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Letter: EST course changed managers' thinking

The Opinion piece "If you support Charlie Hebdo, you should support rights of gay-conversion therapists" [web, Jan. 18] briefly mentioned EST training. As founding president of EST, I am gratified at how often -- even 30 years after the last course was delivered -- I still hear about the lasting difference it's made in people's lives and organizations.

The transformational ideas and methodologies in this groundbreaking course -- which the piece inaccurately referred to as a therapy -- produced a paradigm shift in how people viewed themselves, their lives and the world. Moreover, in Fortune magazine's 40th anniversary issue, EST was recognized as the major innovation of the 1970s in shaping modern management thinking toward empowering people.

Laurel Scheaf, San Francisco