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ABIGAIL LYNAM
Abigail Lynam is faculty for Pacific Integral’s Generating Transformative Change program and teaches Sustainability Leadership development at Cascadia College.  She has twenty years of experience in transformative learning and leadership development. Her doctorate is in adult development and social and ecological change leadership development. Abigail taught in a variety of contexts including graduate and undergraduate programs, online and intensive learning community-based programs, and internationally in India, Ethiopia, and Hong Kong. A primary passion of hers is supporting individual and collective evolution towards the reciprocal flourishing of all life.
ALEX RODRIGUEZ
Alex W. Rodriguez is a writer, improviser, trombonist and PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at UCLA, where his current research focuses on jazz clubs around the world and the creative improvised music communities that sustain them. Drawing from ethnographic case studies in three countries, this research informs his doctoral dissertation, “Making Jazz Space: Clubs and Creative Music Practice in California, Chile, and Siberia.” At UCLA, he co-founded the Omni-Musicality Group (OMG) with Dr. Loza, an intercultural improvisation ensemble in the Department of Ethnomusicology, and served as Assistant Director of the Jazz Orchestra. His writing has been published by Oxford University Press, academic journals Jazz Perspectives and Ethnomusicology Review, and various media outlets including NPR Music, The Newark Star-Ledger, and L.A. Weekly. He has been practicing meditation in the Shambhala Buddhist community since 2009.
ANDREW VENEZIA
Andrew discovered We Space as a Master’s student for an Integral Theory program and fell in love, conducting a two-year Integral Research Project on the question “What is We Space?” In the years since he has taken what he has learned from different inter-subjective modalities and various other wisdom and contemplative lineages and woven them into a practice that he calls “Dreaming.” The animating view of Dreaming is that what you are and the generativity that brings the world about are identical. Andrew has been using this approach in individual, coaching, group, and organizational contexts. He is a co-founder of Felicity Consulting, which brings states of joyful action into teams and businesses, and is particularly interested in facilitating group and organizational awareness and self-reflexivity. Andrew lives in Ghent, Belgium.
ANTHONY BRANKER
Dr. Anthony D.J. Branker recently retired from Princeton University where he was a member of the faculty for 27 years and held an endowed chair in jazz studies. He has also served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts, Hunter College (CUNY), Ursinus College, and the Estonian Academy of Music & Theatre as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar. As a researcher, Dr. Branker has pursued pedagogical directions inspired by the field of aesthetic education and has designed spaces of learning where students participate in undertakings that utilize collaborative-based improvisational activities that make use of freer approaches to music-making as a strategy to stimulate group interaction. His work has been shared at conferences of the International Society for Music Education, International Society for Improvised Music, Research in Music Education, International Symposium on Assessment in Music Education, and the College Music Society.
BILL TORBERT
With his BA and PhD from Yale, William R. Torbert taught at Southern Methodist University, Harvard, and Boston College, where he is now Professor Emeritus of leadership.  An award-winning teacher, international consultant, board member, and author of a dozen books, Bill currently serves as Principal of Action Inquiry Associates.  His publications include the national Alpha Sigma Nu award winning Managing the Corporate Dream (Dow Jones-Irwin, 1987), the Terry Award Finalist The Power of Balance: Transforming Self, Society, and Scientific Inquiry (Sage, 1991), and Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transforming Leadership (Berrett-Koehler, 2004). In 2013, he received the Center for Creative Leadership’s Lifetime Award for Applied Leadership Research, and, in 2014, the Chris Argyris Career Achievement Award for his work on Collaborative Developmental Action Inquiry, an inclusive paradigm for both social science and social action.  In 2016, he published, with Hilary Bradbury, Eros/Power: Love in the Spirit of Inquiry.
BOBBY RICKETTS
International Jazz Artist, Cultural & Arts Envoy of the United States Department of State, iconic former musical director for Nordic television, well-traveled seminar professional & mentor, creative consultant for global management, media, and communications. Founder & creative director of The Dar Jazz Event, initiator of The Band Doctor feat. Bobby Ricketts Music Seminars and True Impact* Seminars conducted across the African continent. Eight-time Fulbright-Hayes Grant Recipient. Yamaha Saxophone Artist, endorser of Roland Keyboards and DPA Microphones. Headlining artist plus live appearances with such names as Jocelyn Brown, Randy Crawford, Al Jarreau, Curtis Stigers, Toots Thielemanns, Fred Wesley, Roger Whitaker, Bonnie Tyler, Paul Young and many others.
