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Knowing that the path of change is not always easy or clear, the PeRL provides direction and guide posts. It helps you enjoy the ride and reap the benefits.

The PeRL (The Process engaged to Rewire Leadership) was developed as a result of many years of experience. When I was 16 years old, how I felt on the inside was quite different than how I presented on the outside—at least, that was what I thought at the time. I didn't like the feeling of dissonance and made a commitment to myself to get my inside and outside to match.

From that moment on, I looked for people who knew about authenticity from whom I could learn. I embarked on a journey of change. I believed that I could feel peaceful and good. PeRL grows out of my own experience and those incredible human beings with whom I have had the privilege to work over the years. I hope that you, too, will benefit from the PeRL.

The PeRL provides a model for long lasting positive change. It allows you to build your brain, changing its very architecture. As you engage in the process, you will experience an increased sense of well-being, your relationship to yourself and to others will be enhanced, and you will be better able to accomplish your goals while maintaining a sense of equanimity.

PeRL is a lifelong learning tool that you can use for yourself, your relationships and family, as well as your career. You can focus on creating more joy, peace, clarity, ease, contentment, gratitude, focus, productivity, collaboration—really, any issue that you believe would help you live your life so that you feel a deep sense of satisfaction. PeRL can be woven into the culture of an organization. The more that individuals know how to do PeRL, the better teams function, and the resulting product is far superior. As teams become proficient at PeRL, meetings take less time, problem solving is more efficient and results in more creative and effective solutions, the decision making process is improved, roles and responsibilities are clearer, the team becomes more resilient and better able to navigate the challenges that arise, and people enjoy coming to work more. With the use of PeRL, organizations function less in silos and become more inclusive. True diversity increases as leaders and the workforce function with less fear and higher levels of trust.

PeRL is for anyone who understands that leadership starts from within and that authenticity and vulnerability are the makings of real courage. PeRL is for those individuals who want to become more self-aware, to learn how to ride the waves, as well as to take the reins of life in hand. As the ability to lead one’s own life is cultivated, leading others becomes more fulfilling and less stressful. As you use PeRL, you are able to drop your defensive survival strategies and replace them with a leadership approach that is based on authenticity.

Judith Bell, M.S., Master LHEP™

Judith Bell, M.S., Master LHEP™

Judith is the founder and president of Rewire Leadership Institute®. A master facilitator, consultant, teacher, and coach, she has created and facilitated personal growth, team development and organizational change seminars, coached executives and teams, facilitated strategic planning and high visibility meetings, and supported culture change for over four decades. Judith works with a diverse range of companies from government agencies, non-profit, Fortune Global 500, to small and mid-sized family owned businesses including such organizations as NASA, Seaflow, Total Oil, Restoration Hardware, San Antonio Water System, and Culver Company.

Superb at supporting individuals, pairs, and teams in developing the skills necessary to realize their full potential, Judith helps executives, managers, and staff gain the ability to respond flexibly and rapidly to their changing environment. Through extensive experience and research, she utilizes a number of different approaches including the FIRO theory, systems theory, cybernetics, neuroscience, cognitive, positive, and success psychology.

As one of the world’s leading experts on the FIRO theory, she trains consultants internationally. A consultant’s consultant, Judith mentors facilitators, coaches, therapists and other professionals in the integration of the FIRO theory in their work. From 1981 until 2004, she worked closely with Dr. Will Schutz, the creator of FIRO theory. Independently, Judith developed FIRO Theory Profiling, which has been lauded as the first innovation in the FIRO theory instruments aside from Dr. Schutz’ own developments. She continues to develop courses that synthesize her studies and experience and are based in FIRO theory.

Starting in her teenage years, Judith has been a pioneer in her passion for authenticity, clear communication, and positive change. She is lauded for her ability to see others’ potential and help them realize it—be they individuals, pairs, teams, or organizations. Judith’s zest for life, appreciation for others, and generosity of spirit inspires those with whom she works.

An honor’s student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Judith’s desire and passion to learn about authenticity motivated her to move her studies to The Institute for Creative and Artistic Development (ICAD) in Oakland, California. As the youngest student in their teacher training program, she created and graduated with an undergraduate degree that focused on authenticity through California State University, Sonoma. Continuing on her quest to study authenticity and creativity, Judith began taking courses at California State University, Hayward where she also created and graduated with a unique Master’s degree that focused on communication, transformation, and the creative arts.

Interested in systems and change, Judith began experimenting with her innovative action-oriented approach to assess and intervene with families, groups, and organizations. Through this work, she became a much sought-after instructor, training masters and doctoral students in her seminal work. As chair of a psychology program focused on Creative Arts Therapies at Antioch University, San Francisco, she developed curriculum and continued to serve as guest faculty and lecturer at universities nationwide.

In addition to leading Rewire Leadership, Judith and her husband, Daniel Ellenberg, co-founded Relationships That Work®, where she serves as Vice President. She and Daniel co-authored Lovers for Life: Creating Lasting Passion, Trust, and True Partnership, which applies the principles of Rewire Leadership Institute® to romantic relationships. Recently, they co-authored a chapter in Mastering the Art of Success: Volume 8. With Matt White, Judith recently co-authored Leading with Courage.

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