Thought Leaders

Practitioners from mindfulness, medicine, education/K-12, DEI, CSR, business, law enforcement, academia

There are many professionals that are engaged in exploring compassion related modalities for their organization.

Thought Leaders will be facilitating our Learning Journey through a wide ranging subject matter and focus to 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 as it relates to making organization's more effective through a compassionate based framework of being.

  • Oshoke Abalu

    Oshoke Pamela Abalu is cofounder of Love & Magic Company, and pioneers human-centered design solutions that infuse consciousness, energy flow, and inclusivity into global workplace transformations. 

  • Lori Schwanbeck

    Lori is an internationally recognized emotional intelligence and mindfulness teacher known for her compassion and enthusiasm in supporting people to thrive.

  • Bill Duane

    Bill was responsible for developing and managing worldwide programs to demonstrably increase well being, increase compassion and sustain performance at Google.

  • Shauna Shapiro, PhD

    Shauna Shapiro, PHD is a best-selling author, professor, clinical psychologist and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion.

  • Chinedu Echeruo

    Chinedu Echeruo is a serial entrepreneur who founded HopStop. He is a cofounder of the Love & Magic Company, an inclusive innovation consultancy focused on transforming companies into “Beloved” organizations.

  • Dr. Jim Doty

    Dr Doty is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University of which the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor.

  • Laura Berland

    Laura is the Founder of the Center for Compassionate Leadership, which melds evidence-based principles of leadership and the latest scientific research with the wisdom of contemplative practices.

  • Cornell Verdeja-Woodson

    As Looker's Global Head of Diversity, Cornell is passionate about establishing relationships and collaborating to facilitate cross cultural dialogue and establish more inclusive environments.

  • Norbu Wangchuk

    Norbu is the author of Gross National Happiness Philosophy (GNH) in schools for Bhutan.  His recent initiative was training all 10,000 teachers on Neuroscience-based emotional intelligence and mindfulness meditation.

  • Scott Shute

    After twenty-five years of customer-oriented leadership roles, Scott leads the Compassion and Mindfulness programs at LinkedIn.

  • Ward (SN) Maillard

    Ward explores how in education the implicit curriculum (processes of learning and the relationships that result) impact our society, our environment and the evolution of our humanness.

  • Ruchika Sikri

    Ruchika equips & empowers Googlers to live fully, perform sustainably, for positive behavior change, leading to higher well-being and increased resilience.

  • Tenzin Chogkyi

    Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi is a Buddhist nun, activist and popular Buddhist retreat leader and teacher. She loves bridging the worlds of Buddhist thought, current events, and the latest research in the field of positive psychology.

  • Shelly Tygielski

    Shelly Tygielski is a Self-Care Activist. Shelly teaches “modern-life mindfulness” with a special emphasis on teaching mindfulness in public schools, at non-profits and in social justice and political organizations.

  • Jose Egurbide

    Jose A. Egurbide is the Assistant to the Chief of the Criminal and Special Litigation Branch at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and teaches Restorative Justice at Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. 

  • Cory Custer

    Cory Custer is the Director of Compassion for Brighton Jones, he takes a leadership role to the Mindfulness-based Emotional and Social Intelligence initiative, philanthropic efforts,  to foster an ethos of compassion and put compassion into action.

  • Dr Jane Dutton

    Jane is professor emeritus from the U. of Michigan, and is passionate about applications of positive organizational scholarship to improve life in and of work organizations. She is a co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations.

  • Shamis Pitts

    As Director of Compassion at Compassionate Leadership Circle, she partners with organizations to create engaging and compelling compassionate leadership programs.

  • Tami Simon

    Tami founded Sounds True at 22, and over its 35-year history, Sounds True has produced over 3,000 titles, and is North America’s leading publisher of spoken-word spiritual teachings.

  • Geshe Lobsang

    Geshe Lobsang is the co-founder and Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, an initiative founded in 1998 to bring together the foremost contributions of the western scholastic tradition and the Tibetan Buddhist sciences of mind and healing.

  • Michael Ventura

    Michael Ventura is an accomplished entrepreneur, creative director, and author of "Applied Empathy." In 2009, Michael founded strategy and design studio, Sub Rosa.

  • Mark Leonard

    Mark Leonard is understanding mindfulness from a social perspective/designing programs to facilitate culture change in organizations.

  • Laurel Donnellan

     In 2019, Laurel founded the Compassionate Leaders Circle where we value and celebrate humanity, differences, dreams and ingenuity. She is dedicated to helping people and organizations dig deeper to find and activate purpose. 

  • Carson Kelly

    Carson is a serial entrepreneur in both business and non profit/mission driven organizations. He is the founder of Benevolently and Compassion 2.0. 

