Sharon Salzberg is a central figure in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. She is the co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA and the author of ten books including NY Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her forthcoming release by Flatiron Books, Real Love.

Renowned for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast: The Metta Hour.


In 1987 Frank co-founded the Zen Hospice Project, the first Buddhist hospice in America. In 2004, he created the Metta Institute to provide broad based education on mindful and compassionate end of life care. His groundbreaking work has been widely featured in the media, including the Bill Moyers television series On Our Own Terms, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and in numerous print publications. In 2001, he was honored by H.H. Dalai Lama for his years of compassionate service to the dying and their families.

Frank is a dynamic and visionary Buddhist teacher and international lecturer. His public programs, writings and recordings have introduced thousands to the practices of contemplative care. He is the author Five Invitations: Discovering What Death Can Teach Us About Life.



Wendy Palmer is the founder of Leadership Embodiment, a process that uses principles from the non-violent Japanese martial art of Aikido and mindfulness to offer simple tools and practices to increase leadership capacity and respond to stress and pressure with greater confidence and integrity. Wendy holds a sixth degree black belt in Aikido and has practiced mindfulness for over 40 years.

She has worked with executive teams and individuals for Twitter, Genentech, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, The Gap, NASA, Gates Foundation,, McKinsey &Co, Oracle, Unilever, The BBC, Accenture, The George Washington University, Eileen Fisher and The Daimler Chrysler Group.  She is also an author of three books, Leadership Embodiment, The Intuitive Body and The Practice of Freedom, and a supporting CD and DVD.

Her coaching organization, Embodiment International offers Coach Training to experienced coaches and facilitators who wish to learn to coach leaders in Leadership Presence.


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. She has taught mindfulness for health and well-being since 1993 in a variety of settings including the medical and mental health field, and in universities, businesses, non-profits, and schools. At UCLA she has developed the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPs) curriculum and the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation (TMF), which trains mindfulness teachers worldwide.

Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, O Magazine, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, Allure, Women’s Health, and in a variety of magazines, books, and journals. The LA Times calls her “one of the nation’s best-known teachers of mindfulness.” Diana has been practicing mindfulness since 1989, including a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma (Myanmar) and is the mom of a first grader.


Erica Ford, who grew up in Queens, NY, is the founder and CEO of LIFE Camp, Inc., which primarily provides at-risk inner-city youth, ages 13-24, with valuable tools they need to stay in school and out of the criminal justice system. Many credit her approach with drastically reducing deadly gun violence and homicides in violence-prone areas of NYC. The LIFE Camp program also offers individuals educational, employment and social opportunities they might not otherwise have.

The Peace Is A Lifestyle founder has headed countless initiatives and touched thousands of lives by working with the world’s most influential leaders to bring awareness to problems plaguing our communities. At a young age, she realized the importance of the voice the message was coming from, knowing her friends and peers would not listen to just anybody, she’s worked with Tupac Shakur, Ja Rule, President Obama and Deepak Chopra to enlighten the people who need peace the most—the youth of our inner cities.


Anakha is the founder of the Awake at Work Institute and is passionate about facilitating personal, relational and organizational transformation. She brings a depth of presence that joins a 25-year career in transforming top fortune 500 companies and leaders, non-profit organizations and correctional facilities.  She has had the honor to work with Nike, Microsoft, Eli Lilly, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Mindfulness as Medicine National Initiative, Save the Children, Parker Hannifin and more.  She facilitates Awake at Work, mindfulness-based programs intended to cultivate a culture of creative genius, engagement and excellence.  

Anakha is the author of The Proof: A 40- day Program for Embodying Oneness (Hay House 2009) and Awake at Work™, an online mindfulness program available through Sounds True. She is a leader within the Global Oneness movement in conjunction with the United Nations and Humanity’s Team. She successfully designed and deployed “The Miracle of a New Beginning,” a transformational justice program for incarcerated women.



Ghylian Bell has been the founder and director of The Urban Yoga Foundation since 2007. She began practicing yoga and mindfulness in 1994 to help bring balance and peace in her life. Ghylian’s training as a teacher began with Jodie Komitor and the Next Generation Yoga for Kids certification program. Soon she completed Alan Finger’s ISHTA certification program, The Integrative Science Of Hatha Tantra and Ayurveda. Ghylian is also certified in whole food nutrition.

