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Dave Ellis is a world-class workshop facilitator and best-selling author who has written seven books, including Falling Awake, Life Coaching, Creating Your Future, and Becoming a Master Student, which was the best-selling college textbook in America for over two decades. He has taught all across North America and around the world.
He has coached national and international nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, an NBA coach, and a Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Dave has developed a variety of powerful programs assisting people to realize their full potential. He and the thousands of teachers and coaches he has trained encourage people to think what they have never thought and to take actions they have never taken. Through the workshops, books, coaching, videos, and interactive online classes, Dave has helped over six million people create a more wonderful life.
Dave held the following positions at National American University:
Dave started The Brande Foundation and has contributed millions of dollars to the work of his foundation and other organizations. He has four daughters and six grandchildren. His hobbies are running, singing, photography, and travel.
Chief Executive Officer and Legacy Keeper
Cathy Niezen builds communities of 100,000’s for leaders and businesses that are ready to create global impact. In the first 16 months Cathy reached 1 million followers by building her own impactful online community on Facebook - Preguntas con Proposito.
Cathy Niezen the founder of Community Build Consultancy and Room for Leadership and is passionate about personal truth and social responsibility. It means that she stands beside visionaries and leaders of social projects that impact individuals and the world.
"We help change-makers and organizations with causes close to their hearts to take action by creating awareness in others about the issues that will impact generations to come."
Community Build Consultancy offers solutions to create, build, sustain and financially leverage communities. We strategically help leaders and businesses target products and services through socially responsible practices.
Since the age of 12 years Cathy has been building communities. High School and College community building lead to non-profits, churches, parenthood support, healthy marriage foundations and Hispanic lobbyists. Community development is her passion. It’s her purpose.
Vice President, Dave Ellis Leadership and Master Certified Coach
Bill Rentz is an executive coach and a Master Certified Coach from the International Coach Federation. He is Vice President of Dave Ellis Leadership, the organization that presents the Falling Awake Retreats and other workshops.
Bill is a self-taught generalist who has partnered with Dave Ellis for over 30 years. Bill has been responsible for the coaching team and coach training, and he manages most of the day-to-day operation of the Dave Ellis Leadership programs.
JoAnne Bangs has been coaching individuals, business owners, couples, and leaders of nonprofit organizations for over 35 years. She has worked with Dave Ellis for over 24 years. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and has two children.
JoAnne is a confidential thought-partner, she encourages individuals to think for themselves and manifest their dreams. She also encourages others to be accountable for their own productivity and results while also being responsible to those in their personal and professional life. Her specialty is to help others foster their best attributes in order to create the best results.
So, Dave is not an advisor. He was not telling me what to do. He brought out my own capacity. Working with Dave, I became an explorer of myself.
Nobel Peace Prize Winner (2006), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2009),
Founder, Grameen Bank, Bangladesh
Falling Awake invites you to embark on an in-depth exploration and application of these strategies.
1. Determine what you want.
Trust your desires and create a bold, detailed vision for the long-term future.
2. Tell the truth.
Speak candidly, make promises, and align your actions with your words.
One of the pivotal opportunities of Falling Awake is investing time and energy to define or redefine your values and then aligning your actions with them. Values are our fundamental commitments, our highest principles, the things in life that we consider worthy for their own sake. They influence and guide our choices, and even small choices can ultimately shape the quality of our lives.Read more on values
Begin solving your biggest problems and achieving your most important goals by doing this Life Inventory. When you have completed most of the Inventory you can request a free coaching session to begin your journey of moving closer to your definition of success.Take inventory