Breaking the Halo: Lessons in Leadership from Outdoor Education


Breaking the Halo: Lessons in Leadership from Outdoor Education - Online Classroom

Online webinar on identifying halos with Katja Hurt. A Leadership Development Series presentation.

  • Casual

6:00-7:30pm PST via Zoom Meeting
Meeting link will be sent to registered attendees the day of the session.

Breaking the Halo explores the deadly thinking errors that can occur outdoors and beyond, and offers a simple, universal approach to confronting complacency, assumptions, and communication breakdowns between subordinates and leaders. Breaking the Halo is inspired by previous works on heuristic traps by Edward Thorndike and Ian McCammon and speaks to a more global audience. Participants will learn to recognize halos, participate in small group discussion, and share empowerment tools for breaking future halos they encounter.


Katjarina “Katja” Hurt (she/her/hers) is the Founder and Director of the non-profit organization, Wilderness Chaplains. She has over 16 years experience as a ski patroller, primarily at Snoqualmie Pass, with a focus on Psychological First Aid and Outdoor Emergency Care instruction. She is a master-level trainer and is certified to teach by the Question-Persuade-Refer Institute and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. Katja has a background in law enforcement with Washington State and Missouri Departments of Correction. She currently serves as a volunteer chaplain with the King County Sherriff’s Office in Washington State and regularly assists local SAR and Mountain Rescue teams in the Puget Sound region.


Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Computer or device (preferably with a speaker and camera), as well as high-speed internet.

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