4th Annual Mindful Leadership Summit

November 10-11, 2017

Washington, DC

Bring Mindfulness into the Workplace.


4th Annual Mindful Leadership Summit

November 10-11, 2017

Washington, DC

Bring Mindfulness into the Workplace.


Now is the time to Redefine Leadership.

There is an alternative to just leading from the top down.
It's leading from the inside out

That’s what mindful leadership is all about. It’s about recognizing that your leadership is in service to others. It’s about creating the space in your life to cultivate self-awareness and compassion, and leading with authenticity in a way that inspires others. Doing this, we can transform our own lives, our organizations, our communities – and the world.  

Over 2,100 leaders from over 34 countries have attended the Summit over the last three years.

Join leaders from all organizational levels and backgrounds, including business, non-profit, education, health & wellness, and government. Over two rich days we will be inspired by keynotes and presentations from over 25 speakers, learn how to apply mindful leadership in workshops, and connect with fellow leaders in discussion and dialogue. You may also add a 1-day intensive led by select speakers before or after the main summit to further focus your experience on what matters to you.

If you aspire to bring mindfulness to your organization, this is the pre-eminent opportunity to join the movement to redefine leadership for the 21st century.

The Mindful Leadership Summit is the world's largest gathering devoted to the advancement of mindfulness and compassion in the workplace. 


2017 Speakers

CEOs, Executive Directors, Authors, Leaders and Change Makers

2017 Speakers

CEOs, Executive Directors, Authors, Leaders and Change Makers

A Few of Our 2017 Speakers

  DR. DAN SIEGEL   Co-director, Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA

Co-director, Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA

  NANCY COSTIKYAN   Director, Office of Work/Life, Harvard University

Director, Office of Work/Life, Harvard University

  DARNELL MCDONALD Mental Skills Coordinator, Chicago Cubs

Mental Skills Coordinator, Chicago Cubs

  RICHARD STROZZI-HECKLER   Founder,  Strozzi Institute

Strozzi Institute

  KARIMA WOODS   Director of Business Development, City of Washington D.C.

Director of Business Development, City of Washington D.C.

  VAN RIPER   gPause Program Manager, Google

gPause Program Manager,

  RAZEEA LEMAIGNEN Global Mindfulness Network,   GlaxoSmithKline

Global Mindfulness Network, 

  PETER SENGE   Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management

  LILI POWELL   Darden School of Business, UVA

Darden School of Business,

  CHRIS SCHMIDT Partner & CEO,    Moss-Adams, LLP

Partner & CEO,

Moss-Adams, LLP

  DIANA CHAPMAN Co-Founder, Conscious Leadership Group

Co-Founder, Conscious Leadership Group

  MARVIN RILEY   EVP and COO EnPro Industries Inc.

EVP and COO EnPro Industries Inc.

  RICH FERNANDEZ CEO, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

CEO, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

  GINA LAROCHE   Co-director, Seven Stones Leadership Group

Co-director, Seven Stones Leadership Group

  TIPHANI PALMER Co-Founder, Leadership Embodiment

Co-Founder, Leadership Embodiment

  RAJ SISODIA Co-founder & Co-chairman, Conscious Capitalism, Inc.

Co-founder & Co-chairman, Conscious Capitalism, Inc.


What it's all about

What it's all about

Testimonials from Previous Summits



JOIN US AS AN EXTRAORDINARY GROUP of presenters comes together to help us explore the growing practice of mindful leadership. You’ll be part of a unique gathering of people, all of whom are interested in exploring this emerging path of leadership excellence.

WE KNOW HOW IMPORTANT it’s going to be for you to connect with others at this event, so we're creating an environment that encourages peer-to-peer learning and community-building. In addition to keynote talks, main stage presentations, workshops, and mindfulness practice, there will be opportunities for making personal connections through small roundtables, organic group discussions and social events. We'll have time to share success stories, challenges, practical tools and best practices.


LEARN HOW MINDFULNESS MEDITATION and other contemplative disciplines are being applied by organizations like Google, Harvard Business School and the NFL Champion Seattle Seahawks. We'll look deeply at how mindfulness helps to balance ambition, achievement and a focus on getting results with the wisdom, gentleness and authenticity needed to truly lead with excellence.

