Conscious Coalition is a collaboration of leadership consultants, entrepreneurs and business leaders who are dedicated to elevating human potential across multiple dimensions. Conscious Coalition brings an innovative, return-on-investment and efficiency-focused mindset, along with significant business and leadership skills, to support our international partners on the ground in each region we serve.
Michael Bezdek is the co-founder of Conscious Coalition and serves in the role of Executive Director. He is dedicated to human flourishing and creating a better world full of possibility and hope. Michael is also a serial entrepreneur, investor, veteran business manager and senior executive who has served in the top ranks of major corporations. He is experienced in investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, mezzanine financing, venture capital and private equity. He spent a decade on Wall Street managing individual and institutional investment portfolios exceeding 1 billion in assets. He is also the managing partner and co-founder of both Conscious Capital Group and Sandia Energy Group. His past roles included SVP of Investment Banking at National Securities Corp and EVP institutional wealth manager over private individual and institutional investments for RBC / Dain Rauscher’s Private Client Group. Michael holds a BBS in Finance from the University of Southern California and has been educated at Cornell University in Conflict Resolution and VUCA, and numerous executive certifications. He is a board member of Conscious Capitalism Foundation, is a certified trainer with Arbinger Institute, and a trainer and coach in the leadership program offered by Landmark Worldwide Education.
Brett Thomas is the co-founder of Conscious Coalition, and serves as the "chief architect" behind the leadership strategies that form the foundation of Conscious Coalition's success. He is a veteran management consultant / leadership coach with two decades of experience advising and guiding CEOs and senior executives in companies of all sizes. A world class expert on leadership development, he is the creator of one of the most successful and respected leadership development programs in the world called the "Integral Leadership Program." He played a key role in pioneering the now-popular fields of "conscious business" and "conscious leadership" and he has helped hundreds of founders and senior executive teams scale their businesses into the tens of millions and hundreds of millions. Brett is best known for his groundbreaking work applying developmental psychology, human potential psychology and integral theory as one of the early pioneers of "conscious business" (aka Conscious Capitalism). As the director of Integral Institute's Business and Leadership Center, he worked closely with Ken Wilber and senior faculty to create a unifying theory of leadership and the now-famous "Integral Leadership Model." He co-founded the Stagen Leadership Academy in 1999 (with Rand Stagen) to help business become a "force for good" and to popularize "conscious leadership." He used integral theory and adult development theory to author the world-renowned "Integral Leadership Program" now in its 20th year with over 2000 graduates (mostly CEOs and C-Suite executives).
Isaias Medina III
Isaias is an international lawyer who fights for the rights of indigenous people worldwide, a counter-terrorism expert, a humanitarian activist, former United Nations Diplomat and legal adviser to the UN Security Council, cryptocurrency pioneer (Earth Dollar), a Mason Fellow at the Harvard’s Kennedy School of Leadership, a Vaishnava monk and a kite-surfing instructor. He is an expert in sustainable international development, investment state arbitration and distributed ledger technology (blockchain). He received international recognition when, in his role as United Nations diplomat from Venezuela, he publicly denounced more than 20 top state officials including the head of state to the International Criminal Court and publicly resigned in protest of human rights violations in his home country. He is a keynote speaker at Yale University the Resilience of the Oceans, implementation of SDG 14 in Latin America, Yale University Forestry and Environmental Studies on Marine Genetic Resources Policy and lecturer at Florida International University College of Law, JD International Law on “The Legitimacy and Authority of the United Nations Security Council”, Harvard Conservation Society, and MIT Water Summit on environmental leadership. He is an alumni of The Hague Academy of International Law at the Peace Palace in the Netherlands. He is a member of International Bar Association (IBA), London England; Latin American International Law Society (SLADI); the American Society of International Law (ASIL), and the Academic Council on the United Nations System.
Vivienne O'Keefe is CEO & Co-founder of Anu Ventures, an international venture capital firm. She is known for leading with both performance and integrity. Her company invests in people, not politics, and is built for founders by founders who chase the vision, not the money. Vivienne not only takes into consideration the quantitative and qualitative elements of an investment, but pays good attention to a third aspect: her innate intuition. She has successfully created a client-centric "EcoSphere of Support" where mechanisms are in place for relentless and resilient entrepreneurs who are driven by their undeniable passion and work diligently to fulfill their true purpose.
