MEET THE TEAM

The three co-founders

Dris Upitis, Co-Founder, CEO

During elementary school, I set a goal of achieving financial security at a young age. Decades of long hours and commitment to my vision culminated in working as a portfolio manager and management committee member at Viking Global Investors in New York. It was a wonderful job in a leadership position at one of the largest hedge funds in the world. In many ways, it far exceeded my wildest childhood dreams, yet I wanted to explore what was possible beyond the financial realm. At age 36, I retired from finance and spent the next few years playing competitive amateur golf, traveling to see friends, and attending dozens of NBA playoff games. This was a fun and much-needed opportunity to decompress from the pressures of Wall Street, but I was blissfully unaware that it was not my life’s purpose.

Five years after leaving Viking, I enrolled in a self awareness and transformational training program. This allowed me to create deep connection and radically improve the most important relationships in my life. I also developed empathy, compassion, and a far more effective and heartfelt approach to leadership. To be clear, this process was not easy; stretching outside of one’s comfort zone never is. But it has been, hands down, the most rewarding experience of my fortuitous life (thus far). This dynamic journey enabled me to imagine what else might be possible. Today, my vision is for millions of people to live fulfilling lives as their best selves and that their personal transformations will have a magnificent impact on the world.

In 2017, I moved to San Francisco to found Atlas along with a loving team of committed leaders. I donated the funds to launch the organization and receive a salary of $1 per year because everyone deserves to experience unconditional freedom, discover unlimited possibilities, and live their life’s purpose. It is my honor and privilege to serve those who do exactly that by taking on the powerful journey at Atlas. I am continually inspired by their courageous willingness to explore, break through, and redesign their lives to work better for themselves, their relationships, and the world.

Charlene Chiu, Co-Founder, Chief Programs Officer

For as long as I can remember, I had a deep love for understanding the human spirit. I wanted to know what made us capable of being heroes and ignite it. What was it that allowed people to overcome tremendous obstacles for something much bigger? I noticed it in notable leaders of our time, in people living their dreams in spite of physical ailments, and even in acts of heroism I personally witnessed. And most importantly, I witnessed it in myself. I knew my ability to empower myself and others to rise. But I also felt my life had been a series of battles, one after another, and for all I knew, it would always be an uphill climb. I knew there was more, but I didn’t know how to access it. Then, in 2002, I entered a transformational training program and my heart opened to what is truly possible and it became my life’s purpose.

My deepest passion in life is connecting people to the magnificent beings that they are – capable of miracles that inspire their hearts to go above and beyond what they ever could have imagined. I’ve lived this commitment the last 15 years as an entrepreneur, corporate facilitator, talent manager, life coach and leadership trainer. After completing the trainings, I opened a successful frozen yogurt business at age 22 with no prior experience, represented and coached talent at Ford Models, a world-renowned leading modeling agency, and developed and facilitated corporate leadership programs at, Tacori, a high-end luxury brand, as well as many other diverse ventures.  What has been consistent throughout is my love for coaching ultimate freedom through full self-expression and living a life of limitless possibilities.

My personal mission is for people from all walks of life to experience their innate masterpiece, the heroes within them, and live from it in such a way that unites us in transforming the world. It has been said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead. I am honored and humbled to share ATLAS with the world as we stand together to create the life of our dreams and the legacy our future is worthy of.

Arthur Kanai, Co-Founder, Chief Logistics Officer

Throughout my twenties, I spent a lot of my time feeling like I was on a hamster wheel. No matter how hard I worked, no matter how hard I tried, no matter how fast I thought I was going, I found myself back where I had started. From the outside, it could have seemed like I had it together because I was creating incredible results. I had spent time creating a very lucrative business and also consulting premier billion dollar lifestyle brands in Southern California with what I know best: Organizational and personal leadership. But personally I felt unfulfilled. I felt empty, and there were times when I let bad days turn into bad weeks, sometimes months, sometimes bad years. I was committed to get out of the hamster wheel, to see my intention and effort become my reality. So I became a consumer of everything I could get my hands on in the world of personal development. I read the books, I listened to the tapes, I went to talks and it wasn’t until I participated in a transformational training that everything I had consumed came together and landed in a way where it became apart of me.

I believe that inside every single one of us is an infinite being, therefore we have infinite potential.  It is when we are in the full expression of ourselves that our infinite potential is realized.  I realized that in the course of my life, I had placed so many layers around me that prevented me from expressing full expression.  For the first time in my adult life, in this training, I got to experience myself in my fullest expression and it has been the greatest eye opening, heart exploding, and life furthering experience of my life.

So many of us can go through this one life never having realized what we really want, settling for good enough, and surviving vs thriving, so I feel so blessed to be living a life doing what I am the most passionate about: Leadership and People.  Everyone deserves a chance to witness and experience their fullest expression.  Everyone gets to live a life where that fullest expression is shared with the world every single day. That’s a world that will have no war and that’s a future that I am bringing to the present.

“Personal transformation can and does have global effects. As we go, so goes the world, for the world is us. The revolution that will save the world is ultimately a personal one.”

– Marianne Williamson

Trainers

Sylvia Badasci, Trainer

Sylvia Badasci, M.A., is a world-renowned facilitator of personal growth and development. She has facilitated workshops and seminars in the US, Asia, Europe, Russia and South America. Her skill of fiercely holding her students accountable for their lives, along with her enormous love and compassion for the human condition, makes her a much beloved teacher on four continents. Studies with the Jung Institute and a Master’s Degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University enhance her 25+ years of direct experience on the training floor. In addition to facilitating ATLAS’ Explore workshop, Sylvia also facilitates Relationships, Renewal and Goddess Retreat trainings. A graduate of Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo, Sylvia mentors aspiring trainers, coaches executive teams and works with her peers to update training seminars and write and produce manuals.

Krista Petty Raimer, Trainer

Krista Petty Raimer is an internationally recognized trainer who develops and delivers programs centered around leadership, personal mastery, individual effectiveness and integral learning. She holds a MA in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University and is a dynamic presence with an intuitive capacity to understand people. Krista has spent the past 20+ years exploring what it means to be human by leading experiential education workshops across the country. Based in Seattle, Washington, she divides her time leading transformational trainings for ATLAS, consulting at Washington State University where she co-developed an experiential undergraduate course in Human Development, and leading her own series of signature programs for men and women.