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Laura S. Wittcoff, DSW, LICSW

Dr. Wittcoff is the principal of the Intrinsic Group, serves as the Director of Capacity Development for the Research Data Alliance-US and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at USC. Dr. Wittcoff has over 20 years of experience leading consulting projects and coaching initiatives; some clients include: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Research Data Alliance, Tower Cancer Research Foundation, Arete Preparatory Academy, Bethany Community Services, Family and Children Services of Nantucket, Geophysical Survey Systems Inc. and Catholic Charities. Dr. Wittcoff delivers workshops and presents at business conferences on topics related to organizational change, culture and messaging. Prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Dr. Wittcoff served as the Associate Director of JRI Health’s Realize Resources, a capacity and leadership building practice and as an Adjunct Lecturer at Suffolk University’s Sawyer Business School. Previously, Dr. Wittcoff served as the Director of Training and Development at Surgency Inc., a management consulting firm, taught at Webster University, Vienna, Austria and is a licensed clinician providing counseling to individuals, couples, families and groups. Dr. Wittcoff was a contributing author to a Peer Program Development Toolkit, EAP Quarterly and EAP Digest and has presented at social work management conferences on raising the visibility of nonprofit organizations. Dr. Wittcoff continues to offer workshops, trainings and consultation on her method, Gamifying Engagement ® Dr. Wittcoff earned her DSW from USC, a post-graduate fellowship in Organization Development from the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, her MSW from Boston University and her BA from Dickinson College. Dr. Wittcoff is certified to administer the Myers-Briggs Type indicator and was a key contributor to the team awarded the Brandon Hall Award recognizing advances in Learning and Development and was honored as the recipient of the Jane Addams Award from the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, recognizing the faculty member selected by graduating students as providing academic, administrative and moral support. Laura is honored to serve on the UCLA Health System Board, and as a member of the Go North West Task Force and the Media and Content Advisory Committee for the Jewish National Fund.

Recent Posts

EML: Transitioning Leadership Online and Beyond

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 8, 2020 11:20:05 AM / by Laura S. Wittcoff, DSW, LICSW posted in Transformation, Blended Learning, Online Learning, Innovation, leadership, Distance Learning, Communication

EML teaches us all aspects of leadership. We begin the program concentrating on our individual leadership styles and then build into strategies for the organization and beyond. We ask ourselves the hard questions of what is leadership and how can we be the best version of ourselves in a leadership role. We discuss how to build on what we know and challenge ourselves to realize there is always more to learn.

Recognizing opportunities for ourselves to be challenged and make change is important to assure our lives evolve professionally and personally. We often recite the EML mantra that we should be “comfortable being uncomfortable”.

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The New Work Environment – Are We COVID-19 Ready?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 23, 2020 9:12:30 AM / by Laura S. Wittcoff, DSW, LICSW posted in Population Health, Innovation, leadership, infrastructure, Change Leadership

The EML program foundational learning is centered on transformational and transactional leadership through a process of understanding internal strengths and challenges that guide and influence actions. The EML program provides a curriculum with a conceptual and experiential framework that informs ways of thinking that can address and solve complex work and human capital issues. Many graduates and current EML students have, no doubt, recognized and internalized the importance of supporting and managing their largest organizational asset: human capital. COVID-19 has challenged our personal and professional lives in ways many of us could not have previously imagined and forced us to reckon with our own concern for safety while fostering a community that embraces the safety of others.

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