Kathy Callahan

Vice President, Learning & Leadership Development

Kathy Callahan, Vice President for Learning and Leadership Development at EnCompass, is a leader in experiential learning, blended learning, and the intersection between learning and technology.  She brings over 20 years of experience in international development at the local, regional, and global levels and has led large-scale learning initiatives for numerous international organizations. Ms. Callahan is an expert learning designer and facilitator who specializes in developing participatory learning experiences that honor adult learning principles and incorporate innovative methodologies. She has a great gift for transforming assessment data into engaging, results-focused learning designs, and her courses consistently earn the highest scores in participant evaluations, including an outstanding record of learning outcomes at Kirkpatrick Level 3. 

Ms. Callahan is certified in the design, facilitation, and evaluation of virtual instructor-led training (vILT), and has led EnCompass’ work in vILT and blended learning.  She and her team have worked with numerous clients to transform face-to-face courses into blended learning programs. These courses engage participants from where they sit using spaced, just-in-time learning approaches.  Ms. Callahan brings many best practices in connecting highly-dispersed staff through engaging, truly participatory virtual sessions or webinars.  

Ms. Callahan has worked with WFP in the design and delivery of its flagship Programme Learning Journey courses, and presented those innovative courses with WFP at the global Learning Solutions Conference.  She has worked with UNAIDS in the design and delivery of its award-winning Mentoring Programme for Women and in its HIV Prevention Leadership initiative. As part of her work with UNAIDS, Ms. Callahan presented a session at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria.  She worked with UN Cares on its UN for All programme, which won an Innovation Award at the UN Career Roundtable. Ms. Callahan has also worked with UN Secretariat, FAO, OCHA, IOM, UNHCR, UNICEF, Demographic Health Surveys (DHS), Peace Corps, and other organizations on numerous learning and leadership initiatives. She designed and delivered many workshops for the World Bank, including its HIV in the Workplace programme.

Ms. Callahan’s specialties include a robust focus on gender. She is the designer and frequent facilitator of USAID’s suite of gender courses, including Achieving Development Outcomes through Gender Integration and Preventing and Responding to Gender-Based Violence through USAID Sectors. She has most recently designed and delivered a blended learning gender integration course for the U.S. Department of State. 

Ms. Callahan has written numerous training manuals including the U.S. Peace Corps’ Life Skills Manual, which was chosen as a UNESCO Best Practices publication. Ms. Callahan holds an MA in Sociology, International Training and Education from The American University.

 

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