Professional practitioners of Compassion serving organizations all over the world

Thought Leaders will facilitate our Learning Journey through a wide-ranging subject matter and focus on a shared dialogue and conversation. We will explore the role of the individual and the lived experience, the role of the organization's policies, procedures, and other operational frameworks, and everything in between relating to making organizations more effective through a compassionate-based framework of being.

Read more about our speakers below.


Lori Shwanbeck

Lori is a psychotherapist, mindfulness teacher, curriculum experience designer, organizational emotional intelligence facilitator, and retreat leader.

She is a senior faculty member at Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), an organization born at Google, where she mentors and trains teachers, and designs and facilitates both in-person and virtual mindfulness based emotional intelligence programs. Lori was involved in a 2-year project in Bhutan working in partnership with the Gross National Happiness initiative bringing SIYLI’s program to all levels of the Bhutanese government.

The heart of Lori’s work is embodied presence and conscious interconnectedness – to others and to nature. She delights in sharing this through her nature-based mindfulness retreats at Esalen Institute, Modern Elder Academy, and Canyon Ranch.

Lori is also a curriculum contributor and facilitator at LinkedIn, Purpose Blue, Wisdom Labs, Mindfulness Rx and the Mindfulness Training Institute, and is a faculty member leading nature-based mindfulness retreats at Esalen Institute, Modern Elder Academy, and Canyon Ranch.

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Carson Kelly

Carson is an entrepreneur with 25 years of experience in technology startup management, enterprise software sales, nonprofit governance, civic engagement, product development and positioning, business planning, and strategy.

Carson is a veteran of the Internet era 1.0 (1998-2005) as founder of a startup that helped small business sell through the new online marketplaces of eBay, Amazon zShops, and more to help grow the company to over 150,000 SMB customers.

He is the Founder and CEO of Benevolently (www.benevolent.ly), which is a web and app platform that creates opportunities for acts of altruism in order to create practices of compassion in people.

He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Humanize (www.humanize.com). Humanize aims to reconnect people to themselves, to other and to humanity by offering an evidence-based, inter-subjective mindfulness practice, called the Humanize Dyad.

Carson is also the Founder of Compassion 2.0 (www.compassion2.com), which is a community where professionals can bring compassionate based operational frameworks to their organization.

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Derek Lundsten

Derek Lundsten

To use business as a force for good, Derek Lundsten leads LifeGuides, as a transformative platform for conscious leaders and values-driven cultures which was guided and inspired by its powerful destiny to help people minimize their struggles and ultimately thrive in their everyday lives through empathetic and compassionate human connection.

Monica Worline

Monica Worline

Monica is an organizational psychologist and founder and CEO of EnlivenWork, an innovation organization that teaches businesses and others how to tap into courageous thinking, compassionate leadership, and the curiosity to bring their best work to life. She is a research scientist at Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education; Executive Director of CompassionLab, the world’s leading research collaboratory focused on compassion in the workplace; and co-author of Awakening Compassion at Work: The Quiet Power that Elevates People and Organizations.

Monica holds a lectureship at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and is affiliate faculty at the Center for Positive Organizations. She is an award-winning teacher who has also served on the faculties of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University; the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine; and the School of Social Ecology at the University of California, Irvine.

Margaret Cullen

Margaret Cullen

Margaret Cullen is a licensed psychotherapist and was one of the first ten people to become a Certified MBSR teacher. For over 30 years, she has pioneered secular contemplative programs for a wide variety of populations including physicians, nurses, HIV positive men, cancer patients, overweight women, military spouses, college students, clinicians and educators.

As a clinician, Margaret has been a facilitator of support groups for cancer patients and their loved ones for 30 years.

In 2010, she was invited by Thupten Jinpa to contribute to the development of the Compassion Cultivation Training, first through the Center for Compassion, Altruism, Research and Education at the Stanford School of Medicine and currently as Founding Faculty for the Compassion Institute where she co-created the first online teacher training.

