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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 an organization and leadership development researcher and adjunct professor at Colorado State University, bestselling 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 purpose and meaningfulness to unleash human potential to produce tangible results.

While I’ve done high-impact work with brands such as Ghirardelli Chocolate Company, The National Park Service, Crocs, the Alzheimer’s Association, and Telstra, I’ve also had amazing opportunities to engage in transforming health and veterinary care, 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 purpose and meaningfulness internationally on my blog and in outlets such as Forbes, Inc. Magazine, 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 where I serve as a researcher and Adjunct Professor. 

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“…Zach Mercurio, Ph.D. is an organization and leadership development researcher, internationally-acclaimed speaker, and bestselling author who helps leaders and organizations thrive with the power of purpose and meaningfulness.”

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