"I am driven by the knowledge that personal development is always within reach, and experience is the hand with which we grasp it."
Cordele grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he first discovered a passion for the outdoors by working with children in the majesty of the Coastal Redwood Groves. As a competitive percussionist he began to observe and admire the process of learning, improving, and developing. These experiences led him to work on bridging the gap between the laboratory and the field by specializing in the application of developmental science within wild and natural environments.
Cordele has worked as an outdoor professional guiding and instructing in mountain biking, outdoor rock climbing, white water rafting, high ropes courses, environmental science, camping, and emergency response. These experiences provide a rich background in understanding and utilizing natural experiences as a catalyst for growth, inspiration, and continued learning for his clients as well as himself. Cordele supports the natural exploration and learning that comes from outdoor adventures, but supplements it with conversations and approaches that are informed by years of studying the science of positive psychological development.
Beginning with the investigation of early friendship formation, Cordele earned his undergraduate degree from UCLA in Applied Developmental Psychology where he specialized in supporting a healthy early childhood. This interest in early positive development led to further explorations into the rest of the human lifespan. In order to experience how people change over time he began systematically working with different ages of people from infants and children, to teens, young adults, and established professionals.
To learn more about how deeply people can grow, and the science behind these processes, he earned his M.A. in Positive Developmental Psychology and Evaluation from Claremont Graduate University in 2018. Studying under Positive Psychology luminaries, including a founder of the field Mihalyi Csikszentmihalyi, Cordele focussed on applying key concepts like flow, creativity, mindfulness, and resilience into his repertoire of outdoor adventures.
After failing to find any companies offering the framework for growth he has come to know and love, he designed Upward Acts with the intention of blending the excitement of new ideas and adventurous experiences with the careful facilitation of trained professionals who use a rigorous scientific foundation to support the discussions, activities, and the process itself. Cordele has been featured in Positive Psychology News, and he continues to grow his craft every day.