We are dedicated.
We have devoted decades to exploring two fundamental questions:
- What is a human being? and
- How do human beings grow and develop?
We are passionate about helping leaders, teams and organizations discover and express their unique gifts and talents. To do this, we bring decades of skill, the power of presence, and the capacity to listen and respond with wisdom and kindness to the individuals and organizations we serve.
Pamela Weiss is the Founder and Chief Wisdom Officer of Appropriate Response.
Pamela is a Buddhist meditation teacher and executive coach. She is the creator of the Personal Excellence Program (PEP) and a recognized pioneer in integrating the principles and practices of Buddhist teaching into leadership development and organizational transformation.
Pamela is a has over twenty years experience working with senior executives at organizations including: Tipping Point Community, Brandcast, Genentech, Roche, Salesforce, Pixar, Oracle, Statoil (Norway), and The Center for Executive Development at UC Berkeley. She is also a public speaker who has given talks at Wisdom 2.0, The DO Lectures, The DENT Conference, Bay Area Community Resources, and the Greater Good Science Center.
She has been a Buddhist practitioner and teacher for almost 30 years, including several years of Zen monastic practice and completion of teacher training with Jack Kornfield at Spirit Rock Meditation Center. She was a member of the senior faculty at New Ventures West for over a decade, where she trained hundreds of coaches and designed and led coaching programs inside organizations.
Currently Pamela coaches senior executives, and leads meditation classes, workshops, and retreats.
View a "thirty minute video," of Pamela talking about the power of listening and presence at the DO Lectures.
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
I founded Appropriate Response as a venue to bring the richness and depth of spiritual teachings and into the nitty-gritty of everyday life. When I first began to practice meditation over thirty years ago, I was moved and inspired by the archetype of the bodhisattva. A bodhi (awakening) sattva (being) is a person dedicated to alleviating suffering—their own, others', and the world's.
In the 1980s, I left several years of Zen monastic training at Tassajara Zen Mountain monastery, and made a vow to carry Bodhisattva spirit with me back into the world and workplace. My vision and aspiration was to find ways to articulate the insight and kindness I had received into accessible, down-to-earth principles and practices suited to the unique issues and concerns of our time.
Currently Pamela coaches senior executives, teaches at San Francisco Insight, co-leads the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock, and gives talks and offers workshops nation-wide.
Renee Nash is the Director of Operations for Appropriate Response.
Renee has over 30 years of experience in accounting, administrative management, client management, human resources and event planning. She brings her myriad skills and support to ensure the smooth functioning of the company. In addition to her strength in establishing systems and attending to detail.
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
It's important to me that a company whose mission I believe in strives and succeeds. This company allows me to consistently access my creativity and passion for details. Over many years, the practice of meditation has allowed me to overcome obstacles and maintain my passion. I feel proud to support a company that teaches these principles, and helps bring more peace and freedom to others.
The PEP Team
Robin Rorex is the President of PEP
Robin has twenty years of business, brand building and leadership experience at Nike where she was a General Manager in regional business development, global Olympic events, product merchandising and strategic account management. Inspired by her knack to discover, develop and mentor, she is now dedicated to cultivating mindful and fully engaged leaders.
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
I believe that living Ghandi’s quote, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world,” creates a ripple effect toward building enlivened, engaged and thriving communities and business cultures. Looking back on my career inside a global company, I repeatedly witnessed the struggles and suffering, challenges and obstacles encountered by highly skilled leaders. Today I work with business leaders to be accountable for rising above the swirl and becoming catalysts for taking skillful action and delivering effective results. All this starts by tapping into the inherit wisdom, compassion and courage sourced in each of us. We have a choice. We are the difference.
Ruben Rodriguez is the Chief PEP Officer
Ruben has held internal consultant roles with Hewlett-Packard Company, Cisco Systems and BD Biosciences specializing in leadership development and team collaboration. He has designed and delivered corporate leadership programs throughout the US, Europe, Australia, India and Asia. Previous consulting clients include Cisco, Genentech, Google, Intel, Spansion, County of San Mateo and Southwest Airlines.
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
I was born in San Jose, California at a time when fruit orchards and living things still shaped silicon-valley's way of seeing the world. Over the years, a technological mindset replaced the biological, and organizations started treating people like machines—as upgradable, available 24/7, and disposable when no longer effective.
I do what I do because I love reminding people that the best things in life aren't things! I help organizations thrive by enabling their people to live and work with greater skill, compassion and effectiveness.
Jennifer Nash is an executive coach and consultant with PEP.
Jennifer's background includes over 15 years working within internal and external leadership and organizational development. She has worked with companies including: Adobe, Apple, Cisco, Oracle, Salesforce.com, Verisign, Yahoo!, Charles Schwab, French Connection, Gap, Inc., Levi Strauss & Co, Polo Ralph Lauren, Williams-Sonoma, Alza, Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, StatoilHydro, and UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education.
