Bill George is a Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School, and the former Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronic. He is the author of four best-selling books: Authentic Leadership, True North, Finding Your True North, and 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis.
Mr. George currently serves as a director of ExxonMobil, Goldman Sachs, and The Mayo Clinic. He is a director of Minnesota’s Destination Medical Center Corporation, World Economic Forum USA, and the Guthrie Theater. In April 2014 the Franklin Institute awarded Bill the Bower Award for Business Leadership. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012, and was named one of the "Top 25 Business Leaders of the Past 25 Years" by PBS.
Mr. George received his BSIE from Georgia Tech and his MBA from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar. He has received honorary PhDs from Georgia Tech, Mayo Medical School, University of St. Thomas, Augsburg College, and Bryant University.
Penny Pilgram George is Board Chair of the George Family Foundation in Minneapolis. She is a pioneer and leader in the integrative health and healing movement, working to transform healthcare delivery and community wellbeing.
Dr. George is co-founder of the Bravewell Collaborative, a national collaboration of philanthropists dedicated to advancing the principles and practices of integrative medicine. As co-founder of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Allina Health, she helped to create the largest system-wide integrative medicine program nationally. She currently chairs the Penny George Institute Foundation.
As a consulting psychologist, Dr. George specialized for more than 20 years helping diverse organizations select and develop senior executives and build high-performing teams – expertise she draws upon in her philanthropic work and leadership roles.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University, a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota, and a doctorate from the University of St. Thomas.
Richard J. Davidson, PhD, is a renowned neuroscientist and one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of contemplative practices, such as meditation, on the brain. He is the founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He is perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in studying emotions and the brain. A friend and confidante of the Dalai Lama, he is a highly sought after expert and speaker. Time magazine named him one of the most influential people in the world in 2006.
Dr. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and the Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior – both at the UW-Madison, where he has been a faculty member since 1984.
David Gelles is a business reporter for the New York Times and the author of Mindful Work: How Meditation is Changing Business from the Inside Out. He has practiced meditation for over a decade, and he spent two years traveling the U.S. unearthing stories about the uses of meditation in business. In his talks about mindfulness, he reveals what business leaders around the country are already discovering: meditation is a secret key to fostering a happier, more productive workplace. His talks show the profound impact mindfulness can have on the world of work, and he teaches audiences how to become more mindful themselves.
He has given mindfulness talks at Renaissance Weekend, Wisdom 2.0, Authors At Google, and SXSW, and appears frequently on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNBC, NPR, and the BBC. As a New York Times reporter, he covers mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and Wall Street. He lives in New York City with his wife and daughter.
LOUISVILLE MAYOR GREG FISCHER
Greg Fischer started his second term as Louisville’s 50th Mayor in January 2015. His administration is focused on three top goals: creating a city of lifelong learning, improving citizens’ health, and making Louisville an even more compassionate city.
Mayor Fischer was named a 2013 Public Official of the Year by Governing Magazine, the only U.S. mayor to earn the distinction. He is a trustee for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and chairs the conference's Council on Metro Economies and the New American City.
Mayor Fischer also is an award-winning entrepreneur, inventor and teacher. Prior to serving as mayor, he started several businesses, including SerVend International and Iceberg Ventures, a private investment firm.
Mayor Fischer graduated from Louisville’s Trinity High School and Vanderbilt University. He and his wife Alex have four children.
Virginia Hill is a Program Manager for customized leadership programs at the Partnership for Public Service. Moving to the Partnership in February 2015 was a new chapter in Ginny’s journey to make a positive impact on government; this time from the outside in.
In a volunteer capacity, Ginny recently completed a two year term as the President of Young Government Leaders (YGL) National Board in Washington, DC. In this role, she represented the national organization in the media, spearheaded and participated in organizational projects, and has the privilege to speak to audiences of current and prospective government employees.
Ginny spent more than 7 years in public service at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), first as a Presidential Management Fellow, and then finding her niche in various workforce development roles in the NIH Office of Human Resources and NIH Clinical Center. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from Louisiana State University.
ROSHI JOAN HALIFAX
Roshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in New Mexico, and a pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. After receiving her PhD, she began working with dying cancer patients. As the Director of the Project on Being with Dying, she continues to teach health care professionals and family caregivers the psycho-social, ethical and spiritual aspects of care of the dying.
