Men's Wearhouse Founder George Zimmer to Receive Honorary Doctorate From the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

May 08, 2003, 01:00 ET from Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

    PALO ALTO, Calif., May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- George Zimmer, Founder, Chairman,
 and CEO of the Men's Wearhouse, will receive an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy
 in Humane Letters degree from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (ITP)
 during a gala banquet Saturday, June 7 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.
     Special guest speaker will be actor-director Leonard Nimoy, whose
 portrayal of "Spock" on the classic television show Star Trek has left an
 indelible imprint on popular culture.  Nimoy will be speaking on
 "The Shekhina -- A journey through scriptural mythology, ancient spirituality,
 and the Divine Feminine."
     The gala event honoring Zimmer will be chaired by former ITP President,
 Ben Mancini.  Representatives Nancy Pelosi and Anna Eschoo, Senator Diane
 Feinstein, San Francisco Mayor Willie L Brown, Jr., Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown,
 California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, Sandra and Bernard Magnussen,
 Joan and William A. Porter, were named Honorary Co-Chairs along with
 Jerre Sears, Chairman of the ITP Board of Trustees, Board President, East Side
 High School District, San Jose; J. Manuel Herrera; State Senator John
 Vasconcellos; Winston Franklin; Eric Lane; George Maciag; Tenzin Tethong;
 Robert Frager and James Fadiman.
     ITP's Co-presidents Pat Luce and Robert Schmitt stated that, "Since ITP is
 a leading center for the study of psychology, consciousness, and human
 potential, we are pleased to recognize a major business leader whose practices
 reflect thoughtful attention to spiritual purpose.  Our philosophy at ITP is
 based on values, and that's why everybody tells us we could not have chosen a
 better person to honor than George Zimmer."  Zimmer is known for having built
 a very successful business and corporate culture based on values of respect,
 understanding of people and giving back to the community.
     "I've been the chief strategist for the Men's Wearhouse since we opened
 the doors more than a quarter century ago.  I learned pretty quickly that we
 weren't really in the 'suit' business -- we were actually in the people
 business," Zimmer has said.  "Product, pricing, fashion, location, convenience
 are important -- but our success depends on the quality of the relationships
 we have with our customers, vendors, shareholders, and the communities we
     Customer loyalty and long-term relationships are key to the company's
 success.  Moreover, Men's Wearhouse has been listed on Fortune's "The 100 Best
 Companies to Work For" since 1999.
     The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology was founded in 1975 by Dr.'s
 Robert Frager and James Fadiman, and it has remained at the cutting edge of
 psychological research and education for twenty eight years.  ITP delves into
 the genius of human consciousness, the software of human experience, and the
 source of all creativity and technological achievement.  The Institute offers
 two unique graduate divisions with programs in psychology and counseling.
 Academic Programs focus on whole person learning with both traditional and
 non-traditional psychological and spiritual models of instruction.  Coursework
 integrates experiential work with theory and research.  Total institute
 enrollment for fall 2002 was 410 students, including students in 26 countries
 enrolled in the Institute's online program.
     For further information and ticket information, please call 800-554-4020
 or 650-493-1318.
     CONTACT:  media, Andrew Luce, +1-650-279-6718, or, for Institute of Transpersonal Psychology; or
 Jerry Posner of Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, +1-650-493-1318, or

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