Margaret is also the Founder of Compassion Corps, a program offering grants to support compassion teachers to offer free programs to under-resourced communities and a Founding Board Member of the Compassion Education Alliance.

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Lakiba Pitman

Lakiba Pittman

Lakiba Pittman is a college professor, a compassion ambassador and mindfulness educator, and a diversity and inclusion thought leader. She is also a creative artist and poet. Lakiba is a Senior Instructor for Compassion Cultivation Training workshops designed at Stanford’s Center for Compassion & Altruism, Research & Education, and the Compassion Institute, and a Trained Instructor for Mindful Self Compassion, Mind Body Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mind-Body Medicine, and Healing Together.


Ann Seide

Dr. Ann Seide is a Medical doctor with 25 years of experience working as a hospitalist and palliative care physician, currently at Los Robles Hospital. She is also an Integrative Medicine Doctor, Zen Buddhist, trained Council practitioner and Navy veteran.

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Jared Seide

Jared Seide

Jared Seide is the Executive Director of Center for Council, a nonprofit organization that trains practitioners in using Council to promote wellness and resiliency and advance social and restorative justice.

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Katherine Twells

As Senior Vice President, Customer Excellence at The Coca-Cola Company Katherine Twells currently leads a multi-million dollar business cultivating innovation and mutual growth for Coca-Cola’s largest strategic customer partners across cinema, theme parks and national restaurants. She previously served as Vice President, West Zone leading the sales and marketing organization for the Western US. She has been with The Coca-Cola Company for 33 years serving in diverse positions of responsibility covering multiple geographies and business systems.

Profiled in Marcus Buckingham’s bestseller “Go Put Your Strengths to Work” as well as the 2009 college textbook titled “Sales Management” by Robert Effermeyer, she is a passionate student of leadership and organizational culture. She has interviewed over 25 mission based visionary leaders to identify ways to bring entrepreneurial thinking into large corporate organizations.

Katherine is former co-chair of the Chapters committee for The Coca-Cola Women’s Forum and worked to create chapters across the country to further the development of women’s leadership in the Coca-Cola Company. She is an inaugural member of the Women’s Advisory Council and The Coca-Cola Leadership Advisory Team, former board member of The American Red Cross and current board member of the NATO Cinema Foundation.

She served as architect and host of the Coca-Cola CMO Leadership Summit from 2011-2019 to provide a source of connection and community among business leaders. In 2021 she launched The Coca-Cola Compassion Lab as a way to promote emotional agility and mental well-being in the workplace. She hosts The Compassion Lab Podcast to explore the power of conscious leadership and the interconnectivity of all things.

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Miroo Kim

Miroo is an Internal Mindfulness Community Leader & Trainer for Facebook. She is passionate about what technology can do to empower people and about the power of human minds in terms of how it could empower people in an organization to be whole as humans and achieve the organizational goals together sustainably.

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Ruchika Sikri

Ruchika equipped & empowered Googlers to live fully and perform sustainably through Mindfulness-based, neuroscience backed, Emotional Intelligence programs created at Google. She cultivated and scaled a powerful community of 100's of passionate volunteers across the globe within the company who bring mindfulness and compassion learning and practice to 100K+ employees globally.

Claude Silver

Claude Silver

Claude is an emotional optimist, coach, manager, and mentor. As the first ever Chief Heart Officer it is her great honor to lead at VaynerMedia. She works for aprox 2000 Humans, and is in touch with the heartbeat of every single person in the company. Claude's role is to infuse the Agency with Empathy.

Shannon Houde

Shannon Houde

Shannon Houde has more than two decades mentoring, coaching and training more than 1000 professionals and Masters graduates in the impact sector across 30+ countries and over 3000 hours.

As an ICF-ACC certified executive coach, Shannon was selected as a Meta Coach to teach on Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence Coach Certification® course and is accredited in organimetric, The GameChanger Index®. She leverages NLP and mindfulness when helping clients break through personal barriers and align to their values. Shannon pushes the boundaries of personal growth through designing innovative learning frameworks and collaborating across her global network.

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