This was the speaker list for the 2019 Life 2.0 – Three Principles Conference.
Speakers for 2020 Conference still to be announced – watch this space!
Dr Dicken Bettinger
Dicken Bettinger, Ed.D., received his doctorate in counselling psychology and practiced as a licensed clinical psychologist for 32 years. In 1986 he met Sydney Banks and feels fortunate that for 23 years he was able to learn the 3 Principles directly from him. Dicken co-founded one of the first 3P centres in the US. Dicken was a senior staff at Pransky and Associates for 16 years, where he developed and led corporate and university leadership trainings, team development, and executive coaching. In 2012 Dicken founded Three Principles Mentoring. He shares the 3Ps in seminars throughout the US and worldwide. Dicken has been married to Coizie for 46 years. He is blessed with two adult children and two adored grandchildren. He enjoys photography, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and travelling.
Erika Bugbee, M.A. has spent two decades helping people individually, facilitating workshops, presenting at webinars and conferences both nationally and internationally, and teaching groups that include business leaders, engineers, hospital staff, and the University of Washington Mental Health Center practitioners. As the daughter of George and Linda Pransky, Erika grew up learning the principles and ultimately became a partner at Pransky and Associates where she worked for 18 years. She co-founded the company’s Online Learning Division creating several online courses that teach the Three Principles from the ground-up. Currently these courses have reached 32 countries and continue to spread. Erika has since started her own practice to follow her passion of specializing in teens, young adults, and parents through in-person, phone and video coaching. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology through University of Oregon and City University, respectively. She lives outside Seattle, Washington with her husband of 20 years, two teenagers, and two dogs.
Ami Chen Mills-Naim
Ami Chen Mills-Naim is mother of two school-age children, and wife of one. She is author of The Spark Inside: A Special Book for Youth and co-author with her late father, Dr. Roger Mills, of State of Mind in the Classroom: Thought, Consciousness and the Essential Curriculum for Healthy Learning. For ten years, she was Executive Director of Centre for Sustainable Change, co-founded with Dr. Mills, and directed the National Community Resiliency project with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the San Francisco and Shinnyo-en Foundations, and others. This work with community police, teachers, hospitals, schools and many other organisations achieved reductions in violent crime, crime, and symptoms of depression; and increases in academic achievement, civic engagement and self-efficacy–in a wide range of neighbourhoods from Des Moines, IA to the Mississippi Delta. Ami has worked extensively with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice and the S.F. Court and County School system. She also worked for six years teaching the Principles in correctional facilities at Santa Clara County (Silicon Valley)–including the county jail, work furlough programs and juvenile hall, minimum and maximum security units. In her hometown in the San Francisco Bay Area, she recently taught a popular, free class for drop-in homeless guests. She works now in private practice with new practitioners, individuals and families, as well as with schools and communities.
Jan and Chip Chipman
Chip and Jan had the honor of being mentored by Sydney Banks from 1975 until 2009. From 1994 to 2004 they conducted retreats with him in Europe and North America. His guidance during these events about sharing in as deep and simple a manner as possible, guides their work to this day. They currently share their understanding though speaking engagements, retreats and webinars worldwide. From their base on Salt Spring Island, they offer one on one Skype sessions as well as retreats for individuals, couples, and groups. The books and recordings of Sydney Banks are fundamental to all their work, helping countless people find happiness and understanding after being touched by those original materials. Chip is President of the Three Principles Foundation, and in 2008, co-founded the Three Principles School on Salt Spring Island, dedicated to sharing the simplicity and purity of the Three Principles, “As discovered and taught by Sydney Banks”.
Alongside Shaul Rosenblatt, Julian helped form Tikun and establish it as a focus for sharing wisdom and wellbeing, with the 3 Principles firmly at its core. His biggest personal insight was the realisation that he didn’t need to ‘control it all’. He recognised that by stepping out of his own way, he could allow life to become a smoother, effortless and more joyful experience. He quickly changed from the angry ‘bear with a sore head’ into someone enjoying life with a smile on his face. This also led him to a complete change in his physical appearance and lifestyle, losing 8 stones (50 kilos) and getting fit. This turnaround is proof that internal changes bring about changes to the external, never the other way around. Julian graduated from One Thought Institute in 2011 and has been a Practitioner for several years.
Mara Gleason is the co-founder of One Solution, an international NGO dedicated to solving large-scale global issues by illuminating a new understanding of the mind. It is Mara’s life passion to demonstrate how our understanding of the mind is both the source of our problems and also their solutions. Only when we collectively see the link between our minds and everything we experience and create in the world, will we move toward a more peaceful, sustainable, and prosperous world.
