Unleashing Human Potential by Inspiring and Enabling People-Centered Business Solutions

Our Network

The Maritz Institute network strives to achieve the shared purpose of creating transformational program experiences where every participant realizes more of their best-self potential, builds more enriching relationships and clients achieve measurable business results.

The Maritz Institute network is more than 600 people strong including neuroscientists and academic partners, pioneering business leaders and Maritz designers.

Key Academic Advisors

The work of The Maritz Institute is accomplished through a collaborative network that connects external researchers and thought leaders, pioneering client companies and Maritz-internal experts. We continue to build connections within the academic community. Working relationships have included partnering with two academic centers: The Center for Hospitality Research at Cornell University and Texas A&M's Center for Retailing Studies.

Scientific research continues to accelerate our understanding of the human experience. Among the many influential thinkers whose research we follow are:

Paul Zak, Ph.D.; Matthew Lieberman, Ph.D.: Dan Siegel, M.D.; Elliot Berkman, Ph.D.; Rob Cross, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D.; Nicholas Christakis, M.D., Ph.D.; James Fowler, Ph.D.; Jason Mitchell, Ph.D.; Kevin Ochsner, Ph.D.; and Barbara Frederickson, Ph.D.

Emily Falk, Ph.D., serves as the primary science advisor to The Maritz Institute. Dr. Falk is an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Falk's research integrates methods from cognitive neuroscience, psychology and communications studies to understand media effects at the individual, group and population levels. A primary focus of her work is health behavior change and the construction of effective health campaigns.

We acknowledge the wisdom and generosity of the late Paul R. Lawrence as a mentor to The Maritz Institute. Dr. Lawrence served on the faculty of Harvard Business School for 44 years and published 26 books on management, organizational design and leadership. In 2002 he, along with co-author Nitin Nohria, published Driven: How Human Nature Shapes Our Choices that proposes a Four-Drive Theory of human motivation. This theory is foundational to The Maritz Institute's philosophy and science-based principles.

Community of Designers

The Community of Designers is committed to practicing people-centered design of a total program experience that positively impacts all stakeholders. More tangibly, these designers aim to put people at the center of design in order to create transformational program experiences where every participant realizes more of their best-self potential and builds more enriching relationships.