Leading in Wyoming

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Leading in Wyoming specifically designed for the Leadership Wyoming Program during the Class of 2019 program year. The curriculum is built on the concepts of Gracious Space (produced by Pat Hughes and the Center for Ethical Leadership) as well as the goal of creating civility in dialogue and leadership. Based on the outcomes, we are confident we are heading in the right direction. If you are an alum, consider attending our Leadership 2.0 event in Jackson or Alumni Summit in Cheyenne to learn more.

Leadership Wyoming gave me a deeper understanding that strong communities depend on people of good will who work for their communities in civil and productive ways.
— Scott Henkel, Class of 2019

Leading in Wyoming Facilitators


Rosie Berger, Big Horn

Rosie is highly respected leader in Wyoming. She has served the state in many capacities and is well known for her 14-year career in the Wyoming House of Representatives. She is also a graduate of Leadership Wyoming from the Class of 2002. Her passion for Wyoming and for giving back is without question. Rosie will be offering her expertise on managing complex situations and leading with civility. She is also a Gracious Space Affiliate Coach.  


Gary Cukjati, Lander

Gary has been teaching leadership and facilitating groups for over 30 years primarily focused on outdoor education with NOLS. For several years as the Director of NOLS Rocky Mountain, he was responsible for the education and risk management for over 1300 students annually. He has also taught NOLS Custom Education courses to clients such as Google. Gary believes highly in helping people effectively recognize their skills, strengths, and passions to become better leaders.

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Steve Smutko, Laramie

Steve is the UW Spicer Chair in Collaborative Practice and a professor in the Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. He has designed, convened, and facilitated numerous public policy decision processes on natural resources issues in the Rocky Mountain West and the southeast United States. Steve also conducts research in collaborative decision-making and teaches courses in environmental decision making and negotiation analysis.

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Michelle Sullivan, Sheridan

Michelle is principal of Sullivan & Associates and is the Director of the Wyoming Afterschool Alliance. Michelle has served as a former chair of the Wyoming State Board of Education, a Commissioner for State Parks and Cultural Resources and currently serves on the University of Wyoming Board of Trustees. Michelle holds a master’s degree in Mind, Brain & Education from Harvard University.  She was a Kellogg National Fellow and a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University.


Pat Hughes, Seattle

Pat Hughes is an enthusiastic facilitator and leadership development consultant who has worked for the past 25 years with individuals, organizations and communities to increase their leadership capacity.  Pat is a Senior Partner at the Center for Ethical Leadership and author of the book Gracious Space: A Practical Guide for Working Better Together. Pat specializes in leadership curriculum development and has worked closely with many statewide and local leadership programs. Pat will be serving as an expert teacher in the Gracious Space curriculum for the program.