Marc Lesser is the CEO, founder and board member of SIYLI.org and author of Know Yourself, Forget Yourself. Marc is a long-term Zen student and teacher and has also authored Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less, and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration; How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life, published by New World Library.
He is founder and CEO of ZBA Associates LLC, a company providing executive coaching, consulting, and keynote speaking services to businesses and non-profits. Clients include Google, Twitter, The City of San Francisco, Stanford, and Global Fund for Women.
He was the founder and former CEO of Brush Dance, a publisher of greeting cards, calendars and gift items, with spiritual themes and artwork. He spent 15 years taking Brush Dance from an idea in his garage to a multi-million dollar publishing company, with distribution throughout the U.S. and the world.
He facilitates retreats for CEO’s, business leaders, and management teams. Has been co-leading Company Time retreats for business leaders for the past 10 years.
He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years and was former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He received his M.B.A. degree from New York University and his Undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University. He is a long-term member of Social Venture Network.
Rich Fernandez comes to SIYLI from Google, where he served as the Senior People Development Lead focusing on the content, tools and programs that support the learning, leadership development and overall well-being of Google employees. Rich previously led the executive development function at Google. Before joining Google, Rich was the head of learning and organization development at eBay. Prior to that, Rich served as a learning and leadership development executive at Bank of America, and he also worked for a number of years as the head of talent advancement programs at JP Morgan Chase.
After many years of residential and monastic practice at the San Francisco Zen Center, Meg Levie felt called to find ways to make awareness practices more accessible to the wider world. Since 2008 she has taught classes and retreats on integrating mindfulness into work and life at Genentech, Twitter, and other organizations.
As a professionally certified coach, she has worked with entrepreneurs, CEOs, and founders of nonprofits, as well as executive-level leaders from Zynga and Google. She loves working with leaders who have a strong desire to develop greater self-awareness and help create workplaces that support true human development. She graduated from Stanford University with honors, then completed a master’s degree in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin before leaving a doctoral program there to follow her heart’s calling of studying Zen.
Carrie Staller is a a woman of many hats which is why we love having her as our Director of Business Development at SIYLI. She is a graduate of Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco with an MBA in sustainable management. Carrie is energized by supporting people to be healthier through movement and enjoys teaching yoga in Kaiser Permanente’s employee wellness program. Carrie is passionate about food access and food education and is the Development Director of the CA-based non-profit, Common Vision.org that facilitates a relationship between children and their food. Carrie is also a trained life coach and loves finding out what is really important to people. Prior to coming to Search inside Yourself, Carrie worked in the sustainability office of Coca-Cola and and ran her own sustainability-focused sales and marketing company with clients such as Safeway, General Mills, New Belgium Brewing, Hershey’s and many others. She is passionate about networking and has spoken on the main stage of the LOHAS Conference about the Art of Networking. With her diverse background, education, many hats, and her unbridled enthusiasm, she brings a refreshing perspective to any table. Please invite her to yours.
Kelly Boys is our Director of SIYLI Expand, which focuses on teacher training certification for the Search Inside Yourself program. She comes to us from the Integrative Restoration Institute, where she was the Director of Operations and an iRest® teacher trainer. She has experience working in the leadership development field with organizations such as the Tom Peters Company.
She graduated from university in British Columbia, Canada with a BA in Intercultural Religious Studies. She is a certified hatha yoga and certified iRest® Yoga Nidra teacher. She has taught meditation to US veterans with PTSD and traumatic brain injuries, as well as to women in prisons, cancer survivors, and those with substance abuse addictions. She has most recently taught meditation at San Quentin State Prison with incarcerated veterans.
Kelly loves to play with creative ways to train people to teach profound, transformative practices in a simple, engaged manner that is fun and inspiring. She is excited to be a part of SIYLI’s vision to train wise, compassionate leaders worldwide!
Cara joins SIYLI with over ten years of program coordination and outreach experience in the non-profit field. Her passion for social justice and to contributing to creating a more compassionate world has been what has guided her work. She brings many skills – managing day-to-day functions of an office and/or project, while simultaneously contributing to the creation of organizational strategy, and building deep relationships with a diverse constituency, while delivering results.
Just prior to joining SIYLI, she served as Program Coordinator for the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink. She wore multiple hats, coordinating all aspects of the Institute, in order to effectively carry out the work of building and sustaining communities of opportunities where all Americans have the tools needed to succeed.
Cara graduated from Mills College with a BA in Anthropology/Sociology. Music, photography, dogs, and nature hikes are a few of her favorite things.
Lindsey Kugel joins SIYLI with a background working with start-up companies and non-profits. She has served in the business world as a strategic partnership director for a marketing firm and as a consultant for cleantech companies. She is a founding board member of the Israel Green Building Council, and has been involved in online green building initiatives. Lindsey is driven to promote the success of firms and organizations with sustainable missions.
Lindsey has had an on-going mindfulness practice for 15 years, and most recently was lucky enough to take Mindfulness Based Childbirth and Parenting in preparation for the birth of her son, her most inspiring mindfulness teacher.
In the course of her MBA work at Presidio Graduate School, Lindsey has developed strong faculty with leadership and emotional intelligence tools. Her aim is to utilize these tools, her business background and love for practice to enable sustainable change in the workplace. She is grateful to be part of the SIYLI team.
