Mindfulness & Well-Being at Work

November 13-14, 2015
Berkeley, CA

  • 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. 1) Cover the various motivations, needs, and incentives companies have for fostering mindfulness at work;
  2. 2) Address head-on the challenges that employees and companies face when trying to implement mindfulness programs and practices;
  3. 3) Explain how companies have overcome those challenges to build mindfulness programs and increase well-being; and
  4. 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 eliseproulx@berkeley.edu 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.

Membership Discounts

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.

This two-day program will:

  • Help workplace leaders and decision makers understand why mindfulness might benefit themselves and their organizations.
  • Identify effective, validated, and concrete practices that can be incorporated into the workplace, even without a formal mindfulness program in place.
  • Help attendees identify credible resources and programs that they can introduce to their workplace.
  • Elucidate principles for successful implementation, through sharing the successes—and challenges—of various organizations.
  • Offer tips to people who want to introduce mindfulness to their workplace and need to convince others.
  • 8:30-9:00 am

    Check-in and Registration (coffee and tea provided)

  • 9:00-9:15 am

    Welcome from James Gimian, Mindful; Scott Kriens, 1440 Multiversity; Emiliana Simon-Thomas and Dacher Keltner, Greater Good Science Center

  • 9:15-9:45 am

    Keynote: Richard Davidson, PhD, Founding Director, Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Followed by Q&A with Dacher Keltner

  • 9:45-10:30 am

    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


  • 10:30-10:50 am


  • 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

  • 12:00-1:30 pm

    Lunch (provided)

    Optional lunchtime meditation led by Carley Hauck of Intuitive Wellness from 12:45-1:10

  • 1:30-3:00 pm

    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

  • 3:00-3:15 pm


  • 3:15-4:30 pm

    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
  • 4:30-4:40 pm

    Closing Reflections with Birju Pandya

  • You can see bios of the speakers confirmed for Friday’s and Saturday’s program in the Speakers tab.

  • 8:30-9:00 am

    Check-in and Registration (coffee and tea provided)

  • 9:00 am-12:00 pm

    Morning Workshop (breaks at leader’s discretion)

  • 12:00-1:30 pm

    Lunch (provided)

  • 1:30-4:30 pm

    Afternoon workshop (breaks at leader’s discretion)

  • Each attendee will have the opportunity to register for two workshops, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, led by experts with deep experience in bringing mindfulness into the workplace. The same workshops will be offered in the morning and afternoon, so that attendees can get first-hand experience with multiple programs and approaches.

    The workshops will provide introductions to many of the leading workplace mindfulness programs and teach concrete practices that attendees can later try on their own.

    Workshop descriptions:

    Wisdom Labs Workshop: Mindfulness as a Foundation for Resilience, Purpose-driven Performance, and Innovation

    Led by Rich Fernandez and Parneet Pal, Wisdom Labs

    This introductory session will explore mindfulness as an evidence-based mental habit that can transform the experience of workplace stress, enhance resilience and well being, and boost engagement, creativity and sustainable high performance for individuals and organizations. Emphasis will be placed on practical and applied approaches to mindfulness that easily integrate into the rhythms and routines of the workplace.

    One Second Ahead: Enhancing Performance at Work with Mindfulness

    Led by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter, The Potential Project

    Do you, or people you work with, ever feel like you don’t have enough hours in the day? Do you know that you could be more efficient and effective with your time but don’t know where to start? Do you believe people in your organization could be healthier, happier and more productive but don’t know how to influence change? In this dynamic and engaging workshop we will shares tools, tips and techniques to enhance performance and well-being at work with mindfulness. We will provide specific strategies that participants can apply immediately to improve their own focus, clarity and results at work and in life. We will also provide guidelines on how leaders could introduce mindfulness initiatives, what these could look like, and potential benefits based on case studies and third party research. There will also be time for small group discussions and opportunities to learn from other participants.

