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Bob Epperly is a coach on life-transforming career change. While a manager at Exxon Research and Engineering Company, he emphasized win-win environments for employees and the company by identifying and addressing the needs of each. He then co-created and implemented a career development program to accomplish this goal in two Exxon Research divisions and was co-author of a 1984 book, Interactive Career Development: Integrating Employer and Employee Goals. He subsequently became General Manager of Exxon Corporate Research and later CEO of a startup company.
At mid-life, Bob recognized an emptiness that he felt within, a feeling that he could never do and achieve enough. He realized he had been trying all along to prove his self-worth with accomplishment in the external world and that it wasn’t working. Consequently, he started focusing on his own internal and relational processes and entered a period of profound exploration, experimentation, and self-reflection. He participated in several transformational programs and two spiritual communities. As a result he has achieved greater self-understanding, acceptance, and peace as he has explored his longings and now views career in the larger context of holistic fulfillment in life.
Bob holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech and has received national awards from several organizations for his contributions to alternative fuels technologies and air pollution abatement. He continues to consult in these areas. He and his wife, Sarah, have three adult children and four grandsons, and live in Mountain View, California.
His websites are www.bobepperly.com and www.natureonfilm.net.