Announcing New Leadership Team
It is with great pleasure that we announce two new developments at Seven Pillars—developments that will help build a stronger organization to galvanize momentum for the unfolding of a living wisdom in our time.
First, after an extensive search we have selected a new Executive Director. Laurie Lane-Zucker will be taking over the helm of Seven Pillars beginning September 24, 2012. Laurie is a seasoned nonprofit executive, social entrepreneur, lecturer, and spokesperson on environmental, educational, and entrepreneurial issues. His background includes serving as executive director of the Orion Society, an environmental organization with broad international membership. While there, he edited and published magazines and books, founded a grassroots network, organized over 70 conferences, colloquia and institutes, and was a leader in the development of Place-based Education. Laurie also founded a nonprofit incubator to nurture local, national, and global citizenship, and a global impact digital media company delivering content on the burning issues of the day. Laurie was raised in a theosophist family where he had an early introduction to mysticism; he has three children and currently resides in Sheffield, Massachusetts.
When asked to explain briefly the role of a modern day “house of wisdom,” Laurie wrote: “For me, the raison d’être for a modern-day House of Wisdom is located in a far-ranging inquiry into the spiritual dimension of consciousness and its relation to real world issues and problems—the bridging of the transcendent with the mundane. I see a House of Wisdom as helping to establish an essential spiritual, moral and ethical foundation—or maybe more accurately, illuminated path—for those dedicated to the quest for environmental and social healing.“
We are deeply grateful for the leadership our outgoing Executive Director, Jennifer Alia Wittman, has provided in helping found and grow Seven Pillars from an idea to an organization. We will miss the care, enthusiasm, creativity, and sensitivity she has brought to this endeavor from its very conception. After six years in this role, Alia has chosen to take some time away to rest, travel, and pursue personal projects. We will remain deeply connected while also celebrating her new-found freedom.
Our second big announcement is the formation of a Wisdom Council—a small revolving group of Guiding Voices who will provide leadership in the creation and development of content related to the “seven pillars.” These exemplary leaders, Christopher Bamford, Robin Becker, Paul Devereaux, and Deepa Gulrukh Patel, have agreed to serve an 18-month term on the Council. They have a deep commitment to advancing wisdom in our time. Each one has expertise in a different area, and all have collaborated with Seven Pillars for years. We want to express our sincere gratitude for the time, thought and energy they have committed to this incubator of applied wisdom.
The Board of Trustees warmly welcomes our new leadership and salutes our retiring director!
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