YOU'LL SEE HOW mindfulness, and the simple act of sitting still, can be transformative. When you’re still and in the moment, you’re able to step out of conditioned behaviors and uncover a deep sense of connection to others. You’re able to experience things as they are. With compassion and clarity of thought, you’re more able to understand the best course of action in any situation.


EACH OF US HAS THE NATURAL ABILITY to lead with excellence by cultivating our innate qualities of awareness, focus, authenticity and compassion. Mindfulness helps us to do that. It helps us to be less reactive so we can make better decisions, to see the bigger perspective so we can create better results, and to develop environments of trust and safety, where there is respect for each individual's unique style, skills and contributions.

THIS IS THE PATH of leadership excellence. Mindful leadership offers us the opportunity to work with our natural wisdom and humanity, while inspiring the best in ourselves and others. This is the way we transform our own lives, our organizations, our communities – and the world.




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CEOs, Executive Directors, Authors, Leaders and Change Makers


CEOs, Executive Directors, Authors, Leaders and Change Makers




Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding Co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.

Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His four New York Times bestsellers are: Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and three books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline and the upcoming The Yes Brain (2018). His other books include: The Developing Mind (2nd Ed.), Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, and The Mindful Therapist. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over fifty textbooks.  



Peter Senge, PhD is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Founding Chair of the Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), a global network of organizations, researchers and consultants dedicated to the “interdependent development of people and their institutions” and co-founder of the Academy for Systemic Change, which seeks to accelerate the growth of the field of systemic change worldwide.

His work centers on promoting shared understanding of complex issues and shared leadership for healthier human systems. This involves major cross-sector projects focused on global food systems, climate change, regenerative economies and the future of education.

Peter is the author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of The Learning Organization. The Journal of Business Strategy named him one of the 24 people who had the greatest influence on business strategy in the 20th century. Recently, he was named to the “1000 Talents” Program (Renzai) in China to help China become a leader in systemic change, to benefit itself and the world.



Nancy Costikyan is the Director of the Office of Work/Life at Harvard University, supporting Harvard’s recruitment and retention of a high performing workforce and the wellbeing of a diverse community of staff and scholars. Nancy and her team contribute to the development of Harvard’s policies and special initiatives, and the office oversees Harvard’s University-wide work/life strategies. The office administers a range of programs for staff and faculty including those focused on mental health, workplace flexibility, dependent care, behavioral risk, and workplace-based mindfulness training.

Nancy has worked for 30 years as a psychotherapist, organizational consultant, department director and clinical supervisor. In addition to her work/life role, she is also a Teaching Associate in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Nancy is the mother of 22 year old twin sons who enjoy reminding her that she is not the paragon of work/life balance that she would like to be. Mindfulness helps, though.




Chicago Cubs Mental Skills Coordinator, Darnell McDonald, is a former MLB player for the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, and Chicago Cubs. He retired from the Cubs organization’s minor league team. His motto: “The sky is not the limit; the mind is.”

 On April 20, 2010, Darnell became the ninth player to hit a homerun for the Red Sox in his first at bat. In the same game, he became the first ever member of the Red Sox to collect a game-ending RBI in his debut with the club. Since his retirement in 2014, Darnell has become a cornerstone of mental health, and development amongst the Chicago Cubs roster, promoting positive energy, and an optimistic lifestyle with his phrase “In Blue, Out Red.” In 2017, McDonald completed his 200-hour yoga certification to unify his theories of mind, body, and soul. He was also presented with a 2016 World Series Championship Ring due to his contributions to direct success of the team on the field.




Raj Sisodia is FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College, and Co-founder and Co-chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. He has a PhD in Marketing from Columbia University.

Raj is co-author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, Wall Street Journal bestseller Everybody Matters and the seminal Firms of Endearment. He was named one of “Ten Outstanding Trailblazers of 2010” by Good Business International, and one of the “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior” by Trust Across America for 2010 and 2011.

Raj received an honorary doctorate from Johnson & Wales University in 2016. He has published ten books and over 100 academic articles. He is on the Board of Directors at The Container Store and a trustee of Conscious Capitalism Inc.




Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD is founder and Co-director of Methodology at Strozzi Institute. He has spent over four decades researching, developing and teaching Somatics to business leaders, executive managers, teams from Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, technology start-ups, non-profits, the U.S. government and military.

He was named one of the Top 50 Executive Coaches in The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, and in Profiles in Coaching. He is the co-founder of the Mideast Aikido Project (MAP), which brings together Palestinians and Israelis through the practice of Aikido.

