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Interweaving Vertical and Horizontal Development: A Whole-Person Approach to Scale Leadership

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Carlo Bos, Co-CEO, Co-Active Training Institute and Lori Mazan, Co-founder, President, and Chief Coaching Officer, Sounding Board

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When it comes to the mainstream understanding of leadership, one mode of development dominates: horizontal. Horizontal development—building skills, expertise, knowledge, and competencies—is what people usually refer to when discussing leadership development. It is necessary, but alone it doesn’t develop leaders who can operate effectively in today’s ever-changing world.

Vertical development is less understood, often neglected, and more nuanced. It is critical for leaders to effect systemic change. Vertical development transforms who a leader is. It shifts their mindset, challenges their beliefs, increases wisdom, expands consciousness, and ultimately builds a leader’s capacity to interpret, relate, and lead in today’s complex world.

During this webinar, you will:

  • Explore the importance of connecting vertical and horizontal leadership in pursuit of scalable leadership.
  • Determine the cost of focusing largely on horizontal leadership development and why it still dominates the market.
  • Identify vertical development and see how it scales leadership and can be nurtured.
  • Discover how these two forms of development combine to produce tangible results. 


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Carlo Bos
Carlo Bos

Co-CEO, Co-Active Training Institute

Carlo Bos is the co-CEO for Co-Active Training Institute (CTI) and a member of its board. He has spent more than two decades leading the charge to transform human experience through contextually based, experientially driven leadership development. He is passionate about helping develop a world full of courageous and conscious leaders who fight for healthy relationships with self, others, and systems.

In his co-leadership role at CTI, Carlo has been instrumental in building the organization’s leadership effectiveness and developing sustainable governance practices. He is committed to continued learning to ensure equity, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility are at the heart of CTI’s products, operations, and people experience.

Lori Mazan
Lori Mazan

Co-founder, President, and Chief Coaching Officer, Sounding Board

Lori Mazan is the co-founder, president, and chief coaching officer for Sounding Board, the first leader development platform designed to bridge the leadership gap. She has spent 25 years coaching C-suite executives to develop critical leadership capabilities that have immediate, positive business outcomes. Companies that have benefited from her expertise include Chevron, Sprint, and Citibank, as well as venture-backed high-growth companies like Intellikine, Tapjoy, and 10XGenomics.

Many of those public and private company CEOs said they would have liked that caliber of leadership coaching earlier in their careers. This sentiment led Lori to partner with Sounding Board co-founder and CEO Christine Tao, who she met at Tapjoy where Lori was her coach. United in their desire to expand access to high-quality leadership coaching, the two joined forces to launch Sounding Board in 2016.  


  • Sounding Board, Inc