Our Mission

Our mission is to serve the personal transformational needs of as many individuals as possible, helping them expand the aperture of their personal arc of development over time.

Our vision is to use that foundation of personal transformation to go even further — to help create a sustainable, peaceful, healthy and prosperous world for all.

We hold a vision where, not only are everyone’s basic needs met while living in peace, but the very best in all of us is expressed and humanity’s full creative potential is set free.

We are working to upgrade the ‘human operating system’ by:
  • Supporting people to unlock their full potential through transformative education and media.
  • Inspiring everyone to bring their unique gifts to the world and create real, tangible change.
  • Celebrating and spreading the most effective and innovative ideas and practices that are transforming the way we live.
  • Sharing openly about our own efforts in social change via lobbying, activism, philanthropy and more.
  • Connecting global citizens who are called to create a better world into a network of millions around the planet.
We call ourselves the Shift Network because it will take millions of connected, activated, inspired citizens to enact the changes that are possible. A network of inspired hearts, awakened minds, and dedicated souls.

This is what we’re creating and we’re well on our way, having served over 1,300,000 people worldwide with customers in 170 countries and having featured over 1,000 thought leaders in domains as diverse as spirituality, peace, holistic health, psychology, parenting, enlightened business, indigenous wisdom, and sustainability.

And of course, we’re so very grateful for your partnership in this important work.

Our Culture

The way our organization functions must be a reflection of the world we want to create.

In support of this, we’ve created a loving, family-like culture, united by our commitment to shifting the planet, that has a number of unique aspects such as:

  • ‘Check-in’ circles with all staff who work in the office every other week in which we share about our lives beyond work and the celebrations and challenges we’re facing.
  • Policies that allow employees to work abroad a month each year to learn, grow and fulfill their travel dreams

Our Impact

We are deeply committed to supporting the shift toward a sustainable, peaceful and prosperous planet for all.

At the forefront is our transformational content, designed to help you achieve your full potential so that together we can shift things in profound ways.

Every year we feature free inspirational and educational content that covers a wide range of personal transformative practices as well as important social change topics.

We also create over 80 in-depth transformational courses each year, to which we give hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships so that our content is available to those who seek it.

We also strive to be a great place to work, one that values employee wellness, growth, and community service.

Additionally, we believe that shifting the paradigm in business means that for-profit companies (like us) must consider overall social and environmental impact as a measure of how well we’re doing. To that end, we give a large percentage of our annual profits to charitable organizations, and we have allocated a significant amount of company stock toward nonprofits that are profoundly shifting our world.

For more, see our impact page.

Our Retreats & Trips

Beyond our virtual offerings, we also create in-person retreats and lead international transformative trips. Our retreats take place on the gorgeous northern California campus where our headquarters is located. They are deep immersive experiences with our top faculty.

Our trips are transformative pilgrimages to significant areas of the world that catalyze growth, connection and deep inspiration. Not only do they include facilitated support in deepening your personal journey, they also include opportunities for service in local communities.

Meet the Leadership Team

Stephen Dinan

Founder and CEO

Stephen is also a member of the Transformational leadership Council and Evolutionary leaders.

He is a graduate of Stanford University (Human Biology) and the California Institute of Integral Studies (East-West Psychology). He helped create and directed the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory & Research, a think tank for leading scholars, researchers, and teachers to explore human potential frontiers. As the former director of membership and marketing at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, he was the driving force behind the Shift in Action program and the One Minute Shift media series.

He is the author of Sacred America, Sacred World and Radical Spirit (New World Library). He has been a featured speaker at the World Cultural Forum in China, the Alliance for a New Humanity in Costa Rica, Renovemos Mexico in Mexico City, and the University of Cuenca in Ecuador, as well as many US conferences, events, radio programs, and online summits. Stephen lives in San Rafael, California, with his beloved wife Devaa.

His personal website is www.stephendinan.com

Rev. Devaa Haley Mitchell

Chief Transformation Officer

Devaa hosts Shift Network’s Inspiring Women Summit, facilitates our women’s programs, and designs facilitation and transformation strategies for many of our programs. Her background includes roles in the public benefit sector (Director at Institute of Noetic Sciences and Exec. Director of Full Circle Fund), as well as the business sector (Boston Consulting Group). Devaa was ordained as an interfaith minister by the Chaplaincy Institute and received a BA and an MA from Stanford University. She was also awarded a fellowship from the Fulbright Foundation.

Craig Relyea

Chief Marketing Officer

Craig brings three decades of experience launching new businesses and accelerating growth for Fortune 100 companies as well as startups. He has held executive positions at NBC/Universal, Dreamworks, LeapFrog and The Walt Disney Company, where he served as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and helped grow Disney’s interactive group into a billion dollar division. Craig holds a BS in English Literature from UCLA and received his MBA from Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

Dawn D. Edelman, Ph.D.

Chief Education Officer

Dawn’s career as a professor-turned education entrepreneur is defined by her work as a passionate practitioner of transformational learning and leadership development. She led a talented global design team over 18 years to create an interdisciplinary hands-on journey through the history of great ideas in world culture. Her program had a dramatic impact in closing the equity and achievement gaps in the US and the UK. She also led Professional Development for the education company she and her partners scaled from start-up to 1,800 employees on 3 continents.

Sylvia Fry

Vice President, Operations

Sylvia is passionate about the awakening of humanity, evolution of consciousness in business, and has devoted her career to working in the transformational-education field. With a solid background in management and customer service, Sylvia believes the only way to truly succeed is by treating others how we ourselves wish to be treated, while living in a state of sacred reciprocity with the Earth. In her teens she became certified as an Empathy Counselor, was the youngest member of her city’s Crisis Intervention Task Force, and during college co-created a soup kitchen serving the homeless. Sylvia is blessed to live in the mountains of Northern California.

Philip M. Hellmich

Director of Peace

As a globally renowned thought leader in creating a new narrative for peace, Philip brings over 25 years of experience in international development and conflict transformation including 14 years with Search for Common Ground. He also served for four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone where he lived and worked in small remote bush villages. A published writer, Philip recently published God and Conflict: A Search for Peace in a Time of Crisis. He serves as adviser to The Global Peace Initiative of Women. A long-time meditation practitioner, Philip enjoys studying and teaching about the parallels between inner and outer peacebuilding.