Meet The Team
STEVEN KOTLERDirector Of Research
Steven Kotler is a New York Times bestselling author, award-winning journalist, and cofounder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. His books include The Rise of Superman, Abundance, A Small, Furry Prayer, West of Jesus, and The Angle Quickest for Flight. His work has been translated into thirty languages and his articles have appeared in more than seventy publications, including New York Times Magazine, Atlantic Monthly, Wired, and Forbes. You can find him online at www.stevenkotler.com.
Jamie WhealDirector Of Programs
Jamie Wheal, Executive Director of Flow Genome Project, is a leading expert on the neuro-physiology of human performance. His work ranges from Fortune 500 companies like Cisco, Google, and Nike, to the U.S. Naval War College and Red Bull. He combines a background in expeditionary leadership, wilderness medicine and surf rescue, with over a decade advising high-growth companies on strategy, execution and leadership. He speaks to diverse and high-performing communities such as Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), Summit Series, and MaiTai Global on the intersection of science and high performance. At the Flow Genome Project, he leads a team of the world’s top scientists, athletes and artists dedicated to mapping the genome of the peak-performance state known as Flow. He lives on the Colorado River with his wife Julie, their two kids Lucas and Emma, and a righteous Golden Retriever named Cassie.
The Advisory Board
We are deeply grateful for the amazing talent that has assembled in support of the project. Leaders in their fields–from adventure sports, to performance psychology, to innovation, branding, and neuroscience–are helping us realize our mission to reverse-engineer the Flow state and open source it to everyone.
Get to know them here–follow their work. They make no small plans, ever.
David EaglemanNeuroscientist New York Times Best Selling Author Guggenheim Fellow
David Eagleman is a neuroscientist, New York Times best-selling author and Guggenheim Fellow who holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Eagleman’s areas of research include time perception, vision, synesthesia, and the intersection of neuroscience with the legal system. He directs the Laboratory for Perception and Action, and is the Founder and Director of Baylor College of Medicine’s Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. Dr. Eagleman has written several neuroscience books, including Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain and Wednesday is Indigo Blue: Discovering the Brain of Synesthesia. He has also written an internationally bestselling book of literary fiction, Sum, which has been translated into 27 languages and was named a Best Book of the Year by Barnes and Noble, New Scientist, and the Chicago Tribune.
Dr. Eagleman is the author and presenter of “The Brain,” an international 6 hour series on PBS which poses the question “what does it mean to be human?” from a neuroscientists point of view. Dr. Eagleman has written for the Atlantic, New York Times, Discover Magazine, Slate, Wired, and New Scientist, appears regularly on National Public Radio and BBC to discuss both science and literature, and has been profiled in the New Yorker.
DR. ANDY WALSHEHigh Performance Director, Red Bull North America
If you’ve ever wondered what kind of a mad scientist would invite pro surfers to spend a week training with free-hold breath divers (just to see how long they could get pinned underwater by giant waves,) or would strap sensors all over a man about to fall from space–Walshe is the man.
An Aussie researcher who designed and implemented the state-of-the-art training facilities for the US Ski and Snowboard Teams’ High Performance Program, Andy is passionate about delivering pragmatic solutions to explore human potential.
He now spends his days with Lindsay, Shaun, Mick, Travis (more than one) and a host of other icons of action sports. Andy’s constantly pushing the edge of bio and psycho metrics, innovative training equipment (like a forty foot super bungee that catapults snowboarders high enough to spin quads) and interdisciplinary research to give the athletes that ride The Bull the competitive edge.
It’s not fair really, but someone’s got to have that job–Andy’s just the bloke that created it.
JASON SILVATelevision Personality Filmmaker Philosopher
Jason was recently described as “part Timothy Leary, part Ray Kurzweil, and part Neo from The Matrix.”
Others have described Jason as “A Digital DJ, a re-vitalizer and remixer of optimism, and above all, a curator: of ideas, of inspiration, and of awe… like a trumpet player or modern-day digital Mingus, he jams, riffs and rhapsodizes through a tumbling thicket of ideas with such a sharp and vital alacrity that it can take the breath away. He’s a modern performance philosopher, reviving the vibe of Tim Leary and Buckminster Fuller and revivifying the dialogue that they started decades ago.”
From 2005 to 2011, Venezuela-born Silva was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced over 100 hours of original content.