    Manage Your Mind First: Mindfulness and the Inside Work of Leadership

    Led by Jeremy Hunter, Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University

    We teach leaders to manage everything but themselves. However, the basis of sustained effectiveness starts from the inside. So how do you approach a skeptical audience about their inner lives? How do you balance contemplative practice with the need for effective action and producing results? Drawing on 10-years of experience leading the Executive Mind program at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, we will learn practical frameworks for applying mindful action in the workplace. Come with your questions and curiosity.

    Core Skills for Effective Leadership and Well-Being: The Search Inside Yourself Half-Day Program

    Led by Marc Lesser and Meg Levie, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

    The Search Inside Yourself (SIY) Introductory Program takes a science-based approach to developing useful mental habits for sustainable high-performance, leadership, and well-being. Designed and tested at Google, this program introduces the core skills for mindfulness-based emotional intelligence, emotional resilience, and mindful communication. The goal is to help participants thrive—enjoying greater productivity, effectiveness, and happiness—in all aspects of their work. In this highly interactive, half-day introduction, participants will experience some of the core components of SIY, including:

    • An overview of the neuroscience of emotion and mindfulness;
    • Exercises to develop “high-resolution self-awareness” as a foundation for emotional intelligence, self-mastery, and leadership;
    • Specific workplace applications of mindfulness and emotional intelligence toward greater emotional balance and thriving.

    How to Become a Successful Meditation and Mindfulness Workplace Facilitator

    Led by Wendy Quan, Pacific Blue Cross

    Both sessions sold out

    This train-the-facilitator workshop will equip participants with the tools to set up and run ongoing meditation and mindfulness sessions in their workplace. “Facilitation” may range from coordinating the sessions, settling people in, and turning on a recording to conducting a live, guided meditation. Participants will learn:

    • The role and recommended qualities of a facilitator;
    • Strategies for onboarding participants, increasing attendance, and other logistical considerations;
    • Best practices for building trust and creating a meaningful experience through every minute of a session.

    Participants will receive a toolkit of meditation scripts, sample templates, and a collection of guided meditation recordings that they can use in their workplace. Please note that participants are not expected to become meditation experts or teachers after this workshop, but it will provide them with a great kick-start. Prior experience with meditation and/or mindfulness is encouraged but not required.

    Growing Whole People at Work

    Led by Pamela Weiss, Appropriate Response

    Afternoon session sold out

    Growing people is not the same as launching a new product or delivering a project on time.  Real human development is less linear, a lot messier, and more mysterious. Human beings grow in organic, dynamic ways in biological time. This highly experiential half-day workshop will offer an introduction to the Personal Excellence Program (PEP), an award-winning, mindfulness-based coaching process that works from the inside out, growing the whole person—head, heart and body. In our time together, we will explore the key principles and practices underlying our unique approach to developing people. Participants will leave with a clear model and understanding for what it takes to grow and develop human potential (head); articulation of their personal aspiration (heart); and, specific practices to support the embodiment of their aspiration going forward (body.) All are welcome.

    Building A Mindful Organizational Culture: Intention Setting and Purpose At Work

    Led by Brad Wolfe, Culture Architect, Delivering Happiness

    When we talk about mindfulness at work, we often discuss specific practices that we can embed, like meditation. But what cultural pre-conditions are necessary or helpful to build a foundation for mindful practices to thrive? How do you build a mindful organizational culture where the individuals, teams, and organizational philosophy are uniquely experienced but still collectively aligned?

    This workshop reveals how the tenets of mindfulness—namely awareness and intention setting—can be used to help design successful organizational cultures. The session will teach concrete tools to set intention and define purpose at three levels: individual, team, and organization. Brad Wolfe, from the Zappos-inspired culture consulting firm Delivering Happiness, will draw on his work with Twitter to provide a clear understanding of how to create a deeper sense of meaning and authenticity at work and how an organization can use a mindful culture as a unique competitive advantage.

