Most of us spend a great amount of time and precious life-energy working--whether we are self-employed, work at the local grocery store, or work as an executive at a Fortune 500 company. For those interested in personal growth and transformation, it is a very reasonable question, therefore, to ask: How is my work in the world related to my inner journey ...
Are you wondering: Do I have a vision for my life? What am I passionate about? What is my life's purpose? What unique contribution can I bring to the planet at this time? These are the essential questions that each of us ask at some point in our lives. How can we use the skills, talents, and interests that we have been ...
The topics of money, abundance, and manifestation are intimately tied to our ideas about who we are and our perception of reality, and are intertwined at the deepest levels with the work that we do. Many of us are convinced that having more money (or more things) will bring an infusion of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment into our lives. ...
Patricia Aburdene is one of the world's leading social forecasters. She has helped millions of people capitalize on the power of social change. Coauthor of the number one New York Times bestseller Megatrends 2000, Patricia newest book, Megatrends 2010: The Rise of Conscious Capitalism, describes seven new trends transforming free enterprise.
Patricia was John Naisbitt's collaborator on the Megatrends 2000 publishing phenomenon, which topped charts in the United States, Germany, and Japan. She cowrote the best-selling Re-inventing the Corporation and Megatrends for Women.
Patricia has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, and the Pacific Rim. Clients have included Herman Miller, Harley-Davidson, LOHAS 2006, and the Management Institute of New Zealand.
Patricia's lifelong career in business journalism began at Forbes in 1978. As a Public Policy Fellow at Radcliffe College, Cambridge, Massachusetts, from 1993 to 1996, she explored emerging leadership models.
Patricia Aburdene holds a BA in philosophy from Newton College of the Sacred Heart (now Boston College), an MS in library science from Catholic University, and three honorary doctorates. In 1990, she was awarded the Medal of Italy for her interpretation of global trends. Patricia lives in Boulder, Colorado, and Manchester, Massachusetts.
For more information about Patricia Aburdene, please see: www.patriciaaburdene.com.
Mark Albion spent eighteen years as a student and professor at Harvard University and its business school. A seven-time social entrepreneur, he left Harvard to develop a community of service-minded MBAs, cofounding Net Impact in 1993. He is the author of the New York Times best seller Making a Life, Making a Living, the CD-series Finding Work That Matters, True to Yourself: Leading a Values-Based Business, all available at www.makingalife.com, and the 2009 More Than Money: Questions Every MBA Needs to Answer, available at www.more-than-money.org, along with the animated video, The Good Life: An MBA Meets a Fisherman.
Profiled on 60 Minutes, his work praised by leaders as diverse as Ronald Reagan and Mother Teresa, Dr. Albion has spoken at more than 125 business schools on five continents, for which BusinessWeek magazine dubbed him "the savior of B-school souls."
For more information about the work of Dr. Mark Albion, please see: www.makingalife.com.
Martha Beck is a writer and life coach who specializes in helping people design satisfying and meaningful life experiences. She holds a bachelor's degree in East Asian studies and master's and PhD degrees in sociology, all from Harvard University.
She worked as a research associate at Harvard Business School, studying career paths and life-course changes in today's economic and social environment. Before becoming a life coach, Dr. Beck taught sociology, social psychology, organizational behavior, and business management at Harvard and the American Graduate School of International Management. She has published academic books and articles on a variety of social science and business topics.
Her nonacademic books include the New York Times best sellers Expecting Adam and Leaving the Saints, as well as Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live and her newest book, Steering by Starlight. Dr. Beck has also been a contributing editor for many popular magazines, including Real Simple and Redbook, and is currently a columnist for O, The Oprah Magazine.
For more information about Dr. Martha Beck, please see www.marthabeck.com .
Michael Bernard Beckwith is a world leader and teacher in the New Thought–Ancient Wisdom tradition of spirituality. He is the founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, cofounder of the Association for Global New Thought, and the Season for Nonviolence, which are extensions of his vision of one human family united on a foundation of peace, based on the spiritual origin of every man, woman, and child.
In 1986 Dr. Beckwith founded the Agape International Spiritual Center, a transdenominational community that today counts a membership of 9,000 devoted to the study and practice of New Thought–Ancient Wisdom. Agape's outreach programs feed the homeless, serve incarcerated individuals and their families, advocate the preservation of the planet's environmental resources, and globally build and support orphanages whose children have survived the ravages of war and AIDS.
Dr. Beckwith's renown as a harbinger of the world's quest for peace has drawn into his visionary orbit those whose names are synonymous with this goal. Arun Gandhi, grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, shares with Dr. Beckwith the national codirectorship of A Season for Nonviolence (SNV). SNV promotes and teaches the principles of nonviolence embodied by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and is endorsed by UNESCO on behalf of its Culture of Peace and Nonviolence Appeal by Nobel Peace laureates. Other notable supporters include Dr. C. T. Vivian, Dr. A. T. Ariyaratne of Sri Lanka, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Coretta Scott King, and Dr. Robert Muller.
As cofounder and president of the Association for Global New Thought, Dr. Beckwith stands, along with other cocreative leaders, members, and friends, at the threshold of an evolutionary leap that dares to call an end to human suffering. As its voice, Dr. Beckwith guides activities such as AGNT's annual Awakened World Conference, bringing together scientists, sociologists, spiritual leaders, economists, and international forecasters—individuals with proven track records in guiding humanity to its highest potential.
