Alex Pattakos

Alex Pattakos

Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., aka "Dr. Meaning," is widely respected as a modern-day Greek philosopher and pioneer in transformational thinking. He is the co-founder of the GLOBAL MEANING INSTITUTE (, co-creator of MEANINGology® (the study and practice of meaning in life, work, and society), and co-author with Elaine Dundon of the award-winning book, "The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work," which is grounded in Greek philosophy, mythology, and culture and backed by years of Meaning research. His previous book on the human quest for meaning, "Prisoners of Our Thoughts," is based on the wisdom of the world-renown psychiatrist and existential philosopher, Dr. Viktor Frankl (author of the classic best-seller, "Man's Search for Meaning"), who personally urged Dr. Pattakos to write it, and includes a Foreword by the late Dr. Stephen R. Covey (author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"). "Prisoners of Our Thoughts" is currently available in 20+ languages and multiple formats. A newly revised and expanded 3rd edition of "Prisoners of Our Thoughts," co-authored with Elaine Dundon, was released in January 2017. Dr. Pattakos is also a regular contributor to Psychology Today magazine for whom he writes a featured column, "The Meaningful Life": Most recently, he was named an Honorary Professor at the Moscow Institute of Psychoanalysis, Moscow, Russia.

Dr. Pattakos is a former therapist and mental health administrator, political campaign organizer, community/economic development policy planner, and full-time professor of public and business administration (including graduate program head). He's worked closely with the White House under several Presidential administrations in the USA on social and economic policy matters, and served as an adviser to the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He was also one of the initial faculty evaluators for the Innovations in American Government Awards Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and an elected member of the National Council of the American Society for Public Administration. He is a past president of Renaissance Business Associates (RBA), an international, nonprofit association of people committed to elevating the human spirit in the workplace. During his tenure as president, RBA was active in Australia, Canada, Europe, Nigeria, South Africa, and the USA. He is currently a member of the International Academic Board, The International Center for Leading Studies, based in Athens, Greece, and is an active member of both the American Society for Public Administration and the International Network on Personal Meaning.

Alex understands the challenges facing people in today's uncertain times. Through his public speaking, work with Fortune 500 companies, governments, and nonprofit organizations, and university teaching, Dr. Pattakos has helped people at all levels build their capacities for personal and organizational transformation with a focus on and authentic commitment to meaningful value and goals that make a positive difference in the world. A proud Greek-American (of Cretan heritage), Alex ("Aleko") is focused on scheduling client speaking engagements, workshops/seminars, and retreats, as well as is engaged in mentoring and strategic advising/consulting to introduce and apply (with practical tools & techniques) the core lessons of MEANINGology® for personal growth, leadership/executive development, organizational transformation/performance improvement, innovation management capacity-building, and public policy formulation/implementation/evaluation.

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