Session J - Pre-Conference Session
Mindful Leadership: Strategies for Change Resilience & Wisdom at Work
Presented by Joel & Michelle Levey


Description: Building on the thought-provoking and inspiring keynote address they presented at last year’s conference, Joel & Michelle Levey return to offer a full-day in-depth pre-conference workshop of advanced training in Mindful Leadership. The Leveys’ pioneering work has enlightened thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations around the globe. Joel & Michelle invite us to pause and reflect more deeply on our learning journey as leaders, and to explore new frontiers of learning and personal development necessary to add new dimensions to our personal and organizational capacity in these times of radical change. This session will blend insights, principles, practices, case studies, data, and potent examples of extra-ordinary success that invite us all to consider new frontiers of possibilities in our own lives, work, and relationships. The Leveys will offer an experiential grounding in the core disciplines of mindfulness and mastery of attention that each of us can rely upon to realize our potentials for juggling the many dimensions of our lives with greater harmony and balance – even in the midst of these extremely complex and rapidly changing times.

Target Audience: Leaders at all levels of organizations would benefit from this exploratory session.

Organizational Issues: This session will address the following list of issues;
             Developing healthy, high-performing workplace cultures
             Affirming the key role of executive presence, mindfulness, and mastery
                          of attention in the life, work, health, and success of leaders
             Developing greater capacity for the “change resilience” of leaders,
                          teams, and organizations
             Integrating insights from neurobiology of leadership and mind-science
                          research for promoting greater mind fitness, confidence, and
                          skillfulness in our lives-work
             Optimizing the deployment of personal and collective attention
             Increasing Collective Intelligence
             Enhancing quality of employee health, satisfaction, and performance
             Improving the quality of communication and relationships
             Encouraging higher levels of Emotional Intelligence
             Expanding individual and collective Mindfulness, while reducing the
                          mindless behaviors that lead to mistakes, confusion,
                          miscommunications, workplace dangers, toxic behavior, rework,
                          and inefficiency
             Revitalizing leaders
             Living and working on purpose
             Affirming our highest potentials, most heartfelt values, and personal
                          mastery through the work we do
             Seamlessly integrating inner work and our work in the world

Objectives: In this session you will:
             • Learn profoundly practical skills for mindful clear presence, mastery of
                           attention, calm intensity, and executive presence
             • Glean insights from research on Social Neurobiology and applied
                           neuroplasticity which affirm that as you train your mind you
                           change your brain
             • Discover a suite of “mind fitness skills” to activate greater wisdom for
                           optimizing your mental and emotional responses to challenging
             • Awaken deeper confidence in your capacity to be more resilient in the                           midst of change and to transform the Volatility, Uncertainty,
                          Complexity, and Ambiguity of these “VUCA Times” into greater
                          Vision, Understanding, Clarity, and Agility
             • Deepen your understanding of how your own example, decisions, and
                          actions impact the lives of countless other stakeholders

Date: Friday, April 16th

Length: 6 hours (9:00-12:00pm and 1:15-4:15pm)

Location: Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne - 6633 Canoga Avenue, Canoga Park

Cost: None

Available for download after the Forum

Joel & Michelle Levey

Biographies: Joel & Michelle are founders of the International Center for Corporate Culture and Organizational Health at InnerWork Technologies, Inc. (, clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Mahidol University (Thailand), Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad), core faculty for the Center for Spirituality, Science, & Medicine at Bastyr University where they teach a special program for physicians and health care providers in Meditation & Medicine. They served as co-chairs for the Center for Corporate Culture and Organizational Health at the Institute for Health and Productivity Management, clinical directors at Group Health and Children’s Medical Centers. The enduring benefits of their pioneering work have inspired leaders in hundreds of organizations around the globe, including: NASA, World Bank, Intel, Shell, MIT, Boeing, HP, Values and Lifestyles Program at Stanford, and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Center. Michelle & Joel designed and directed advanced biocybernautic training for the U.S. Army Green Berets' acclaimed "Ultimate Warrior Training Program. This six-month full-time training program was described by West Point leaders as, "The most exquisite orchestration of human technology that we have ever seen." Michael Murphy & George Leonard, founders of the Esalen Institute, praised this work, saying that this program was, “the most extensive and advanced leadership development program to be offered in modern times." At the end of this program one of their teams was selected as the most outstanding team in the NATO games. Nobel Laureate the Dalai Lama, an advisor and supporter on a number of the Leveys' projects, encouraged them in their work saying in a letter to them: "You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the inner sciences and technologies of human development and transformation to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with these teachings." Joel and Michelle are co-authors of Corporate Culture and Organizational Health; Wisdom at Work; Living in Balance; Luminous Mind; The Focused Mindstate; Learning Organizations; Ancient Skills for Modern Minds; and contributing authors to Be The Change, Voices on the Threshold of Tomorrow, The New Bottom Line, Community Building in Business, Learning Organizations, and The Principles of Relationship.

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Contact: Joel and Michelle can be reached by e-mail at for additional information about this session.

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