PhD Candidate, Imperial College London
Allison Catalano is a PhD student researching how conservation professionals learn from failure. In particular, she studies how cognitive biases, psychological safety and team learning behaviors influence our responses to failure, how conservation organizations enable or discourage learning from failure both internally and across conservation as a discipline, and what structural barriers exist that impede this learning. She comes to this topic from a background that includes 20 years as a US Naval Officer, experience as a strategic management consultant for Bain & Co. in London and as the US Embassy Community Liaison Officer in Ankara, Turkey, an MBA from Wharton Business School, and a BA in Environmental Geology from Bryn Mawr College. She has always been interested in leadership, learning, and how people work together in teams, and has been facilitating group discussions for more than 20 years. She gets the greatest enjoyment from gatherings where ideas flow freely, connections are made, and people feel energized to work through challenges and keep making the world a better place.