Matthew B. James, MA, DCH

Matthew B. James, MA, PhD

Matthew B. James is one of the most highly-sought after trainers and educators in the world today. He is the president of The Empowerment Partnership, the leader in Neuro Linguistic Programming and Hypnosis education.

Matt is a living example of the power of The Empower Your Life teachings. Matt began his studies at an early age, by learning teachings such as meditation and siddha yoga. As a young boy he studied with great teachers such as Baba Muktananda and Uncle George Na`ope (one of the most highly respected authorities on Hawaiian hula and chants, and was honored with the "Living Golden Treasure" designation). In the 80s, he studied with Tony Robbins and was invited by Richard Bandler, the legendary co-founder of NLP, and Wyatt Woodsmall, also a pioneer in the NLP field, to continue his education. Matt was chosen as one of Bandler's select-few students, eventually becoming certified as an NLP Master Trainer (a level that takes most people years to achieve, if at all).

Having been there in the early years when NLP was just getting off the ground, Matt was well prepared for his future. Now, decades later, he has more than proven himself in his own right as a teacher and educator. He is renowned for his insight and his intuitive gifts for awakening the hearts and minds of his students. His unique upbringing has enabled him to take the best of the best in NLP, Huna, Hypnosis, and Mental and Emotional Release Therapy® and develop a proven system of effective, instantaneous, long lasting change.

Through his role as President of Kona University and President and Master Trainer of its training and seminar division, The Empowerment Partnership (formerly Advanced Neuro Dynamics), Matt is personally responsible for bringing thousands of students closer to fulfilling their dreams. Each year he teaches the life-altering techniques of Hypnosis, NLP, Mental and Emotional Release Therapy®, and the ancient Shamanistic Hawaiian spiritual system of Huna throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Matt is certainly making his life a living demonstration of the extraordinary power of this wisdom. Along the way, he has picked up several university degrees, including an MA in Organizational Management and a PhD in Health (Integrative) Psychology.

Matt continues to be a student of the ancient Hawaiian ways, studying with Etua Lopes, a top student of Uncle George Na`ope. Etua continues to provide Matt support in sharing these teachings with students from all over the world.


John Ryan, MBA, MSW, PhD

John Ryan, MBA, MSW, PhD

John Ryan, MBA, MSW, PhD is a leading expert on communication, transformation, and business development. Dr. John shares his systems and strategies with thousands of individuals and organizations each year through training, coaching, and consulting. With two decades in the training industry, Dr. John delivers customized, captivating seminars and workshops that inspire individuals and teams to overcome obstacles and achieve their goals.

As a Certified Trainer of Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a Certified Sales Trainer and Coach, Dr. John's mission is to empower others to create successful and fulfilling lives. John assists his clients in achieving greater success by mastering their mindset, improving communication, and taking consistent action.

As a student, Dr. John began training with The Empowerment Partnership in 2000. Eight years later, he joined TEP as an adjunct faculty member involved with the Masters in Transpersonal Psychology degree program, online NLP Certifications as well as other distance-education courses. Dr. John now trains alongside Dr. Matt James as they share cutting-edge techniques and ideas with countless students throughout the world.


Pegah Kadkhodaian

Pegah Kadkhodaian

Over the past 17 years, Pegah has been teaching, facilitating, and supporting people on their path of personal growth and empowerment. With a background in the performing arts, she’s always felt at home teaching and sharing what she is most passionate about from the stage. In addition to being a certified Integrative Nutrition Coach and a featured coach at The Empowerment Partnership, Pegah is also a Master Practitioner and Certified Trainer of NLP, Hypnotherapy, and Mental and Emotional Release® Therapy. She is also an E-RYT certified yoga instructor and has taught and facilitated thousands of hours of yoga teacher trainings throughout the United States. When she is not teaching NLP and Coaching her personal clients, she hosts yoga and wellness retreats in San Diego and destinations around the world. She is grateful every day that she has the privilege of guiding, teaching, and coaching people to realize their full potential through cultivating resilience and living a totally empowered life.