Evolutionary Leaders:

In Service to Conscious Evolution

Evolutionary Leaders 2009 Retreat Group Photo

On July 26, 2008 the Chopra Foundation, the Source of Synergy Foundation and the Association for Global New Thought invited a group of renowned Evolutionary Leaders (please see bios below) to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California, to explore their extraordinary potential as a collective. Out of this gathering came A Call to Conscious Evolution: Our Moment of Choice.

Since then, additional leaders have joined this effort and together they have established a collective platform that is generating various exciting projects. In the coming year the group plans to connect with other conscious evolutionaries in the movement to more profoundly accelerate the shift in consciousness together.

Here are details about 60 Evolutionary Leaders: In Service to Conscious Evolution:

Don Beck
For the last four decades I have sought to understand psychology at the large scale: the design and transformation of whole societies. This involves characteristics of the mass mind; the underlying DNA-like Codes that shape human groupings within various habitats and Life Conditions; and, now, the unique dynamics of change, shifts, and transitions. My world is full of cycles, spirals, force fields, multiple identities, conflicting ideologies, Us vs. Them polarities, and a map full of political, economic, religious, social, racial and ethnic cells. I sense order in this chaos, with billions of humans passing through different zones in the premodern, modern, postmodern, and now integral flows. Any serious effort at global transformation must bring the entire spiral of value systems with it. The danger is that we will simply project our own affluent world views on to people who are struggling with different Life Conditions, who are not as “enlightened” as we are. Our efforts must be deep, broad, proactive and systemic.

So, what to do?

First, we need new conceptual maps to enable us to recognize these diversities in human populations that transcend race, gender, ethnicity, national identities. Not everybody can see them. Life in Flatland is very comfortable.

Second, consider the role of Vital Signs Monitors to carefully track progress, regressions, and potential violence. Singapore has such a capacity in the Risk Analysis Horizontal Scanning technology.

Third, construct scaffoldings of solutions to provide models to address the change FROM what and TO what potentials, with practical examples.

If we are now in a period of twilight and uncertainty, is this before darkness – and all hell is about to break out – or before dawn – as we prepare for a momentous leap into a new civilization? Which is it?

It was Buckminster Fuller who said: “Don’t fight forces, use them.”

Michael Bernard Beckwith
Michael Bernard Beckwith, the visionary founder of the Agape International Spiritual Center, a trans-denominational community of 10,000 local members and thousands of worldwide affiliates, and the University of Transformational Studies and Leadership in Los Angeles, California. www.agapelive.com

A sought-after speaker at conferences and seminars, Dr. Beckwith teaches meditation, the Life Visioning Process, The Mastery of Life Structures and leads retreats. He is author of 40 Day Mind Fast Soul Feast, A Manifesto of Peace, and Living from the Overflow.

Dr. Beckwith’s renowned 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 Michael the national co-directorship of a Season for Nonviolence. In his position of co-founder of the Association for Global New Thought, he sits on panels with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during AGNT’s bi-annual Synthesis Dialogues.

Joan Borysenko
Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. has been described as “a respected scientist, a gifted therapist, and an unabashed mystic.” Author of 14 books, as well as numerous audio and video programs, Joan is trained as a cancer cell biologist, psychologist, and spiritual director. Her doctorate is from the Harvard Medical School where she served as instructor in medicine before founding Mind-Body Health Sciences LLC in Boulder, CO. A pioneer in mind-body medicine, her work encompasses practical wisdom on human development and spiritual growth. Joan is a nationally known speaker and co-founder and director of the Claritas Institute for Interspiritual Inquiry, a blogger for the Huffington Post, and co-host (with her husband Gordon Dveirin) of the Hay House radio network show The Spirit of the Future: Voices of Vision and Hope. Her latest book, published by Hay House in Sept 2009 is It’s Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change. You can find out more at www.joanborysenko.com.

Interests: My interests have always been in the practical realm of helping people to heal, uncover their true nature, and experience compassion, peace, and connection to a larger whole. Underlying these interests is a fascination with resilience…what makes a person, a family, a corporation, or a government resilient? Resilience and change are an important aspect of my writing and speaking as is spirituality. The “new” movement called SNBR (spiritual but not religious) overlaps with the field of interspirituality (the common mystical ground beyond doctrine and dogma) that continues to be one of my major interests and the subject of the schools and programs of the Claritas Institute.

Gregg Braden
New York Times best-selling author Gregg Braden is internationally renowned as a pioneer in bridging science and spirituality. Following a successful career as a Computer Geologist for Phillips Petroleum during the 1970s energy crisis, he became a Senior Computer Systems Designer for Martin Marietta Defense Systems during the during the last years of the Cold War. In 1991 he was appointed the first Technical Operations Manager for Cisco Systems where he led the development of the global support team that assures the reliability of today’s internet.

For more than 25 years Gregg has searched high mountain villages, remote monasteries, and forgotten texts to uncover their timeless wisdom. His work has been featured throughout the world through live presentations and media specials including Oprah Radio, Coast-to-Coast AM, the History Channel, the Discovery Channel and the SciFi Channel, and new a new feature-length film to be released in 2010. To date, his work has led to such paradigm-shattering books as The Isaiah Effect, The God Code and The Divine Matrix.

His 2009 release, Fractal Time: The Secret of 2012 and a New World Age, merges the modern discoveries of nature’s patterns (fractals) with the ancient view of a cyclic universe to reveal a powerful new model of time—fractal time. Applying fractal time to the history of the world and life, Gregg proposes that everything from economic cycles and the war and peace between nations, to the personal patterns of love and betrayal mirror the returning cycles of our past. As each cycle repeats, it carries a window of opportunity—a choice point—that allows us to select a new outcome for the returning pattern! Fractal Time gives new meaning, and renewed hope, to the emerging crises of today’s world.

Gregg’s work is now published in 18 languages and 30 countries and shows us beyond any reasonable doubt that the key to our future lies in the wisdom of our past. www.greggbraden.com

Patrick Brauckmann
Patrick, who lives in Vancouver, Canada, is searching for the truth and Mother Nature is slowing revealing her lessons to him. The Great Spirit has given him the blessing of a loving heart

Rinaldo Brutoco
Rinaldo Brutoco is an accomplished futurist, author, speaker and founding president of, the World Business Academy, a collaborative network of mindful individuals collectively exploring the leading edge of business and a pre-eminent publisher of new paradigm business literature. He is the co-author of a book published last year, Freedom From Mid-East Oil, and several other books in prior periods.

Rinaldo’s work includes a great deal of travel as a featured speaker at business schools, conferences, and at senior-level executive meetings. He serves on the board of The Men’s Wearhouse, Omega Point Institute, Peace Partnership International, the Ojai Film Festival and has served on numerous other boards including The Gorbachev Foundation, Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, State of the World Forum, The Peace Alliance and The Center for Earth Concerns, adding to his ability to transform companies through a multi-disciplinary approach.

Rinaldo formed The ShangriLa Group where he consults, as principal, on an extremely wide variety of business applications at both the micro and macro level, both internationally and domestically.

He currently serves as Chair of the Evolutionary Leaders Administrative Circle. When he is not traveling, Rinaldo and his wife Lalla divide their time between their homes and offices in Ojai, CA and Hawaii. www.worldbusiness.org

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield is affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach. He has dedicated his life to the fulfillment of his life purpose, which he states is “to inspire and empower people to live their highest vision in a context of love and joy in harmony with the highest good of all concerned.” He is an accomplished inspirational speaker, author and trainer, and has conducted personal and professional development seminars for more than 1 million people in 32 countries around the world. As a result, he was recently inducted into the National Speakers Association’s Speakers Hall of Fame. He has appeared on more than 600 radio and television shows including Oprah, Larry King Live, the Today Show, Montel, and two PBS specials focusing on his work in self-esteem and the law of attraction.
 
Jack is probably best known as the co-creator of the best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, which currently has more than 200 titles and 115 million copies in print in 47 languages. He is also the author of The Success Principles, The Aladdin Factor, Dare to Win, The Power of Focus and The Key to Living the Law of Attraction. He has appeared in numerous transformational movies, including The Secret, The Meta Secret, The Truth, The Opus, The Quest, and Beyond Belief. He is also the founder of The Transformational Leadership Council, a group of 125 owners of transformational training, coaching and media companies as well as several evolutionary thought leaders who meet twice a year to network and expand the scope of their work. Jack has served on the faculty at two universities and is the recipient of three honorary doctorates.

Scott Carlin

Scott Carlin has over 25 years experience in media businesses. In March of 2010 Scott announced the formation of a new production and distribution company in partnership with Rosie O'Donnell and Dick Robertson, the former president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution. Their first venture is a new daily talk show hosted by Rosie, a program designed to engage viewers and guests in conscious conversations, beginning fall 2011.

In June 2009 he co-founded and joined the board of G.A.T.E., The Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment, an organization whose mission is, to transform the world by transforming media and entertainment and shortly thereafter, left HBO and formed his own company, Soul-Centered Media. For the prior seven years Scott was President, Domestic Television Distribution for HBO, a division he began in 2002. A recognized leader in television, he was responsible for original, record-breaking deals for The Sopranos, Sex & the City, Band of Brothers, The Wire and many other HBO programs. He has held senior positions at Warner Bros. Television, Lorimar-Telepictures and Telepictures.

