DR. DAN SIEGEL
Daniel J. Siegel is a New York Times bestselling author, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, Founding CoDirector of UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and an award-winning educator. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions and communities. Dr. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and completed his postgraduate medical education at UCLA with training in pediatrics and child, adolescent and adult psychiatry.
He served as a National Institute of Mental Health Research Fellow at UCLA, studying family interactions with an emphasis on how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative. His books include Mindsight, Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, The Developing Mind, Second Edition, The Mindful Therapist, The Mindful Brain, Parenting from the Inside Out (with Mary Hartzell, MEd), and the three New York Times bestsellers: Brainstorm, The Whole Brain Child (with Tina Payne Bryson, PhD), and No Drama Discipline (with Tina Payne Bryson,PhD).
Emma Seppala, PH.D., is Science Director of Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and author of The Happiness Track. She founded the popular news site Fulfillment Daily, and contributes to Psychology Today, Harvard Business Review, and MindBodyGreen. She is a health psychologist and leading expert on happiness, compassion, resilience and mind-body practices for trauma and well-being. She is also a certified yoga, pilates, meditation and breath work instructor.
A sought-after speaker, Seppala has addressed academic, corporate, and governmental institutions. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, ABC News, Forbes, The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, INC and Fast Company.
Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at MIT, a Thousand Talents Program Professor at Tsinghua University, and co-founder of the Presencing Institute. He also chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-innovation in China and Indonesia. Otto introduced the concept of “presencing” — learning from the emerging future — in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter co-authored with P. Senge et al.). His book Leading From the Emerging Future: From Ego-system to Eco-system Economies (co-authored with K. Kaufer) applies the concept of mindfulness to the transformation of capitalism.
In 2015 he co-founded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course (MOOC) that pioneers a blended o2o (online-to-offline) learning platform to enable transformational leadership learning for tens of thousands of participants in self-organized communities across 185 countries.
REV. ANGEL KYODO WILLIAMS
angel Kyodo williams is an author, activist, one of three black women Zen "Senseis" or teachers, master trainer and founder of the Center for Transformative Change. She has been bridging the worlds of transformation and justice since her critically acclaimed book, Being Black: Zen and the Art of Living With Fearlessness and Grace. She applies wisdom teachings and embodied practice to intractable social issues at the intersections of climate change, and racial and economic justice.
Her 27 Days of Change online program and 3rd Way Leadership supports changemakers in inner meets outer change worldwide. Her newest book collaboration, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation, was released this year on Juneteenth -- a day that symbolizes and holds forth the promise of Black Liberation. Rev. angel notes, "Love and Justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters."
Andy Lee serves as Aetna’s Chief Mindfulness Officer. In this role, he seeks to create a deeply rooted, mindful culture at Aetna that serves as an example other companies to emulate. He is also helping to build an industry-leading product portfolio to bring the benefits of mindfulness to our members.
Andy is a recognized expert in mindfulness training and program development. In 2010, he founded Working Mindfully, offering customized mindfulness training programs and mindfulness-based executive coaching, as well as HR and talent management consulting in areas including competency model development, employee surveys and 360 feedback processes. He also served as a senior consultant with The Potential Project, the global leader in workplace mindfulness training, with over 20,000 people trained in over 20 countries. There his clients included GE Asset Management, KPMG, McKinsey and Panasonic.
Before embracing mindfulness as a career focus, Andy led organizational development efforts for corporations including Viacom/MTV Networks, JP Morgan Chase and Capital One Services. His areas of focus included employee development, performance measurement and competency modeling.
DONNA M. HARGENS
Donna M. Hargens has been Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) in Louisville, Kentucky, since August 2011. Prior to JCPS, she served the Wake County Public School System in Raleigh, North Carolina, for 22 years in a variety of positions including Chief Academic Officer, Interim Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Area Superintendent, and principal of two high schools.
As superintendent, Dr. Hargens’ focus is on raising student achievement for all children. Her leadership style is grounded in collaboration, and she devotes extensive time to listening to staff, parents, and the community.
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine. He has published over 100 articles on the role of emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, relationship quality, mental health and wellbeing, and both academic and workplace performance. Marc is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to teaching emotional intelligence that has been adopted by over 1000 public and private schools in the United States and in other countries.
