An internationally acclaimed educator, author, world-class speaker, and in-demand expert on the psychology of greatness, Stewart Emery has devoted his life to the study of human potential.
The first CEO of est (now Landmark Education) and cofounder of Actualizations in 1975 (an international learning and development company), he is considered one of the most influential people in the human potential movement and has been awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters degree by John F. Kennedy University as an acknowledgement of his contributions.
Over the last 15 years Stewart has led thousands of employees and hundreds of managers around the world through Vision-Values-Strategy-Leadership initiatives based on the research from the international bestsellers Built to Last (Collins and Porras), Good to Great (Collins) and Success Built to Last, which he co-wrote with Porras and Thompson. This body of work sprang from the most comprehensive research project ever undertaken into what makes a great company great, how good companies become great companies, and the traits of enduringly successful leaders who build great companies.
Stewart has been involved with numerous bestselling books throughout the years, the latest of which—Do You Matter? How Great Design Will Make People Love Your Company—was released in September 2008 by FT Press. Coauthored with iconic designer Robert Brunner (who founded Apple’s legendary Industrial Design Group and hired Jonathan Ive), it has become required business reading.
Stewart’s curiosity and insight into business cultures and what is required to achieve greatness has often led to remarkable outcomes. He was responsible for connecting the core team of people to create the Barnes & Noble Nook in an astonishingly brief twelve-month period. He’s also the man who lead the conversations at MasterCard that were a catalyst for the legendary “Priceless” campaign and conducted training programs for two thousand team members to create an intentional culture and leverage the “Priceless” theme. He is a founding member and vice president of the Transformational Leadership Council.
A celebrated storyteller with a great sense of humor, Stewart has appeared as a featured guest on myriad television and radio talk shows through the years. He has conducted coaching interviews with more than 12,000 notable individuals in the last three decades, and more than 250,000 people have attended his live programs. Through leading workshops and seminars, writing books, delivering keynotes, and making radio and television appearances, Stewart Emery has touched the lives of millions of people…and will continue to do so with his current projects, Who’s In Your Room? and What Ever You Are Be A Good One.
Aside from work, Stewart’s portfolio of passions also includes aviation (he and his wife Joan are both instrument rated pilots and fly a classic Beechcraft Bonanza), jazz, Baroque music, travel, technology, food, wine, coffee and cooking. In fact, he’s a member of a tasting panel that develops blends for Thomas Keller’s restaurants. Originally from Sydney, Australia, where he was an award winning producer-director of TV commercials, Stewart now lives with Joan in the San Francisco Bay Area.