ED SARATH
Ed Sarath is Professor of music in the Department in Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance and also director of the U-M Program in Creativity and Consciousness Studies. He divides his time between teaching, scholarship, performing, composing, recording, speaking, and spearheading leadership initiatives. He founded and serves as president of the International Society for Improvised Music (www.isimprov.org). His book Improvisation, Creativity, and Consciousness: Jazz as Integral Template for Music, Education, and Society (SUNY/Albany, 2013), is the first to apply to music principles of an emergent, consciousness-based worldview called Integral Theory to music.  He designed the BFA in Jazz and Contemplative Studies, the first degree program at a mainstream academic institution to include a significant meditation and consciousness studies component. His large ensemble jazz compositions are featured on his recording New Beginnings, played by the London Jazz Orchestra playing his large ensemble compositions and his solo flugelhorn work.
ELAINE HERDMAN
Elaine Herdman–Barker is Co-Founder & President of Global Leadership Associates and co-creator of the Global Leadership Profile. Elaine leads the Action Inquiry and Certification Workshops as well as the development of the GLP approach and the training of GLP assessors. She consults across multiple sectors, with a worldwide coaching practice and is dedicated to helping individuals liberate their talent for leadership. She, has for many years, been on the faculty at DeBaak Management Centrum in the Netherlands. She continues to be actively engaged in international research on how best to support high potential leaders, with Professor Bill Torbert & Professor Rob Bongaardt. Elaine’s most recent journal article, co authored with Nancy Wallis, is Imperfect Beauty: Hierarchy and Fluidity in Leadership Development (in Challenging Organisations and Society Reflective, 2016). Elaine may be reached through www.gla.global
ELIZABETH DEBOLD
Elizabeth Debold, Ed.D.: I call myself a “gender futurist”—gender and social change have been my focus for the past four decades. The first half of that time, I spent as a women’s rights activist and studied developmental psychology at Harvard University (with Dr. Carol Gilligan) to learn how our identities as women and men are formed. During my time at Harvard, I co-authored a bestselling book, Mother Daughter Revolution. The second half began with joining the spiritual community EnlightenNext where I went deeper into the foundations of self and relationship rooted in consciousness itself. I have come to realize that our gender identities are so entangled in sociopolitical reality that change most often results in new versions of old problems. I work with “We” dialogue contexts to create experimental  microcultures that creatively engage with diversity within a field of unity, and so, I founded One World in Dialogue and co-lead emerge bewusstseinskultur e.V., a German educational charity. www.oneworldindialogue.com
GEOFF FITCH
Geoff Fitch is a coach, trainer, and facilitator of growth in individuals and organizations, and a creator of transformative leadership education programs worldwide. He is a founder of Pacific Integral, where is was instrumental in the development of the internationally-acclaimed Generating Transformative Change program. Through these programs, he has researched and developed novel approaches to individual and collective growth, and has designed and facilitated dozens of residential learning retreats. He has been exploring diverse approaches to cultivating higher human potentials for over 25 years, including somatic and transpersonal psychology, mystical traditions, innovation and creativity, leadership, integral theory, and collective intelligence. Geoff also has over 30 years of experience in leadership in business. He holds a master’s degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University and B.S. in Computer Science, magna cum laude, from Boston University, and has additional studies jazz music, philosophy, and management.
GREGORY KRAMER
Gregory Kramer has been teaching insight meditation since 1980. He developed the relational meditation practice of Insight Dialogue (ID) and has taught ID and dharma contemplation retreats in North America, Asia, Europe, and Australia since 1995.  He is the founding and guiding teacher of Metta Foundation (metta.org). Gregory studied with esteemed teachers, including Anagarika Dhammadina, Ven. Ananda Maitreya Mahanayakathero, and others, and holds a PhD in Learning and Change in Human Systems. Prior to becoming a Dharma teacher, he composed and performed music internationally and was a professor of composition at New York University. Gregory was a scientist at the Santa Fe Institute, where founded ICAD (icad.org) and was pivotal in establishing the field data sonification. His books include: Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom; Seeding the Heart: Practicing Loving kindness with Children; and Dharma Contemplation: Meditating Together with Wisdom Texts.
