At the Wright Foundation, we transform lives from the inside out through education, training & coaching, and research & thought leadership.
The Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential is a 501(c)3 non-profit with three divisions. We focus on using cutting-edge social and emotional intelligence to activate leaders who help contribute to a 200-year vision of a world that works for everyone.
The Foundation includes three divisions:
As a Foundation, our mission is to live radiant, authentic lives, and to support others to unleash their potential by consciously engaging in their own transformation and leadership for the advancement of humanity and conscious, sustainable living on the planet. We ignite possibilities for thousands of people, nationally and internationally, by creating connection, nurturing vision, and driving contribution, one person at a time, from the inside out.
Creating Connection – Most people think emotions get in the way of relationships, but research shows that all emotions, when responsibly expressed, strengthen relationships. In fact, 90% of our students find that the ability to connect with their emotions is critical to having satisfying relationships.
Nurturing Vision – Many people think that achieving goals and amassing wealth lead to happiness and the good life, but the fact is, orienting toward and pursuing a meaningful vision for ourselves, meeting our deepest yearning and desires, is a key factor in living a fulfilling life. Nearly 90% of our students have found more fulfillment by developing greater vision.
Driving Contribution – Most people believe that you need to have a formal leadership role in order to lead, but the fact is, you are leading all the time. We see leadership as the capacity of every person to influence the thoughts, feelings, and actions of others – whether you are in a business meeting, a family dinner, or even in the audience of a presentation.
Who We Are Not
While the foundation is fiercely dedicated to cultivating the best in individuals, we are not a dogmatic or religiously-affiliated organization. Why do we address this on our website?
Here is how this came to pass.
Dr. Bob Wright, Wright Foundation CEO, was invited to be the keynote speaker at CEO conference. Unbeknownst to the foundation, they had a security firm do a due diligence on the speaker. The report came back negative, and Dr. Wright was informed that they were withdrawing the invitation.
The Foundation asked for the report from the firm that conducts due diligence on behalf of the conference. The security firm, the Recla group, gave the information they had found online that led them to not recommend him as a speaker. This began a process of discovery and ultimately leading to a two year process to clarify misleading information online.
The foundation further asked the Recla Group to conduct an anonymous due diligence investigation and process related to any concerns they had found related to the Wright foundation or any allegations of the foundation being a destructive sect or organization.
This resulted in The Wright Foundation being designated by them a CLEAR Directory certified transparent business. An independently conducted CLEAR business report can be viewed here in its entirety. Wright Graduate University’s history, accreditation, and approvals can be found on its website.
From our dedicated professional staff to our adjunct faculty members who are distinguished professionals in their fields, our team works to bring you great results!
Dr. Bob Wright is an internationally recognized author, speaker, educator and visionary known for his witticisms. He co-founded Wright to teach people to develop their vision, fulfill their dreams and start giving back to the world.Learn More
Dr. Judith Wright is hailed as a peerless educator, world-class coach, exemplary lifestyles expert, inspirational speaker, best-selling author, and corporate consultant. She is often called one of America’s Ultimate Experts.Learn More
Being the Chief Vision Realization Officer, Barbara is responsible for designing & leading the strategic vision for Wright. Barbara is a corporate consultant, coach, & trainer in the areas of transformational leadership, marketing, & employee empowerment.Learn More
Mike is a Professor, Co-Founder and Chancellor of the Wright Graduate University. He leads and manages Wright’s advanced personal growth groups and oversees the coaching staff. Mike also serves as managing director of Wright’s consulting arm.Learn More
As campus director, Kate is responsible for making sure WGU runs smoothly, from students’ experience in their courses, to accessibility of the library, to making sure WGU meets all the expectations of regulators, from Wisconsin to Washington, D.C.Learn More
Jessica is our Finance Manager and Director of Admin Staff. She is responsible for driving the financial forces of the business as well as mentoring and empowering the admin staff.Learn More
Dr. Gordon Medlock is a Senior Coach at Wright. He specializes in helping individuals clarify their unique talents and to discover career and life opportunities where they can create value and experience deeper levels of personal fulfillment.Learn More
Katie is the Executive Assistant to Dr. Judith Wright, Co-Founder and President of the Wright Foundation. She works with Dr. Judith to ensure clients receive maximum-quality services, from coaching to trainings – and everything in between.Learn More
Dr. Lyons specializes in coaching in and speaking about and parenting to mothers, potential mothers, and families.Learn More
