A Unique, Highly Engaging
Leadership Experience

Connect with other leaders and aspiring leaders who have arrived at this moment from various backgrounds, including business, non-profit, government, health & wellness, and education. Experience an environment that fosters authentic connections through organic group discussions, peer-led roundtables, partnering exercises, and social events.

Develop your leadership skills with over 20 talks and panels, as well as an optional day-long leadership intensive. Presenters include renowned thought leaders on mindful leadership, experts in cultivating  mindful and compassionate workplaces, and executives who are applying mindfulness to their daily leadership.

Experience mindfulness meditation and other contemplative practices.  We've created space for you to be silent, still and connected to yourself. We have included sessions dedicated to somatic mind-body exercises. Experience first-hand some of the techniques leaders are using to tame their minds and tap into the wisdom of their bodies. 


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Optional Daylong Leadership Intensives (choose one Thursday Intensive)

8:30am Registration Opens

9:30am - 3:30pm Leadership Intensives


Meet & Greet and Early Check-In

5:00pm - 8:00pm Early Registration Open

  • Arriving Thursday? Join us for a Meet & Greet and Early Check-In inside the Hilton hotel. Chat with fellow attendees and beat the Friday morning registration rush! Beverages will be available for purchase. 



Time Speaker Session Title
6:30 - 8:30am Registration Registration
7:00 - 7:45am Darnell McDonald Yoga for All Levels. Bring your own mat.
7:15 - 7:45am Dan Siegel Morning Meditation
7:15 - 7:45am Rich Fernandez Introduction to Mindful Leadership
8:15 - 8:45am Mo Edjlali & Gina Laroche Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:45 - 9:45am Richard Strozzi-Heckler The Power of Mindfulness: Embodied Leadership in the Workplace
How can leaders in our fast-paced and complex work environments produce new outcomes that are aligned with our values, even under pressure? In this session, Richard will review the recent neuroscience that underlines Strozzi Institute’s Embodied Leadership methodology, and look at possibilities that secular mindfulness practices can open for leaders and teams.
9:45 - 10:45am Rasmus Hougaard The Mind of the Leader
In collaboration with Harvard Business Review, Rasmus Hougaard from Potential Project has spent 2 years researching the mental skills and qualities that make up great leadership. They have surveyed more than 35,000 leaders from more than 100 countries and 5,000 companies. This is the first release of the results, exclusively at the Mindful Leadership Summit.
10:45 - 11:00am Break Break
11:00 - 12:00pm Martin Boroson & Razeea Lemaignen Being in the Moment: How GlaxoSmithKline Scaled Mindfulness
What does it mean to be truly “in the moment”? In this session, Martin Boroson explains how to break through the time barrier in mindfulness training and why mindfulness does not mean slowing down. Razeea Lemaignen presents data from GlaxoSmithKline’s online mindfulness training and shares how she radically scaled GlaxoSmithKline’s award-winning program.
11:00 - 12:00pm Chuck Lief & Susan Skjei The Fierce Urgency of Now: Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion in Tumultuous Times
Dr. Martin Luther King's call to resist complacency in favor of the “fierce urgency of now” is as relevant as ever for us today. How can we as leaders hold the seeming paradox of contemplative practice and a passionate motivation for impactful action? Join us for a provocative conversation.
12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch Lunch
1:05 - 1:20pm Cara Bradley Mindful Movement Refresh
1:30 - 2:30pm Caroline Welch Workshop: Building Your Own Sustainable MAPP for More Effective Leadership
As Mindful Leaders, you know mindfulness can support your growth. However, even though we're surrounded by the latest research, a consistent Mindful Awareness Practice Plan (“MAPP”) may seem unattainable. This experiential and engaging workshop will help you identify your obstacles and prepare you to establish your own sustainable MAPP.
1:30 - 2:30pm Cara Bradley & Darnell McDonald Honing the Mind of a Champion: Mental Skills Training at the Chicago Cubs and Villanova Wildcats
Join the conversation with the mental skills coaches of champions to learn how they’re using mental strength training to help athletes quickly quiet the negative chatter, reorient focus, remain composed under pressure, and deliver their best effort. Engage in the discussion and learn how to apply these practices to yourself and your team.
1:30 - 2:30pm Peter Senge From Systems Thinking to Systems Leadership
Complex problems require a different kind of thinking — systems thinking — and a different kind of leadership — systems leadership. What does this mean for the way we educate, learn, train, work, and lead? In this session with renowned systems scientist and best-selling author Peter Senge, we’ll translate the abstract ideas of systems theory into tools that systems leaders can use to tackle complex problems.
2:30 - 2:45pm Break Break
2:45 - 3:45pm Marvin Riley & Stephen Macadam Publicly Traded & Mindful: Enabling the Full Release of Human Possibility
$1.5B market cap, EnPro Industries is a publicly traded company that embodies a dual bottom line philosophy with it’s 6000+ employees. We will discuss how EnPro is using mindfulness throughout its global operations to increase mental, emotional and physical agility in order to create shareholder value and an amazing place to work.
2:45 - 3:45pm Van Riper Mindfulness at Google: Lessons Learned over 4 Years
Learn about the origin and evolution of gPause, the mindfulness community programs at Google. We will explore the significant successes and failures to aid you in starting or improving similar programs.
2:45 - 3:45pm Lili Powell Workshop: Resilience Mapping: A Practical Tool for Mindful Strategic Planning
In this interactive workshop, Lili will introduce Resilience Mapping, a practical tool to help you take stock of the present, see causes and consequences in the past, and plan for performance demands in the future. Learn how understanding performance, stress, and resilience will improve your approach to strategic planning.
3:45 - 4:00pm Break Break
4:00 - 5:00pm Raj Sisodia Conscious Capitalism: Stories from the Field
Capitalism is an extraordinarily powerful idea that has uplifted the lives of billions of people. At the same time, it’s been abused by businesses to exploit their employees and harm their communities for short-term profit. It doesn't have to be this way. Come hear stories of business as a source of healing, inspiration, meaning, and prosperity.
5:00 - 5:15pm Mo Edjlali Closing
5:15 - 6:30pm Reception Mix & Mingle with Live Music
5:15 - 6:30pm Speaker Book Signing Speaker Book Signing



