founder

Lourdes Gutierrez
inspirational outlier

her essence

Lourdes has an innate belief in the potential of each human being. Audacious and courageous, she strives to make the world a better place and gives one hundred percent of herself to whatever she undertakes. Lourdes magically touches people’s souls and uses her determination, energy and willingness to risk everything to put them in touch with their Greater Mission.
le playground reflects her essence: she has created an open and creative space where beauty reigns and where each detail has been intentionally orchestrated in order to offer an exceptional and unforgettable learning experience for her participants. Lourdes creates a playing field where everything is possible for all those who step over the threshold of le playground.


her path 
Originally from San Francisco, California, Lourdes holds deeply to her Mexican-Aztec and German roots, while being completely open to all other cultures. Her first important encounter occurred at the tender age of 7, when her father gave her a Jacques Brel LP - a gift that would forever impact her life.
That was the spark that ignited her passion for the French language and eventually propelled her into teaching foreign languages and earning a master’s degree in French literature. After 15 years of teaching, Lourdes pursued her dream and moved to Paris for a sabbatical year. The City of Light inspired much soul-searching, and against all reason, Lourdes took the risk of reinventing her life. She decided to stay in Paris, the city of her dreams and moved into coaching and leadership development. She became an entrepreneur and created her own company, Paris Playground (its original name), finding her unique way to contribute to the world of human development.
In 2008, while Lourdes was fully engaged in her life mission at le playground, a second encounter had an enormous impact on her: crossing paths with her soul mate Marco Frediani. Together they discovered the power of their “duo”  inspiring evolution, depth and innovation. By virtue of their curiosity and insatiable hunger to learn, they continued to pursue their quest for knowledge and inspiration from different schools of thought in leadership and diverse spiritual practices. After participating in several cutting-edge training programs in different countries, Lourdes realized that her existing partnership with an American training school, as its licensee and international leader, no longer made any sense in her emerging path.
Third encounter: the cocreation of the arc model and the arc leadership program in 2010 marked a milestone for both Marco and Lourdes and the emergent future of le playground. arc represented a paradigm shift not only in the philosophy and business model of le playground, but also for all of the participants involved with the arc programs
her inspiration
Lourdes is inspired by those who have a social and economic impact on the world and contribute to its evolution: people such as Otto Scharmer, founder of the Presencing Institute and author of Theory U; Peter Senge and Joseph Jaworski, the brilliant intellectuals behind the concept of systems thinking; the pioneer and developer of Transformative Scenario Planning and author of Power and Love, Adam Kahane; and last but not least, journalist and writer Malcolm Gladwell and marketing rebel Seth Godin. Like all of them, le playground provokes transformation in companies, government institutions, nongovernmental organizations and individuals eager to contribute to a better world.
her dream
To be a source of inspiration, influence, excellence and spirituality to leave her mark on the world. To relay the spirit of le playground and the philosophy of its arc programs across the globe so each and every individual can enjoy greater self-awareness and accompany the planet, business world, educational institutions, and his or her own family and friends in a life of love, intention and impact.
  • president

    Marco Frediani
    evolutionary artist

    Marco is an evolutionary artist who explores the colors in life’s tangible and intangible dimensions in order to inspire people to find theirs as well. More info