Throughout her career, Mara has worked with all walks of life, including MIT-trained physicists, UN directors, US Marines, NHL players, Microsoft managers, kids and prison inmates. For 7 years, she partnered with Aaron Turner to co-direct, One Thought, and helped train hundreds of practitioners from around the world. She is a sought after speaker at international conferences, has been interviewed in Elle magazine South Africa and been a featured guest on many podcasts.
Mara graduated with a Master’s degree from Columbia University in 2006. She currently lives in both Brooklyn and Oslo with her partner and co-director of One Solution, Eirik Olsen. She is a very frequent flier and enjoys talking to strangers on planes.
Christine, the co-founder and executive director of the Hawaii Counseling and Education Center since 1985, has nearly 37 years’ experience as a marriage and family therapist. She met Sydney Banks in 1981 and has been sharing her understanding of the Three Principles since then. She was instrumental in setting up one of the first Three Principles-based clinics in the world. She is certified as a substance abuse counselor and she is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She provides training programs for graduate and postgraduate therapists. She offers training, coaching, consultation and seminars based on the Three Principles locally and internationally to professionals and lay people alike.
Dr Mark Howard
Dr. Howard is a licensed psychologist who is the founder of the “Three Principles Institute” located in Burlingame, California. He recently retired from Kaiser Permanent Redwood City Chemical Dependency Services after 27 years of service. Dr Howard is recognized as one of the professionals bringing the Three Principles to psychology and related fields. He was introduced to the principles in 1982. He has taught clients, families, business professionals, and mental health practitioners about these principles. In 1994 he brought the understanding of these Three Principles to the Department of Alcohol and Drug Services in Santa Clara County California. In 2008, Dr Howard was awarded the “Outstanding Career Service” award by the Santa Clara Psychological Association for bringing the principles to Santa Clara County, California.
Michael Neill is an internationally renowned success coach and the best-selling author of You Can Have What You Want, Feel Happy Now! both the Effortless Success and both the Coaching from the Inside-Out audio programs. He has spent the past 23 years as a coach, adviser, friend, mentor, and creative spark plug to celebrities, CEOs, royalty, and people who want to get more out of themselves and their lives. He is the also the founder of Supercoach Academy. Michael’s books have been translated into 13 languages, and his public talks, retreats, and seminars have touched and transformed lives at the United Nations and on five continents around the world. He hosts a weekly talk show on HayHouseRadio.com, and his weekly blogs can be read on his website and The Huffington Post.
Dr Bill Pettit
Bill Pettit has shared the Three Principles within his psychiatric practice for more than 35 years. Bill was mentored personally for over 26 years by Sydney Banks, and his direct experience with Syd’s teaching closely informs his work. His most recent speaking and coaching work has focused on overcoming trauma, and the understanding that there is just one cause—and one cure—for mental illness. Bill is board-certified in psychiatry and holds an M.D. from University of Illinois College of Medicine and a B.A. from Creighton University, and has been previously board-certified in mind-body medicine, and twice certified in addiction medicine. He presently holds an appointment as Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Creighton University School of Medicine. Bill also served as a physician in the United States Navy for more than 9 years, including 3 years as a Navy Flight Surgeon and 3 years as Chief of Psychiatry of the Navy Nuclear Submarine base at Groton, Connecticut.
Since 1983 Dr. Pettit has been a student and sharer of the Three Principles, presenting at many national and international programs and conferences, and consulting clients, individuals and organisations both locally and abroad.
Bill and his wife, Linda, now live in Phoenix, Arizona, where Bill continues to practice psychiatry two mornings a week, and devoting the rest of his time and energy sharing the Three Principles through as many avenues as possible.
Dr Linda Pettit
Linda Pettit’s recent work with the Three Principles has focused on overcoming trauma and finding wisdom for moving gracefully through transformative change. She often works with women, couples, mental health professionals, and coaches, utilising her 35+ years of clinical experience and 12+ years sharing the Three Principles, to inform the spiritual nature of her work. Linda has an Ed.D. in Counselling Psychology from West Virginia University, an M.A. in Counsellor Education from Siena Heights University, and B.A. in Journalism from Michigan State University. Her mental health career has included work in addictions, criminal justice, community agency (child and adult), private practice and academic settings. Most recently, she served as director of a counsellor education program and dean of a graduate college. Currently, Linda is licensed as a psychologist in Arizona and Michigan.
Since learning about the Three Principles, Linda, both alone and with her husband, Bill, has offered speaking, practitioner training and consulting internationally to individuals, couples, and groups in business, academia, mental health and the public.
Linda lives with Bill in Phoenix, Arizona and spends summers in Hastings, Minnesota. Together, Bill and Linda enjoy the company of five children and their significant others, and nine beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from 8 months to 19 years.
