Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Steve is co-founder and the Chairman of the Board for Meditation4Leadership. An active partner, practice area manager and office manager at a large international law firm, Steve observed that he could be more personally satisfied and professionally effective by applying the lessons learned from regular meditation practice. It was then only a small leap for him to wonder how much more effective an entire business, community or political organization could be if a critical mass of leaders in the organization meditated regularly. Steve has been facilitating workshops on meditation and leadership for several years and has recently authored a book, Leading From Within: A Guide to Maximizing Your Effectiveness Through Meditation, which links 13 key leadership traits with associated meditations. His goal is to enlighten people in understanding how incorporating mediation practices improves personal and organizational focus. Steve is thrilled by the value added by—and enthusiasm created with—the other co-founders and board members to bring the Meditation4Leadership vision into reality.
Marilyn is a co-founder of Meditation4Leadership. She became a board member and Chief Operating Officer of the organization (2018-2023) after a successful 35+ year career as an executive and business development professional in the technology and healthcare industries and leadership roles with several non-profit/charitable organizations. She is a scientist by academic training (BS-University of Pennsylvania and MS- Jefferson University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences) and led the international research program at a rare disease advocacy group. It is there she directly witnessed the power of the mind to help heal the body. She was new to meditation when she started with Meditation4Leadership and can’t believe she waited this long to change her life. As a strong advocate for the power of meditation and mindfulness, Marilyn’s goal is to reduce the barriers for others so they may embrace the practice as a path for personal enlightenment and professional success. “If I can do it, anyone can.”
]ay Shah, President of Star Advisory Services, LLC, a boutique consulting firm, has significant experience in fundraising, mergers & acquisitions, strategy development & execution, operations and finance. Over the past 30+ years, he has been involved with 30 plus successful acquisition / divestiture transactions with an aggregate purchase price of over $1 billion. He has worked in several industries, such as, healthcare, e-commerce, media / publishing, talent management, financial services, hospitality, apparel, asset management and not-for-profit.
Jay holds the Bachelor of Science in Accounting from New York University, and Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University. He won the New Jersey Tech Council “CFO Hall of Fame Award” in 2015 and won Smart CEO “Executive Management Award” in 2015. Mr. Shah is an Ex-Advisory Board Member for the CFO Alliance and for New Jersey Technology Council’s CFO Advisory Board.
As a lifetime spiritual and holistic seeker and entrepreneur/business owner, Scott believes that Meditation4Leadership is a much-needed resource for people in all walks of life to improve their personal and professional effectiveness. Scott began seeking deeper spiritual meaning in his life in his early 20s, attending spiritual and holistic retreats at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY and others, and he became a big fan of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. (speaker and author of numerous mindfulness books). After 15 years in corporate leadership and HR roles with Fortune 500 companies, Scott started his own staffing business, The Rosen Group, which focuses exclusively on placing HR professionals in temporary and direct hire positions. For four years, Scott also operated his own holistic center in southern NJ called Transformations. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Rider University.
Lisa Jacobs is a Leadership Coach, Mindfulness Facilitator and speaker. She facilitates programs on topics such as Vision & Goals, Courageous Leadership and Embracing Mindfulness as well as 1:1 Leadership Coaching. Lisa is a graduate of The George Washington University (BS in Business Administration) and NYU (Masters in Arts and Administration). She has an extensive background in credit analysis and finance, as well as corporate advertising. Lisa has served in leadership roles on several non-profit boards, including as previous president of Meditation4Leadership.
Stefanie Levine Cohen
Stefanie is excited to bring to Meditation4Leadership her passion for helping people to connect to their inner truth and to one another. Stefanie is a writer, instructor and full-time volunteer focused on issues involving birth, death, afterlife and the human condition. Her work explores moments of transition in people’s lives and focuses particularly on the intersection between the psychological and the spiritual. Stefanie’s signature workshop, “Writing from the Heart,” helps writers at all levels explore their personal truth through authenticity and creative expression. Stefanie has studied religion, spirituality, meditation and intuition with numerous teachers including Sylvia Boorstein, Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, and James Van Praague. She earned bachelors and masters degrees in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from New York University School of Law. Stefanie’s writing has been published in a variety of literary journals and anthologies and can be viewed at www.stefanielevinecohen.com.
Frank is the founder of IIG Consulting. Since launching his career as a high school science teacher and football coach, Frank has created exceptional classrooms, schools, and organizations guided by mission and driven by results. He has built teams rooted in trust and experimentation, forged strategic vision, and led processes focused on racial justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion. He has established strong relationships with diverse stakeholders and created environments where all students could be successful. Ultimately, he strives to bring joy, passion, and success to the projects he takes on. Meditation has been critical for Frank to find balance and remain curious.