Conference for Global Transformation

2023 Journal Article Authors

The 2024 Journal authors will be announced by January 2024

The information on this page applies for the 2023 Conference.


Andrew M. Crockett
, CPA, is a civic activist committed to thriving democracy and empowered citizenry. He ran for public office in Silicon Valley in 2022, earning 98,459 votes. He shares his hard-earned wisdom in his 2023 journal paper “Belonging on the Ballot: Rediscovering Democracy.” He acknowledges his partner of 15 years – Jane Beckman – for her support through the campaign and with the paper. Together, they recently saved a community center from closure, and they both serve as executive producers of the feature-length documentary, “Reenactress,” which tells the history of women who covertly fought as soldiers in the American Civil War.

Anna Sun Choi, singer songwriter, energy coach, Forbes author, and TEDx speaker, serves high-achieving, creative, conscious business leaders who want to quiet their mind chatter, cut through distractions, and tap into boundless energy in order to catalyze a tipping point for global enlightenment. Her 20 years of energy coaching blends ancient wisdom, energy mastery, and brain education as a Dahn master healer, Korean qigong yoga instructor, Awakened Life meditation teacher, and taekwondo martial artist. Choi was a former Self-Expression & Leadership Program leader for seven years and has participated at Landmark since 2006.

Barbara Lewthwaite
is a pioneer, mother, teacher, healer, psychic, and spiritual life coach. Through her love of humanity and Mother Earth, she brings enlightenment and transformation to people and communities worldwide in a variety of contexts, including Māori language schools, English as a second language education, bereavement courses, parenting skills education, and the Hollybush campsite spiritual community, which she ran for 14 years. She is currently gathering champions for leadership in Africa with the Diamond Communities project. Standing for every sector of society to come from compassion, tolerance, creativity, productivity, sustainability, and love, Lewthwaite is currently writing her autobiography.

Dave Forrest is an entrepreneur, English coach, voiceover artist, and certified permaculture designer in the Basque Country of Spain, home of the Mondragon cooperatives and the world’s strongest social economy. He is a graduate of Occidental College, where he studied political science, focusing on economics and Latin American studies. He is committed to paradise on Earth, a commitment that will need a lot of structure to be fulfilled. He wonders about structure all the time and suspects that mastery of structure is the key to effectiveness. He is president of his local community garden and says he grows the world’s most delicious tomatoes.

Diana Page Jordan
uses her love of fact-centered and inspirational interviewing — that she developed as a radio and television news anchor and reporter — in her work as a seasoned book coach, publicist, ghostwriter, media coach, and voice talent. As an award-winning multimedia journalist — who concurrently freelanced for transformational authors, entrepreneurs, experts, and organizations – she thrives in all those worlds. Jordan has interviewed thousands of authors, hosted podcasts and videos, written and created book segments for the Associated Press Radio Network’s 800 stations, Martha Stewart Living, SiriusXM,, and ABC and CBS televions stations, as well as cover stories for Writers Digest.

Ed Stroupe spent 35 years as a software developer and designer. With Mary, his wife of 30 years, he co-founded Integritas, Inc., and led its development group to achieving five national certifications of their electronic medical-record software. Since his retirement in 2013, he has devoted his time to studying philosophy, and in 2017 he published a novel, Signaling: A Message from the Future. Stroupe sees the Discourse as Access inquiry that he writes about to be a powerful way to forward transformation in the world. Currently, he lives in Santa Fe with Mary, three cats, and two dogs.

The Rev. Dr. Eileen Epperson
has been a Presbyterian minister for 33 years, serving as a parish minister and a chaplain in several hospitals and hospices. Her ministry now is spiritual life-coaching with individuals and groups. Epperson’s programs empower clients and teams in releasing the past and learning to communicate authentically. She is a seasoned grief-support facilitator. She lives in northwest Connecticut in the United States. Her commitment for the world is: freedom from the past; power in the present.

Hilary Arnow Burns grew up in Westport, Connecticut. She graduated from Wharton Business School at University of Pennsylvania in 1981. She spent more than 30 years as a business consultant to companies all over the world. She is an author, creator, and has a weekly show distributed on more than 187 networks. Her commitment is that all people are free to create lives they love.