A 2007 graduate of the Masters Program in Spiritual Psychology at The University of Santa Monica, Scott is immersed in the emerging area of transformational media.

Scott co-founded The Carpe Paddlum Foundation in 2001, a non-profit group that runs Kayak-For-A-Cause, an annual kayak event in Norwalk, Connecticut that has raised millions of dollars for local organizations like, Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang and Save the Sound. He also serves on the board of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society: HRTS, Generate, The Ride Inc., and The Shift Network.

Deepak Chopra
Deepak Chopra is the author of more than fifty books translated into over thirty-five languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. Dr. Chopra is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Adjunct Professor at Kellogg School of Management and Senior Scientist with The Gallup Organization. He is co-founder of the Alliance for a New Humanity. Time magazine heralds Deepak Chopra as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credits him as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine.”

Mallika Chopra
Mallika Chopra is the author of two books, 100 Hundred Promises to My Baby (Rodale, 2005) and 100 Questions From My Child (Rodale, 2007). Mallika’s voice on conscious parenting and spirituality is unique, powerful and resonant with parents around the globe.

Mallika’s strength in creating creative content combined with strategic and marketing thinking has allowed her to successfully fuel an entrepreneurial drive in a number of areas. Mallika was a founder of MyPotential Inc, a multi-media company where she helped write the company’s business plan, hired the key management team, raised over $10 Million in venture financing and built key strategic relationships. She served as the first representative for the re-launch of MTV in India, and has consulted with Go Networks (Disney) and Yahoo!

As President of Chopra Media LLC, Mallika has spearheaded a number of interesting initiatives with her brother, Gotham Chopra, and father, Deepak Chopra. She is the creative force and architect behind INTENT, a popular website featuring blogs on personal, social, spiritual and global wellness.

She recently produced two films for Fox Home Video, featuring Deepak Chopra’s books, How To Know God and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, starring Olivia Newton John.

Mallika serves as a Board Member of Virgin Comics and Animation, a premiere entertainment company that creates content for international distribution, and is based in New York, Los Angeles and Bangalore, India.

Mallika has a BA from Brown University, an MBA from Kellogg Business School. She lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband, Sumant Mandal, and their daughters, Tara and Leela.

Andrew Cohen
Andrew Cohen is a spiritual teacher, cultural philosopher, founder of the global nonprofit EnlightenNext and its award-winning EnlightenNext magazine. For the last 24 years, Cohen has been traveling the world giving public lectures and intensive retreats. Through his ongoing dialogues with leading philosophers, scientists, and mystics, he has become known as one of the defining voices of the new evolutionary spirituality.

Cohen’s teaching was born out of the traditional Eastern philosophy, Advaita Vedanta. In time, as a result of his own inquiry and intensive work with students worldwide, his understanding of the meaning and purpose of Enlightenment evolved into a comprehensive model for individual and cultural development. This teaching, which he calls Evolutionary Enlightenment, sets the perennial spiritual quest in a deep-time evolutionary context, offering a path and perspective more relevant to our postmodern era.

Cohen’s dedication to upleveling the spiritual, philosophical, and moral conversation can be best seen in his flagship publication EnlightenNext. In its 18 years in print, the magazine has engaged spiritual, cultural, and scientific thought leaders in a dynamic inquiry about the nature of inner and outer evolution. It has become known for its longstanding feature “The Guru and the Pandit,” a series of 25 revolutionary dialogues between Cohen and integral philosopher Ken Wilber.

Cohen has presented at numerous forums over the years, including the Parliament of World’s Religions (2004, 2009), LOHAS International Conference, International Transpersonal Conference, Integral Leadership in Action, International Conference on the Frontiers of Yoga and Consciousness Research, India, as well as universities, spiritual centers, and business settings around the world.

Cohen has eight centers worldwide, including a 220-acre retreat center in Massachusetts and a state-of-the-art “green” center in London, England. Author of seven books, including Enlightenment Is A Secret and Living Enlightenment, Cohen is currently writing a new book on Evolutionary Enlightenment. For more information www.andrewcohen.org.

Dale Colton

Dale Colton has over thirty years experience working as a consultant in Public Relations, Promotion and Publishing, helping individuals, centers and organizations that make up the global grassroots spiritual/socially conscious community. She is currently on the Administrative Circle and Operations Team of the Evolutionary Leaders and is on the Board of the Source of Synergy Foundation. She also works as a Consultant and/or Promotion Agent for a number of the Evolutionary Leaders. 

She recently served as a member of the Operations Team and a Consultant to the Alliance for a New Humanity, a humanitarian organization founded by Deepak Chopra. There, she co-created with Deepak “Be the Change,” an international community outreach movement.

For twenty years Dale Colton was a member of the Board of Directors of The Himalayan International Institute, an early leader in the consciousness movement. She was the Director of Public Relations and Promotion. She served as a member of the faculty, organized and led the Himalayan Excursions, directed the annual International Conference, and directed The Himalayan Publishers. In addition she owned and operated wholesale and retail import businesses that created scholarships and funded charitable projects in India.

Dedicated to change through personal and social transformation, Dale believes that we have the power through choice to embrace any reality we want – war, aggression and self-destruction or peace, compassion and awareness. We have windows of opportunity constantly being presented to us within which quantum leaps can be made. Mutual respect, cooperation and collaboration among individuals, communities and organizations of like-minded people world-wide can collectively create enough conscious coherence to form a “critical mass” to shift the consciousness of the planet.

Wendy Craig-Purcell
As an expert in everyday spiritual wisdom and conscious living, Wendy Craig-Purcell is an author, speaker, radio host, spiritual leader, world peace activist, New Thought teacher and evolutionary guide.

At the age of 23, Craig-Purcell became one of the youngest ordained ministers, graduating from the Unity School of Christianity. Thirty years later, she is the Spiritual Leader, Founder and CEO of The Unity Center, a 1500-member community located in San Diego, California, with an outreach of over 4,000.

In her book, Ask Yourself This: Questions to Open the Heart, Expand the Mind and Awaken the Soul, Craig-Purcell helps readers discover often-overlooked aspects of their spiritual natures. We are living in extraordinary times – challenging but also ripe for opportunity. People are rethinking many aspects of their lives. The questions, stories and quotations peppered throughout Craig-Purcell’s book help readers focus on these aspects in order to live authentically and to realize their full potential. Published in 2009 by Unity House, this book leads readers on a path of self discovery and empowerment.

Craig-Purcell has been an active participant in the Association of Global New Thought (AGNT) for over 10 years and currently serves as its Vice President. She has participated in numerous AGNT events including the three AGNT-sponsored “Synthesis Dialogues,” with His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet, the “Awakened World” conferences, the Gandhi-King Peace Train and the Living Legends of Nonviolence Conference.

Craig-Purcell has served as President and Treasurer of the Southwest Unity Region, District President of the International New Thought Alliance, and Chairman of the Association of Unity Churches Church Growth Committee. Her service honors include the Gandhi Non-Violence Award from the Tariq Khamisa Foundation and induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers Hall of Fame. www.wendycraigpurcell.com, www.theunitycenter.net

Stephen Dinan
Stephen Dinan is a practical visionary who most recently created the Shift in Action program, which serves 10,000 global members of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, as well as the One Minute Shift video series, which have been seen by more than 1 million viewers. He co-founded the Summer of Peace and the PartnerShift Alliance, and has consulted on dozens of for-profit, non-profit, and political groups. He authored the book Radical Spirit: Spiritual Writings of the Voices of Tomorrow and is currently finishing his next book, Sacred America.  Stephen directed and helped to create the Esalen Institute's Center for Theory & Research, a think tank for leading scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers. A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in human biology, Stephen also holds a master's in East-West psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His studies have included transpersonal psychology and assorted disciplines of transformation, including Holotropic Breathwork, which he has facilitated for more than a decade. Stephen’s weekly Internet radio show airs every Tuesday on VoiceAmerica.com at 9 am and his writings can be found at www.stephendinan.com or through his blog on Huffington Post. He is available as a speaker and strategic marketing consultant.

Gordon Dveirin
Gordon Dveirin, Ed.D. is an organization and human development consultant, spiritual educator, and co-author of two books: Saying Yes to Change and Your Soul’s Compass: What is Spiritual Guidance. Co-founder and co-director of The Claritas Institute for Interspiritual Inquiry, he is a founding and active board member of the Passageworks Institute dedicated to the social, emotional, and spiritual learning of children and youth in our schools. He is also co-host of the Hay House radio network’s show The Spirit of the Future: Voices of Vision and Hope.

Interests: The overarching interest that unites and excites the various projects I’m involved with is what the 13th century Sufi mystic Ib’n Arabi called the theophanic imagination, and which I think of as the evolutionary imagination…the creativity of the heart. Imagination is a faculty of perception that allows a person to see the higher possibilities inherent within a given situation. Michelangelo, for example, saw the figures inherent within the blocks of marble he chose for his sculptures. Martin Luther King, Jr. saw through racial tension to the potential for equality. In this time of global chaos and rapid change, my interest is how to use a four-part process that we’ve been working with in our Claritas Programs to train the organ of evolutionary imagination. That process involves alignment with the Source of Being; discernment (am I running an egoic agenda or being guided by a larger flow); action in the world; and retrospection or learning from our experience. This process is based on inquiry rather than dogma and helps to till the field out of which synergy arises.

