Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D. is co-founder and President of Strozzi Institute. A nationally known speaker and consultant on leadership and mastery, he has spent more than three decades researching, developing, and teaching the practical application of Somatics (the unity of language, action, and meaning) to business leaders and executive managers. Richard is the author of six books, including In Search of the Warrior Spirit, The Anatomy of Change, Holding the Center, The Mind/Body Interface, Aikido and the New Warrior, and most recently, The Leadership Dojo. His articles have appeared in Esquire, East West Journal, The Whole Earth Review, and numerous other publications. In October 2000, a Wall Street Journal cover story featured the groundbreaking leadership program developed by Richard for the United States Marine Corps.


Richard has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a sixth degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido. He also holds ranks in Judo, Jujitsu, and Capoeira. Richard has taught at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Sonoma State University, Esalen Institute, Lone Mountain College, Naropa Institute, and the University of Munich.



Larry Burback is an independent human resource development specialist. He has 25 years of experience in training programs focusing on health as it relates to performance, effective communication, and teambuilding.


Larry has worked with Fortune 100 companies in the United States, Canada, South America, Australia and Europe. He has led combined indoor/outdoor courses designed to develop peak performance in individuals and their organizations. He is also one of the founding fathers of Sportsmind Inc., a training and development company. Larry also helped develop and deliver a specialized team-building program for the United States Army and was involved in the Trojan Warrior and Marine Warrior projects.


Larry continues to compete in triathlons, having finished more than eighty, including twelve Ironman competitions and leads expeditions on the Inca Trail in Peru.



Maggie Weiss is a corporate consultant and executive coach, and co-owner of the Pacific Edge Institute. She is committed to people working joyously and powerfully together so that each person's unique contribution is fully expressed.


Maggie specializes in the areas of high-performance projects, incident and injury-free work, and organizational transformation in national and global corporations. In addition, she leads "Leadership for Results" programs for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as their response to the HIV / AIDS crisis in Mumbai, Northern and Southern Nigeria. She is well versed in coaching integral leadership in adaptive situations, and teaches coaching in both business and non-profit organizations.

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