Marc Lesser is a Zen priest and head teacher of Mill Valley Zen. He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years including director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He is an executive coach, CEO, mindfulness teacher, author, and speaker. He has led mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs at many of the world’s leading businesses and organizations including Google, SAP, Genentech, and Kaiser. He is currently CEO of ZBA Associates, a company providing mindfulness-based leadership trainings, executive coaching, and consulting to companies and organizations.
Marc was the co-founder and CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute whose core programs he helped develop within Google. He was the founder and CEO of Brush Dance, a leading publisher of calendars, greeting cards, and journals with worldwide distribution.
He has an MBA degree from New York University and is the author of Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen (to be published February 2019); Know Yourself, Forget Yourself; Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less; and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration.