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Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social change work. A prolific author, she draws on law and legal history to weave storytelling, poetry, analysis and practices into inspiration for changing how we think, act and live better together in a rapidly changing world.
Marc Lesser is a speaker, facilitator, workshop leader, and executive coach. He is known for his engaging, experiential presentations that integrate mindfulness and emotional intelligence practices and training. He is the author of 4 books, including Seven Practices of a Mindful Leader: Lessons from Google and a Zen Monastery Kitchen, and CEO of ZBA Associates, an executive development and leadership consulting company.
Henna Inam founded Transformational Leadership Inc. after a 20-year corporate career with Fortune 500 companies. Transformational Leadership Inc. helps Fortune 500 companies create transformational leaders who are authentic, agile, and inspired and create cultures of innovation, inclusion, and growth. I am also passionate about helping organizations grow their pipeline of female talent. In a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world, we need these transformational leaders to guide and grow others around them. Her book “Wired for Authenticity” was named “Leadership Book of the Year 2016” and shares seven practices to inspire, adapt, and lead.
Elisha Goldstein, PhD is founder of The Mindful Living Collective – the central online mindful space to find the teachings, practices and tribe to up-level your mind, your life and business. He is also the co-founder of The Center for Mindful Living in Los Angeles and creator of the 6-month online coaching program, A Course in Mindful Living. His books include Uncovering Happiness and The Now Effect, A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook and MBSR Everyday. In an increasingly fragmented society, he is working to bring people together so they may motivate and inspire one another in far-reaching ways.
Christine Carter, Ph.D., is an author, speaker, and coach. Her books include The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction (2020), The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less (2017) and Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents (2011). A sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Carter draws on the latest scientific research in psychology, sociology, and neuroscience to help her clients lead their most meaningful, joyful, and productive lives. She lives with her husband, four teenagers, and dog Buster in Marin County, California.
Debra Stangl, Founder of Sedona Soul Adventures– In January, 1999, Debra was a divorce attorney in Omaha, Nebraska, beginning her 20th year of practice. With 175 active cases, she was stressed out, burned out and ready to jump off the nearest cliff. Having been on her spiritual path since the death of her mother in 1978, Debra knew there was more. Although she was helping her clients in her practice, she yearned to be of service on a much deeper level.
Janet Bray Attwood is the co-author of the New York Times Bestseller, The Passion Test-The Effortless Path to Discovering Your Life Purpose, and Your Hidden Riches – Unleashing the Power of Ritual to Create a Life of Meaning and Purpose. She is also co-author of, From Sad to Glad: 7 Steps to Facing Change with Love and Power. As an expert on what it takes to live a passionate life, she has presented her programs as a featured speaker to hundreds of thousands of people around the world including, The Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Dr. John Gray, Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols, Stephen Covey, Brendon Burchard and others.
AMY COLEMAN, MD: As a family medicine physician with secondary training in Japanese acupuncture, Dr. Coleman started as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force (USAF). Through wartime medicine, she learned what it meant to be fully integrated as a unit of a team with her patients. Dr. Coleman also established new, creative models of patient care design for the Air Force still employed today. In her work as the youngest and first female Commander of the Special Operations Clinic in Ramstein Germany, she guided global medical missions and was the appointed physician for officers of the highest command positions.
Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA Semel Institute’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) and the co-author, with Susan Smalley PhD, of Fully Present, the Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness. Called by the LA Times “one of the nation’s best-known teachers of mindfulness,” she has taught mindfulness since 1999 in a variety of settings including hospitals, universities, corporations, non profits, and schools in the US and Asia. A sought-after speaker, she developed the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) curriculum and the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation, which trains mindfulness teachers worldwide. She is a founding board member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association.
Raj Raghunathan is a professor of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin, where he relies on themes from psychology, behavioral science, decision theory, and marketing to explain consumption behavior. He also studies the impact that people’s judgments and decisions have on their own happiness and fulfillment. Based on his research, he teaches a very successful online course on Coursera on Happiness (named A Life of Happiness And Fulfillment). His book (titled, If you’re so smart, why aren’t you happy?) was released in the US, UK, and India in 2016.
Lynn Rossy, Ph.D. is a health psychologist specializing in yoga and mindfulness-based interventions. She developed a ten-week, empirically validated Eat for Life class that teaches people to eat mindfully and intuitively, love their bodies, and find deeper meaning in their lives. Her book, The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution, is based on the concepts in her program. Lynn is a long-time practitioner of mindfulness meditation and Kripalu yoga. She is the President of the Center for Mindful Eating.
