Carol S. Pearson, Ph.D., D.Min., served most recently as Executive Vice President/Provost and then President of Pacifica Graduate Institute, in Santa Barbara, CA. Previously, she was Professor of Leadership Studies in the School of Public Policy, and the Director of the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership. During her tenure, the Academy was the incubator of the International Leadership Association (ILA), and Dr. Pearson was a member of ILA’s Board of Directors.
She is also the author of The Hero Within: Six Archetypes We Live By and Awakening the Heroes Within: Twelve Archetypes To Help Us Find Ourselves and Transform Our World, The Hero and the Outlaw: Building Extraordinary Brands Through the Power of Archetypes (co-authored by Margaret Mark); Mapping the Organizational Psyche: A Jungian Theory of Organizational Dynamics and Change (co-authored by John Corlett); and The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century (ed.), which grew out of a three year project with the Fetzer Institute that she co-led. This book recently received an award given at the ILA Annual Convention for making an original contribution to leadership studies.
She and Hugh Marr also designed and researched the Pearson-Marr Archetype Indicator™ instrument. Her newest book, Persephone Rising: Awakening the Heroes Within (released in October 2015) is written for women and the men who partner with them at home, at work, or in the community. In this book, she explores the power of narrative intelligence to help us become conscious of the archetypal stories and images—inner and outer—that govern what we think, say, do, and live in our time; and develop the capacity to transform our lives through living more evolved archetypal narrative patterns. She and her husband, David Merkowitz, live in the Washington DC area.