He regularly consults with school systems and corporations around the world; his research has been featured in the New York Times and Time Magazine; and he is a frequent guest on National Public Radio. For the last four years he has been a consultant to Facebook developing tools to help adults and children develop emotional intelligence and resolve online conflicts.
MAYOR SARA FLITNER
Sara Flitner is founder and president of Flitner Strategies, Inc., and currently serves as Mayor of Jackson, Wyoming. Sara’s consulting work spans more than two decades and focuses on communication strategy, neuroscience-based leadership, innovative public involvement, and collaborative problem-solving. Since founding FSI in 1996, she has developed pioneering ways to help leaders solve problems. Her work spans the gamut from Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits and start ups. She is known for “getting things done in a nice way.”
Sara was appointed by the Wyoming governor and served on the Environmental Quality Council, and also served on Wyoming Susan G. Komen Foundation, First Interstate Bank Foundation, Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, and many others. She has played active role in local, state and regional government/policy, with emphasis in conservation, human services, healthcare and improved transparency. Sara received a degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Wyoming, is a trained mediator, executive adviser, and communication strategist.
Robert Stembridge is Managing Director at Accenture Technology. He is a successful business leader with 20 years of experience at Accenture, a leading global professional services company that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations solutions. Having moved from London to Copenhagen 7 years ago, Rob is currently responsible for technology delivery within the Financial Services sector in the Nordics. He is very experienced programme director, outsourcing practitioner and a global expert in transition and transformation. Robert has been a mindfulness practitioner for a few years and has led a number of pioneering Mindfulness programmes across Accenture in Europe, North America and Latin America.
Rose Pavlov is the Founder/President & CEO of Ivy Child International, an international non-profit that develops and facilitates mindfulness based health education programs for underprivileged children and communities across the globe.
As a child specialist and educator, her research interests range from applied positive psychology and mindfulness based learning with children/youth to international issues such as overcoming devastation and trauma, as well as urban challenges. Her professional experiences have led her to partnerships with UNICEF and World Vision. The Worcester Business Journal honored Rose as one of the “40 Under 40 Rising Stars” in Central Massachusetts in 2010, 2011 "Young Leaders pioneering global social change," "Top 12 People Making a Difference in Central Massachusetts" in 2012 and named "Women Leading In Central Massachusetts" in 2013/2014 and most recently a featured TEDx speaker on "Unlocking Children's Potential Through Mindfulness" in 2014.
As Executive Director of Minds Incorporated, Bruce is leading an organization committed to empowering young people (and the adults who parent and teach them) with mindfulness skills and other mind-body practices that help them live with greater confidence, wellbeing, compassion and resilience.
Bruce’s areas of focus include Organizational Development, leadership development, diversity/inclusion, social-emotional learning and training. Bruce has worked with a broad range of organizations as a training and diversity consultant. His client work includes New York City Public Schools, American Express, National Institutes of Health, Ernst & Young, Mobile Oil, Lucent Technologies, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Prior to joining Minds, Inc., Bruce was part of a 4 person consulting team working with Congressman Tim Ryan to implement a mindfulness/social emotional learning intervention in four (4) elementary schools and one (1) high school in his Warren City, Ohio school district.
Janice Marturano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and its impact on the cultivation of leadership excellence. She founded the Institute in January, 2011, after ending her 15 year tenure as Vice President, Public Responsibility and Deputy General Counsel for General Mills, Inc.
Janice was a senior strategic leader within General Mills before leaving to dedicate herself full time to the Institute. While a corporate officer at General Mills, she co-developed and taught the first mindful leadership curricula which then began to spread throughout the company and, since 2008, to thousands of leaders at organizations around the world. In 2013, she was invited to introduce her approach to developing mindful leadership to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and in 2014, she was invited to teach an encore mindful leadership workshop at the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China.
Janice’s work has been featured in the BBC, Huff Post Live, NY Times, Financial Times, Time magazine, CEO magazine and Forbes. She is the author of the award winning, international best-selling book, Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership.
Matthew Bellows is Founder and CEO of Yesware. Yesware serves more than 1 million salespeople at companies like Salesforce.com, Twilio, Yelp and Zendesk. At Yesware, Matthew strives to encourage authenticity, mindfulness and compassion in the professional context. Before starting Yesware, Matthew served as VP of Sales at several high technology companies, and founded a media business, which he sold in 2004.
