President Ken Byalin to be featured in Zen Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion!

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We are excited to share that President / Roshi Ken Byalin will be featured in a podcast panel discussion on Zen Entrepreneurship with two fellow Zen Entrepreneurs. 

Please, join us for Part 1 on Wednesday, Nov 18 at 6-7pm via Zoom to learn more about Zen Entrepreneurship and how it has shaped ICS.  

To register for the event, please click here.

Part 2 will follow on December 16th, same time, and can be registered for here

Full event details are below. If you have any questions or need assistance registering, please email


Zen Peacemakers is excited to welcome you to the launch of a new series on Zen Entrepreneurship with Roshi Francisco “Paco” Lugoviña, Roshi Ken Byalin, and Sensei Chris Panos.

The first question you might be asking yourself is: What is Zen Entrepreneurship?

Also why, per the event title, will I be climbing up and down mountains?!

Thankfully, during today’s panel discussion, Roshi Paco, Roshi Ken, and Sensei Chris will guide and support us in our exploration of what Zen Entrepreneurship is and what it may (or may not!) entail. 

Come hear three Zen entrepreneurs share their perspectives. All are successors of Roshi Bernie Glassman. Beyond that commonality, their pathways have been very different.

Roshi Francisco “Paco” Lugoviña has launched several businesses and has guided many in their entrepreneurial journeys. He is an advocate for self-development and commands a wide-range of experience as a human resources trainer and facilitator which has taken him from the sidewalks of the South Bronx to the boardrooms of the corporate investment community. Paco is committed to the Charter School movement and has an admirable history as a community organizer and civil rights activist. He received New York City’s highest Mayoral award for arts contribution and an award from the Jewish Community Relations Council.  He took direct action to bring back the Bronx by acquiring and rehabbing abandoned buildings that were then rented as affordable housing. Paco is a Roshi in the Soto Zen lineage; is a member of the Zen Peacemaker Order and Peacemaker International; and is the founder of the Hudson River Peacemaker Center-House of One People in Yonkers, New York.

Roshi Ken Byalin is Dharma successor of Bernie Glassman. After a 35 year career in mental health service and administration, he became Founder and President of Integration Charter Schools, a Staten Island-based network of charter schools providing fully integrated pathways to college and career readiness for students living with emotional challenges and other disabilities, as well as their more typical peers. Roshi Ken earned a bachelors degree in English from Carleton College, a masters in Social Work from Columbia University, and a doctorate in Sociology from NYU.

Sensei Chris Panos is an entrepreneur and has started several successful business over the past three decades. Chris is currently Principal of Irinda Capital, Founder of Stadion Partners, as well as Board Chair for Zen Peacemakers International, Board President of Zen Hospice Project, and Board Treasurer and Secretary of the Shift Collective.  Chris graduated with a bachelors degree in English from Indiana University and an MBA from University of Chicago.