Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher internationally known for his work in bringing mindfulness practices, especially Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), into mainstream medicine and society. He is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and founder (in 1979) and former director of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic.


U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan is the United States Representative for Ohio’s 17th congressional district, currently serving his fifth term. A mindfulness practitioner and a long-time champion of efforts to improve the health and well-being of American families and children, Congressman Ryan is also a public advocate for mindfulness-based programs in schools, the military, and the health-care system.


James Gimian has been a magazine and trade book publishing professional since 1973. He has spearheaded Mindful’s community-building efforts within the mindfulness movement for the past five years, and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Center for Mindfulness at UMass, and the Boards of Directors of the Mind Fitness Training Institute (MFTI) and the Institute for Mindful Leadership. He has taught leadership training programs and mindfulness in North America and Europe since 1978.

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Richard J. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, and Founder and Chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology and has been at Wisconsin since 1984. He has published more than 275 articles, many chapters and reviews and edited 13 books. He has been a member of the Mind and Life Institute’s Board of Directors since 1991. He is also the author of the book (with Sharon Begley) The Emotional Life of Your Brain published by Penguin in March of 2012.


Dan Siegel, MD, is a Harvard-trained physician and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he is also on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. An award-winning educator, Siegel is executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person lectures that focus on how the development of mindsight (insight and empathy) in individuals, families, and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. He has published extensively for the professional audience.  He is author of numerous articles, chapters, and the internationally acclaimed text, The Developing Mind,which introduces the field of interpersonal neurobiology and has been utilized by a number of clinical and research organizations worldwide.  He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, London’s Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and TEDx.


Seane Corn is an internationally known vinyasa flow yoga teacher and spiritual activist. Featured in magazines, commercials, advertisements, and named the National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS in 2005, Seane Corn now utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS crisis. She has spent time in India, Cambodia, and Africa, working with prostitutes and street children, teaching yoga, providing support for child labor, and educating people about HIV/AIDS prevention. She is creator of the yoga program at Children of the Night, a California-based shelter that houses and educates adolescent prostitutes. In 2007, she cofounded, with Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling, Off the Mat, Into the World®, which trains leaders of activism. She also cofounded the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, encouraging yoga teachers to get involved in fundraising and awareness efforts across the globe.

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Sharon Salzberg is a pioneer in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. Sharon is the co-founder of the first western meditation center in the US: The Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, MA. She has authored ten books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her 2017 release, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. Acclaimed for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour, with over 70 episodes. Learn more at


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