Alisa Cohn is an executive coach who works with senior executives and high potential leaders to help them create positive permanent shifts in their leadership impact and the results they achieve. She was named the #1 Startup Coach in the world at the 2019 Thinkers50 Marshall Goldsmith Coaching Awards in London, a
Sam Himelstein, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY25229) in the the state of California. Most of his work has involved working with high-risk and marginalized youth in the juvenile justice system, foster care system, and those suffering from addiction issues. He’s previously worked at the Chemical Dependency program at Kaiser Permanente with teens and their families, in a number of juvenile halls conducting psychotherapy, psychological evaluations, and researching the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions with incarcerated and underserved adolescent populations. He is the author of multiple scholarly journal articles and three books.
Dr. Margaret Rutherford-Clinical Psychologist/Author/Podcaster, She has been a psychologist in private practice for over twenty-five years. She’s written for HuffPost, Psychology Today, The Mighty, Psych Central, The Gottman Blog, Psychologies, StigmaFighters, The Good Men Project, This Is My Brave, and others
Susanne Babbel, PhD, MFT # 42446, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing with a trauma specialty in her private practice in San Francisco, CA. She is the author of the self-help book Heal the Body. Heal the Mind. A Somatic Approach to Moving Beyond Trauma and has been a contributing author on trauma for nearly a decade to the Psychology Today Online Blog. Dr. Babbel has been quoted in the media such as the BBC, Bustle, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Verily, Refinery29, New York Times Motherlode Blog, and more.
Michael Ostrolenk has been exploring the relationship between post-conventional living, transformational leadership, optimizing health and regenerative paradigms his whole life. His interest in human growth and personal development began when he was 9 years old and worked with psychotherapist Pat Lawson learning biofeedback, meditation and guided imagery.
NICOLE A. TETREAULT, PhD I specialize in neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disorders and translate the promise of neuroscience and positive psychology for individuals to live the best quality of life. I am dedicated to enhancing lives through a holistic approach that integrates developing positive thought processes, cultivation of self-compassion, and awareness of bodily sensations with our environment.
Bruce Langford has been an entrepreneur and musician all his adult life. He quit his day job in 2005 to become focused full time on the prevention of bullying. Working as a presenter and program creator in the bullying field, led Bruce to become a mindfulness coach and teacher.
Dr. Christopher Willard (PsyD) is a psychologist and educational consultant based in Boston specializing in mindfulness. He has been practicing meditation for 20 years, and has led hundreds of workshops around the world, with invitations to more than two dozen countries. He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy, and is the president of the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has presented at TEDx conferences and his thoughts have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, mindful.org, and elsewhere. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010) Growing Up Mindful (2016) Raising Resilience (2017) and eight other books for parents, professionals and children, along with six sets of cards and therapeutic games, available in more than ten languages. He teaches at Harvard Medical School.
Inna Khazan, PhD, BCB is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in biofeedback and mindfulness-based approaches to optimizing health and performance. Dr. Khazan is a faculty member at Harvard Medical School, where she teaches and supervises trainees. She has over 20 years of clinical experience in helping people overcome various personal and professional challenges. Recognized as a pioneer in mindfulness-based biofeedback, Dr. Khazan is a popular speaker at national and international conferences on the topics of biofeedback and mindfulness.
MEGAN MURPHY: Megan Murphy thinks kindness rocks! She is the creator of the national movement, The Kindness Rocks Project™, which encourages people to leave rocks painted with inspiring messages along the path of life. You can see just how much impact she’s made when looking up #TheKindnessRocksProject. Megan has been featured on Fox News Boston, NBC Boston, WCVB Channel 5; 5 for Good segment, The Boston Globe, The Detroit Free Press, The Washington Post, Cape Cod Life Magazine, Conscious Life Magazine, Parents Magazine, Highlights for Kids Magazine,
Dr. Tim Bono is a faculty member in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis where his teaching and research focus on positive psychology and college student development. His work has been featured in a number of national media outlets including NBC News, CNN, Fast Company, and the Associated Press. Over the last decade, thousands of students have taken his popular courses on the Psychology of Young Adulthood and the Science of Happiness. He summarizes the research from those courses, along with how his students have put that information into practice in their own lives, in his recent book, Happiness 101: Simple Secrets to Smart Living & Well-Being.
Dr. Susan Lacombe– Registered Psychologist: Even though the world offers us so much, many have given up or settled for living on a level that’s far short of their full potential. Anxiety, depression or relationship problems consume their day to day living.
But with what we’ve learned from brain science, we now have the tools to make a symptom-free life a reality. Indeed, each of us can use these new insights to create more a balanced and fulfilling life.
Gabrielle has worked at the Chopra Center since 2006 and is a certified Vedic Educator, having completed teacher trainings in Primordial Sound Meditation, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, and Perfect Health: Ayurvedic Lifestyle. Although she has practiced many styles of yoga for more than a decade, she was first certified in the Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga in 2008 and has been teaching yoga at the Chopra Center and Chopra Center events ever since.
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