Laurie is dedicated to sharing insights, science and practices to cultivate human flourishing and conscious awakening. A practitioner of mindfulness for 28 years with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh at Plum Village, Laurie brings expertise in the development, expansion and expression of the higher Self in the workplace, in relationships and in creativity. Laurie designs conscious leadership programs for organizations, is a global keynote and TEDx speaker, meditation teacher, and coaches and leads retreats in the US, Europe and Asia.
From a foundation as a Change Management leader at Accenture, Laurie launched into life as an entrepreneur and founded PurposeBlue Mindful Leadership. Her clients include Deloitte, KPMG, The World WildLife Fund, The Aspen Institute, Audible, two federal intelligence agencies, and healthcare organizations. Laurie is guest professor for Mindful Leadership at the R.H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland and at UC Davis. She is an ICF-certified Presence-based leadership coach, and is Senior Faculty and a Mindfulness Facilitator with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute born at Google, and at Wisdom Labs. Laurie is also a certified mindfulness meditation teacher with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach’s Awareness Institute at the Greater Good Science Center. As a certified minister of sacred practices, Laurie integrates meditation, IFS, somatics, nature, embodiment and ancestral lineage work into transformational journeys for profound healing, joy and awakening.
National Geographic published Laurie’s “ultimate guide” to the science of mindfulness, well-being and positive psychology: The Mindful Day: Practical Ways to Find Focus, Calm and Joy, and Everyday Mindfulness, a National Geographic Special Edition Magazine. You can find Laurie’s The Power of Self-Compassion on Audible. Laurie’s Insight Timer Meditation App course “50 Days to a Mindful Life” has a community of over 11 K global students, where they walk together on the path of awakening and feeling fully alive.
Virginia Hilliard, also known as Daisy, is dedicated to exploring organizational cultures and behavior to enhance human performance and experience in the workplace. Prior to joining PurposeBlue, Daisy explored the study of human potential in Oregon, learning human behavior patterns and communication techniques through Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Humanistic Neuro-Linguistic Psychology (NLP/HNLP) training.
Daisy graduated from Washington College with a degree in Psychology and Business Management. She finished with an independent, experimental research study focused on using self-focused attention and mindfulness to optimize performance and productivity for organizations and their employees. Her experience includes internships at Baltimore’s Advertising Firm, MGH, Inc. and New York City’s top Public Relations Agency, Sharp Communications, Inc. She also received her certification as a Corporate Wellness Specialist soon after graduating college.
Daisy continually grows her mindfulness practice and knowledge of everyday, brain-based techniques to enhance emotional intelligence and human potential. If she is not reading up on the subject, you will find her running, skiing or somewhere outside.
Lori Schwanbeck is focused on the conditions that enable people to thrive in their personal and professional life. Her unique blend of qualifications as a marketing professional, psychotherapist, and mindfulness teacher, enable her to deliver a depth of knowledge along with practical skills that support change. Lori is passionate about creating lives of meaning, engagement and optimal performance with her clients.
As a Certified Search Inside Yourself teacher (SIY), Lori has taught leadership and mindfulness-based emotional intelligence in: Australia, Western and Eastern Europe, Canada, Senegal, Brazil, United States, and Asia. Her clients include: United Nations, Capitol One, Enbridge, Tennis Australia, Apple, Rotman School of Business, Microsoft, Nan Fung, and Google. Lori also has a lead role in program development and teacher training at SIY.
In addition to international corporate training, Lori co-founded Mindfulness Therapy Associates, a psychotherapy and coaching practice in San Francisco. She specializes in working with individual executives and business partners in skillfully managing difficult business relationships and navigating change. She has developed Sense and Sensibility, a skills training program utilizing mindful engagement of the senses to gain emotional balance.
Lori began her journey in Canada where she earned a degree in Commerce and worked in marketing for CP Rail, Kraft General Foods, and obtained a Masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology. Her teaching cultivates self-awareness in the physical, mental and emotional domains to increase wisdom and to create an engaged and inspired life.
