THE AGENDA

FRIDAY, APRIL 13

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Eric Forbis - Founder, Mindful Workplace Summit
 Eric Forbis

Eric Forbis

 
 
9:00 - 9:40 AM
Friday, April 13

Creating a More People-Centered Workplace Culture

Jacqueline Carter - North American Director, Potential Project; Author, The Mind of the Leader
 Jacqueline Carter

Jacqueline Carter

Today's workforce is increasingly looking for meaning, human connectedness, and true happiness. How can we create more human leadership and people-centered cultures where employees and leaders are more fulfilled and wholeheartedly engaged? Jacqueline discusses how mindfulness, compassion, and selflessness can play key roles in creating this kind of workplace culture.

 
9:40 - 10:20 AM
Friday, April 13

The Science of Mindfulness at Work

Parneet Pal - Chief Science Officer, Wisdom Labs
 Parneet Pal

Parneet Pal

Parneet explores what mindfulness means, the neuroscience behind it, and its implications for the workplace. She discusses why it makes sense for a workplace that is interested in a healthy, productive, and resilient culture to include mindfulness in both its learning and wellness initiatives.

 
10:20 - 10:35 AM
BREAK
 
10:35 - 11:15 AM
Friday, April 13

Positive Neuroplasticity: How to Grow Inner Resilient Well-Being in a Changing World

Rick Hanson - Neuropsychologist and Author, Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence
 Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson

Resilience and well-being feed each other in an upward spiral. As we grow an unshakable core of peace, contentment, and love, we become less vulnerable to the classic manipulations of fear and anger, greed and possessiveness, and "us" against "them" conflicts. This has big implications for our workplaces and our world.

 
11:20 AM - Noon
Friday, April 13

How to Make Mindfulness the Most Successful Training in a Global Organization

Peter Bostelmann - Director, Global Mindfulness Practice, SAP
 Peter Bostelmann

Peter Bostelmann

Peter reveals key insights from SAP’s very successful Global Mindfulness Practice, which, to date, has involved 6,500 employees in 23 countries, and has a waitlist of 5,500 employees.

 
11:20 AM - Noon
Friday, April 13

Unstoppable Success: Moving Forward by Giving Back

Cynthia Kersey - Founder and CEO, Unstoppable Foundation
 Cynthia Kersey

Cynthia Kersey

Cynthia shares her expertise on how to transform your life and your work through social purpose and contribution. She discusses the power of generosity and how it can benefit you and your organization.

 
Noon - 1:15 PM
BOOK SIGNING and LUNCH
 
1:15 - 2:00 PM
Friday, April 13

The Art of Mindful Conversation

Susan Skjei - Director, Authentic Leadership Center, Naropa University
 Susan Skjei

Susan Skjei

Mindfulness is a powerful practice that can enrich all facets of our lives. As we become more present and aware, we can bring ourselves more fully into relationship with others. In this workshop, we practice the art of mindful conversation, and learn how we can integrate this skill into our work and beyond.

 
1:15 - 2:00 PM
Friday, April 13

Lessons Learned by Mindful Workplace Champions

Bruce Neustadter - Mindfulness in Education Lead, Santa Cruz County Office of Education
Suzanne Denham - Teacher, Main Street Elementary School, Soquel School District
Greg Louie - Principal, East Side Union High School District, San Jose, California
Melissa Wheeler - Teacher, Social Emotional Learning & Mindfulness, East Side Union High School District, San Jose, California
Moderated by: Wendy Baron - Co-Founder and Chief Officer, Social and Emotional Learning, New Teacher Center
 
 Bruce Neustadter

Bruce Neustadter

 Suzanne Denham

Suzanne Denham

 Greg Louie

Greg Louie

 Melissa Wheeler

Melissa Wheeler

 Wendy Baron

Wendy Baron

 

Sometimes a single passionate person can influence an organization. Learn how these workplace champions took their mindfulness programs from inspiration to successful implementation, and what they learned along the way.

 
2:05 - 2:45 PM
Friday, April 13

Innovation and Bedlam: A Way of Being Calm and Effective in a World Where Nothing Seems Predictable

Bill Duane - Former Superintendent of Well-Being, Google
 Bill Duane

Bill Duane

The world is increasingly chaotic and unpredictable, yet requires us to have strategic vision, constant innovation, and interpersonal cohesion in order to be both effective and happy. Bill brings together neuroscience, complexity theory, mindfulness, and the forefront of executive development. He discusses the basics of managing complexity, and how you can harness mindfulness skills to cultivate balance in the face of constant change.