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    Emma Adolfsson
    Carlsberg Group

    Emma Adolfsson has an international background in IT both as a management consultant (Deloitte and IBM) and as a leader at a number of organizations. Adolfsson worked as the global head of Enterprise Architecture at the Carlsberg Group, the world's fourth largest brewery. At the time she joined Carlsberg, employees had stressful work lives and spent a lot of their time worrying that they didn’t have control over their situations. Adolfsson was part of the team that brought in a corporate-based mindfulness program and worked closely with it. Over time, it significantly improved the lives of employees at Carlsberg in both their approach to work and in their personal lives--results that were documented by an outside researcher. Adolfsson will share Carlsberg's experience implementing a mindfulness program and the benefits that resulted from it.

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    Kyra Bobinet, MD, MPH

    Dr. Kyra Bobinet received her Masters of Public Health at Harvard University and her medical degree at the University of California, San Francisco. As the Medical Director of Health and Wellness Innovation at the health insurer Aetna, she was instrumental in developing and launching that company's mindfulness meditation program for its staff; nearly a third of Aetna's 50,000 employees have now participated in the program. Dr. Bobinet has gone on to become a national speaker and CEO-founder of engagedIN, a behavior design firm, where she devotes her life to cracking the code of why people engage in healthy behaviors. At the conference, she will discuss how to be an effective agent of change within an organization, especially in the face of significant challenges.

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    Peter Bostelmann

    Peter Bostelmann serves as the Director of Mindfulness Programs at SAP, the world’s largest provider of business software, with over 290,000 customers and 75,000 employees in more than 130 locations. Bostelmann founded the Mindfulness@SAP initiative to inspire a cultural change in his organization. Under his leadership, mindfulness-based trainings and a support structure for lasting impact have been piloted, refined, and are gradually being rolled out to all SAP employees around the world. He initiated a global community of SAP internal teachers and local mindfulness groups. Bostelmann is also an executive coach and teacher with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. He brings more than 20 years of international business experience as a program manager and executive with SAP to his current efforts to bring mindfulness programs to scale globally. He will share with conference attendees how he has been so successful in developing and scaling this mindfulness initiative.

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    Jacqueline Carter
    The Potential Project

    Jacqueline Carter is Partner & North American Director of The Potential Project, which runs corporate-based mindfulness training programs. She works with large leading corporations around the globe to improve focus, clarity, and results through training the mind; her clients include Google, Sony, American Express, RBC, and Suncor Energy, to name a few. Carter is passionate about helping individuals and organizations enhance performance and effectiveness, and ha worked with senior executives as well as front-line employees. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and is co-author of the forthcoming book One Second Ahead: Enhance Your Performance at Work with Mindfulness, which will be published in November 2015. At the conference she will offer insights into the various challenges that organizations encounter, across industries, when they try to implement mindfulness programs.

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    Richard Davidson, Ph.D.
    University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Dr. Richard J. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, the director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, and the founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Davidson is generally regarded as a leading scientific expert on the neural bases of emotion and on methods to promote human flourishing, including meditation and related contemplative practices. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and has been at Wisconsin since 1984. He has published more than 320 articles, numerous chapters and reviews, and edited 14 books. He is the author (with Sharon Begley) of The Emotional Life of Your Brain and the recipient of numerous awards for his research, including the William James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society. Dr. Davidson was the founding co-editor of the new American Psychological Association journal Emotion and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time in 2006. His keynote presentation will reveal the neuroscientific and psychologial benefits that his research has linked to mindfulness practice.

