Anthony V. Zampella is an educator, activist, leadership coach, writer, researcher and learning designer, focusing on Leadership, Listening, and Learning. He is the founder of Bhavana Learning Group, rebranded in 2018 from Zampella Group (founded in 2000). He sees this change as necessary “for seeding learning cultures for developing conscious leaders to cope with the human side of change.”

Tony directs the development of the firm’s intellectual property and specializes in the integration of Eastern wisdom practices and Buddhist psychology with Western learning methods into a Contemplative Learning Model. Employing an ontological learning lens into being human, his perspective and practice deepen connections between listening and learning to cultivate wisdom.


Since 1999, Tony has worked as an academic and leadership specialist, designing custom leadership development programs for coaches, consultants, first-time CEOs, and learning and development (L&D) professionals. Tony facilitates fundamental shifts in unlearning and relearning to expand leadership capacity at the individual and organizational levels.

Tony writes a regular blog, Learning Curve, for learning and development professionals, and served on the Board of ACTO (Association of Coach Training Organization) to bring DEI learning to coach education and training. He also contributed to the textbook: Complex Situations in Coaching: A critical Case-Based Approach, published by Routledge, (2019).

Speaking AND Conferences

2018: ACTO Conference: Listening as a Field of Being. Tony worked with experienced coach trainers to expand perceptions and experience of Deep Listening. (ACTO = Association of Coach Training Organization.)

2019: Gay Coaches Alliance: Workshop on Deep Listening. Tony worked with experienced coaches to cultivate Deep Listening.

2019: ACTO Conference: Unlearning: The challenge of cultivating deeper understanding, presence, and openness. Tony worked with experienced coach trainers for cultivating unlearning worldviews and systemic bias to deepen equity consciousness.

Education and Studies

Tony’s experience presents an eclectic fusion of Western business models, generative learning methods, language-action practices, and Eastern wisdom traditions.


  • MS in Journalism from Columbia University
  • MS in Business with Organizational Leadership, Mercy College
  • BA in Sociology from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).

Philosophical INQUIRIES

  • Philosophical approach includes ontological inquiries, phenomenological examination, meta-theories, systems thinking, and language-action philosophy.
  • As an Integral theorist, interests include the work of Martin Heidegger, Ken Wilber, Peter Senge, and the study and practice of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.


  • Tony has designed a Contemplative Learning model with 12 Practices to bring contemplative learning to listening and leadership.
  • created and led “Practice Fields” in personal mastery to bring mindfulness practice to everyday life.
  • His research includes Tibetan studies, Zen meditation, and mindfulness practices into his work.


Tony is certified in these areas of adult learning and human development:



As a learning specialist, Tony has instructed undergrad and graduate students; researched and delivered learning methods at various universities, including Rutgers University Business School, Newark (“Executive Leadership”), and Fordham University’s MBA Program (“Leadership, Language, and Trust,”). He redesigned the “Master of Science in Organizational Leadership” (MSOL) at Mercy College, which involved the development of faculty teams to deliver programs on campus and at the corporate headquarters of Con Edison in Manhattan.

Tony currently serves as faculty at Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science, where he founded the “Practice Field” in its Contemplative Psychotherapy Program.


From 1985 to 1993, Tony founded, published, and operated two news magazines serving the LGBT community in San Diego (the San Diego Scene, and Bravo! Newsmagazine). He authored columns and essays on diversity, leadership, and human rights; published in Update Newspaper, San Diego; The San Diego Reader, Ten Percent Magazine, and The San Diego Tribune (1994-97).


From 1984 to 1997 Zampella served as an LGBT and human rights activist: as Chair of San Diego’s gay pride organization; board member of the County’s AIDS organizations; advisor of the Board of Trustees to San Diego City College; and, on advisory boards to Mayors Maureen O’Connor and Susan Golding.

Tony also served on the Board of Governors at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. From 1993 to 1997, he served as Commissioner on the San Diego Human Relations Commission.

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How to Work with

Tony V. Zampella

Coaching: Coaching and development for experienced coaches and educators to cultivate conscious leaders.

Mentoring: Offers deep listening to tap into wisdom and practices to support new levels of clarity.

Consulting: Provide research, original IP, and practices, to design learning programs and develop cultures for conscious leadership.

Learning Dialogues: Facilitate intentional team conversations around new paradigms, Buddhist psychology, vision, and direction.

Listening Certificate: Deep listening program for experienced listeners (and coaches) in an immersive learning experience.

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Tony Zampella discusses “Unlearning” at Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.

Transformation finds us open to a state of newness, previously unavailable to us.

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