Jillian is the Program Director, Director of Coaching & a Senior Coach at Wright. She trains Wright’s coaches & program leaders, leads several weekend trainings & oversees student services. She is responsible for developing the current Coaching curriculum.Learn More
Being a Coach, Trainer and Marketing Specialist at Wright, George is on his edge, devising ways to bring Wright’s services to individuals and the greater public.Learn More
Rachel is a core coach in the Year of Transformation program. She is an emergence coach specializing in empowering individuals to increase their fulfillment & satisfaction in their lives, to achieve their professional and personal goals.Learn More
Beryl is a Senior Coach at Wright. She serves as a group facilitator on many of Wright’s weekend trainings and coaches individual clients and students in both our introductory and advanced personal growth groups.Learn More
Dr. Philip Blue is a coach the at Wright Foundation and Professor of Applied Neuroscience at Wright Graduate University. He completed his PhD in cognitive neuroscience at China’s top university, Peking University, after attending Carleton College and conducting neuroscience research at the University of Chicago.Learn More
Ruth Hinkle is a key member of the Philanthropy department at the Wright Foundation.Learn More
Christina is a seasoned networker and inspirational leader who motivates with vision. As Development Manager, she builds relationships to further the mission of the Wright Foundation while aligning with the needs of donors.Learn More
Elyse Fischground is the Year of Transformation program coordinator and administrative assistant supporting the creation of a warm and inviting experience for our Wright community.Learn More
Sebastian Castro is a Staff Accountant for the Foundation. He brings a youthful and analytical perspective to the Finance Department. He is also a participant of the Year of Transformation.Learn More
Anna is a part of the enrollment team and is dedicate to the Wright Foundation’s 195-year vision for conscious, sustainable living on the planet.Learn More
James Fixx is a musician and audio engineer who joined the Foundation as an A/V Intern in fall 2018. Since then, he's expanded into his role as a well-rounded media producer and director of the department, working behind the cameras and soundboard for events, heading up the audiovisual design of the Foundation's new training space and video production studio, and working to bring our content online in new and engaging ways. He also coordinates most of the logistical goings-on within the media department, from making sure groups have the equipment they need to orchestrating a growing team of media staff to get projects done.Learn More
Yenny is the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant at the Wright Foundation. She helps define and maintain the office’s culture and values as well as the office environment itself, encompassing nearly every department and every team member.Learn More
Taylor is the Director of Operations, Registrar, and Financial Aid and the Distance Education Coordinator for the Wright Graduate University. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the registrar and financial aid functions and works closely with the Campus Director, Chancellor, Chief Visual Realization Officer, and Chief Academic Officer to turn ideas into reality to best service our students and community.Learn More
As a member of the marketing and media teams, Matthew works to create engaging, inspiring content for web and social media. Since arriving at the Wright Foundation as an A/V Intern in 2018, Matthew’s role has evolved to include media production, graphic design, web development, copywriting, and email marketing. He is currently focused on developing Wright’s online video subscription service, WrightNow.Learn More
Our clients are everyday rebels, ranging from CEOs to artists, stay-at-home moms to award-winning physicians – those constantly striving for the deeper truth.
They live courageously with heart, follow their yearning, go against the grain for the right reasons. Going beyond the status quo and doing the things their hearts demand of them. They make waves, rock the boat, live to their highest. They can’t be found in flocks.
They are the ones committed to bringing out the best in themselves and the people they lead.
I couldn’t do what I want to do on this planet without knowing how I feel and who I am. Nobody can.
I wanted to have an edge in human relationships because that’s what it’s all about, after all.
In the heart of Chicago, right off Lakeshore Drive and a few blocks from the Magnificent Mile, feel free to stop by anytime for a coaching session, a course, or just to say hello.
445 E. Ohio St., Suite 300, Chicago, IL 60611
Our Wisconsin training facility, and the campus of the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential, is nestled among 80 acres of restored prairie and oak savannah in southwest Wisconsin.
N7698 County Highway H, Elkhorn, WI 53121
Thomas S. Terry is Founder and CEO of The Terry Group, which advises executive teams on strategy, governance, and leadership. Tom is a fully credentialed actuary and an active leader in the actuarial profession in the U.S. and abroad. He currently serves as president of the American Academy of Actuaries and is a frequent speaker on social and financial security systems. Tom has been instrumental in the formation of Graduate studies program.
