Hill & Knowlton, Inc.; the Nashville Community Resource Center and the George Washington University Medical Center.

Kat holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Duke University, a master’s degree in communication from the University of Florida, a master’s degree in English from the University of Virginia, and a master’s degree in theological studies from Duke Divinity School.  She resides in Nashville, Tennessee.