BEATRICE BENNE received her Master’s from the College of Environmental Design, Berkeley and her Doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. She is the founder of Soma Integral Consulting — a firm dedicated to facilitating the resolution of adaptive challenges by transforming and designing purposeful and conscious organizations while focusing on the well being of social and environmental ecosystems. Her expertise includes adaptive strategy, transformative change, and leadership capacity development.
ALAN BRISKIN received his Bachelor’s from Goddard College and his Master’s and Doctorate from the Wright Institute. He is co-founder of the Collective Wisdom Initiative is a leading voice in the field of organizational learning and development. Alan’s work as an organizational consultant and researcher came to further fruition in his co-authored book, The Power of Collective Wisdom, which won the 2010 Nautilus Award in the category of Business and Leadership. Another co-authored publication, Daily Miracles: Stories and Practices of Humanity and Excellence in Health Care, was chosen as the 2007 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing.
PEGGY DEAN received her Bachelor’s at the University of Texas and earned an Executive MBA at Southern Methodist University. She is the President of Peak Performance Corp and the Executive Director of the Jean Houston Foundation. She has been a consultant to Merrill Lynch, SmithKline Beecham, the University of Miami, and Charter Medical; headed international cross-cultural project teams with focus on empowering leadership for a healthy shift in large-scale systems in Russia, Turkey, and the Dominican Republic; was the former manager at Recognition Equipment; and is Senior Vice President at M Banks.
DUANE ELGIN received his MBA from the Wharton Business School, has an MA in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania and is an honorary PhD for work in “ecological and spiritual transformation” from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Duane is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and social visionary. In 2006, he received the International Peace Award of Japan (the Goi award) in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.” His books include: The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going?; Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future, Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich, and Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness. With Joseph Campbell and other scholars he co-authored the book Changing Images of Man.
KIM NGO received her Bachelor’s from Sonoma State University and her MBA from Golden Gate University. Chairperson of the Marin Asian Advocacy Project and fluent in Vietnamese (her first language) Kim’s professional background includes senior management positions in financial institutions. Her research interests include economic empowerment, business education, and human rights.
JONATHAN REAMS received his Doctorate in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. He teaches and does research on leadership development, coaching and counseling. He serves as Editor-in Chief of Integral Review: A Transdisciplinary and Transcultural Journal for New Thought, Praxis and Research. He is also a co-founder of the Center for Transformative Leadership. His publications include: What’s Integral about Leadership?, Integral Leadership: Generating Space for Emergence through Quality of Presence, Leading the Future, Making Leadership Development Developmental and Integral Leadership: Opening Space by Leading through the Heart. He is also co-editor of Integral Education: New Directions for Higher Learning.
MELISSA SCHWARTZ received her Master’s from Beacon College and her Doctorate from Rosebridge Graduate School (now Argosy University). Dually licensed as both a clinical psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist, Melissa maintains a private practice as a consulting psychologist. She serves as a peer reviewer for the California Psychological Association’s Office of Professional Development Provider Approval Committee and for the APA journal, Psychology of Women Quarterly. She also serves as a Subject Matter Expert for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Her interests include the psychology of women, adult development, and qualitative research.