Our TeamWe believe collaborative leadership is the best model for our complex world. Internally and in our work with clients, we put a premium on teamwork. Our people are smart, committed, creative, and caring—but most of all, they understand that collaboration is the key to getting the best possible outcomes.
Managing PartnerJoshua has been studying the intersections between leadership, creativity, and transformational change for over 30 years. His combination of personal warmth and intellectual challenge allows for long-term collaborations that help clients lead in new ways. Under his direction, New Line has developed a diverse, nation-wide practice in the private, non-profit, and public sectors. He has been the primary point person for New Line’s enduring relationship with the National Park Service, where he has consulted with dozens of iconic parks and trained more than 200 park leaders. Noteworthy recent projects include consulting with the Center for Humane Technology on strategy and leadership, applying Design Thinking to complex visitor use challenges at Yellowstone National Park, and facilitating the development of a new vision for Alcatraz Island. Joshua holds a Master’s Degree from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and divides his time between Bozeman, Montana and the San Francisco Bay Area. His creative writing has won national awards and he is currently working on a novel.
PartnerLiz expertly delivers high-impact experiences that solve complex problems, build strong teams, and turn bold ideas into reality. She works with government agencies, nonprofits, and private companies across the country and has consulted with many of the most complex units in the National Park Service including the innovative, five-park cooperative, National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, and high-profile urban parks such as Golden Gate and Cuyahoga Valley. She continues to lead innovations in New Line’s methodologies and has developed much-needed trainings to help multiple units and groupings navigate formal and informal resource sharing. As a professional writer, she has been helping people align to a strategic course of action since 2001. Her real-world experience leading complex organizations includes a prior career with the international aircraft manufacturer, Pilatus Business Aircraft and leading 200+ volunteers and employees at Habitat for Humanity. Liz has degrees in Organizational Leadership and Aeronautical Science.
PartnerFleet facilitates genuine transformation for individuals and organizations. He specializes in reengineering companies for sustainable and profitable growth and in coaching leaders to realize their highest potential. He is the originator of the Radical Responsibility® program and the author of several books including The Path of Freedom and the forthcoming Radical Responsibility. Fleet is also a senior teacher in two renowned mindfulness meditation traditions and a tireless agent of social change and healing. His public seminars and intensive retreats have inspired thousands of people on four continents. As a faculty member of Naropa University from 1995–2009, he taught courses in Buddhist psychology, environmental studies, contemplative social action, and peacemaking. Fleet has been widely interviewed and featured in several documentary films including When the Iron Bird Flies, A Place To Stand, Path of Freedom, and Heavily Meditated. He holds a Master’s Degree in Contemplative Psychology from Naropa University and a PhD in psychology from California Coast University.
Trainer & Consultant
Growing up, Krista had the unique educational opportunity to spend every Autumn traveling around the country, visiting places of natural and cultural significance. Her appreciation of these special places inspired her to study History at the University of California, Berkeley, and then to move to the mountains in Montana. At New Line, Krista specializes in questioning assumptions to promote innovation and complex problem-solving. She’s worked with National Parks around the country, helping management teams transition to new leadership and facilitating the development of strategic plans. Krista’s experience with complex organizations is with Silicon Valley tech start-ups. She led marketing for an educational company disrupting the traditional textbook industry. She refuses to accept the adage, “That’s just how things are” and believes through creativity and collaboration, any problem can be solved and every system can be streamlined.
Trainer & Consultant
Charles has been working with national park and protected area managers to develop strategies and plans that streamline and improve management practices for over 30 years. His expertise developing site-level national park plans and regional and global protected area strategies have brought him to over 65 countries on every continent of the world. Charles worked for the United Nations for 10 years as the Head of the Protected Areas Programme for the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK, and as the Coordinator of the LifeWeb Initiative for the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity based in Montreal, Quebec. For New Line, Charles has been assisting Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) with visitor use planning, public engagement, and visitor congestion. He is also a member of the New Line team working with GRSM to develop a 5-year Strategic Operations Plan. Charles has a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the State University of New York and a master’s degree in Recreation Resource Management from the University of Montana. He is a backpacker, mountain biker and photographer.
