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Cort Worthington

Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Haas School of Business

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Cort Worthington is a lecturer at The University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He teaches various leadership courses in the Haas full-time MBA program, the Evening Weekend MBA program, and the Haas Undergraduate Business program.
A leadership consultant, Worthington was co-founder of toy company Primordial, LLC, where he raised capital and served as Director of Operations. Prior to teaching at Berkeley, he worked for many years as a film producer, directing documentary crews around the world. He also spent fourteen seasons leading elite teams as a forest firefighter and parachuting U.S. Forest Smokejumper.
Films by Cort Worthington:
Where There's Smoke, Documentary film on Smokejumpers, the United States Forest Service fire fighters who parachute into wilderness areas to attack remote forest fires. © 1990 Illuminata, LLC.
Unarmed Commitment, Documentary profiling PBI, a United Nations recognized NGO focused on anti-death squad human rights efforts in Guatemala. © 1994 Illuminata, LLC.
Sun Cell, Documentary examining the human and productivity impact of Sun Microsystems’ five year reorganization of global manufacturing operations from a hierarchical structure into a cell team based model. Interview data utilized to facilitate iterative consulting process with senior Sun management. © 2000 Illuminata, LLC.
The Nueva School, Documentary on the nationally recognized school for gifted children in Hillsborough, CA. © 2005 Illuminata, LLC.
CCA One Hundred, Documentary profiling the California College of the Arts. © 2007 Illuminata, LLC.
Awards & Honors
  • Earl F. Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2018, Undergraduate program
Academic Background
  • MBA, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • MBA, Columbia Business School, Columbia University
  • MA, Communication, Stanford University
  • BA, Education and History, summa cum laude, Central Washington University
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