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Trillium Leadership Consulting

Patricia Hughes

Patricia Hughes


Strong relationships yield strong results. It’s a fact that most work gets done through relationships. I specialize in creating emotionally safe, intellectually rigorous spaces for groups to move forward, together with trust, into shared action. My approach to collaborative leadership, and Gracious Space in particular, has galvanized dozens of organizations to work better together while delivering their important mission work. “You can’t get to a good place in a bad way.” Whether it’s working with individuals and groups to tap their full leadership potential, helping groups discover and leverage shared values and goals, agreeing on team process and deliverables, repairing work relationships or generating action plans with diverse stakeholders, my work focuses on opening the heart and mind, learning from difference and responding constructively to the many challenges facing leaders and organizations today.


  • Designing customized leadership programs, retreats and events leadership teams and in-tact groups
  • Facilitation of small and large groups that lead to action
  • Coaching Leaders for Excellence
  • Co-Founder and Author of Gracious Space: A Practical Guide for Working Better Together
  • Communication, Conflict, Change Management, Courageous Collaboration and Team Building
  • Keynotes and presentations


  • Design and deliver customized Courageous Leadership program for Sound Transit managers—a 3-year project to prepare managers for highly collaborative work to successfully deliver ST3 Regional Transit Program
  • Nationally recognized keynote speaker and trainer in Gracious Space for a wide variety of organizations, associations and community groups
  • Member of a select Advisory Board to design a new Masters in Teaching Program for the College for School Culture, UCDS
  • Leading an ongoing, 5-year project with Neighborhood House Leadership Team and staff to infuse the competencies of Gracious Space, Coaching and Non Profit Strategy throughout the agency
  • Provided leadership training for WK Kellogg Fellows in Ethical Leadership and Change Management


  • BA Economics and International Relations
  • MA Whole Systems Design
  • Cabinet Member: Women’s Global Leadership; Co-Chair Center for Ethical Leadership Legacy Fundraiser; Leadership Eastside Curriculum Committee
  • Certified Coach, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Dynamics, Dependable Strengths, Communication Styles
  • Primary Author of Gracious Space: A Practical Guide for Working Better Together; and Courageous Collaboration: From Small Openings to Profound Transformation


  • Sound Transit
  • WA Developmental Disabilities Administration
  • University Child Development School
  • United Way
  • Alexander Dawson School
  • Montana Non Profit Association
  • Neighborhood House
  • Leadership Montana, Leadership Eastside
  • Bellevue College
  • Horizon House
  • Northwest Association of Independent Schools
  • Seattle School District
  • King County Library System
  • Bellevue School District
  • Hopelink
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