 
2:05 - 2:45 PM
Friday, April 13

Connecting to the Soul of Business: Creating Employee Engagement

Blaine Bartlett - President and CEO, Avatar Resources
 Blaine Bartlett

Blaine Bartlett

Want to achieve to extraordinary employee engagement? Connect employees to the founding mission of your organization, and tap into metrics and practices that keep them connected to it.

 
2:50 - 3:30 PM
Friday, April 13

Transforming a Company Starts with Personal Transformation

Bria Martin - Executive Director, Organizational Strategy and Leadership Development,Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical
 Bria Martin

Bria Martin

Learning and development professionals are architects of the learning process, but often don’t see themselves as active participants. However, successful organizational change requires a personal commitment to “being in it.” By embracing and being on the learning journey, along with your organization, you can ignite change and create environments where employees can do their best work.

 
2:50 - 3:30 PM
Friday, April 13

How to Get Beyond the Obstacles to Meditation and Help Your Colleagues Do the Same

Caroline Welch - CEO, Mind Your Brain
 Caroline Welch

Caroline Welch

“My time is better spent elsewhere.” “I’m too busy.” Our minds find ways to justify obstacles to meditation. Caroline helps us discover the optimal time, place, and “way in” to a Mindful Awareness Practice Plan (MAPP) that works now, and over time as our personal and professional commitments fluctuate. She then shows us how to formulate a step-by-step action plan for introducing the MAPP into the workplace.

 
3:30 - 3:45 PM
BREAK
 
3:45 - 4:30 PM
Friday, April 13

Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence

Dr. Daniel Siegel - Founding Co-Director, Mindful Awareness Research Center - UCLA
 Dr. Daniel Siegel

Dr. Daniel Siegel

Being “present” in life is both an art and a skill. Explore how an open state of receptive awareness can be cultivated to bring well-being to your personal and professional relationships, as well as health to your body.

 
4:30 - 5:15 PM
Friday, April 13

Challenging Conversations in Changing Times: Creating an Opportunity for Connection

Tanya Odom - Global Consultant on Civil/Human Rights, Diversity, Equity, and Mindfulness
 Tanya Odom

Tanya Odom

How do we communicate across differences? How do we increase our capacity to engage in crucial and meaningful conversations related to diversity, equity, and inclusion? How can the practice of mindfulness help us with “challenging conversations”?
 
Explore how to create “emotionally safe spaces”, courageous conversations, and dialogue vs. debate. Learn what organizations around the world are doing to create spaces for intentional dialogue and connection.

 
5:15 - 6:00 PM
Friday, April 13

Reflections on the Day

Questions, observations, and next steps.

 
6:00 - 7:15 PM
BOOK SIGNING and DINNER
 

SATURDAY, APRIL 14

 
8:30 - 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Eric Forbis - Founder, Mindful Workplace Summit
 Eric Forbis

Eric Forbis

 
 
9:00 - 9:40 AM
Saturday, April 14

The Mindful Colleague: How Mindfulness Meditation Cultivates Social Intelligence Skills

Michael Carroll - Author, The Mindful Leader, Awake at Work, and Fearless at Work
 Michael Carroll

Michael Carroll

As artificial intelligence and predictive analytics become more mainstream, the workplace demands that we move past simply being “smart”, to being wise and skillful. Explore how mindfulness-awareness meditation can help us cultivate the social intelligence skills needed for thriving in the 21st century workplace.

 
9:40 - 10:20 AM
Saturday, April 14

Taking Off Our Masks

Ashanti Branch - Founder and Executive Director, The Ever Forward Club
 Ashanti Branch

Ashanti Branch

This session creates a safe space for participants to engage in open, honest dialogue and reflection. By closing the gap between who we are on the inside and who we show up as at work, we create more meaningful connections, healthier communication, deeper engagement - and ultimately more powerful results.

 
10:20 - 10:35 AM
BREAK
 
10:35 - 11:15 AM
Saturday, April 14

Integrating Mindfulness and Compassion in Daily Life

Ruchika Sikri - Manager, Sustainable Performance and Well-Being Learning, Google
 Ruchika Sikri

Ruchika Sikri

Ruchika discusses programs her team brings to employees at Google to help them perform sustainably and live fully. The workplace culture and our daily lives are becoming increasingly complex and volatile. Explore how we can integrate mindfulness and compassion practices in the moments when we need them the most.

 
11:20 AM - Noon
Saturday, April 14

Small Group Dialogues

A guided session where you connect with your peers in candid conversations about important workplace issues.
 
