The International Enneagram Association (IEA) was conceived at the first International Enneagram conference held at Stanford University in 1994.

The following winter, a group of early Enneagram teachers founded the IEA. These Founders included Maria Beesing, David Daniels, Theodorre Donson, Andreas Ebert, Russ Hudson, Kathy Hurley, Patrick O’Leary, Helen Palmer, and Don Riso.

Maria Beesing

Maria C. Beesing, OP, was the first President of the IEA. A Dominican Sister, she spent eighteen years in elementary education and began ministering as a spiritual mentor, retreat director and facilitator of seminars on spiritual and personal growth. In 1984, she coauthored The Enneagram: A Journey of Self-Discovery with Patrick O’Leary and Robert Nogosek. She has presented Enneagram workshops in the USA, Canada, Latin America, Pakistan, and Europe. Currently, she is the co-director of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis.

David Daniels (Deceased)

David Daniels, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry at Stanford, maintained a private psychiatric practice in Palo Alto for over 30 years. Together with Helen Palmer, he created the Enneagram Professional Training Program in 1988. Dr. Daniels served as co-director of the first US Enneagram conference at Stanford University in 1994 and taught the Enneagram worldwide. He was also co-author of The Essential Enneagram and co-producer of the DVDs “The Nine Paths to a Productive and Fulfilling Life” and “The Enneagram in the Workplace.”

Video tribute to David Daniels at the 2017 IEA Global Conference

Memories of David Daniels shared at the 2017 IEA Global Conference

Theodorre Donson (Deceased)

Theodorre Donson, MDiv was a lecturer and author in psychology and spirituality. Donson drew upon the spiritual masters and leading psychologists while stressing the importance of personal renewal and healing. Theodorre was co-author with Kathy Hurley of three Enneagram books: Discover Your Soul Potential: Using the Enneagram to Awaken Spiritual Vitality; My Best Self: Using the Enneagram  to Free the Soul; and What’s My Type? Use the Enneagram System of Nine Personality Types to Discover Your Best Self.

Andreas Ebert

Andreas Ebert was born in Berlin, Germany in 1952. He studied Protestant Theology at Neuendettelsau, Tubingen, Wurzburg, and Heidelberg. He is pastor of St. Luke’s in Munich and also (since 2004) the Director of Spiritual Center “St. Martin am Glockenbach,” also in Munich. He is also author (with Richard Rohr) of Das Enneagramm: Die Neun Gesichte der Seele and author or editor of seven other books on the Enneagram.

Russ Hudson

Russ Hudson is the Executive Director of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc. and co-founder of The Enneagram Institute. Russ co-teaches the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Professional Training Programs and is a former vice president of the IEA. He teaches in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, and the United States.

Russ co-authored the following books with Don Riso: The Wisdom Of The Enneagram, Personality Types (revised edition); Understanding the Enneagram (revised edition); Discovering Your Personality Type (revised edition), and the audiotape The Power Of The Enneagram. Russ also assisted Don Riso in writing Enneagram Transformations.

Kathy Hurley

Kathy Hurley has been teaching about various aspects of personal change since the early 1980s, devoting herself to community leadership and awakening the human spirit to reclaim its destiny, freedom and greatness.

She is co-author with Theodorre Donson of three Enneagram books: Discover Your Soul Potential: Using the Enneagram to Awaken Spiritual Vitality; My Best Self: Using the Enneagram to Free the Soul; and What’s My Type? Use the Enneagram System of Nine Personality Types to Discover Your Best Self, now published in eight languages.

Patrick O’Leary

Patrick H. O’Leary, MS, MDiv, is a speaker, facilitator and consultant who has been researching and teaching personality theory on four continents since 1971. His management-consulting firm specializes in developing the communication and conflict resolution skills of team leaders. He also teaches business courses at Cleveland State University.

In 1984 he co-authored The  Enneagram: A Journey of Self-Discovery, which is now available in six languages. O’Leary has authored tape sets, articles and a psychometric instrument to identify type. He served as the IEA’s Executive Director in 1996.

Helen Palmer

Helen Palmer is a teacher of psychology and intuition and the author of five books about human consciousness. Two of her Enneagram books now appear in 21 foreign languages. She is also featured in a PBS documentary Breaking Out of the Box: Discovering the Enneagram.

Together with David Daniels, MD, she codirects The Trifold School, an international teaching network, training and certification program. Co-director of the first US Enneagram conference at Stanford University, she has been a faculty member at JFK University School of Consciousness and Esalen Institute. Helen is an elected fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the World Business Academy.

Don Riso (Deceased)

Don Riso, MA, was President of Enneagram Personality Types, Inc., and co-founder of The Enneagram Institute. Don was also the author of five Enneagram books: The Wisdom of the Enneagram; Personality Types, Understanding the Enneagram; Discovering Your Personality Type; and Enneagram Transformations. These are currently available in multiple languages, among them English, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Dutch, Hungarian, and Portuguese.

In addition, Don taught the Enneagram in Europe, Japan, China, South Africa, South America, and throughout the United States.

Jerry Wagner

Jerry Wagner, PhD, is the author of the Enneagram Spectrum of Personality Styles: an Introductory Guide; the Wagner Enneagram Personality Style Scales (WEPSS); and Two Windows on the Self: the Enneagram and the Myers-Briggs. Jerry has been researching and teaching the Enneagram for over 30 years and has offered the Enneagram Spectrum Training and Certification Program nationally and internationally for the past 15 years: Jerry is a faculty member of the Department of Psychology and the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago. He is a clinical psychologist with a psychotherapy practice in Evanston, IL.