The Firewalk Instructor

Tony firewalking

Tony Simons Ph.D. is a Firewalk Institute of Research and Education certified firewalk instructor, the same people who trained Tony Robbins in how to lead firewalks.

When Tony isn’t walking over hot coals he is a professor at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration, where he has inspired students, trained executives, and conducted cutting-edge research since 1993.

Tony wrote The Integrity Dividend: Leading by the Power of Your Word (Jossey Bass, 2008), and has published over 28 journal articles for both managerial and scholarly audiences. His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Organization Science, The Journal of Applied Psychology, and The Academy of Management Journal.

Here is a recent interview with Tony on a local radio show, “The Made of Clay Report”: Tony Simons

Cai Quirk will co-facilitate with Tony for “Courage to Become: A Queer Firewalk Journey.”

Cai Quirk (they/them or ey/em) is a trans and genderqueer multi-disciplinary artist who focuses on the intersection of gender diversity throughout history, its erasure, and contemporary reclamation and restoryation. Cai has walked on fire, spun fire, and tended fires up to 60 feet tall. Their self-portrait series ‘Transcendence’ engages with connections between gender, mythology, and nature-based spirituality, and was published as an artist book in March 2023 with Skylark Editions. Cai’s work has been exhibited in thirteen states and four countries, and in the last sixteen months Cai has given hundreds of talks and workshops in conferences across America. In the spring of 2022 Cai received the Minnie Jane Scholarship and a four-month artist residency from the Pendle Hill Quaker Center, where they created the poetry series ‘Beyond Pink and Blue’. Their current series, ‘Queer Temple’ transforms portraits of queer folks into stained-glass-like tapestries to uplift queerness as sacred. They received bachelor’s degrees in music and photography from Indiana University. See more at