In the spring of 2013, we all came together under the auspices of relieving suffering at work, and ultimately, to change the experience of being CEO by offering life awakening experiences with an agnostic toolkit of human wisdom that allows people to connect to their truest self at work and develop authentic workplace cultures where consciousness is the bottom line.

Jerry Colonna

jerry-2“The best way to overcome the inevitable loneliness of life at the top may be to connect and mindfully attend to the process that’s already underway – the unconscious sharing that undergirds every relationship.”

Jerry Colonna is an executive coach who uses the skills he learned as a venture capitalist to help entrepreneurs. He draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to their career to improve their performance and satisfaction.

Previously he was a partner with JPMorgan Partners (JPMP), the private­ equity arm of JP Morgan Chase. He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners, which he launched 1996 with partner, Fred Wilson. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early­stage investment programs in the New York City area. At Flatiron, Jerry was responsible for a wide range of the firm’s investments including Geocities Inc., Gamesville Inc., Vertical One Inc., and The New York Times Digital. Follow him on twitter @jerrycolonna.

Sam Elmore

sam“I am committed to helping people live undivided, embodied lives. I have come to believe that work is an ideal context for personal and spiritual growth. I leverage the workplace as a context for transformation. It is magic to witness teams be open hearted, honest, playful and still get a ton of sh*t done.”

Sam wants to change the culture of work as we know it. Determined to transform the workplace, while avoiding the ‘corporate’ workplace along the way, his path has been in integrity with his values as an artist, therapist, coach and consultant. He serves on the faculty at Naropa, and as an organizational development consultant for local startups, he helps people and systems change gracefully and with a playful spirit.

Rock ­balancer, actor and improv performer Sam hails from the East Coast and is addicted to Nature. Sam lives in Boulder with his wife and their dog Zoe. Find him on twitter @ElmoreSam.

Ali Schultz

ali“To be fully human in a very digital age is the key to conscious startups. There is a better way to be at work in which we’re connected to our truest selves and really lit up with a sense of joy. I call it ‘business unusual,’ where our work flows with ease, not stress, in accordance with our inner wisdom. There’s an ache for this in the workplace today.”

As a creative conspirator, Ali has helped many individuals and organizations bring their ideas to life with clarity and grace. She believes that self discovery positively influences the bottom line and that learning to relax is the key to productivity. As an artist and coach, she inspires others to tap their creativity, courage and inner resources and be leaders in their own life. She’s been known to work miracles and curate experiences that shake your soul awake.

An urban-­cowgirl­-yogini raised in the upper midwest, Ali craves mountains. She calls Boulder home, savors her daily hike, paints in flip flops regardless of season, and has a penchant for natural hot springs. You’ll find her at the nearest juice bar and know her by her laughter. She tweets @manifestcookies.

Michael Rich

micheal“I am most passionate about tapping into the potential I believe exists in all people behind the stress and confusion of our frantic lives. I have a life­long interest in our humanity, what is meaningful to us, and how we live well. This has evolved into my professional interest in bringing the fruit of that inquiry to the workplace.”

From organizations and businesses to individuals, Michael helps people see and work in new ways. He draws on his training, including psychology, and a life­long relationship with mindfulness practice, to support the building of work cultures based on sanity, agility and humanity. Michael also volunteers and sits on the board of an outdoor summer camp called Sun Camp that focuses on leadership training where 10­-16 year olds learn how to take care of themselves and each other.

Michael, a Boulder ­native, still calls Boulder home with his wife, Corey and their new daughter. On any given Sunday, you’ll find him walking in the mountains, contemplating his garden or growing the newest addition to the family. Find him on twitter @Michael_R_Rich.