Dr. Beckwith teaches meditation and scientific prayer and speaks at conferences and seminars. He is the originator of the Life Visioning Process, a time-tested technique offering its practitioners a method for putting a stop to being a passive tourist in one's life. He is author of Inspirations of the Heart (currently nominated as a finalist for the Nautilus Book Award), Forty Day Mind Fast Soul Feast, A Manifesto of Peace, and Living from the Overflow.
For more information about Michael Beckwith and Agape International, please see www.agapelive.com.
Peter Block is an author, consultant, and citizen of Cincinnati, Ohio. His work is about empowerment, stewardship, chosen accountability, and the reconciliation of community.
Peter is the author of several best-selling books. The most widely known are Flawless Consulting: A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used, about having impact when you have no direct control; Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self Interest,about the right use of power and designing organizations for service; and The Empowered Manager: Positive Political Skills at Work, which focuses on creating an organization of your own choosing. Peter is the recipient of the first place 2004 Members' Choice Award by the Organization Development Network, which recognized Flawless Consulting as the most influential book for OD practitioners over the past forty years.
Peter's latest book, Community: The Structure of Belonging, was published in May 2008. He is also the author of Flawless Consulting Fieldbook and Companion: A Guide to Understanding Your Expertise. The Answer to How Is Yes: Acting on What Matters is about giving priority to what matters over what simply works. It won the 2002 Independent Book Publisher Book Award for Business Breakthrough Book of the Year. Freedom and Accountability at Work: Applying Philosophic Insight to the Real World was coauthored with consultant and philosopher Peter Koestenbaum in 2001.
These books are about ways to create workplaces and communities that work for all. They offer an alternative to the patriarchal beliefs that dominate our culture. Peter's work is to bring change into the world through consent and connectedness rather than through mandate and force.
Peter is a partner in Designed Learning, a training company that offers workshops designed to build the skills outlined in his books. He received a master's degree in Industrial Administration from Yale University in 1963; he performed his undergraduate work at the University of Kansas.
Peter serves on the boards of directors of Cincinnati Classical Public Radio, Elementz, and InkTank. He is on the advisory board for the Festival in the Workplace Institute, Bahamas. He is the first Distinguished Consultant-in-Residence at Xavier University.
As a citizen of Cincinnati, Peter is currently involved in projects focusing on people on the margin and supports the Urban Opportunities Alliance, a cooperative group of six efforts to value the possibility of youth and families in Cincinnati. With other volunteers, Peter began A Small Group, whose work is to bring into conversation groups not in relationship with each other, through the powerful tools of civic engagement.
Peter has received national awards for outstanding contributions in the field of training and development, including the American Society for Training and Development Award for Distinguished Contributions, the Association for Quality and Participation President's Award, and Training Magazine HRD Hall of Fame.
Peter's office is in Mystic, Connecticut. He welcomes being contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information about Peter Block, please visit his Web site: www.peterblock.com.
For over two decades, author Laurence Boldt has been helping people to live their dreams through his work as a writer, speaker, and career consultant. He is the author of five books, including the best-selling career classic Zen and the Art of Marking a Living. This groundbreaking work has been credited by many with revolutionizing the career field, offering a new a vision of work and a new technology of vocational guidance. Boldt's other books include the best-selling How to Find the Work You Love, Zen Soup, The Tao of Abundance, and How to Be, Do, or Have Anything.
Today, three of Boldt's books are used as graduate-level course texts at leading public and private universities across the country. His books appear on the required and recommended reading lists of such prestigious institutions as Columbia Business School, USC Marshall School of Business, and the Yale Law School. His books have won praise in articles and reviews from such diverse publications as Newsweek, Mademoiselle, Selling, Business Ethics, African Business, Sales and Marketing Management, Publisher's Weekly, New Age Journal, Common Boundary, and the Simple Living Journal. Laurence Boldt is a leading interpreter of Eastern philosophy to the modern West. His book The Tao of Abundance was recognized as one of the top ten books on Eastern religion in 1999 by the editors of Amazon.com.
Laurence has appeared on hundreds of radio shows and television programs across the nation. An in-demand motivational speaker, Boldt has given seminars, workshops, and lectures for leading business, nonprofit, and educational organizations. He has designed curricula for high school and college courses and corporate training programs. As young man, Laurence completed a forty-day fast. Today, he enjoys writing poetry, reading, meditating, and spending time in nature. An avid backpacker, he has hiked the length of the John Muir Trail. He lives in Southern California.
For more information about Laurence Boldt, please see www.empoweryou.com.
Richard N. Bolles, author of the most popular career-planning and job-hunting book in the world, What Color Is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, has guided millions in their quest for not only the right job but also the right life. First published in 1970 and revised, updated, or rewritten annually, this world-famous book has helped people adapt to tremendous economic and social change and remains the "enduring job search bible," according to BusinessWeek magazine. Throughout the business world, Bolles's theories have made an astounding impact. He coined the term the "informational interview," which is now a world-famous method for effectively building networks, obtaining employment, or making a career change. Crossing both generational and cultural lines (the book is published in twelve languages), What Color Is Your Parachute? was on the New York Times best-seller list for a remarkable 288 weeks over the years, and is considered one of the "25 Books That Have Shaped Readers' Lives" throughout history, by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book.
