Cory Maclay


Cory Maclay


Meaning maker who helps others do the same: anytime, anywhere, just about anyhow. Family + home maker raised on SoCal beach, deeply rooted in Seattle. Tender of a fledging baby bird of a business which blends the best of recent grad school studies, corporate work + ministry into consulting services. Intention: help others work well together while they navigate changing conditions. Improvisational cook. Pretty reliable teen whisperer learning different application of same now in parent role. Curious, practical learner. Experienced Experience Designer fiddling w/why things work well or not. After years operating as a solo practitioner (sometimes even when that wasn’t the case), now enjoying collaboratively working with peer groups. Beginning singer. Trust-practicer. Laughter lover.

What draws you to the STIA conference?

The positive experience of others who have been here before me. The chance to be + learn together with some friends I know and a big group I don’t know – yet. An opportunity to step back and see my life + work from some different perspectives.

What are you hoping to experience?

Creative, interactive, practical learning about a topic which is both simple and exceedingly complex, and how to apply systems thinking to real life challenges around me. Chance to step out, create + explore. Comfort in the midst of a new experiences.

What are you most passionate about?

2 things, often interconnected: (1) inter-generational dynamics, particularly as they show up in transitions of leadership within groups and organizations and(2) helping people build bridges between “us” and “them” so that great.stuff.gets.done.because.they.all.worked.together.

How do you see transformation occurring from this conference?

Hmmm, less focused on predicting particular transformations, more a fan of trusting they will happen and helping them unfold.

What’s your bigger vision?

Groups of all different ages + types of people who do not (yet) trust they can work well together, doing just that to joyfully + creatively craft successful interventions into our world’s many + very large challenges.

What needs to happen for you to evaluate this STIA+ experience as a success?

Thanks for asking! Make meaningful connections with 4 – 5 different people whose work intersects with mine. Come home with a nuts ‘n bolts sense of how I will use and articulate systems thinking with people who are busy, distracted by workload, or facing really tough situations. Step away and outside several times during the experience to refresh body and spirit. Make room for sufficient downtime despite excitement swirling around.