Co-Lead Lab



The Collective Leadership Laboratory (Co-Lead Lab), a semester-long leadership laboratory to be launched in Fall 2017, offers Wagner students the frameworks and tools to become more impactful and collaborative leaders. The program includes an academic course, complemented by three one-day trainings available to course participants and to other interested Wagner students.

In preparation for launching the Co-Lead Lab, Prof. Sonia Ospina along with a board of NYU/Wagner faculty, alumni, and leadership experts and seven Wagner student advisors, introduced the Co-Lead Lab Pilot in the Spring of 2017. The Pilot features four workshops that are grounded in collective leadership frameworks and open to all Wagner students on a first-come, first-served basis. The goal of the pilot is to test the Co-Lead Lab concept and key components, as well as to gain feedback to refine the leadership laboratory.

Additionally, the Pilot’s Student Advisory Group will be leveraging their experiences in the workshops to engage in an Action Learning process to practice capacities learned during the trainings and explore their leadership, all while receiving support from a peer-led community of practice.

Students participating in the pilot:

  • Join and learn from a reflective community of peers interested in leadership and leadership development (both their own and in the field);
  • Have access and sustained interaction with selected faculty and staff who are part of the Leadership in Action at Wagner initiative;
  • Engage in an ongoing learning process about new leadership perspectives and practice the associated capabilities in a supportive environment;
  • Contribute to inform a new leadership program at Wagner;
  • Gain a certificate of participation to be used in their CVs and personal narratives (Student Advisory Group members only)


During four full-day sessions, trainers from social change organizations will showcase participatory tools and techniques to support change efforts and offer experiential learning opportunities to practice the leadership capabilities required to implement them. Wagner students may register for as few or as many workshops as they are able to attend and are encouraged to attend multiple workshops to gain the greatest benefit.

2/17: Entering, Exiting, & Building Community Workshop & Panel 

Offers a roadmap for community engagement and partnership development through arts, performance, and storytelling. (Led by Urban Bush Women & Arts & Democracy)

*Sponsored by the Wagner Management and Leadership Organization.

3/24: Art of Hosting and Dialogue Techniques

Learn how to address challenges by catalyzing collective action through a range of conversational facilitation techniques. (Led by Going Upstream)

*Sponsored by Bridge: Students for Social Innovation, the Wagner International Student Society & the Wagner Management and Leadership Organization.

4/7: Social Identities & Non-Negotiable Conversations

Explore how social identities shape and expand collaboration and learn how to better recognize, engage, and bridge differences in constructive ways. (Led by Building Movement Project and Gittell Collective)

*Sponsored by the Wagner International Student Society & the Wagner Management and Leadership Organization.

4/28: Systems Thinking: An Application of the U Process

Increase capacity to identify the leverage points that lead to desired change by deepening understanding of the intersections of dynamic systems. (Led by Synergos)

*Sponsored by Bridge: Students for Social Innovation, the International Public Service Association, and the Wagner Management and Leadership Organization.


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