Solve Your Most Pressing Problems. Build Your Ideal Corporate Culture. Uplevel Your Company’s Success.

A new era of business calls for a more
enlightened leadership.

As we emerge from a global pandemic, businesses are evolving and people are taking notice. This new model is being shaped by a more enlightened leadership. The leaders at the helm of this evolution see human capital as the most necessary resource for successful ventures.

The most successful companies across the globe are investing in the leadership development of their employees.

Research shows that leaders are great not solely because of their technical skills or position, but because of who they are at their core.

Qualities like trust, the ability to hold complexity, creativity under pressure, and leadership presence are essential. With our approach, these qualities can be learnable.

At the Strozzi Institute for Somatics, we cultivate embodied leaders.

Our science-based methodology and breakthrough programs mobilize leaders, teams, and organizations to fulfill their purpose, expand their leadership capability, and create lasting change and success through daily practice.

We see a “leader” as someone with the ability to mobilize and inspire both themselves and others with purposeful action.

A leader will respond rather than react.

They lead their team toward possibility and grounded results.


Accelerate cohesion and alignment to create breakthrough results. Even the most well-equipped leaders can struggle to produce a high-performance team dynamic. Through our work, teams embody and execute results built upon trust, collaboration, and shared accountability. Our methodology can be implemented right away, while creating long-lasting and sustainable results.

Mergers &

Times of change are always scary and challenging. Our work helps divergent cultures become unified, coordinated, and committed to achieving the newly-formed organization’s vision. Our methodology generates real behavioral experiences that allows your team members to see their values and behaviors in action.


Become more than a figure-head. Our training will create a calm presence that excludes authenticity and connection. With our methods, your leaders will start to inspire trust, action, and commitment
among their teams.

Authentic Embodied Feedback

Giving and receiving effective feedback is one of the skills (if not the most important skill) leaders can have. Strozzi Somatics accelerates your ability to be authentic and to be building trust with colleagues and customers while allowing for clear communication and reception of each message.

Embodied Resilience
for Leaders and Teams

Our customized training solutions empowers leaders and teams to uplevel problem-solving, collaboration, performance under pressure, and the ability to quickly recover quickly from challenges. Resilient organization are agile, effective, and sustainable.

Leadership Development for Diverse Teams

Deepen your team's skill at creating inclusivity within diverse teams and organizations.

“The level of depth and relationships that’s developed as a result of Strozzi’s work has really been quite significant in the year that I’ve been involved with it. We’ve gone from a team of peers and folks who interact with each other to people that really understand what their partner offers and where their partner comes from—really, what makes them tick. And as a result, we’ve gotten to a place where under stressful situations, we’re able to understand what’s important to that person, where they’re coming from, and really work more effectively together.”

Robb Giammatteo
EVP-CFO, Ascena Retail Group

Why Work With Strozzi Institute for Somatics

We Enable Sustainable Change for Your Team

Existing leadership training and team-building programs give people information, ideas, and excitement.

Under pressure, everything you’ve learned washes away. Through our neuroscience-based, embodied practices, we empower your team to embrace a new way of thinking and acting that will improve their productivity and work-life balance.

Our Approach to Working With Teams is Different

Our methodology teaches by engaging the entire psychobiology of a person to learn and embody new skills, behavior, and context.

This is a completely different paradigm of leadership training and team-building. We’ve created a pragmatic on-the-ground version of mindfulness and embodiment that your team can use in high-pressure situations to stay grounded in the values of your organization while successfully overcoming challenges, meeting their goals, and making a difference.

We Hold Your Vision and Concerns as if They Were Our Own

With Strozzi Institute for Somatics, you receive a partner in change.

Our customized programs solve the most common organizational challenges facing organizations today. Rather than one-off programs, we engage over time to construct new frameworks and practices that will eventually because a way of life.

We Have Over 50 Years of Experience

We have over 50 years of experience in cultivating and delivering innovative programs to hundreds of organizations around the globe.

Our unique and powerful embodied leadership methodology positions us as the leading institution shaping organizations, teams, and leaders toward true embodied leadership. 

Organizational Clients

Our methodology, Strozzi Somatics has supported leaders, teams and entire organizations. Among the organizations that have benefited from our programs are:

A Note from Strozzi Somatics' Creator
Richard Strozzi-Heckler

It’s my lived experience that leadership is something that can be learned, and it’s generated in relationship with others. Exemplary leadership is not a thing—the correct genes, an appointment, a technique, or the chance of the draw that favors one individual over another. Exemplary leadership is a way of being, whether you’re leading others or leading your own life.  It’s a skill and art that can be development through commitment and practice.

Teachers for Embodied Teams & Organizations

We have the most rigorous standards for our teachers of any leadership training organization. We deliver on the promises of embodied leadership in action, assuring a level of mastery on behalf of our teachers.

