About IFCT

Our Mission

We are experts in skillfully guiding individuals and organizations through change and transition by clarifying and referencing core values so that one acts from a place of authenticity and therefore finds a sense of well-being in all aspects of life, even in times of challenge.

Our Vision

At the Institute for Change & Transition, we have a deep understanding of the dynamics of change in individual lives and in organizations. From this understanding, we have developed time-tested methods and practices for making skillful changes. We have seen how people who apply these methods in their lives find clarity and empowerment which leads to a sense of authenticity, wholeness, coherence, and connectedness.

Who We Are

We are a group of Strategists dedicated to skillfully guiding individuals and organizations through the turbulence of change and transition. We believe that change is inevitable and that while it can be challenging, it is also desirable.

Our strategic approach involves using time-tested protocols along with a deep examination of what really matters to you. We work as your advocate to clarify your questions, realistic possibilities, and values in order to create and implement a plan. This process empowers you to see the choices you have, ultimately bringing about a greater sense of well-being.

Our Vision

At the Institute for Change & Transition, we have a deep understanding of the dynamics of change in individual lives and in organizations. From this understanding, we have developed time-tested methods and practices for making skillful changes. We have seen how people who apply these methods in their lives find clarity and empowerment which leads to a sense of authenticity, wholeness, coherence, and connectedness.

Who We Are

We are a group of Strategists dedicated to skillfully guiding individuals and organizations through the turbulence of change and transition. We believe that change is inevitable and that while it can be challenging, it is also desirable.

Our strategic approach involves using time-tested protocols along with a deep examination of what really matters to you. We work as your advocate to clarify your questions, realistic possibilities, and values in order to create and implement a plan. This process empowers you to see the choices you have, ultimately bringing about a greater sense of well-being.

Our Origins

The Institute for Change & Transition (IFCT) grew out of the work Phillip Moffitt began doing after he sold Esquire magazine where he was CEO and Editor-in-Chief. Following his departure from Esquire, many entrepreneurs and company leaders contacted him asking for advice and direction around big changes in their lives. Eventually, he formed a non-profit organization, Life Balance Institute, to create a structure for the services he was providing.


Over many years of working with so many clients, Phillip evolved a body of work for effectively dealing with change and transition that has proven to be of almost universal help to those who dealing with change. The latest evolution is the creation of IFCT and the training of a diverse group of Change & Transition Strategists to meet the growing demand for this modality of work. The Strategists are trained in depth by Phillip in what he calls the “Life Balance Approach.”

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Our Founder & Chief Strategist

Phillip Moffitt occupies a unique position in the world of mindful living and leadership. With the astute business acumen honed during his years as a media entrepreneur combined with the deep wisdom about inner development cultivated over the past 30 years as a meditation practitioner and teacher, Phillip brings unparalleled insights and strategic vision to those seeking to lead authentic, purposeful lives.

Phillip was Editor-in-Chief and CEO of Esquire and led the turnaround of the magazine in the 1980s. After leaving his publishing enterprise, he devoted himself to studying and practicing Theravada Buddhism and is now a nationally known teacher of mindfulness meditation. He served as Co-Guiding Teacher at Spirit Rock Meditation Center from 2010 – 2018.

Phillip is also the president and founder of Life Balance Institute where he trains individuals and groups in the principles of values-based leadership and living. He is the author of numerous books including Dancing with Life, Emotional Chaos to Clarity, and Awakening Through the Nine Bodies.

Phillip offers private, confidential consulting sessions for leaders and other professionals that focus on creating a plan for personal change and transition, and/or on leadership development, and/or business strategy. To learn more about Phillip’s offerings and rates, click the link below.

Our Strategists

Ferris Thompson
Prescott, Arizona
Jennifer Ward
San Francisco Bay Area, California
Ty Powers
London, England
Sarah Armstrong
Seattle, Washington
Ron Ames
Friday Harbor, Washington
and Los Angeles, California
Patricia Johnson
Long Island / New York City, New York
Fred T. Krawchuk
Longmont, Colorado
Alison Teal
Berkeley, California
Rob Cook
San Francisco, California
Stan Leopard
Las Vegas, NV
David Onek
San Francisco, California
Erin Selover
Berkeley, California
John Watts
Boulder, Colorado