Richard Strozzi-Heckler has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a Shihan and seventh degree black belt in Aikido. He is a nationally known speaker, coach and consultant on leadership and mastery. He is the Founder of Strozzi Institute, which offers consulting and coaching services to individuals and companies on five continents. He designed and teaches the Somatic Coaching Course at Strozzi Institute as well as the Advanced Leadership in Action course. For over past fifty years he has coached thousands of executives from Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, non-profits, technology start-ups, the U.S. government and military.
Dr. Strozzi-Heckler was featured on the front page of the October 9, 2000 issue of The Wall Street Journal for the leadership program he designed and implemented for the U.S. Marine Corps. He was named one of the Top 50 Executive Coaches in The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, Jossey-Bass, and Profiles in Coaching, Linkage Publications. He is also the Honorary President of the Peruvian Coaching Association. He is the co-founder of the Mid-East Aikido Project (MAP) which brings Israelis and Palestinians together through the practice of Aikido. From 2002 to 2007 he was an advisor to NATO and the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe (SACEUR) General Jim Jones, also the National Security Advisor.
Dr. Strozzi-Heckler is the author of 8 books including the nationally acclaimed The Leadership Dojo, In Search of the Warrior Spirit, and The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion.