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Cort Worthington

Cort Worthington

Business/Leadership Communication
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BA, Education and History, summa cum laude, Central Washington University
MA, CommunicationStanford University
MBA, Columbia Business School, Columbia University
MBA, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Positions Held

At Haas since 2008
2008 - present, Lecturer, Haas School of Business
2005 - present, Stanford T-Group Facilitator, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
1992 - present, Founder and Creative Director, Illuminata Films
1996 - 1997, Co-Founder and Director of Operations, Primordial, LLC 
1989 - 1991, 1995, United States Forest Service Smokejumper

Current Research and Interests

  • The utilization of improvisation as core pedagogical methodology for soft-skill leadership trait development

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Where There's Smoke 
    Documentary film on Smokejumpers, the United States Forest Service fire fighters who parachute into wilderness areas to attack remote forest fires. © 1990 Illuminata, LLC
  • Unarmed Commitment     
    Documentary profiling PBI, a United Nations recognized NGO focused on anti-death squad
    human rights efforts in Guatemala. © 1994 Illuminata, LLC
  • Sun Cell      
    Documentary examining the human and productivity impact of Sun Microsystems’ five year reorganization of global manufacturing operations from a hierarchical structure into a cell team based model. Interview data utilized to facilitate iterative consulting process with senior Sun management. © 2000 Illuminata, LLC
  • The Nueva School    
    Documentary on the nationally recognized school for gifted children in Hillsborough, CA. © 2005 Illuminata, LLC
  • CCA One Hundred     
    Documentary profiling the California College of the Arts. © 2007 Illuminata, LLC


  • Leadership and Personal Development, MBA 291T-1B
  • Leadership and Personal Development, UGBA 196-4
  • Improvisation and Leadership, EWMBA 296-15, UGBA 196-5/196-6 
  • Executive Leadership XMBA 256-1
  • Improvisational Leadership EWMBA 296-12, UGBA 196-5
  • Negotiation and Conflict Resolution UBBA 152
  • Leadership Communication MBA 200C

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