Staff Type: Co-Lead

Erika Lyla

Erika Lyla is a Somatic Coach and Bodyworker with a practice in Oakland, CA (unceded Ohlone territory), and also teaches with generative somatics and Strozzi Institute. Erika works with people to reveal their power, potential, and purpose. She guides with love and laughter towards life grounded in authenticity and shaped by dream. She has been …

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Michael Kalikow

Michael Kalikow is an executive coach, leadership development facilitator, and mediator.  He supports leaders to navigate complex stakeholder environments, bring out the best in their teams, and grow their own capacity as leaders.  He has designed and delivered training programs and leadership team offsites for clients across the globe.  Representative program themes include:  building high-performing …

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Doug Miller

Gratefully immersed in what he calls his dream job of the past 25 years, Doug facilitates leadership development programs and coaches executives, creating places for deep self-reflection and growth. He is a lifelong learner, with degrees in business and psychology.  He is a certified Strozzi Institute Somatic Coach and also holds the credential of Professional …

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Gesine Wenzel

Gesine Wenzel has been in Strozzi Somatics since 2008. Born and raised in Northern Germany she came to the US in order to pursue a decade of study and practice, fueled by a deep commitment to social transformation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and maintains …

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Ben Schick – President

Ben Schick is a seasoned executive for purpose-driven ventures that include first Executive Director of Challenge Day, an internationally critically acclaimed youth violence-prevention and social-emotional program for middle and high schools that were showcased on Oprah and then became the centerpiece for MTV’s “If You Really Knew Me”; nine years as the CEO of MediaOne …

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