Ghylian founded Urban Yoga Foundation to create yoga and mindfulness programs that specifically target the needs of underserved, students of color and create a platform for teachers of color to teach in their own community that needs to see their people teaching, learning and practicing yoga. So that they may reclaim self -love and healing practices founded in a mindful culture.

Urban Yoga Foundation is a Harlem based wellness center located in the center of Central Harlem, with studio and outreach programs available for schools, organizations and corporations. UYF has yoga classes, mindful meditation, conducts workshops and trainings for yoga teachers, therapists, nurses and all who intend to teach in marginalized urban areas. 


Charles Lief is the President of Naropa University in Boulder, CO.  Founded in 1974, Naropa is the birthplace of Contemplative Education, and serves 1000 undergraduate and graduate students as well as offering online programs, extended studies and professional development. Naropa’s curriculum is built on a foundation of contemplation, mindfulness and compassion.

Chuck has been a Buddhist practitioner for 45 years, studying closely with the Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and is a teacher in that lineage. Chuck was the first President of the Greyston Foundation in Yonkers, New York, one of the earliest models of integrated nonprofit social enterprises and service providers, founded by the Zen Buddhist teacher, Roshi Bernie Glassman.  As a principal in the Hartland Group of Burlington, Vermont, Chuck worked to create affordable housing and economic development projects in Vermont and New Hampshire.  He was a founding board member and CEO for Amida Care, a nonprofit, special needs HMO for low income residents of New York living with HIV/AIDS and chronic mental illness, now a $400 million social enterprise.  He has been a member of many nonprofit boards working toward sustainable social, economic and personal transformation.



Patricia (Trish) Broderick is a research associate at the Bennett-Pierce  Prevention Research Center at Penn State University and professor emerita, founder, and former director of the Stress Reduction Center at West Chester University of Pennsylvania . She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Villanova University and a Ph.D. in School Psychology from Temple University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, certified school psychologist (K-12), certified school counselor (K-12) and a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction advanced practicum at the Center for Mindfulness at UMASS . She is an advisory board member for CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning) on the intersection of social and emotional learning and mindfulness and a member of the practice committee of the American Mindfulness Research Association (AMRA).

Dr. Broderick is a Co-Principal Investigator on a recent grant from the US Department of Education (Institute for Education Science) to study mindfulness in schools. The fourth edition of her developmental psychology textbook, entitled The Life Span: Human Development for Helping Professionals (4th ed., Broderick & Blewitt), was published in 2014 by Pearson Education. Learning to BREATHE, a Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents (2013, New Harbinger) is being used in schools and other settings across the world. 


Fleet Maull is a meditation teacher, author, management consultant, executive coach, peacemaker and leading prison reform activist who has been practicing mindfulness meditation for more than 40 years and teaching for more than 35 years. He founded Prison Mindfulness Institute (PMI), the international association for mindfulness based prison work in 1989, while serving a 14-year federal sentence for drug trafficking.  

Fleet co-founded and serves as Training Director for the Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI), a training institute dedicated to making the benefits of mindfulness practice available to at-risk individuals, vulnerable populations and underserved communities by training and certifying professionals and paraprofessionals in the criminal justice, social services, mental health and education fields in trauma-informed approaches to sharing the practice mindfulness and facilitating mindfulness-based interventions. 

Fleet is an Acharya, or senior Dharma teacher, in the international Shambhala Meditation Community and a Sensei, or senior Zen teacher, in the international Zen Peacemaker Community.  He also offers transformational, mindfulness-based personal development and leadership seminars for organizations and the general public through his seminar and consulting company Windhorse Seminars. He is the author of Dharma in Hell: the Prison Writings of Fleet Maull and the forthcoming Radical Responsibility.  


James Gimian is publisher of Mindful magazine and, 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.

Mindful magazine and are media efforts of the mission driven nonprofit Foundation for a Mindful Society designed to encourage the adoption of mindfulness-based practices to benefit people in all aspects of life in our society.


