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Blending unique expertise in Zen, leadership, and leadership development

Our faculty has been there: In the leadership trenches making big things happen, from building a space station, to getting cities and healthcare systems working for more people, to helping people face the most difficult situations of their lives. We’ve been developing leaders and training in Zen, from several years to several decades, and we put all that together in our commitment to help you stretch as far as you want to go.

Our Founder

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Ginny Whitelaw

Roshi, Founder

Ginny Jiko Whitelaw is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Zen Leadership, a Zen Master of Rinzai Zen, and an expert in developing the whole leader.

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Roshis & Zen Leadership Instructors

Gordon Greene


Gordon Hakuun Greene is the Head Priest of Spring Green Dojo, the rural training center for the Chosei Zen Dojo of Wisconsin, a Rinzai Zen temple.

Kenneth Kushner


Kenneth Setsuzan Kushner is a priest and Zen Master in the lineage of Tenshin Tanouye Roshi, Founding Abbot of Chozen-ji, a Rinzai Zen temple. Kushner Roshi founded the Chosei Zen Dojo of Wisconsin in 1982 and is the principal instructor in the Madison Dojo.

Patricia Greene


Patricia Dravis Greene began Zen and martial arts training in 1975. She moved with her family in 2006 to Spring Green, Wisconsin, to help start the Chosei Zen Dojo of Wisconsin where she now serves as tenzo (temple cook).

Scott Kiel


Scott Kiel started his formal Zen training in 2006 under Greene Roshi. He teaches and serves as jiki in the Institute for Zen Leadership programs.

Rebecca Ryan

Roshi, Board Chair, Zen and ZL Instructor

Rebecca Ryan is a futurist and economist who helps public sector leaders “lead fearlessly”. She’s the Board Chair of the Institute for Zen Leadership.

Andy Robins

ZL Instructor & Coach

Andy Robins lives and works in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and is responsible for growing and developing Zen Leadership across Asia.

Dennis Tirman

ZL Instructor & Coach

Dennis began Zen training 7 years ago and is an instructor in Zen Leadership. Active in the Institute for Zen Leadership (IZL) from its start, Dennis has co-taught in several IZL programs, and has trained in Zen sesshin and BodyZen.

Cris Nakano

Director In Europe and ZL Instructor & Coach

Cris is a strategist, coach and facilitator, passionate about helping develop more inclusive, engaging and “on-purpose” leaders and organizations, where people can be their best selves at work and live meaningful and fulfilling lives.

Bob Caron

ZL Instructor & Coach

Dr. Bob Caron is a certified instructor of Zen Leadership and a FEBI Certified Coach. He brings a dynamic and caring presence to the team and seeks to guide leaders, entrepreneurs and anyone trying to make a difference in the world toward their true purpose and passion.

Heal & Zen Instructors

Cindy Haq, MD

HEAL Instructor

Cindy Haq, MD, is Chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. She has been a champion for health equity, primary health care, community health and family medicine throughout her career.

Bethany Howlett, MD

HEAL Instructor

Bethany Howlett, MD, MHS is an Associate Professor in the UW Department of Family Medicine and Community Health (DFMCH). She is on the Board of Directors for Chosei Zen Dojo of Wisconsin.

Adrienne Hampton, MD

Zen and HEAL Instructor

Alex Greene

Zen Instructor

Alex Greene is a long-time Zen practitioner and Zen priest in the lineage of Tenshin Tanouye Roshi, Founding Abbot of Chozen-ji a Rinzai Zen Temple. He has been a core part of building the Spring Green location of Chosei Zen Dojo of Wisconsin and has taught in numerous IZL programs in the US and UK.

Geoffrey Ashton


Professor Geoffrey Ashton recently joined the Department of Philosophy at USF from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he also held an appointment as Assistant Professor of Asian Philosophy.