Prasad Vepa

Self-Employed Speaker, Mentor & Coach


I am centered and informed by Vedanta, the ancient Indian non-dual wisdom tradition. I strive to live by this teaching and draw on it as I guide and coach others.

I am a speaker, mentor and informal coach. I help people clarify their understanding of themselves and the world around to achieve greater personal joy and fulfillment and organizational effectiveness. I have been living in the Bay Area since 1976 and in the U.S. since 1968.

My career spanned government, corporate and the education sectors. I worked for about three years in the Indian Government as a Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Indian Space Agency, (ISRO).

In the corporate arena I worked for over 30 years in high-tech (semiconductors, computers, networking and manufacturing). My experience cuts across most functional areas of business, such as marketing, communications, strategy, finance, operations and general management at various large companies in Texas and Silicon Valley. Developing leadership skills, a unified vision and strategy for the whole organization and enhancing the collaboration of teams are areas of my strength.

In the field of education, I spent 13 years as a Trustee of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco (including many years as its Board Chair).

My academic training includes a Master’s Degree from M.I.T. in political science, specializing in communications and public policy, an M.B.A. from IIM, Ahmedabad, India and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras.

The approach I use in my work is to draw from the core teachings of Vedanta, reflected in the ancient Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Our actions as individuals -- in our personal and work lives -- spring from assumptions about ourselves and the world. I help people revisit their assumptions to re-frame themselves and reshape their paths for the larger, enduring good.