About us

Character by Design is the passion project of two friends who what where when why...

We know about:

  • Non-Violent Communication & Conflict Resolution
  • Internal Family Systems Therapy
  • Hakomi Therapy
  • Mindfulness & Meditation
  •  Zen Practice
  • Spiral Dynamics & Integral Theory
  • Right Use of Power
  • Difficult Conversations
  • Conscious Leadership
  • Influencing and Scaling

Krzysztof Piekarski

Krzys has a PhD in English from University of Texas, Austin and is a Council Member at Appamada Zen Center. He often throws bananas at Nathan with exquisite accuracy. 

Nathan Smalley

Nate is an education reformer, teacher, and coach to educational bigwigs across the country. He currently serves as the Chief of Network Leadership development with KIPP and is a PhD candidate at TBD.  He is a student at Appamada Zen Center.