Co-Lead Lab

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


Students who participate in the Co-Lead Lab program:

  • Join and learn from a reflective community of peers interested in leadership and leadership development;

  • Have access and sustained interaction with selected faculty and staff who are part of Leadership in Action at Wagner;

  • Engage in an ongoing learning process about new leadership perspectives and practice the associated capabilities in a supportive environment

Co-Lead Lab

In preparation for launching the Co-Lead Lab, Professor Sonia M. 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 featured four workshops that were grounded in collective leadership frameworks and open to all Wagner students. The goal of the Pilot was to test the Co-Lead Lab concept and key components, as well as to gain feedback to refine the leadership laboratory. The pilot proved to be successful and we continued that momentum into the Fall 2017 semester.


During four full-day sessions, trainers from social change organizations showcased participatory tools and techniques to support change efforts and offered experiential learning opportunities to practice the leadership capabilities required to implement them. 

Entering, Exiting, & Building Community: Offered a roadmap for community engagement and partnership development through arts, performance, and storytelling. Led by Urban Bush Women.

Art of Hosting and Dialogue Techniques: Learned how to address challenges by catalyzing collective action through a range of conversational facilitation techniques. Led by Going Upstream.

Social Identity, Power and Transformative Conversations: Explored how social identities shape and expand collaboration and learn how to better recognize, engage, and bridge differences in constructive ways. Also led by Going Upstream.

Systems Thinking: An Application of the U Process: Increased capacity to identify the leverage points that lead to desired change by deepening understanding of the intersections of dynamic systems. Led by Synergos.

For more information about Co-Lead Lab, contact Professor Sonia M. Ospina. You can click here to view the article on the Fall 2017 Co-Lead Lab.