Richard is the author of eight books, including The Leadership Dojo, In Search of the Warrior Spirit, The Anatomy of Change, Holding the Center and The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion. From 2002 to 2007 he was an advisor to NATO and the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe (SACEUR) General Jim Jones. 




Marvin Riley is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of EnPro Industries Inc. Prior to that, he held the position of President, Fairbanks Morse Engine division of EnPro. Marvin has also served as Vice President of Manufacturing at EnPro, as Vice President Global Operations, GGB division of EnPro, and as Vice President Operations Americas, GGB division. Prior to joining EnPro Industries, Marvin was an executive with General Motors Corporation. Mr. Riley’s last positions within General Motors Corporation was Director of Operations General Assembly and Director of Operations Body Assembly.

Marvin currently serves as a board member with Beloit 2020, Books@Work and Minds Incorporated. Beloit 2020 is a nonprofit development corporation devoted to renewing the historic core of Beloit, Wisconsin. Books@Work brings professor-led literature seminars to workplaces and community settings to build confidence, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. Minds Incorporated is dedicated to making DC area schools a more conscious and compassionate learning environment by teaching mindfulness-based practices to students, educators, and parents.

Mr. Riley completed the Advanced Management Program (AMP) at the Harvard Business School in May 2016. Mr. Riley received a Master of Business Administration degree from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Howard University.




Stephen E. Macadam has served as Chief Executive Officer and President and as a director of EnPro Industries, Inc. since April 2008. Prior to accepting these positions with EnPro, Stephen served as Chief Executive Officer of BlueLinx Holdings Inc. Before joining BlueLinx Holdings Inc., Stephen was the President and CEO of Consolidated Container Company LLC. He served previously with Georgia-Pacific Corp. where he held the positions of Executive Vice President, Pulp & Paperboard and of Senior Vice President, Containerboard & Packaging. Stephen held positions of increasing responsibility with McKinsey and Company, Inc. from 1988 until 1998, culminating in the role of principal in charge of McKinsey’s Charlotte, North Carolina operation.

Mr. Macadam received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kentucky, an MS in Finance from Boston College, and an MBA from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar.




Caroline is CEO of Mind Your Brain, Inc. and co-founder with Dan Siegel of the Mindsight Institute, whose mission is to make the latest neuroscience accessible for professional and personal development through online and in-person programs. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and holds a Master’s degree in Communications from the University of Southern California.

Caroline was a civil litigator for over ten years, mainly representing Japanese corporate clients in intellectual property matters. She served as Vice President in Litigation at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and prior to that she was Senior Counsel at Spelling Entertainment in Los Angeles, where she supervised litigation and was production attorney for Judge Judy. Caroline has served on the Los Angeles Superior Court’s mediation panel. She has had a meditation practice for over thirty years.

Caroline lectures worldwide on how the latest science, including the science behind mindfulness, can optimize our personal and professional well-being. She is currently writing her first book, tentatively titled The Mindful Woman.



Chris Schmidt has recently been re-elected to serve another term as CEO of Moss Adams LLP until June 30, 2022. Chris joined Moss Adams in 1986 and in 1991 he was admitted to the partnership. In 1997 he became the managing partner of the Orange County office. In 2004, he assumed the role of President and COO for a five-year term. He was reappointed to a second term in 2009.

As CEO, Chris is responsible for establishing and promoting the firm’s strategic plan, including maintaining firm-wide commitment to the highest level of professional practice. Chris is currently a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In November 2015, Chris began serving three-year terms on the AICPA’s Board of Directors as well as Praxity’s Management Board and Governing Council respectively. Chris has also served on the AICPA Council as well as the Council's Nominations Committee.



Gina LaRoche is an organizational leadership consultant, facilitator and executive coach. She is a co-founder of Seven Stones Leadership Group. Gina leverages 25 years of experience in delivering executive programs that have challenged leaders, teams and entrepreneurs to accelerate results using vision, strategy and accountability. Her current interest is working with leaders to develop mindfulness and presence for themselves and bringing these practices into organizations. She has spoken at Wisdom 2.0 Business conference and at the Mindful Leadership Summit. She is a 2017 graduate of Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leaders Program, a two-year intensive training in the Insight Meditation tradition.  She is also a member of the board at Insight Meditation Society (IMS) in Barre, MA. Gina is a writer and collage artist, and the co-author of The Seven Laws of Enough (Parallax Press –June 2018)

Gina holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BSBA from Georgetown University. She currently lives on the campus of Earlham College where her husband is president.




