"Mindfulness, the aware, balanced acceptance of present experience, is at the heart of what the Buddha taught.”
—Sylvia Boorstein

Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser is the CEO and a co-founder of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, a company dedicated to promoting world peace through transforming organizational culture and supporting the development of enlightened leaders worldwide. The core program, developed at Google, offers training in mindfulness-based emotional intelligence grounded in science.

He is the author of Know Yourself, Forget Yourself, and Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less. He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for ten years and former director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center. He is a Zen teacher, leading Mill Valley Zen, a weekly meditation group.

Marc was CEO of ZBA Associates, an executive coaching company and was the founder and former CEO of Brush Dance, a publisher of greeting cards, calendars and gift items, with spiritual themes and artwork. He spent 15 years taking Brush Dance from an idea in his garage to a multi-million dollar publishing company, with distribution throughout the U.S. and the world.

He received his M.B.A. degree from New York University and his undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University. He is a long-time member of the Social Venture Network.

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