Matthew has studied and practiced mindfulness disciplines since 1990. He is a meditation instructor in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition. He earned his B.A in Buddhist and Western Psychology from Naropa University, and studied Tibetan and Sanskrit at Harvard. Fortunately, he realized academia was not for him, so he earned an M.B.A. magna cum laude from The Olin School for Business at Babson College.
Due Quach (pronounced “Zway Kwok”) is the founder of Calm Clarity, a social enterprise that uses science to help people master their mind and be their best self. As a refugee from Vietnam from inner city Philadelphia, Due overcame poverty and post-traumatic stress disorder to graduate from Harvard College and the Wharton MBA Program. She then built a successful career in management consulting and private equity investments.
Due developed the Calm Clarity Program by synthesizing valuable life lessons with insights from contemplative wisdom, neuroscience, and behavioral economics. Due has brought the benefits of Calm Clarity to many organizations, including Ernst & Young, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Vanguard, M&T Bank, Devereux, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University. Her inspiring story has been featured in the New York Observer and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Her forthcoming book, Finding Calm Clarity, is being published by Tarcher Perigee Penguin Random House.
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.
David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University, where he directs the Social Emotions Group. He is a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and the American Psychological Association, for which he serves as editor-in-chief of the journal Emotion. He is the author of three books (The Wall Street Journal psychology bestseller Out of Character, The Truth About Trust, and the forthcoming Emotional Success) and frequently writes about his research for major publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harvard Business Review, Mother Jones, and Pacific Standard.
After completing his PhD at Yale, Dr. DeSteno has led the way in illuminating not only how moral emotions like compassion, gratitude, pride, and guilt impact decision-making and behavior, but also how meditation leads the mind to be more compassionate. In an effort to use these scientific findings to benefit the greater good, he has worked as a research partner with organizations ranging from Facebook to Headspace, and currently serves as a member of the scientific advisory board of the Trungram Gyalwa Foundation.
Yetunde Reeves started out as a social studies teacher in Oakland, California, received her masters from UCLA, and another masters and doctorate from Mills College. She has since worked in a number of leadership roles around the San Francisco Bay Area, including as founding principal of EXCEL High School in Oakland, where Dr. Reeves built a college-going culture with over 75 percent of the school’s graduates going on to college. For the past two years she was executive director of secondary education in Hayward, California.
Diana has been a trusted advisor to over 1000 organizational leaders and many of their teams. Clients from Genentech to Asana value her clarity, compassion, ferocity and playfulness. A well-respected facilitator for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), Diana works with forums and chapters worldwide.
Diana’s dedication to the personal and global 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 book, The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership, released last year has been receiving high praise.
Marc Lesser is CEO and co-founder of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI). With core programs developed within Google, SIYLI offers mindfulness-based emotional intelligence trainings worldwide. Marc is a Zen teacher, former director of Tassajara and has an MBA degree from NYU. He is the author of Know Yourself, Forget Yourself, and, Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less.
PATRICIA (TISH) JENNINGS, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Dr. Jennings is an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of social and emotional learning and mindfulness in education with a specific emphasis on teacher stress and how it impacts the social and emotional context of the classroom and student well‐being and learning. Dr. Jennings led the team that developed CARE for Teachers, a mindfulness‐based professional development program shown to significantly improve teacher well‐being, classroom climate and student productivity.
Dr. Jennings is leading the development of the Compassionate Schools Project integrated health curriculum, which is being evaluated in Louisville, Kentucky. Earlier in her career, Dr. Jennings spent over 22 years as a classroom teacher. She is the author of Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom, part of the Norton Series on the Social Neuroscience of Education.
Caroline is CEO of Mind Your Brain, Inc. and co-founder with Dr. Dan Siegel of the Mindsight Institute, whose mission is to make the latest neuroscience accessible for personal and professional development through online and in-person programs. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and also holds a Master’s degree in Communications from the University of Southern California.
Caroline was a civil litigator for over 10 years, mainly representing Japanese corporate clients in intellectual property matters. She was Vice President in Litigation at MGM and prior to that she was Senior Counsel at Spelling Entertainment, where she supervised litigation and served as production attorney for Judge Judy. Caroline has also been a mediator and served on the Los Angeles Superior Court’s pro bono panel.
Mark Prior is an instructor with the Institute for Mindful Leadership, and has been a dedicated practitioner of mindfulness for over twenty years. He received his instructor training through UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (part of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior), and San Francisco’s Mindfulness Training Institute.