Hawah Kasat is an artist, author, educator and non-profit leader. He has authored 4 books (including “The Poetry of Yoga” anthology containing 300+ poets from 19 countries), released 2 music albums, and produced 3 documentary films (including the award-winning documentary “Fly By Light”). Hawah is Co-founder/ Executive Director of the non-profit One Common Unity, and has traveled to over 40 countries, supporting a movement for peace education and the building of a non-violent culture through music and art.

Hawah is a certified yoga instructor who has been teaching for 16 years. Trained and certified in Sivananda Yoga, he holds a second certification in the Jivamukti Yoga School and a third from The Center for Mind Body Medicine in trauma relief and healing. In the past, Hawah held a fellowship with the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation and worked as special representative to the United Nations and the World Conference Against Racism. He also directed the Peaceable Schools Program in D.C.’s largest public high school. He holds degrees in Education and Psychology from the American University.


Jacqueline has over 20 years of experience working with organizations to enhance effectiveness and improve performance. She is also a long-standing mindfulness practitioner and a Partner and the North American Director for Potential Project – a leading global provider of corporate based mindfulness solutions. 

She works with forward thinking organizations to improve focus, clarity, and results through training the mind. Her clients include: Cisco, Accenture, Google, LVMH, KPMG and the Royal Bank of Canada to name a few. Jacqueline is coauthor of “One Second Ahead – Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness” published by Palgrave Macmillan in November 2015. She is currently working on a mindful leadership book in partnership with Harvard Business Press that will be published in March 2018. 

Jacqueline holds a master’s degree in organizational behavior and worked with Deloitte consulting for many years in their Change Leadership Practice. Jacqueline has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, Australia and Singapore. 


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 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.


Kerri is the founder of CTZNWELL, a movement to mobilize the wellbeing community into a powerful force for change. Her work was sparked on 9-11, when she lost her fireman stepdad in the towers. She quickly discovered the power of mindfulness, not just as a tool for personal healing but as a catalyst for collective change.  Since then, Kerri has worked passionately across communities to fight for justice and wellbeing.

Kerri is recognized for her work to bridge personal practice with social change and politics. She’s been instrumental in translating the tools of wellbeing into practical application and social action in the public sector, working in collaboration with community organizers, spiritual leaders and policy makers. Her leadership has inspired a movement to democratize wellbeing that is actively organizing around issues of economic justice (Fight for 15), food system reform (Plate of the Union), civic engagement (voteWELL) and more.



Brenda Salgado is founder of Nepantla Center for Healing and Renewal. She holds degrees in Biology, Developmental Psychology, and Animal Behavior. Brenda has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, movement building, women’s health, and environmental and social justice.

She serves on the boards of Movement Strategy Center and the Lion’s Roar Foundation, and is a Founding Member of WisdomWomen. In the past, she has served as the Director of the East Bay Meditation Center, and as a Senior Fellow at the Movement Strategy Center. She is author of Real World Mindfulness for Beginners: Navigate Daily Life One Practice at a Time.

Trained by elders in traditional medicine, Brenda draws on the healing powers of the natural world to guide her work as a spiritual leader. Her current projects are focused on sacred economics, land trusts for social good, transformational leadership, and indigenous teachings for our times.


Alison Canavan is an influential health and wellness coach, motivational speaker and the award winning author of the wellness book, Minding Mum. Having traveled the world as one of Ireland’s most successful international models for nearly two decades, in recent years she has devoted her time to her greatest passion: true health and wellbeing. Helping people to join the dots with their health and wellbeing is Alison’s primary goal and passion.

Alison has become a highly sought after motivational speaker, regularly being invited to deliver talks and workshops on health, wellbeing, meditation, mental health and sobriety at conferences, festivals and events for both the general public and corporate clients.

Alison writes for numerous publications including The Independent, You Magazine, VIP Magazine, The Irish Mirror, The Irish Sun, Life Magazine and U magazine to name a few and is also a regular contributor to radio and TV shows. 


Dana is an accomplished leader, coach, facilitator and consultant who has learned first-hand how mindful awareness enables you to lead and live in a more fulfilling way. For more than 25 years, she’s brought her contagious passion for growth and development to individuals and organizations.  

