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Tami Simon

Founder & CEO of Sounds True

At age 22, Tami Simon started Sounds True, now a multimedia publisher, with a dream and a tape recorder. Though she had no business experience and only a vague idea of what she wanted the company to be, Tami had her guiding principle strongly in place: to disseminate spiritual wisdom.

Over its 35-year history, Sounds True has produced over 3,000 titles, been nominated twice for the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing companies, and is North America’s leading publisher of spoken-word spiritual teachings.

One of the world’s very first organizations to focus on multiple bottom lines as part of its founding mandate, Sounds True has expanded steadily over the years while staying true to its original mission. Partnering with the leading spiritual teachers of our time, Sounds True now has a successful book publishing program (distributed by Macmillan), and has grown to produce events, certification programs, and transformational online learning experiences.

Tami hosts the popular Sounds True podcast, Insights at the Edge, which has now been downloaded more than 15 million times. She is also the founder of the new Sounds True Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing spiritual education to people who would otherwise not have access. She lives in Boulder, Colorado and in British Columbia with her wife, Julie Kramer, and their two spoodles, Raspberry and Bula.

Soren Gordhamer

Founder of Wisdom 2.0

Soren Gordhamer is the founder and host of Wisdom 2.0, the premier conference exploring living mindfully and wisely in the digital age. Past speakers at the Wisdom 2.0 event include the founders and CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and eBay, along with wisdom teachers including Prince Ea, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, and more.

He has spoken on or taught mindfulness to people around the world—from youth in New York City’s juvenile halls, to trauma workers in Rwanda, to staff at Google’s corporate headquarters. He is also founder of the award-winning non-profit Lineage Project, which has served at-risk and incarcerated teens in New York City for over 20 years.

Soren is the author of Wisdom 2.0, one of the first books to explore living with mindfulness and wisdom within the context of our modern technological age. He works with members of the business and technology communities on living with greater mindfulness and purpose in our technology-rich age.

Your Hosts

Tami Simon

Founder & CEO of Sounds True

At age 22, Tami Simon started Sounds True, now a multimedia publisher, with a dream and a tape recorder. Though she had no business experience and only a vague idea of what she wanted the company to be, Tami had her guiding principle strongly in place: to disseminate spiritual wisdom.

Over its 35-year history, Sounds True has produced over 3,000 titles, been nominated twice for the Inc. 500 list of the fastest-growing companies, and is North America’s leading publisher of spoken-word spiritual teachings.

One of the world’s very first organizations to focus on multiple bottom lines as part of its founding mandate, Sounds True has expanded steadily over the years while staying true to its original mission. Partnering with the leading spiritual teachers of our time, Sounds True now has a successful book publishing program (distributed by Macmillan), and has grown to produce events, certification programs, and transformational online learning experiences.

Tami hosts the popular Sounds True podcast, Insights at the Edge, which has now been downloaded more than 15 million times. She is also the founder of the new Sounds True Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing spiritual education to people who would otherwise not have access. She lives in Boulder, Colorado and in British Columbia with her wife, Julie Kramer, and their two spoodles, Raspberry and Bula.

Soren Gordhamer

Founder of Wisdom 2.0

Soren Gordhamer is the founder and host of Wisdom 2.0, the premier conference exploring living mindfully and wisely in the digital age. Past speakers at the Wisdom 2.0 event include the founders and CEOs of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and eBay, along with wisdom teachers including Prince Ea, Drs. John and Julie Gottman, Dr. Daniel J. Siegel, Eckhart Tolle, Byron Katie, and more.

He has spoken on or taught mindfulness to people around the world—from youth in New York City’s juvenile halls, to trauma workers in Rwanda, to staff at Google’s corporate headquarters. He is also founder of the award-winning non-profit Lineage Project, which has served at-risk and incarcerated teens in New York City for over 20 years.

Soren is the author of Wisdom 2.0, one of the first books to explore living with mindfulness and wisdom within the context of our modern technological age. He works with members of the business and technology communities on living with greater mindfulness and purpose in our technology-rich age.

Inner MBA Faculty & Trainers

Most people don’t know the story behind the story of the world’s most accomplished, socially and spiritually conscious CEOs.

In these participatory CEO interview trainings, Tami and Soren will highlight and explore the internal processes that give CEOs the capacity to run multi-million and billion dollar operations in a values-driven way.

