Bob Epperly is a coach on life-transforming career change. Throughout his professional career, he sought and created work environments that gave him and his co-workers greater opportunity for self-expression. While a manager at Exxon Research and Engineering Company, he emphasized win-win environments for employees and the company by identifying and addressing the needs of each. He then co-created and implemented a career development program to accomplish this goal in two Exxon Research divisions. Bob and a co-author, Dr. Arthur M. Cohen, described this innovative approach in a 1984 book, Interactive Career Development: Integrating Employer and Employee Goals. He subsequently became General Manager of Exxon Corporate Research and later CEO of a startup company.
During his time at the startup, Bob recognized an emptiness that he felt within, a feeling that he could never do and achieve enough. He realized he had been trying all along to prove his self-worth with accomplishment in the external world and that it wasn’t working. Consequently, he started focusing on his own internal and relational processes and entered a period of profound exploration, experimentation, and self-reflection. He participated in the transformational programs of Landmark Education for two years, completed a three-year program of psycho-spiritual development at the Center for Intentional Living, participated for ten years in the Temple of the Beloved, a spiritual community in Boulder, Colorado, and recently joined Waking Down in Mutuality, a community focused on the awakening of spirit and body. He has achieved greater self-understanding, acceptance, and peace as he has explored his longings and now views career in the larger context of holistic fulfillment in life.
Bob holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech and has received national awards from several organizations for his contributions to alternative fuels technologies and air pollution abatement. He continues to consult in these areas. He and his wife, Sarah, have three adult children and four grandsons, and live in Pleasanton, California. He is a nature photographer and a licensed ham radio operator.