Marc Lesser Biography

  • Marc Lesser is CEO of ZBA Associates LLC, a company providing executive coaching, consulting, and keynote speaking services to businesses and non-profits. Clients include Google, Technorati, Stanford, and Social Venture Network.
  • Author of the books, Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less, and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration: How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life. Both books were published by New World Library.
  • Founder and former CEO of Brush Dance, a publisher of greeting cards, calendars, and gift items, with spiritual themes and artwork. Spent 15 years taking Brush Dance from an idea in his garage to a multi-million dollar publishing company, with distribution throughout the US and the world. Largest customers include Target, Borders, Barnes & Noble, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
  • Long-term Zen student and teacher. Former resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years. Teaches and lectures at the San Francisco Zen Center and throughout the US. Former director of Tassajara, Zen Mountain Center.
  • M.B.A. degree from New York University. Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Rutgers University.
  • Facilitates retreats for CEOs, business leaders, and management teams. Has been co-leading Company Time retreats for business leaders for the past 10 years.
  • Keynote addresses for National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Green Business Conference, Net Impact (socially responsible MBA organization), and other organizations.
  • Teaches a class, Integrating Work, Life, and Relationships, at Stanford University Continuing Education.
  • Board member, Social Venture Network. Member since 1995.