Duane Elgin
Duane Elgin is an internationally recognized speaker, author, and visionary.  His books include: The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? (2009), Promise Ahead: A Vision of Hope and Action for Humanity’s Future (2000), Voluntary Simplicity: Toward a Way of Life that is Outwardly Simple, Inwardly Rich (1981, revised 1993 and 2010), and Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness (1993). He has worked as a senior staff member of the Presidential Commission on the American Future and as a senior social scientist with the think-tank SRI International where he coauthored numerous studies of the future, including co-authoring the book with Joseph Campbell, Changing Images of Man (1982). In 2006, Duane received the international Goi Peace Award in recognition of his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.”  He has an MBA from the Wharton School, an MA in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania. He was awarded an honorary PhD in 2001 for work in “ecological and spiritual transformation” from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California. Duane’s website is: www.awakeningearth.org.

Areas of Work: Over the past four decades I’ve focused my speaking, writing, and activism in four major areas: 1) exploring the big picture of the human journey as the world approaches a tipping point and actions that we can take to build a more promising future; 2) advocating “voluntary simplicity” or more sustainable and meaningful ways of living; 3) exploring a unifying vision of our universe as a living system as seen by both science and spirituality; and 4) transforming the conversation of democracy by working for the more conscious use of the mass media (as a citizen-activist, I have co-founded three non-profit and non-partisan organizations working for media accountability and an empowered democracy).

Barbara Fields
Dr. Barbara Fields Executive Director, The Association for Global New Thought. Co-founder and Project Director – The Gandhi King Chavez Season for Nonviolence 1998-present; Program Director – Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago; Co-founder and Project Director of the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet, Dharamsala, India, 1999, Trent, Italy, 2001, and Rome, 2004; Coordinator of U.S. based omni-local initiatives for Harvard Global Negotiation Project’s Abraham Walk Initiative in the Middle East; Conference and Program Director for the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies in Chicago, IL and Tacoma, WA; Program Director - International Buddhist-Christian Theological Encounter, Purdue University and the Lilly Foundation; Participant - UNESCO Seminar on Religion and Peace, Granada, Spain.

Awards and Honors: Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Holmes Institute, 2005, and Religious Science International’s first Peace Award in 2003; Recipient of The Peace Museum's Community Peacemaker Award in the area of Diplomacy; The Gandhi King Ikeda Nonviolence Award from Morehouse College.

Serves on the Boards of EarthAction, the Foundation for Conscious Evolution, and the Martin Luther King International Chapel Board of Friends. Co-founder of The Earth Network, a non-profit alternative television organization dedicated to the environment, social action, and the human spirit for which she received the Visionary Award from the Center For New Television; Contributing author, The Community of Religions (Continuum Press, 1996). www.agnt.org

Arielle Ford
Arielle Ford is a leading pioneer and personality in the personal growth and contemporary spirituality movement. For the past 25 years she has been living, teaching, and promoting consciousness through all forms of media. Her stellar career includes years as a prominent book publicist, author, literary agent, TV lifestyle reporter, television producer, Sirius radio host, publishing consultant, relationship expert, speaker, columnist and blogger for the Huffington Post.

As the president of The Ford Group, Arielle was widely recognized as America’s foremost book publicist and was instrumental in launching the careers of many NY Times bestselling self-help authors including Deepak Chopra, Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Neale Donald Walsch, and Debbie Ford. Arielle was the publicist for dozens of other top selling authors such as Wayne Dyer, Gary Zukav, Dean Ornish, Joan Borysenko, Louise Hay, Jorge Cruise, and don Miguel Ruiz.

Arielle is a gifted writer and the author of seven books including the HOT CHOCOLATE FOR THE MYSTICAL SOUL series, and her most recent, THE SOULMATE SECRET, now in a 4th printing and 21 languages. www.soulmatesecret.com and www.soulmatekit.com

She is one of the founding partners of the Spiritual Cinema Circle, a subscriber-based monthly DVD club dedicated to providing movies about love and compassion. She is responsible for the rapid growth of this company that has now been acquired by Gaiam, Inc. www.spiritualcinemacircle.com

Arielle is the creator of the at-home publishing study course Everything You Should Know About Publishing, Publicity and Building A Platform www.everythingyoushouldknow.com and the annual 21st Century Book Marketing event which is the premiere book-marketing event for authors.

Debbie Ford
Debbie Ford is a pioneering force in incorporating the study and integration of the shadow into modern psychological and spiritual practices. As the New York Times best-selling author of The Dark Side of the Light Chasers, The Secret of the Shadow, Spiritual Divorce, The Right Questions, The Best Year of Your Life and Why Good People Do Bad Things, she draws her unique talent and insight from in-depth personal studies of transformation and human potential. She is a graduate of JFK University, where she earned a degree in psychology with an emphasis in consciousness studies. Debbie is the founder of the Ford Institute for Integrative Coaching, which has trained over 500 Integrative Coaches around the globe. Her work as a coach, teacher, consultant, and integral faculty member of The Chopra Center for Well Being in California has opened the hearts of thousands, bringing them the gift of self-love, emotional freedom, and emotional and spiritual liberation. www.debbieford.com

Ashok Gangadean
Ashok Gangadean is Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Haverford College where he has taught for the past forty-two years. Throughout his career he has focused on clarifying the fundamental common ground across widely diverse worldviews and seeking to expand philosophy and cultural life into a wider global context. He is Founder-Director of the Global Dialogue Institute which has developed effective methods of Deep Dialogue for renovating cultural life. His new book - The Awakening of the Global Mind - has recently appeared. Ashok is also Co-Convener of the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality which brings leading and emerging world leaders together in deep dialogue to help articulate global wisdom, vision and values in addressing the most pressing concerns and crises on a global scale. He is also Co-Chair of the World Wisdom Council. Dr. Gangadean has been a television host at WYBE TV in Philadelphia for five years, and is currently Producer and Host of ((Global Lens)). www.awakeningmind.org; www.global-dialogue.com; www.globalspirit.org.

Kathleen Gardarian
Kathleen M. Gardarian has spent most of her time in the business world, and is Founder and CEO of Qualis International, Inc, a national sales and distribution company. In this role, Qualis is in the top forty woman-owned businesses in Orange County, California. The Home Depot Inc. also recently honored Qualis as one of its top ten suppliers after more than 20 years of service.

Some positions held by Kathleen have included:

Served on the board of Van’s, Inc. for 10 years until they sold in 2004
The Forum for Corporate Directors
The George Argyros School of Business and Leatherby Entrepreneurship School, Chapman University
The State of The World Forum
Woman’s Philanthropy Fund, Orange County
World Business Academy
Woman’s Leadership Board, JFK School, Harvard University

Kathy currently works with:

Schmid College of Science, Chapman University
Pete Carroll’s A BETTER L.A.
The Ronnie Lott Trophy Board

Kathy is very interested in the evolutionary ways to raise the consciousness in business. Enterprise is a driving force in creation! It can move forward in a consciousness of fear and competition, or it can move in an expansive manifestation of cooperation and meaningful relationships. www.qualisintl.com

Tom Gegax
Tom Gegax served as Chairman and CEO (head coach) of Tires Plus Stores for twenty-four years. By the time Tom sold the company to Bridgestone/Firestone in July 2000, it had mushroomed from a concept sketched on a restaurant napkin to a market leader with 150 upscale stores in ten states and $200 million in revenue. The company was so well managed and profitable that Tom was able to bypass outside investors and retain ownership control. Tom was a pioneer of the tough-minded, warm-hearted "coaching" style of management. Tires Plus' healthy corporate culture was legendary for its focus on the well-being of its employees and customers (or, as Tom preferred to call them, teammates and guests). The unique pairing of hard-nosed efficiency and a caring environment was a core ingredient in the company's secret sauce. Tom's comprehensive, no-nonsense management system catapulted Tires Plus to the top in a competitive industry populated by some of the largest companies in the world.

Tom's groundbreaking management methods have been featured in the New York Times and Fast Company magazine, and on CNN, CNBC, and PBS. He was named a 1995 Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year by Inc. magazine and Ernst & Young, and is the youngest person to be inducted into the Minnesota Business Hall of Fame. Tom has served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards, including the Center for Ethical Business Cultures. Tom's first book, Winning in the Game of Life: Self-Coaching Secrets for Success, is a blueprint for creating a productive, well-balanced life. It received critical acclaim from publishing industry bellwethers Publishers Weekly and Booklist, from self-help and spiritual guru, Deepak Chopra, and from national business and political leaders, including Curt Carlson, Founder/Chairman, Carlson Companies, and former vice president of the United States, Walter Mondale. Tom's The Big Book of Small Business: You Don't Have To Run Your Business By The Seat Of Your Pants is receiving rave reviews from top business leaders across the country, including Ken Blanchard (The One-Minute Manager), Harvey Mackay (Swim with the Sharks) and Richard Schulze, Founder and Chairman of Best Buy. Tom's guide connects the dots between all aspects of a business with unprecedented breadth and depth.

Mark Gerzon
Mark Gerzon is one of the key architects of the field of global leadership and an experienced facilitator in high-conflict zones. He has advised a wide variety of organizations including the US Congress, multinational corporations, and UNDP. The author of numerous books, including Leading Through Conflict (Harvard Business School Press), he is currently serving as UN advisor on leadership in conflict-torn countries in Africa and Asia.

As President of Mediators Foundation, which he founded over twenty years ago, Mark is working closely with several projects that also advance the field of global citizenship. He is currently the director of the Conflict Transformation Collaborative, a network of peace-builders that seeks to mobilize and link this community worldwide to shift the paradigm from military power to nonviolent conflict transformation.

He is currently designing an interactive, awareness-raising workshop ‘The Global Citizen Journey’ based on his most recent book, Global Citizens (Ebury Press: London). The Journey is a rite of passage designed to shift participants' identities from narrower, more parochial perspectives (national, religious, ethnic, etc.) to a wider, more integral worldview.

On a personal level, he is working on a memoir entitled Waking Up, which seeks to bring concepts such as "enlightenment" and "awareness" down to the level of ordinary life (work, relationships, sexuality, politics, etc.).

A resident of Boulder Colorado, he is the father of three sons and five grandchildren. He is mourning the loss of his wife, Rachael Kessler, the educator and author of The Soul of Education, who died in January 2010.

Charles Gibbs
Since 1996, The Rev. Canon Charles Gibbs has served as the founding Executive Director of the United Religions Initiative, a global organization dedicated to interfaith cooperation for peace, justice and healing. www.uri.org

In his work for the URI, an unprecedented global, grassroots movement dedicated to changing world history. Its members from diverse religions, spiritual expressions and indigenous traditions throughout the world have a shared purpose to promote enduring, daily interfaith cooperation, to end religiously motivated violence and to create cultures of peace, justice and healing for the Earth and all living beings, Charles has traveled extensively, working with religious, spiritual and other leaders in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, North and South America and Asia. He has been a featured speaker at many international gatherings. In addition, he has published many articles, book chapters and a co-authored book on interfaith work for global change.

Charles is an Episcopal priest, who brings to his ministry a strong commitment to spiritual transformation and work for peace, justice and healing, and an abiding belief in the sacredness of all life on this planet.

Before being ordained, Charles taught writing and worked in the theater. His wife, Debbie, is head of the Lowell School in Washington, DC. His daughter, Naomi is a junior at Whitman College. His son, Ben, teaches and is head of the English Department at an inner city school in Houston, Texas.

Description of Work

The URI signed its global Charter in June 2000 and now has a network of more than 400 self-organizing Cooperation Circles active in 67 countries around the world. Their work includes peacebuilding, interfaith education, HIV/AIDS prevention, environmental awareness, human rights advocacy and community building; and across the globe involves over 1.5 million people each year.

URI has a global office in San Francisco and regional coordinators on six continents. Its Global Council has representatives from 19 countries. URI has consultative status with the United Nations. Over the next five years, URI will focus both the effectiveness and scope of its global network, focusing in four key areas: global infrastructure, communications, peacebuilding, leadership development.

Craig Hamilton
Craig Hamilton is a pioneer in the emerging field of evolutionary spirituality. In his inspired writings, talks, and teachings, he calls us to awaken beyond the confines of the separate ego and dedicate our lives to the further evolution of consciousness itself.

As the founder and guiding force behind Integral Enlightenment, Craig offers spiritual guidance and teachings to a growing international community of students in 25 countries around the world. Through his online Academy for Evolutionaries, he teaches a series of experiential telecourses guiding participants through a process of spiritual awakening into an "evolutionary relationship to life."

Craig's work at Integral Enlightenment integrates decades of intensive spiritual practice with insights gleaned during his eight years as Senior Editor of the award-winning What Is Enlightenment? magazine. For 13 years, he participated in the dynamic living “laboratory of evolution” known as EnlightenNext, ultimately playing a key role in the leadership of this thriving international spiritual community. In his current work, he is helping to articulate an authentic “evolutionary mysticism”—an “integral enlightenment” which illuminates the vital relationship between individual transformation and collective evolution.

Craig is a founding member of Ken Wilber's Integral Institute, a member of the Esalen Center for Theory and Research, and was a participant in the Synthesis Dialogues, a 35-person interdisciplinary think tank presided over by HH the Dalai Lama. His celebrated conversations with other luminaries are regularly heard by New Dimensions Radio’s seven million listeners, and form the basis of the acclaimed webinar series, “The Great Integral Awakening: Pioneering A New Spiritual Path,” and "Awakening the Impulse to Evolve: The Birth of Evolutionary Spirituality." A contributor to Shift magazine and co-author of IONS’ 2008 Shift Report, he is also co-writer of the forthcoming documentary film THE SHIFT. Craig lives with his wife, Claire Zammit, in Berkeley, California. www.IntegralEnlightenment.com

Kathy Hearn
Rev. Dr. Kathy Hearn is the Community Spiritual Leader/President of United Church of Religious Science/United Centers for Spiritual Living, an international organization with 200 communities and ministries and publisher of Science of Mind magazine. She founded Pacific Church of Religious Science in San Diego and served as Senior Minister for 15 years. She is actively engaged in the development and evolution of spiritual organization to expand spiritual living through personal, collective and global transformation. She writes a monthly column for Science of Mind magazine and is an instructor for Holmes Institute School of Consciousness Studies. As a member of the Leadership Council for the Association for Global New Thought, Dr. Kathy traveled to the Middle East as AGNT's representative and sole female religious leader for Harvard's Abraham Path Initiative, November 2006. She led an Abraham Path Initiative group tour to Turkey and Syria in October/November of 2008. In 1999 she attended the Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala, India. She presented at the 2004 Parliament of the World's Religions in Barcelona, Spain and the 2009 Parliament in Melbourne, Australia. www.revkathy.com

Brian Hilliard
Brian Hilliard spent his first twenty years in business developing, managing, and investing in commercial real estate, telecommunications, publishing, film and music entertainment properties. For the past fifteen years, his primary focus has been on various humanitarian projects as well as assisting non-profit organizations in the areas of fund raising, business consulting, and hands-on participation. He also has a for profit company he runs with his wife, Arielle Ford. That company (Dharma Teamworks) represents established authors, primarily in the Human Potential and Personal Development fields, who are building their platforms in publishing and other multi-media industries. Coinciding with the above-mentioned activities, Mr. Hilliard’s lifelong work, commitment and passion over a thirty-year period has been working at all levels with the homeless in this country.

Jean Houston
Dr. Jean Houston is a scholar and researcher in human capacities and for the past 40 years has co-directed, with her husband Dr. Robert Masters, the Foundation for Mind Research, first in New York City, and more recently in Ashland, Oregon. Their work has focused on the understanding of latent human abilities. She is the founder of a program of cross-cultural mythic and spiritual studies—dedicated to empowering change agents and people around the world by teaching history, philosophy, the new physics, psychology, anthropology, myth, and the many dimensions of our human potential. She is also the founder of training programs in social artistry which enables leaders to extend their own development so as to more adequately deal with the social challenges of today’s world.

Her specialty is in the development and application of multiple methods of increasing physical and mental skills, learning and creativity. She has presented the results of her work and studies in some 26 books, as well as in person through speeches and conferences at educational institutions and business organizations in over 100 countries. She is often invited to work personally with leaders of such groups, as well as heads of governmental and non-governmental agencies, to assist them in rethinking their goals and agendas.

Presently, as a Senior Consultant to the United Nations in Human Development she and her team have been training leaders in many developing countries in developing their own human capacities in the light of social change. Dr. Houston’s ability to inspire and invigorate people enables her to convey her vision of the finest possible achievement of individual potential and share the excitement of that possibility with her audiences and students all over the world.

Additionally, she and her associates have created the International Institute for Social Artistry which is implementing training programs in social artistry in many countries but also have created a Masters program in Leadership and Social Artistry. A new eponymous foundation has recently been formed with the directive to train thousands of trainers in the methods of social artistry who, in turn, will train millions of people the world over. www.jeanhouston.com

 

Barbara Marx Hubbard

Barbara Marx Hubbard is President of The Foundation for Conscious Evolution. A speaker, social innovator and author of five books, Barbara is an evolutionary educator, communicating the new worldview of conscious evolution.

She is the producer and narrator of the award-winning documentary series, Humanity Ascending: A New Way through Together. Part One: Our Story, is now translated into seven languages, and in Part Two: Visions of a Universal Humanity, she brings together some of the finest minds of our time, presenting us with positive, future scenarios for humanity based on the latest scientific, social and spiritual realities.

She is developing a new educational program: The Sacred Way of Conscious Evolution: A Critical Developmental Path with a design team formed by Rivers Edge, Sisters of St Joseph. Her educational program Gateway to Conscious Evolution is a global educational curriculum enrolling participants in the developmental path toward the next stage of human evolution.

She produced 25 SYNCON conferences to bring opposing groups together in the light of the potential of the whole system, and is now reviving the SYNCON process and the Wheel of Cocreation.

Her name was placed in nomination for the vice-presidency of the United States on the Democratic ticket in 1984 proposing a Peace Room in the office of the vice presidency to scan for, map, connect and communicate what is working in America and the world. She is currently working to develop the Peace Room concept into an operating internet platform called The Synergy Engine.

She remains a leader on the growing edge of the women’s movement, supporting the emergence of the Evolutionary Woman, the Feminine Cocreator, who is calling for the next level of creativity and partnership between women and men to guide our world through our current challenges and opportunities. www.BarbaraMarxHubbard.com

Van Jones
Van Jones is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress focusing on “green-collar jobs” and how cities are implementing job-creating climate solutions. Van Jones is a globally recognized, award-winning pioneer in human rights and the clean energy economy. He is a co-founder of three successful nonprofit organizations: the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and Green For All. He is also the best-selling author of the definitive book on green jobs, The Green Collar Economy.

