Dr. Tiffany von Emmel’s mission is to develop leadership capacity that enables an interdependent world to thrive. As an educator, scholar-practitioner and a Buddhist practitioner since 1984, her focus is in relational mindfulness and the cultivation of wisdom. She is particularly helpful at guiding individuals, groups and nonprofits to develop interpersonal skillfulness, caregiving capacity, network leadership, emotional intelligence, the capacity for collaboration across differences, and culture change.
As an educator, she serves as Faculty at Sonoma State University for the MA Program in Organization Development. Since 2006, she has served as a Facilitator at Stanford University, Graduate School of Business, for the Organization Behavior course, Interpersonal Dynamics and mentors group facilitators in Stanford’s Women in Management program. Tiffany enjoys being a guest instructor at graduates schools, including St. Mary’s College’s Global Leadership studies program.
As a consultant and executive coach, Tiffany’s experience spans healthcare, nonprofit, technology, international development, social entrepreneurship, and higher education. Tiffany has led client engagements for Stanford University, Craigslist Foundation, Poptech!, Bay Area Non-Violent Communication, Institute for Sustainable Development, Organization Development Network, and the International Society for Systems Sciences. Currently, for Providence St Joseph Health in Sonoma County, she serves in the role of Lead Facilitator for a system-wide transformative program for frontline healthcare staff.
Tiffany founded and led two network organizations that enabled thousands of people from diverse cultures and socio-economic backgrounds to collaboratively learn and develop. In 2006, she founded Dreamfish. With a retreat center in Nairobi and founded in San Francisco, Dreamfish was the first global cooperative and an early influencer in the movement towards a “sharing economy”. In 1994, she founded Empowerment Place, a continuing education center providing transformative learning experiences for adults.
Tiffany’s work is shaped by her history, teachers and research. Her mentors were Charlie Seashore and Edie Seashore, pioneers in the field of Organization Development, who both died in 2013. Her approach to group methods is also influenced by Peter Park, who developed Participatory Action Research, Sanford Meisner, a legend in physical theater education, Anna Halprin, a pioneer in environmental dance, and Joanna Macy, in Engaged Buddhism. In the 1980’s, Tiffany served as a company member of an ensemble Jewish theater in over a 1,000 performances and taught physical theater. Moved by the transformative power of physical practices, she studied East Asian Medicine, practiced in an integrative medicine practice and taught Zen Shiatsu from 1984-1995.
Tiffany holds a PhD in Human and Organizational Systems, an MA in Organization Development from Fielding Graduate University, and a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from University of California, Santa Barbara. In 2003, she received a doctoral scholarship award from the Center for Creative Inquiry and Academy of Management, Organizational Development and Change Division.