John is a visionary investor and leader. He serves s the Chief Operating Officer of Anu Ventures, an international conscious venture capital firm. He oversees all operational processes to ensure superb client experience and provides operational leadership support to the management teams running the companies his firm invests in. John is known for his warm leadership style along with his unique ability to execute organizational strategy efficiently and effectively. John is also a Senator in the World Business Angel Forum, representing his home country of Ireland.
Bernard is a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, founding president of Engineers Without Borders (USA), co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International Network, and founding director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is also a recipient of the Hoover Medal. In 2008, he was elected as a member into the National Academy of Engineering for the creation of Engineers Without Borders, leadership in sustainable development education, and research on geomechanics. In 2009, he was recognized with an Award of Excellence from Engineering News-Record. In 2012, Dr. Amadei was appointed as a Science Envoy to Pakistan and Nepal by the U.S. Department of State. More recently he co-founded Peace Engineers, a non-profit with the ambitious goal of helping to engineer peace in conflict-ridden regions throughout the world. He sits on numerous boards and collaborates with international change agents to promote peace, sustainability, and multi-dimensional development.
Charlotte is the Co-Founder and CEO at global luxury event business, Dazzle & Fizz Ltd. From humble beginnings on the Isle of Wight, Dazzle & Fizz grew to become the UK’s leading luxury family event planner for UHNWI’s, celebrities and royalty; specialising in educational, immersive entertainment and theatre for young children. Through her work at Dazzle & Fizz, Charlotte has appeared on BBC Worldwide, BBC2, E4, C5 and multiple national and international media outlets. Charlotte has delivered events all over the world, including Africa, the UAE and across Europe. In 2020 Charlotte and her business partner launched an EdTech product called Vesta, focussing on improving child mental and physical health via play. In the first year of business, Vesta corporate clients included Facebook, Tradeweb, Endleman, Bulgari and Captify. Vesta delivers digital live and on-demand classes to children in the UK, US, Europe and Africa. Charlotte was invited to attend the UN Women’s CSW as a delegate in 2020 and is a regular attendee at the Women and Work APPG at Westminster, UK. In 2021, Charlotte won ‘Founder of the Future’ at the prestigious Home House members’ club in London. Today, Charlotte is a single mother to a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder and PDA and is incredibly passionate about the inclusion of neuro-diverse children in mainstream media and play. Charlotte has a First Class BA Hons degree in English Literature and Theatre Studies and a Post Graduate Diploma in Physical Theatre from Royal Holloway University of London.
Christie studied fine art in London, before Co-Founding Dazzle & Fizz Ltd. Christie has single-handedly created and delivered all aesthetics for D&F, resulting in its market leading position in the UK. Christie’s exceptional execution of aesthetics has led to Dazzle & Fizz being featured in a number of media outlets including; ‘The Millionaires Gift Guide’ BBC2, ‘Spencer, Vogue and Wedding Two’, E4, ‘Age Gap Millionaires’ C4, BBC News Worldwide, CBBC, The Times, The Guardian, Town & Country, The Metro, BBC Radio, Talk Radio and LBC. Christie’s work within Dazzle & Fizz has led the company to secure partnerships with the most prestigious venues in London, all of whom demand an exacting aesthetic at all times. Partner venues Christie has secured include The Berkeley, Claridges, The Mandarin Oriental, The Savoy, The Corinthia and the Dorchester Collection. Christie Co-Founded Vesta in 2020 and has produced all creative content for the business since inception. Christie was also invited to attend the UN Women’s CSW as a delegate in 2020 and is a regular attendee at the Women and Work APPG at Westminster, UK. Christie is a passionate advocate for women from diverse backgrounds to excel in commerce, tech and business.
