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Therese Lask

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Therese Lask has a 30-year career in higher education and consulting with expertise in Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Development, and Human Resources. The common thread through all her experience is to enhance the employee experience by focusing on individuals, teams, and organizations.

Professional Experience

At Colorado State University, Therese spent six years designing, implementing, and facilitating the Supervisor Development Program for over 2000 supervisors on campus. Along with her work with supervision, Therese consulted with over 50 teams, designing custom programs for their unique needs.

In addition to her experience in higher education, Therese has worked as a consultant to the Gallup Organization, where she developed and facilitated an online course and webinar series focused on infusing a strengths development model into various programs and services, and produced an associated workbook. Therese has published a book, “Your Life as a River,” and has written numerous articles on the topic of strengths development. 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 on leadership development and wellbeing. In addition, Therese developed and facilitated numerous custom programs for a variety of needs.

In addition to facilitation, Therese has coached professionals in a wide range of industries including higher education, health care, engineering, and information technology. Her expertise in coaching includes leadership development, career development, and organizational development. In 2023, Therese founded the Athena Institute, a consulting firm focused on supervisor and team development. She is actively consulting with higher education and state agencies to help enhance employees’ experience by building more positive, productive cultures.


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