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Marc Lesser

Founder and CEO of 3 companies, including the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. Mindfulness teacher, executive coach, speaker, and facilitator. Author of 4 books, including “Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen.”

Marc is internationally recognized for his pioneering work in mindful leadership, creating exceptional business cultures, and supporting profound wellbeing. He founded and was CEO of 3 companies including the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

Marc helped develop the world-renowned Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program within Google – a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence training for leaders which teaches the art of integrating mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and business savvy for creating great corporate cultures and a better world. Deeply rooted in science, the program has been taught to thousands of executives worldwide.

Prior to his business and coaching career, Marc was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years, including director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the western world.

He has a passion for strategy, program development, facilitation, and executive coaching as well as writing. Marc’s books include “Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen,” “Know Yourself, Forget Yourself,” “Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less,” and “Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration.” They have been published in 11 languages.

Marc has been a keynote speaker at Mindful Leadership Summits in Washington DC, Toronto, and Sydney and has led “Search Inside Yourself” 2-day trainings in San Francisco, Japan, Hong Kong, and Toronto. He leads Mill Valley Zen, a weekly meditation group. 

He has an MBA degree from New York University.