Alison Kay Raby
Alison possesses a powerful mix of entrepreneurial savvy and finely honed communication skills. Dedicating more than twenty-five years to the art of communication and interpersonal dynamics, she is a connector, facilitator and serial entrepreneur. Throughout her career, Alison has built long lasting relationships with privately held and publicly traded companies, small and large as well as with international thought leaders across all sectors.
In 2016 Alison co-created Digital Raign with James Hanusa. Digital Raign is an experiential think tank focused on exponential tech and emerging media. We have brought together an global expert network that is at the forefront of developments in VR/AR/MR, AI, Blockchain and associated technologies and shares our values of creating social impact and spreading mindfulness.
Over a decade ago, Alison founded Mariposa Search, a boutique executive search, consulting and solution firm with expertise in a variety of industries with a focus on technology and life sciences. As CEO of Mariposa Search, Alison works with billion dollar multinationals, savvy start-ups, mid-sized companies on the rise, leaders and their teams.
Entrepreneurial by nature, Alison embarked on her first business venture at the age of twenty-two, opening and later selling a successful dining establishment. Her next incarnation as an Organizational Development Director at the Worksite Wellness Council combined her business acumen, holistic studies and passion for integrating cutting edge wellness programs within large corporations. Alison went on to Co-Found and Administer the first holistic health degree program by an educational institution at DePaul University’s School for New Learning.
In 2012, Alison joined Wisdom 2.0, an organization that addresses one of the greatest challenges of our age: to have the ability to live connected to one another through technology and to do so in ways that are beneficial to our own well-being, our professional work and associations, and to the global community. Alison served as Wisdom 2.0’s Volunteer Coordinator and sits on the board of Wisdom 2.0 Women. In 2013, she Co-Founded and serves as the CTO and Chief Alchemist for Wisdompreneurs, a global organization of transformational leaders creating a new economy and vibrant lives through the combined power of (combining) wisdom and entrepreneurship.
Alison has also had a long term engagement with Esalen Institute, a leading center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research. Alison first came to Esalen as a child, later returned as a Work Scholar in 1997 and spent the next sixteen years at the Institute studying and teaching Gestalt Awareness Practice, developed by Christine and Dick Price (Co-Founder of Esalen Institute). Alison became Christine’s protégé, and currently teaches Gestalt Awareness Practice to individuals and groups throughout the Bay Area and at Tribal Ground in Santa Cruz, CA.
She later Founded LifeBeforeDeath which takes its roots from her years of study and teaching in wisdom traditions. LifeBeforeDeath is based on the principles that birth is a miracle, life is gift and death is a fact, and provides seminars, individual guidance and resources that invite personal development and the cultivation of increased aliveness.
Alison is truly a force of nature, igniting and inviting individuals, associations and organizations to embody their core values and embrace their living legacies.
Alison has always embodied the beliefs behind the term "Conscious Business” Her personal integrity, global values and commitment to innovation directly translate to the projects she engages in and how she conducts business. Her core values extend to right action in our business, social, and global environments.
Firmly committed to social justice, Alison regularly donates her time to a number of volunteer organizations. She also serves as the Chair for the Bay Area Recruiters Association, holds Bachelor’s degrees in Holistic Health and Philosophy from DePaul University and is a licensed Personal Development Counselor.
Alison’s hobbies include horseback riding, meditation, personal development, metaphor creation, cuddling with her dog Linus, deep dialogue with likeminded hearts/souls, dancing when no one is watching and designing her next passion project Spiritual and Fabulous.