Alex Pattakos, described as a “Modern-Day Greek Philosopher,” is the cofounder of The OPA! Way®, a new, Meaning-focused paradigm and lifestyle brand inspired by Greek philosophy and culture. Dr. Pattakos is the author of Prisoners of Our Thoughts, an international best-selling book (available in 22 languages, including Greek) based on the wisdom of his mentor, the world-renowned psychiatrist Viktor Frankl. Also nicknamed “Dr. Meaning,” Alex is dedicated to bringing meaning to work, the workplace, and into everyday life. With expertise in political science and psychology, he has worked closely with all levels of government, including the White House under three presidents, and has served as an adviser to the Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. A U.S. Army veteran, he is also a former therapist and mental health administrator, political campaign organizer, and full-time university professor of public and business administration. Dr. Pattakos is a member of the International Academic Board of The International Center for Leading Studies, based in Athens, Greece.
Elaine Dundon, a meaning strategist and CEO of The Meaning Group, is the co-founder of The OPA! Way®, a new lifestyle program and brand platform for finding Joy & Meaning in everyday life and work, uniquely inspired by Greek philosophy and culture. Elaine began her career in business strategy and marketing, including brand management at Procter & Gamble. A thought leader in the field of Innovation Management, she authored the international best-selling book, The Seeds of Innovation, as well as created and taught a ground-breaking course on Innovation Management in the business program at the University of Toronto, Canada. Her work in the field of innovation has been featured globally in numerous leading publications. 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. Elaine is a keynote speaker, advisor, facilitator, and a leader of the Meaning Movement.
Please also visit In the Media! for more information about the book's co-authors, Elaine ("Eleni") Dundon and Alex ("Aleko") Pattakos, Ph.D.