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Marc Lesser is the founder and president of ZBA Associates, a company offering coaching, consulting, and facilitation services. His skill and passion is assisting individuals and organizations to fully engage with their strength, power, and innate wisdom. He integrates the wisdom, integrity, and spontaneity of a Zen teacher with the vision, drive, and focus of a successful CEO. He is a business leader, executive coach, storyteller, and visionary.
Mr. Lesser was the founder and CEO of Brush Dance, a publishing company that creates greeting cards, journals, and calendars, for 15 years. He has been practicing and studying Zen for 30 years and is a Zen teacher in the lineage of Suzuki Roshi, author of Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years and, in 1983, served as Director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the West. He co-leads (with Norman Fischer) Company Time Retreats for business people at Zen Center's Green Gulch Farm.
Marc Lesser has been a board member of Social Venture Network, a national organization that combines business, social responsibility, and spirituality for the past 10 years. He also serves on the San Francisco Zen Center Board of Directors and the Outside Financial Advisory Board.
Prior to attending business school, Mr. Lesser was an executive search consultant in New York City, placing high-level finance candidates in Chase Manhattan Bank, Merrill Lynch, and other major New York banks. He also worked for a New York management-consulting firm on a project of researching the size and viability of the cellular phone market for AT&T
Marc Lesser is the author of Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration; How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work And Your Life, published by New World Library, February 2005.
Marc Lesser holds a B.A. degree in psychology from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. degree from New York University's Graduate School of Business. He teaches a class, "Integrating Work, Life, and Relationships" at Stanford University Continuing Education. He currently lectures and teaches in both the business and Zen environments.
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