Jones served as the green jobs advisor in the Obama White House in 2009 and is currently a senior policy advisor at Green For All. He also holds a joint appointment at Princeton University as a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Ervin Laszlo
Dr. Laszlo has authored or edited more than 70 books, which have been translated into as many as nineteen languages, and has published in excess of four hundred articles and research papers, including six volumes of piano recordings.

He is generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory, and serves as the founder-director of the General Evolution Research Group and as past president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. He is also the recipient of the highest degree in philosophy and human sciences from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, as well as of the coveted Artist Diploma of the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest. Additional prizes and awards include four honorary doctorates.

His appointments have included research grants at Yale and Princeton Universities, professorships for philosophy, systems sciences, and future sciences at the Universities of Houston, Portland State, and Indiana, as well as Northwestern University and the State University of New York. His career also included guest professorships at various universities in Europe and the Far East. In addition, he worked as program director for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). In 1999, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Canadian International Institute of Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics.

For many years he has served as president of the Club of Budapest and head of the General Evolution Research Group, which he founded. He is an advisor to the UNESCO Director General, ambassador of the International Delphic Council, member of both the International Academy of Science, World Academy of Arts and Science, and the International Academy of Philosophy. He was also former president of the International Society for Systems Sciences. www.clubofbudapest.org

Bruce Lipton
Bruce H. Lipton, Ph.D., scientist, lecturer and bestselling author, formerly served as Associate Professor of Anatomy in the School of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin (Madison, 1973-1982), participating in the medical curriculum as a lecturer in Cell Biology, Histology and Embryology. His laboratory research on muscular dystrophy focused on the behavior and cell biology of cloned human stem cells. Subsequently, Dr. Lipton served as a Research Fellow in the Departments of Pathology and Dermatology at Stanford University’s School of Medicine (1987-1992). Stanford research on the human immune system yielded insight into the molecular basis of how perceptions (beliefs) control biological expression.

Bruce left formal academia in 1992 and has since become an internationally recognized authority in bridging science and spirit. His book, The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness Matter and Miracles, an LA Times Bestseller, won Best Science Book of the Year by USA Book News in 2006 and Indie Awards Best Health Book of the year in 2007. Bruce’s new book, Spontaneous Evolution: Our Positive Future (And A Way To Get There From Here), with co-author Steve Bhaerman, was released in September 2009. He has been a guest speaker on numerous radio and television programs, and a sought after keynote presenter for national organizations. To learn more of Dr. Lipton, visit www.brucelipton.com.

Howard Martin
Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, HeartMath LLC

Author, Business Executive, Speaker, Trainer and Musician

Howard Martin is one of the original leaders who helped Doc Childre found HeartMath. In 1999 he co-authored The HeartMath Solution published by HarperSanFrancisco and he has been with HeartMath’s world-wide training and consulting team since its inception in 1991. In 2000 he authored The HeartMath Method, an audio learning program published by Nightingale Conant. He is also the producer of two award winning musical recordings including Doc Childre’s Heart Zones which spent 50 consecutive weeks on Billboard Magazine’s music charts.

During his career with HeartMath, he has been instrumental in business development and in delivering HeartMath’s practical, yet dynamic, programs to thousands of participants world-wide. Because of his universal appeal, he has conducted training programs and keynote presentations in Fortune 100 companies, government agencies, all four branches of the U.S. military, school systems, ecumenical organizations and through publicly promoted events in over 50 cities on four continents. www.heartmath.com

In 2008 he played a key role in launching the Global Coherence Initiative and serves as a Steering Committee member for this science based project created to unite many thousands of people in heart-focused care and intention to shift global consciousness. GCI is also providing advanced scientific research on “earth energetics” and the relationship between humanity and the earth’s energetic fields.

Prior to his employment with HeartMath Howard had a successful career as a musician followed by a business a financial consulting career as an Account Executive with E.F. Hutton and as Vice President of Capital Funding.

Howard is a key HeartMath spokesperson, conducting approximately 75 media interviews and webinars annually. He speaks internationally on developing new intelligence needed to navigate life during changing times.

Judy Martin
Emmy-award winning broadcast journalist, Judy Martin, walks between two worlds. For two decades, she’s been on the front lines covering social concerns, business news and Work/Life culture - while emerging as a writer and speaker on personal transformation, social consciousness and the value of human capital.

Judy spent nearly four years as a New York City Business Correspondent for America Public Media’s Marketplace Morning Report. At Marketplace she reported live from Ground Zero and the New York Stock Exchange the day it reopened after the events of 9/11. In those tenuous years, she also covered the upheaval in the corporate arena and the global markets.

Judy's work has been heard on CNBC Business Radio, NPR, The Marketplace Report, BBC Radio 3, and the World Vision Report. She also continues to anchor for the News 12 TV Networks where she has been the recipient of numerous awards including: New York Emmy, Telly Award, Associated Press Club Award, National Press Foundation Economic Fellowship, Silver Angel Excellence in Media Award, and numerous Long Island Press Club Awards. Judy’s blog, Work/LifeMonitor.com covers breaking news on work/life culture. She is the creator of the Work/LifeMinute™, and the radio series Work/Life Nation. Judy sits on the board of the Source of Synergy Foundation which works toward raising social consciousness of global challenges. JudyMartinSpeaks.com, WorkLifeMonitor.com

Fred Matser
Fred Matser is a humanitarian and philanthropist who has made it his life’s work to contribute towards creating a more functional society by means of inspiration and empowerment. Formerly CEO of one of the largest real estate and project development companies in the Netherlands in the 1980’s, he has since then devoted himself to initiating and co-creating numerous inspiring and influential foundations and projects.

These have encompassed the fields of healthcare, environment, conservation, peace and global transformation and have taken place in both his native Netherlands and across the world. They include: the Child Alive programme for the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Peace Flame, Foundation for Environmental Awareness and Fred Foundation (www.fredfoundation.org). Fred has also participated in several major events for global transformation including the State of the World Forum and the Commission on Globalisation.

Most recently Fred has headed up the Malaria No More! (Netherlands) Initiative (www.malarianomore.nl) and is now expanding his StartFund initiative more globally (www.startfundglobal.org).

Fred has received several awards for his humanitarian work including the first International Caring Award (USA, 1992) and the Van Emden Award (Netherlands, 1995). He has also been awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Creation Spirituality (USA, 1999).

Fred is author of the book, Rediscover Your Heart: 7 Keys to Personal and Planetary Transformation (Findhorn Press, 2008) which has a foreword by Mikhail Gorbachev and an afterword by Dr Deepak Chopra and contributions from a host of luminaries including Dr Jane Goodall, Dr Patch Adams, Prof. Ervin Laszlo and Dr. Jerry Jampolsky. The book has also been published in Dutch and Spanish and led him to establish the Rediscover Your Heart Awards (www.RediscoverYourHeart.org).

Fred is married and has three daughters from his first marriage and a step-daughter from his second. He lives in the Netherlands.

Rod McGrew
Rod McGrew is Co-Vice President and a board member of the Source of Synergy Foundation (SOSF).  Rod has been ever evolving on the spiritual path to enlightenment since childhood.  As a young adult, he attended what was then the Maharishi International University in Los Angeles, where he studied transcendental meditation and the seven levels of consciousness in life and existence.  Rod continued his spiritual studies and development through adulthood, first with Swami Muktananda through the practice and teachings of Siddha Yoga and later Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan of the Sikh community.

Rod has personified the concept of “Spirit in Business” through his company, Love & Happiness Productions.  He was responsible for creating KJLH (Kindness, Joy, Love and Happiness) FM in LA, where he was a radio personality, program director, and VP/General Manager. Subsequently, he transitioned into the music industry and became President of a CBS Records custom label, Unlimited Gold Records, and went on to become superstar manager to Stevie Wonder and Barry White. 

Rod currently plays an integral role in Operation Hope, a Financial Literacy and Economic Empowerment Organization that birthed the new Silver Rights Movement, which focuses on educating underserved communities worldwide.  He currently holds the titles of Chief Communications Strategist, Special Senior Advisor to Office of the Chairman and Co-Chairman of the Southwestern Board and has been recently appointed to serve on the National Board of Directors, as well as Chief Consultant for HOPE Advisors.

Rod has also served as participant and co-facilitator in "Call of the Time Dialogues" and "Voices and Images of Hope" sponsored by the Brahma Kumaris, a prominent consultative NGO with the United Nations.  Rod is also involved in the development of various new technologies that are designed to improve the quality of life for all of humanity, including wellness technology and the music industry. To that end, he is a principal owner, managing director and board member of Skky Incorporated.

Steve McIntosh
Steve McIntosh is a leader in the integral philosophy movement and author of the acclaimed book: Integral Consciousness and the Future of Evolution (Paragon House 2007). He is an original member of the Integral Institute think tank, and has taught integral philosophy to a wide variety of audiences. EnlightenNext Magazine has referred to him as “integral thinker par excellence.” Integral philosophy provides an enlarged understanding of the evolution of consciousness and culture, leading to realistic and pragmatic solutions to our growing global problems, both environmental and political. Integral philosophy affirms the values and goals of progressive spiritual culture, but also seeks to “transcend and include” the postmodern worldview of the “cultural creatives” through an expanded appreciation of the internal cultural ecosystem through which consciousness evolves.