Noon - 1:15 PM
BOOK SIGNING and LUNCH
 
1:15 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 14

The Power of Gratitude at Work

Emiliana Simon-Thomas - Science Director, Greater Good Science Center - UC Berkeley
Cindy Elkins - EVP and Global Head, CART Patient Experience, Juno Therapeutics
Mike Robbins - Mindfulness Instructor; Author, Bring Your Whole Self to Work
Moderated by: Jason Marsh - Director of Programs, Greater Good Science Center - UC Berkeley
Presented by: Greater Good Science Center
 Emiliana Simon-Thomas

Emiliana Simon-Thomas

 Cindy Elkins

Cindy Elkins

 Mike Robbins

Mike Robbins

 Jason Marsh

Jason Marsh

Research suggests that expressing and receiving gratitude at work makes people feel happier and more fulfilled, cooperative, motivated, and effective. Yet data shows we are less likely to feel or express gratitude at work than anyplace else. Explore why and how to overcome the barriers to gratitude, and how to develop a culture of gratitude within your organization.

 
1:15 - 2:00 PM
Saturday, April 14

What We’ve Learned Championing Mindfulness Programs in Our Organizations

Cory Custer - Director of Compassion, Brighton Jones
Wendy Quan - Founder, The Calm Monkey
Bruce Goldstein - Sonoma County Counsel
Moderated by: Van Riper - gPause Community Programs Manager, Google
 Cory Custer

Cory Custer

 Bruce Goldstein

Bruce Goldstein

 Wendy Quan

Wendy Quan

 Van Riper

Van Riper

Van, Cory, Wendy, and Bruce share insights, missteps, and successes from their experience championing mindfulness programs for Google, Brighton Jones, Pacific Blue Cross, and Sonoma County, California.

 
2:05 - 2:45 PM
Saturday, April 14

The Ups and Downs of Working with Mindfulness: Learnings from My SIYLI Team

Lindsey Kugel - Program Director, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
 Lindsey Kugel

Lindsey Kugel

Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute's mission is to bring about the conditions for world peace, but first they have to start with their own 20-person team. Lindsey shares key practices for working together mindfully, and the benefits and pitfalls that come along with it. Experience practical exercises, and learn what to expect when a workplace endeavors to be mindful.

 
2:05 - 2:45 PM
Saturday, April 14

Living a Principled Life

Dinabandhu Sarley - Principal, Sarley Consulting
 Dinabandhu Sarley

Dinabandhu Sarley

When you become reliable for values driven behavior, not only do people treat you with more respect, you slowly create an inner foundation that is strong enough to withstand the storms and challenges that life inevitably throws at each of us. Dinabandhu explores how living a principled life creates opportunities and leverage for impact in the workplace.

 
2:50 - 3:30 PM
Saturday, April 14

Accomplishing More by Doing Less

Marc Lesser - Former CEO and Co-Founder, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
 Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser

Doing less and accomplishing more is about bringing your full presence and attention to what you’re doing. And it’s about aligning your actions with your values and your particular passions. Marc shares several practices that can help you accomplish more of what really matters to you.

 
2:50 - 3:30 PM
Saturday, April 14

How to Bring Mindfulness into Your Workplace (With No Ongoing Operating Costs)

Wendy Quan - Founder, The Calm Monkey, Change Manager, Pacific Blue Cross
 Wendy Quan

Wendy Quan

Learn a proven, practical model to start an ongoing mindfulness practice in your organization, and get a practical implementation roadmap that works. Learn how to get the conversation started and how to get support, how to show results, and key mistakes to avoid.
By using your own employees, you can create a self-sustaining, engaging practice at work with no ongoing operating costs.

Also hear about The Calm Monkey’s amazing latest research on integrating change management techniques with mindfulness to help people deal with difficult change.

 
3:30 - 3:45 PM
BREAK
 
3:45 - 4:30 PM
Saturday, April 14

Mindful Transformation and Radical Performance Shifts at the Edge of Human Potential

Dawa Tarchin Phillips - Executive Director and Co-Founder, International Mindfulness Teachers Association
 Dawa Tarchin Phillips

Dawa Tarchin Phillips

Mindfulness and meditation are becoming more popular in our culture. But these practices, if misunderstood, can fail to remove the limiting self-definitions, laziness, and distractions that stifle innovation and personal growth. Learn about three big mistakes that can keep you from accessing your full vitality, focus, and joy.