You’ll get unique access to the stories of how they overcame struggle and difficulty to lead with clarity—and a chance to ask them your questions in these special training sessions.

Rose Marcario
Eileen Fisher
Karen May
Scott Shute
Lisa Lahey, EdD
Jeremy Hunter, PhD
Chip Conley
Jack Kornfield, PhD
Tara Brach, PhD
Otto Sharmer, PhD
Padmasree Warrior
Lorna Davis
Chinedu Echeruo
Steve MacAdam
Sharon Salzberg
Justin Kan
Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD
Lisa Picard

Oshoke Pamela Abalu
Yael Shy
Melissa Carter
Rhonda Magee, JD
Chris Germer, PhD
Joey Bergstein

Rose Marcario

CEO of Patagonia

Eileen Fisher
Founder of Eileen Fisher, Inc.
Karen May
Vice President of People Development at Google
Scott Shute
Head of Mindfulness and Compassion Programs at LinkedIn

Rose Marcario is president and CEO of Patagonia; she joined in 2008 as COO and CFO. Since her taking the helm, the company has quadrupled sales and profits. Rose created the company’s first in-house venture fund, oversaw the development and creation of Patagonia Provisions, an organic regenerative food company, and has championed the benefit corporation movement, resulting in Patagonia becoming the first legal benefit corporation in California.

Upworthy named her one of the nine most inspiring CEOs in America. President Obama honored her as a Champion of Change for Patagonia’s family-friendly work policies. Fast Company named her one of the most creative CEOs of 2016. Just recently, Patagonia was named one of the top ten innovative companies in the world for its work in regenerative agriculture, activism, and green supply chain innovation. Under her leadership, she has deepened Patagonia’s commitment to environmental activism and using business as a force for good.

Eileen is the founder and co-CEO of Eileen Fisher, Inc., the design company known for creating simple, timeless garments, where she also serves as the chairwoman. Eileen ventured into clothing design in 1984. Her original concept—pieces that work together to help women get dressed easily—still defines the company’s collections, which are sold at 66 Eileen Fisher stores, over 300 department and specialty stores across the US, UK, and Canada, as well as two Renew stores as part of the company’s innovative recycling program.

In 2009, Eileen Fisher started a take-back program—part of a circular system designed to preserve the value of the brand’s clothes at every stage, in any condition. The company has taken back over 1.3 million garments to date, designating pieces that are beyond repair as raw material for Waste No More, an experimental design studio based in Irvington, NY. The studio transforms damaged clothes into one-of-a-kind artworks, pillows, wall hangings, and accessories using a custom felting technique that requires no water or dyes.

In 2016, the company became one of the largest women’s fashion companies to be certified a B Corporation, voluntarily meeting high criteria for social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. In addition, the company is the largest B Corp in the state of New York.

Eileen is passionate about business as a movement. In spring 2015, the company announced VISION2020, a bold five-year plan that addresses sustainability and human rights. In keeping with Eileen’s belief in collaboration, VISION2020 calls for partnering with other brands to shift the fashion industry.

In 2019, Eileen received the Positive Change Award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). Eileen was also honored as Designer of the Year by the American Apparel & Footwear Association. In 2017, Parsons School of Design honored Eileen at their annual gala for her work in sustainability. Eileen was selected to join the steering committee for New York State’s Council on Women and Girls. Launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo, this committee was formed to ensure that government policies and programs protect women’s rights and equality advancement in the state.

Karen joined Google in 2010 to head up the company’s learning, talent and career development work. Through late 2019 Karen led the global team responsible for L&D and leadership development across the company, including exec coaching and consulting, new hire onboarding, manager training, leadership development, diversity and well-being programs and peer-to-peer instruction for Googlers of all levels and tenure.

Prior to joining Google, Karen led two management consulting firms she helped to found and build. As the president and owner of RedFish Consulting and principal and co-founder of Terranova Consulting Group, Karen consulted for Fortune 100 companies, including Google for several years. Her consulting services spanned strategic planning, executive coaching, leadership development, conflict resolution, and change management across public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Karen has a long interest in mindfulness and meditation and is a frequent interviewer and contributor to Wisdom 2.0.