She studied for a decade with Zen Teacher Seung Sahn and taught in the Kwan Um Zen School. She received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Roshi Bernie Glassman. She is a Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order and founder of Prajna Mountain Buddhist Order, and has written numerous books including Being with Dying and The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof). Roshi also founded the Upaya Prison Project, which develops meditation programs for prisoners.
JOSHIN BRIAN BYRNES
Joshin Brian Byrnes is Vice Abbot of Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, NM. From 2009-2014 he was President and CEO of the Santa Fe Community Foundation and served on the boards of CFLeads and Confluence Philanthropy, and was a member of the Community Foundation Leadership Team at the Council on Foundations. He was chair of the 2012 National Conference for Community Foundations and has presented widely on issues of financial sustainability and increased community impact for philanthropy organizations in the United States.
He has provided leadership training for nonprofit and philanthropic leaders and has led organizations through periods of profound growth and change. Brian worked as a senior leader in AIDS service organizations for 12 years before entering the philanthropic sector in 2003. He has also served as President and CEO of the Vermont Community Foundation, Managing Director of Tides Foundation, and Interim Executive Director of Chez Panisse Foundation.
Jeff co-founded CCMP Capital, $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners,JPMorgan Chase & Co’s global private equity firm. He was CEO of CCMP for 25 years. He was also Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. He co-authored the book The Generosity Network, and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the United Nations Envoy’s Office for Health Finance and Malaria.
Jeff serves on the Boards of New Profit, Berklee College of Music, Morgan Library, Lincoln Center Film Society, The Miller Center, and the UVA Undergraduate Business School. He is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, Chair of The Council of Foundations at UVA, and serves on the Visiting Committee at Harvard Business School. He also serves on advisory boards at MIT, UCLA, UVA, Columbia, Brookings and others, and is Co-Founder and the former Chairman of nPower.
Rose is the the President and CEO of Patagonia, a 2000-employee outdoor clothing brand dedicated to environmental and social responsibility. After joining Patagonia in 2008, Marcario quickly embarked on transforming the company’s infrastructure to improve its operations and financial performance. In addition to broadening business throughout Europe, Japan and Australia, Marcario has helped Patagonia focus on innovation, and the development of new product groups, processes and technologies. During her time the company has doubled its scale of operations and tripled its profits.
Prior to her tenure at Patagonia, Rose held several executive positions with various companies, and oversaw LA Gear’s IPO and subsequent rapid growth to $900 million in capitalization. Marcario serves on the board of trustees for Naropa University, and her environmental activism includes preservation-focused work with organizations like the Joshua Tree National Park Association and the Mojave Desert Land Trust.
Nipun Mehta is the founder of ServiceSpace, an incubator of projects that works at the intersection of volunteerism, technology and gift-economy. What started as an experiment with four friends in the Silicon Valley has now grown to a global ecosystem of over 500,000 members that has delivered millions of dollars in service for free. Nipun has received many awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service, Dalai Lama's Usung Heroes of Compassion award and the President's Volunteer Service Award. He is routinely invited to share his message of "giftivism" to wide ranging audiences, from inner city youth in Memphis to academics in London to international dignitaries at the United Nations; his speech at UPenn commencement in May 2012 was read by millions. He serves on the advisory boards of the Seva Foundation, the Dalai Lama Foundation, and Greater Good Science Center.
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
GRETCHEN N. ROHR
Gretchen N. Rohr’s first trainings in meditation were in 1994 while working alongside formerly imprisoned activists who developed techniques to free themselves from conditions of solitary confinement. These teachings supported her professional life, as a constitutional rights litigator and holistic legal innovator, restoring justice within communities in need of healing.
In her free time, she supports integration of contemplative practices while teaching at Georgetown University Law Center and helps facilitate Insight Meditation Community of Washington’s People of Color and Insight on the Inside Sanghas. Since 2013, Gretchen has been leading IMCW’s creation of accessible spaces in D.C. where meditation practitioners can take refuge after release from jail/prison and train to become the next generation of teachers. Located in D.C. neighborhoods experiencing a spike in gun violence, Justice in Balance is a free monthly meditation and reconciliation series where all community members share practices to restore personal balance and open-hearted healing. Each forum is co-facilitated by a survivor of violent crime, of incarceration, or of other contacts with law enforcement.