HEIDI GUTEKUNST
Heidi Gutekunst is the founding initiator and CEO of Amara Collaboration, a Finnish based social enterprise with a vision to double the worldwide number of leaders with transforming capacity. Heidi has worked most of her career in traditional and digital advertising agencies. She has several national and international awards in innovative advertising, branding, design and digital service design. Prior to founding Amara, Heidi served as a CEO for a digital advertising agency. During Heidi’s time as a CEO the company went through a transformation with results in financial performance, employee satisfaction, conquering new offerings, turning customers into accounts and winning both national and international awards for the first time in years.
Heidi is a regular speaker at Business Forums interested in her personal entrepreneurship and transforming ability.
www.amara.fi
HILARY BRADBURY
Hilary Bradbury, Ph.D., is a scholar-practitioner focused on the human and organizational dimensions of creating healthy communities. A professor of organization studies since 1998 (Case Western, USC and OHSU in Portland), today she is editor in chief of Action Research Journal (Sage). Hilary was born and bred in Dublin, Ireland and educated at Trinity College proceeding to Divinity School at Harvard and University of Chicago. She earned her PHD at Boston College’s School of Management with a focus on change and transformation. Author of numerous journal articles and editor of the successful Handbooks of Action Research, her latest book, coauthored with Bill Torbert, is Eros/Power: Love in the Spirit of Inquiry (Integral Publishers, 2016). Hilary convenes  AR+ actionresearchplus.com, a global community for participatory action research scholar-practitioners “accomplishing together what we cannot alone.” AR+ hosts co-labs in support of community inquiry/practice in education, healthcare, relational action inquiry etc. AR+ will release the Action Researchers Cookbook in fall 2017. She formally affiliates with the Institute for Development Studies (IDS) at Sussex University UK, Business School Lausanne, Switzerland and Sweden’s Chalmers Institute of Technology. She is also a teacher in the Zen tradition. Hilary may be reached through actionresearchplus.com.
JESSE MCKAY
Jesse McKay is a Lead Facilitator and co-founder of MetaIntegral Academy. He majored in psychology, has an MBA in corporate strategy, and trained in software design, development and architecture. He has worked as an engineer with a team of scientists responsible for designing and building command and monitoring systems for the International Space Station, and as a management consultant helping leaders achieve greater impact through improved management on the individual, team and organisational levels. Jesse has a broad inter-cultural background with professional engagements in Russia, Germany, Ethiopia, Spain, Australia, Sweden, Korea, Estonia and Canada. Jesse has been facilitating integral development programs for many years.
JOHN T. KESLER
John T. Kesler is a practicing attorney, as well as facilitator, writer, consultant and lecturer relating to interconnected personal, relational, community and global flourishing. He is founder and president of the Salt Lake/Global Civil Network, a non-profit corporation which emphasizes interconnected personal and community flourishing in a global environment. John resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. John has developed and shares an awareness and life practice called integral polarity practice (IPP) through the IPP Institute (theippinstitutute.com). IPP is grounded in mindfulness and addresses working with polarities in all aspects of life. It emphasizes deep interconnections among personal awareness, integration and growth through the full spectrum of human development, and passionate engagement in the world. IPP has been endorsed by many authorities on awareness and human development including Ken Wilber, Dr. Susanne Cook-Greuter and Dr. Terri O’Fallon.
KELLY JENNINGS
Kelly Jennings is a naturopathic physician, Chinese medicine and Qi Gong practitioner. Her focus is on helping her patients cultivate the highest potential in their physical and mental wellbeing and nourishing their relationship to spirit and to greater consciousness. She also has had the privilege to sit and study with indigenous healers from both South and North American traditional cultures and uses these teachings to support her patients in their healing. Kelly maintains a full-time naturopathic, acupuncture, and herbal medicine practice in Rhinebeck, NY.