She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology at U.C. Berkeley and received her B.A. in psychology from Mills College. Karen is currently a member of the Mills College Board of Trustees and has served as the president of the Mills College Alumnae Association. She is an avid reader and can also be found hiking the hills of Marin County, California with her husband and two dogs.

Scott has been an active advocate for customers and employees in the technology space for over 20 years, with roles ranging from sales, customer advocacy, and customer service leadership. Previously, he was the vice president of LinkedIn’s Customer Operations organization. In his current role as head of Mindfulness and Compassion at LinkedIn, Scott blends his lifelong practice and passion with his practical leadership and operations experience. His mission is to change work from the inside out by “mainstreaming mindfulness” and “operationalizing compassion.”

“It’s time. The world is ready to talk about compassion at work. Workplaces are playing an increasingly active role in shaping values and behaviors in a way that governments and religions have for centuries. I think we have an incredible opportunity to shape the consciousness of the world in a positive way.”

Lisa Lahey, EdD
Lecturer at Harvard University and Cofounder and Codirector of Minds at Work
Jack Kornfield, PhD
Bestselling Author and World-Renowned Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Tara Brach, PhD
Author and World-Renowned Mindfulness Meditation Teacher
Otto Scharmer, PhD

Senior Lecturer in the MIT Management Sloan School and Cofounder of the Presencing Institute

Lisa Lahey is cofounder of Minds at Work, a coaching and consulting firm serving businesses and institutions around the world, and is on the faculty of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

An expert in adult development and an experienced executive coach and educator, she works with leaders and leadership teams in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. For the past several years, she has served as a trusted advisor and executive coach to leaders in the private and public sectors worldwide, and currently leads and teaches in the Personal Mastery program in the Doctorate Program for Educational Leaders for aspiring public school superintendents and other leaders at Harvard.

Lahey and long-time collaborator Dr. Robert Kegan are credited with a breakthrough discovery of the “immunity to change,” a dynamic which impedes personal and organizational transformation. Her work helps people to close the gap between their good intentions and behaviors. This work is now being used worldwide by executives, senior teams and individuals in business, governmental, and educational organizations. Lahey and Kegan received the Gislason Award for exceptional contributions to organizational leadership, joining past recipients Warren Bennis, Peter Senge, and Edgar Schein. In 2013, they received the Vision of Excellence Award from the Harvard Institute of Coaching.

Her books, How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work (Wiley, 2001), and Immunity to Change (Harvard Business Press, 2009) have been published in over a dozen languages. Her latest book, An Everyone Culture (Harvard Business Press, 2016) was named Best Management and Workplace Culture Book of 2016 by 800-CEO-READ. Lahey has been on the faculty of the World Economic Forum’s Davos conference, and had her work featured in the Atlantic, MSNBC News, Harvard Business Review, The New York Times Sunday Business Section, O, The Oprah Magazine, and Fast Company.

A passionate pianist and nature lover, she has two sons and a daughter-in-law and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband.

Jack trained as a Buddhist monk in Thailand, Burma, and India and has taught worldwide since 1974. He is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practices to the West. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology and is the cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and of Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California. He has written more than 15 books, including The Wise Heart, A Path with Heart, After the Ecstasy, the Laundry, and more. For more, visit jackkornfield.com.

Tara has been practicing and teaching meditation since 1975, as well as leading workshops and meditation retreats at centers throughout North America and Europe. She has a PhD in clinical psychology, is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and the author of Radical Acceptance and True Refuge. Tara’s weekly podcasts of talks and meditations are downloaded over a million times each month. For more, visit tarabrach.com.

Otto Scharmer is a senior lecturer in the MIT Sloan School of Management and cofounder of the Presencing Institute. He chairs the MIT IDEAS program for cross-sector innovation. He introduced the concept of “presencing”—learning from the emerging future—in his bestselling books Theory U and Presence (the latter coauthored with P. Senge, et al). He is coauthor of Leading from the Emerging Future, which outlines eight acupuncture points for transforming capitalism. His most recent book, The Essentials of Theory U, outlines the core principles and applications of awareness-based systems change. In 2015, Otto cofounded the MITx u.lab, a massive open online course (MOOC) for leading profound change, which has since activated a global ecosystem of societal and personal renewal involving more than 140,000 users from 185 countries. In 2019, he launched an annual innovation infrastructure called Societal Transformation Lab that supports place-based teams on reinventing economies, advancing democracies, and regenerating learning and leadership systems worldwide. Otto earned his diploma and PhD in economics from Witten/Herdecke University in Germany. A member of the World Future Council, he received the Jamieson Prize for Excellence in Teaching at MIT Sloan, and the European Leonardo Corporate Learning Award. The United Nations Deputy Secretary-General appointed him to the UN Learning Advisory Council for the 2030 Agenda. For more information visit www.ottoscharmer.com and www.presencing.org.
Padmasree Warrior

