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The Way of the Healthy Deviant Leader

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Session Summary

Pilar Gerasimo's captivating session at the 2019 Mindful Leader Summit, offered profound insights into navigating the complexities of societal expectations while prioritizing individual well-being. Against the backdrop of her personal journey and experiences, Pilar highlighted key principles for fostering healthier environments within organizations and embracing holistic wellness practices.

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  • Challenging Societal Norms: Pilar Gerasimo shares her personal journ…

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Mindfulness & Sport Psychology for Elite Performers

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An engaging session at the 2019 Mindful Leader Summit, led by Dr. Mark Campbell, delved into the profound intersection of mindfulness and leadership. Dr. Campbell, renowned for his expertise in organizational psychology, highlighted the pivotal role of mindfulness in nurturing effective leadership practices. Throughout the session, he discussed practical strategies for integrating mindfulness into leadership roles while emphasizing the transformative power of compassion and empa…

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Meditate Together: Scaling a Global 24x5 Drop-in Program

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A thought-provoking session at the 2022 Mindful Leader Summit, led by Dori Kelner, Meditate Together Community Manager, shed light on the transformative journey of the Meditate Together program. From its humble beginnings as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic to becoming a global community of practice, the session emphasized the importance of simplicity, transparency, and continuous learning in building a successful mindfulness program.

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  • Conceived during the…

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The Power of Love & Connection in a World of Noise & Fear

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Session Summary

In her session at the 2022 Mindful Leader Summit, The Power of Love & Connection in a World of Noise and Fear, Michelle Maldonado, Founder & CEO of Lucenscia, brought to light the transformative power of mindfulness in leadership. In this article, we delve into the key highlights of the session, exploring the nuanced concepts of contextual mindfulness, intersectionality, and compassion as integral components of inclusive and impactful leadership.

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  • Context Mat…

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The Neuroscience Behind How Mindfulness Helps Us Hack Our Minds

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Key Highlights

  • Understanding Habitual Behavior and the Mind-Brain Connection: Dr. Judson Brewer's session at the 2018 Mindful Leader Summit dove into the intricacies of habitual behavior, uncovering the role of the Default Mode Network (DMN) and the phenomenon of contraction in the brain.

  • Real-time Neurofeedback and Clinical Applications: The session showcased groundbreaking real-time neurofeedback experiments, providing a glimpse into the immediate impact of mindfulness on brain act…

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The Dos and Don'ts of Bringing Mindfulness into the Workplace

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Key Highlights

  • Strategic Introduction to Mindfulness: Clif Smith emphasized the critical role of a well-crafted introduction to mindfulness sessions. The introduction serves a triple function – educating participants about mindfulness, marketing its benefits to leaders, and raising overall awareness within large organizations.
  • Demystification of Mindfulness: Smith highlighted the need to demystify mindfulness, addressing common concerns and misconceptions associated with the practice. By p…

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Deconstructing Unconscious Bias Using Neuroscience & Mindfulness

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Key Highlights

  • Overcoming Bias to Achieve Potential: Quach shared her personal story of overcoming bias and trauma to achieve her potential, from being a refugee to graduating from Harvard and becoming a social entrepreneur. She emphasized that bias is not always bad, but it can be harmful when it is unconscious. She introduced the concept of the "NOTE Framework" to help people deconstruct their unconscious biases.
  • The 3 Brain States: Quach described the 3 brain states that are associated …

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3 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Help Shape the Mindfulness Field

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Key Highlights

  • The Dual Nature of AI - Potential Benefits and Risks: Mo Edjlali highlights the multifaceted nature of AI, discussing its ubiquity in daily life and its ability to both enhance productivity and raise concerns. He emphasizes the potential for automation, and personalization, but also acknowledges the challenges related to privacy, manipulation, and societal inequalities.
  • Digital AI Clones: Edjlali discusses the idea of using AI to create personalized, 24/7 accessible companio…

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The Neuroscience of Perception & Self-Awareness

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  • The Brain is a Prediction Machine: Anil Seth proposes that our brains are constantly generating predictions about the world around us. These predictions are then compared to the sensory information that we receive from our senses. If the predictions are accurate, then we experience the world as being stable and consistent. However, if the predictions are inaccurate, then we experience illusions or hallucinations.
  • Our Perceptions are Constructed: Seth argues that our percepti…

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Mindfulness@ Microsoft - An Internal Champion's Pursuit of Scaling Mindfulness Worldwide

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  • Dual Approach in Mindfulness Programs: Charles Morris spotlighted the concurrent creation of Microsoft's two mindfulness programs: "Mindful Growth" and the "High-Performance Mindset." These initiatives targeted distinct facets of employee well-being, one emphasizing holistic growth and the other honing high-performance mindset skills.
  • Integration of Mindfulness into Corporate Culture: Morris emphasized the importance of aligning mindfulness initiatives with the existing org…

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