Jason recently launched a series of non-commercial micro-documentaries exploring the co-evolution of human and technology, the latest of which was called “stunning” by TED Conference owner and curator, Chris Anderson. Jason has recently spoken at The Singularity Summit in NYC and his work was featured at The Economist World Ideas Festival. Jason spoke at the prestigious DLD Digital Life Design Conference in Munich.
Jason has partnered with Oscar-nominated producer Peter Martin to create a feature length 3D Documentary on the technological singularity and has been featured in The Economist, Vanity Fair, Forbes and Wired, among many others. Silva was also featured as part of the GAP ‘Icons’ campaign.
The Imaginary Foundation wrote of Jason’s most recent talks and short films that, “like some kind of Ontological DJ, he recompiles the source code of western philosophy by mixing and mashing it up into a form of recombinant creativity, which elevates understanding from the dry and prosaic, to a sensual cognitive romance.”’ We’re deeply into hacking source codes ourselves, and that’s why we’re stoked to have a kindred spirit and co-conspirator in Jason.
DR. ANDY NEWBERGNeuroscientist Neurotheology Researcher
The science of spirituality has become something of a hot topic in the past few decades because we finally have the advanced imaging technology — fMRI and SPECT scans and the like — to actually peer inside the brain and find out what is going on during so-called spiritual experience. No one has peered deeper than Dr. Andrew Newberg, currently the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital in Philadelphia and formerly the Director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania. During his career, Newberg has examined the brains of Tibetan monks during peak meditation, Franciscan nuns during ecstatic prayer, Evangelicals in the throes of glossolalia — all with an eye towards understanding how brain function produces mystical experience.
His books include How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist and Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief. He has presented his work at scientific and religious meetings throughout the world and has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20, CNN, ABC World News Tonight as well as in a number of media articles including Newsweek, Time, New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.
JIMMY CHINNational Geographic photographer Filmmaker
Jimmy Chin is a 12 year veteran of the North Face Athlete Team, a National Geographic photographer and filmmaker, and winner of the prestigious Audience Award at Sundance Film Festival. He’s participated in and documented breakthrough expeditions around the world with some of the top climbers, skiers, snowboarders and adventurers of our time. Besides climbing up some of the hardest high altitude alpine routes in the Himalayas, he is also one of the only people in the world to ski down Mount Everest from the summit. He knows a thing or two about the flow state both as an athlete and a creative.
SUSI MAIProfessional Kiteboarder
Susi is one of the most inspirational and decorated female kiteboarders in the world and the only woman on RedBull’s lifetime athlete roster. Her deep passion for growing sport has manifested into a number of creative, innovative and impactful projects, including co-founding MaiTai Global (maitaiglobal.org) a world-wide community of athletes, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and the XTC Entrepreneurial Challenge (with finals held at Richard Branson’s Necker Island) . She is the official patron of KiteRight Charity, a non-profit organization that aims to use all kite sports to help improve lives of people that would not normally be able to access the sport
PILAR GERASIMOSenior Vice President, Lifetime Fitness Founder, Lifetime Fitness Experience Life Magazine
SPilar didn’t climb the ladder to become one of the most influential voices of the Lifetime Fitness empire–she kicked down the door.
Frustrated by the lack of critical, thoughtful dialogue around health and fitness, Pilar convinced Lifetime’s founder Bahram Akradi to fund her dream magazine, –what has become the coolest, most provocative in-flight magazine, ever. Not content to stop with a readership approaching a million worldwide, Pilar took the gloves off. In the award-winning she calls out the dysfunctional pre-packaged couch potato life we are marketed, and advocates for the simpler, saner and more sustainable options all around us.
Pilar has been a guest on Dr. Oz’s “Oprah & Friends” radio program and has partnered with Functional Medicine pioneer Dr. Mark Hyman to create and co-present the UltraSmart Weight Loss Workshop at the Omega Institute. She sits on the advisory board of the University of Minnesota’s Health Journalism & Communication program. She has served as a judge for the National Magazine Awards and the Beard Foundation Awards.
Plus, she lives in a super cool fairy-tale farmhouse with a turret.
Leslie Sherlin, PHDCo-founder & Chief Science Officer, SenseLabs
Leslie Sherlin, PhD leads SenseLabs’ research and development of tools and paradigms for high performance in elite athletes.