Time Speaker Session Title
6:30 - 8:30am Registration Opens Registration
7:00 - 7:45am Flow Yoga Center Yoga for all levels. Bring your own mat.
7:15 - 7:45am Kaira Jewel Lingo Morning Meditation
8:15 - 8:45am Mo Edjlali & Lili Powell Opening Remarks
8:45 - 9:45am Dan Siegel Integrating Consciousness with the Wheel of Awareness
In this presentation, Dan offers an internationally studied reflective practice that differentiates and then links the fundamental elements of consciousness. Understanding the depth of our minds gives us new perspective on the nature of well-being. Simple but profound, presence is the key to cultivating health in our lives.
9:45 - 10:45am Johann Berlin Leading with Love
The idea of love in business may seem odd, irrelevant, or even counterproductive. How could love produce the drive to compete and win? But more and more leaders are making the connection between emotionally connected environments, happy employees and measurable business success. This talk will explore how love of self, team, and purpose can be a formula for employees and organizations to thrive and transform.
10:45 - 11:00am Break Break
11:00 - 12:00pm James Pond Re-wired: Helping Veterans to Come Home
Learn how mindfulness is impacting the lives of veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, suicide, military sexual trauma, moral injury, and other issues they face when transitioning back to society. Veterans share their experiences and how mindfulness has helped them transition to truly coming home.
11:00 - 12:00pm Jim Dethmer & Diana Chapman Five Tools to end Drama in the Workplace
In this experiential session Jim Dethmer and Diana Chapman help you discover the subtle and not so subtle effects of drama in the workplace and give specific practices on how to use conscious leadership to reduce and eliminate drama.
12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch Lunch
1:05 - 1:20pm Cara Bradley Mindful Movement Refresh
1:30 - 2:30pm Jim Robinson, Karima Woods & Willair St. Vil Transformation in the Nation's Capital: DC Government & GWU
This panel discussion led Jim Robinson from the GWU Center for Excellence in Public Leadership explores the connection between personal and communal transformation. Willair St. Vil and Karima Woods of the Washington, DC government share their journeys in becoming leaders, as well as initiatives to create a more mindful workplace within the DC government.
1:30 - 2:30pm Chris Schmidt Building A Mindful Business Culture From The Ground Up
How do you create a culture of mindfulness in a firm of skeptical CPAs? Come hear lessons learned at Moss Adams, a $600 million accounting, tax, and consulting firm. CEO Chris Schmidt will share leadership insights and how they created a roadmap for becoming a mindful organization.
1:30 - 2:30pm Gina Laroche & Jennifer Cohen Workshop: From Scarcity to Sustainable Abundance: Practicing the Seven Laws of Enough™
Not enough time? Not enough resources? Sound familiar? In this workshop, Gina LaRoche and Jennifer Cohen, authors of The Seven Laws of Enough, teach us how to shift our thinking from scarcity to abundance. Learn how to change perspective and overcome intractable problems with ease, inspiration, and confidence.
2:30 - 2:45pm Break Break
2:45 - 3:45pm Tiphani Palmer How to Transform Pressure into Power with Martial Art & Mindfulness Based Body Practices
Our bodies learn by doing. Join Tiphani for a short training practice of Leadership Embodiment exercises under pressure. If we want to cultivate a more inclusive, resourceful and inspired response to pressure, we need more than understanding, we need practice. Warm and strong is a different kind of power.
2:45 - 3:45pm Nancy Costikyan Creating a Successful Mindfulness Program at Harvard University
How does the oldest academic institution in the country embrace a new concept? Learn how a pilot mindfulness program gained momentum and created a foundation for Harvard’s upcoming University-wide initiative. Explore how mindfulness fits into a comprehensive well-being strategy, informed by financial risks, diversity, sustainability and other institutional priorities.
2:45 - 3:45pm Kaira Jewel Lingo Workshop: Embracing Power: Lessons from Thich Nhat Hanh
What if we challenged our relationship to power? In this workshop, drawing from Thich Nhat Hanh’s book, The Art of Power, we will explore true power and how to generate it in our everyday experiences and relationships. We will learn how to redefine success and power in terms of purpose, happiness and ease. Doing so unlocks our path of leadership.
3:45 - 4:00pm Break Break
4:00 - 5:00pm Rich Fernandez Field Notes: Bringing Mindfulness into F500 Organizations
Hear success stories and cautionary tales about bringing mindfulness into organizations such as Google, Starbucks, Ford Motor Company, SAP, Kaiser, Salesforce, Merck and others. Explore the evolution of mindful leadership and the state of the mindfulness movement in the workplace.
5:00 - 5:30pm Mo Edjlali Closing
5:30 - 7:30pm Reception Reception


