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Paul Horton – The Athena Group

The Athena Group

Consultant John Park


I help groups of people achieve clarity, strategic alignment, and coherence so that they can get good work done together. I am committed to fostering shared responsibility and working across boundaries to implement collaborative approaches to organizational change. I specialize in using dialogue-based, participatory approaches to engage the collective intelligence of diverse groups of people, leading to wiser actions. Skilled at facilitating meetings where a high degree
of conflict is present.


  • Design and facilitate meetings, summits & community conversations
  • Transform conflict by using it as a generative tool
  • Support team alignment & performance
  • Participatory & adaptive leadership consulting & training
  • Strategic visioning, planning & goal setting
  • Foster collaboration, alignment & positive communication


  • Expertise in helping executives, managers, and affinity groups understand and navigate complex challenges
    and develop a more adaptive approach to their work.
  • Help diverse groups of individuals (or stakeholder networks) get “unstuck”, improve communication and
    collaboration, and achieve collective impact.
  • Highly trained in the Art of Participatory Leadership (otherwise known as the Art of Hosting Conversations
    that Matter). Have conducted multiple ½-day, 1-day, and 3-day trainings for hundreds of individuals.
  • Design and facilitate retreats, summits, and community conversations on a range of topics, including
    homelessness, race, racial relations and law enforcement, community resilience, and youth educational outcomes.
  • Teach the Art of Participatory Leadership and adaptive capacity for the Masters in Public Administration
    Program at The Evergreen State College.
  • Support individuals and groups at the level of strategic direction and thinking. Have developed strategic plans
    for universities, state agencies, tribes, transit agencies, airports, and for-profit businesses.


  • Masters in Leadership in Complexity and Strategic Sustainable Development, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona Sweden
  • Bachelor of Arts, The Evergreen State College
  • Certificate in Sustainable Business, Pinchot University, Seattle, WA
  • Level 4 Deep Democracy (working with conflict as a generative tool) process facilitator


  • The Evergreen State College, South Puget Sound Community College, Tuskegee University
  • WA State Dept of Transportation, WA State Dept of Social and Health Services, WA State Healthcare Authority
  • City of Olympia, Thurston County, Pierce County
  • Pierce County Coordinated Transportation Coalition, Tigard-Tualatin School District, Cowlitz on the Move, Thurston Thrives, Good Food Coalition
  • Association of Washington Cities, WA Community and Technical Colleges Leadership Development Association, Master Builders of King & Snohomish Counties
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