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    Rich Fernandez, Ph.D.
    Wisdom Labs

    Dr. Rich Fernandez is co-founder of Wisdom Labs, a company that focuses on science and data to promote mindfulness, resilience, and purpose-driven performance in organations. Before launching Wisdom Labs, he was the head of executive education at Google, responsible for leadership development content, tools, and programs for senior leaders. He also led some of the efforts focused on employee well-being at Google. Dr. Fernandez was also previously head of learning and organization development at eBay, and prior to that he was a learning and leadership development executive at Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase & Co. He was trained as a psychologist and received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and M.A. in Organizational Psychology, both from Columbia University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, where he majored in surfing and minored in extended walks on the beach. He still avidly practices these arts today. His presentation will cover the various needs and goals that motivate companies to implement mindfulness programs.

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    Mark Higbie
    Greenfield Strategies

    Mark Higbie is the principal at Greenfield Strategies, a strategic communications consultancy based in Detroit. Mark serves as a senior advisor to Ford Motor Company providing strategic counsel to leaders in environmental sustainability, the future of mobility, and organizational culture change. Early in his career, Mark spent ten years in national politics and govenment as a campaign operative and political appointee in Washington DC, followed by a decade in Silicon Valley as a corporate communicator supporting leading technology companies and venture capital firms. Since 2004, Mark has advised Ford -- accelerating change and challenging cultural norms through unique partnerships and programs. Most recently, he has worked with Executive Chairman Bill Ford, to introduce mindfulness practices in support of employee well-being, productivity and innovation. Mark is a provocateur and consensus builder who drives engagement through direct experience, mutual understanding and empathy. Mark is a former Board member of the Black Rock Arts Foundation and a 16-year participant of the Burning Man Project.

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    Rasmus Hougaard
    The Potential Project

    Rasmus Hougaard is the Founder and Managing Director of The Potential Project, a leading global provider of corporate mindfulness training solutions. The Potential Project works with fortune 500 companies in 22 countries across North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, including Accenture, Nike, American Express, Microsoft, and Sony. The objective of its programs is to enhance individual and organizational performance and well-being through skillful application of mindfulness in a corporate context. Hougaard has practiced and taught mindfulness since the early 1990s and has many years of experience working with leaders in bringing mindfulness and mental effectiveness into their organizations and lives. He is recognised as a leading international authority on training the mind to be more focused, effective, and clear in an organizational context. Hougaard has a Master’s degree in organizational development and adult learning and degrees in philosophy and human resources. At the conference he will offer insights into the various challenges that organizations encounter, across industries, when they try to implement mindfulness programs.

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    Jeremy Hunter, Ph.D.
    Claremont Graduate University

    Dr. Jeremy Hunter is the great-grandson of a sumo wrestler and is an associate professor of practice at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University. For over a decade, he has helped leaders develop themselves while retaining their humanity in the face of monumental change and challenge, designing and running leadership development programs for a wide variety of organizations, including those in the aerospace, banking and finance, accounting, the arts, and civic non-profit industries. Past participants have worked to create a “culture of calm,” resulting in more effective team performance as well as better firm-wide solutions, and they learned to control their emotions in ways they previously thought impossible. Dr. Hunter received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and he holds a degree in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is on the web at JeremyHunter.net and on Twitter @JeremyHunter123. His presentation will offer tips for talking about mindfulness in ways that convince skeptical colleagues.

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    Marc Lesser, M.B.A.
    Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

    Marc Lesser is the CEO, co-founder, and board member of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI). Search Inside Yourself is a leadership program, developed within Google, utilizing the tools of mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and science. In addition to his role as CEO, Lesser is a Master Teacher, and leads trainings for executives through the U.S. and internationally. He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years and is the author of several books, including Z.B.A.: Zen of Business Administration. Lesser was also CEO of ZBA Associates, an executive coaching and leadership company whose clients include Google, Genentech, Twitter, and Facebook. He received his M.B.A. from New York University and his undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University. At the conference, his Friday presentation will explain how mindfulness can have an impact across various levels of an organization, from individuals to teams to its effects on the wider world; on Saturday, he will co-facilitate a workshop with Meg Levie that provides an introduction to the SIYLI training.