Dr. Stan V. Smith is a nationally renowned economist and financial consultant trained at the University of Chicago. He offers economic analysis in simple terms that any trier-of-fact can understand. As an expert consultant to plaintiff and defense attorneys representing clients in Federal and State courts, he provides testimony and litigation support services in evaluating damages.
Stan has developed state-of-the-art econometric analysis models to analyze economic and financial issues and has consulted for firms such as Sidley Austin, Kirkland & Ellis, Jenner & Block, Schiff Hardin and Wildman Harrold in Chicago, as well as thousands of other prominent firms nationwide.
John Davidoff is founder and CEO of Davidoff Communications, a national strategic planning and marketing communications consultancy. Founded in 2005, Davidoff Communications leads businesses, associations and nonprofits with its proprietary Mission-Driven™ branded methodology to increase mission impact, drive revenue, and build meaningful relationships with members, donors, partners, sponsors and other stakeholders. Davidoff Communications provides strategic planning, thought leadership, marketing communications, conference management, donor marketing and alternative revenue development services.
Bringing over 30 years of local, national and global experience to the table, Davidoff Communications has served clients including BlueCross BlueShield, State Farm Insurance, Anheuser-Busch, ComEd, P&G, American Cancer Society, Ocean Conservancy, Smithsonian, Monterey Bay Acquarium and many more.
Previously, John served as Vice President for Event Marketing and Sponsorship for DDB, Senior Vice President for Marketing for General Growth Properties, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing for Omnicom’s Radiate Group and CEO of Entertainment Marketing, Inc. John is a regular contributor to The Non Profit Times and is a public speaker, profiling leaders and characteristics of Mission-Driven organizations.
John is a founding board member of the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential. He has served as a student-leader at Wright since 2005, and is a currently a senior leader and coach. He also sits on the boards of the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Sunday Evening Club and Ithaca College Alumni Association.
John lives in Evanston with his wife Jacki Davidoff. They have two sons, Josh and Jasper.
Karen Wilson Smithbauer is an educator, businesswoman, and philanthropist from Grosse Ile, Michigan. Following ten years of teaching early childhood and elementary education, she joined Central distributors of Beer, Inc., one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributorships in the U.S., and served in diverse positions ranging from office manager to trucking operations owner, to CEO and Chairman of the Board until her retirement in 2007.
She has since established the Karen Colina Wilson Foundation, focusing on women’s and children’s health, welfare, safety, well-being, and development; endowed a chair for brain cancer at the Cleveland Clinic; and received the Woman of the Year Award from the American Association of University Women. In addition to being on the board, Karen is a Co-Chair of the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential Capital Campaign Committee.
Rich is the founder of Lyons Consulting Group (LCG). He is responsible for leading the company’s strategy and vision as well as working closely with customers. He brings over 10 years of experience in IT consulting, and over 16 years of experience in business development. He spends the majority of his days with LCG’s customers.
Prior to founding LCG, Rich served as Vice President of Sales for divine, Inc. in Chicago, responsible for the largest and most profitable professional services region in the firm, generating over $40M annually. He served in that same role as part of marchFIRST and Whittman-Hart. He joined Whittman-Hart in January of 1995.
Rich graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BSEE from the University of Michigan and holds a M.B.A. from J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Rich serves as a senior consultant, adjunct faculty, and executive coach with The Wright Business Institute where he teaches courses on leadership and teamwork, sales, and communication. As a coach, Rich is excellent at holding big vision for his clients, helping them to identify blocks, and finding innovative solutions to help them develop and grow to their next level of success, achievement and contribution.
Perhaps most importantly, Rich is happily married and the proud father of two daughters, Morgan and Hannah. He is also an avid golfer.
Art Silver has been a leader in manufacturing for almost 60 years. A highly successful entrepreneur, Art sold his most recent company, Clad-Rex, an innovative manufacturer of vinyl clad metal and pre-painted steel aluminum materials, in 2012 where he still acts as a consultant. Previous to his Clad-Rex partnership, Art successfully founded and led 3 different companies all of which he built and sold.
Art has now been involved with Wright for over 25 years. He is a co-founder of the men’s leadership program and has been a student-leader since 1991. He is a warm and influential member of our community, and he is known for supporting our students to see greater things for themselves. He has contributed a great deal to the Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential and one of the buildings at our Elkhorn campus in Wisconsin, the Art Silver Center, is named after him. Currently, he coaches and leads groups Wright’s signature program, the Year of Transformation.
