David Kenyon is the President and Chief Financial Officer for Center for the Healing Arts, LLC, d.b.a. The Healing Arts Center. He is an attorney by training having had a twenty-year career in business and employment litigation until his retirement from the practice of law in 2004. For the past decade, he has been a social entrepreneur engaged in the development of local businesses with high potential to create meaningful employment especially for chronically unemployed individuals.
David also serves as a commissioner on the Industrial Development Authority for the City of University City and is an Entrepreneur in Residence with Create Space St. Louis, a small business incubator on Delmar Boulevard in the University City Loop. He is the author of The Lotus Blossom, a feminist novel about a teenage girl overcoming gender objectification in the Digital Age through her education in classical bushido and meditation training.
During his career as a business developer, David has organized companies into a system of interpersonal collaboration called The Seven Virtues System. Grounded in ontology and cognitive behavioral therapeutic (CBT) techniques, the Seven Virtues System works on the concept that people need to know themselves, at the level of human identity as virtuous, they need to know that their work is virtuous and that they do good in the world in order to be truly fulfilled. If an employer can create these conditions of fulfillment, human organizations become supercharged with purpose and motivation and, hence, become highly effect and produce good karma for themselves and others. The Seven Virtues System was featured in a LinkedIn blog article entitled Making Virtue Pay by Dr. Barry Schwartz, a professor at Swarthmore College and frequent TED Talk speaker. You can read the initial version of The Book of Seven Virtues on David's literary blog Out of the Muck.
For the past thirty years, David has been a Buddhist practitioner with extensive formal training in the Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. A disciple of the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa and devoted student of Lama Lodu Rinpoche, David has spent considerable time over the past twenty years in monastic retreats receiving teachings and vajrayanna empowerments from his root guru as well as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
For over a decade, David was an instructor and student of the several martial arts including Aikido and Tai Chi. He received his Aikido training under the direction of Take Sigemichi Sensei and later trained with Haruo Matsuoka Sensei, a disciple of the legendary Seiseki Abe Sensei. David actually had the good fortune to train with Abe Sensei on two occasions, last time while accompanying Matsuoka Sensei on a visit to Osaka, Japan in 2005. David ended his martial arts career with Sifu Yin Cai, a Kung-Fu and Tai Chi master who was trained in secret in China during the Cultural Revolution.
Having grown up on a farm in southern Michigan, David is now married to his wife, Jane Quartel, and has two children, Van and Emma along with two step-children, Maaike and Hanna. David's son Van is in medical school and his daughter Emma works for the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging under the tutelage of Senator Claire McCaskill. Maaike works for a Fortune 500 healthcare company and Hanna is about to become a college student.
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