An honors graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and the University of Southern California Business School, Steve is also founder and president of Now & Zen, Inc., an international manufacturing company marketing “natural lifestyle products” which he has invented, including the famous Zen Alarm Clock. Steve is a long-time participant in progressive spiritual culture, has traveled extensively throughout the world, and has had a variety of successful careers, practicing law with one of the nation's biggest firms, and working as an executive with Celestial Seasonings tea company. He lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife and two sons. For more on Steve's work, visit: www.stevemcintosh.com

Lynne McTaggart
Lynne McTaggart is one of the preeminent spokespersons on consciousness, the new physics and the science of spirituality.

She is the award-winning journalist and author of five books, including the worldwide bestsellers The Intention Experiment and The Field, both considered seminal books of the New Age. Wayne Dyer called The Field “the most profound and enlightening book I have ever read.” Other plaudits have come from the late Arthur C. Clarke, Caroline Myss and some forty leaders in the field of science, consciousness and spirituality.

Lynne is editor of the Living The Field master class (www.livingthefield.com) and runs highly popular conferences and workshops (www.theintentionworkshops.com), designed to help people adapt the ideas of the new scientific paradigm into their everyday lives.

As co-founder and editorial director of What Doctors Don’t Tell You (www.wddty.com), she publishes newsletters that are among the most widely praised in the world.

Lynne has spoken before many diverse audiences around the world and is regular on television and radio in many countries. She lives in London with her husband and business partner Bryan Hubbard and their two daughters.

Current projects:

Lynne is the architect of the Intention Experiments, a web -based ‘global laboratory’, involving an international consortium of prestigious scientists and thousands of people in countries around the world to test the power of intention to heal the world (www.theintentionexperiment.com).

The study has conducted periodic large-scale experiments to determine whether the focused intention of her readers has an effect on scientifically quantifiable targets in various laboratories around the globe.

These studies, in effect, constitute the largest mind-over-matter experiments in history.

Recently Lynne has been in discussion with philanthropic organizations, such as the Association for Global New Thought and the Unity church, to participate in a series of Peace Intention Experiments. It is planned that these experiments would test the power of group intention to lower violence in number of areas around the world noted for high levels of violence.

Nipun Mehta
Nipun Mehta is the founder of CharityFocus.org, a fully volunteer-run organization that has delivered millions of dollars of web-related services to the nonprofit world for free. The recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the President's Volunteer Service Award, his work creatively leverages web technologies for collaborative and transformational giving, lending him insight into service, leadership, organizational design, and spirituality. He serves on the advisory boards of the Seva Foundation, Dalai Lama Foundation, and Airline Ambassadors.

Nipun's high-school goal was to either become a tennis-pro or a Himalayan Yogi. However, by the third year of his Computer Science and Philosophy degree at UC Berkeley, he started his software career at Sun Microsystems. Dissatisfied by the dot-com greed of the late 90s, Nipun went to a homeless shelter with three friends to "give with absolutely no agendas." They ended up creating a website, and also an organization named CharityFocus. Today, CharityFocus's 285 thousand members incubate compassionate action in a multitude of ways and its inspiration portals get 100 million hits a year. In 2001, at the age of 25, Nipun quit his job to become a "full time volunteer." He didn't have a plan of survival beyond six months, but so far, so good.

In January 2005, Nipun and Guri, his wife of six months, dropped everything to embark on an open-ended, unscripted walking pilgrimage in India to "use our hands to do random acts of kindness, use our heads to profile inspiring people, and use our hearts to cultivate truth." Living on dollar a day, eating wherever food is offered, sleeping wherever a flat surface is found, the couple walked 1000 kilometers before ending up at a monastery where they meditated for three months. Today, both Nipun and Guri live in Berkeley, do small acts of service with great love, and run CharityFocus.

Nipun's mission statement in life reads: "Bring smiles in the world and stillness in my heart."

More: http://nipun.charityfocus.org

Nina Meyerhof
Nina Lynn Meyerhof, Ed.D., President and Founder of Children of the Earth, has made a life of advocating for children and youth. The co-author of Conscious Education:The Bridge to Freedom, she is recognized as an innovative educator committed to global responsibility through authentic learning. Nina has received many awards for her work from The Mother Theresa Award to the Citizens Department of Peace Award to The International Educators Award for Peace.

Nina moves around the world assembling adults and young people to focus on the potentials of bringing ethical living skills into world consciousness. Her focus is on the realization that peace must come from recognizing our spiritual unity. Her programs house the youth movement for spirituality in action for peace building. The World Spirit Youth Council (WSYC) is a global movement that is youth driven focusing on spiritual activation. The WSYC project supports regional worldwide YOUTH Hubs in Thailand, Nepal, Japan, Canada, Africa, Switzerland and more. These projects are carried out in the pursuit of building a world of unity with the awareness that peace can only begin from inner understanding that we are a global family.

Nina also advocates for young people to go beyond cultural, ethnic and religious differences and strive for altruistic ethics for building peace. Some of these results include establishing Spiritual Chapters such as the first Children’s Peace Center in Ghana, rebuilding of a classroom for a school in Nepal, teaching the making of bead bracelets for refugee children to sell in the US, youth group work on the Niger Delta, to the Teddy Bear project bringing hundreds of bears to war torn areas.

Nina is a totally passionate committed world peacemaker and world server. www.children-of-the-earth.org

Deborah Moldow
Deborah Moldow is the Representative to the United Nations of the World Peace Prayer Society, an international nonprofit organization promoting the prayer "May Peace Prevail on Earth." She has led Peace Pole dedications and World Peace Prayer Ceremonies with the flags of all nations around the world. See www.worldpeace.org.

At the United Nations, Deborah chaired the Values Caucus for five years and now co-chairs the International Day of Peace NGO Committee, serves on the bureau of the Committee of Religious NGOs, and facilitates the United Religions Initiative cooperation circle at the UN (www.uri-un.org). She led a Young Leaders Initiative for Friends of the UN, and pioneered a project to create and network Campus Peace Centers (www.campuspeacecenters.net). She is a 2009 recipient of the Spirit of the United Nations Award.

Deborah’s extensive work with the United Religions Initiative has included serving as an elected Trustee and Vice Chair of the URI Global Council, developing a pilot project for multifaith microcredit in three countries as well as the Interfaith Cooperation and Resource Exchange (ICARE), and co-founding a local URI cooperation circle, Unity Made Visible, in Westchester, NY. She also serves as a Board Member and Treasurer of the Source of Synergy Foundation, which brings visionary leaders in the movement of awakening consciousness together in retreats and journeys.

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, Deborah had an extensive early career in theatre, film and television that included leading roles in classic musicals. Rev. Deborah is an ordained Interfaith Minister. More information is at www.revdeborah.com.

James O’Dea
James is currently Co-Director of The Social Healing Project funded by the Kalliopeia Foundation. He is a member of the extended faculty of The Institute of Noetic Sciences and its immediate past President. He was Executive Director of The Seva Foundation, an international health and development organization and, for ten years, was the Washington Office Director of Amnesty International. The Social Healing Project, assessing the convergence of societal healing initiatives around the world, is also collaborating with Intersections International in New York to convene frontier multidisciplinary dialogues on this theme. He is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders group and lectures widely on emerging worldviews, and integral approaches to social transformation. In 2010 he will be the keynote speaker at several conferences exploring the interface of science, consciousness, and societal healing.

He is committed to dialogue as a practice and is engaged in dialogues at SEED Graduate Institute between native elders, physicists, and thought leaders; between Israeli and Palestinian psychologists and social workers, and contributes to dialogue on systems thinking and government policy making with the DC based Global Systems Initiatives. He has been a part of dialogue initiated with the Obama Administration on systems work and policy making. He and Dr. Judith Thompson co-led a series of international dialogues called Compassion and Social Healing. His book Creative Stress: A Path For Evolving Souls Living Through Personal and Planetary Upheaval (April 2010) is highly praised and featured in Kosmos Journal, Spirituality and Health magazine and dozens of other media outlets. James is also a member of the Board of Directors of The Temple of the Universe in Florida. www.jamesodea.com

Carter Phipps
Carter Phipps is executive editor of EnlightenNext magazine. In his eight years with EnlightenNext (formerly What Is Enlightenment?), he has been responsible for some of its most in-depth investigative features, including the acclaimed “Is God A Pacifist?”, a philosophical analysis of war, peace, and non-violence, and the “The Real Evolution Debate,” a spiritual and scientific analysis of evolutionary worldviews. www.enlightennext.org

Phipps is a speaker and educator and has presented on various themes covered in EnlightenNext around the world. He represented the magazine at the invitation-only assembly of religious leaders at Montserrat, Spain, convened by the 2004 Parliament of the World's Religions. Phipps has also led workshops and seminars exploring leading edge ideas in the new fields of collective intelligence and evolutionary spirituality.

Phipps received his BA in Business Economics from the University of Oklahoma, and worked as a computer engineer for a number of years. He currently lives with his wife in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts where he practices the Evolutionary Enlightenment teachings of Andrew Cohen.

