Jean Houston, Ph.D., has been a leading figure in the cross-cultural study of spirituality and ritual processes. A prolific author of books, she is one of the founders of the Human Potential Movement. Her PBS Special "A Passion for the Possible" has been widely viewed. When Jean was 13, she literally ran into an old man on Park Avenue in New York City on her way to school. After this mishap, they became friends, and she enjoyed listening to him on various occasions. At the time she learned to pronounce his name as "Mr. Thayer." At a much later time, she learned that she had been talking with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Houston earned a B.A. from Barnard College, a Ph.D. in psychology from the Union Graduate School, and a Ph.D. in religion from the Graduate Theological Foundation. She has also been an advisor to former First Lady and current Senator Hillary Clinton, during her husband's Presidency. She was deeply influenced by the work of Joseph Campbell, most notably by "The Hero with a Thousand Faces." But perhaps her most significant mentor was Margaret Mead, who was also a personal friend. With her spouse Dr. Robert Masters, Dr. Houston founded the Foundation for Mind Research. She is also the founder and chief teacher of the Mystery School, a program for the cross-cultural study of spirituality and ritual processes. She has conducted the Mystery School on both the east and west coasts for more than two decades. In 1984, she started a national not-for-profit organization known as The Possible Society to explore new ways for people to work to help solve societal problems. More recently, she has also founded the International Institute for Social Artistry. She is currently working with the United Nations Development Programme in the new field of social artistry, training U.N. staff and leaders in certain developing countries. She has lectured in more than 100 countries and worked intensively in 40 cultures. She has received many awards for her work.