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    Meg Levie, M.A.
    Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute

    Meg Levie directs teacher training for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) and is a member of its executive leadership team. Drawing on more than 25 years of meditation experience, she serves as a master teacher of the Search Inside Yourself program and teaches programs internationally. She leads the year-long SIY teacher training program together with SIYLI CEO Marc Lesser, and has piloted successful internal train-the-trainer programs at Google and SAP. She has taught at a wide range of companies, including LinkedIn, Twitter, and Genentech, and as an ICF-certified coach, she enjoys working with entrepreneurs, CEOs, and other executive leaders to help them bring greater clarity, effectiveness, and well-being into their lives and their organizations. She holds an AB from Stanford University and an MA from the University of Texas at Austin. On Saturday of the conference, she will co-facilitate a workshop with Marc Lesser that provides an introduction to the SIYLI training.

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    Parneet Pal, M.B.B.S., M.S.
    Wisdom Labs

    Dr. Parneet Pal, the Chief Science Officer at Wisdom Labs, is a Harvard- and Columbia-trained physician on a mission to scale the ideas that make well-being easy and accessible to all using evidence-based medicine and innovative behavior change models. Dr. Pal made a shift in her career from clinical practice to prevention, focusing on the execution of wellness programs in various business and academic settings. She has directed two wellness spas, expanded a private executive health practice, and currently coaches executives and consults with organizations on the design and implementation of lifestyle management platforms. In addition to her medical training, Pal holds a Masters in Exercise and Movement Science from the University of Oregon. Her decade-long meditation and mindfulness practice is key to her personal well-being, and she continues to foster interdisciplinary health innovation as a TEDMED Scholar. At the conference she will co-lead a workshop offering a hands-on introduction to Wisdom Labs' workplace mindfulness training.

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    Wendy Quan
    Pacific Blue Cross

    Wendy Quan is a certified organizational change manager who works as the change manager for Pacific Blue Cross in Vancouver, British Columbia. At Pacific Blue Cross, Quan has developed a meditation and mindfulness program in which 25 percent of employees have participated, with results suggesting that it significantly improved the staff's resilience to stress. She now also helps other organizations and individuals build and sustain change resiliency and reduce stress through her unique workplace meditation and mindfulness program. Quan has been recognized by the global Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP) for her top-rated paper, "Meditation: A Powerful Change Management Tool." She will speak at the conference about how and why she launched the mindfulness program at Pacific Blue Cross, and share some of the keys to facilitating a workplace mindfulness program.

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    Maggie Randriamamonjy
    Pixar Animation Studios

    Maggie Randriamamonjy is the Senior Manager of Benefits, Wellness, and Community Outreach at Pixar Animation Studios, a leader in the world of animated films for over 25 years. Randriamamonjy has a unique role at Pixar in that she oversees a variety of programs including traditional employee benefits plans, community outreach, and both the occupational health and employee wellness programs. Under her leadership, Randriamamonjy has expanded the Wellness program at Pixar, which has included resurrecting the company's mindfulness program. At the conference, she will share with attendees how she restored the mindfulness program and scaled it over the past two years.

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    Kelly McCabe Ruff, M.B.A.

    Kelley McCabe Ruff is the founder and CEO of eMindful, a company offering live, webinar-style courses in applied-mindfulness to major employers, health insurers, and others. These programs are created specifically to provide scientifically demonstrated solutions to major health care costs. McCabe Ruff has collaborated with Dr. Ruth Wolever and Aetna to research the effectiveness of two new products addressing stress and metabolic syndrome and has authored peer-reviewed articles on using mindfulness to reduce stress in the workplace. She has been a mindfulness practitioner since 1997 and has worked as a senior technology executive for such companies as Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers, and Citigroup. She holds an M.B.A. from New York University. Her presentation at the conference will share lessons learned from eMindful's work with Aetna and other clients, particularly in how to overcome challenges.