New Line Consulting was established by Purna Steinitz in 1991 based on timeless principles of leadership, authenticity, and clarity of purpose. Purna applied years of training in a range of disciplines including Transactional Analysis, group problem solving, personal transformation methodologies, and his own contemplative practice to help organizations solve their fundamental problems. During the first ten years of New Line’s existence, the firm used powerful tools to produce change beyond what many clients had initially believed possible. This period saw the development of the Leonardo Process, a method for collaborative problem solving, along with breakthrough approaches to group communication and personal responsibility. New Line’s early work produced lasting results with organizations ranging from hospitals and government agencies to manufacturers and retail operations. During this same period, Purna trained a new generation of consultants in the transformational approaches that make the company unique. Many of these individuals continue to work with the firm today. In 2001 New Line added Fleet Maull and Joshua Leavitt as partners. New areas of expertise created a rich environment for innovation, while new offices considerably broadened the firm’s client base.
New Line Consulting Today
Today New Line’s partners and staff offer unparalleled leadership consulting services to clients who like a challenge, love to learn, and care deeply about values and people. We combine the latest understanding of complex systems with deep insight into the human dynamics of change. We have expanded the methods that produced powerful results for the firm’s early clients to include dozens of tools and practices for transforming leadership, communication, innovation, goal setting, implementation, and strategic thinking. We’ve also spent years carefully assembling the most talented collaborative teams in the firm’s history. In our third decade, New Line continues to break new ground in applying timeless insights about human nature to our complex modern organizations. In collaboration with clients, we are proud to be doing the finest work we’ve ever done.
New Line Consulting FounderNew Line Consulting’s founder has spent over 35 years guiding the transformation of individuals and organizations. He has worked in settings ranging from corporate boardrooms to meditation retreats. In addition to New Line, Purna is the founder of HeartStream Education, a non-profit company that works with both staff and inmates of prisons across the country. Purna’s heart, commitment, and deep understanding of the field of transformational work have earned the respect of people from all over the world and all walks of life. Purna is retired from organizational consulting.
About Our Logo
New Line’s approach combines insights from the latest scientific research on organizations with traditional wisdom about human nature and the principles of change. Our logo reflects both the simplicity we strive for and our roots in traditional sources.
The trigram Ch’ien (‘Heaven, The Creative’) is taken from the classic Chinese text the I Ching (Book of Changes). The I Ching is an ancient oracle considered one of the primary sources of Chinese cultural wisdom. Its portrayal of the universal forces of yin (the receptive, represented by a broken line) and yang (the creative, represented by an unbroken line) in dynamic interplay has shaped Chinese philosophy, religion, art and culture for more than 2,500 years.
The trigram Ch’ien is made up of three unbroken, creative lines. The following summary, taken from a variety of commentaries, sheds light on the symbolism of this ancient image:
The Ch’ien trigram is made up of three solid lines that are considered the energies of heaven, the active, initiating force of the universe. Force is represented by the dragon, a creative spirit that lives in the waters and in the sky. This spirit is a dynamic shape-changer that gives creative power and enduring strength. Its action is to initiate change and to persist. Ch’ien determines the nature and development of all things, from the movement of the stars to the cycle of the seasons. Heaven is creativity in its pure form: it confronts us with truth and what truth demands, both as the absolute laws of nature and the inner laws of individual calling.
We at New Line feel fortunate to live in a time when both the wisdom of traditional human cultures and the insights of modern science are available for our enrichment and learning. We are honored to function as translators between the wisdom of the ancients and the challenges of our complex modern organizations. Serving leaders who are dedicated to enriching our world is both a pleasure and a privilege.