About

“The Studio is the antidote to business as usual”

Our vision for The Studio is a world where artistry is valued and reclaimed as an inheritance of being human and a place where the creative self is elevated at work and beyond. The circular act of artistry—intention, creation, refinement, offering and receiving—is akin to both the artist and the leader. The Studio is a place of practice where leaders can experiment with and deepen their own unique version of leadership through artistry.

All of our gatherings are designed to create space for the mysterious to unfold and reveal deeper, more provocative truths about our place in the world, be it at work or in our personal lives.

The Studio exists to invite, inspire and guide people to move into their own form of lived artistry, so that people rediscover their primordial foundation as creators, connectors and communicators.

The Studio bios

libbywagner_highres headshot-2015Libby Wagner is a poet, teacher, writer and speaker who works with organizations large and small, and leaders across the globe, to create the kind of lasting and powerful impact they desire, whether it’s through their unique approach to work, the language they use to influence and create, or the relationships they build. She is one of the only poets working in organizations where she inspires others to access and express their artistry, even when they might not normally describe themselves as creative or innovative. Libby is a trusted advisor for presidents, CEOs and executive directors, and her work has shaped the cultures of numerous Fortune 500 clients, including The Boeing Company, Nike, Philips, SAP, Diageo and Costco. Libby is a founding faculty member of the Institute of Conversational Leadership and Invitas with poet David Whyte, and she was honored as a Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year in 2014. She has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review.

Libby is the author of Amazon Best-Seller, The Influencing Option: The Art of Building a Profit Culture in Business (2010), What Will You Do With Your 90,000 Hours? The Boardroom Poet’s Thoughts on Work (2016) and three collections of poems, including Like This, Like That (2002), Somehow (2012) and Dancing on the Summer Lawn (NP). She collaborates with Irish musician and composer Owen Ó Súilleabháin in live performance and audio recordings. Together they’ve created Harvest (2015), an audio collection of poems and original music, and the genre-breaking Now This (2017), an embodied experience of spoken word poetry. Libby has a Masters of Fine Arts in Poetry.

Libby has worked with hundreds of individuals to inspire and teach them to locate and express their voices in their writing, work and creative lives.

Headshot Owen3Owen Ó Súilleabháin is a singer and composer from Ireland, who draws on his background in philosophy, Greek and Roman civilizations, and peace studies to inspire creativity in individuals and organizations. Owen works with leaders to unlock the sensibilities of listening into areas where it’s most in need. He introduces creative and dynamic methods of listening, to enable more powerful communication and enliven transformation. Owen’s approach to leadership has emerged from his dedicated apprenticeships with the poet David Whyte.

As an artist, Owen has performed in more than a dozen countries and collaborated with Riverdance composer Bill Whelan, violinist Nigel Kennedy, actor Russell Crowe, director Steven Spielberg, and Irish traditional music legends The Chieftains. His mother Noírín Ni Riain is a leading sacred singer and theologian, and his father Mícheál is a pioneering national composer and founder of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Drawing from this musical inheritance, Owen has released eight albums of both ancient and contemporary song.

Now based in the United States, Owen works with clients in some of today’s most challenging industries, from education to healthcare to the corporate world. He has composed songs for both The Teaching Channel—dedicated to more effective teaching in America’s schools—and the Storytelling Project at Stanford University. He has worked on the role of listening in healing and transformation for a California public hospital affected by gang violence. He has performed for industry leaders at the Center for Professional Excellence at the University of Texas San Antonio and at JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Studios in Hollywood. Each summer, Owen curates and leads journeys of art and spirit in the Golden Vale region of Ireland.

Steve_Color3Steven Morris is an artist, writer and entrepreneur who, over the 27 years, has a thriving painting practice and over the last 23 years has lead his company Mth Degree, a brand evolution consultancy that works with and advises companies and leaders at large (Samsung, LG, Sony) and small (Green Flash Brewing Co., Port of San Diego, Fleet Science Center) to evolve brands to become more conscious and purpose-driven with deep and lasting impact on their cultures and the world of their audiences. Steve has worked with Conscious Company Media as an advisor and writer, Business WEEK, Brand WEEK and Forbes as a contributor.

He is the author of Brand Love & Loyalty and Humanizing the Customer Journey, and His forthcoming book entitled The Evolved Brand: How to Impact the World through the Power of Your Brand challenges current business assumptions and shows organizations how to create and deploy brands with purpose, artistry and impact.

Steve’s artwork explores the relationships between the worlds of natural environments, the unseen intuitive and spiritual worlds. As well, being trained as both an artist and designer Steve is constantly drawing upon the meaningful narratives of story and human emotion. His work is intended to take the viewer on a cathartic journey within their own intuitive self and throughout a moving world of “painting something as it’s felt, not as it is,” as Georgia O’Keeffe stated.

Steve has been a speaker for the past 22 years at national and international conferences on creativity and purpose-driven entrepreneurship. He founded and leads the San Diego-based Creative Sphere, a series of salon round-table conversations for business leaders on creativity and artistry at work. He has taught at Salisbury State University, Temple University, Tyler School of Art, San Diego State University and San Diego City College. He has an MFA from Temple University, Tyler School of Art. He is an SVN member.