KIM BARTA
Kim Barta MA is an internationally recognized licensed professional psychotherapist, coach, spiritual guide, and speaker. His work springs from grounded practice with self and others in his cross cultural, life-long experiences. Kim graduated with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology in 1984 and a Masters in an interdisciplinary program combining Psychology, Social Work, Counseling, and Sociology. After developing and implementing a successful training program for people suffering from severe mental illness, Kim developed a mental health treatment program for children and youth that was adopted by 3 hospitals. In 1992, Kim founded and co-operates a mind/body healing arts clinic. Kim, has developed new forms of therapy that deeply and rapidly lead to healing depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other psychological issues and uses them in his global work. Kim has teamed up with Terri O’Fallon PHD to present international workshops using the STAGES model of human development.
MARLENE POTHOFF
Marlene Potthoff: Since I was a very young woman, I have been deeply compelled to discover how environmental and social change can go hand in hand with active, embodied, contemporary spirituality. Professionally, I am a climate protection activist. I believe that the vitality of the field of consciousness between us and a desire for deep human solidarity that I have learned and co-developed at emerge bewusstseinskultur e.V. (a charitable German educational association) provide a new direction for solutions in relation to our climate crisis. The nonseparation that comes from an Inner letting go in meditation and the enthusiasm for co-creative thinking and work with the Emerge Dialogue Process are the driving force of my hope and work for a new culture. At emerge, I am COO and lead our program offerings. www.emerge-bewusstseinskultur.de
MEI KUANG LI
Mei Li is an internationally recognized dancer, choreographer, and explorer of innovation living in Taipei, Taiwan. Her relationship with inspirational practitioner and teacher of dance improvisation Kirstie Simson ignited a life-long passion for dance improvisation, individual and collective consciousness, as well as innovation and developmental psychology. She has given more than a hundred lectures on the evolution of dance aesthetics and creativity. Mei Li knows very well that innovation is neither about the number of works and credits one has nor about how many disciplines or countries one reaches; the exploration of innovation is about really knowing one’s self and the inner source of creativity. Her constant expansion of the possibilities of dance and somatic development results from her ongoing experimentation with the field between us her exploration and display of innovation.
MIKE KAUSCHKE
Mike Kauschke: I was born in East Germany, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Leaving the East was a spiritual journey in many ways. At one point, I lived in a Zen Buddhist monastery, and practiced Zen with teachers in Germany and the USA. I also provided hospice nursing care, helping people in their last days and hours. Currently, I am the lead editor of the German quarterly magazine, evolve. I am also a freelance translator with a focus on books with spiritual and integral themes, including Steve McIntosh, Frederic Laloux, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Rick Hanson and Richard Rohr. For over ten years, I have been deeply engaged in the practice and development of a contemporary, evolutionary spirituality and I also am a guide for the Emerge Dialogue Process, an innovative approach to communication and collective consciousness offered through emerge-bewusstseinskulture e.V., a German charitable education association. www.evolve-magazin.de
PHYLISS K HICKS
Phyllis K. Hicks, DMin, NCLPC is an Insight Dialogue Teacher and teaches Insight Dialogue retreats internationally. She is a co-author of the Interpersonal Mindfulness Program and serves on Metta Programs Teachers’ Council. Phyllis is a licensed psychotherapist. For thirty years she has brought together Eastern and Western understandings of psychology and contemplative practice in clinical settings. She studied with a variety of Vipassana teachers and has trained and taught with Gregory Kramer since 2004. She is a guiding teacher for Triangle Insight and teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction at an integrative medical center. She directs the Pastoral Care and Counseling Institute of Durham, North Carolina, a non-profit center for counseling and clinical education. Phyllis lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
TAMARA ANDROSOFF
Tamara is a psychotherapist, GTC faculty, coach and budding improv performer with 17 years of experience in human development.  A Canadian currently living in Auckland, New Zealand she works in facilitating the waking up and growing up of individuals, couples and groups in a variety of contexts.  Building on the innate strength and talents of the people she works with, she assists them to develop the capacities necessary for bringing a greater sense of presence, resilience, embodiment and wise action. Using multiple modalities and practices Tamara is known to use whatever best serves the moment to facilitate more aliveness, creativity and wisdom to meet life in new ways.  She is passionate about using the improv concept “yes, and” while facilitating groups to tap collective intelligence.