Sahar Malik is an Engagement Manager in Heidrick & Struggles Chicago office and a member of the Healthcare Services and Life Sciences Practice. Sahar brings 11+ years of experience in executive search and leadership advisory, with expertise in CEO/President level and Board roles across Biotech and Pharmaceuticals, Life Sciences Tools and Diagnostics, Medical Devices and Technology, Healthcare Services, Healthcare Information Technology and Digital Health.
Previously, Sahar worked for another large global executive search firm. In addition to her client work across the healthcare space, she was Head of Research for the Chicago Office, leading a team of sixteen analysts and associates, as well as a global sub-sector and key account leader. She also helped build the medical device, digital health, healthcare private-equity, and healthcare services practices at this firm.
Sahar began her career as a Research Assistant in the Economics Department at Columbia University, in Industrial Organization and Game Theory research. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Scott G. Stephen is president of Guaranteed Rate’s Online Division, Guaranteed Rate Insurance and Ravenswood Title, overseeing performance and productivity of these business units. Scott also manages and executes strategic operations for GuaranteedRate.com, including the launch of new, industry-disrupting applications and lead generation opportunities.
Scott previously served as the COO of Playboy Enterprises. Prior to Playboy, he was COO of Yesmail, one of the pioneering digital marketing companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from University of Notre Dame and an MBA in Marketing and Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University (Kellogg). Scott is known for his intensity, candor and no-nonsense approach. He is an avid student of leadership and the maximization of human potential. In his free time, Scott enjoys boxing, hanging out with his kids and debating anything in sports.
Don Delves is a Director in the Executive Compensation Line of Business and specializes in advising family and closely held businesses. Based in Chicago, Don is a leading expert and highly sought-after consultant and speaker on corporate governance and executive pay and performance, with over twenty-five years’ experience consulting with major corporate boards and executive teams across the country. Don leads Willis Towers Watson’s Closely Held Business Practice and is a recognized expert on principles-based corporate governance, incentive design, performance measurement and value creation.
Dr. Delves is frequently interviewed and cited as an expert in major media including Harvard Business Review, Fortune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fox Business News, The Today Show, CNBC and National Public Radio. He has testified before the U.S. Senate and the FASB on the hotly debated issue of stock option expensing. Delves’ book, Stock Options and the New Rules of Corporate Accountability: Measuring, Managing, and Rewarding Performance (McGraw-Hill, 2003; World at Work, 2006), is in its second edition and considered a “must-read” for board members, executives, and investors. Delves also published, Accounting for Compensation Arrangements, (CCH, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012) the definitive guide for accounting for stock options, equity incentives, and other forms of compensation.
In 2001, he founded The Delves Group, a Chicago-based consultancy dedicated to working with corporate boards and compensation committees to improve their effectiveness and the way they are organized and directed. Prior to founding The Delves Group, Dr. Delves was the Managing Director of the Chicago office of iQuantic, a Partner at Sibson and Company, and an executive compensation consultant with Towers Perrin. He had previously worked with Arthur Andersen & Co.
Education and Credentials
Delves holds a doctorate in education in principles-based corporate governance from Fielding Graduate University, an M.B.A. degree in finance from the University of Chicago and a B.A., summa cum laude, in economics from DePauw University. He is highly-trained in process- and principles- based leadership with certifications from the Wright Graduate University, and is on the faculty of World at Work. Dr. Delves writes and speaks regularly on management, executive pay and governance at a variety of organizations including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the National Association of Corporate Directors, the National Association of Stock Plan Professionals, and the Brookings Institute. He also teaches principles-based leadership at the Wright Graduate University. Don serves on the boards of The Metropolitan Club of Chicago, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, the Wright Graduate University, and The Advisory Council of The 100 Year Starship. He is a Certified Public Accountant, and a past president of the Chicago Compensation Association.
Having started his first business in fourth grade programming Bulletin Board Systems (BBSes), working for Apple Computer as a college freshman, and then founding a computer networking services company employing college classmates while an undergrad at UW-Whitewater, Dave Stamm has always been passionate about implementing technology and serving people. Dave is currently the CEO of two technology companies: Stamm Technologies and Stamm Media.
Stamm Technologies is a leading provider of outsourced IT services to businesses and non-profits in Metro Milwaukee and Chicagoland. Stamm Technologies delivers “Whatever I.T. Takes!” to their clients, including: Harley-Davidson, Manpower, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, Lubar & Co., BizTimes, Heiser Automotive Group, First Stage Children’s Theater, and many others.
