Bruce Anderson is a nationally recognized speaker, community activist, and leadership coach. Co-founding Community Activators in 1990, he collaborated with other groups and developed extensive training and action-based materials about how to identify and use gifts. These methods are used around the world by a wide range of individuals and groups including executive coaches, youth programs, therapists, social workers, employment programs, faith congregations, and mental health agencies. The Core Gift Institute was founded to deepen and carry forward the work of gifts across a broad range of interest groups.

His work has taken him to small Alaskan villages, alleys in Los Angeles, corporate boardrooms, and family homes—in pursuit of his goal that every person, regardless of their life circumstance, can know their Core Gift and find important ways to contribute to their world. Bruce is known for his ability to connect and start with wherever a person is on his/her road to self-discovery.

In addition to degrees in Education and Rehabilitation Administration, Bruce brings a unique blend of experiences, including being the mayor of a town, teacher, mediator, executive director of social service agencies, design/build home contractor, and commercial fisherman. He is adjunct faculty at University of California and Faculty-Fellow at the Asset-Based Community Development Center at DePaul University in Chicago.

Bruce is known for bringing intriguing ideas from other cultures and times, personal stories, and practical ideas into the workshops and sessions he leads. He is the author of The Teacher’s Gift and two audio CDs: Hope at Work: Creating Positive, Resilient Organizations, and Our Door is Open: Creating Welcoming Cultures in Helping Organizations.