When he was 19 years old, Mark co-founded a software development company and never looked back. An entrepreneur at heart, he has bought and sold companies, been a public company CEO, and worked as a C-suite media executive throughout his career. He has sat on numerous non-profit and corporate boards.
Mark has incorporated mindfulness and wisdom based practices enthusiastically in his own work and life for many years. He is passionate about mentoring and coaching leaders to live up to their utmost potential, and in using mindfulness-based training and techniques to support leadership success.
Cara Bradley eryt, cscs, is an author, yoga teacher, mental strength coach, former pro-skater for Team Rollerblade® and entrepreneur having devoted more than three decades to movement disciplines and personal transformation. She is the founder of Verge Yoga in Philadelphia and the cofounder of a non-profit Mindfulness Through Movement, providing full year mindfulness programs to more than a dozen schools in urban Philadelphia. She is the host of a podcast series for Women for One called Real Women, Courageous Wisdom. Cara also teaches mindfulness-based practices to corporations, universities and sports teams including the Penn State University Basketball and Villanova University Football. Her new book, On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine (New World Library) is now available.
Drew Hansen is a member of the executive team at Qualtrics, the world's leading customer experience and insight platform, where he oversees all of corporate development and business strategy. The company has grown from 200 to 1200 employees since he joined in 2013. He's known for driving transformational initiatives, including opening the European headquarters, founding the Customer Success department and growing the team to over 60 employees, and leading the acquisition and integration of Statwing, a Y Combinator startup based in San Fransisco.
Drew began his career as a management consultant at Bain & Company and entered senior management at Forbes via its acquisition of True/Slant, a venture-backed startup he was a part of. He publishes online at Forbes from his perspective as an entrepreneur and business executive committed to mindfulness and its benefits to companies large and small.
Andrew Zolli writes, works, and speaks widely on issues at the intersection of social change, innovation and resilience. He has helped dozens of the world’s leading institutions, governments, philanthropies and civil-society organizations think about, prepare for and adapt to complex change. Among his many projects, Andrew is the author of the influential book Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back and was the creative mind behind the growth of PopTech. He currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Garrison Institute.
Peter Weng is the vice president of sales and marketing for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) and is also a Search Inside Yourself teacher. Previously, Peter was a director at Google and led various organizations including global search quality evaluation as well as online sales and operations for Greater China. Prior to joining Google in 2007, Peter worked at Dell in sales, operations and marketing roles in the United States, Europe and Asia. Peter also held sales management and engineering positions with Rohm and Haas and Argo Scientific.
Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University, and a Master’s in Environmental Engineering and an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has worked on mindfulness and meditation programs in various settings including corporations and prisons. Peter serves on the board of Insight Santa Cruz and is also involved in work supporting wildlife conservation and sustainable transportation.
TANYA M. ODOM
Tanya M. Odom is a global consultant, coach, facilitator, teacher, writer, and thought leader. She has worked globally as a consultant and facilitator for over two decades focusing on diversity and inclusion, innovation and creativity, teambuilding, mindfulness, coaching, inclusive leadership, girls’ leadership development, and youth empowerment/mentoring.
She is the co-author of Evaluation in the Field of Education for Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance. Tanya is a contributor to cnn.com and the Huffington Post, where she has written posts about diversity, leadership, self-compassion, and mindfulness. Her work has appeared in several publications including Diversity Woman Magazine, Bloomberg News, and The Village Voice. Tanya was named by Diversity Best Practices as “A Diversity Thought Leader to Follow on Twitter.”
As a mindfulness practitioner, Tanya weaves in mindfulness research and practice into her work with individuals and groups and connects it to leadership, teams, and the mitigating of unconscious bias.
Jerry Murphy is the Harold Howe II Professor of Education Emeritus and Dean Emeritus at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is the author of Dancing in the Rain: Leading with Compassion, Vitality, and Mindfulness in Education, to be published by the Harvard Education Press in October 2016. For almost twenty years, Murphy was a full-time administrator at the Harvard Ed School, first as Associate Dean and then as Dean from 1992 to 2001. As Dean, he led the development of new initiatives in arts education, neuroscience, learning technologies, and school leadership.
