Human Being Store Team

Human Being Store Guides are trained through a rigorous proprietary practicum program designed by our Founder, Kathleen Schafer.

Kathleen Schafer


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My life and work are focused on guiding people back to their Gift-to the essence of their uniqueness. Grounded in an awareness of their talent, I guide individuals to create careers based on offering the best of themselves in organizations to create positive shifts in our communities.

Throughout my career, I’ve created systems that guide individuals to lead and flourish in their work.  With the radical changes in our world, traditional organizations and approaches to work are crumbling. Individuals are seeking opportunities to create lives of meaning and impact engaged in work they love–and in ways that support balanced lives. HBeS is “the place” to come when you or your employees are ready to create a new relationship to work. By addressing the desire of individuals to be satisfied and fulfilled in their contribution and organizations to have the right person doing the right work, HBeS addresses the fundamental needs to promote more successful societal outcomes.

Everyone wants to do what they love and do it in a way that is satisfying and has impact. By making these services available in an online retail model, The Human Being Store is the answer for individuals and organizations alike.

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HBeS Guides

Maria Schnair

Director of Guidance & Operations

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I am at my best when I create connections between people, their abilities and the organizations in which they work. As Director of Guidance and Operations at HBeS, I build-out and oversee our internal operations so that our business flows efficiently and effectively. I ensure that our Guides have the best tools to provide you with an optimal experience.

Maria’s goal is to leave a lasting positive impact on the world through her work strengthening social impact organizations to be at their best. As an undergraduate at the University of Southern California (USC), Maria dedicated much of her free time to working within the community surrounding the university. Upon graduation, with a BA in Political Science, she continued this work by becoming a development professional for nonprofit organizations working within low-income communities. Her success is rooted in her ability to connect an organization’s mission to funders with shared values. After five years working in Los Angeles, Maria began a Masters in Public Administration at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) fueled by her desire to revolutionize the impact of nonprofits. During her graduate studies, Maria met HBeS Founder Kathleen Schafer and the two connected around their shared vision for creating a better world by strengthening the leadership of individuals. Since then, Maria has worked alongside Kathleen to build the Human Being Store. In addition to her role as Director of Operations & Guidance, Maria continues as a nonprofit consultant, using her skills, expertise, and added gifts from HBeS, to support organizations in creating lasting change for a better tomorrow.

Courtney Engle

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Instructional Designer at Cal State University Long Beach

My passion is connecting individuals with their true potential and guiding them on the path to make dreams a reality. Through undertaking guidance in my own life, I recognized how vital it is to have a guide in our leadership and life. After I began my HBeS experience, both my career and personal life transformed, and my own innate talent of guiding others emerged. Even the most elite athletes have coaches and at HBeS I understood how important guidance is to ensure we are at our best. My work as an Instructional Designer at Cal State Long Beach along with my guidance at HBeS demonstrates daily that I am at my best when I am guiding others through their experiences to expand their innate Gift.

Lianna Nielsen

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My passion is supporting individuals in feeling their best as they move through life’s transitions. Be it a new job, a change in location or family, every one of us experiences transitions. I love working with people to ensure they remain, or get healthy, to best move through life shifts with ease allowing people to create success as a result of the experience. My guidance is based on my own journey navigating through a health crisis and how it shaped my work and career. I am a certified Integrative Nutritional Coach and bring that knowledge into my sessions with HBeS clients.

Ellie Reiter

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I enjoy exploring the potential of individuals and organizations by creating profound experiences that guide them from where they are to where they want to be. I am passionate about the power of nonprofits to improve communities and provide opportunities for the people that live and work in them. My Gift mobilizes people and teams towards their strategic goals through processes that are exciting, fun, and fulfilling!

Marion Kennedy

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My leadership and guidance are based in being a champion for others’ success. Being present with my gift, enables individuals and teams to amplify their talents, maximize their contributions, and create possibilities. I am passionate about enabling clients to see how their Gift empowers their life.

Are You Ready to Become an HBeS Guide?


The experience is a great fit for those who answer “yes” to the following:

  • Are you ready to ground your work and your life in your Gift?
  • Are you prepared to focus on being your best and creating meaningful work with like-minded peers?
  • Do you want to become a leader in your work and have a greater impact in the world?
  • Do you want to have fun, laughter, excitement and prosperity while doing what you love?

Curious about Human Being Store? Join us for an upcoming open Lead and Succeed session to experience the impact of this work for yourself. Sign up for your free session here. We also invite you to join our mailing list to find out about upcoming offerings and receive guidance straight to your inbox.

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