Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg To Speak at 2017 Enneagram Global Summit

Saturday, May 27, 2017

“Now, after lurking on the fringes of mysticism and pop psychology for more than 20 years, the Enneagram is turning mainstream and respectable….The CIA now uses the Enneagram to help agents understand the behavior of individual world leaders. The U.S. Postal Service recently turned to the Enneagram to help employees resolve conflicts. Clergy from the Vatican signed up for an Enneagram seminar.”
Newsweek (September 11, 1994)

We are both honored to be among the 40+ leading experts — including A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), Cynthia BourgeaultCaroline W. CaseyJessica Dibb, Katie Hendricks, Robert Holden, Russ Hudson, Dr. Claudio NaranjoHelen Palmer, Cheryl Richardson, Fr. Richard Rohr, and Dr. Dan Siegel — who will be featured as part of the upcoming 2017 Enneagram Global Summit taking place June 5-9, 2017.

On the day of the 2017 Enneagram Global Summit dedicated to “Innovative Applications of the Enneagram,” we speak with host Jessica Dibb — creator of the Summit and director and founder of the Inspiration Community & Consciousness School — about “Understanding the Enneagram Through Wine and Food.”  

Creativity has been defined as the power to connect the seemingly unconnected, an idea we explore further in our forthcoming book KITCHEN CREATIVITY (Little, Brown; Fall 2017).  While the Enneagram is primarily applied to people, its underlying archetypes can also be applied to inanimate objects — even wine and food. We discovered we could extend our understanding of gastronomy by applying to it the framework of the Enneagram. In turn, we’ve enhanced our understanding of the Enneagram through its creative application in the realm of food and wine. Join us — plus an expected audience of 20,000+ — and see if you might be inspired to explore your own creative connections.

Registration for this online event is free, and more information — including a complete schedule of speakers — is available here.

For the uninitiated, the Enneagram is a widespread personality typing system that has been taught by as varied a set of groups as the CIA, the Jesuits, and Stanford Business School.  It illuminates nine different personality types, which are typically referred to simply by the numbers 1 through 9 — although there are often different names associated with each type.  Karen, a Type 1, is a Perfectionist, and driven by high ideals.  Andrew, a Type 9, is a Peacemaker, and motivated to keep the peace.

We first discovered the Enneagram just a few years after we were married in 1990.  Karen had been introduced to the Myers-Briggs personality typing system through two different classes she took in the late 1980s at Harvard Business School, and we both found it eye-opening to know each other’s MBTI types.  After Karen stumbled across Don Riso‘s books on the Enneagram while looking for books on Myers-Briggs and we learned our Enneagram types, it was even more explosively powerful and brought each of us to a radical new understanding of the other.  It also sprang open the door to deep compassion, which is vital in any marriage.  We credit the Enneagram as being one of the most important tools we’ve discovered to more easily resolve the inevitable conflicts that arise in any relationship, and as an invaluable method for understanding on a deeper level those we interview on a regular basis for our books (including other authors, chefs, mixologists, restaurant critics, restaurateurs, and sommeliers).

Russ Hudson, Andrew Dornenburg, Karen Page, Don Riso, and Brian Taylor

We’re grateful to have met the leading authors in the field of the Enneagram — Don Riso and his co-author and Enneagram Institute co-founder Russ Hudson, who collaborated on the landmark Enneagram books Discovering Your Personality Type, Personality Types, Understanding the Enneagram and The Wisdom of the Enneagram — so soon after they began their professional collaboration.  Karen had the pleasure and privilege of going through their intensive Enneagram training in 1994.  Later the same year, she joined them at the inaugural International Enneagram Conference at Stanford University, and thereafter — at Don’s request (and in his and Russ’s absence) — she co-keynoted with Don’s attorney and partner Brian Taylor the Pacific Coast Law Conference at the University of Washington with a presentation on the Enneagram.  We’re even more grateful to have been able to count Don (who passed away at age 66 in 2012) and Brian and Russ as beloved friends over the years.

“I believe [the Enneagram is] truly the most profound tool I’ve ever come across in my 50+ years as a doctor, therapist, professor, lecturer, teacher and author to help people find, build, and sustain amazing, loving, intimate and fulfilling relationships.”
David Daniels, MD, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Stanford Medical School

The Enneagram field sadly lost another advocate just this week in Dr. David Daniels, whom Karen had the pleasure of meeting at the 1994 International Enneagram Conference at Stanford.  In fact, David — a professor at Stanford, and frequent collaborator with Enneagram author Helen Palmer — was the catalyst behind bringing the groundbreaking conference to Stanford.  He will be sorely missed by the greater Enneagram community.

“…This year’s Enneagram Global Summit is rapidly approaching. It will have probably the greatest collection of Enneagram teachers ever assembled, AND it is free. I would also add that our recently departed and much beloved friend, David Daniels, was recorded for this conference, and it is one of the last chances to experience his wisdom and compassion. So I hope you can make some time to join us for this gathering of souls!”
Russ Hudson, President of The Enneagram Institute

The 2017 Enneagram Global Summit is a free online event that will be held June 5-9, 2017.

The 40+ featured speakers will include A.H. Almaas (Hameed Ali), Cynthia Bourgeault, Caroline W. Casey, Beatrice Chestnut, Flemming Christensen, Tom Condon, Dr. David Daniels, Jessica Dibb, Andrew Dornenburg, Deborah Threadgill Egerton, Katherine Chernick Fauvre, James Flaherty, Anne Geary, Michael Gelb, Belinda Gore, Rachel Hamilton, Katie Hendricks, Hollie Holden, Robert Holden, Russ Hudson, Andrea Isaacs, Dr. Jack Killen, Ginger Lapid-Bogda, PhD, John Luckovich, Sandra Maitri, Dr. Claudio Naranjo, Michael Naylor, Dr. Delbar Niroushak, Beth O’Hara, Susan Olesek, Dr. Deborah Ooten, Uranio Paes, Karen Page, Helen Palmer, Cheryl Richardson, Lynda Roberts, Father Richard Rohr, Ben Saltzman, Terry Saracino, Gayle Scott, Alex Senegal, Dr. Dan Siegel, Mario Sikora, and Jerome Wagner.

For more information or to register, click here.

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