Mo Sook Park
Adjunct Faculty, Institute of Design
Mo Sook Park is a facilitator of leadership development training who specializes in adaptive leadership and systems thinking that integrates group dynamics and team development theory. She joined IIT Institute of Design (ID) as Adjunct Faculty in 2019, designing its Adaptive Leadership course. The course aims to help designers leverage their training to advance an organization’s capacity to adapt and exercise innovation while operating in volatile ecosystems. Mo received a bachelor’s degree in social science from Harvard University and a master of education degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
More than fifteen years of working in strategy, research, operations, and program development inform Mo’s work as an independent consultant at i-D Leadership Consulting, a Chicago-based company she founded in 2010. There, she combines the frameworks of adaptive leadership, design thinking, and systems thinking to help her partner clients—including the Chicago Public Schools and US Fish and Wildlife Service—survive and thrive. Additionally, she is a faculty member of the Center of Leadership Development in the Office of Personnel Management, where she trains senior executives of the federal government in adaptive leadership and has designed and facilitated leadership development programs for federal employees focusing on conflict management and team development. Mo formerly served as Operations Lead at Adaptable, Inc., from 2011–13, a Boston startup that sought to create an innovative branding platform.
Speaking and Publishing
Mo’s invited speaking roles include “Designing Partnerships for Large Scale Impact,” a presentation at ID Design Intersections 2019; “Building Community Capacity,” a lecture for Transition Design PhD and graduate students (Carnegie Mellon School of Design, 2019); and “Advanced Group Dynamics,” a lecture for master’s students in clinical social work on group dynamic and social system theory and their application to the framework of adaptive leadership (Loyola University School of Social Work, 2019). Mo’s articles include “Leading Transitions to the New Economy: 5 Leadership Skills for a New Era” (2019).