Marc Lesser is the former CEO and co- founder of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI). He is a long term Zen teacher. Marc is the author of Know Yourself, Forget Yourself, Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less, and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration; How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life.

He is founder and CEO of ZBA Associates LLC, a company providing executive coaching, consulting and keynote speaking services to businesses and non-profits. Clients include Google, Twitter, The City of San Francisco, Stanford, and Global Fund For Women.

He was the founder and former CEO of Brush Dance, a publisher of greeting cards, calendars and gift items, with spiritual themes and artwork. He spent 15 years taking Brush Dance from an idea in his garage to a multi-million dollar publishing company, with distribution throughout the U.S. and the world.

He facilitates retreats for CEO’s, business leaders, and management teams. Has been co-leading Company Time retreats for business leaders  at Green Gulch Farm for many years.

He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years and was former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He received his M.B.A. degree from New York University and his undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University. He is currently a  member of the Social Venture Network.


Marc’s Services:

Keynote Speaking

Mill Valley Zen


ZBA Associates