You, Our Raison D’êtreYou’re the most important part of our team! You are why we exist. When you become part of our community, you teach us about how growth actually happens in the real world. You share with us all of your lovely uniqueness, which we learn from with every interaction. The research is clear: there is power in numbers. So join us and together we can grow faster!
James Norris, Founder & CEO
James is a social entrepreneur focused on scalable behavior change innovations. James has built 6 companies (and 13 organizations and clubs) which have collectively operated for over 75 years. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with 3 majors and 4 minors while doing research in the Children’s Research Lab. As a recovering robot, he’s fascinated by Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and received his training with Six Seconds. He coaches and consults around behavior change.
Dr. Orin Davis, Chief Science Officer
Orin is the first person to earn a doctorate in Positive Psychology, in which he was advised by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura in the the Quality of Life Research Center. His research focuses on flow, creativity, hypnosis, and mentoring, and spans both the workplace and daily life. He is the principal investigator of the Quality of Life Laboratory and consultant who helps companies maximize their human capital and become better places to work.
MacLain Christie, Chief Operations OfficerMacLain is a musician, brain hacker, adventurer, and experience pusher. MacLain graduated from the University of Rochester with a degree in Brain & Cognitive science and he continues to be a student of new fields and disciplines. He finds excitement in building things that help people learn, collaborate, and grow. MacLain recently completed his first IRONMAN 70.3 and will soon start training for a new physical challenge.
LJ Jolley, Spark Weekend DirectorLJ is a nomadic learner and loves to get stuff done. LJ graduated from the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business with a degree in International Business. She worked for the American Red Cross of Central Texas as the Volunteer and Youth Services coordinator and as an Emergency Services Volunteer. LJ then worked for as a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in Paraguay, working on small business projects and health projects. LJ recently completed a one year trip around South America which included studying Argentine Tango for two months in Buenos Aires and four months of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training in Rio de Janeiro.
Annie Hodges, Spark Weekend Director
Annie is a connector, ecosystem builder, and life-long nomad. She was born on the East Coast, raised on the West. That’s right, she’s a bi-costal girl. She has worked in many nonprofits in the US and abroad—from a college prep program in Oakland to a domestic violence prevention organization in Uganda, to a nonprofit communications firm in Brooklyn. She even briefly coordinated a state senate campaign in Massachusetts. After traveling around South East Asia writing on the social economy and interviewing social entrepreneurs, she felt drawn back to the states to join the Self Spark team in advancing the cause of helping others become happier, healthier, and more productive.