During his career, Murphy has studied the politics of education, with a focus on government policy, program implementation, and qualitative methodology. He has also been a student of organizational leadership: top-down, bottom-up and, more recently, the inside-out aspects of leadership and how education leaders can find meaning and joy in the midst of stress and strain.
Michelle Maldonado is passionate about elevating humanity through business. Her work includes bringing mindfulness, conscious business and wisdom practices to leading companies across industries. As a Search Inside Yourself Certified® Teacher (SIY), Michelle combines her more than 30 years of mindfulness practice with two plus decades as a business leader and former corporate attorney to teach leaders and their organizations how to thrive with purpose, resilience and impact.
Her passion to transform businesses led Michelle to co-found the Northern Virginia Conscious Business Alliance, a local non-profit whose mission is to teach and create community and resources around the principles and application of conscious business practices.
Lincy Suen, Psy.D., is an HR Business Partner at NerdWallet, a personal finance company that provides personalized and honest advice for consumers across all of life’s financial decisions. Lincy holds a masters in Counseling from San Francisco State University, and a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies.
After spending seven years working in the forensic psychology field, Lincy joined NerdWallet in 2013 and was the first employee hired on what is known today as NerdWallet’s People Operations Team. At NerdWallet, Lincy works to build an employee focused culture committed to developing mindful employees and the company’s next generation of leaders. She also founded NerdWallet’s Mindfulness program educating employees on the benefit, value and practicality of mindfulness in the workplace and in life.
Tod Tappert is Vice President for Culture and Learning at Greenville Health System (GHS), a large academic health system in South Carolina. He leads the GHS Academy of Leadership and Professional Development and is responsible for system-wide initiatives to develop and educate the more than 15,000 staff members and leaders of the organization. GHS places a high priority on developing self-awareness and emotional intelligence within its workforce and Mr. Tappert has been the principal architect for designing the internal structure and curriculum in support of what GHS refers to as conscious professionalism.
Todd earned graduate degrees in public health administration and public policy/planning from the University of Minnesota and holds multiple certifications as a teacher and executive coach using the Enneagram personality system.
Trevor Loy is Managing Partner of Flywheel Ventures, a venture capital investment firm, and a past director of the National Venture Capital Association. Trevor is also a Lecturer with the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, the center for entrepreneurship education in the School of Engineering at Stanford University. Previously, he held founding, executive, and/or technical roles with multiple startups. He began his career as a semiconductor design engineer at Intel Corporation, and holds 3 degrees from Stanford. He divides his time between Palo Alto and Santa Fe.
Trevor integrates mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) and Zen traditions in his personal practice. He is a member of Upaya Zen Center and has attended many MBSR retreats and courses. To deepen his practice, Trevor has twice walked the Camino de Santiago, a 500 mile pilgrimage route across northern Spain.
As VP of Scientific & Regulatory Affairs at Interaxon Inc., Graeme Moffat leads neuroscience research and health and wellness applications for Muse. He has over a decade of research experience in psychology and neuroscience and in scientific management. Graeme served as managing editor of Frontiers in Neuroscience, the largest journal series in psychology and neuroscience, and of Frontiers in Neurology and Frontiers in Psychiatry. His experience has included research engineering at Neurelec/Oticon and graduate/postgraduate work at the National Scientific Research Centre (CNRS) in France. Graeme holds a PhD in neuroscience from Université Aix-Marseille. He is currently a TalentEdge Fellow of the the Ontario Centres of Excellence and a member of the Centre for Responsible Brainwave Technology (CeReB).
Marut Bhardwaj is the CEO of Mindful Leadership India. She partnered with the Mindful Leadership Summit to present a Summit in India this past September. She is a management professional with more than 20 years of experience as a Profit Centre & Strategy Head in several organizations, including Group 4 Securitas, BryAir, Bergen Electronics and KGISL. Marut is founder of The Brandweavers, a boutique digital marketing agency.
James Gimian is publisher of Mindful magazine and Mindful.org, and, since launch, has spearheaded Mindful’s community-building efforts within the mindfulness movement. He sits on a number of boards and advisory groups in the field including the Center for Mindfulness at UMass, the Institute for Mindful Leadership, and Mindful Schools.
James has been involved in book and magazine publishing in the field of mindfulness and mediation since 1973. He is co-author of two books on Sun Tzu’s Art of War, and has taught leadership training programs and mindfulness in North America and Europe since the 70s.
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