Dana is a frequent speaker and workshop facilitator on mindfulness, embodied learning, and the intersection with neuroscience. She is a certified corporate-based mindfulness instructor with the Potential Project.  She teaches mindfulness at consultancies such as McKinsey & Co., Deloitte and Accenture; to NGOs such as The Nature Conservancy; associations such as the Society for Human Resources Management; and educational institutions such as Georgetown University.


Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia and Director of the Human Early Learning Partnership – an interdisciplinary research institute in the Faculty of Medicine. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa and completed her postdoctoral work as a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Fellow in the Clinical Research Training Program in Adolescence at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University.

Dr. Schonert-Reichl’s research focuses on identification of the processes that foster children’s positive human qualities such as empathy, compassion, altruism, and resiliency. She is the recipient of the 2015 Joseph E. Zins Distinguished Scholar Award for outstanding research on social and emotional learning (SEL), and the 2009 Confederation of University Faculty Associations BC's Paz Buttedahl Career Achievement Award in recognition of her sustained outstanding contributions to the community beyond the academy through research over the major portion of her career.


Michael Mrazek, Ph.D. is the Director of Research at the University of California's Center for Mindfulness & Human Potential. Michael's research identifies innovative ways to reveal the full transformative potential of mindfulness training. He explores how much a person can change under ideal circumstances by leading evidence-based mindfulness training initiatives and examining their impact on cognitive abilities, physiology, brain dynamics, gene expression, and well-being.

Another focus of his work is determining the optimal ways to integrate mindfulness into K-12 schools. Michael also designs and teaches research-based mindfulness retreats, as well as an academic course on the science and practice of mindfulness.


Mikey Siegel is a robotics engineer turned consciousness hacker.  He envisions a present and future where science and technology support psychological, emotional and spiritual flourishing.  Where our devices not only connect us to information, but also connect us to ourselves and each other, acting as a catalyst for individual and collective awakening.  

He is currently teaching at Stanford University, founder of Conciousness Hacking, BioFluent Technologies and the Transformative Technology Conference.  He received an MS in robotics from the MIT Media Lab.


Hugh Byrne, PhD, a guiding teacher with the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW), has practiced meditation for thirty years and taught mindfulness meditation since 2000. He completed a four-year meditation teacher-training program with Jack Kornfield, Joseph Goldstein, and other senior Insight Meditation teachers. Hugh teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and completed a three-year training in Somatic Experiencing, a mind-body approach to healing trauma.

Hugh has a law degree from London University and a Ph.D. from UCLA and worked for more than two decades in the field of human rights and social justice. He is the lead meditation teacher in the Garrison Institute’s Contemplative-Based Resilience (CBR) training for Syrian refugee aid workers in Jordan. He is the author of The Here-and-Now Habit and teaches classes and retreats in the Washington, DC, area and throughout the United States and internationally.


Emmett is the Director of the Contemplative-Based Resilience Project at the Garrison Institute, a program which provides psychological support and meditation training to build the resilience of humanitarian aid workers, journalists and human rights defenders.

Having started his career as a management consultant for Deloitte, Emmett began his humanitarian experience running emergency health care programs in conflict-affected areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He spent over two years in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, first as camp manager and later worked for the United Nations as a policy advisor to the Government of Haiti. Emmett has also worked in policy and advocacy roles for the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Nike Foundation.

He has an undergraduate degree in Theology from Oxford University and received a Fulbright scholarship to attend Columbia University where he earned a master's degree in international affairs.


Cara Bradley, cscs, eryt, is a native New Yorker and former pro skater for Rollerblade. She is the author of the bestselling book, On The Verge: Wake Up, Show Up, and Shine. Cara has been a teacher for over three decades and is an innovative leader and mental strength coach in bodymind training.

She is the founder of Verge BodyMind Center in suburban Philadelphia and works with CEOs, corporations, universities, and sports teams including Villanova University football and basketball. She is also the co-founder of a non-profit, Mindfulness Through Movement, providing programs to schools in Philadelphia. Cara’s meditations and bodymind trainings can be found on Gaiam’s Mediation Studio app, Whil, Mindful Magazine, and on her podcast called On The Verge.