Chip Conley is an author, speaker and the founder and executive chairman of California's largest independent hotel company, Joie de Vivre. Chip has been passionate about Esalen since his first visit more than twenty years ago when he came to learn Esalen massage after graduating from Stanford Business School.
Board of Trustees
William Donius spent eight years conducting research with hundreds of test subjects to determine if his methodology for unlocking innovation, intuition, and creativity could be applied to corporate America. The research findings were conclusive and led to his New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Thought Revolution.
Bill James is a recognized leader in financial counseling for high net worth clients including investment management, estate planning and charitable tax planning. His driving vision is to see Esalen thrive for future generations, update its buildings, and become self-sustaining, while preserving its special culture.
Mary Ellen Klee
Mary Ellen Klee has been involved with Esalen Institute since 1965 and has served as a trustee since the mid-80's. Her particular interests have been with the former Esalen Soviet-American Exchange Program and the current Center for Theory & Research.
Jeffrey Kripal, chairman of the Board of Trustees, is a historian of religions by training, receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1993. He currently holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University, where he also chairs the department.
Nancy Lunney-Wheeler, M.A., is known around the world as a pioneering leader in lifelong and integral education for personal and social transformation. From 1981-2010 she served as the director of programming at Esalen, where she continues to serve as a senior advisor.
Anisa Mehdi, Emmy Award-winning journalist and filmmaker, was a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar in Amman, Jordan. Her commitment to broadening American understanding of Arabs, Islam, Muslims, and the possibility of interfaithfulness is reflected in her reports on religion and the arts.
Michael Murphy is a graduate of Stanford University, co-founder of Esalen Institute, founder of Esalen's Center for Theory and Research, and author of numerous novels and non-fiction books.
Jay Ogilvy first came to Esalen in 1979 and has conceived, designed, and facilitated more Esalen invitational conferences than anyone other than Michael Murphy. Currently, he facilitates conferences for Esalen's Center for Theory and Research.
Ben Tauber is an executive coach, entrepreneur and engineer. Most recently, he served as a product manager at Google, with responsibility for expanding and improving Google Hangouts and other social products. Ben also serves as advisor to Zesty, a service to deliver healthy food to companies, and Coach.me a service that provides instant coaching for any goal.