Bolles stresses the importance of managing your own life and offers intelligent alternative strategies for doing that. He advises workers to inventory their skills and then choose the industries and places where they most want to work rather than just approaching businesses known to have a vacancy. Ultimately, Bolles knows that people want to have a sense of mission about their work, and he provides them with the guidance to plan their own destinies.
In today's turbulent economy, Bolles's work is being hailed as more relevant than ever. With a great sense of humor, he offers hope and the most up-to-date strategies for taking control of your life. He teaches new ways of discovering what you have to offer to the world and ways to get a job hunt or careerchange successfully accomplished, faster. He discusses the virtues and limitations of the Internet and insists that everyone--regardless of background, education, or ability--can carve out a better path for themselves in this tumultuous job market.
Bolles has frequently been described as a kind of renaissance man, since in addition to his command of the ways of the job market, he has an academic background in chemical engineering, physics, and biblical studies. He served in the U.S. Navy and worked as a messenger on Wall Street before attending college. He majored in chemical engineering during two years at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then transferred to Harvard University and earned a bachelor's degree (cum laude) in physics. He also holds a master's degree in New Testament studies from the General (Episcopal) Theological Seminary in New York City. He is a member of MENSA plus the recipient of two honorary doctorates. He has appeared on ABC TV with Ted Koppel, CBS with Diane Sawyer, and numerous other TV and radio programs.
Bolles lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has four grown children. He continues to update What Color Is Your Parachute? annually, always aiming to give his readers around the world the latest information. To date, his book has sold eight million copies.
For more information about Richard N. Bolles, please see: www.jobhuntersbible.com.
The late Joe Dominguez (19381997) was born in Spanish Harlem and worked for ten years on Wall Street as a financial analyst. He retired at age thirty in 1969 and spent the rest of his life teaching people how to achieve financial independence by changing the way they think about--and spend--their money. Today this revered figure in the conscious living movement is admired for the example he set and for his years of effort on behalf of the environment, social justice, and other worthy causes.
Dominguez was the author of the legendary audio-based workshop Transforming Your Relationship with Money, where he tells his story about going from Wall Street analyst to conscious living hero. He was also the author, with Vicki Robin, of the national bestseller Your Money or Your Life.
For more information on the work of Joe Dominguez, please see www.yourmoneyoryourlife.info.
Robert K. Greenleaf (19041990) founded the Center for Applied Ethics in 1964. Greenleaf was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, and spent most of his organizational life in the field of management, research, development, and education at AT&T. Just before his retirement as director of management research at AT&T, he held a joint appointment as visiting lecturer at MIT's Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Business School. He also held teaching positions at Dartmouth College and the University of Virginia.
When Greenleaf retired from AT&T in 1964, he launched a new career as a speaker, writer, and consultant. Greenleaf coined the term "servant leadership," and wrote and spoke extensively on the subject. In 1970 he published "The Servant as Leader," an essay that launched the servant leadership movement in the United States. The Center for Applied Ethics was renamed the Robert K. Greenleaf Center in 1985.
Gay Hendricks, PhD, has served for more than thirty-five years as one of the major contributors to the fields of relationship transformation and body-mind therapies. Along with his wife, Dr. Kathlyn Hendricks, Gay is the coauthor of many best sellers, including Conscious Loving and Spirit-Centered Relationships. He is he author of thirty-two books, including The Corporate Mystic, Conscious Living, Five Wishes and The Big Leap. Dr. Hendricks received his PhD in counseling psychology from Stanford in 1974. After a twenty-one-year career as a professor at the University of Colorado, he founded The Hendricks Institute, which offers seminars in North America, Asia, and Europe.
In recent years Dr. Hendricks has also been active in creating new forms of conscious entertainment. In 2003, along with movie producer Stephen Simon, he founded Spiritual Cinema Circle, which distributes inspirational movies to subscribers in more than seventy countries around the world (see www.spiritualcinemacircle.com). He has appeared on more than 500 radio and television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, CNBC, 48 Hours, and others.
For more information about the work of Dr. Gay Hendricks, please see: www.hendricks.com.
Esther Hicks is an inspirational speaker and author. She has coauthored eight books with her husband, Jerry Hicks. Together they have presented Law of Attraction workshops for Abraham-Hicks Publications in up to sixty cities per year since 1987.
Hay House, Inc., published the Hicks's best-selling book, Ask and It Is Given, in 2004. Since then, they have also published four more New York Times best sellers: Money, and The Law of Attraction (made number one on the New York Times best-sellers list); The Law of Attraction, The Astonishing Power of Emotions, and The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent, as well as the fictional children's series of Sara books.
Esther was born in Coalville, Utah. She married her current husband, Jerry Hicks, in 1980 and has one daughter by her former marriage. Currently, Esther travels the world with Jerry, speaking, teaching, and writing.
On Esther's Web site (see below) you will find accurate clarification of the basics of the Law of Attraction and practical applications as well as expanded, up-to-the-moment information regarding the Law of Attraction (also known as "The Teachings of Abraham").
For more information about Esther Hicks and the teachings of Abraham, please see: www.abraham-hicks.com.