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    Emiliana Simon-Thomas, Ph.D.
    Greater Good Science Center

    Dr. Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas is the science director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, where she oversees its fellowship program and is a co-instructor of the GGSC’s “Science of Happiness” online course. Dr. Simon-Thomas earned her doctorate in Cognition Brain and Behavior at UC Berkeley. Her dissertation used behavioral and neuroscience methods to examined how negative states like fear and aversion influence thinking and decision-making. During her postdoctoral research, she transitioned to studying pro-social states like love of humanity, compassion, and awe. From there, she served as Associate Director/Senior Scientist at CCARE (the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education) at Stanford University, focusing on how compassion benefits health, well-being, and psychosocial functioning. Today, Simon-Thomas’ work spotlights the science that connects health and happiness to social affiliation, caregiving, and collaborative relationships, as she continues to examine how—and why—to live a more meaningful life. She will be moderating the opening session at the conference.

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    Pamela Weiss
    Appropriate Response

    Pamela Weiss is an executive coach, meditation teacher, and the founder of Appropriate Response, an organization dedicated to bringing mindful awareness to the workplace. Weiss has coached dozens of senior executives and management teams inside organizations, including Genentech, Roche, Pixar, Salesforce, Brandcast, the Tipping Point Community, and the Center for Executive Development at UC Berkeley. She is the creator of the Personal Excellence Program (PEP), a mindfulness-based group coaching process offered to over 1,000 leaders across the United States and Europe. PEP has been featured in publications such as Computerworld and Harvard Business Review, and has received numerous awards and recognition for management and leadership innovation. Weiss has been a Buddhist practitioner and teacher in the Zen and Insight meditation traditions for almost 30 years, including several years of Zen monastic training. She co-leads the Community Dharma Leader program at Spirit Rock, leads a meditation group through San Francisco Insight, and offers meditation workshops and retreats internationally. On Friday at the conference, she will offer practical exercises that attendees can apply in their workplace immediately; on Saturday, she will lead a workshop providing an introduction to the Personal Excellence Program.

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    Brad Wolfe, M.B.A
    Delivering Happiness

    Brad Wolfe uses insights from the fields of positive psychology and sociology to design unique cultures and spur innovation in organizations. As the Culture Architect at Delivering Happiness, Wolfe drives thought leadership, leads the development process for all workshops and culture coach-sulting materials, and hosts the original podcast Culture Champion Radio. He graduated with an M.A. in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University and received his M.B.A. from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he has served as coach/lecturer on the topics of creativity and innovation. He is also a contributor to the Greater Good Science Center and is the author of the young adult award-winner, Breakfast on Mars (Macmillan, 2014). Wolfe has led dozens of speaking engagements and workshops on the subjects of creativity, happiness, and meaning. In his Saturday workshop, he will explore how to foster a mindful organizational culture through intention setting and a sense of purpose.

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    Birju Pandya

    Birju Pandya focuses on the nexus of money, social good and inner transformation. He is a Managing Director with Armonia, a private equity firm specializing in 'regenerative investing' using nature-based solutions. He is also a senior advisor to RSF Social Finance, focusing on projects which facilitate 'inner impact.' Birju is a longtime volunteer of ServiceSpace, a non-profit that has been popularizing gift culture through numerous portals. 

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    Carley Hauck
    Intuitive Wellness

    Carley Hauck is the founder of Intuitive Wellness and works as a consultant, coach, and mindful researcher with corporate organizations.  Carley has a long-standing meditation practice and believes that mindfulness is the first step towards wellness. Intuitive Wellness offers corporate consulting for mindfulness and well being at work and home.  The targeted programs and scalable initiatives are available in-person and online. Some of her corporate clients are LinkedIn, Bank of the West, and Aruba Networks. Additionally, Carley teaches on the subjects of Food as Medicine, Mindful Nourishment, and Happiness at Stanford University.  Carley has a free mindful training workbook, which you can sign up for at www.mindfultrainingbook.com.

