Werner Hans Erhard is a critical thinker and author of transformational models and applications for individuals, groups, and organizations. He has written about integrity, performance and leadership and has lectured at Harvard University, Yale, University of Southern California, University of Rochester, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Oxford Union at Oxford University, and the US Air Force Academy.
While for the last fifteen years, Erhard has devoted his time to academia, he was originally known for founding Erhard Seminars Training, commonly referred to as est, and The Forum, which were offered to the public through the companies Erhard Seminars Training Inc.; est, an educational corporation; and Werner Erhard & Associates. Erhard, along with John Denver, Robert W. Fuller, and others, founded The Hunger Project in 1977.
In 1991, Erhard retired from business, sold his then-existing intellectual property to a group of his former employees.