James C. Hunter is the author of the internationally best-selling book The Servant: A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership. Now translated into thirteen languages with over 2.6 million copies sold, The Servant teaches the timeless principles of servant leadership and is the text used in many MBA and other higher education curriculum around the world.
Jim's second book is The World's Most Powerful Leadership Principle: How to Become a Servant Leader. Already translated into eight languages with over 500,000 copies sold, this book takes the reader step by step through the servant leadership implementation process.
Jim has personally coached over 1,700 executives in developing the skills of servant leadership. His clients include many of the world's most admired organizations, including American Express, Nestlé, McDonald's, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Best Buy, and the United States Army, Air Force, and Navy. Jim's clients also include several of Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work for" including Synovus Financial, Baptist Health Systems, Pella Corporation, and TDIndustries.
For more information about James C. Hunter and servant leadership, please see: www.jameshunter.com.
E. H. Rick Jarow, PhD, . is an associate professor of religious studies at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York; a former Mellon Fellow in the Humanities at Columbia University; and chair of the Carolyn Grant '36 Endowment Committee on embodied learning and the mythic imagination. He is the author of The Alchemy of Abundance, Creating the Work You Love, The Advanced Manifestation Program, Tales for the Dying, Your Life's Work: The Ultimate Anti-Career Guide, In Search of the Sacred, Yoga of Work, and numerous articles and audio programs.
At age nineteen, in anguish with the world around him and seeking a higher truth, Rick left Harvard University and traveled throughout Europe and India for seven years. This pilgrimage is partially recounted in his first book, In Search of the Sacred. There, initiated into the yogic disciplines and meditational arts, he took up residence in the holy city of Vrindaban. Responding to a calling to return to the West at age twenty-six, he went through the doctoral program at Columbia University, receiving a PhD in Indian languages and literatures. Returning to India on a Fulbright research grant, he studied with scholars and adepts, working on the ancient Puranic mythic lore and writing the text of his doctoral dissertation, which would eventually become Tales for the Dying, an in-depth exploration into the mysteries of union and separation, life and death in classical Indian mythology.
Returning to the West again, Rick entered into extended apprenticeships with Hilda Charlton, master of the arts of manifestation and healing, and also with the Cuban shamanic healer Orestes Valdes. Incorporating Western healing modalities, earth-based shamanic work, and cross-cultural mythology, he entered into an apprenticeship with the renowned astrologer, Eleanor Bach. Rick's own astrological healing and counseling practice involved interfacing vivid inner experience with effective functioning in the outer world and soon evolved into his now renowned alternative vocational practice of "anti-career" work.
Rick's holistic career workshops met with strong positive response in the early '90s, and their effectiveness and energy served to expand them worldwide into Germany, Italy, Canada, and Eastern Europe, as well as throughout the continental United States. Creating the Work You Love, published in 1995, became a standard in the career counseling field, and the publication of The Ultimate Anti-Career Guide has transformed the way thousands of people have understood and enacted their vocations in the world.
More recently, Rick's work has focused on the art and science of manifestation, not in the simplistic sense of thinking on what you want and getting it, but in the deeper alchemical possibilities of simultaneously loving what is, while moving toward where one wants to be on both individual and cultural levels. His group work is renowned for its fostering of deep community, creativity, and life transformation.
Rick's workshops can be experienced at venues including the Omega Institute in upstate New York, the Open Center in New York City, Esalen in California, Naropa University in Colorado, and numerous other conferences and holistic centers in the United States and abroad. His current schedule can be found at his Web site, www.anticareer.com. Rick is also a practicing career counselor and astrologer, available for private appointments via phone or in person in New York City.
For more information on the work of Dr. Rick Jarow, please see www.rickjarow.com.
Brent Kessel is both the CEO of Abacus Portfolios and president and cofounder of Abacus Wealth Partners, named one of the "top 250 wealth management firms in the U.S." by Bloomberg Wealth Manager magazine. A cutting-edge firm, Abacus focuses on the inner dimensions of money as a critical component of the financial planning process and is widely acknowledged within the wealth management industry as a national leader in this niche.
As a financial planner, Kessel has counseled multimillionaires as well as people of more modest means. He knows firsthand people's suffering in financial matters and has been instrumental in offering real relief, whether by helping single moms to put their kids through college or inspiring the superaffluent to create a more balanced and fulfilling relationship to their wealth.
Kessel, who has a degree in economics with a minor in psychology from UCLA, has been a financial planner by day and a yogi by dawn for the past fifteen years. Since 1989, he has dedicated himself to yoga and has progressed through the fourth series of Ashtanga under the guidance of his teachers, Chuck Miller and Pattabhi Jois. Kessel has also studied meditation with many of the world's most revered meditation teachers, including Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, Eckhart Tolle, Jon Kabat-Zinn, and Adyashanti, among others.
A leader in his field, Kessel uniquely bridges the disparate worlds of finance and spirituality. In 1998, he began combining the financial and spiritual perspectives in a more public way. After being trained by two veteran financial planners to lead their workshops on the inner dimensions of money, he created his own, The Yoga of Money. He has since led popular workshops on money and personal growth around the country and given trainings for dozens of financial advisors and speeches at major financial conferences to rave reviews. Dubbed a "financial soul searcher" by Research Magazine, Kessel has been widely quoted in the national publications such as BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, CBS MarketWatch, Dow Jones, the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Sun Tribune, Bloomberg Wealth Manager, the Journal of Financial Planning, Investment News, Ticker, and Financial Planner. His work on spirituality and money has also been featured in Yoga Journal and Newsweek, and he has been profiled in the books Silver Spoon Kids and The Inheritor's Handbook. Kessel has been named one of the top 250 financial advisors in the United States by Worth magazine and is the exclusive money columnist for the Yoga Journal.
