From Transitions to Legacy: Building a Solid Future for the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition

June 29, 2017 | By Sheryl Cohen, PhD

Just last month, our beloved co-founder, David Daniels, MD, passed away. In response to the outpouring of support from around the world, and numerous requests from appreciative students, the ESNT Board of Directors has created the David Daniels Legacy Fund to pay tribute and carry forward David’s vision of bringing the Enneagram to the world.

David’s seminal contributions as a leading developer of the Enneagram embody the true meaning of steadfast purpose and vision, generosity and innovation. As a founder of the International Enneagram Association, creator of the First International Conference held at Stanford University in the summer of 1994, and with Helen Palmer, co-founder of the Enneagram Professional Training Program, David dedicated the past 30 years living and modeling our mission of transforming lives and creating a more compassionate world.

To further that vision, the David Daniels Legacy Fund is designed to finance continuing innovations in the study and practices of the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition, expand our footprint in additional communities worldwide, and develop new content in the study that will be accessible to new and advanced students alike.

Please join me in making a Legacy Fund donation to continue the dream that David committed his life’s work to so many years ago. A generous anonymous donor has already contributed the first $2500 in matching funds, so please donate now to have your gift matched dollar for dollar.

2016: The Year of Transitions

As we plan for the future, it’s also important to take a step back to reflect on the past year. Please click here to read or download our 2016 Annual Report.

Some highlights include:

The patient and gifted leadership of Paul Strasburg, our former President, produced a board of directors with unparalleled dedication, skill and commitment to the great work that Enneagram study and practice invites. He leaves the board with a compelling mandate to continue to shape a sturdy and sustainable organization.

Our first Executive Director, Mary Jo Ruccio, retired in May 2016 knowing she was responsible for creating the frame of our home and the building blocks of our future. ESNT is forever in her debt.

We welcomed our new ED, Mary Freund, who has kept a keen eye on honing our structure and process, and brought definition and clarity to the way we work to serve our current and future participants. Under her leadership, we opened a new office in Boulder, CO.

Our Core Faculty members – Helen Palmer, Terry Saracino, Peter O’Hanrahan and Renée Rosario – collectively taught more than 500 students attending Enneagram Narrative Curriculum programs during 2016. Another Core Faculty member, Marion Gilbert, took a leave of absence from teaching.

Delightfully, along with all these noteworthy changes, we experienced another successful fundraising campaign! Your contributions, combined with a sustaining grant and donated services, represented 30 percent of our budget. Our donors and supporters are living proof of the hope our work inspires through our mission to transform the world, one person at a time. We look forward to continuing to educate, grow with and serve you in the years to come.

In gratitude,

Sheryl Cohen
Enneagram Studies in the Narrative Tradition

See 2016 annual report >
Contribute to the David Daniels Legacy Fund >



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