Partners and Principal Consultants
Dixon de Leña, Co-Founder and Managing Partner. Since 1981, Dixon has consulted, coached or designed trainings for over 200,000 people, from C-suite level executives, senior manager teams, innovation project teams and entrepreneurs to create possibility, engagement, and innovation within themselves, their teams, and organizations. He’s consulted and advised companies in several industry groups in the Fortune 50/100/500 group and organizations in the private and public sectors in North America and Europe. Notable among his clients have been Aetna Life & Casualty, CR Bard, Expansion Capital Partners, GTE Telephone Operations, Ingersoll Rand, Microsoft Corporation, Numi Tea Inc., Redhook, Progressive Insurance, Northwestern Mutual Life, SCO, Van Melle, Wall Data, Work On Progress B.V., the 1984 Olympic Women’s Marathon Trial Organization, City of Seattle.
Beginning in 1997, Dixon became an outspoken advocate for the business community to adopt sustainability practices of integrity, accountability and transparency for its environmental, social impact, and its effects on the financial system. In 1999 he co-founded Integral Partnerships with Dr. Paul Ray, Sherry Anderson, Mark Gerson, Bob Stilger and Maurice Zilber. Their purpose was to deploy Dr. Ray’s research data on the Cultural Creatives to affect positive change in business, government and civil society. Dixon has helped promote visionary business organizations and industry movements such as LOHAS (Lifestyle Of Health And Sustainability) and Green America Green Business in America, Europe, Hong Kong and China. He is a contributing author to the business anthology, “Einstein’s Business: Engaging Soul, Imagination, and Excellence in the Workplace”. Dixon was a member of Cohort #1 of the Sustainable Management MBA Program of Bainbridge Island Graduate Institute, now the Sustainable MBA Program at Pinchot University.
Integral Partnerships’ coaching, development and training technology is all about engagement – from the executive suite to the shop floor – to raise success rates of innovation breakthrough projects, new possibility projects, culture re-invention, post-acquisition/mergers, post-downsizing, post re-engineering processes, market expansion, restructures, and changes in leadership. Their process typically includes strategy, innovation breakthrough, organizational culture, integral vision assessment, skills inventory, development of coaching programs, leadership development, and executive retreat facilitation.
In public talks and workshops, Dixon re-ignites people’s creativity, awakens their compassion, and helps them find the source of true empowerment in their lives. Dixon believes that we must experiment and integrate what works for us from the many disciplines and personal growth modalities available to us today. Ancient and contemporary systems of growth and development help our evolving consciousness and psychological maturity if we can integrate these practices into our modern life. He is a life-long student of ancient and contemporary transformation technologies since the late-70’s, including The Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition™ and The Diamond Approach™.
Valorie de Leña, M.A., Senior Partner. Valorie’s focus is consulting and coaching couples and business partners who are cultivating mutually empowering relationships. Formerly an Adjunct Faculty member of our Executive Development Intensives, Valorie brings her experience and expertise of working with individuals and couples as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner and is currently a Diamond Approach™ teacher-in-training.
Valorie views the importance of integrating the body, mind and spirit in the individual development process that supports the aliveness created when two are uniquely gathered together in relationship. She finds this process of the journey of two people to be spontaneous, creative and extremely meaningful for the continual development of mutually empowering relationships in the world today.
Our History and Founding Partners
In 1999, Dixon de Leña, Dr. Paul H. Ray, Sherry Anderson, Mark Gerzon, Bob Stilger and Maurice Zilber founded Integral Partnerships LLC. Dr. Ray’s breakthrough market research discovered an emerging subculture of 50 Million American adults living, consuming and voting from a unique set of transformational values. These “Cultural Creatives”, as Ray called them, were our inspiration to help integrate Business, Planet and Society. Armed with our skills and experience as veteran change agents and with Ray’s market data, we set out to convince leaders in business, government and civil society that sustainable living was not only possible, there was a demand for it! For the next 10 years, we shared the research data with interested leaders of business, finance, political parties, governments and social movement groups in North and South America, Europe, China, Korea and Japan.
By 2010, after many of the founding partners retired or moved on to other projects and Dixon de Leña took over as CEO. He declared the new focus and mission of Integral Partnerships is to make empowerment possible through the creation of integral partnerships across our global community before the end of this century.
If you’re curious whether you’re a Cultural Creative you can find the questionnaire here.
The Cultural Creatives research data helped in the formulation of the LOHAS industry association, now a global movement for organics, natural lifestyle, alternative health and sustainability.