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Friday, November 13, Zellerbach Playhouse

The Zellerbach Playhouse is located next to Zellerbach Hall, adjacent to Bancroft Ave., along the southern boundary of the UC Berkeley campus. See a complete UC Berkeley campus map here.

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Please note that, for those wishing to generate computerized directions to UC Berkeley venues, Zellerbach Playhouse does not have a street address. We suggest that you use the address of The Musical Offering, 2430 Bancroft Ave., as it is directly across the street from Zellerbach Hall/Zellerbach Playhouse. 

From Interstate 80 (San Francisco, Oakland, Marin):
Exit at University Avenue exit. Continue east on University Avenue approximately 1.5 miles to Oxford Street. Turn right on Oxford Street, pass Bancroft Way, and turn left on Durant Avenue. Turn left on Telegraph Avenue. See also Highway and Campus maps below for for locations of venues. 

From Highway 24:
Exit at Telegraph Avenue exit. Turn right onto Telegraph Avenue and continue north approximately 2 miles to Bancroft Way. Turn left on Bancroft Way. See also Highway and Campus maps below for for locations of venues.


In Berkeley, parking meters are free with a California disabled placard. The best parking lot options near the Zellerbach Playhouse are:

1. Telegraph-Channing Garage
Entrances on Durant Avenue and Channing Street, between Telegraph Avenue and Dana Street

2. Recreational Sports Facility (RSF) Garage (limited spots available)
Bancroft Way at Ellsworth Avenue

3. Bancroft/Fulton Lot
Bancroft Way between Ellsworth Avenue and Fulton Street

4. Dana/Durant Lot
Dana Street near Bancroft Way, across from Zellerbach Hall

5. Bancroft Structure
Bancroft Way between College Avenue and Bowditch Street

6. Allston Way Garage
Allston Way between Shattuck and Militia

7. Center Street Garage
Center Street between Shattuck and Milvia

8. Kittredge Garage (Library Gardens)
Kittredge between Shattuck and Militia

For UC Berkeley parking Information, call (510) 642-4283 or visit http://pt.berkeley.edu/parking/visitor/lots.

For downtown Berkeley parking information, visit http://www.downtownberkeley.com/transit-parking-map

Public Transit 


BART trains operate from Fremont, Richmond, Pittsburg and Millbrae. A map indicating the route and stops of each train is located at each station. The Berkeley BART station is just 1-1/2 blocks from the Berkeley campus.

Get off at the "Downtown Berkeley" station, located at the corner of Center Street and Shattuck Avenue. Walk one block east on Center Street to the campus, then turn right on Oxford Street until Bancroft Way. Turn left on Bancroft to Telegraph Avenue for Zellerbach Playhouse. See a complete UC Berkeley campus map here.

There is also a taxi station on Shattuck, directly outside the main entrance/exit of the Downtown Berkeley BART Station.

AC Transit

AC Transit bus service provides transportation for commuters to and from San Francisco and throughout Alameda and Western Contra Costa County. There are several AC bus lines that come near the campus area. Full information at http://www.actransit.org.


The Oakland Airport is approximately 15 miles from UC Berkeley. A new BART train links the airport to the Coliseum BART station.

San Francisco Airport: Check the ground transport section of the SF airport homepage for directions to Berkeley. Also, see the convenient BART line to the airport.

Other Transit Links
511.org (Traffic conditions and regional transportation options)
Bayporter Express (airport shuttle service)
SF MTA (San Francisco Buses)

Saturday, November 14, DoubleTree by Hilton Berkeley Marina

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina is located off I-80, University Avenue exit in Berkeley, California. It is on the waterfront of the Berkeley Marina, at the western-most point of University Avenue.