TERRI O’FALLON
Learning and change in human systems has been a life long pursuit for Terri O’Fallon PhD. She is a principal of Pacific Integral, and Developmental Life Designs, a leader on the frontier of transformational change in organizations and individuals. She has been teaching for over 50 years. Her interests lie in the living experiments of evolutionary human systems, and adult levels of development. Currently Terri teaches about the STAGES model that is derived from the Loevinger Lineage and the Integral Frame. Her research in this area is ongoing and an evolutionary effort. Ordinariness continues to bring her home to the practical living, breathing appreciation of the simple things in life. We wake up every morning. We grow up, quite naturally. We live through joys and sorrows, We grow old. What remains is listening, gratitude, compassion, love, forgiveness, and generosity—lifelong lessons that never seem to end.
TRIINU GROON
Since my early 20ies, my interest, curiosity and passion has been in organizational and human transformation. My professional experience started 15 years ago with a focus in corporate responsibility and sustainable development and later transitioned to HR/people development, mostly working in large companies, such as ABN AMRO and Natura Cosmeticos in Brazil.  I was also a co-founder of Responsible Business Forum in Estonia. Since 2015 I’ve been working as organizational and human development consultant and facilitator, first in MetaIntegral Brazil, and currently in Crescimentum. I’m Estonian by nationality, but have lived in Brazil for the last 10 years.  Graduated in Business Administration, received MA and MBA degree in the same field and am currently doing a post graduation in Jungian Psychology. I’m a trained facilitator of active meditation and an accredited Enneagram practitioner.  I’m also an alumnus of MetaIntegral Embodied Practitioner program and use integral theory and practice as an inspiration and reference for all my work.
THOMAS STEININGER
Thomas Steininger, Ph.D.: I see myself primarily as a philosopher. In my Ph.D. thesis at the University of Vienna, I wrote about self-awareness and social change with an emphasis on Ken Wilber and Martin Heidegger. The questions that moved me at the time, move me still. I have an abiding interest in journalism and radio—I started out on Austrian Radio (OE1)—and currently host a weekly web radio show and founded the German magazine, evolve. For almost twenty-five years, beginning at EnlightenNext, I have co-developed dialogue practices to catalyze new potentials in consciousness and culture. I see this dialogue work, in its depth, as a spiritual practice that creates a living field of co-creative emergence (the HigherWe) and, pragmatically, as a means of bringing people together more creatively and coherently (the Emerge Dialogue Process). I co-lead emerge bewusstseinskultur e.V., an innovative German educational charity. www.emerge-bewusstseinskultur.de
THOMAS MCCONKIE
Thomas McConkie was raised in an intensely religious family growing up and subsequently developed a passion for the world’s wisdom traditions. At 18 years old he discovered Buddhism, which remains a wellspring of inspiration almost 20 years later.
Influenced profoundly in his twenties by world travel and the study of adult development, over time he began to ask the question of what real spiritual health and deep integration will look like in the 21st century. He is trained as a developmental researcher, facilitator, and mindfulness teacher. He hosts the Lower Light Sangha in Salt Lake City, Utah with the intention of providing a supportive environment where seekers of any kind can discover new depths and heights in their evolving faith journey. In addition to his role as Founder of Lower Lights, he has served as lead faculty at Pacific Integral since 2015 and Director of the IPP Institute since 2013.
TRISH NOWLAND
Trish Nowland presently convenes Sydney Integral, and has supported the Integral Polarity Practice South Pacific community since 2012. With diverse interests spanning mathematics, metatheory, philosophy, and psychology, she has recently moved on from a 15-year career in information systems in finance to begin practice as a psychologist working with communities at the margins in Sydney’s outer suburbs. She is currently completing a doctorate that develops a set-theory based philosophy for integrating qualitative and quantitative methods in psychology research, and remains as a passionate advocate for the pluralism, intersubjective awareness, and maieutics drawn at the intersection of integrally-informed practices as well as, Focusing, and Vajrayana Buddhism.