Elevating Leaders, Amplifying Purpose.

Are you a visionary leader poised at a pivotal transition in your personal or professional life?

Are you excelling within your industry but eager to engage with an exclusive cross-industry network?

Are you seeking a space for purpose-driven innovators that values authenticity and excellence?

Membership experience built for busy professionals.

Weekly engagements deliver a consistent series of experiences to network with purpose-driven peers, establish & accomplish personal and professional goals, and improve well-being.

Expand the reach of your network by connecting 1:1 with a curated universe of purpose-driven peers. Meetings maximize the diverse perspectives represented within the IKI network and support the exchange of valuable insights.

Monthly interview with a purpose-driven leader, including Q&A from IKI members. The insightful discussion showcases the leadership journey and is published on the Ikigai Stories Podcast.

Small groups (“moai”) connect to fuel professional and/or personal growth by maximizing the depth, knowledge, and experience of IKI members. Facilitated conversations leverage frameworks including the Ikigai SMART methodology to identify a 30-day goal and the Give & Get forum to amplify accountability and support from purpose-driven peers.

Educational and experiential solutions to support personal growth and well-being. Programming delivered by Ikigai Lab Strategic Partners, includes integral health, mindset, movement, nutrition, emotional intelligence, and more.

IKI Mission

Unite purpose-driven leaders in a collaborative network to catalyze positive impact and support the cultivation of each member’s ikigai.


We believe in the power of purpose as the driving force behind transformative leadership, guiding our actions and decisions towards positive impact.


We thrive on a culture of collaboration, fostering connections that transcend organizational boundaries to amplify the collective impact of our community.

Servant Leadership

We maintain the highest ethical standards, recognizing the interdependence of business success and our commitment to social and environmental stewardship.


We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community that values the unique perspectives and contributions of every member.


We foster a dual permission framework. Individuals are urged to grant themselves the freedom to explore, nurturing personal growth. Concurrently, we honor others’ autonomy, enabling them to share at their own rhythm, fostering a culture of shared empowerment and collaboration.


We champion innovative thinking and adaptive strategies, recognizing that true progress is achieved through continuous exploration and creative problem-solving.

Get instant access to a vetted community of purpose-driven peers who understand your challenges and share your desire to lead positive change.

1:1 Connections

Expand your network with a curated universe of purpose-driven peers. Ikigai Matching process provides 1:1 connections designed for meaningful engagement and positive impact.

Moai Meetings 

Monthly Moai Meetings align with the principles of Okinawa’s Moai tradition, a social construct linked to happiness, resilience, and longevity. The moai thrives on shared purpose, mutual support, and a commitment to making a meaningful difference. Monthly Moai Meetings leverage IKIGAI SMART methodology to identify and achieve personal and professional goals.

Growth Experiences

Access exclusive resources, workshops, and events designed to enhance leadership skills and support the ikigai journey for personal and professional growth. Live and On-Demand resources led by academics, thought leaders, and experts from a wide range of fields, including behavioral psychology, economics, diversity, personal finance, and more.

Cross Industry

Leverage cross-industry networking to foster innovation and growth by exchanging ideas and best practices from diverse fields. Broaden your knowledge, encourage creative problem-solving, and open up collaboration and new market opportunities. Stay ahead of trends, adapt to changes, and enhance personal development, leading to increased career opportunities and professional resilience.


Showcase your commitment to purpose-driven leadership, gaining recognition within a community that values and celebrates your contributions.  Inspire others to engage in a more meaningful commitment to purpose by expanding the reach of your ikigai efforts.


Gain insights into innovative concepts for leading with purpose and making a positive impact across a wide range of industries. Stay abreast of the latest trends, research, and strategies related to purpose-driven leadership.

Member Discounts

Discounts on Ikigai Lab offerings, including partnership agreements with Ikigai Lab Strategic Partners. 

Ikigai Summit 2024

A unique, in-person experience will be offered to all members of the IKI community at the Ikigai Summit 2024.

Theresita Richard

Chief People Officer


Dr. Tim Lomas

Psychology Research Scientist

Human Flourishing Program,

Harvard University

Aki Ohashi

Vice President

Evolution VC

Ali Benter

Senior Product Designer


Bre Blaney

Vice President

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Julie Zhang



Ryan Wolf

Wellbeing Lead


Tara Hastings

Director of DEI


Tim Bristow

President of Operations


Toussaint Bailey


Uplifting Capital

IKI Membership Criteria

IKI is designed for leaders who are driven by purpose and dedicated to leading positive change.  Applicants undergo a thoughtful evaluation process to ensure that IKI members receive authentic peer support from like-minded, purpose-driven individuals. Membership criteria takes into account various factors, such as seniority, title, personal mission, and professional journey. While years of experience are considered, emphasis is placed on the current role and the commitment to making a positive impact, irrespective of the professional tenure.