For more information about Brent Kessel, please see: www.brentkessel.com.
Jeff Klein began serving as executive director for FLOW in late October 2005. He is charged with guiding the overall development of FLOW, with an emphasis on communications, program development and management, and facilitating strategic relationships. In his role as chief activation officer, Jeff is developing a network of FLOW Activation Circles and producing the Empowering Women Entrepreneurs, Peace through Commerce, Conscious Capitalism, Outreach, Education, and Engagement programs for FLOW.
Jeff is founder and CEO of Cause Alliance Marketing, through which he develops collaborative cause-related marketing programs that address social issues while addressing the business objectives of alliance partners. Through his work with Peace Cereal, Jeff initiated a new book project, Working for Good, which he is currently producing and for which FLOW has created content. Jeff has worked in marketing, business development, and general management in the music, natural products, and fitness industries, building companies and talent including Private Music, Yanni, Seeds of Change, Spinning, and ChiRunning.
Jeff is passionately committed to liberating the entrepreneurial spirit for good and to manifesting the FLOW vision of sustainable peace, prosperity, and happiness for all in our lifetime and is humbled daily by the complexity of doing this work and the challenges of being a conscious being.
He is a full-time, single dad and enjoys dancing, running, Yoga, martial arts, body surfing, and moving in general!
For more information about Jeff and about the FLOW organization, please see: www.flowidealism.org.
Fred Kofman, PhD, is cofounder and president of Axialent, an innovative company with the mission to help organizations align culture and behaviors with business strategy. Their passion is to help individuals recognize their core values and express them skillfully at work and beyond.
Fred received his doctorate in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, where he was named an outstanding instructor. In 1992 he founded Leading Learning Communities, a consulting company specializing in leadership and organizational learning, which he led until 2002. He was assistant professor of management accounting and control systems at MIT's Sloan School of Management, where in 1992 he received the double distinction of Teacher of the Year at MIT and its Sloan School. He was also a senior researcher at the Organizational Learning Center, working with Peter Senge, and is a founding member of the Business Branch of the Integral Institute, where he works with Ken Wilber.
Fred's work has been published in The Fifth Discipline Field Book, Organizational Dynamics, Management Science, and Econometrica. He is the author of Conscious Business, its corresponding audio program, and the trilogy Metamanagement.
For more information about the work of Dr. Fred Kofman, please see www.axialent.com.
John Mackey serves as chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market and as chairman of the board for Whole Planet Foundation. Whole Foods Market enjoys its position as one of the top fifteen supermarket companies in North America and remains the world's largest natural foods retail chain. Listed as one of the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For every year since 1998, Whole Foods Market attained the number five position in 2006. Sales at this Fortune 500 Company topped $5.7 billion in 2006.
In 1978, the entrepreneurial bug bit the twenty-five-year old Mackey, a philosophy major and serial college drop out. Borrowing $10,000 from his father and raising the first few thousand of what would eventually become hundreds of millions of dollars in equity investments from friends, he cofounded Safer Way Natural Foods with his girlfriend, Renee Lawson. Two years later, he and Renee teamed up with two other young entrepreneurs, former competitors Craig Weller and Mark Skiles, to create Whole Foods Market, a 10,000-square-foot store on Lamar Boulevard in Austin, Texas. As one of the very first supermarket-style natural foods stores in the country, Whole Foods Market thrived from its opening day.
With his fierce sense of competition, staunch support for a decentralized and team-based structure, keen understanding of consumer trends, and endless supply of innovative ideas, Mackey gradually built Whole Foods Market into a food retailing powerhouse. By the end of 2003, the $25 billion natural foods industry owed much to John's sustaining efforts to promote good, healthy food as an alternative to what consumers found available in mainstream venues. John sees this trend as positive for all concerned, especially planet Earth. Whole Foods Market now operates 198 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and counts a record 94 stores in the development pipeline. Whole Foods Market intends to be a $12 billion company by 2010.
John was named the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003--an honor awarded to the leaders and creators who build and sustain world-class businesses that embody the best of vision, leadership, achievement, and social responsibility. The presenters noted Mackey's outstanding entrepreneurial achievement as successfully building Whole Foods into the world's largest retailer of natural and organic foods.
John is a strong believer in libertarian and free market principles, as well as empowerment management. His ideas for Conscious Capitalism started percolating in his first year as a philosopher/business owner. Indeed, a tattered, mimeographed copy of a team member orientation booklet from the mid-1980s contains the core of John's Conscious Capitalism message. After more that twenty-five years of refining his message, he's ready to reach out to a wider audience and participate in the coevolution of the core themes.
John and his wife, Deborah, both practice meditation and yoga and spend as much time as possible on their 720-acre ranch west of Austin. John reads widely and voraciously, participating in two monthly book clubs. He continues to enjoy lively debates about politics, economics, history, sports, and Whole Foods Market, in person and online!