Carolyn Rangel
Carolyn Rangel has worked with Deepak Chopra for over a decade. Her prior corporate background includes Ernst and Young, Nestle, American Medical International, Josten’s Learning, and Anthony Robbins.  She is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles. Her philanthropic efforts include the Chopra Foundation, Tijuana Emmanual Orphanage, Southern California Roadrunners - San Diego, and the Alliance for the New Humanity.

Ocean Robbins
Ocean Robbins is founder and co-director of YES! — “Young Leaders Connect, Inspire and Collaborate,” which he founded in 1990, at age 16. Ocean has spoken in person to more than 200,000 people and facilitated dozens of gatherings for young leaders from more than 65 nations. Ocean is author of Choices for Our Future and of The Power of Partnership, and has served as a board member for Friends of the Earth, EarthSave International, Omni Center, and many other organizations. He is a founding member of The Turning Tide Coalition, co-founder of the Leveraging Privilege for Social Change program, and founding co-convener of Leverage Alliance. He is a graduate of The Work That Reconnects facilitation intensive with Joanna Macy, and a certified facilitator of Essential Peacemaking: Women and Men.

Ocean's on-going efforts on behalf of a better world have been honored by many organizations, including the Giraffe Project (for people who stick their necks out for what they believe), the National Alliance for Animals (The Compassionate Youth Award), E Magazine (The Kid Heroes Hall of Fame), and EarthSave (Volunteer of the Year Award). Utne Reader recognized him as one of 30 “Young Visionaries” under 30, and both Time and Audubon magazines chose him as being among the heroes of the new millennium. He is a 2008 recipient of the Freedom’s Flame Award, and of the national Jefferson Award for Outstanding Public Service by an Individual 35 Years Or Younger.

Ocean lives happily in the mountains of Santa Cruz, California, with his beloved wife Michele, and their twin boys. They live 100 yards from Ocean’s parents, Deo and John Robbins (author of the international bestseller Diet for a New America and founder of EarthSave). For more information about Ocean’s life and work, go to www.oceanrobbins.com.

Rustum Roy
Newsweek has accurately described Rustum Roy as “the leading contrarian” among U.S. scientists. The U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Science, Technology, and Research gave him its only standing ovation in 16 years after one of his recent testimonies. Rustum Roy is the only practicing prominent American scientist who has studied and written critically about U.S. science policy from the inside. His criticisms of U.S. policy, regarded as far out a decade ago, are now called 'prescient'. He calls himself a citizen-scientist trying to be a whole person.

Rustum Roy, on The Pennsylvania State University's faculty for sixty years, is among the two or three leading materials scientists in the U.S. Author of over 1000 papers with major contributions to real science from inventing the sol-gel process to glass ceramics to diamond films and nanocomposites and microwave and laser processing of materials. He is the senior-most member in the U.S. National Academy of Engineering specializing in (ceramic) materials--today one of the hottest fields in science. He has also been elected as a foreign member of the Swedish, Japanese, Indian, and Russian National Academies, and 'knighted' by the Emperor of Japan.

When the history of postwar American higher education is written, Rustum Roy will be remembered as the most effective champion of interdisciplinarity and integrative learning. In materials science and engineering, the prototype of interdisciplinarity in the science disciplines, Roy not only established working models locally in both degree programs and research laboratories and led them to national prominence, but he led the campaign in the U.S. and abroad to institutionalize 'materials' as a permanent part of academia. His conferences, workshops, and committees all helped, but the establishment of a new professional society - the Materials Research Society - of which he was the principal architect, proved to be the most effective strategy.

A decade later, Roy launched a similar campaign, again starting locally, to institutionalize formally the bridge in American education across the widening chasm of C.P. Snow's 'Two Cultures'. He became the prime mover in the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) movement, which, between 1970 and 1990, had established itself on 100 university campuses and had a foothold in 2000 colleges and has successfully infiltrated into the K-12 system.

Rustum Roy, a lifelong dedicated radical Christian, was also intensely involved in reforming religious institutions, locally, nationally, and worldwide. The direction was always towards greater inclusively. He helped start the Sycamore Community, one of the oldest ecumenical house churches in the country, and was for 30 years on the board of the pioneering national ecumenical retreat center, Kirkridge. Since giving the prestigious Hibbert lectures in London, incorporating the insights of science and technology into the world's religions, he has become a spokesman for a “radical pluralist” integration among the world's religions and cultures.

What is most interesting about Rustum Roy is the breadth, not only of his interests, but his activities and achievements in each field. Perhaps the best way to gauge this breadth is to note the subjects of his well-known books (outside his science); science policy; sexual ethics; radioactive waste management; liturgies for small groups. He is as equally at home among the world's leading theologians, clergy, artists, and healing 'gurus' as he is among scientists/engineers from industry or academe, and among social reformers or activists in entrepreneurial business innovation.

Peter Russell
Peter Russell. M.A., D.C.S., is the author of ten books and producer of two award winning videos. His work integrates Eastern and Western understandings of the mind, exploring their relevance to the world today and to humanity's future. 

He has degrees in theoretical physics, experimental psychology, and computer science from the University of Cambridge, England. In India, he studied meditation and Eastern philosophy, and on his return took up research into the psychophysiology of meditation at the University of Bristol.

He was one of the first people to introduce human potential seminars into the corporate field, and for twenty years worked with major corporations on creativity, learning methods, stress management and personal development. His principal interest is the inner challenges of the times we are passing through. His books include The Global Brain, Waking Up in Time, and most recently From Science to God.

Current Work

I am currently working on two new books. One on letting go, which brings together the various insights and discoveries from my own meditation work. It proposes that letting go is not something you do, but you can learn how to let it happen in just about any area of life.

The second book presents a view of the cosmos in which consciousness is fundamental—and the ultimate source of what we perceive as space, time, and matter. Many have proposed this point of view from metaphysical perspectives, but I am arguing for this from conclusions in contemporary science, showing how they point to the very same picture.

In recent years, I have developed various fine-tunings to meditation practice which allow one to let go into profound stillness more easily, and am beginning to teach these in my workshops and retreats with very encouraging results.

I am also working on a complete remake of my video The Global Brain. www.peterrussell.com

Elisabet Sahtouris
Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris is an evolution biologist, futurist, author and speaker. With a post-doc at the American Museum of Natural History, she taught at MIT and the University of Massachusetts, contributed to the NOVA-Horizon TV series, is a fellow of the World Business Academy and a member of the World Wisdom Council. Her venues include The World Bank, UN, Boeing, Siemens, Hewlett-Packard, S. African Rand Bank, Caux Round Table, Tokyo International Forum, Australian, New Zealand and Netherlands Governments, Sao Paulo business schools and State of the World Forums. Author of EarthDance: Living Systems in Evolution; A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us; and Biology Revisioned with Willis Harman. www.sahtouris.com

Yuka Saionji
Yuka Saionji is Deputy Chairperson of Byakko Shinko Kai, spiritual organization dedicated to world peace and raising the consciousness of humanity that originated in Japan over fifty years ago. www.byakko.org It was founded by Yuka’s grandfather, Masahisa Goi, who advocated the universal peace prayer, “May Peace Prevail on Earth.” Byakko teaches the divinity of all humanity, and hosts interfaith events such as the “Symphony of Peace Prayers,” where leaders from different religions are invited to lead us in their peace prayer while more than 10,000 people pray together in harmony with each and every prayer. Yuka also works with the sister organization of Byakko, the Goi Peace Foundation. www.goipeace.or.jp

Yuka was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan but also lived in the United States and Germany during her childhood years. She has a degree in law from Gakushuin University in Japan. She has a published book in Japan called The Notebook of the Heart, which was introduced in the newspapers. Yuka works with youth around the world on projects for peace. She is also involved in the World Spirit Youth Council, which is a movement to activate spirituality among young people from many countries.

Gerard Senehi
Gerard Senehi is a founding member of EnlightenNext, an educational nonprofit foundation and cultural/spiritual movement that is defining the contours of a new human consciousness and culture through the perspective of Evolutionary Enlightenment. Gerard is also one of the world’s most respected mentalists and psychic entertainers, and utilizes his unusual captivating skill to provoke deeper questions, to gently challenge fixed ways of thinking, and to open up conversations that bring attention to our collective future and what’s possible. He is a 22-year practitioner of Evolutionary Enlightenment, under the guidance of EnlightenNext founder, Andrew Cohen; and is inspired and active in applying a worldview that includes evolution and enlightenment to cultural issues. In that capacity he is involved in the following projects and initiatives which aim to reflect the higher potentials of an evolutionary worldview:

• Creating a collaborative white paper on Evolutionary Philanthropy to help bring light to the relationship between a new evolutionary perspective and the transformative power it has to how we approach philanthropy.

• Working with Amherst College on the creation of a forum to engage students with questions about their beliefs, values, and purpose. This forum aims to enhance students’ ability to pursue deeper meaning as they begin making choices that will set the trajectory of their future lives.

• Working on a book on the relationship between the psychic world and the spiritual world and the implications for our future and development.

• Serving on the board of the Source of Synergy Foundation.

• Working with a team of EnlightenNext members to create a forum that will support Evolutionaries world-wide to uncover and more clearly define the new ways of acting and creating change that become possible from an evolutionary perspective.

