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I’m Zach

and I am glad you’re here exploring more about the science and practice of purpose and meaningfulness. Before I dive into the official stuff below, I want to tell you little bit about me, the person behind the titles and credentials.

I am a New Englander at heart (go Red Sox!), but I have made my way through Virginia, Washington, D.C., and now live in Fort Collins, Colo. with my amazing wife, Erin, two sons, Tapley and Jaxon, and two overly quirky adopted dogs.

I don’t think there is such thing as too much espresso, you can usually find me out on my road bike, I love watching baseball, and I am an obsessive newspaper reader. And yes, I read research (along with dystopian, sci-fi novels) for fun. 

Now, for the professional


“I believe that every human being is built for purpose, craves meaningfulness and deserves to be fulfilled in life, work and school.”

I’m a positive organization and leadership development researcher and adjunct professor at Colorado State University, author of “The Invisible Leader,” strategist and keynote speaker. 

I’ve spent the last decade researching purpose and meaningfulness, while helping individuals, entrepreneurs, leaders and organizations around the world use the power of positive psychology, purpose, and meaningfulness to unleash human potential to produce tangible results.

While I’ve done work with brands such as Hewlett-Packard, the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, The National Park Service, Crocs, the Alzheimer’s Association, and Telstra, I’ve also had opportunities to engage in health and veterinary care organizations, government, nonprofits, universities and K-12 schools.

That’s the powerful thing about purpose and meaningfulness: It’s universally applicable.

I’ve also had the chance to spread the message of purposeful leadership and meaningful work internationally on my blog and in outlets such as Forbes, Psychology Today, Thrive Global, and The Huffington Post, while serving as a regular guest on a wide range of leadership and organizational development podcasts.

I earned my Ph.D. in Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.

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“…Zach Mercurio, Ph.D. is a positive organization and leadership development researcher, internationally-acclaimed speaker, and author who helps leaders and organizations thrive.”

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