Optional Daylong Leadership Intensives (choose one Sunday Intensive)

8:30am Registration Opens

9:30am - 3:30pm Leadership Intensives

Daylong Leadership Intensives

Thursday Nov 9

with Richard Strozzi-Heckler

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The Wisdom of the Body: Embodied Mindfulness at Work

This workshop offers participants a holistic paradigm for the practice of embodied mindfulness in the fast-paced and complex environment of the workplace. In this highly interactive workshop you will be introduced to Strozzi Institute’s Embodied Leadership methodology, a unique approach combining neuroscience, action-oriented communication, holistic practice and mindfulness. You’ll learn practices that will help you to take new actions that are aligned with your values, even when under pressure.

Please note that this Intensive is SOLD OUT.

Please look at our other Intensives for opportunities to deepen your experience of the Summit. 

Thursday Nov 9

with Martin Boroson, Carmel Moore and Sarah Braid

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Time Mastery for Leaders

Mastering time might be the most important skill a leader can have. Far beyond “time management,” mastering time means getting clear about values, building a flexible and nuanced relationship with time, knowing how to use time for maximum impact, and being agile and responsive in the moment.

Sunday Nov 12

with Jim Dethmer and Diana Chapman


How to End Drama in Your Life and Workplace

Join Jim Dethmer and Diana Chapman as well as a panel of business leaders as we explore how to identify drama in your life, take responsibility for being the source of the drama and practice specific tools to end drama including: taking 100% responsibility for your life and supporting others to do the same; practicing candor as means to keep drama from recycling; learning how to clear issues that repeat in your drama pattern; seeing play as a transformational shift move for ending drama.

Sunday Nov 12

with Tiphani Palmer

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Leadership Embodiment Skills for Inspired Leadership:  How to Cultivate Warmth and Strength

We know a lot about the “what” that is needed for great leadership: Competence, Warmth & Authenticity. Through mindfulness and technique we are able to cultivate these qualities allowing us to gain influence and lead with inspiration rather than fear. Through interactive exercises, the Leadership Embodiment model will offer you a “How” to cultivate these qualities, building the skills that will allow you to lead with warmth, confidence and authenticity.

Sunday Nov 12

with Johann Berlin


The Breath: The Secret Enabler for Agile Leadership, Connection and Happiness

Many of us want to be more mindful leaders but how? With more than 200 organizational clients, TLEX provides a solution through the breath, one of the most overlooked enablers for mindful, connected leadership. Participants will learn and experience TLEX’s time-tested, science backed breathing based transformational leadership program, walking away with an effective home practice, and shared insights on how this approach impacts organizations.  

Sunday Nov 12

with Rich Fernandez and Michelle Maldonado


Compassion-based Tools for Working with Unconscious Bias & Enabling Inclusion

This training teaches leaders practical, real time applications of mindfulness and compassion skills to support awareness and management of unconscious bias.  Leaders also learn to use empathy and compassion skills to create a culture of inclusiveness and psychological safety within teams and organizations.