Jennifer Cohen has studied the art and science of transformational coaching and facilitation since 1992. She is a co-founder of Seven Stones Leadership Group. Her coaching and training is distinguished by her applied studies in Communication Theories, Quantum Physics, Ontology, Neuroscience, Somatics and Systems Thinking. Jennifer has brought executives from the board room into a dojo style learning environment to hone their leadership skills through in-depth training and development opportunities she both designed and lead. She has a niche in coaching world-class academicians from institutions such as Simmons and Harvard Business School.

Jennifer is currently working on a book The Seven Laws of Enough to be published by Parallax Press in 2018. Jennifer holds a master’s degree in Applied Psychology with an emphasis on systems theory from the Antioch New England Graduate School and is certified as a Master Somatic Coach by The Strozzi Institute.



Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and Managing Director of Potential Project, the global leader in customized leadership and organizational training programs based on mindfulness. Potential Project works with fortune 500 companies in 22 countries across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Clients of Potential Project include Accenture, Nike, American Express, Microsoft and Sony to name a few. The objective of their programs is to enhance individual and organizational performance and well-being through skillful application of mindfulness in a corporate context.

Rasmus' background includes a career in the Sony Corporation as well as a researcher in organizational development. Rasmus has a Master’s degree in Organizational Development & Adult Learning and degrees in Philosophy and Human Resources. His book One Second Ahead – Enhance Your Performance with Mindfulness was published in October 2015. His next book will be published with Harvard Business Review in March 2018.




Johann Berlin is CEO and Chief Energy Officer of TLEX Institute, a cutting edge leadership development program that develops employee leadership towards resilience and human moments by harnessing the power of breath, meditation, and social connection. Since taking on its executive leadership, Johann has grown TLEX into a leading brand in prominent institutions and Fortune 100 companies, including: GE, American Express, Accenture, Intuit, Microsoft, Amazon, The World Bank, and Coca-Cola. As an entrepreneur, executive coach and advisor Johann has been a speaker at: TEDx London, GE HealthCare, Stanford Center for Compassion, Dartmouth on Purpose, Wharton School of Business, and a contributing writer for Harvard Business Review, Business Insider, Virgin Unite, Real Leaders, Thrive Global, Huffington Post.

Johann has scaled boutique triple bottom line and social sector companies from concept to high-impact, with a special focus on advising emerging and seasoned entrepreneurs with innovative and disruptive wellness, leadership, and innovation initiatives.




Jim Robinson is the Executive Director of The George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. He is a senior executive and change leader with more than 25 years of experience in leading large-scale organization change, strategic human resources development, and organization effectiveness, consulting with corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

Mr. Robinson's work has focused on the development of empowering leaders and the building of high commitment/high performance organizations that achieve outstanding results. Areas of expertise include: Leadership Development Systems, Executive Coaching, Performance Improvement Initiatives and Change Management, Breakthrough Labor Relations Strategies, Strategic Human Resources Architecture and Policies, and Organization Design and Development

Mr. Robinson writes, lectures, and leads workshops in the field of personal self-empowerment and personal effectiveness. He has a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University and a Master of Arts in counseling psychology from Rutgers University.

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Charles Lief is the President of Naropa University in Boulder, CO.  Founded in 1974, Naropa is the birthplace of Contemplative Education, and serves 1000 undergraduate and graduate students as well as offering online programs, extended studies and professional development. Naropa’s curriculum is built on a foundation of contemplation, mindfulness and compassion.

Chuck has been a Buddhist practitioner for 45 years, studying closely with the Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and is a teacher in that lineage. Chuck was the first President of the Greyston Foundation in Yonkers, New York, one of the earliest models of integrated nonprofit social enterprises and service providers, founded by the Zen Buddhist teacher, Roshi Bernie Glassman.  As a principal in the Hartland Group of Burlington, Vermont, Chuck worked to create affordable housing and economic development projects in Vermont and New Hampshire.  He was a founding board member and CEO for Amida Care, a nonprofit, special needs HMO for low income residents of New York living with HIV/AIDS and chronic mental illness, now a $400 million social enterprise.  He has been a member of many nonprofit boards working toward sustainable social, economic and personal transformation.

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Tiphani is a Partner with the Leadership Embodiment Organization. She is an executive coach, speaker and facilitator with 15 years teaching and working with Leadership Embodiment, a model for cultivating leadership presence. Tiphani is known for her warm, clear, accessible approach to sharing the LE principals. This dynamic model offers the individual, group or organization tools and practices to develop presence, confidence and the ability to act from a more effective, centered state.

Some of the companies and venues she has worked with include, George Washington University, Accenture, Comcast, The Gates Foundation, Oracle, Genentech, Gap, Salesforce, NVW Coaching programs, Eileen Fisher, Central California Women Facility, UCSF Chaplain services, UC Hastings College of the Law & Capital Health in Canada.

Leadership Embodiment develops a more authentic leadership presence that unifies mind, body, emotions and intuition as a way of meeting leadership challenges in today’s changing world. The work offers tools and practices to stay more centered and connected to vision and what is important in the face of conflict, disagreement and adversity.

Tiphani has studied Martial Arts and Mindfulness for over 20 years and received her 2nd Degree black belt in Aikido, a non-violent Japanese martial art.  She lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and two children.

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Cara Bradley, author of On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine is an innovative leader and mental strength coach in bodymind training. Her teachings are based on her life-long passion for experiencing natural state and flow by integrating movement, coherent breathing and mindfulness. A teacher for over three decades and former pro skater, Cara hosts a weekly podcast, teaches on-line courses and leads Integrated BodyMind Trainings at conferences and for CEO’s, corporations including The World Bank Group, SAP, PJM, universities including Yale University, and sports teams including Villanova University football and basketball.

Cara is the founder of the award-winning Verge BodyMind Center in suburban Philadelphia offering over 100 weekly classes in yoga, fitness, and meditation. She is the co-founder of the non-profit Mindfulness Through Movement recently merged with IvyChild, and is a frequent contributor to Mindful, Oprah.com, The Huffington Post, and MindBodyGreen.


Kaira Jewel Lingo


Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches meditation and mindfulness internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. She began practicing mindfulness in 1997. An ordained nun of 15 years in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Order of Interbeing, she is now based in Washington, D.C., leading retreats in the U.S. and internationally, offering mindfulness programs for educators and youth in schools, as well as individual spiritual mentoring.

She teaches mindfulness in schools with Minds, Inc, and edited Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She has articles and chapters published in numerous magazines and books, including Real World Mindfulness for Beginners; Together we are One;  and Dharma, Color and Culture.

She explores the interweaving of art, play, ecology and embodied mindfulness practice and is a certified yoga teacher and InterPlay leader. In addition to her roots in the Zen tradition, she practices and teaches in the Insight tradition and is an affiliate teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. She regularly teaches on courses on Mindfulness and Leadership at Schumacher College, an ecological college in the UK. Visit kairajewel.com to learn more.


Van Riper


Van Riper is the gPause Community Programs manager within the People Development organization at Google. gPause offers mindfulness practices for individuals and groups as training for greater access to mindfulness as a way of being. Ultimately, my uncomfortably exciting goal is to build communities and a culture of mindful living at every Google office in the world.

Van has a Bachelors in Computer Science from MIT and worked for 30 years in Silicon Valley as a software developer before joining Google. However, his real super power is community building. Since 2010, Van has been working for Google building global communities initially around technology and currently around mindfulness.

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Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

Rich Fernandez is CEO of the SIYLI, a non-profit organization developed at Google that now offers mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs to communities and organizations around the world. He is also the co-founder of Wisdom Labs, an organization that brings the science of mindfulness, resilience and thriving into organizations.

Rich formerly served as the director of executive development at Google, and prior to that was head of learning and organization development at eBay. Rich also has a decade of experience as a learning and leadership development executive in the financial services sector – at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and Bank of America.

Rich’s leadership brings together the best of mindfulness training and scientific research to create programs that benefit lives at work and at home.

A trained psychologist, Rich received his PhD from Columbia University with a focus on organizational psychology. He is an author and frequent contributor to Harvard Business Review, a neuroscience enthusiast, and a long-time mindfulness practitioner and teacher.

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Martin Boroson


After a precocious career in New York as a teenage political activist, Marty studied philosophy at Yale and earned an MBA at the Yale School of Management. He then set out to learn alternative approaches to wisdom.

He studied Zen, trained in depth psychology, worked in theatre, and received an innovation grant from the Irish Arts Council. He then forged these approaches into a unique model of broad-based decision-making.

