August Turak is a corporate executive, entrepreneur and award winning author who attributes much of his success to living and working alongside the Trappist Monks of Mepkin Abbey for over 17 years as a frequent monastic guest. After a corporate career with companies like MTV, August Turak founded two highly successful software businesses, Raleigh Group International and Elsinore Technologies. In 2000 he sold his companies to an Identify Software and the combined firms were eventually acquired by BMC Software for $150 million. In 2004 Turak won the $100,000 grand prize in the John Templeton Foundation’s Power of Purpose Essay Contest for his essay "Brother John". He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, and the New York Times, and is a popular leadership contributor for Forbes.com and the BBC radio show, Money Matters. Turak lives on a 75 acre cattle farm outside Raleigh, NC.
Augie also taught classes at North Carolina State, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Duke University for almost 20 years through his non-profit the Self Knowledge Symposium. He studied at the knee of Louis R. Mobley, the founder and first director of the IBM Executive School. He actually lived in Mobley’s house as one of his family and was taught one on one. Augie feels that Mobley was the greatest teacher he ever met. In many ways his SKS work was informed by the transformation of being that informed Mobley’s own efforts.
"Although all human motivation arises from a longing for transformation, there are three different types of transformation. When a thirsty man drinks he transforms his condition. When a poor man hits the lottery, he transforms his circumstance. And when Mr. Scrooge wakes up on Christmas morning an utterly new man, he has experienced a transformation of being."