Manish Chopra is a partner at McKinsey & Company in New York. He has been with the Firm for over 13 years, and was previously the Managing Partner for McKinsey’s Singapore office.
He went through a personal transformational experience four years ago after learning an ancient meditation practice called Vipassana. Since then, he has been an active practitioner, and has enthusiastically introduced mindfulness practices at McKinsey through training programs for colleagues in New York. He is also supporting efforts to bring similar programs to McKinsey offices globally.
He has found that his meditation practice has led to significant improvement in work productivity, general stress levels, overall well-being and interpersonal dynamics. In his book The Equanimous Mind he has chronicled his initial discovery of the meditation technique, and shared his experiences with mindfulness meditation and the positive impact it has had on his personal and professional life.
Meghan Seybold is the Senior Manager of Diversity Leadership Initiatives for Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). She is accountable for driving the development, communication and implementation of key enterprise initiatives that impact the representation of women in leadership. Prior to joining RBC, Meghan was a member of the Global Executive Development and Global Organizational Development teams at American Express. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters of Education from the University of Toronto.
Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and Managing Director of The Potential Project – a leading global provider of corporate mindfulness training solutions. The Potential Project works with Fortune 500 companies in 22 countries across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Clients include Accenture, Nike, American Express, Microsoft and Sony. The objective of their programs is to enhance individual and organizational performance and well-being through skillful application of mindfulness in a corporate context.
The Potential Project launched in 2009, after Rasmus had worked for years with leading scientists, corporate executives and mind training experts. Rasmus and his colleagues have helped tens of thousands of individuals and organizations enhance performance and job satisfaction. His book on corporate mindfulness is due out this year.
For more than 25 years, Susan has worked with thousands of leaders in the US, Canada and Europe to cultivate self-awareness and authenticity, strengthen relational skills, and effectively lead the changes they want to see in their organizations and in the world. Formerly a Vice-President and Chief Learning Officer in the technology industry, Susan currently directs the Authentic Leadership Center at Naropa University. The Center combines the network of practitioners and teachers from the acclaimed Authentic Leadership in Action (ALIA) Institute with Naropa's successful Authentic Leadership Certificate program. The center’s transformative learning method integrates mindfulness, organizational learning, the arts, neuroscience, and design thinking to help leaders positively impact their organizations and society.
She has been a mindfulness practitioner for over 30 years and is a senior teacher (Acharya) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition.
Jerry Colonna is the Co-Founder and CEO of Reboot.io, and is an executive coach who uses the skills he learned as a venture capitalist to help entrepreneurs. He draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to their career to improve their performance and satisfaction. Previously he was a partner with JPMorgan Partners (JPMP), the private equity arm of JP Morgan Chase. He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners, which he launched 1996 with partner, Fred Wilson. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early stage investment programs in the New York City area. At Flatiron, Jerry was responsible for a wide range of the firm’s investments including Geocities Inc., Gamesville Inc., Vertical One Inc., and The New York Times Digital.
In addition to numerous philanthropic activities, Jerry is also the Chairman of the Board at Naropa University.
Since 1994, Lili Powell has taught leadership and management communication at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. For over a decade, her personal and professional “sandbox” has been MBA courses, executive education and coaching designed to help executives develop mindful leadership presence. Coming to grips with the truth (and terror) that “when you are a leader, you are always on stage,” leaders learn how to become more mindful when they are in the spotlight and the center of action.
Her methods weave her academic background in rhetoric and performance studies with her training as an actor, mindfulness practitioner, and yoga teacher to help executives become more present within themselves so they can be a meaningful and more effective presence in the world. People who work with her learn to become more centered in their bodies and their values, while using creative and critical thinking, storytelling, persuasion, and expressiveness to create shared meaning and to inspire others to act on behalf of a worthy cause.
Matt Stinchcomb is the Executive Director of Etsy.org, a 501(c)3 dedicated to helping people develop the skills, connections, and wisdom needed to use commerce as a tool to regenerate the self, the community, and the Earth. Previously, he was the VP, Values and Impact at Etsy.com. In that role he oversaw the stewardship of the company's mission, and worked to give all employees the means and the desire to maximize the benefit their work has on people and the planet.
