Mark Brown is the author of Outward Bound Lessons to Live a Life of Leadership: To Serve, to Strive, and Not To Yield. Originally a native of Northeastern Ohio, Mark moved to Naples, Florida, where he worked as a writer and magazine editor. At the age of 25, he decided to attend a 23-day trip to an Outward Bound course in Utah. It was life changing. After taking a temporary job as a van driver for Outward Bound in Minnesota, he helped successfully search for and rescue a teenage boy that had become separated from the group. As a result, Outward Bound asked him to become an instructor ,which began a 22-year working relationship with the organization. He accrued over 1,000 days in the wilderness as an instructor.
Mark eventually relocated to Asheville, NC, and continued his work with the North Carolina Outward Bound School. He trained to be a professional coach and began designing some of the first corporate leadership development programs that Outward Bound offered, blending the wilderness with classroom training and organizational consulting. He also earned a master’s degree in business/entrepreneurship from Western Carolina University, and began serving as a transformational leadership consultant in a variety of industries.
Mark currently lives in Hawaii with his family, where he continues his work as a master coach, consultant and facilitator, helping people and organizations successfully navigate the rapid changes of our modern world. When he’s not working, you’ll most likely find him disappearing down a trail, fishing with his son, or paddling a canoe somewhere. The wilderness always calls!