 
4:30 - 5:15 PM
Saturday, April 14

Radical Belonging for a Workplace That Works

angel Kyodo williams - Founder, Center for Transformative Change
 angel Kyodo williams

angel Kyodo williams

It is human nature to seek belonging. When we experience belonging, our sense of well-being and positivity increases, our desire to contribute expands, and our inspiration flourishes. Learn the key to finding radical belonging within yourself, and discover how to bring it out in others - to create workplaces that work for all.

 
5:15 - 6:00 PM
Saturday, April 14

Closing Session: Reflections on the Summit

Eric Forbis - Founder, Mindful Workplace Summit
 Eric Forbis

Eric Forbis

Eric leads attendees in a session of questions, observations, and next steps.

 
6:00 - 7:15 PM
BOOK SIGNING and DINNER
 
 

Choose an Optional Daylong Training Intensive the Day Before and/or After the Summit

OPTIONAL DAY 1

THURSDAY, APRIL 12

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Intensive 1

The Mind of the Leader: Learn to be a More Mindful and Compassionate Leader

Jacqueline Carter - North American Director, Potential Project; Co-Author, The Mind of the Leader
Rasmus Hougaard - Managing Director and Founder, Potential Project; Co-Author, The Mind of the Leader
 Jacqueline Carter

Jacqueline Carter

 Rasmus Hougaard

Rasmus Hougaard

Through two years of research, Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter have identified two of the most important traits of some of today’s greatest leaders at companies like McKinsey, Microsoft, Lego and Google: mindfulness and compassion. In this workshop they will teach you the science and practices of developing mindfulness and compassion and how to apply them in your leadership.

They draw on their own personal experiences training leaders around the world for the Potential Project, as well as research conducted for their book, The Mind of the Leader, being published in March 2018 by Harvard Business Review Press.

 
Intensive 2

Finding the Space to Lead

John Cregier - Senior Leader, Institute for Mindful Leadership; Former VP of Information Technology, U.S. Cellular
 John Cregier

John Cregier

Each of us has the potential to lead with excellence. But it’s hard to reach our potential for excellence when demands for our attention can feel overwhelming, and the frenetic pace of work causes us to function on autopilot much of the time. We lose our ability to respond with clarity, creativity and compassion.

This daylong intensive offers you the opportunity to explore and learn how to cultivate the innate abilities of your mind, and approach everyday situations with greater focus and ease. Founded on over a decade of work and research by Janice Marturano and the Institute for Mindful Leadership, this training has been successfully used by leaders and organizations worldwide. It is based in part on Janice's award winning book, Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership.

 
Intensive 3

Leadership in the Face of Chaos and Possibly B.S.: Come for the Resilience, Stay for the Connection

Bill Duane - Former Superintendent of Well-Being, Google
Chuck Lief - President, Naropa University
 Bill Duane

Bill Duane

 Chuck Lief

Chuck Lief

Develop practical skills and tools to engage with leadership in a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Perhaps surprisingly, meeting the challenges of leadership allows us to develop skills to connect more deeply with ourselves and others.

Learn more about how mindfulness helps you develop resilience, and how connecting deeply with yourself and others is the foundation for leading with authenticity.

 

OPTIONAL DAY 2

SUNDAY, APRIL 15

9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Intensive 1

Mindful at Work: Cultivating a Culture of Resilience

Susan Skjei - Director, Authentic Leadership Center, Naropa University
 Susan Skjei

Susan Skjei

Every workplace needs people who are present, attentive, motivated and engaged.  This is the potential of mindfulness.  Based on simple practices that help focus and expand mental and emotional capacity, mindfulness can strengthen resilience, reduce stress and improve decision making in the workplace and in life.

In this workshop you will learn why mindfulness works and how you can apply it to everyday aspects of work such as planning, communication, meetings, teamwork and change. You will also learn mindfulness and embodiment practices that you can do at home to strengthen your capacity to stay present, focused and engaged.

Whether you are a leader or an individual contributor, mindfulness can strengthen your capacity to respond to challenges with creativity and even a sense of humor.  These practices can cultivate a culture of resilience in the face of constant change which gives work new meaning and purpose.

 
Intensive 2

How to Bring Mindfulness into an Organization

Marc Lesser - Former CEO and Co-Founder, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
 Marc Lesser

Marc Lesser

  • Deepen your practice and understanding of mindfulness and emotional intelligence
  • Learn tools and strategies for bringing mindfulness into daily work
  • Build community with others integrating  mindfulness and work

This day will include meditation and mindfulness practice. The content will focus on unpacking and understanding mindfulness and emotional intelligence, neuroscience, and practical applications of mindfulness in the work place. Activities will include mindful listening in pairs and small groups, journal writing, and open discussion.