“Our team was a bunch of statisticians, data analysts, and business analysts in Capital One bank. The company was in an intense period of acquiring other banks. And our job was to transform these banks with data and analytics…We had all these different partners that we needed to work with and we needed to lead change in the organization…We were frustrated because we didn’t know how to articulate our ideas in terms of business relevance. They pointed at us, ‘You guys aren’t being effective? Figure it out.’ My colleague and I were not seeing an HR leadership development program that would address this in our organization nor anywhere in the marketplace…That’s where Strozzi Institute came in: And then it was a different world. We started having the impact we needed to have with these acquired business units and with our internal stakeholders. We were communicating clearly and effectively. And we got great feedback about our team. Most importantly we created future generational leaders. In fact, two of our team members recently been promoted to Vice President, which has been fantastic.”

Peter Maynard
SVP, Global Capabilities Equifax, Former SVP Retail Bank Decision Sciences, Capital One

“There is no doubt in my mind that these practices build effective leaders. And effective leaders build effective organizations. Leadership is a performing art. It’s very important as a leader to be able to understand the mood you are setting, how you are showing up, how your body is in the moment since most communication is through body language. So the awareness that each team member got, including myself, through these practices, gave us the ability to connect more effectively with colleagues. The investment in time and financial resources on this training for the R&D team was returned to us many many times over.”

Nancy Hutson
Former SVP Pfizer Global R&D

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“We’ve all been on teams where we feel like we’re pulling in the same direction, it feels really right, it feels like we’re moving forward but somehow it’s effortless. That’s what the Strozzi Institute allows us to do as a team. And it is, without question, the single best, richest and fastest way to develop a team that I have ever seen.”

Adam Forest
Managing Partner, Forest Group

“Strozzi Institute did and continues to do an outstanding job at helping government employees with disparate backgrounds and skill sets and who came from differing workplace cultures to embrace change and to be enthusiastic about new processes and a new culture. As you might imagine, a staff consolidation of any two organizations can be a time of great stress and uncertainty.”

Ken Kirkey
Senior Planning Director, Metropolitan Transportation Commission


The difference is in our method. Our programs use an embodied learning approach, which is more holistic than the solely cognitive approaches that are widely used in leadership and team development.

We believe that addressing the developmental potential of the whole person — thinking, feeling, acting, and relating — produces more effective and sustainable change for both individuals and organizations. This unique approach allows leaders and teams to take new actions aligned with their outcomes and values. Leaders gain new skills and abilities, not just new ideas.

There is a difference between academic knowledge and embodied knowledge. True transformation does not happen through new thinking or good ideas alone. 

A PowerPoint presentation or text in a manual will not inspire new actions or develop trust in our teams. To make sustainable improvements in our leadership, our teams, or our companies, we have to “embody” new ways of being, new conversations, and new actions. The way to achieve this is by learning holistically. 

With Strozzi Institute for Somatics’ Embodied Teams and Organizations, you learn to establish a series of recurrent practices of mind, emotions, language, and body. Research shows that 300 repetitions produces muscle memory (the ability to purposefully take a new action), and that 3000 repetitions creates embodiment (being able to take this new action automatically, even under pressure). Research also points to requiring 10,000 hours of purposeful practice to produce mastery in an area.

Strozzi Institute for Somatics focuses on embodied learning in which individuals and groups engage in recurrent, purposeful practices over time to achieve mastery in their roles, teams and organizations.

All of our corporate and team programs are custom designed to meet, and ideally exceed, each individual company’s goals.

To be sure that we produce a program that meets your news, we begin with a collaborative exploration of your needs and desired outcomes. Through this pre-work, we’ll discover which changes are necessary for the outcomes you seek.

Our programs develop leaders, teams, and companies that are confident, dynamic, and authentic. At the conclusion of our training, they will be able to skillfully execute on their commitments.

Strozzi Somatics methodology is based in mindfulness, martial arts, action-oriented communication, and generative conflict training to identify conditioned patterns that limit performance. Through our unique approach, called Somatics, we create new neural pathways and new possibilities for our clients.

Our Corporate Programs deliver innovative content on leadership, team development, and new distinctions for effective coordination in organizations. We pair this with experiential exercises and team practices. This combination links vision to action and knowledge to know-how.

Yes. Coaching is relevant for leaders at all levels of an organization. It can be particularly impactful as a way to sustain and deepen the learning of the programs. As part of an ongoing organizational program, we customize executive and leadership coaching.

Our programs support executives, boards, directors, managers, teams, and emerging leaders to excel to their next level of success. Depending on your organization’s goals, we can assist you in assessing the best team and leaders to engage. We combine purpose, leadership presence, and pragmatic skills in effective coordination, to serve powerful development.

We work with executive teams and boards from small groups to large departments and company wide. Program size may vary depending on your specific organizational goals and needs. Feel free to contact us directly in order to determine the best program(s) that works for you.

Please contact our office in order to collaborate on timeline, deliverables, and program details. Starting with conversations between our team and your key stakeholders, we will identify and understand your specific organizational needs and goals. We will then recommend or design a program that best suits your needs.

Team & organizational programs can be held at your offices or in an off-site retreat that suits your company. We also happily host programs at our Dojo training site in the beautiful rolling hills of Northern California. Please contact us directly to discuss space requirements.