Chi Bartram Wright, Founder

In his early 20’s, Chi launched an award-winning Boston-based start-up, learning how to pitch his ideas to thousands of customers and business partners over several years. By his mid-30’s, Chi had served as the President of Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts Student Council, as Artistic Director of a Detroit theatre company, as a spokesperson for Volvo North America, and had directed the world premiere of Bee, a play by Pultizer-winning writer Suzan-Lori Parks.

Now an internationally-recognized executive coach and trainer, Chi has consulted and mentored executives on leadership communication, business development, and career transition for Goldman Sachs, EY, Deloitte, AIG, Cisco Security, Medtronic, The World Wildlife Fund, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Randstad, Carbon Black, SwissRe, among many others.

As the driving force behind The Applause Institute’s cutting-edge curriculum, Chi relishes the opportunity to stand in front of a room of a few dozen executives, with only five flip charts, three Sharpies, and his deep expertise mapping change. With over 25 years in experiential education, Chi has delivered powerful leadership development for diverse audiences including multinational conglomerates, business schools ISMI in Paris and Haas at UC Berkeley, new-thought retreats Kripalu Center and Esalen Institute, New York City Public Schools, the public school system of the country of Laos, and San Quentin and Riker’s Island prisons.

Chi is currently working on his first book, a memoir about his parent’s controversial 1969 interracial marriage. Through their public speaking work, Dr. Carolyn May and Rev. Dr. Nathan Wright, Jr. made significant contributions to the civil rights, women’s rights, and human potential movements.

Chi holds a Bachelor’s in Education from Lesley University and a Master’s of Fine Arts in Classical Theatre from Columbia University.



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