Sylvia Badasci

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

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.


Dris Upitis, Founder


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 to empower millions of people to live as the sole, uncontested author of their lives, in contribution to others and to life itself.

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.

Stephanie Guttenplan, Program Director


For as long as I can remember, I have been a seeker of: truth, authenticity, purpose and divinity. A curious one, who spent my entire life trying to find out why I was given life, what my purpose is, and why I have this constant desire to heal the World. An old soul and an empath, I’ve always been able to feel the darkest of dark and the lightest of lights… Never knowing what to do with it or understand why I’ve been given the gift, even though sometimes it felt like a curse.

My life on paper looked like a dream. Growing up in a loving supportive family that filled my life with adventures abroad as well as in the states, countless concerts, museum trips, traveling to partake in seasonal sports and an abundance of beautiful memories together. I swam most of my life, completing my career as a division 1 athlete at Towson University with some medals and academic honors to my name. I took an extra year at Towson to study abroad in Italy, to later attend The School of Visual Arts in New York City to study Art. A type of life that most would dream of, yet… I carried a lot of darkness and felt unfulfilled. I hit emotional and spiritual bottoms again and again, as if on a hamster wheel. I continued to seek, attempting to find a way to fill this big empty black hole of pain I felt in me (in not so healthy of ways) until I found recovery and the 12 steps. I found myself moving forward, but I wasn’t sure in what direction. I knew that there was something in store for me, but I was stuck with me, myself and I: and I was my own biggest bully. When I had enough of it, I started my journey in transformational work.

Through this work, I’ve found my courage, my unapologetic authenticity, and my ability to be vulnerable. The desire to heal the World had become available to me. My resume started to become filled with passion and purposeful projects: coaching and coordinating leadership teams, taking a job as the photo editor of Inked Magazine, started my own freelance art business in New York City, creating experiential workshops for Artists to get in touch with their purpose of being a creator, as well as created and re-created my relationships with intimacy, honesty and collaboration. I find that I am able to use the context of leadership, my empathetic gifts, the competitive athlete in me as well as the creative artist to see, inspire, support and create with people. It is an honor for me to stand with ATLAS, to create an opportunity for people to find whatever they are looking for.