From Interstate 80 (San Francisco, Oakland, Marin):

Exit University Ave. Go 3 blocks, make U-turn on 7th street. Go over freeway to Marina Boulevard. Make a right onto Marina Blvd. Hotel is on the left.


Parking will be available onsite for $5.

Public Transit


BART trains operate from Fremont, Richmond, Pittsburg and Millbrae. A map indicating the route and stops of each train is located at each station. 

Get off at the Downtown Berkeley station. There is a taxi station on Shattuck, directly outside the main entrance/exit of the Downtown Berkeley BART Station.

AC Transit

AC Transit  bus service provides transportation for commuters to and from San Francisco and throughout Alameda and Western Contra Costa County. The bus line that travels to the Berkeley Marina is the 51B. Full information at http://www.actransit.org.


The Oakland Airport is approximately 15 miles from UC Berkeley. A new BART train links the airport to the Coliseum BART station.

San Francisco Airport: Check the ground transport section of the SF airport homepage for directions to Berkeley. Also, see the convenient BART line to the airport.

Other Transit Links
511.org (Traffic conditions and regional transportation options)
Bayporter Express (airport shuttle service)
SF MTA (San Francisco Buses)

1440 Multiversity

The 1440 Multiversity is a learning community serving as a catalyst for the connection to your best self. On our expansive 75-acre campus near the gorgeous coastline of Santa Cruz, California, we offer year-round workshops and conferences, bringing together learners with leading minds in whole-person education, yoga and wellness, leadership, professional development, and more. Surrounded by magical, towering redwood trees, you can relax in our restorative healing arts center; enjoy all-natural, plant-based cuisine; and participate in daily meditation and yoga classes.


Mindful Magazine

Mindful is an initiative that celebrates being mindful in all aspects of daily living and the voice of the emerging mindfulness community. We’re the place to go for insight, information, and inspiration to help us all live more mindfully. From our flagship bi-monthly Mindful magazine and mindful.org to our MindfulDirect video, conferences, and collaborations, our activities support people seeking to learn more as well as those leaders working to bring genuine mindfulness practices into the mainstream.

The second day of the conference takes place at the lovely DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina. Unfortunately, conference rate rooms are sold out. The hotel is a short car or shuttle ride from the UC Berkeley campus for the first day of the program, and it is the venue for the entire second day of the program.

If you would like to stay within walking distance of the UC Berkeley campus for the first day of the conference, try the following hotels:


Please note that these four options would then require driving to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Berkeley Marina for the second day of the program.


Also note that this will be a busy weekend in Berkeley, so we strongly encourage you to book your room early.

* Continuing Education for this event co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars.

* CE hours require additional payment through EventBrite: $10 for 2 CE hours or $40 for 11.25 CE hours. 

Satisfactory Completion Participants must have paid tuition fee and CE fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

11.25 CE hours available to HR Professionals who attend both days:

Human Resource Professionals

This activity, 255267, has been approved for 11.25 (HR (General)) recertification credit hours toward California, GPHR, HRBP, HRMP, PHR and SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.  Please be sure to note the activity ID number on your recertification application form.  For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute website at www.hrci.org.

2 CE Hours Available for the following for Friday attendance only:


R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program.

Social Workers 

R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082 is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers will receive  2 continuing education (clinical, social work ethics) clock hours in participating in this course.

CA: (See ASWB above)

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (2) clock hours, #RCST110701

Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists

CA: (See Psychologists, APA, above)

IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141.  (2) hours.

OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for ( ) clock hours, #RCST110701

TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151

Chemical Dependency Counselors

Provider approved by NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program for (2) contact hours.  Approval #000654. 

CA: Provider approved by CAADAC, Provider #4N-00-434-0210 for (2) CEHs. CAADAC is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states

TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (2) hours general and/or (2) hours (specific specialization), Expires 3/2016.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297. 


CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (2) contact hours.


IL: Provider approved by the Illinois State Board of Certification #080304164719171

TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (2) CE Hours.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.