Since 1987 helping organizations on                                                                  their journey towards Social Responsibility

About Above and Beyond International

Above and Beyond is a network of 40 of the world’s premier professional corporate trainers, facilitators and executive coaches. 

The common thread of the Above and Beyond family is the desire and passion for helping the profit and non-profit world become active in the movement of Social Responsibility. Above and Beyond is an active partner in the movement and has been involved in Global Sustainability forums since the early 90’s. 

Our organization can help you develop a plan to achieve results in incorporating Social Responsibility into your existing organizational business plan. We can help in the development of and provide direction in the area of associate education, corporate philanthropy, cost reduction strategies for  energy and waste reduction, as well as a marketing strategy that will increase your visibility to your stakeholder’s  as well as the global (CSR) community.


  Jay D. Johnson co-founder
Jay has been in the corporate training, facilitation and Human Resources world for over 20 years.  He has worked for major corporations in this role including Capital Cities Communications/ABC television, American Can Corp, Gerber Childrenswear, Genesco, Tandy Corp.,  and United Technologies.  Jay has served as the President and Board Member of the Wilderness Education Association and is currently on the presidential council for WEA,

Jay is a certified wilderness guide as well as a certified Adventure Based Counselor.

He has been a key note speaker for many trade shows and conferences on the topics of Corporate Social Responsibility, Innovation, Leadership and Team Development, Organizational Development, Sustainability and the incorporation of experiential education in personal and professional development.

  Edward R. Thorney co-founder

Ed Thorney has been providing Organization Development assistance and corporate leadership support for over twenty years. His particular expertise is supporting senior leadership teams to execute carefully planned change processes over a 6-12 month period.  Ed 's effectiveness as a change agent is due to his ability to listen well, summarize complex issues into a simple vision and to design appropriate interventions to make the change happen.

In addition to his responsibilities as co-founder of Above and Beyond International, Ed is Executive Director of Time Out Foundation, Inc. whose mission is to serve severely at risk youth with equine assisted therapy and therapeutic wilderness/mentoring experiences.

Ed earned a M.S. Management & Organization Development from Antioch New England Graduate School. The Wilderness Education Association (WEA) awarded him certification in Wilderness Leadership in 1983.  He received his therapeutic counseling training from the Gestalt Institute of the Berkshires.

“Physical risk taking is not the goal here, emotional and intellectual risk taking is.” – Adrienne L. Gold Training & Development Journal


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