Esalen Supports Diversity & Inclusion Program for the Wisdom World

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Wisdompreneurs is excited to announce that the world reknown Esalen Institute has joined us as a sponsor for the Diversity & Inclusion pathway of the Path of the Wisdompreneur intensive. on February 19th in San Francisco.   Diversity & Inclusion is one of the core values of Wisdompreneurs and we are honored for Esalen's support on this very important topic.

To guide the programming, Wisdompreneurs has partnered with the leadership of Tech Inclusion - Wayne Sutton, Melinda Briana Epler and Sumayyah Emeh Edu - to enhance the ability of leaders and organizations in the wisdom and entrepreneurial worlds to build truly inclusive organizations and communities.

The Path of the Wisdompreneur is a full day immersion with 9 topical pathways selected for their relevance to people and organizations interested in the intersection of Wisdom and Entrepreneurship.

The February 19th program is part of a larger event called Shift 2016: Shifting the Paradigm for Real.  On Thursday February 18th, Wisdompreneurs will also be partnering with the leadership of Tech Inclusion to offer Inclusion 2.0 - a full day immersion on enhancing ability to create inclusive organizations.

Thank you Esalen for continuing your tradition of being on the leading edge of both personal and societal transformation.  We are honored and grateful for your support on this very important topic!

WPTV Tales of Inclusion Episode Launch

If you want to see WPTV's Episode about Diversity and Inclusion kicking off our:

Tales of Inclusion Project

1) What you think you see isn't always what you get.

2) Oh My Goodness... I am a cross between (wo)man from Marin (if you have not seen this video, google it, watch it, laugh your XYZ off!) 

And me. The real real real me.


Everyone else is moving incredible brilliant fun funny beautiful truth telling...

Again, just, WOW.

Thank you ALL so much for showing up. Something very special has opened kits first petal. Thank you for sharing your heritage, your willingness, your courage, oh the surprises. Thank you for sharing your Tales of Inclusion and lack thereof. You moved me, deeply thank you.

Like Emanuel at Sephora who I struck up a dialogue with because I really needed help, I don't do make-up well and i just needed to get the thing I have gotten before to hide the thing, the thing that worked, you know that thing?

and he said you have such fair skin you can... and I said, funny, I'm black and jewish and his mouth dropped open and we were off to the races.

No pun intended.

I'm mexican and jewish he said, my mouth dropped open.

He later added and gay. We talked for an hour, said makeup was not purchased, I chose to return for it so we could continue chatting, rushing off yet again, late, to another meeting. And it was so worth it.

We hugged at least four times.

He told me all of the things his parents had taught him.

I teared up, I told him things I had studied that sounded similar and were Buddhist teachings.

He said, wow, this is a real thing? I said, sounds like it was real for you and your parents. That's real to me. He teared up, I teared up - again.

So much more was shared, we decided to keep in touch, promised we would. I told him about Wisdom 2.0 and Wisdompreneurs events and said if it feels aligned, come, join us.

As I write this I wonder what 'real' is.

Remembering the Velveteen Rabbit.

A play I was in in grade school, a book I have always cherished.

A message I crystalized - If you are loved, you are real or become real.


Perhaps the more and more we love ourselves, the more real we become - to ourselves.

I also believe we are all real no matter what.

How we are seen by others has absolutely nothing to do with our realness nor our loveability.

To you Emanuel, thank you for your presence, your willingness, for your you. For fun and play, tears and hugs, for sharing your heritage and your tales of inclusion and lack thereof. For receiving mine.

For being WITH me as I am, in this white colored body, and soul that is that and so much more. For allowing me to be with you as you are in your beautiful you.

Adding to the beauty: his/my background, sexual preference, looks, gender, etc. had absolutely nothing to do with anything.

And of course it did, it is part of who we are.

We honored all we both were, weren't and everything in between, we were beings being, period.

Yes to THAT.

For me.

SHIFT2016 Catalysts & Contributors share their wisdom!

Belinda Liu is one of SHIFT2016's Catalysts & Contributors. She helped design and will co-facilitate Claiming Your Path – Living Your Purpose, one of nine Pathways during our day long Intensive in collaboration with Wisdom 2.0.  Her company:


is partnering with Wisdomprenurs during SHIFT2016 to create a unique conference experience.  One that invites participants to utilize technology to connect to them selves and other attendees in truly meaningful ways.