Marty’s book, One Moment Meditation: Stillness for People on the Go, published in twelve languages, radically reframed traditional approaches to meditation. Through this book, keynotes, app, cartoons, and digital training programs for companies, he has helped millions of people get over the time barrier and start meditating now.

Marty is a faculty member of Mobius Executive Leadership. He founded the One Moment Company to promote the practice of time mastery for innovation, organizational change, and living well.




Jim Dethmer has been devoted to the practice of conscious leadership for 25 years. He has spoken to tens of thousands of people about how to lead and live from consciousness. He has coached Fortune 500 CEOs and their teams, supporting them in transforming their lives and their cultures. He has worked with over 200 organizations led by entrepreneurs and professional managers across all industries. In addition to The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, Jim also co-authored High Performing Investment Teams

Jim is a Co-Founder of the Conscious Leadership Group (CLG). CLG is a movement committed to supporting the expansion of conscious leadership in the world. When Jim is not working with clients, you'll often find him at his soul's home in Northern Michigan playing golf with his wife Debbie, and delighting in their six children and three grandchildren

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Diana has been a trusted advisor to over 700 organizational leaders and many of their teams. Clients from Genentech to Yahoo! value her clarity, compassion, ferocity and playfulness. A well-respected facilitator for the Young Presidents Organization, Diana works with forums and chapters worldwide. She invites leaders to the edge while igniting the courage to leap into the unknown, the space where a bigger game of life awaits.

Diana’s dedication to the expansion of consciousness led her to the creation of The Conscious Leadership Group. She and her co-founder are spearheading a movement to propagate new models of leadership based on personal and collective awareness and empowerment. Their new book, The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, was released in 2016.

In her free time, you will find her gardening at her suburban farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California. She lives there with her husband of over 25 years and their two children.


James Pond


James Pond, MA is a US Marine Corps veteran and the Executive Director of Veteran’s PATH, working to enable veterans to rediscover meaning, purpose and joy in their lives. James is an experienced nonprofit leader as well as an avid mindfulness practitioner, who brings personal experience and unwavering dedication to his work facilitating restoration and healing.

As a passionate advocate, James has extensive experience in helping survivors of trauma find hope and healing. He is an internationally recognized authority on human trafficking issues around the world and in the United States, where he has influenced policy and understanding of issues surrounding the needs of sexually trafficked youth. James was awarded a Commendation from the Department of Homeland Security for his work assisting in the arrest and prosecution of pedophiles in the United States.

After more than a decade working to combat human trafficking, James brought his experience as a non-profit leader, veteran, mindfulness practitioner, and passionate advocate together to guide his work with veterans as Executive Director of Veteran’s PATH as they grow nationally in their mission to help veterans journey forward.

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Karima Woods

Karima currently serves as the Director of Business Development and Strategy at DMPED, where she is responsible for attracting new businesses to the District, retaining existing businesses and promoting entrepreneurship. Prior to holding this position, Karima served as Deputy Director of Business Development, International Business Manager, and Senior Business Development Specialist, where she successfully developed and launched the District’s HUBDC initiative, a partnership between the District of Columbia, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and federal government agencies awarding contracts through the SBA's Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) program.

Karima has over 18 years of experience in public-private partnership development, economic and community development.  Prior to joining the District, Karima served as Director of the D.C. Neighborhood College at the GWU Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, and held various leadership roles at DC Agenda and the Public Education Network.

Karima completed her MBA at George Washington University and BA in law and society at the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1997.

Karima resides in Ward 7 with her husband and two daughters.


Lili Powell


As a professor, consultant and coach, Lili Powell helps professionals learn to lead more mindfully and inspire meaningful results.  She is an award-winning teacher who weaves her academic and mindfulness training into creative and transformational learning experiences.  Over a decade ago, she pioneered the Executive MBA course, “Communicating through Leadership Presence.”  In 2014, she and Jeremy Hunter co-founded the popular “Leading Mindfully” course for Darden’s Executive Education.   

Beginning in Fall 2017, Lili accepted a new joint appointment as the Kluge Endowed Chair at U.Va.’s School of Nursing.  In this role, Lili brings her expertise to the Compassionate Care Initiative which promotes resilient healthcare professionals and healthy working environments.    