Lydia is a professional executive coach certified by the International Coach Federation. Coming from a dual career in public accounting and academia, Lydia led industry practice groups as an audit partner in the Dallas office of Grant Thornton, LLP and also served as the Professional in Residence at UNT’s College of Business Accounting Department. Lydia has always been passionate about motivating people to activate their highest personal and professional potential. Lydia’s coaching practice includes a diverse mix of clients, including partners, directors and senior managers in public accounting, CFOs, COOs, HR leaders, consultants, marketing and sales executives, mental and social health professionals and leaders in academia. Lydia coaches individuals and teams to realize their full potential by being honest, caring and courageous enough to implement lasting, positive changes to achieve better results. Lydia is a CPA and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, earning a Masters in Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. She volunteers her time as a financial coach, yoga instructor and generally supportive listener and encourager at juvenile and women’s detention centers.
Jeff is a former Firefighter, US Army Ranger and CIA Counterterrorism Operator, Jeff has dedicated hi life to discovering what separates success from failure. He has conducted operations and been responsible for producing powerful results in over twenty-three countries including two combat zones and multiple high-threat environments. Today, he continues to contribute to his community through the Operational Mindset Foundation and podcast, Mindset Radio with the mission to mentally, physically and emotionally prepare those who choose to place themselves in harms way.
Zoe is a proactive leader with proven success in developing and guiding sustainable development programs, national programming, strategic guidance, and community-centered project management. During her 20 years of International Development with non-profit organizations, Zoe has worked extensively in Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia, Central, and South America. She has led extensive fieldwork, policy development, senior management, leadership, team building, strategic planning, and program development for Government Ministries, the World Bank, and the European Union.
Tony Ricciardi is a serial entrepreneur and investor with deep operational experience. He co-founded and served as president of ListenTrust the leading bilingual call center for multi-lingual language services. In only 7 years, he grew the company to 800+ employees and over $15 million in revenue. He is passionate about leveraging conscious capitalism to raise consciousness.
Jeff Mitchell is a veteran entrepreneur and senior executive in real estate, telecommunications, music and entertainment. He has served as VP of sales, operations, and as managing partner of multiple real estate brokerages, leading teams up to 50 people, generating hundreds of millions in sales during his career. He is also a record producer, record label owner, musician and event producer.
Rob McNamara is an author, advisor, consultant and leadership coach with an expertise in adult development and human performance. He is a co-founder of the advisory firm Delta Developmental and is the Vice President of Strategy and Innovation at the World Communiversity educational initiative. Rob serves on faculty at the Ivey School of Business' LIFT Advanced Coaching Program. McNamara currently advises and coaches initiatives advancing National Security efforts and provides learning, development and educational direction for individuals, organizations and governments navigating civilizational transitions. Rob is an Integral Zen Dharma Holder training under Diane Musho Hamilton Roshi. Rob’s current areas of focus join meta-psychology, ethics, leadership development and human performance. He’s known for his big heart, radical embodied presence and purpose-driven commitment to enacting new visions of the future of humanity. Rob Holds an MA in Psychology and Harvard University Teaching Fellow.
David Riordan is a transmedia director and producer for Story Studio. He was the Executive Producer for the award-winning documentary film “Lost in Woonsocket”, and Producer for the Random 1 documentary television series on A&E Networks. He also directed the documentary film “The Future of Christianity” and co-created the Ken Wilber Biography Project and Google Ocean. Prior to becoming a convergence producer/director, David directed interactive production groups at Time Warner, Disney and Philips Media. He has won numerous awards from major interactive societies including seven Interactive Academy Awards.
Ollie Gabriel is a musical change maker that is moving the world with his music and heart. A kid from Louisiana with big dreams and humble beginnings, He has now built a successful international musical career with over 40 million streams and radio hits in Europe, Australia, and the US. He's been featured on major networks such as Fox, ABC, MTV, HBO, Showtime, and many more. In addition to being a musical powerhouse, Ollie has a long history as an online entrepreneur. He has consulted for over a decade and operated a digital marketing agency for the last 3 years that helps small businesses scale. His passion aside from business is impacting youth through education and developing creative awareness. His non-profit Music Mission Haus, works with non profits to create music projects that raise money for their mission.
Erica is an experienced Brand Strategist who specializes in creative marketing for startup businesses and eCommerce. Her mission is to create content and branding for businesses to further enhance their platform as well as develop a plan to focus on current market trends and future forecasting.
Her biggest passion lies in nonprofit work and helping to make a substantial impact in the daily lives of others, which was immensely inspired by her travels around the globe.