In 2013, Matt was named a GOOD ‘Figure of Progress’. The next year he was named as one of the Purpose Economy 100. Matt serves on the boards of the Schumacher Center for New Economics and the Center for a New American Dream. He is a graduate of Oberlin College, and a reformed, professional musician. He lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife, Benedikta, and their sons, Francis and Lewie.
REV. ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS
Called "the most intriguing African-American Buddhist" by Library Journal, Rev. angel Kyodo williams Sensei is an acclaimed author, maverick spiritual teacher and master trainer. Her critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace was hailed as “an act of love” by Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker, and "a classic" by Buddhist pioneer Jack Kornfield. She is only the second black woman recognized as a teacher in her lineage.
angel integrates 20 years of deep personal practice, spiritual training and leadership with a praxis of mindfulness meets embodiment. She uses her unique insight into liberation to draw forth practical lessons for living a more powerful, authentic life. Her 27 Days of Change online program supports changemakers worldwide in inner meets outer change for more embodied leadership, effective organizations and aligned movements. A powerful communicator, angel notes, "Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters."
Michael is the author of Awake at Work, The Mindful Leader and Fearless at Work. During his 30+ year business career, he held executive positions with Shearson Lehman/American Express, Simon & Schuster and The Walt Disney Company. Michael presently offers coaching, consulting and mindfulness support to such enterprises as Merck, Procter & Gamble, AstraZeneca, BASF, Google, Starbucks, RED, Cisco Systems and National Geographic Expeditions.
He has been practicing meditation since 1976, and is an authorized teacher in the Kagyu-Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He has lectured on the topic of bringing mindfulness-awareness into the workplace at Wharton Business School, Swarthmore College, Virginia Tech, Columbia University, Drexel University, University of Sydney, Toronto University, Duke University, Kripalu, Zen Mountain Monastery, EVAM Institute, Lerab Ling, Karme Choling, Shambhala Mountain Center, Omega Institute and many other institutions throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.
Rich is co-founder and President of Wisdom Labs, a learning and data insights company that uses science and analytics to activate mindfulness, resilience and human thriving within organizations. Clients include Starbucks, Facebook, Ford Motor Company, LinkedIn, Deloitte, Microsoft, Venables Bell, Salesforce.com and Bridgespan.
Before launching Wisdom Labs, Rich was the director of executive education at Google, and he also led some of Google’s core initiatives focused on mindfulness and employee well being. He was also head of learning and organization development at eBay, where he launched a series of in-demand mindfulness trainings and coaching initiatives. Earlier in his career he was a learning and leadership development executive at Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Rich has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego, where he majored in surfing and extended beach walks.
Jessica Morey is the Executive Director and a founding board member of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). She is also a lead teacher for iBme teen retreats. Before joining iBme in 2011, Jessica worked in the fields of clean energy finance and climate policy. She holds a BA in Environmental Engineering from Dartmouth, and Masters degrees in Sustainable Development and International Affairs.
Jessica was introduced to mindfulness meditation at the age of 14, and she describes her experience of learning and benefiting from mindfulness during her young adult years in Mindful Magazine article, “Finding My Way.” Her published works range from the chapter “Ordinary Awakening” in Blue Jean Buddha, to a book she co-authored Conflict Resolution of the Boruca Hydro-Energy Project: Renewable Energy Production in Costa Rica.
Mark Higbie is the principal at Greenfield Strategies, a strategic communications consultancy based in Detroit. Mark serves as a senior advisor to Ford Motor Company providing strategic counsel to leaders in environmental sustainability, the future of mobility, and organizational culture change. Early in his career, Mark spent ten years in national politics and government as a campaign operative and political appointee in Washington DC, followed by a decade in Silicon Valley as a corporate communicator supporting leading technology companies and venture capital firms. Since 2004, Mark has advised Ford - accelerating change and challenging cultural norms through unique partnerships and programs. Most recently, he has worked with Executive Chairman Bill Ford, to introduce mindfulness practices in support of employee well-being, productivity and innovation.
Mark is a provocateur and consensus builder who drives engagement through direct experience, mutual understanding and empathy. Mark is a former Board member of the Black Rock Arts Foundation and a sixteen year participant of the Burning Man Project.
