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Steve Villano, JD is the former CEO/President of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. He held this position from May 2012 until April 2013.

Mr. Villano has 40 years of experience in public service, public health, public education, non-profit management, organizational design and development, and communications/media. He served in senior administrative positions at two academic medical centers in New York, was CEO of two national nonprofit organizations involved with HIV/AIDS education and public education and worked in public service during the administration of former Governor Mario M. Cuomo of New York State.

Villano has a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law, a Masters Degree in Communications from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport, and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science from SUNY Albany. He served as an adjunct professor for 22 years at Cornell University’s School of Industrial & Labor Relations in its Labor Studies Program. He has been published in the Federal Communications Law Journal, the Free Speech Forum of the Speech Communications Association of America, Associations Now magazine, Healthcare Marketing Association publications, and in numerous other newspapers, magazines, and internet sites. He has been a presenter and participant at international and national conferences and served as an International Juror at a United Nations film conference in Cannes, France. Villano has been executive producer of three documentaries on HIV/AIDS-related issues, which have aired on the Sundance Channel, Discovery Health Networks, and Showtime, and produced and distributed dozens of public health/public service announcements across the U.S. and around the world on HIV/AIDS awareness and education.


  • Steve Villano with Katia Petersen

    IONS 40th Anniversary Conversations

    This call is with Katia Petersen, PhD, IONS Executive Director of Education. Katia and Steve discuss IONS exciting Worldview Explorations course, which has been developed for secondary schools, colleges, community groups, healthcare settings, and life long learners, and encourages us to explore life’s journey through the lens of curiosity.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2013-02-21
    • 01:02:53
  • Steve Villano with Cassandra Vieten and Josh Weiss

    IONS 40th Anniversary Conversations

    Steve, Cassi, and Josh talk about the IONS internship program and its attraction to a new generation of scientists. They also discuss how the work that the interns are doing is helping to create and maintain our online resources on meditation, subtle energies, compassionate intention, and spontaneous remission from life-threatening illnesses.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2013-01-29
    • 01:01:16
  • Steve Villano with Jean Houston

    IONS 40th Anniversary Conversations

    For this special call, IONS CEO/President Steve Villano talks with scholar, philosopher, and researcher in human capacities, Jean Houston, PhD. Houston was contacted by IONS Founder Edgar Mitchell shortly after his return from the moon, and she helped him explore the epiphany he had experienced.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2012-12-19
    • 00:55:49
  • Steve Villano with Valentine Giraud-Robben

    IONS 40th Anniversary Conversations

    IONS CEO/President, Steve Villano, and his guest, IONS' youngest board member, Valentine Giraud-Robben, discuss the inter-generational and international possibilities for IONS during the next 40 years.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2012-11-29
    • 00:52:06
  • Steve Villano with Jason K. Norris

    IONS 40th Anniversary Conversations

    Join IONS CEO/President, Steve Villano, with Jason K. Norris, IONS staff member and founder of Lucid Drum, for an exciting dialogue focused on the transformative and healing qualities of sound and rhythm. Jason shares his research on "sonic mysticism" and "rhythm psychology" across cultures and from ancient times to the present.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2012-09-27
    • 00:52:44
  • Steve Villano with Edgar Mitchell

    IONS 40th Anniversary Conversations

    IONS CEO/President Steve Villano talks with IONS founder Dr. Edgar Mitchell about his amazing life. They look back at the inspiration that led Mitchell to found IONS and discuss some of the history of the organization. They also discuss their goals and vision for IONS in the next 40 years and beyond, and they respond to questions from the listening audience.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2012-10-25
    • 00:56:04
  • Steve Villano with Marilyn Schlitz

    IONS 40th Anniversary Conversations

    IONS new CEO/President, Steve Villano, talks with Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, in her new role as Ambassador for Creative Projects and Global Affairs, and Senior Scientist. This engaging dialog explores IONS' current projects spearheaded by Dr. Schlitz, IONS' role in the global community, and questions from the listening audience.

    • Teleseminars
    • 2012-08-28
    • 01:00:31

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