Portrait of Therese Lask

Dr. Therese Lask

Owner, Coach at The Athena Institute

Therese has been in higher education for over 25 years, with experience in academic affairs, student affairs, development, and operations. Following her purpose to help others grow and develop, Therese draws upon the work of such thought leaders as Meg Wheatley, Kouzes and Posner, Angela Duckworth, and Jim Collins to guide her work. It is Therese’s belief that we can all continually grow and enhance our ability to lead others.

Her professional experience includes building a center focused on First Year programs for the University of Northern Colorado; implementing the first Student Support Services (TRIO) program for Aims Community College; creating professional development programs for the Alumni Association at Colorado State University; and the development and facilitation of the Supervisor Development Program at Colorado State University.

In addition to her roles in higher education, Therese worked as a consultant to the Gallup Organization for four years. In her role with Gallup, she facilitated workshops, webcasts, and courses on utilizing and implementing a strengths-based philosophy. She is a Gallup-certified Strengths Educator and has facilitated countless sessions on how to interpret and utilize the Clifton Strengths Finder assessment.

As a consultant to Academic Impressions, Therese developed and facilitated a Supervisory Development video course series, delivered plenary sessions for the Women’s’ Leadership Conference, and taught numerous boot camps and webinars topic on leadership development and wellbeing.

In addition to facilitation, Therese has coached professionals in a wide range of industries including: higher education, medical field, engineering, and information technology. Her expertise in coaching includes leadership development, career development, and organizational development.

Therese has a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and a Masters in College Student Personnel both from Colorado State University, as well as a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. She is also a certified Gallup Strengths Educator.

As the owner/consultant/coach of the Athena Institute, Therese is passionate about creating classes, webinars, custom programs and coaching individuals that truly create a positive team culture.