To access John Mackey's blog, please see www2.wholefoodsmarket.com/blogs/jmackey.
Srikumar Rao received his PhD in marketing from the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University. He has a master's of philosophy in marketing from the same school, in addition to an MBA. from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. His undergraduate training was in physics at St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.
Dr. Rao conceived the pioneering course Creativity and Personal Mastery. This is the only business school course that has its own alumni association, and it has been extensively covered in the media including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the London Times, the Independent, Time magazine, the Financial Times, Fortune, the Guardian, BusinessWeek, and dozens of other publications. These articles, interviews, and other details about his work are at www.areyoureadytosucceed.com. He has done pioneering work in motivation and helps senior executives become more engaged in work and discover deep meaning in it. He also works with teams and groups and has been extraordinarily successful in using group dynamics to foster lasting personal change. Many who have been through his program experience quantum leaps in professional and personal effectiveness.
Dr. Rao is the author of the 2006 Are You Ready to Succeed? Unconventional Strategies for Achieving Personal Mastery in Business and Life. The book is an international best seller and has been translated into many languages and distributed worldwide. He has conducted workshops for and spoken before executives of Microsoft, Google, Lehman Brothers, McDonald's, Chubb, IBM, United Airlines, Allstate, Johnson & Johnson, and dozens of others.
Dr. Rao has been a contributing editor for Forbes and writes regularly on management practices and leadership and about the impact of technology on business processes. He also writes for other national magazines such as Inc. , Business 2.0, Hemispheres Magazine, Beyond Computing, and Training and was a contributing editor for both Financial World and Success. He is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Dr. Rao was an executive with Warner Communications, Continental Group, Data Resources, and McGraw-Hill and has consulted with such companies as RCA, Reuters, Citicorp, GTE, Pan Am, and Diner's Club. He has been a seminar leader with the Institute for Management Studies and the American Management Association. He is an expert on marketing strategy and has taught in the corporate programs of companies such as Verizon, Northrop-Grumman, Symbol Technologies, and General Instruments as well as in the executive programs of London Business School, Columbia Business School, and the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley.
Dr. Rao is an adjunct professor at London Business School and the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served as a marketing advisor to the national board of MENSA. His other interests include tennis, squash, karate, table tennis, and chess; Eastern philosophy and meditation; and Wodehouse, science fiction, and creative writing.
For more information about Srikumar Rao, please see: www.areyoureadytosucceed.com.
For the past three decades, Anthony Robbins has served as an advisor to leaders around the world. A recognized authority on the psychology of leadership, negotiations, organizational turnaround, and peak performance, he has been honored consistently for his strategic intellect and humanitarian endeavors. His nonprofit Anthony Robbins Foundation provides assistance to inner-city youth, senior citizens, and the homeless and feeds more than two million people in fifty-six countries every year through its international holiday Basket Brigade. Robbins has directly impacted the lives of more than fifty million people from more than a hundred countries with his best-selling books, multimedia and health products, public speaking engagements, and live events.
What began as a young person's desire to help individuals transform the quality of their lives has grown into Robbins's lifelong crusade as he is called on by leaders from every walk of life--presidents, political leaders, advocates for humanity, CEOs of multinational corporations, psychologists, peak-performance athletes, world-class entertainers, teachers, and parents. Since fathering the life coaching industry, Robbins has produced the number oneselling audio coaching system of all time. He also is a corporate vice chairman or chairman overseeing five private companies. Robbins has been honored by Accenture as one of the "Top 50 Business Intellectuals in the World"; by Harvard Business Press as one of the "Top 200 Business Gurus"; by American Express as one of the "Top Six Business Leaders in the World" to coach its entrepreneurial clients; by Forbes as a Top 100 Celebrity; by Justice Byron White as one of the world's "Outstanding Humanitarians"; and by the International Chamber of Commerce as one of the top ten "Outstanding People of World."
For more information on the work of Anthony Robbins, please see: www.tonyrobbins.com.
Vicki Robin is coauthor with Joe Dominguez of the national bestseller Your Money or Your Life: Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence, available now in eleven languages.
Vicki has lectured widely and has appeared on hundreds of radio and television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, and National Public Radio's Weekend Edition and Morning Edition. She has also been featured in People magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Woman's Day, Newsweek, Utne Readermagazine, and the New York Times. Newspapers around the world have reported on her work on lowering consumption in North America. Fluent in Spanish, she traveled to Europe in the Spring of 1997 to introduce the Spanish translation of Your Money or Your Life. In May 2002, she did an eight-day publicity tour in Taiwan for the Chinese release. Both trips resulted in Your Money or Your Life becoming a best seller in those countries.
Called the prophet of "consumption-downsizers" by the New York Times, she is a frequent speaker on this issue at conferences; to corporate, academic, religious and environmental institutions; and at professional meetings of organizations seeking to understand and contribute to the national trend toward sustainable lifestyles.
Born in Oklahoma in 1945, Vicki grew up on Long Island and graduated cum laude from Brown University in 1967. She has received awards from Co-op America and from Sustainable Northwest for her pioneering work on sustainable living. A&E Entertainment's Biography recently honored Vicki as one of ten exceptional citizens in Seattle. She lives now on Whidbey Island, and in addition to writing and speaking, she enjoys singing, dancing, swimming, hosting conversations, and engaging in the rich creative life of her community.