David is the Director of the Contemplative Sciences Center, as well as the Tibet Center and SHANTI (Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Network of Technological Initiatives), at the University of Virginia. He is a professor of Buddhist Studies teaching and researching Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and contemplation with a special focus on the tantric “Great Perfection” (Dzockhen) tradition; he has spent many years living in Asia in this context.
He works extensively with each of the eleven schools at U.Va. to explore learning, research, and practical application initiatives regarding contemplation in their own disciplinary and professional areas, as well as new partnerships across the schools, and between the humanities and sciences. He also leads efforts to build a digital platform called Contemplative University to be launched in 2016 and holds a faculty appointment in the School of Nursing.
Lucia McBee has worked with elders and their caregivers for over 30 years in community, research, and institutional settings. She received master’s degrees in Public Health and Social Work from Columbia University, and is a certified yoga instructor. Since 1994, she has adapted mindfulness practices and programs for frail elders, staff and family caregivers.
She has also taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to college students, persons with HIV, persons who have been incarcerated, medical students and the general public. Lucia worked for 17 years in nursing homes. She is currently a freelance author, teacher and consultant. She published a book, Mindfulness-Based Elder Care: A CAM Model for Frail Elders and Their Caregivers.
Jeremy Hunter serves as Assistant Professor of Practice at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. He has more than a decade’s experience helping leaders to relentlessly develop themselves while retaining their humanity in the face of monumental change and challenge.
His work redefines and enhances productivity by cultivating quality of mind through The Executive Mind, a series of demanding and transformative executive education courses he created that are dedicated to Drucker’s assertion, “You cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first.”
He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago under the direction of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, an MPP from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, and a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Wittenberg University. His work is deeply informed by more than twenty years' experience with Asian contemplative practices.
Jonathan Foust, MA, CSA, is a guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and a founder of the Meditation Teacher Training Institute. A senior teacher and former president of Kripalu Center, he leads retreats, trainings and classes in the Washington, DC area and around the country. He is creator of the audio book, Body-Centered Inquiry.
He lives outside of Washington, DC with his wife, Tara Brach, and their slightly demented dog.
Golbie is a Corporate Wellbeing and Performance Consultant, working with individual executives and high-performance organizations to design and deliver programs at the intersection of wellbeing, mind training, and performance. During her eight-year tenure at BlackRock, Golbie’s roles included Founding Member of the BlackRock Investment Institute; Global Program Manager for the Global Client and Sales Excellence Program; and member of the High Yield Real Estate Debt Portfolio Management Group.
Golbie also founded the BlackRock Meditation Program, offering mindfulness training and resources to nearly 1500 employees. BlackRock is the world's largest asset manager with $4.7 trillion in assets under management and over 12,000 employees. Golbie led guided meditations twice each week with a focus on applying self-management skills in a high-performance work environment.
Golbie has led guided meditations and workshops at multinational firms and the U.S. House of Representatives. In June 2015, Golbie was recognized as a Corporate Culture Champion by Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center in partnership with Delivering Happiness.
Peter Bostelmann serves as the Director of Mindfulness Programs at SAP, the world’s largest provider of business software with over 290,000 customers and 74,500 employees in more than 130 locations.
Peter founded the Mindfulness@SAP initiative to inspire a cultural change in his organization. Under his leadership, mindfulness-based trainings and a support structure for lasting impact have been piloted, refined, and are gradually being rolled out to all SAP employees. He initiated a global community of SAP internal teachers and local mindfulness groups. The passion and support of this growing SAP community has been instrumental in the rollout and scaling of this impactful initiative.
Peter is also an executive coach and teacher with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. He brings more than 20 years of international business experience as a Program Manager and Executive with SAP to his current efforts to bring mindfulness programs to scale globally.
Cara Bradley is a teacher, speaker and mental strength coach. She is the founder of Verge Yoga in Philadelphia, and a passionate teacher with over 30 years of experience sharing her curiosity and enthusiasm living life fully. Cara has been in the trenches of personal transformation as a “mental strength coach” to thousands of students, and presents at conferences and universities, including the Social Venture Network and Yale University.
