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About the Founder

Paul Gyodo Agostinelli founded Zen @ Work after three decades of Zen practice and a long professional career that has included serving as an Executive (CEO), project and product manager, team leader, product designer, and many other roles. Having co-founded two Startups, he has “worn many hats” simultaneously, and is intimately familiar with the accumulating daily stresses of balancing short term tasks with long term priorities, amid a constant stream of communications and information.

Throughout his decades-long professional career, he has maintained a dedicated meditation practice, leading daily practice sessions and monthly extended retreats. Based on this experience, he has carefully designed all of the Programs offered through Zen @ Work, including Presentations, Workshops, Retreats and Executive Mentorship, to be most relevant, powerful and accessible to modern professionals.

Paul received a Bachelor’s Degree in Physics from Dartmouth College, and a Master’s in English from the University of Chicago. (His graduate work was supported by a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities.) He received teaching authorization from the White Plum Zen Asanga in 2015 and founded the Eon Zen Center in 2017. In addition to his leadership of Zen @ Work and Eon Zen, he currently serves on Adjunct Faculty of Naropa University, where he teaches Zen, and on the Faculty of Willow Farm Contemplative Center, where he also serves as Board Member.