Stamm Media combines rich interactive media creation, audiovisual equipment rental, and a full suite of technical services to strengthen brands and create immersive experiences. Stamm Media clients include MTV, Nickelodeon, GE Healthcare, TD Ameritrade, CVS Caremark, Turner Networks, Fox Networks, Children’s Hospital of WI, Miller Brewing, Harley-Davidson, and more.
Stamm Technologies/Stamm Media is a Milwaukee Future 50 (2009, 2014), Milwaukee Fastest Growing Firms (2014) and Best Workplaces (2010) award winner. Dave is a prior 40-Under-40 Winner (2007) and UW-Whitewater’s Outstanding Recent Alumni Award (2010) recipient.
Dave served on board of Volunteers of America of Wisconsin for 10 years serving in various capacities including Secretary and Treasurer until the organization was merged into another non-profit. Volunteers of America of Wisconsin is dedicated to enriching the lives of elderly and disabled adults by providing affordable, quality housing and residential care, while touching the spirit of those served.
Dave is currently serving on the Board of Milwaukee Film.
Considered by many to be one of the leading thinkers in human development, Dr. Bob Wright is CEO and co-founder of the Wright Foundation for the Realization of Human Potential, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping people bring out their best and energize their lives. He is also co-founder and Professor of Transformational Leadership at the Wright Graduate University. An internationally recognized visionary, educator, program developer, author, speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, and executive coach, Dr. Wright was recognized as a top executive coach by Crain’s Chicago Business. He has coached CEOs across the country from leading name public companies to entrepreneurial startups.
Dr. Wright’s revolutionary Integrative Model of Human Growth and Development provides a much needed practical application of theory into everyday life, helping hundreds of thousands of individuals to understand themselves, strategize, and take action to reach their potential. Called “the most powerful comprehensive model of its kind,” this model forms the core curriculum at the Wright Foundation. His revolutionary personal and professional training and development methodology leads not only to significant professional success, but also to fulfillment in all life areas.
Dr. Wright has demonstrated success in a wide variety of areas. He is an outstanding radio and television personality, delivering what author Andrew Harvey calls his “hard light.” He co-authored the award-winning book, Transformed! The Science of Spectacular Living. His books on purpose in business and people skills have been translated into multiple languages and sold over 200,000 copies around the world. His newest book, The Heart of the Fight, was just released in February 2016. His nationally acclaimed employee assistance and managed mental health firm, Human Effectiveness, Inc., was rated top in the nation by Mercer Meidinger Medical Audit as well as Arthur Andersen.
Dr. Wright founded the Men’s Guild, a powerful men’s organization for a new model of manhood and established Be Heard, an organization to promote environmentally conscious political action. Dr. Wright is also sought-after in the area of transformational leadership having founded the Transformational Leadership Symposium, convening experts from around the nation to recognize cutting edge transformational leaders including Brad Anderson, former CEO of Best Buy, as well as the 2011 award recipient, Dr. Muhammad Yunus.
Dr. Wright has completed a BA in Sociology, a MA in Communications, MSW in Clinical Social Work, and a Doctorate in Education, Leadership, and Change.
Dr. Judith Wright is the Chief Academic Officer, Professor of Transformational Coaching and co-founder of at Wright Graduate University for the Realization of Human Potential. She is also president and co-founder of the Wright Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to helping individuals bring out their best personally and professionally. She is the author of multiple books including Transformed: The Science of Spectacular Living, There Must Be More Than This, The One Decision, The Soft Addiction Solution, and The Heart of the Fight.
A pioneer in the field of human development, Dr. Wright first rose to national prominence by developing innovative education and early childhood development programs for individuals with developmental disabilities and demonstration programs for college students with disabilities. These experiences fueled her passion for developing human potential as she then applied the profound insights she discovered to the general population, spurring people from all walks of life to significant success in personal transformation and leadership development.
A media favorite, sought‐after speaker, respected leader, bestselling author, coach, educator, and corporate consultant, Judith’s work has been covered in over 1,000 media appearances, including ABC’s 20/20, Oprah, Good Morning America, the Today show, radio and television shows around the country, and magazines and newspapers around the world.
Dr. Judith Wright is the founder of the Society of Femininity in Action, providing revolutionary leadership training for women. She is also one of the country’s foremost experts on transformational leadership, having founded the Transformational Leadership Symposium, with convenes experts from around the nation to recognize cutting edge transformational leaders including Nobel laureate and congressional medal of honor winner, Dr. Muhammad Yunus.