From her first science job working in a high energy physics lab to learning how to work with energy in Aikido and Zen training, to her doctoral research in biophysics, Ginny has had a passion for bringing energy, mind and body together. When she was a senior leader at NASA in charge of integrating the Space Station Program, she took several leadership courses, but was dissatisfied that their “head-only” approach ignored the body where enduring change occurs. Integrating science and the physical, energetic practices from the dojo into leadership development emerged as her work to do.
Founder of the Institute for Zen Leadership (IZL), Whitelaw Roshi is an 86th generation Zen master and Chosei Zen priest. For more than 25 years, she’s been coaching and developing whole leaders in non-profits, universities, healthcare systems, and top global companies, including Novartis, Merck, Dell, Bank of America, and JP Morgan Chase. She also leads open enrollment programs at IZL, certifies instructors in Zen Leadership, and leads programs in Perma Leadership, which applies Zen and Zen Leadership to healing in the climate crisis.
Ginny is the author of four books, including The Zen Leader and the award-winning, Resonate. She developed the FEBI®, which measures four energy patterns in the nervous system that link mind, body and behaviors, giving a view into the whole person. She is a regular contributor on forbes.com.