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Keith Raniere


Keith Raniere

Keith Raniere holds many titles to his name—scientist, mathematician, philosopher, entrepreneur, educator, inventor and author—but perhaps the most poignant among them is that of humanitarian. He has devoted his life to studying the human psychodynamic and developing new tools for human empowerment, expression and ethics. His endeavors share a drive to enhance human existence, as he works tirelessly, and joyfully, to help others elevate their awareness, success and, ultimately, experience of life. Raniere has collaborated with professionals from a vast array of backgrounds, from producers of large-scale theatrical performances to scientists in the study of specific neurological conditions. His aptitude for solving problems, his ceaseless dedication and attention to detail, and his enormous capacity for compassion form the cornerstones of Keith Raniere’s character.

From early childhood, he demonstrated astounding gifts nurtured by his parents and subsequent mentors. By the age of one, he could construct full sentences and questions; he was able to read by the age of two. An autodidact, he directed his learning abilities to learning itself, studying its science and art in order to find optimized learning strategies and methodologies. Applying this skill to athletics, Keith Raniere excelled in judo and was an East Coast Judo Champion at age eleven. He also excelled in numerous other sports including volleyball, tennis, table tennis, diving, softball, cycling and skiing. By the age of twelve, he taught himself to play piano at the concert level; his passion and aptitude for music would inspire him to master many other musical instruments. He taught himself high school mathematics in nineteen hours at the age of twelve; only one year later, he was proficient in third-year college mathematics and was a professional computer programmer.

Keith Raniere entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) at age sixteen. From his first semester onward, he began taking PhD level mathematics courses, ultimately taking most of the graduate-level physics and mathematics courses available at the time. Upon graduation he became RPI’s first triple major, earning degrees in mathematics, biology and physics, with minors in philosophy and psychology, and an expertise in computer science.

Noted as one of the world’s top three problem solvers, Keith Raniere was honored in 1989 by the Guinness Book of World Records in the category of highest IQ. He has an estimated problem-solving rarity of one in 425,000,000 with respect to the general population. He has intellectual patents pending in the areas of human potential and ethics, expression, voice and musical training, athletic performance, commerce, education and learning, information processing and human modeling. He also holds several technological patents on computer inventions and a sleep guidance system.

Keith Raniere’s vision for humanity and human potential led him to found various other companies in the following years. In 2003, he founded NXIVM Corporation, a seminal company for various other endeavors involving the creation of community-building spaces housing athletic, spa, and health and wellness facilities. He is the conceptual founder of Jness®, a company started five years later to promote the furtherance and empowerment of women throughout the world. Late in 2006, he founded Rainbow Cultural Garden, a revolutionary child development program promoting children’s cultural, linguistic, emotional, physical and problem-solving potential. During 2007, Keith Raniere created Ultima®, a multidisciplinary program designed for the advancement of human expression. Different branches of Ultima® have resulted in movements and companies, ranging from a revolutionary model for physical fitness and body awareness to a company specializing in ethical standards for media. His innovations and ideas are rich and plentiful, having created and inspired several other companies and organizations. It remains to be seen how his efforts will affect all of humanity for generations to come, but what is clear is his undying commitment to advancing the human condition and making the world a better place.

Nancy Salzman

President, Co-Founder

Nancy Salzman

With over thirty years of intensive study and practice in the fields of healthcare, human potential and human empowerment, Nancy brings an incredible wealth of knowledge, wisdom and experience to her role as President of Executive Success Programs. Nancy spent many years seeking out and mastering models of human empowerment—from Neuro-linguistic Programming (having studied with both Bandler and Grinder) to psychobiology (with Joan Borysenko) to Ericksonian Brief Solution Based therapy (studying directly under Milton EricksonErnest Rossi and Stephen Gilligan). She practiced individual and family counseling before expanding to the field of human potential.

She then worked as a corporate consultant for the state of New York and companies such as Con Edison and American Express, until she met Keith Raniere and discovered an approach to personal growth that yielded powerful and permanent results. In 1998, she and Mr. Raniere founded Executive Success Programs. She divides her time between developing new curriculum with Mr. Raniere’s concepts, teaching advanced trainings, executive coaching, and studying the application of Rational Inquiry® in multiple contexts. Nancy’s varied experience and unique expertise, coupled with a genuine care for people, make her the company’s leading executive coach. In this capacity, she has and continues to coach and provide special counsel to CEOs, international dignitaries, celebrities, professional athletes, intellectuals and many others.

Since 2013, after witnessing how Rational Inquiry® profoundly reduced the symptoms of Tourette’s Syndrome in a single individual, Nancy partnered with the Ethical Science Foundation to reproduce these results in others. Since then, they have helped over ten people overcome most symptoms of severe Tourette’s Syndrome. These findings may have major implications for the Tourette’s community, as well as the functional application of Rational Inquiry® in aiding other neurobiological conditions. She is currently investigating these implications as they relate to auto-immune disorders.

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