Dubbed the “secret weapon” for the Villanova University Football team, she is also the co-founder of the non-profit Mindfulness Through Movement, offering programs to schools in urban Philadelphia. Cara shares her life as an entrepreneur and busy mother in her weekly blog Cara Bradley Unveiled, and her book, On The Verge, comes out next year.
Ali Smith co-founded the Holistic Life Foundation, where he currently serves as Executive Director. Ali has over 12 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to diverse populations. For the past four years he has partnered with The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and Penn State University’s Prevention Research Center on a federally funded study analyzing the effectiveness of yoga and mindfulness on urban youth in Baltimore City Public Schools.
Ali has authored a series of children’s books, and co-authored several yoga and mindfulness-based curricula. He is a certified yoga instructor and a Commissioner on Baltimore City’s Commission on Sustainability. He has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Atman Smith is a Co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation, where he served as Director of Youth Programming for 10 years. He is currently the Director of Fundraising. Atman is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of For the People Entertainment. For the past 11 years Atman has taught yoga and mindfulness to a diverse population, including underserved and high-risk youth in Baltimore City Public Schools, and people at drug treatment centers, wellness centers and colleges.
A native of Baltimore, Atman attended the University of Maryland at College Park, where he was a letter award winner for the University’s basketball team. He graduated with a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice.
ANDRES A. GONZALEZ
Andres Gonzalez is a trained and certified yoga instructor. He is the Co-Founder of the Holistic Life Foundation Baltimore where he has been the Marketing Manager since 2001. He is also Co-Founder and Co-CEO of For the People Entertainment. For the past 12 years, Andres has taught yoga to a diverse population, including underserved and high-risk youth in Baltimore City Public Schools, and people at drug treatment centers, wellness centers and colleges.
For the past two years, he has partnered with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and Penn State’s Prevention Research Center on a Stress and Relaxation Study. He is the co-author of a high school physical education curriculum based on yoga principles. Andres has a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Maryland at College Park and an MBA from the University of Maryland at University College.
KELLEY McCABE RUFF
Kelley McCabe Ruff, M.B.A., is the founder and CEO of eMindful, Inc., an online company offering live, virtual courses in applied-mindfulness health and wellness courses. These programs are created specifically to provide scientifically demonstrated solutions to major healthcare costs. Kelley collaborated with Dr. Ruth Wolever and Aetna to research the effectiveness of two new products addressing stress and metabolic syndrome: Mindfulness at Work and Metabolic Health in Small Bytes.
She is the co-author of two peer-reviewed articles: “The eTherapy for Cancer AppLying Mindfulness Trial (eCALM),” published in Psychosomatic Medicine and “Effective and Viable Mind-Body Stress Reduction in the Workplace: A Randomized Controlled Trial,” published in the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology. Kelley has been a mindfulness practitioner since 1997. She has worked as a senior technology executive for such companies as Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers, and Citigroup, and holds an M.B.A. from New York University.
Barry Boyce is editor-in-chief of Mindful magazine. He is editor of the book The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditation Teachers on the Power of Mindfulness in Daily Life. He is the co-author of The Rules of Victory: How to Transform Chaos and Conflict—Strategies from the Art of War. Barry also worked with Congressman Tim Ryan in developing and editing his two books, A Mindful Nation and The Real Food Revolution.
For the past several years, Barry and the team at Mindful have been reporting on the groundbreaking work that so many people are doing to bring mindfulness into all aspects of life and society. Mindful holds the view that mindfulness is an inherent human ability that can be cultivated through various practices. We also celebrate everyday activities that reflect deep caring and concern for others—whether it’s called mindfulness or not.
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 January.
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.
Jacqueline is a partner with The Potential Project – the leading global provider of corporate based mindfulness solutions. Jacqueline has extensive experience bringing mindfulness into organizations to enhance focus, clarity and results. Her clients include Google, American Express, Sony, Suncor Energy and the Royal Bank of Canada. She is a contributor to The Huffington Post, and has appeared on Breakfast Television several radio talk shows. Jacqueline has over 20 years of consulting and management experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior and an undergraduate degree in Labour Management Relations and Mathematics. Jacqueline has lived and worked in Canada, the US, Australia, and Singapore. She is co-author of a book on corporate-based mindfulness that is being released this year.