Rootwise Leadership teaches leadership from the inside out.

Develop the self-awareness, mindfulness, courage, and resilience needed to lead change in your life, career, team, or organization. Join us in person or online. Sign-up for private sessions with Perry. Or bring us on to your team as a training partner in your leadership development efforts.

Cyra Perry Dougherty (“Perry”)

Cyra Perry Dougherty “Perry” is the founder and CEO of Rootwise Leadership, LLC where she serves as the lead consultant, facilitator, coach, and teacher.

With more than 15 years of experience working with global executive teams in the entrepreneurial, public, and social sectors, Perry enriches cutting-edge leadership and organizational development theory with a deep understanding of the practices of team-building, communications, self- and systems-awareness, discernment, and creativity. She pursues her work with mindfulness and transformation as both means and ends.

In addition to her work with Rootwise Leadership, Perry is an Instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, co-founder of The Collective Leadership Certificate Program, a Senior Partner at Still Harbor, an ordained interspiritual minister, and a spiritual director. She is also founding Editor of Anchor magazine and Editor of The Anatomy of Silence (Red Press 2019).Perry is currently enrolled in the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley’s two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Certification Program. At home, she is a mother to three (ages 3, 11, and 16), a meditator, and a writer.

Get in touch with Perry directly at perry[at]


We will create a team to meet your needs.

Whenever necessary, Perry brings together like minded facilitators, coaches, and teachers. Some of her current (and incredible) collaborators are:

Sharon Bueno Washington

Sharon, founder of Bueno Consulting, is an organizational development consultant with more than 25 years of experience. She has worked in every major industry in both the public and private sectors. She is a certified executive coach and a trained mediator, with extensive group and process facilitation experience. In pursuit of creating healthy, high-functioning organizations and communities, Sharon offers consulting services in the areas of leadership development, diversity and inclusion, organizational change, team dynamics, cultural competence, and cross-cultural dynamics. Sharon’s practice is global. She has consulted to a wide array of clients, from more than 35 countries. Sharon speaks Spanish conversationally, grew up in New York City, and now lives in Boston.

Akwése Nkemontoh

Akwése is a transformative leadership coach and facilitator passionate about the holistic development of global social change makers. She is the Founder and CEO of Leading Whole and has worked across five continents implementing programming, facilitating workshops, leading outreach initiatives, and supporting organizational development efforts for a variety of NGOs.  Akwése holds an MSW in Social Innovation and Leadership, with a focus on Global Practice from Boston College. She is currently based in SE Asia where she’s spent the last two years developing the leadership of mission driven individuals across the region.

Kruger Nyasulu

Kruger is a leadership development coach and facilitator. He is currently a PhD researcher working with the Stockholm Resilience Center with a focus on building green-blue water resilience for sustainable development in Africa. He has worked as a Policy Analyst with United Nations in Bonn, Germany; Innovations Program specialist with One Acre Fund Malawi; and leadership coach at World Peace Revolution in Thailand. He is also a co-founder of two organizations: Global Hope Mobilization and Information Knowledge Labs (i-klabs). Kruger was a 2014-2015 GHC fellow at Dignitas International in Malawi, and during his fellowship year, he organized multiple leadership development boot camps for aspiring global health leaders. He holds a Masters Degree from Uppsala University in Sweden. Kruger is from Malawi and currently living in Sweden.

Eliza Ramos

Eliza is a leadership and organizational development coach and consultant. She is the Founder and CEO of Circles International. An award winning social entrepreneur and advocate for social justice, Eliza launched CI in 2017 to begin building a movement for emotional health and wellbeing amongst leaders and organizations working toward peace and social justice. During her previous career as a social worker and global health practitioner, she witnessed a high rate of fatigue and burnout. She realized a direct link between the wellbeing of a leader and organization, and the impact they were either able or not able to make in their communities. Eliza holds an M.P.H. from Harvard University, an M.S.W. from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Southern California. She is a certified Professional Coach by the International Coach Federation, and holds additional certifications in mediation and conflict resolution, wilderness emergency medicine, and Reiki. She resides in Oakland, California, where she enjoys being part of the Bay Area’s arts, healing and activism communities.