  • Rich Fernandez

    Rich is the CEO of SIYLI. He was previously the director of executive education and people development at Google, where he was also one of the first SIY teachers. Rich previously founded Wisdom Labs.

  • Shannon Kelly

    Shannon is a faculty in the Values in World Thought program at Mount Madonna School, co-leading multiple class trips to interview His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and other dignitaries throughout India and South Africa.

  • Scott Snibbe

    Scott is a pioneering interactive artist and AR entrepreneur. He is the host of the podcast A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment. He founded several creative technology companies including Eyegroove, acquired by Facebook.

  • Uvinie Lubecki

    At the Dalai Lama Fellows, Uvinie translated secular values, compassion, and meditation practices from the Dalai Lama into a leadership curriculum. She founded Leading Through Connection in 2017.

  • Richard Goerling

    Richard is the founder of Mindful Badge, and is a certified mindfulness trainer, retired police officer and military veteran who believes in your innate resilience, humanity and capacity to show up and thrive amidst hard circumstances.

  • Monica Worline

    Monica C. Worline, PhD, is CEO of EnlivenWork. She is a research scientist at Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and Executive Director of CompassionLab.

  • Aneel Chima

    Aneel is the Executive Director for the Stanford Flourishing Project. He helps shape the emerging science of well-being and human flourishing through program building, research, and educating next generation thought leaders.

  • Bryan Welch

    Bryan has led mission-driven enterprises in the media, including Mindful Magazine, B the Change Media and Ogden Publications. He currently serves as CEO of Mindful Magazine and Mindful.org.

  • Tania Singer

    Tania is a social neuroscientist and is scientific head of the Social Neuroscience Lab of the Max Planck Society. She is one of the world's foremost neuroscience researchers on compassion. 

  • Jenee Johnson

    Jenée leads the effort to bring mindfulness into public health practices in African American communities.  Her goal has been to improve the organization’s ability to manage change, inspire growth and become a culture of mindfulness.

  • 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.  

  • Chris Jarvis

    Chris is the Executive Director of Realized Worth Institute, and his work and thought leadership are geared toward helping practitioners strategically grow their employee volunteer programs. He is a key founder of Impact 2030.

  • Mike Rowlands

    President & CEO at Junxion Strategy, an international social impact consultancy that helps the bold visionaries of the next economy articulate their purpose, plan their positive impact, share their stories, and demonstrate their accountability.

  • Kate Byrne

    President of Intentional Media family of global brands (including SOCAP, Conscious Company) working at the intersection of money and meaning to ensure our social, environmental, and economic systems thrive together.

  • Steve Asei-Dantoni

    Steven applies the Ubuntu way of living to create deep human transformative experiences. As a learning experience designer he works with organizations to solve complex problems.

  • Cory Smith

    Cory, as CEO of Wisdom Labs, and former CEO of SOCAP, has spent over 20 years aligning purpose, entrepreneurship and social good to create companies that have positive impact for people and the planet.

  • Dan Glisczinski

    Dan is an Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. His research includes transforming learning through the applied scholarship of cognitive neuroscience.

  • Leah Weiss, PhD

    Leah is a founding faculty member of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program. She also co-founded Skylyte, a company using neuroscience and behavior change to empower high-performing leaders to prevent burnout for themselves and their teams.

  • Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

    Valerie, is the former CEO of Social Venture Circle, a non-profit leading the way in the field of social impact investing and ESG; building the business world to create social, economic, and environmental change.

  • Jamil Zaki

    Jamil is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory, and author of "The War for Kindness." 

  • Rhonda Magee

    Rhonda is a Professor of Law at the USF and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social change work. She is the author of "The Inner Work of Racial Justice."

  • Tom Eddington

    Tom works with leaders across all industry sectors and organization stages of development. As a student, mentor, coach, and advisor, he has focused on the area of consciousness and conscious leadership over the past two decades.

  • Toby Corey

    Toby is a lifelong entrepreneur turned Zentreprenuer and Stanford University Lecturer. Former President of Solar City, and founder of USWeb

  • Lori Hanau

    Lori is the Founder and CEO of Global Round Table Leadership, a human-centered design, training and coaching company. GRTL cultivates transformational learning and stewards the consciousness of shifting from hierarchies to shared leadership ensembles

Interested in being a part of the Thought Leader community?

We are interested in having a variety of organizational perspectives and individual experiences as part of the conversations and our learning journey. Thought Leaders will participate with us as part of our podcasts, salons, summits or our conferences, and/or small group study of your work.

If you are interested in joining us in this capacity, contact [email protected].

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