Graunya has over a decade of experience in program coordination in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. In her early career, she helped launch the International licensing department at Comedy Central in New York City and more recently enjoyed working several years for Spirit Rock Meditation Center in programs, volunteering and development. Graunya feels at home in the intersection of business and wisdom practices and is thrilled to be a part of the SIYLI mission, supporting individuals and companies in the development of mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Curiosity and a love of learning drives Graunya’s continued study of yoga and meditation, creating a foundation for bringing a commitment of embodied awareness to her work.
Caro is a Leadership Consultant with expertise in team facilitation, content design and communication strategies.
Caro was a founding member of Axialent, a consulting firm that helps organizations fulfill their purpose developing conscious leaders, teams and cultures. As VP, she led the areas of product development, marketing and communications, internal culture change and community initiatives, and training and certification of consultants and staff. During her time at Axialent she created a back-office in Buenos Aires that provided services in executive assistance, project management, human resources and IT help desk to 140 consultants across the globe. As a consultant, she facilitated company-wide strategic planning processes and leadership team meetings, creating a context for productive discussions, alignment and collaboration.
Before Axialent, Caro was Program Director at different non-profit organizations. Among her endeavors, she led the modernization plan for the Buenos Aires City Children’s Rights Council financed by the Inter-American Development Bank, she managed a consulting program in strategy, marketing and finance for important social institutions, and facilitated an organizational diagnostics for Amnesty Argentina.
She started her professional career at Fundación Iniciativa, a non-profit organization that promoted youth leadership and social involvement in Argentina. Caro designed and led Leadership Camps for more than 1,800 teenagers a year across the country.
Chade-Meng Tan (Meng) is founder and chairman of the board of SIYLI. He is also Google’s Jolly Good Fellow (which nobody can deny). Meng was one of Google’s earliest engineers. Among many other things, he helped build Google’s first mobile search service, and headed the team that kept a vigilant eye on Google’s search quality. His current job description is, “Enlighten minds, open hearts, create world peace”.
Outside of Google, Meng is the Founder and (Jolly Good) President of the Tan Teo Charitable Foundation, a small foundation dedicated to promoting peace, liberty and enlightenment in the world. He is a founding patron of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is also a founding patron of the World Peace Festival, and adviser to a number of technology start-ups.
Meng earned his MS in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He went to Santa Barbara mainly for the beach, but didn’t mind the graduate degree either. He considers himself a Buddhist “on most weekdays, especially Mondays”. He is an avid meditator, because meditation facilitates in him inner peace and happiness “without doing real work.” Meng occasionally finds himself featured on newspapers. He was featured on the front page of the New York Times and delivered a TED talk at the United Nations. He has met three United States Presidents, Obama, Clinton and Carter. The Dalai Lama gave him a hug for his 40th birthday. His personal motto is, “Life is too important to be taken seriously”.
Meng hopes to see every workplace in the world become a drinking fountain for happiness and enlightenment. When Meng grows up, he wants to save the world, and have lots of fun and laughter doing it. He feels if something is no laughing matter, it is probably not worth doing.
Dr. Philippe Goldin, is founder and board member of SIYLI, and serves in the role of researcher and advisor on the science of mindfulness and emotional intelligence. He completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at Rutgers University and completed his Clinical Psychology Internship at the UC San Diego/ San Diego VA consortium. He is currently a research scientist in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. His clinical research focuses on: a) functional neuroimaging investigations of cognitive affective mechanisms in both healthy adults and in individuals with various forms of psychopathology; b) the effect of mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy on neural substrates of emotional reactivity, emotion regulation, and attention regulation, and; c) the effect of child-parent mindfulness meditation training on anxiety, compassion, and quality of family interactions.
Rand Rosenberg most recently held the position of Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at PG&E Corporation. Prior to his work at PG&E, Rand spent several years in the field of investment banking. In addition to being a partner of Montgomery Securities he held senior positions at Goldman Sachs and Salomon Brothers where he was a Managing Director and Head of Global Telecommunications Investment Banking. He also served as Head of Corporate Development at the Pacific Telesis Group. Rand received his BA from Whitman College and MBA from the University of Chicago. Rand currently serves on several non profit boards including ecoAmerica, Wildaid, and Whitman College.
Dr. Elizabeth Lindsey is the first Polynesian Explorer and female Fellow in the history of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY. She’s an internationally recognized expert in the emergent field of cultural intelligence.
Lindsey is an advisor to world leaders and global institutions serving on such boards as the Tibet Fund for his Holiness the Dali Lama and the United Nations Ambassadors’ Islands First.
Her keen insights and first-hand accounts from around the world have made her keynote addresses an inspiring call to action. A sought after speaker in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, her audiences include Oxford University, Harvard University, TED, YPO/WPO, the American Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian.
In 2010, Elizabeth received the Visionary Award from the United Nations for her contributions in intercultural engagement and understanding.
In 2004, she was named “Woman of the Year” in Hawai’i.
Lindsey is also an award-winning filmmaker whose documentary, Then There Were None, which chronicles the near extinction of native Hawaiians, has received numerous awards including the prestigious CINE Eagle.
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