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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.
Mirabai Bush teaches contemplative practices and develops programs through the application of contemplative principles and values to organizational life. Her work with individuals and organizations includes entrepreneurial project management, compassionate staff-board relations, organizational leadership, public relations, communication, networking, and strategic relationship building all through the lens of contemplative practice in action.
Deborah Rozman serves as President and co-CEO of HeartMath® Inc. where I oversee strategic the growth and expansion of HeartMath worldwide. HeartMath’s mission is to help activate the heart of humanity through personal, social and global coherence. We develop Heart Rate Variability (HRV)) coherence technologies (emWave and Inner Balance) and provide Resilience building training programs that transform people’s lives, reducing overwhelm and anxiety and improving health and performance. I also serve on the 501 (c) 3 non profit HeartMath Institute scientific advisory board and Global Coherence Initiative steering committee.
Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer. He taught two of the largest classes in Harvard University’s history, Positive Psychology and The Psychology of Leadership. Today, Tal consults and lectures around the world to executives in multi-national corporations, the general public, and at-risk populations. The topics he lectures on include leadership, happiness, education, innovation, ethics, self-esteem, resilience, goal setting, and mindfulness. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and have appeared on best-sellers lists around the world.
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
Jonathan Fisher MD, FACC A Harvard-trained physician and practicing cardiologist with 20 years of clinical experience, Dr. Fisher integrates the science of optimal human health with the art of joyful and heartful living. He emerged from his own journey through professional burnout as a cardiologist working on the front lines of life and death. He now leads transformational programs that focus on reversing the spiral of disengagement and burnout in healthcare. He shares evidence-based practices and skills that restore joy and meaning to the practice of medicine.
Donald Altman, M.A., LPC, is a psychotherapist, international mindfulness expert and award-
winning author of over 15 books translated worldwide. Featured as an expert in The Mindfulness
Movie and profiled in the Living Spiritual Teachers Project, he currently writes Psychology
Today’s Practical Mindfulness Blog. His best-selling The Mindfulness Toolbox won two national
publishing IPBA awards as best book in both the Psychology and Mind-Body-Spirit categories.
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
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.
Dr. Alexei is an archaeologist and public speaker. Having spent the last two decades working at 13,000 feet in the high Andes with lungs that were born and raised at sea level, Dr. Alexei learned to strengthen his breathing muscles make the most out a low air pressure environment and fend off the effects of long- term oxygen deprivation. He is regularly interviewed on the History Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, Smithsonian. As Faculty in Residence in the university dorms, Dr. Alexei would lead regular meditation and breathing sessions to help the students overcome stress and anxiety at UCLA and Berkeley. Dr. Alexei teaches the biomechanics of breathing and a dynamic meditation for athletes, as well as correct breathing for presenters and public speaking. Dr. Alexei has studied Judo and wrestling, and is currently training in Muay Thai and BJJ.
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