• Co-founder, Coalition for OneVoice—a collaborative of New York area thought-leaders who are exploring the potential efficacy of a more unified approach to change. www.gerardsenehi.com

Christian Sorensen
Reverend Christian Sorensen, D.D. is the Spiritual Leader of the Seaside Center for Spiritual Living in Encinitas California. www.seasidecenter.com He was the last appointed President of the worldwide United Church of Religious Science and their first elected Community Spiritual Leader. He is the Director of the nationally accredited Master’s Degree program of the San Diego campus of the Holmes Institute of Consciousness Studies, with satellite campuses in Los Angeles and Seattle.

As a member of the Leadership Council for the Association for Global New Thought, Sorensen has been involved with The Season for Peace and Nonviolence Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet and other global outreach projects. Committed to using technology to raise consciousness, his inspirational and dynamic spiritual messages are podcast and viewed by thousands worldwide weekly. Dr. Christian is the author of Catch the Sprit - Riding the Waves of Life, its sequel, Catch the Spirit - Flying Through Life, Free Your Own Tibet, Good Cents, The Book of Prayers, and his most recent release, Soar, Flying above Turbulent Times.

Together with his wife, Kalli Holmes-Sorensen, they share an altruistic vision and dedication to the spiritual growth of children, co-founding Seaside Wisdom for Life Elementary School, one of the first based on universal spiritual principles found in Religious Science within an interactive learning curriculum.

Emily Squires
Emily Squires is a television director and writer. She has won 6 Emmys for directing Sesame Street, and a Writers Guild Award for Daytime Series (Guiding Light). Recently, she has produced documentaries on artist/philosopher Frederick Franck The Art of Being Human (Cine Golden Eagle, PBS) and Five Masters of Meditation (Hartley Films). She is on the Board of Friends of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, The Source of Synergy Foundation, and on the steering committee of The Coalition for OneVoice. An update of their book Spiritual Places In and Around New York City by Emily and her husband Len Belzer came out in June 2008.

Brian Swimme
The simplest ways of describing what I do is to tell you about a moment living in New York, studying with the cultural historian Thomas Berry.  We were at the Broadway Diner drinking coffee and he said, "You scientists have this great story of the universe but you can't hear the music.  That's where the spiritual traditions come in.  Tell the new story but tell it with a feeling for the universe's music."  That was 25 years ago and that's pretty much what I've been trying to do with my life.  Mostly this consists of teaching courses in "evolutionary cosmology" to graduate students in the humanities at the California Institute of Integral Studies, located in San Francisco.  www.brianswimme.org

Katherine Woodward Thomas
Katherine Woodward Thomas is the national bestselling author of Calling in “The One,” a transformative educator, licensed psychotherapist and the co-creator and co-leader, along with teaching partner, Claire Zammit of the Feminine Power transformative courses and the Feminine Power Global Community, a thriving learning community serving women worldwide. Katherine is a creative and inspired transformative educator with nearly 20 years experience designing and facilitating seminars and programs that support the emergence of life-altering shifts in consciousness, both individually and collectively.

Katherine possesses a deep commitment to personal and planetary transformation that began with her own spiritual awakening at the age of 14, when she whole heartedly devoted herself to the evolution of love in the world. For the past five years, since the release of her first book, she has worked with thousands of students throughout the world who have actively participated in the live and virtual transformative learning community she has co-created with Claire.

Katherine also both co-created and co-facilitates the highly acclaimed Women on the Edge of Evolution teleseries, which has become an international phenomenon, gathering close to 50,000 women weekly to engage the biggest questions facing women today regarding our role in co-creating the future of our world, and featuring many of the world’s preeminent female luminaries, thinkers, artists and agents of change. She is also working on her forthcoming book, Feminine Power: Awakening to the Co-creative Force of Life (with foreword written by Michael Beckwith).

For more information, please see:

www.WomenOnTheEdgeOfEvolution.com

www.FemininePower.com

www.CallingInTheOne.com

www.KatherineWoodwardThomas.com

Lynne Twist
Lynne Twist - a global activist, fundraiser, speaker, consultant, and author — has dedicated her life to global initiatives that serve the best instincts in all of us. She has raised hundreds of millions of dollars and trained 35,000+ fundraisers to be more effective in their work.

Lynne has spent more than three decades working in positions of leadership with many global initiatives including: ending world hunger, protecting the world’s rainforests, empowering indigenous peoples, improving health, economic, and political conditions for women and children, advancing the scientific understanding of human consciousness, and creating a sustainable future for all life.

An original staff member of The Hunger Project, (http://www.thp.org) an organization started in 1977 to end world hunger, Lynne served as a leader of this global initiative for 20 years. During those years she created and managed the worldwide fundraising operation. The compelling stories and insights gained from her experiences inspire Lynne’s keynotes and workshops, and are the foundation for her award winning book, The Soul of Money.

Lynne founded the Soul of Money Institute to express her commitment to empowering people in finding peace and sufficiency in their relationship with money. She has reached tens of thousands of people through inspirational keynote addresses, workshops, and presentations at global conferences. Audiences for Lynne’s popular keynote addresses range from nonprofit organizations to wealth management firms such as Charles Schwab, Threshold Group, and Central Texas Estate Planning Council. Lynne has also spoken at numerous business schools, including Stanford Business School, MIT’s Sloan School of Management, the University of Washington, and the University of Calgary.

Another area of expertise is coaching individuals and families of high net worth in the US and internationally regarding socially responsible giving and strategic philanthropy.

Ms. Twist co-founded The Pachamama Alliance (www.pachamama.org) with her husband and is the co-creator of the FourYears.Go. global media campaign (www.fouryearsgo.org). Lynne is President of the Turning Tide Coalition and a member of the Transformational Leadership Council.

Diane Williams
Diane Williams is the Founder and President of The Source of Synergy Foundation (www.sourceofsynergyfoundation.org), an organization committed to consciously synergizing individuals, organizations and efforts by tapping into the infinite source of the collective potential to serve as a positive force for global transformation. She served as first Chairperson of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (CSVGC) (www.csvgc-ny.org) at the United Nations in New York. She also served as Co-Chair and Co-Founder of this committee at the United Nations in Geneva where it originated. She was the Co-Creator of the Sacred Place at the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development as well as one of the Co-Founders of the Coalition for One Voice. She also serves on a number of Global Councils of the World Commission on Global Consciousness and Spirituality and is a Senior Fellow at the Global Dialogue Institute. She serves as a consultant to the Tribal Link Foundation and the New York Open Center. Diane was formerly the Director of International and United Nations Affairs at the Interfaith Center of New York; International Consultant & UN Representative at the Temple of Understanding, Program Director of the Learning Alliance among other roles.

Recent Work

Diane currently serves in leadership roles on various United Nations NGO committees including on the Executive Council as Chairperson Emeritus of the NGO Committee on Spirituality, Values and Global Concerns (NY), Council of the Spiritual Caucus, and Co-Chair of the CSVGC-NY Spiritual Council for Global Challenges working group which strives to bring together members of the UN community interested in promoting more universal values, ethics and spirituality into United Nations policies, programs and decision making. She is currently putting a great deal of her time and energy into The Source of Synergy Foundation and its current two projects: journeys to bear witness to the effects of global warming and to awaken conscious global engagement and action around this global challenge, and the Evolutionary Leaders initiative co-convened with The Chopra Foundation and The Association for Global New Thought. Diane is the Administrative Director of the Evolutionary Leaders: In Service to Conscious Evolution.

Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson is an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer. She has published ten books, five of which -- including her newest The Age of Miracles: Embracing the New Midlife -- have been New York Times Bestsellers. Her first book, A Return to Love, spent 35 weeks in the #1 slot on the New York Times Bestsellers list and is considered a classic must-read of the new spirituality. Marianne's other books include Everyday Grace, A Woman's Worth, Illuminata, Healing the Soul of America, The Gift of Change and Emma and Mommy Talk to God.

Marianne hosts a daily Course in Miracles radio program on Oprah and Friends network XM radio 156. Marianne has been a popular guest on television programs such as Oprah, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Charlie Rose and The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch.

Marianne is a native of Houston, Texas. In 1989, she founded Project Angel Food, a meals-on-wheels program that serves homebound people with AIDS in the Los Angeles area. Today, Project Angel Food serves over 1,000 people daily. Marianne also co-founded The Peace Alliance, a grass roots campaign supporting legislation currently before Congress to establish a U. S. Department of Peace.

In December 2006, a NEWSWEEK magazine poll named Marianne Williamson one of the fifty most influential baby boomers. www.mariannewilliamson.com

Tom Zender
Tom Zender is President Emeritus of Unity, a trans-denominational spiritual movement to raise consciousness for peaceful living. During his leadership as President & CEO from 2001 to 2007 Unity expanded to serve over 3,000,000 people of all faiths worldwide. Earlier, Tom held management positions at General Electric, Honeywell and ITT, and was a senior vice president in NYSE and NASDAQ listed corporations.

His corporate board experience includes NASDAQ, Toronto Stock Exchange and Over-the-Counter listed corporations. Tom serves on the nonprofit boards of the Association for Global New Thought and the Evolutionary Leaders for the conscious evolution of humanity. He has been on the nonprofit boards for the Forum for Corporate Directors and Ottawa University. His economic peacemaking work includes Harvard University’s Abraham Path Initiative in the Middle East.

Tom writes and speaks about spirituality in business: raising corporate consciousness for business integrity, conscious commerce and economic peace. His book “God Goes to Work” is published by John Wiley & Sons. Tom’s website is at www.tomzender.com. He also provides free daily meditations for all people at work through his nonprofit Daily Windows website, www.dailywindows.org.