Check-in and Registration (coffee and tea provided)
Welcome from James Gimian, Mindful; Scott Kriens, 1440 Multiversity; Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dacher Keltner, Greater Good Science Center
Keynote: Richard Davidson, PhD, Founding Director, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Followed by Q&A with Dacher Keltner
Why Bring Mindfulness to Work?
The motivations, needs, and incentives companies have for fostering mindfulness at work
- Rich Fernandez, PhD, Wisdom Labs
- Mark Higbie, Senior Advisor to Ford Motor Company
Moderated by Emiliana Simon-Thomas, PhD, Greater Good Science Center
10:50 am-12:00 pm
The Challenges to Mindfulness at Work
Addressing the obstacles that employees and companies face when trying to implement mindfulness programs and practices
- Jacqueline Carter & Rasmus Hougaard, The Potential Project
- Kyra Bobinet, MD, MPH, engagedIN (formerly of Aetna)
- Kelly McCabe Ruff, MBA, eMindful
Moderated by Jason Marsh, Greater Good Science Center
Optional lunchtime meditation led by Carley Hauck of Intuitive Wellness from 12:45-1:10
Stories of Success and Positive Impact
How companies have overcome various challenges to successfully implement mindfulness programs
- Marc Lesser, MBA, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute
- Peter Bostelmann, SAP
- Emma Adolfsson, formerly of Carlsberg Group
- Maggie Randriamamonjy, Pixar Animation Studios
Moderated by James Gimian, Mindful
But What Do I Do on Monday?
A final session that zeroes in on specific skills attendees can bring back to the office right away
- Pamela Weiss, Appropriate Response
- Jeremy Hunter, PhD, Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University
- Wendy Quan, Pacific Blue Cross
Closing Reflections with Birju Pandya
You can see bios of the speakers confirmed for Friday’s and Saturday’s program in the Speakers tab.
- Venue: Friday: Zellerbach Playhouse, UC Berkeley Saturday: DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina
- Date: November 13-14, 2015
- Time: 9:00 am-4:30 pm both days
Price: $279 (one day), $479 (both days); lunch included.
Advanced registration has closed. Limited tickets available at the door!
Our workplaces can be draining, stressful, even toxic environments that seem resistant to change. But they don’t have to be. Increasingly, scientific evidence suggests that mindfulness, which includes a wide array of practices, can not only address these workplace challenges but also foster greater wellness and productivity on the job.
At this event, top scientists, workplace leaders, and mindfulness teachers will share practical strategies to help us transform our work experiences and our workplaces.
The program will shed light on the leading programs—as well as key practices and principles—for fostering mindfulness and well-being at work. Building on the growing interest in mindfulness and its relevance to the workplace, it will explore precisely how mindfulness can be brought into organizations, highlighting the challenges and benefits companies are likely to experience along the way.
The program will examine in depth the state-of-the-art for well-being and mindfulness at work, exploring what's working and why. It will draw upon the experiences of notable corporate/organizational leaders from the Bay Area and elsewhere, and bring them into dialogue with leading researchers and mindfulness program leaders.
Spanning four sessions, the first day of the program will:
- 1) Cover the various motivations, needs, and incentives companies have for fostering mindfulness at work;
- 2) Address head-on the challenges that employees and companies face when trying to implement mindfulness programs and practices;
- 3) Explain how companies have overcome those challenges to build mindfulness programs and increase well-being; and
- 4) Leave attendees with specific skills that they can bring back to the office right away, including strategies for pitching mindfulness to skeptics.
On the second day of the program, in-depth workshops will give attendees an even more experiential, hands-on understanding of how mindfulness can be incorporated into their work lives.
From the event as a whole, they will learn not only about the programs they might try but also grasp the core principles essential to any effort to increase mindfulness and well-being in the workplace. Tickets are available for either day alone or for both days together.
Continuing Education Credit
Two CE credit hours offered for psychologists, counselors, MFTs, nurses, teachers, and social workers for Friday's conference. HR professionals can earn 11.25 credit hours for attending both days of the conference. See the "Continuing Education" tab for more information.
We are pleased to offer significant scholarships for full-time MBA students interested in socially conscious leadership. Please contact Elise Proulx at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Scholarships sponsored by HopeLab, which combines rigorous research with innovative solutions to improve human health and well-being.
This event is for everyone who has heard about the benefits of mindfulness-based programs in the workplace and wants to learn more, with special appeal to decision-makers who want to discover what might work for their workplace. This includes HR staff, managers, company wellness advocates, coaches, corporate leaders, and small company owners—across sectors. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the landscape of mindfulness programs, learn practical lessons from some high-profile industry leaders and workplace wellness trailblazers, and connect with teachers, program leaders, companies, and peers who share their goals and can help.
GGSC members receive a 20% discount! Simply enter the five digits of your membership ID (leave off th initial letter) in the "promotional code" field during the checkout process. Not a member? Join now to enjoy 20% off this event and other perks!
For information on sponsorships and group rates, please contact Elise Proulx of the GGSC.
Cancellations and Refunds
Please note that the deadline to be reimbursed for cancelling your registration is Friday, November 6, 2015. After that point, no reimbursements will be issued.