Dr. Sherlin co-founded Nova Tech EEG, Inc, a company that provides training, evaluation services and equipment/software for quantitative EEG analysis and imaging. He began practicing qEEG analysis and neurofeedback clinically and has been involved in client care since 2002. Over the past twelve years, Dr. Sherlin has analyzed over 35,000 qEEGs.
In 2008 he focused on the domain of athlete performance as the Chief Science Officer for SenseLabs (formerly Neurotopia, Inc). In 2013, he completed his professional re-specialization in sport psychology and a postdoctoral fellowship in sport psychology with Michael Gervais, PhD of Pinnacle Performance at D.I.S.C. Sport and Spine Center in Marina Del Rey, CA. Dr. Sherlin completed his undergraduate degree and first years of graduate school from the University of Tennessee, and has the degrees of BA in Psychology, MS in Clinical Psychology and PhD in Psychology.
Dr. Sherlin is listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology and Mental Training Registry. He is a Certified Consultant by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, certified at the Diplomat level in quantitative electroencephalography (QEEG) and is BCIA Board Certified both in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback. He has served on the board of directors for both the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research and the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance in a number of elected positions including the President. In addition, Dr. Sherlin has the academic appointments and is employed as Adjunct Associate Professor in the department of mind-body medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Adjunct Faculty in the department of psychology at Northern Arizona University.
Bill TaiVC, Educator, Athlete
Bill is co-founder of MaiTai Global, an exclusive community of the world’s best kiteboarders and entrepreneurs dedicated to finding Flow and maximizing performance on and off the water. He is one of Silicon Valley’s top investors and a Partner at Charles Rivers Ventures. Prior to joining CRV, Bill founded IPInfusion as Executive Chairman, Founded iAsiaWorks as Chairman & CEO and founded Tradebeam as President. As a an Olympic Ambassador for the IKA (Int’l Kitesurfing Association), he was part of the campaign to put Kiteboarding into the 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro. He is also a World Economic Forum Tech Pioneer, and holds an MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois. Bill is an adjunct professor of innovation at Curtin University in Australia.
Dr. Ned HallowellNew York Times best-selling Author Harvard Medical School Psychiatrist
Best selling New York Times author and world-renowned ADHD expert, Dr. Ned Hallowell offers groundbreaking advice on how to survive in an ultra-competitive, ultra fast, attention deficit society while remaining sane, how to raise happy children, how to manage worry, the art of forgiveness and how to bring the best out of your employees.
A graduate of Harvard College and Tulane School of Medicine, Dr. Hallowell is a child and adult psychiatrist and the founder of The Hallowell Center for Cognitive and Emotional Health in Sudbury, MA and New York City. He was a member of the faculty of the Harvard Medical School from 1983 to 2004 until he retired to devote his full professional attention to his clinical practice, lectures, and the writing of books. http://www.drhallowell.com
Dr. Michael Gervais
Michael Gervais has spend his career pushing on the limits of human potential. A high-performance psychologist, Gervais has flown onto aircraft carriers during wartime to work with fighter pilots, developed high-performance strategies for action sport athletes who attempt the impossible (like, say, Felix Baumgartner’s space dive), and expanded capabilities in the more traditional realms of the NFL, NHL, NBA and Olympics. He’s also one of only sixteen members of Nike’s Expert Performance Advisory Board, and is a currently working with the Seattle Seahawks in shaping their high performance psychology and performance innovation program. His work has been featured on ESPN, NBC Sports, CNN, NFL Network, FUEL TV, Red Bull TV, Extra, Fox Sports, Yahoo Sports and, in print, in The Huffington Post, Playboy, ESPN The Magazine, and Outside.
Dr. Edythe HeusRevolution in Motion Training
Not content with training Olympians, World Champions, and Hollywood stars, Edythe saved Spiderman too. Her Revolution-ary technique–equal parts Cirque de Soleil, Pilates, and ballistic yoga–tunes and shapes bodies in ways that few other methods can.
A form of neuro-kinesthetic programming that serves equally well rehabilitating aging Boomers, optimizing elite athletes, or engaging executives and artists–Revolution in Motion serves as one of the foundational methodologies in the Flow Dojo, and as the skeleton key to integrated performance.
Edythe splits her time between her Manhattan and Los Angeles studios, and gets as much time longboarding and skiing as she can. Revolution in Motion Fitness