Lili has consulted in industries ranging from banking to biotech.  Her writing includes Women in Business: The Changing Face of Leadership (Greenwood, 2007).  She earned the Ph.D. in rhetoric and performance studies from Northwestern University.  


Razeea Lemaignen


Razeea Lemaignen, Health and Wellbeing Consultant at GSK, is the founder of the global Mindfulness Network at GSK and leads weekly mindfulness sessions for employees globally. These sessions form part of GSK’s range of dedicated employee health and wellbeing programs and support services that enable employees to make healthy choices that enable them to live well so they feel healthier, happier and more energized at work and at home.  

Having experienced the huge impact of mindfulness in both her personal and professional life, Razeea is determined to bring this to the whole organization.  Every week, she practices together with hundreds of employees across the globe. Razeea has a particular interest in making mindfulness very easily accessible to employees and embedding it into the organization’s architecture to achieve sustainable behavior change.

She is a member of the Mindfulness Initiative and contributed to their latest publication, The Case for Mindfulness in the Workplace.


Sarah Braid


Sarah was born in North Wales and has worked across the world, recently landing in London.

Sarah has extensive experience in leading commercial teams. At present she is Managing Director - Operations for Accenture’s UKI Life Sciences business, as well as being a Commercial Director for global client engagements.

Sarah has assembled large teams in response to business needs for change and innovation, with an ability  to restructure operational and business processes in ways that elicit maximum potential.

Believing that that the world can best be changed from the lens of the mind, Sarah trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and has lectured internationally about her unique approach to time mastery. She was a mentor on the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, supporting young female entrepreneurs.

Sarah became a Non-Executive Director of the One Moment Company in order to share with senior leaders her passion for time as the cornerstone of transformation.


Jennifer Stevenson


Jennifer is the VP of Client Services and Faculty Trainer with the TLEX Institute which ignites excellence in employees and teams through practical training for mental clarity, social connection and inspiration. She has delivered self-development and leadership training programs internationally for more than ten years, with more than 150,000 training man hours, to corporate executives, university students and numerous partners including Shell Oil Company, The World Bank, GE, Coca-Cola, Microsoft and Amex. An avid meditator and yoga practitioner for 15 years, she brings innovative and easily accessible approaches to mindfulness.

Previously Jennifer worked for Deutsche Asset Management and Bloomberg LP, where she oversaw the implementation of multi-security analytics and investment management systems for numerous clients including, Goldman Sachs, PIMCO, Wells Fargo and a number of hedge funds, both in Tokyo and San Francisco. She also serves as the National Director of Yoga Programs for an international non-profit, leading multiple teams of instructors and volunteers. Jennifer holds a BS in Marketing from the Carroll School of Management, Boston College, USA and is an accredited Registered Yoga Teacher E-RYT 200H and YACEP.

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Carmel Moore


Carmel has spent most of her working life shunning meditation, introspection and self-reflection because she was far too busy.

She has spent over thirty years advising large, multinational organizations on tax strategy and operations, as an in-house Tax Director in Barclays and Pfizer, as a director in Deloitte, and as a partner in EY (formerly Ernst & Young).

At Pfizer, when the challenge of a highly talented team required something more than high-stress tax director, Carmel became an NLP Master Practitioner.

She was a member of EY’s executive coaching team, helping leaders to find the space and time to be effective, and was part of the initial pilot for the EY mindfulness program.  She completed the Organizational Development practitioner program at Roffey Park.

Carmel left in EY in April 2017 to concentrate on her mission to ease the burden of the working world, and is now a director of the One Moment Company.

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Susan Skjei

Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University

Susan is the director of the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University. The Center offers public and custom programs in Authentic Leadership and Mindfulness. The purpose of the center is to inspire, educate, and empower current and next generation leaders to act as agents of positive organizational and social change. Formerly a Vice President and Chief Learning Officer for a fortune 1000 company, Susan has designed and facilitated hundreds of workshops and deep training programs in the US, Canada, and Europe.  She has a unique ability to foster energetic and high trust learning environments.  

Susan has been a student and practitioner of contemplative practice since since 1970.  Her first teacher was Zen master, Suzuki Roshi.  She then studied with Tibetan meditation master, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche for 17 years and has continued practicing and teaching under the guidance of his son Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.  She is Acharya (senior teacher) within the Shambhala Buddhist lineage.