Lori Watkins
was born in Santiago, Chile, and, as an infant, was adopted by American diplomats serving at the U.S. Embassy in Santiago. Living in underdeveloped countries much of her childhood, she is a “third-culture kid.” Watkins absorbed the cultures, history, and traditions of the countries where she lived and, for the past 23 years, has brought all of this to bear on her work as a vocational nurse. Watkins also creates custom paintings with oils and acrylics on canvas and demonstrates her love for community by video-editing for organizations that serve the public. Her commitment for the world: All beings are heard, including human beings.

A Taoist since childhood, Mark Blumler fell in love with California wildflowers and studied plant ecology in college, eventually becoming a biogeography professor. Currently, he is showing how the Taoist view of human-nature relationships aligns with and can illuminate “non-equilibrium” ecology.

Peg Miller
was born March 31, 1944, in Yakima, Washington. She was born to a mother with undiagnosed bipolar disorder and an alcoholic father. She was abused emotionally, physically, and sexually as a child. These experiences led to her work as a swim instructor and lifeguard, a physical therapist with disabled adults and children, a drug and alcohol counselor and somatic psychotherapist with homeless, traumatized, and addicted criminal men and women. She retired in December of 2020 and has spent the last two years writing with the objective of sharing stories as a way of creating a world of belonging.

Rachel Barwell’s commitments span social justice and environmental and equity issues. She’s engaged in community efforts to transform the pace and effectiveness of Aotearoa, New Zealand’s, climate mitigation, adaptation, and restoration actions. She is a founding member of the InnoVuntu Initiative, designed to address the intersection of “wicked problems” in Zambia and help stakeholders create and fulfill the transformation of Zambia’s food systems – a future where Zambia’s people, environment, and economy are thriving in 2050. She is also a founding member of the African Women’s Leadership and Mental Well-being program, drawing together hundreds of women to engage in transformative leadership inquiries.

Rich Schuster
might be considered one of the elders of the Wisdom Course Area. He is committed that all people have access to the created dimension of being, that they are thereby empowered to be up to great and challenging work. In addition to having had a productive career in physics and engineering, he is a student of, and has trained many people in, practices of communication to support aliveness and productivity. Rich and Noreen Schuster live in the San Francisco Bay Area and have been married for more than 40 years.

Rose Grant is inspired by a vision of a bright world, with healthy communities and vibrant ecosystems everywhere, and is committed to potent climate action. Working with farmers and land and water managers in Australia, Grant has seen the insidious and disastrous effects of atmospheric pollution on lives and livelihoods over three decades. An early adopter of renewable energy, electric vehicles, and regenerative agriculture, she is now exploring new opportunities to reduce greenhouse gases, enrich environments, strengthen economies, and build vibrant communities.

Sel J. Hwahng
, Ph.D., (they/them/their) is an assistant professor of women’s, gender, health, and sexuality studies at Towson University and is also pursuing a master’s degree in cardiovascular epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. Hwahng is currently leading cardiovascular and nutritional health studies on LGBTQ+ and women of color populations and recently edited a book on global LGBTQ+ health (Springer Nature). Hwahng also teaches the “Being A Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership” course to graduate and undergraduate students at two different higher-educational institutions and has been involved in the Wisdom Course Area of Landmark since 2004.

Stefan Schröder, MD, shares two of his ever-expanding areas of interest in his journal papers this year. A German doctor of psychiatry, a university lecturer, medical director, and former head of a dementia facility, he created a new branch of psychiatry called “relational medicine“ based on the work of Buber, Dürckheim, and others. He integrates psychotherapeutic approaches like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with animal-facilitated therapy, yoga, dance, music, and art. Schröder lives with his wife Steffi and their many animals and credits his children and grandchildren for giving him such a wonderful perspective on life and the future.

Dr. Te Raukura Roa
is a former center manager for Landmark’s Auckland Center. She is an indigenous Māori woman from Aotearoa, New Zealand, and a powerful stand for the empowerment and freedom of her people. She is passionate about the revitalization of her language and culture and the transformation for all people of Aotearoa. She has a Ph.D. in Māori Studies, was a Fulbright Scholar, and is a published author. She owns two Māori businesses, Roa Ltd. and ManaWhatuĀhuru Ltd., which are committed to the creation of Māori language resources and the development of mātauranga Māori (Māori knowledge base) programs.