Board of Directors for Microsoft and Spotify

Chip Conley

Airbnb Strategic Advisor, Founder of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, and Modern Elder Academy Founder

Steve Macadam
Former CEO of EnPro Industries
Sharon Salzberg
New York Times Bestselling Author and Teacher of Buddhist Meditation

Padmasree Warrior is the founder, president and CEO of Fable, a mobile-first company that brings stories for everyone, anywhere. Previously, Padma was the CEO of NIO U.S., Chief Development Officer and board member of NIO Inc., a manufacturer of smart, electric, and autonomous vehicles. In this role she scaled the company from startup to a successful IPO NYSE:NIO in three years.

Prior to NIO, Warrior served as the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTSO) for Cisco until September 2015. In this capacity she was charged with aligning the company’s technology and business strategy to business results. She was in charge of corporate strategy, mergers, acquisitions, venture investments, and strategic partnerships. Previous to that, she was the SVP and GM for the Cisco Enterprise segment and co-led Cisco’s worldwide engineering organization. Prior to Cisco, she was EVP and CTO at Motorola. Under her leadership, Motorola was awarded the 2004 U.S. National Medal of Technology.

Padmasree Warrior has been widely recognized for her creative, visionary leadership. Forbes has named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” for three years running. In 2013, The International Alliance for Women gave her the World of Difference award. In 2012, Business Insider called her one of the “25 Most Influential Women in Wireless”. The Wall Street Journal has called her one of “50 Women to Watch.” Fast Company included her among the “100 Most Creative People in Business.” The Economic Times listed her as “the 11th Most Influential Global Indian.”

Warrior has served on government initiatives, industry advisory boards as well as charitable and community organizations. She received the United States Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence Award and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago’s Outstanding Woman of Achievement Award. In 2007, she was inducted into the Women in Technology (WITI) Hall of Fame.

Warrior holds a bachelor of technology degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, and a master of science degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University, New York.

Warrior serves on the boards of Microsoft and Spotify.

Warrior is married and has a son. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @Padmasree

The iconic boutique hotelier who helped Airbnb’s founders turn their fast-growing tech startup into a global hospitality brand, Chip Conley is a New York Times bestselling author whose manifesto on ageism, Wisdom at Work: The Making of a Modern Elder, is inspired by his experience of being both a mentor and an intern in his 50s. After selling the company he started as a rebel entrepreneur at age 26, Joie de Vivre Hospitality, Chip wasn’t sure what was next. He could have retired at age 52. But the young founders of Airbnb came calling. He served as Airbnb’s head of Global Hospitality & Strategy for four years—while also being CEO Brian Chesky’s mentor—and continues today as a strategic advisor to the company’s leadership. While writing Wisdom at Work, Chip was inspired to build the world’s first “midlife wisdom school,” the Modern Elder Academy, with a three-acre oceanfront campus in Baja California Sur, Mexico. Chip is an active mentor to six young CEO founders in the hospitality/tech world and serves on the board of Encore.org and the advisory board for the Stanford Center for Longevity. He believes curiosity is the elixir of life and started learning Spanish and surfing at age 58. Learn more at www.chipconley.com.

Mr. Macadam served as CEO and president of EnPro Industries, Inc. from April 2008 through July 2019, then through the end of February 2020 as vice chairman of EnPro’s board. Prior to joining EnPro, he was CEO of BlueLinx Holdings, Inc. Before joining BlueLinx in October 2005, he was the President and CEO of Consolidated Container Company, LLC, since August 2001.

He served previously with Georgia-Pacific Corp. where he was executive vice president, Pulp & Paperboard from July 2000 until August 2001, and senior vice president, Containerboard & Packaging from March 1998 until July 2000. He held positions of increasing responsibility with McKinsey and Company, Inc. from 1988 until 1998, culminating in the role of principal in charge of McKinsey’s Charlotte, North Carolina office.

