Richard Strozzi-HecklerRichard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D. is founder of the Strozzi work and of Strozzi Institute. A nationally known speaker, coach and consultant on leadership and mastery, he has spent four decades researching, developing, and teaching the practical application of Somatics (the unity of language, action, emotions, and meaning) to business leaders, executive managers and teams from Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, technology start-ups, non-profits, the U.S. government and military.

Richard is the author of eight books, including The Art of Somatic Coaching,The Leadership Dojo, In Search of the Warrior Spirit, The Anatomy of Change, Holding the Center, Being Human at Work, The Mind/Body Interface, and Aikido and the New Warrior. 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.

He was named one of the Top 50 Executive Coaches in The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Jossey-Bass, 2004 and Profiles in Coaching, Linkage Publications, 2003. He is also the Honorary President of the Peruvian Coaching Association. He is the co-founder of the Mideast Aikido Project (MAP), which brings together Palestinians and Israelis through the practice of Aikido.

From 2002 to 2007 he was an advisor to NATO and the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe (SACEUR) General Jim Jones, who is now the National Security Advisor.

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. Richard was the 2009 William Dickson Leader-in-Residence for the Ukleja Center for Ethical Leadership at California State University, Long Beach.


Staci Haines

Staci Haines is a national leader in the field of somatics and the originator of Somatics and Trauma. She is the Founder and Executive Director of generative somatics and the President of Strozzi Institute. She teaches for both organizations; including social leaders, therapists, and coaches.

Staci is the Founder of generationFIVE, a community leadership building organization whose mission is to end the sexual abuse of children within five generations, which was featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show in February 2003. She is the author of The Survivor's Guide to Sex (Cleis, 1999), a how-to book offering a somatic approach to recovery from sexual trauma and developing healthy sexual and intimate relationships. A video based on her book was released in Summer 2003.

She has lectured at numerous institutions including Oberlin College, Smith College, UC Berkeley, California Institute of Integral Studies and Stanford University on issues of child sexual abuse, social change, somatics and trauma recovery and has presented at national and international conferences.


Mark Mooney

Mark Mooney is VP of Public Programs at Strozzi Institute, a certified Master Somatic Coach, and a teacher in many Strozzi Institute courses including the Leadership and Action courses in the US and the UK. He also provides individual coaching and business consulting. Mark is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, has managed several small businesses and owned his own manufacturing business for six years. He has been studying with Dr. Richard Strozzi-Heckler for 19 years and has been a teacher at Strozzi Institute for 14 years. He holds the rank of second degree black belt in Aikido.

During his time at Strozzi Institute, Mark has worked with numerous businesses providing them with training in developing teams including an eight month program with Westchester, New York BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) to develop their project team leaders; a four month program with MetaDesign, an international commercial graphics company that trained MetaDesign's executive team in effective communication and coordination skills. Mark worked with Boston Edison Company's management team through the process of deregulation and change of ownership; with BIA, a broadcast consulting company based near Washington, DC, who used Strozzi Institute to bring a higher level of performance and team effectiveness to their executives.

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Susan Nichols

Susan Nichols is a Master Somatic Coach and Teacher with Strozzi Institute. She has been with the Institute since 2002 and teaches the Leadership in Action courses, School of Embodied Leadership (SOEL) and special contract Leadership development courses for corporate groups and Universities.

Prior to joining Strozzi Institute, for 17 years Susie worked with and held leadership positions in business development and marketing in a broad range of industries - global for-profit companies (adidas, Nike, DDB Needham), fast growing entrepreneurial start-ups (Avia and @Once, a successful internet start-up) and an Educational Non-profit (Outward Bound). She has lived and worked internationally, most recently in Amsterdam where she coached and taught leadership.

Her teaching is informed by these experiences and a lifelong commitment to self development and mastery, two years of study in a non-denominational spiritual ministry program, her experience as a three sport varsity athlete / captain and committed student of aikido, the martial art of peace.

With two other colleagues, Susie was instrumental in founding the Young Women's School of Embodied Leadership program for High School girls at Strozzi Institute. In addition, Susie's work with clients was recently published in the 2008 Pfeiffer Annual Compendium of leading ideas in the field of Leadership Development in a chapter on Somatics and Leadership.

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