Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser is a CEO, executive coach, trainer, and Zen teacher with more than twenty-five years of experience as a leader supporting leaders to reach their full potential, as business executives and as full, thriving human beings. He is currently CEO of ZBA Associates, an executive coaching and development organization. Marc helped develop the world-renowned Search Inside Yourself program within Google. He cofounded and was CEO of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. Marc was tapped for this role based on having been CEO of three companies, having an MBA degree from New York University, and having sat more than ten thousand hours of mindfulness meditation. Marc has coached executives and led trainings in Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, health care, and government. He has trained hundreds of teachers worldwide as mindfulness and emotional intelligence trainers. Prior to his business and coaching career, Marc was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for ten years, including one year as director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the first Zen monastery in the Western world. He has a passion for utilizing business as a force for positive change and sees work as a place to cultivate character and bring meaning and satisfaction to everyday life. In 2022, Marc launched the podcast Zen Bones: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times ( It features interviews with the world’s leading thinkers and activists, as well as mindfulness practice sessions. For more, visit and the Zen Bones Substack newsletter at
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