Craig Neal

    Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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    Since awakening to his life's purpose in 1963, Craig has celebrated life as a passionate evolutionary leader. He has been a publishing and organizational executive, as well as a guide to those called to authentically show up in life and work. Throughout the 70's, 80's, and 90's, Craig help executive positions with Garden Way, Inc. and Rodale Publishing, and helped launch Harrowsmith and Eating Well magazines. By 1996, he concluded his publishing career as publisher of Utne Reader Magazine.

    In 1996, Craig founded Heartland Inc. with Patricia, his wife of 30 years. Hearland produced the first Thought Leader Gathering in 1998. Twelve years and 170 Gatherings later, Craig has co-convened over 1,600 leaders from 800 0rganizations in these ongoing membership-based groups in Minnesota and the San Francisco Bay Area. He and Patricia created the Essential Conversations Process for educators (Circle of Fire) and MBA students, and have convened meetings for businesses and communities alike.

    Craig created and launched the Art of Convening Trainings in 2004 for those called to be an inspired catalyst for change in their organization or community. Over 350 are currently engaged or have graduated from 40 groups.

    Craig's passion for the wilderness and being amongmen transforming thir lives and personal visions led him to create the Men's Wilderness Journeys.

    Craig is skilled at building relationships within and across organizations. He is dedicated to creating networks of authenticity and essential conversations among individuals and within organizations through training and events. He founded the Conscious Business Alliance and the Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association, and served as a board member of Business for Social Responsibility, Various Waldorf Schools, and Responsible Minnesota Business.

    Craig and Patricia live in Minneapolis; they have three inspired adult children and two grandsons.

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