Buddhist-inspired and nonsectarian, Naropa University is rooted in contemplative education, a teaching and learning approach that integrates Eastern wisdom studies and the arts with traditional Western scholarship. Naropa was one of the birthplaces of the modern mindfulness movement and has continued to provide exemplary education for over 40 years.


Willair St.Vil


Willair has thirty years of experience managing workforce development, health & human services, and educational services programs for nationally recognized organizations such as United Way of New York City, Diploma Plus, and Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle. He also worked with the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development and was an Adjunct Professor at Western Washington University.

He is currently with the District of Columbia Department of Human Resources.  He has the opportunity to call upon his life experience as an immigrant from Haiti, who speaks four languages (English, Spanish, French and Haitian Kreyol) when working with communities of all generations, cultures, socioeconomic class, and ethnicities. His work is guided by a strong passion for social justice and equality.

Willair is deeply invested in both his personal and professional communities and has served them as a Certified Mediator, Coach, and Yoga Teacher.


Michelle Maldonado


Michelle is Founder and President of Lucenscia LLC, a human capital development and business strategy firm dedicated to developing leaders and organizations with positive impact in the world. She is a Certified Search Inside Yourself teacher who leverages her more than 30 years of meditation practice and two plus decades of business and legal experience to create relevant and practical solutions to transform how we “show up” as more compassionate, impactful and resilient leaders.

Her work on the natural convergence of leadership competencies with mindfulness, neuroscience, emotional intelligence and conscious business practices has been presented to leading organizations across diverse industries including Dell, Fitbit, MUFG/Union Bank, TD Bank, Microsoft, Pfizer, Bay Path University, Uncommon Schools, government agencies, and more.  Michelle also co-founded the Northern Virginia Conscious Business Alliance, a non-profit that brings mindfulness and conscious business tips, tools, and techniques to companies in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

Michelle has been recognized as a “Top Corporate Leader” by HR.com’s Leadership Essentials and as “Woman of The Year” by the National Association of Professional Women.

Michelle lives in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with her amazing husband, spectacular son and their two, playful black labs, Osiris and Onyx. When she’s not working, Michelle enjoys roller skating, writing children’s stories and doing pretty much anything in nature to live a life of purpose, impact and joy.


Venue & Hotel

Washington Hilton

Downtown - Washington, DC.

Venue & Hotel

Washington Hilton

Downtown - Washington, DC.

The address of all Intensives and Summit Events is:

Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20009

NEW: FAQ for Attendees

NEW: Self-Park Options near the Washington Hilton

Our discounted block of rooms at the Washington Hilton has Sold Out! 

But we have alternatives for you. See below for details.


Washington Hilton

The Hilton still has regularly-priced rooms available if you would prefer the convenience of staying at the venue.

Call Registration to book: 202-483-3000

In the heart of Washington, DC, the Washington Hilton is located in the epicenter of the vibrant neighborhoods of Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, U Street and 14th Street. Walk to nightlife venues, top restaurants, museums and attractions. You'll enjoy easy access to the city's most popular attractions while staying in one of DC's coolest neighborhoods.


  • Complimentary lobby tech station
  • On-site Hertz car rental
  • FedEx Print & Ship Center
  • 4 blocks to Dupont Circle Metro (Red Line)
  • Spacious health club with cardio, weights, Crossfit, TRX and spin classes
  • Pickup/dropoff site for open-top sightseeing tour bus
  • Locally inspired cuisine, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and outdoor dining
  • Proud member of the Historic Hotels of America

Where to stay: Alternatives


Courtyard by Marriott

Address: 1900 Connecticut Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Distance from Venue: 413 feet (2 minute walk)

Phone: (202) 332-9300

Book the Courtyard by Marriott here - 10% discount on rooms if you use this link! 


Churchill Hotel Near Embassy Row

Address: 1914 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20009

Distance from Venue: 472 feet (2 minute walk)

Phone: 202-797-2000

Book the Churchill Hotel here


The Normandy Hotel

Address: 2118 Wyoming Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Distance from Venue:  0.2 miles (5 minute walk)

Phone: 202-483-1350

Book the Normandy Hotel here


Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle

Address: 1731 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Distance from Venue:  0.6 miles (11 minute walk)

Phone: (877) 301-0019

Book the Kimpton here

Map of Area


Transportation Information


The Washington Hilton is just four blocks from the Dupont Circle Metro station. 


All Summit attendees receive a special daily parking rate of $20.  


Click here for driving directions to hotel.





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