Here Belinda shares an article she wrote for Huffington Post on on purpose...

Insights From a Recovering Overachiever: 

Replacing Success With Purpose in Life and Work

     Artwork credit:  Arlene Kim Suda


Artwork credit: Arlene Kim Suda

Five years ago, could you have predicted what your life would look like now?

If you had told me five years ago that I would be leaving a stable career in education to venture into the wild frontier of tech startups, I would have thought you were crazy or confusing me with some other overachieving Asian American person.

For most of my life, I looked outward for external measures and benchmarks of success: money, title, influence and impact (the things that would make my friends envious and my parents proud). I made decisions by asking myself questions like:

  • What kind of impact did I want to have?

  • Where could I have the most power and influence in my work?

  • How much money could I make (if I worked really, really hard)?

Something strange happened five years ago when I turned thirty. Success stopped serving me. It was like a motor on a speedboat that suddenly stopped working or a bird that lost its homing device. It was completely terrifying. 


Belinda Liu is a teacher, connector, creator and explorer. She is the co-founder and CEO of HiveQuest, a startup on a mission to catalyze self-transformation and community-building through the intentional use of technology.

Want to learn more about her tiny human experiments or share your personal story? Connect with Belinda at or on Twitter @hivequest.

This Conference Changed My Life...

Literally. I started my first business when I was 21, I had almost no idea what I was doing.

I'm generation X what I used to affectionately call the lost ones.

Back then when I was putting in the toilet (yes it was pink) in the bathroom (yes it was ALL pink, a very cool pink I might add) of the bar/restaurant I was pulling into being, yes pulling; it wasn't cool the way it is today to be that young and starting something. In fact most people thought I was bat X crazy and I am, but that's beside the point.

I've come to realize that we, the Xs or at least I were and are a bridge, the one between the boomers and the millennials. A silent, loud, powerful, lost and found energetic pathway from now to zen, zen to now.

At 17, my father died. The day before thanksgiving and just before my 18th birthday. He wan't much older than I and he had spent his life following the screaming call he couldn't ignore. The scream the never ceases, the one that demands equal rights for all beings. He also walked around with a garbage can on his head and other such experiments trying to understand how to help children learn to read, played pool like a literal pro, drank beer and bushmills, and, well and and and...

The combination of my life history, including my father's death which brought me to my first teacher, the fact that my mom realized I was more interested in organizing things than coloring books and put me to work at the age of 10, meant my spiritual journey (the I need this to save my ass kind) and my entrepreneurial journey (the whoops I just feel in love or in a hole in the ground because I am so passionate about X combo kind) equated to my being on two very different paths.

That is until I stumbled into a Wisdom 2.0 Meetup at the suggestion of one of the people I love adore and admire the most in the world, Salem Kimble.

She said something like, I think this might be right up your alley, you should go and check it out.

I did and for the first time in my entire life, my two paths were married. It was a ceremony forged in fire because once I knew what was possible, there was no going back. I remember meeting Michelle Stransky, and having a sense of an instant sisterhood, kind of like cup of noodles but the healthy whole foods kind.

By the end of the night I have met Soren Gordhamer and had had so many incredible conversations with people that were just like me. I had found my tribe of tribes.

I ended the night by saying to Michelle, I believe in what you all are doing. If I can help in any way, please let me know. I'll mop the floors, no , seriously I mean it. I want to support this movement in any way I can.

I was lucky enough that she said yes and the life I had known, the life I imagined I would have, the movement that I would never be called to the way my father and mother had, shifted.

I began to hear the screaming.

I said yes. I keep saying yes. I will now never stop saying yes.

If you can attend this conference, I sincerely sincerely, sincerely urge you to take the step, the leap, the whatever it takes to be there. It is unlike any other.

Full disclosure: Wisdompreneurs is part of Wisdom 2.0's Wisdom Week, and we are offering an intensive. Paul Zelizer and I will be speaking at a breakout during the conference as well.


This conference in and of itself is an invitation to as my friend and colleague Nick Jankel says, to come out of the spiritual closet. believe me, it's worth it, or at least it was for me.

There is also another intensive focused on Women that Kerena Gordhamer-Saltzman is hosting, Kerena is an incredible force with a giant heart, a brilliant mind and and and. If you are interested in the issues that face women today, check out what she is offering. It's going to be a stellar experience.