For more information about Vicki Robin, please see: www.yourmoneyoryourlife.info.
Anita Roddick (19422007) was a British businesswoman, human rights activist, and environmental campaigner, best known as the founder of The Body Shop, a cosmetics company producing and retailing beauty products that shaped ethical consumerism. The company was one of the first to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals and one of the first to promote fair trade with third world countries.
Roddick was involved in activism and campaigning for environmental and social issues, including involvement with Greenpeace and The Big Issue. In 1990, Roddick founded Children on the Edge, a charitable organization that helps disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe and Asia.
Roddick was diagnosed with liver cirrhosis due to long-standing hepatitis C in 2004, and after she revealed this to the media in February 2007, she promoted the work of the Hepatitis C Trust and campaigned to increase awareness of the disease.
In 2003, Queen Elizabeth II appointed Roddick a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, and she was officially styled Dame Anita Roddick DBE.
For more information about the life and work of Anita Roddick, please see: www.anitaroddick.com.
In 1961 Marshall Rosenberg received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin and in 1966 was awarded diplomate status in clinical psychology from the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology.
Nonviolent Communication training evolved from Dr. Rosenberg's quest to find a way of rapidly disseminating much needed peacemaking skills. The Center for Nonviolent Communication emerged out of work he was doing with civil rights activists in the early 1960s. During this period he provided mediation and communication skills training to communities working to peacefully desegregate schools and other public institutions.
Since the inception of the Center, the response to Nonviolent Communication training has been extremely positive. It is seen as a powerful tool for peacefully resolving differences at personal, professional, and political levels. Dr. Rosenberg provides Nonviolent Communication training in fifty-nine countries: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium,Bosnia, Brazil, Burundi, Canada, Colombia, Congo, Croatia,Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Guyana, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldavia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Puerto Rico, Russia, Rwanda, Scotland, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United States, Yugoslavia. He works with such groups as educators, managers, mental health and health care providers, lawyers, military officers, prisoners, police and prison officials, clergy, government officials, and individual families. He is also active in war-torn areas and economically disadvantaged countries, offering Nonviolent Communication training to promote reconciliation and peaceful resolution of differences.
Worldwide reactions have been inspiring. Evaluations indicate that this training vastly strengthens the ability to connect compassionately with oneself and others, as well as to resolve differences peacefully. Reports also indicate that the benefit of the training is not only stable over time, but actually increases.
Dr. Rosenberg has been able to teach individuals to give the training in their own community, work, educational, and political environments, and in their own languages, with the same positive effects.
Dr. Rosenberg and his wife, Valentina, are currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where they continue to work together in workshops and international intensive trainings.
For more information about Marshall Rosenberg and his work with Nonviolent Communication, please see: www.cnvc.org.
Peter Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also founding chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global community of corporations, researchers, and consultants committed "to increase our capacity to collectively realize our highest aspirations and productively resolve our differences" through the mutual development of people and institutions. In 1999 the Journal of Business Strategy named him a "Strategist of the Century," one of twenty-four men and women who have "had the greatest impact on the way we conduct business today." His special interest is on decentralizing the role of leadership in organizations to enhance the capacity of all people to work productively toward common goals. Senge's work places human values at the cornerstone of the workplace, proposing that vision, purpose, reflectiveness, and systems thinking are essential for organizations to realize their potentials.
Senge is the author of several books, including the widely acclaimed, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. This book, which provides the knowledge for organizations to transform rigid hierarchies into more fluid and responsive systems, is widely credited with creating a revolution in the business world. Since its publication, more than a million copies have been sold, and in 1997, Harvard Business Review identified it as one of the seminal management books of the past seventy-five years. His most recent book, Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future, coauthored with C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers, documents the authors' development of a new theory about change and learning. Their journey of discovery articulates a new way of seeing the world and of understanding our part in creating it--as it is and as it might be.
Senge has lectured extensively throughout the world, translating the abstract ideas of systems theory into tools to create economic and organizational change. He has worked with leaders in business, education, health care, and government. He lives with his wife and children in eastern Massachusetts.
To access Dr. Peter Senge's blog, please see: http://wiki.solonline.org/users/psenge/blog/.
Barbara Sher is a business owner, career counselor, and best-selling author of seven books, each of which provides a down-to-earth, nuts-and-bolts method for uncovering natural talent, pinpointing goals, and turning dreams into reality. She has often been named the "godmother of life coaching" by the media and her many fans. Barbara has presented seminars and workshops throughout the world to universities, professional organizations, Fortune 100 corporations, and federal and state government agencies. She has been called "a standup comic with a message" and "the best speaker we have ever seen," in evaluations. Joining forces with public television, she has also created five hour-long special programs that continue to air in cities around the United States.
In 1972 Sher invented Success Teams--small groups in which members dedicate their efforts to helping each other find and achieve their goals. Today, Sher's Success Teams are operating in locations across the globe (see www.shersuccessteams.com). Her first book, Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want, has become a classic, selling over a million copies. In addition to its popularity with readers, Wishcraft is used as the text for university classes all over the world and is a standard handbook for career counselors, coaches, social workers, and teachers. Her second book, Teamworks: Building Support Groups That Guarantee Success, followed up on the powerful Success Team system.
Noting how many people stated that they didn't know what life goals to strive for, Sher began hosting problem-solving sessions and used them to design dozens of innovative techniques that freed people from "goal paralysis." Her ingenious, sensible, and respectful techniques for overcoming resistance have been widely praised by psychologists and career counselors and made her third book, I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was, a top seller for the last twelve years after being on best-seller lists all over the United States and Europe, including those of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
Barbara's fourth book, Live the Life You Love, winner of the top award in the "motivational book" category by the Books for a Better Life Commission (a consortium of all major publishers), is a ten-lesson course that teaches, in an appealing and accessible format, the individual skills needed to identify the reader's own motivational style, find his or her goals, and achieve them.
In her fifth book, published in 1999, Barbara took a new and different look at creating a great life after age forty. The book, It's Only Too Late If You Don't Start Now: How to Create Your Second Life at Any Age found such favor with readers of all ages that it became her first public television pledge special and has been aired continually for over seven years. Her subsequent public television pledge specials, "Live the Life You Love," "Map to Success," "Barbara Sher's Idea Party," and her latest, "Refuse to Choose," have also been very popular and have broken fundraising records for PBS stations all around the United States.
Barbara's sixth book, Barbara Sher's Idea Party, was self-published to accompany her public television show of the same name. (It can be seen and purchased at www.geniuspress.com). This is the first in her upcoming series called How to Do What You Love without Starving to Death. New books in this series will be showing up every few months on Genius Press, Unlimited.
Sher's latest book, Refuse to Choose!, published in 2006, deals with people who have so many interests they're unable to choose only one (she has named them "Scanners"). This subject has obviously struck a nerve. "In the last four months since the book and the TV show have been out in the public eye, I've received an astonishing number of impassioned letters," she said. "And all of them say ‘Thank you!'" As usual, Sher's advice is not what you expect. She finds that Scanners aren't dilettantes or undisciplined, and they don't change interests because of ADD or a fear of success. "They seem to be highly intelligent, multi-talented people who need to have more interests than the average person," she says.
For more information about Barbara Sher, please see: www.barbarasher.com.
Spencer Sherman is the author of The Cure for Money Madness, a guide to overcoming the distorted childhood perceptions of money that poison relationships, impede intimacy, and interfere with our making money as well as enjoying the money we have. Spencer is also the cocreator and coleader of The Cure for Money Madness: Finding Financial Freedom Workshop.
Spencer was named one of the top 250 wealth advisors in the United States by Worth magazine in 20052008. (He was also named by Worth to their list of top 250 advisors in 1999 and to their list of top 300 in 1998.) Bloomberg Wealth Manager listed him as one of their top money managers in 2005, 2003, and 2002, and Medical Economics listed him as one of the 150 best advisors for doctors in 2004, 2002, 2000, and 1998. He was also named by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the top forty under (age) forty business leaders in Philadelphia in 1999. Spencer is a member of the Social Venture Network as well as the Social Investment Forum.
A few of his areas of expertise are philanthropic and charitable planning; generational planning; cash flow and "second half" planning; creating low-cost, tax-efficient, low-volatility investment portfolios (including socially screened portfolios); couples and money; and business consulting.
Spencer was born and raised in New York City. He earned a bachelor's degree in economics from Brandeis University in 1983 (Phi Beta Kappa), an MBA in finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1987, and the CFP designation in 1990. Since starting his firm in 1987, he has been widely quoted in the financial press and on television. He coleads Financial Intimacy and Freedom workshops for couples and singles. He has created presentations on Increasing Philanthropic Contributions of Your Clients and Transforming Our Money Conditioning. Spencer was selected to write the chapter "Money: the Surprising Aphrodisiac" in an anthology on relationships along with Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Scott Peck, Thich Nhat Hanh, and others.
Spencer has appeared on CNBC's Make Your Money Work with Bill Griffith and on Philadelphia's NBC 10 News where he cut up his credit cards on the air.
For more information about Spencer Sherman, please see: www.curemoneymadness.com.
Marsha Sinetar is the best-selling author of Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow and Ordinary People as Monks and Mystics, books that close the gap between the material and spiritual. As one of America's foremost exponents on the practical value of mature spirituality, Sinetar, often called a true pathfinder, currently lives in the Pacific Northwest where she is creating a sanctuary for contemplative spirituality for helping professionals.
For more information about Dr. Marsha Sinetar, please see: www.marshasinetar.com.
Lynne Twist is the founder of two cutting-edge organizations, the Soul of Money Institute and The Pachamama Alliance, both based in San Francisco. She is president of the Institute, whose mission is to educate, inspire, and empower people and organizations to align their financial resources with what they value most. Lynne founded the Institute to lead people to find sufficiency and peace in their relationship with money, a message particularly critical in these challenging financial times.
The Soul of Money Institute's work is based on Lynne's award-winning book, The Soul of Money and audio course, Unleashing the Soul of Money. These publications offer compelling stories and insights gained from a lifetime of global experience.
Twist has been recognized as a world-renowned speaker, author, fundraiser, and activist. While in positions of leadership spanning three decades, she has raised hundred of millions of dollars to solve humanity's most pressing problems. She has also spoken to thousands of people in the business, nonprofit, and academic arenas.
For more information on the work of Lynne Twist and the Soul of Money Institute, please see: www.soulofmoney.org.