Terry Pearce - Resume

Terry Pearce is the Founder and President of Leadership Communication, a company that consults with high-profile corporate, political and community leaders. In 2004, Business Week magazine called him the “eminence grisè” of leadership coaches.

Terry was an Adjunct Professor at The Haas Graduate School of Business, University of CaliforniaBerkeley, (retired 2008) and has served as a visiting faculty member at The London Business School for the MBA program and the Sloan Fellowship Programme. In 2006, he participated in the Ethics and Leadership Roundtable at Stanford, where he joined other thought leaders in providing case studies to be used to educate future leaders at the Stanford Graduate Business School. He is a doctoral candidate at Pacifica Graduate Institute, studying Comparative Mythology and Depth Psychology, and in 2007, he hosted the Forum on Cross-Cultural Inspiration in San Francisco to explore the ways in which people are inspired without regard to their basic beliefs or cultures.

In 2015, Pearce was lead faculty for the second module of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program created to mentor 65 mid-career individuals in initiating and executing broad-gauged projects for the public good. The module, held at the Clinton Presidential Library, entitled, “Values, Vision and Narrative,” focused on communication that inspires others to act. 

Terry has authored four books; the most popular, Leading Out Loud, is currently in its third edition (2013).  “Clicks and Mortar,” (written with David Pottruck) was published in 2000, and was hailed by the New York Times as the “best handbook for operating in the new economy of the Internet.” The work was featured in business magazines and networks, including in an interview with Charlie Rose. The principles from both of these works are used for corporate leadership development programs offered through BlessingWhite, and by communication departments in colleges and universities around the world.

Terry was educated in Oregon in business and religious philosophy; then spent 17 years as a manager and executive with IBM.  In the 1980’s he worked extensively in citizen diplomacy, and pioneered American business activities in the Soviet Union as a co-founder of Partners, a Soviet-American trading company. He is a former Fellow and Senior Vice President of Executive Communication for Charles Schwab & Co., and his work there from 1994 through 2002 won both the “Golden Quill” award from the International Association of Business Communicators and the “Compass” award from the American Association of Public Relations.

Terry has served on the boards of the National Endowment for Financial Education (Chair, 2009), the Pottruck Family Foundation, A Network for Grateful Living and Up With People. He is currently a board member at CenterPoint and Pacific Graduate Institute. He is a founding director of The Partnership for a Drug-Free California and a former director of The Healthy Cities Project at the Institute for the Study of Social Change.

He has two living children, six grandchildren, and lives in San Rafael, California.