Alex Pattakos & Elaine Dundon

Fast Company Contributor

A proud Greek-American (of Cretan heritage), Alex Pattakos Ph.D., has been described as a “Modern-Day Greek Philosopher.” Also nicknamed "Dr. Meaning," he is focused on bringing meaning to work, the workplace, and into everyday life. A former president of Renaissance Business Associates, an international nonprofit association of people committed to elevating the human spirit in the workplace, he is the author of the international best-selling book, "Prisoners of Our Thoughts," currently available in 22 languages (including a Greek edition!). Prisoners of Our Thoughts is based on the wisdom of his mentor, the world-renown psychiatrist, Dr. Viktor Frankl, who personally urged him to write it. A U.S Army veteran with expertise in both Political Science and Psychology, Alex has been privileged to have worked internationally with all levels of government, including service to the White House under three Presidents in the United States. Moreover, he is a former therapist and mental health administrator, political campaign organizer, and full-time professor of public and business administration. Dr. Pattakos is the co-founder (with Elaine Dundon) of the GLOBAL MEANING INSTITUTE ( Alex and Elaine are also the co-authors of a newly-released, award-winning book, "The OPA! Way: Finding Joy & Meaning in Everyday Life & Work," which is uniquely inspired by Greek philosophy, mythology, and culture.

Elaine Dundon, MBA, is the co-founder of the GLOBAL MEANING INSTITUTE ( Following the completion of her MBA degree, Elaine spent 13 years in Brand Management, including at Procter & Gamble. Expanding her interest to Innovation Management, Elaine founded The Innovation Group Consulting Inc. (1996), designed and taught a groundbreaking course on Innovation Management at the University of Toronto (2000+), and authored an international best-selling book, "The Seeds of Innovation." As her work in Innovation Management evolved, her focus shifted to the "Human Side of Innovation" and specifically, Meaning, which her experience and research have shown is the key source of success. Now in her role as co-founder of the Global Meaning Institute and co-author of "The OPA! Way," Elaine is leading the Meaning Movement by advancing the field of MEANINGology and helping others truly "Live & Work with Joy & Meaning," including building the capacity for Meaning Centered Leadership.

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