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. It became clear that integrating science and the physical, energetic practices from the dojo into leadership development was her work to do.
For more than 25 years, she’s taught and coached whole leaders in top companies all over the world. But it wasn’t until she founded the Institute for Zen Leadership in 2012 that she saw how much further she could take a self-selected group of leaders over the course of even a long weekend. How wondrous to lift the wings of people already committed to making a positive difference! She’d found her life’s work.
Ginny Jiko Whitelaw Roshi is a Zen priest, teacher, and lover of words. She is the author of four books, including The Zen Leader and award-winning, Resonate – Zen and the Way of Making a Difference. Together with her psychologist husband, Mark Kiefaber, 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 that called her into this field from the start.
She loves the stillness of meditation, the vibrancy of dance, being on the water and digging in dirt.