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
What I love about this work is that it requires me to continuously learn and develop in order to be able to help others do the same. One of my favorite poets, David Whyte, once said, "All that is needed to transform from awkward to graceful is to place yourself in your element - the place where you come alive." I do what I do because I love helping people to find their element so that they can fully bring who they are to what they do.
Heather Neely is an executive coach and consultant with PEP.
Heather’s background includes over 12 years coaching, training and developing leaders and individual contributors throughout the US, Canada and Europe. She is a known expert on generational diversity, and is the author of numerous articles and contributor to two books on work styles across the generations. Her clients include: Applied Materials, Burger King, Cargill, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Genentech, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Lucent Technologies, SanDisk, Miller Brewing Company, Ogilvy and Mather, Los Alamos National Laboratories, UC Berkeley Extension, Saint Luke’s Hospital, and the cities of Claremont, Livermore, Ventura, Santa Ana, and San Rafael in California.
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
I was raised in a multi-generational family, where I learned the importance of valuing different perspectives. While I engage in formal generational study and teaching in my work, my informal study and learning come alive for me every day at home, raising my son and daughter.
My passion is in connecting with people—one body, one heart, and one mind at a time. I do what I do because I love helping others connect to themselves and their own internal wisdom. As a coach, trainer, parent and friend, I am dedicated to supporting people to live WITH purpose and ON purpose.
Robin Parker Meredith is an executive coach and consultant with PEP.
Robin’s background includes 30 years inside and outside of technology corporations helping individuals and teams excel. The first half of her career was spent in sales and marketing for technology firms solving product distribution problems and customer demands. The second half has been dedicated to coaching individuals and groups in personal effectiveness and leadership. Organizations include: SalesForce.com, Hewlett Packard, Nordstrom, Peninsula Bridge, Sun Microsystems, Center for Excellence in Nonprofits and Planned Parenthood.
With specialties in emotional intelligence and bereavement counseling, Robin also helps families and young adults navigate difficult transitions.
WHY I DO WHAT I DO
I believe that each individual deserves to be free. I don’t mean just physical freedom, but rather the liberty that comes with authentic and skillful expression. Working with many people over many years, I learned that while a person may be free to exist, they are often prisoners of their own stale beliefs and habits. This limitation cripples leadership in business, families and communities. I coach individuals to connect with what is true and meaningful to them and then to make what is important to them happen. When a person is free to connect with their innate wisdom, compassion and courage, they lead others to do the same.
We develop the whole person: head, heart, body and spirit. We begin from the premise that people are whole, not broken, and thus the aim of development is to invite wholehearted engagement and expression, rather than to fix, force or manipulate.
The power of awareness opens the mind, expands the heart, and enlivens the body and spirit. Self-awareness is the key (and often the missing link) to truly great leadership and to living with ease and joy.
Insight alone is never sufficient to sustain lasting change or transformation. Good ideas and intentions must take root in the body as new habit. As Aristotle put it: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Courage is the fierce and tender quality of the heart required to stand up for what we really care about, and at the same time step beyond our limited views and perspectives—of ourselves, others and the world.
We honor the mystery and complexity of being human by creating safe, inviting environments that allow each of us to discover our blind spots and remember our beauty.
Our aspiration is to help alleviate suffering. We do this by freeing people to become response-able—able to respond intentionally, rather than react habitually. As the poet David Whyte says:“You must learn one thing. The world was made to be free in.”
Radio Interviews, 2015
Pamela Weiss interview with Della Duncan on KALX radio: “Women Hold Up Half the Sky”
Pamela Weiss on Leading with Clarity, Courage, and Curiosity: The Amiel Show
Pamela Weiss speaking at the Gay Buddhist Fellowship called "Being Human".
Wisdom 2.0, 2013
Wisdom in the Workplace: View a 30 minute panel with Pamela Weiss, Founder of Appropriate Response, talking about the hunger we feel to drop vertically into a sense of meaning and depth.
The DO Lectures, 2011
"Presence," Pam tells a personal story about the healing and transformation possible from being mindful and present.
"Winning People's Hearts," IEDP Leadership Journal, 2012
"Growing People," winner of the MIX Beyond Bureaucracy Challenge, 2012
"Well-Being in the Workplace," O Magazine, 2012
"Developing Mindful Leaders," Harvard Business Review Blog, 2011
"Boost Employee Satisfacton," Mindful.org, 2011
A partial list of clients includes:
- The Daily Method, Vancouver
- Statoil (Norway)
- Greenberg Brand Strategy
- Clouds And Water Zen Center
- The Metta Institute
- Spirit Rock Meditation Center
- San Francisco Zen Center
- UC Berkeley, Center For Executive Development
- The Tipping Point Community