He received a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky, an MS in finance from Boston College, and an MBA from Harvard University, where he was a Baker Scholar.

He currently serves as an independent director on the boards of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation and Valvoline, Inc., having previously served on five different company boards.

He is married with four children and resides in Atlanta.

Sharon Salzberg, a student of Buddhism since 1971, has been leading meditation retreats worldwide since 1974. Influenced by her more than twenty-five years of study with Burmese, Indian, and Tibetan teachers, she teaches intensive awareness practice (vipassana or insight meditation) and the profound cultivation of lovingkindness and compassion (the Brahma Viharas). She is a cofounder of the Insight Meditation Society and The Barre Center for Buddhist Studies, both in Massachusetts. Salzberg is the author of several books including The Kindness Handbook, Faith, Lovingkindness, A Heart as Wide as the World, and the New York Times bestseller Real Happiness. She has also authored several Sounds True audio and interactive learning kit works including Insight Meditation (with Joseph Goldstein), Unplug, and Lovingkindness Meditation.

Justin Kan

Cofounder of Twitch and Cofounder and CEO of Atrium

Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD

Founder of the Strozzi Institute

Chinedu Echeruo

Cofounder of Love & Magic Company

Oshoke Pamela Abalu

Cofounder of Love & Magic Company

Justin Kan is the cofounder and CEO of Atrium, a corporate law firm for startups empowered by technology, to provide a legal experience that is fast, transparent, and price-predictable. Having been a repeat founder and investor both personally and as a partner at Y Combinator for many years, Justin coins himself an involuntary user of legal services. With countless legal frustrations under his belt, he sought to redefine the industry by removing the unknown barriers with transparency and operational efficiency to improve the delivery of services—and inherently also the client-attorney relationship.

Justin previously founded companies including: Justin.tv, which later became Twitch, a video game streaming platform (acquired for $970M by Amazon in 2014); Socialcam, a mobile video sharing app (acquired for $60M by Autodesk in 2012); Exec, an on-demand maid service (acquired by Handybook in 2014); and, Kiko, the first AJAX web calendar.

Richard Strozzi-Heckler, Ph.D. is founder of Strozzi Somatics and Strozzi Institute. He has spent over four decades researching, developing, and teaching somatics to business leaders, executive managers, and teams from Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, technology start-ups, non-profits, the U.S. government and military. He was named one of the Top 50 Executive Coaches in The Art and Practice of Leadership Coaching, and in Profiles in Coaching. He is the co-founder of the Mideast Aikido Project (MAP), which brings together Palestinians and Israelis through the practice of Aikido.

Richard is the author of eight books, including The Leadership Dojo, In Search of the Warrior Spirit, The Anatomy of Change, Holding the Center, and The Art of Somatic Coaching: Embodying Skillful Action, Wisdom, and Compassion. From 2002 to 2007 he was an advisor to NATO and the Supreme Allied Commander of Europe (SACEUR) General Jim Jones, formally the National Security Advisor.
Richard has a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a seventh degree black belt in the martial art of Aikido.

Chinedu Echeruo is a serial entrepreneur who has dared to invent the future: in 2005, he founded HopStop, the pioneering travel app that helped millions of users navigate public transportation in major metropolitan areas around the world. Apple acquired HopStop. He is now the cofounder of the Love & Magic Company, a tech forward, inclusive innovation consultancy focused on transforming startups and corporations alike into what they call “Beloved” organizations.

Chinedu believes that individuals, empowered by imagination and information, can solve virtually any problem. Chinedu has been featured in media including Bloomberg, Fortune, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, CNBC, and more. Chinedu holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and BS in finance and accounting (honors) from Syracuse University.

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. She is a gifted architect, design thinker, and diversity advocate who has moved the needle, shattered glass ceilings, and enabled a broader conversation on diversity for organizations.

A Crain’s 40 Under 40 honoree, she is reimagining the future of work through ecosystem innovations that benefit humanity as an integral whole, like “Inclusion & Symphony” and “Smiles Per Square Foot,” where people and technology work side by side to improve lived experiences and amplify human potential.

Licensed at the age of 26, one of 179 licensed black female architects in the US, she has since led the transformation of over $1B of workplaces for thousands of individuals in 65 countries. Abalu and her work have been featured in Time magazine, SmartPlanet, Real Simple, Domino, Interior Design, The Network Journal, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, Fast Company, TED and more.

