Leadership in the 21st century requires more than just hard work and long hours. Mindfulness training creates the foundation for inspired workplaces, creative solutions, and easeful progress.
What We Do
We believe that instead of working longer and harder, leaders trained in mindfulness find clarity on demand and create the conditions for emergent solutions that inspire creativity and progress.
Specialists in Mindfulness, Adult Learning, & Wellness Research
A team committed to deepening their own mindfulness practice, an ongoing exploration of best practices for leadership, and continued research.
Shalini Bahl, Ph.D.
I am an entrepreneur, researcher, and educator committed to making mindfulness accessible to all populations so they can break out of living on auto-pilot and live with more ease, compassion, and creativity. I teach and develop programs at the intersection of neuroscience, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence. My background in marketing, business, and academic training allows me to work with diverse populations with a special focus on corporate, academic, and professional clients.
More recently, I was recruited as one of the thirty people from around the world, expects in areas of neuroscience, mindfulness, and leadership, to be trained in and promote the Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program. The SIY program is an executive training developed at Google to cultivate mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and compassionate leadership at work.
I have been meditating for over ten years and my dissertation and research focuses on topics comprising self awareness and mindfulness. My academic training includes Chartered Accountancy (equivalent of Certified Public Accountants) and a PhD in marketing. I have also completed the professional training to teach mindfulness from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health-Care, and Society at Umass Medical School in Worcester, MA. I continue to practice daily and seek every opportunity to deepen my own practice and integrate it into my life.
My love for mindfulness, marketing, and technology culminated in the creation of Mindful Universe, a social networking site to promote mindfulness. This is an online community for people to explore and share resources and experiences that support mindful living.
When I am not working, I enjoy cooking healthy and tasty meals for my family, going for walks in nature, Zumba-ing, singing, writing, researching, and my mindfulness practice.
I am a learning and development professional with a wide range of experience including curriculum developer, instructor, and education consultant.
My focus is on performance improvement. I’ve implemented a wide variety of programs in support of technical training and management development initiatives. My work experience includes applying a systems approach based on job specific requirements. I worked for several Fortune 500 companies as Instructional Designer, Instructor, Consultant and Manager in support of major, corporate initiatives.
I completed several certificate programs including Organizational Change Management and Systems Thinking that enabled me to broaden my skills including teaching Systems Thinking workshops to Product Development teams, teaching Organizational Change Management workshops to Information Technology consultants and teaching Educational Technology workshops to public school teachers and administrators across New England.
I am a Founding Member of the Western Massachusetts Green Consortium (WMGC) and an active volunteer in support of regional continuing education programs.
George Milne, Ph.D.
I am a researcher, educator, and practitioner of mindfulness. As a professor of marketing in the Isenberg School at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, I conduct research that informs marketers understanding of consumer behavior and the practice of technology, health and public policy. Some of my research has focused on understanding how mindfulness can help consumers change habits. One of my coauthored papers on the topic of Mindful Eating was published in the Journal of Public Policy. My newest research project is tied to my participation in the 2015 Transforming Consumer Research conference, where I co-chaired a track on Mindful Marketing.
Aware that marketing can have damaging societal consequences, I am interested in showing how marketing can be a tool for promoting social good. Marketing, when practiced mindfully can be used for creating market exchanges where both buyers and sellers are better off, as well as society and the physical environment. To help bring this vision to and outside the academy, I am currently co-writing a book on mindful marketing. This book will educate readers on how they can bring mindfulness to their roles as marketers and consumers.
My practice of mindfulness is in a constant process of evolution. I have meditated regularly for over 15 years, practiced tai chi daily for over a decade, and have attended numerous silence retreats. For me, mindfulness has been a big part of my life—both personally and professionally. I am a big advocate for this knowledge to be transferred throughout society.
While not working I like to spend my time with outside sports and activities such as hiking and skiing. For exercise I run and practice yoga. Two mornings a week I join my friends in the Amity Hill running club for running and coffee. In addition, I read widely, engage in writing projects, garden, travel, and seek out new experiences.
Before becoming owner of the Yoga Center Amherst, I oversaw 1/2 of the US operation for Best Buddies International. After helping lead a total redesign of the headquarters team, in late 2012, I took over responsibility for 19 offices and $6.7mil in annual revenues. Under my leadership the region saw over $750k in revenue growth (13%) in 2013, and went from a 4% deficit to a 3% surplus.
I have also supported organizations and social entrepreneurs through strategic visioning, fundraising consulting, and board development. I am a certified Predictive Index® analyst, and received extensive training in Systems Thinking through Systems Thinking World and the Society for Organizational Learning.
I have completed a 200 hour teacher training in Embodyoga®, and studied mindfulness at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Monastery, Dhara Dhamma meditation center, and Downtown Mindfulness. I am on the board of directors for Aurvoville International USA. When I am not teaching yoga, managing the Yoga Center, or meditating, I love to spend time with my family, read, garden, hike, and play the guitar.
Rebecca Shwartz, ND, L.Ac
I am a Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist, committed to helping people live happier and healthier life through the use of alternative medicine. I have private practices in two states, and I work as both a primary care physician and a specialist in complementary medicine. I have helped hundreds of people overcome chronic health issues.
In my years studying medicine and treating patients, I have found that balanced nutrition and a healthy response to stress are two of the most important keys to health. For this reason, I have made nutritional therapy and mind body medicine a focus of my clinical practice. Mindfulness is one of the most powerful tools that I have found to decrease stress and improve health.
I received my doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and masters in Acupuncture at Bastyr University, which is rated as one of the top medical schools in the country. I have also studied Ayurvedic medicine through apprenticing with physicians in Southern India. My fascination with mind body medicine has led me to pursue additional training, and I am currently mid way through a Masters of Divinity Degree.
Prior to studying medicine, I worked in community organizing and organic farming. I received my Bachelors of Arts from Oberlin College in biology and environmental studies. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the outdoors, cooking, and learning how to play the guitar (thankfully, I am a much better doctor than musician, but I enjoy both).
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