Paul is skilled at helping clients navigate the stress-inducing demands of the modern workplace and enabling them to operate with focus, clarity and insight. Blending recent neuroscience findings in emotions and leadership, Paul provides his clients with a 21st Century roadmap of tools to operate with confidence, joy, and enhanced focus. He brings a wealth of experience in leadership and organization development, mindfulness, and practically to his engagement with global clients. He is a long-term contributor to executive education programs at top business schools in Boston and France.
Paul began his professional life as a photojournalist with the U.S. Coast Guard. Upon the completion of his military service, he became the General Manager at Northeastern University’s executive education conference center. He is on the delivery team of several long-standing leadership training programs helping his participants integrate life and work successfully. With a long-standing meditation practice, Paul believes that effective leaders are highly self-aware individuals who can inspire others to achieve their potential and generate desired business results.
Simon Moyes, a certified mindfulness teacher with Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and a senior teacher with PurposeBlue, is dedicated to offering programs for executives and companies that lead to sustained high performance and wellbeing through accessible, evidence based, emotional intelligence and mindfulness practices. Simon was born in Britain and studied and worked as an architect in London and New York, then focused on the exploration of the mind through meditation, before bringing his experience back to the business world. He has undertaken more than seventeen years of intensive mindfulness training in India, Europe and North America, including four years as a Zen monk. Simon is known for inspiring executives and employees through teachings that lead to ongoing high performance, high quality relational skills, and increased wellbeing. Simon is also a teacher trainer for Search Inside Yourself’s ongoing teacher training program.
Oli Mittermaier specializes in helping teams develop their leadership skills and converge around common values. Oli teaches and facilitates leadership and mindfulness-based emotional intelligence internationally to companies such as Google, Microsoft, Capital One, T-Mobile, Ultimate Software, Merck, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business, UCSF Medical School. He guides teams and individuals through high-stress situations, rapid-growth, team transitions, as well as developing innovative leadership development programs. Oli helps companies with Leadership Program Development, Program Delivery and team and individual coaching. Oli founded and ran startup ventures in healthcare and parenting sectors. He began meditating while going through volunteer training at Hospice by the Bay. He is a certified teacher with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), studied Non Violent Communication (NVC) with Marshall Rosenberg, and led wilderness expeditions as a field instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS).
Kelly Werner is an emotional intelligence expert dedicated to helping others shift from the overwhelm of busyness to optimal effectiveness in dynamic business environments. Kelly’s background as a neuroscience and emotional intelligence researcher at U.C. Berkeley and Stanford where she earned a Ph.D gives her a rich and nuanced understanding of harnessing the power of emotions through mindfulness and the brain science underlying these practices. Kelly is also a lead teacher with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute born at Google.
In addition to leading group workshops and retreats, Kelly works individually with clients as an executive coach and psychologist helping people connect to their inner wisdom and to effectively manage their attention, recover from set-backs, communicate a vision, and navigate relationships. She also developed the authentic conversation game Tell Me… as a way of building connection and trust with teams.
Founder of the Mindfulness Institute, Mark Coleman has been facilitating mindfulness programs and retreats since 1997 around the world. Mark is a leading expert in mindfulness teaching and coaching and has worked with companies and organizations that include Google, Facebook, Proctor & Gamble, US Bank, Salesforce, Seagate, Ford, Gap, Gucci, the United Nations, and the Nature Conservancy. Mark, a senior teacher at Spirit Rock in Northern California, a world renowned mindfulness center, also developed the ‘Awake in the Wild’ program and leads mindfulness based nature immersions internationally.
Mark is a lead teacher at the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, developed at Google, delivering mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs to Fortune 500 companies. Mark is also well-known in online mindfulness arena. He co-developed programs for British Airways, The New York Times and for Whil, a specialist in online mindfulness training. Mark is a published author with two books on mindfulness. His second book has just been released: Make Peace With Your Mind: How Mindfulness and Compassion Can Help Free You from Your Inner Critic. He lives in Northern California.