Yael Shy

Founder and Director of MindfulNYU

Melissa Carter

Associate Director for Global Spiritual Life at NYU

Rhonda Magee, JD

Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and Chair of the Board of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

Chris Germer, PhD

Author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion

Yael Shy is the senior director of global spiritual life at NYU and the founder and director of MindfulNYU, the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiative in the country. She is the author of the award-winning book, What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond (Parallax, 2017) and an adjunct professor at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is also the cofounder of the Mindfulness in Business initiative in partnership with the NYU Stern School of Business. Yael has been published in the Harvard Business Review, Women’s Health magazine, the Journal of Law and Social Change, Real Simple magazine and the Huffington Post, and she has been featured on Good Morning America, and CBS Religion and Culture. She teaches meditation all over the country and world, and can be found at www.yaelshy.com and @yaelshy1.

Melissa Carter is the Associate Director for Global Spiritual Life at New York University and is the Head of Mindfulness Education and Programming for MindfulNYU, the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiative in the country. Melissa’s career began in the hip hop music business at Violator management. From there she became a digital sales and marketing executive at both Warner Music Group and Universal Music Group. After a decade in the industry, Melissa embarked on a spiritual journey that inspired transformations in both her career and daily life. Melissa has served as a meditation teacher, reiki master, intuitive coach and wellness consultant. The last ten years have brought her to 15 different countries as a presenter and workshop leader speaking about the intersection of spirituality, social justice and mindfulness including belonging, self care, intuitive and emotional intelligence. As a spiritual thought leader, Melissa takes a holistic approach to problem solving. She has a drive to understand how systems work and how they can function more efficiently using mindfulness and grassroots practices. She is an Adjunct Professor for the Silver School of Social Work and is the New York Trauma-Informed facilitator for Connection Coalition. She is a Mama Glow-trained doula. Melissa has been featured in Good Housekeeping magazine and Billboard magazine’s “Top 30 Under 30 Executives” as well as various mindfulness blogs and podcasts, including The Naked Podcast and The Trailblazer Podcast.

Rhonda V. Magee (M.A. Sociology, J.D.) is Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, and is an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader focused on integrating Mindfulness into Higher Education, Law and Social Justice. A student of a wide variety of Buddhist and other wisdom teachers, including Joan Halifax, Norman Fischer and Jon Kabat Zinn, she trained as a mindfulness teacher through the Oasis Teacher Training Institute of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness. She teaches Mindfulness-Based Interventions awareness and compassion practices from a range of traditions. In October 2019, she received the Garrison Institute’s Insight + Impact Award.

A former President of the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Professor Magee is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, she recently completed a 2-year term on its Steering Council. She is a member of the Board of Advisors of the University of Massachusetts Center for Mindfulness and the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

Professor Magee graduated is a 1989 graduate, with Distinction, of the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences, and received both a Master degree in Sociology from UVA’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and a Juris Doctorate from the UVA School of Law in 1993.

A Professor of Law for twenty-one years (tenured since 2004), who teaches courses dealing civil actions for personal injury and insurance recovery; courses dealing with race and inequality; and a course she co-created on mindfulness and lawyering, Rhonda is experienced in interpersonal dynamics-informed small group facilitation (supported by training, retreats, and practice through a variety of programs, including Stanford University’s Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitator Program and the Gregory Kramer’s Insight Dialogue). Rhonda’s teaching and writing support compassionate conflict engagement and management; holistic problem-solving to alleviate the suffering of the vulnerable and injured; presence-based leadership in a diverse world, and humanizing approaches to education. She sees mindfulness and the allied disciplines as keys to personal, interpersonal and collective transformation in the face of the challenges and opportunities that social change represents.

Rhonda has served as a Guest Teacher in a variety of mindfulness teacher training programs, including those sponsored by the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (2017, 2018), led by Diana Winston, the Engaged Mindfulness Institute, led by Fleet Maull (2017, 2018), the Center for Mindfulness (2017), led by Judson Brewer, and Spirit Rock’s Vipassana Dharma teacher training program (2018), led by Larry Yang and Gina Sharpe. She has served as leader or co-leader of retreats at Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the Garrison Institute, the Shambhala Mountain Center, the Omega Institute and New York Insight Meditation Center.