Jack Pransky, Ph.D. is founder/director of the Center for Inside-Out Understanding. He authored the books, Somebody Should Have Told Us!; Paradigm Shift; Modello: A Story of Hope for the Inner City and Beyond; Parenting from the Heart; Prevention from the Inside-Out; and co-authored the children’s picture books, What is a Thought? (A Thought is a Lot) and What is Wisdom (and Where Do I Find It)?, and the Healthy Thinking/ Feeling/Doing from the Inside-Out prevention curriculum for middle school students. Jack’s new book, Seduced by Consciousness, will be out close to the time of the conference. Pransky has worked in the field of prevention since 1968 in a wide variety of capacities and now is an international consultant in the Three Principles, and a trainer of trainers, a coach of coaches and a counselor of counselors. In 2001 his book, Modello received the Martin Luther King Storyteller’s Award for the book best exemplifying King’s vision of “the beloved community,” and in 2004 Jack won the Vermont Prevention Pioneer’s Award.
Dr George Pransky
Dr George Pransky is one of the two professional founders of the understanding of The Principles of Mind, Thought and Consciousness. He has taught the Principles for over thirty years to individuals, couples, businesses and colleagues. Dr Pransky is the author of The Relationship Handbook and over fifty audio recordings. During his career he has served on the faculty of three graduate universities and continues to pioneer this understanding in new industries. Currently he is a partner at Pransky and Associates and on the executive committee of the Three Principles Global Community.
Chana is originally from Israel. She is a very blessed mother to eight children. Before coming across the Principles, she was taking a degree in family counselling/psychology and did not have it in mind to become a counsellor, rather to use the ideas for her own family. That changed at the 3 Principles London Conference in 2011. Her insights through the conference made her realise that the Principles had something deeper and more relevant to offer her than anything she had experienced until now. ‘From that moment on, while nothing has changed in my life on the outside everything has changed on the inside!’. She graduated from the One Thought Institute in 2012.
Rabbi Shaul Rosenblatt grew up in Liverpool and still supports the best team in football. He studied for his Smicha at Aish Hatorah in Jerusalem where he met his first wife Elana a”h who passed away in 2001 after a long struggle with cancer. They had four children together and Shaul has a further four with his second wife Chana who he married in 2003. Shaul has written a book, ‘Finding Light in the Darkness’ dealing with the issue of facing hardship in a positive way. Shaul founded Aish UK in 1993 and Tikun UK in 2006. He also works as a 3 Principles practitioner at Tikun offering his help and guidance to all those that seek it. He enjoys most things in life.
Dr Judith Sedgeman
Dr. Sedgeman has been a Resiliency practitioner and Mental Health educator for more than 30 years. Through her work as an entrepreneur, owner and CEO of a medical practice management company, she was introduced to the emerging research into Positive Psychology and then to Innate Health and the 3 Principles. Judy worked with Pransky & Associates for 9 years before being recruited to West Virginia University. Judy joined the faculty of the Medical School of WVU, Morgantown, for 13 years, offering an array of services and teaching courses grounded in Innate Health in the School of Public Health. There, she was inducted into the prestigious Academy of Excellence in Teaching and Learning at the School of Medicine, and created an Institute dedicated to Innate Health. She developed graduate courses in Resiliency and Health Management grounded in Innate Health and also offered public programms through the State of West Virginia, as well as by invitation throughout the US and other countries.
Currently living in Bradenton, Florida, and offering online courses, Judy is also a consultant to individuals and organisations internationally, a frequent seminar and webinar leader, a Mental Health Educator with the Women’s Resource Centre of Bradenton and Sarasota, FL, and a contractor to the 12th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida offering the mental health component of the Veterans Court, offering groups and mentoring to Veterans with PTSD. She describes herself as a nice lady who simply wants to share happiness with new friends!
Elsie Spittle has been an internationally recognised trainer and consultant for over four decades. She is in the unique position of having known Sydney Banks, originator of the Three Principles, before he had his epiphany. She witnessed the extraordinary change that occurred in him and the unprecedented impact his work had on thousands of people, and how this has brought about a new paradigm in the fields of psychology and psychiatry. Elsie had the privilege of receiving “on the job” training directly from Mr. Banks, travelling with him to address mental health practitioners, educators, and others seeking a deeper understanding of life. She is considered the first formal teacher of the Principles, after Sydney Banks. Elsie is co-founder of the Three Principles School, based on Salt Spring Island, BC.
After earning his Ph.D. in Anthropology from London’s Brunel University, Aaron joined Pransky and Associates, a world leader in the pioneering approach to human potential. During his decade-long tenure, Aaron developed applications and courses to meet challenges of senior management in large corporations: leadership and cultural change, leveraging team performance, improving customer loyalty, and increasing earning potential.
Aaron is a recognized international speaker in the State of Mind field, and leads workshops in the private and public sectors. With a goal of reaching the business world in a more profound way, Aaron co-founded One Thought with Mara Gleason in 2010. One Thought also runs a professional institute, based in London, where they train emerging practitioners.