The aim is to create a diverse and inclusive community where individuals committed to purpose-driven leadership can connect and support each other. 

Five Reasons Your Organization Should Pay for Your IKI Membership


Tailored curriculum addresses key leadership competencies, including effective communication, strategic decision-making, and adaptive leadership strategies.


Balance and harmony supports stress regulation, minimizes burnout, and enhances strategic decision-making ability.


Reduce turnover by demonstrating a commitment to leader’s personal well-being and mental health.


Access to a diverse network of leaders across various industries provides insights into organizational culture, leadership skill building, and innovation ideation.


Demonstration of support for organization-wide initiatives to link individual purpose to organizational purpose.

IKI Process 


The application provides insight into your experience, interests, and potential level of engagement within the IKI network.  The first year membership fee is due with application submission.  


Applications are approved by
IKI Membership Team and onboarding process begins, including access to IKI experiences and community introductions.

Annual Dues: $399/year


What does IKI mean?

IKI is an acronym for “Ikigai Knowledge Institute.”  In addition, “Iki” translates into “life” in Japanese and serves as the first word in the derivative, iki-gai, interpreted as one’s reason for being. 

What is a "moai?"

In Okinawa, a “moai” is a social support group or a community of individuals who come together for a common purpose, such as mutual assistance, friendship, or shared interests. These groups have been linked to longevity and associated with well-being and a sense of community.  

Within the IKI network, the moai takes form in a monthly meeting that aligns with key elements of the moai concept.  Meeting participants leverage the IKIGAI SMART methodology and are assembled into moais of 3-5 participants.  Moai Meetings make the space that allow for ask/receive support on both personal and professional goals.

What are "Growth Experiences?"

Growth experiences support IKI member’s development, growth, and well-being in collaboration with Ikigai Lab Strategic Partners, a curated team of leading practitioners and thought leaders. Topics include functional health, sleep strategies, mindset, movement, nutrition, mental health, emotion intelligence, and more.

What is the annual membership fee?

2024 IKI annual membership fee is $399.  Membership fees are reviewed and renewed on an annual basis.

What is the IKI onboard process?

Upon application approval, new IKI members receive access to the IKI membership network and can join events immediately.

A New Member Orientation (90-minutes virtual)  is offered on a quarterly-basis and includes the Ikigai Lab Values Discovery process.  

2024 Dates:

Wednesday, June 12th at 1PM-230PM PT

Friday, October 11th at 10AM-1130AM PT

Is there an application fee?

Annual membership fee of $399 is required to submit application.  If IKI application is declined, then $399 fee is refunded.  

Are there in-person meetings for IKI members?

Yes!  Exclusive in-person IKI events will be hosted on a semi-annual basis for members, including a one-day event prior to the Ikigai Summit.  

What is IKI's non-solicitation policy?

Acknowledging the influential role a robust network plays in fostering business connections among our purpose-driven leaders, we actively promote this interaction within our community. Yet, it remains paramount that IKI sustains its reputation as a trusted community for our members. Our commitment lies in maintaining a space where professional relationships thrive organically, ensuring the integrity and trustworthiness of our community.  

Is IKI relevant for executive coaches and independent consultants?

No. Recognizing the paramount importance of fostering a supportive community for purpose-driven leaders across various career stages, IKI membership is strategically tailored to cater to individuals in leadership positions across a variety of organizational settings, including corporate, small business, and non-profit.  

While those in leadership often find themselves mentoring others, there is a noticeable gap in the support they receive for their own professional needs. Our objective is not to foster exclusion but to deliberately nurture a trustworthy community of peers.  As IKI evolves, we will continue to review the potential to expand membership to include executive coaches and independent consultants.  

Is IKI relevant for financial advisors?

No.  Ikigai Lab launched “Ikigai for CFPs” to provide purpose-driven, Certified Financial Planners™ with a multi-faceted, science-based framework for personal growth; then expands to evolve the client experience toward holistic life planning.  

If you are a CFP interested in learning more, please visit this site.  

What happens if I'm not accepted to IKI?

The IKI membership experience is crafted for those holding leadership roles within their organizations. We thoroughly evaluate applicants to ensure a shared level of seniority and purpose-driven impact, facilitating meaningful connections among true peers. If you don’t currently meet our membership criteria, it’s not a flat-out rejection but rather a “not yet.” We look forward to extending an invitation as career impact progresses or, as we extend IKI’s reach to serve a more diverse range of purpose-driven leaders across the professional landscape.

Do I need to attend every IKI experience to get value out of membership?

No. The IKI membership experience is designed to accommodate busy professionals with heavy demands on their time. Members can personalize their experience according to bandwidth, availability, and interest with a framework that allows for familiarity and support at every point of engagement. 

What if I have more questions?

No problem!  Please email info@ikigailab.co