Dr. Chris Germer, author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion, is a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. A leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy, he is a founding faculty member of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and a cofounder of the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion, Cambridge Health Alliance. Chris teaches programs internationally about mindfulness and compassion, and maintains a small psychotherapy practice in Arlington, Massachusetts.

Lorna Davis
Former CEO and Chairwoman of Danone
Lisa Picard
Lisa Picard is President and Chief Executive Officer of EQ Office
Joey Bergstein
CEO Seventh Generation
Amishi Jha, PhD

Neuroscientist and Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami

Lorna has served as President of multinational consumer goods companies for 20+ years, in Danone, Kraft and Mondelez. She has been a key leader in Danone’s purpose journey and is a Global Ambassador for the B Corp movement.

In 2017, Lorna served as CEO and Chairwoman of Danone Wave (now Danone North America), where she established that $6 Billion entity as a Public Benefit Corporation and it achieved B Corp status in 2018, making it the largest B Corp in the world.
 Lorna is a member of the Social Mission Board of Seventh Generation, the Integrity Board of Sir Kensington (both companies owned by Unilever),the Advisory Board of Radicle Impact and the Board of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. She is also on the board of B Lab Global.

She has lived and led businesses in 7 countries and is passionate about purpose in business, Rhino conservation, and her dog Stir Fry.

Lisa Picard is President and Chief Executive Officer of EQ Office, where she leads vision and strategy for the company that is wholly owned by Blackstone. As CEO, Lisa drives the strategic direction for the organization, inspires her teams, partners and clients to move past legacy assumptions seeking new pathways for value creation. For success, she drives a community experience to maximize the human potential within the real estate, particularly in this age of rapid automation and technological change.

Lisa joined EQ in 2016 as its Chief Operating Officer and was named CEO in 2017. She immediately worked to re-shaped the organization and now the office market to have greater relevance to a shifting marketplace.

Prior to joining EQ, Lisa worked as a real estate executive for Skanska USA developing office and residential properties in the Northwest, while also guiding investments for the company in Sweden, Norway and Denmark. At Canyon Ranch Spa and Resorts, Lisa drove the expansion of the experiential hotel brand in Florida. And prior to Canyon Ranch, Lisa developed several office developments in Seattle for Hines Interests, for a career building over 6.5 million square feet of ground up real estate valued over $5B.

Lisa holds two master’s degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She lectured at MIT and the University of Washington on visioning, technology, design thinking, mindful leadership, real estate innovation and understanding risk in changing markets. She also serves on the Board of Directors for MiiR, a product to project B corporation, and Honest Buildings, a prop tech capital management platform for real estate owners.

Joey Bergstein joined Seventh Generation in 2011 and, together with the Seventh Generation team, has been transforming its business, more than doubling revenue during this time, while pursuing the company’s quest to transform the world into a healthier, more sustainable and more equitable place for all. Joey stepped into the CEO role in 2017 following the sale to Unilever. The company is seeing growth accelerate further in North America and is now expanding across 5 continents to truly impact millions of people around the world.

A graduate of University of Western Ontario’s Richard Ivey School of Business, Bergstein began his career at Procter & Gamble where he held marketing leadership roles over the course of ten years across North America and in Europe. Since then, his career turned to beverages where Joey served as VP Global Business Development and then VP Marketing at Molson and finally at Diageo where as Senior Vice President of Global Rum, Joey led a global team that doubled the rum business to over $1 billion, transforming Captain Morgan into the fastest growing premium spirit brand in the world.

Joey, his wife Andrea, founder of Scribblitt.com, and their two super-daughters Tori and Rachel live in Charlotte, VT.

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We are taking the health of all Inner MBA enrollees very seriously. We’ve made a few additional options available in your enrollment process.

If you are uncertain about traveling to the in-person immersion events in September 2020 and April 2021, you may now enroll for the Virtual Only Program, and then upgrade later to the In-Person Immersion Events & Virtual Program if you become more comfortable with travel.

Alternately, if you’d like to enroll in the In-Person Immersion Events & Virtual Program, you can downgrade to the Virtual Only option if you need to due to travel conditions.

To support anyone experiencing financial hardship during this time, we have opened up several more scholarships than we initially planned to, to make sure no student who wants to attend is turned away for financial reasons.