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Leading strategically with mindfulness and compassion

A competitive advantage in times of rapid change and innovation

August 4 - 6, 2017

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

$350 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

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Program Description

Learn the cutting-edge scientific insights and actionable practices that support internationally high-performing companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Starbucks.

Today’s business leaders know that in order to succeed they need teams that are focused, productive, resilient, cooperative, and innovative. This workshop teaches you why—and how—mindfulness and compassion are the secrets to creating and leading high-performing teams.

Enhance your competitive advantage with Wisdom Lab’s cofounder and president Rich Fernandez and its chief science officer Parneet Pal. With their combined expertise in organizational psychology, preventative medicine, behavior change, wellness, and decades of personal practice, Rich and Parneet give you tools to improve mental fitness and agility, bolster success mindsets, manage stress and conflict, and facilitate team synergy and connection.

Through lectures, interactive exercises, journaling, and guided practice you will learn:

  • The real meaning of mindfulness and compassion
  • The benefits of mindfulness and compassion practices for you as a leader
  • How these practices create measurable change in the brain and body
  • The basics of behavior change and how to incorporate these practices into your daily work and life routines
  • Practical tools and techniques that you can implement quickly.

You will leave with a mindfulness and compassion toolkit and a customized personal action plan for applying these practices to make your life and work a lab for greater health, joy, wisdom, compassion, and success.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Rich Fernandez, PhD

    Psychologist and cofounder of Wisdom Labs

    Rich Fernandez is a Columbia University‰ trained psychologist with nearly two decades of experience, specializing in leadership and organizational development at organizations such as Google, eBay, and J.P. Morgan Chase.

    A cofounder of Wisdom Labs,‰ a company and think tank focused on activating the science of mindful well-being, resilience, and purpose-driven performance within organizations‰, Rich offers deep expertise in cognitive psychology, organizational systems, the science of human performance, and transformational people-development solutions in business settings.

    Previously, he was the director of executive education at Google, responsible for leadership-development content, tools, and programs for senior leaders across Google, as well as the head of learning and organization development at eBay.

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    Parneet Pal, MBBS, MS

    Physician, TEDMED scholar, and executive coach

    Parneet Pal is a Harvard- and Columbia-trained physician who currently leads content innovation and product development at Wisdom Labs‰, a company pioneering the translation of science and wisdom practices to reimagine well-being in the workplace.

    Having moved away from clinical practice to prevention in order to focus on the global epidemic of chronic disease, she continues to foster interdisciplinary health innovation as a TEDMED Scholar.

    With a master‰’s degree in exercise and movement science from the University of Oregon, she has directed two wellness spas, expanded a private executive health practice, and coaches executives and consults with organizations on the design and implementation of lifestyle management platforms (nutrition, mindfulness, exercise, stress management).

    Parneet believes that using the latest research in medicine, technology, behavior, and systems change, we can build a mindful society where health is default.

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  • Why Attend
    • Transform your work environment to foster the creative innovation, collaboration, and positive interactions necessary in today's businesses.

    • Develop a personal mindfulness and compassion practice to improve your mental clarity and focus, manage stress and complexity, and enhance productivity.

    • Work effectively with emotions and skillfully manage interpersonal relationships with greater ease and satisfaction.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.


    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Things To Bring

    A journal and a pen

    What to Wear

    Comfortable clothing

    Special Interest To

    Mid-level to senior workplace leaders

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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