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We were founded in 2018 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by a group of people with 200+ years of professional business experience who realized personal and professional benefits from maintaining a consistent mediation practice. Expanding on concepts first enumerated by Steven M. Cohen in his book, Leading From Within: A Guide to Becoming a More Effective Leadership Through Meditation, our founders created a business model to offer in-person training programs to organizations that teach how to create a meditation practice and how to live a more aware, connected, and mindful life within structured
organizations as well as in their more personal lives. The lockdown scenario of the pandemic led to us to add training and education sessions using real-time, online conferencing, and our future plans include subscription programs for students to complete on a more flexible schedule.

  • America has a growing stress and mental health problem ​
  • Our desire and ability to communicate and collaborate has fallen considerably in recent years​
  • Dissatisfaction/reduced job performance have risen alarmingly
  • Quiet Quitting and The Great Resignation are evidence of the problem​
  • Unease is not limited to the workplace; it adversely affects society in general ​

Meditation and mindfulness teaching is a growing part of corporate wellness and leadership development initiatives. Meditation4Leadership teaches essential skills for individuals to cultivate greater awareness, connection, perspective and potential in their lives, to improve their professional and personal effectiveness, and to thrive in adversity as well as good times.

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Steven Cohen

Steven Cohen, a co-founder and the Chair of the Board for Meditation4Leadership incorporated these four pillars as the organizational philosophy of the book he was working on that became Leading From Within:  A Guide to Maximizing Your Effectiveness Through Meditation.  Leading from Within has now been read by thousands of people and links 13 key leadership traits with associated meditations. His goal is to enlighten readers in understanding how incorporating mediation practices applied to key leadership traits improves personal and organizational focus. 

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Lisa Greenberg Gonzalez

Lisa Greenberg Gonzalez joined Meditation4Leadership soon after its founding and became our first Chief Meditation Officer.  Lisa followed her 20 year career as a school teacher by becoming a certified yoga teacher and then teacher of teachers.   Lisa has led our content team to develop and present engaging, innovative programs organized using the four core pillars, presented live in the office, virtually and at corporate retreats including: Effective Leadership, Mindful Educator, and Conscious Leadership.   Lisa has also trained our other program facilitation and meditation mentors, each of whom had previously completed a meditation or yoga teacher training program.

During 2022, Lisa is leading our expansion into serving educators, with a core tenant being that the teachers and education administrators who participate in our programs should be doing so as a benefit and should not pay individually for these programs.

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Clayton Platt

Clayton Platt joined Meditation4Leadership in 2020 following completion of a two year meditation teacher training program, while also serving as a facilitator for virtual digital learning programs.  At the time, Clayton was facilitating a Friday morning meditation group and organizing discussions around mindfulness for racial justice and inclusion.  Clayton and Lisa worked in coordination with DEI Consultant Lourdes Tango to develop our program:  Leading from Awareness:  the Power of Inclusion and continues to develop innovative content to meet client business needs.

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Lisa Jacob

Lisa Jacobs, an original co-founder of Meditation4Leadership, organizes our Executive Coaching program, which integrates traditional executive coaching with meditation and mindfulness techniques to facilitate growth.  Lisa coordinates a group of four executive coaches, each of whom have been trained both as certified executive coaches and in meditation or mindfulness.

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Marilyn Hailpern, also an original co-founder of Meditation4Leadership, is our Chief Operating Officer and organizes our Meditation4Leadership operations.

Like most workplaces, the pandemic asked our team to work remotely from home and to serve our customers online. We had been an in-person workshop model.  So in 2020 through 2021, we began offering our services virtually:

  • Recorded xxx mini videos – YouTube Channel
  • 30 Day Challenge
  • 3 x Day Free 15 minute meditation
  • Friday morning Wisdom
  • Sunday evening: Relax, Refresh, Reset for your workweek
  • 13 Trait workbooks
  • Trained 4 executive coaches
  • Trained 4 meditation mentors
  • Hired a fill-time Chief Meditation Officer
  • Established partnership with DEI Consultant
  • Offered Mindfulness for Inclusion – Racial Justice  

In 2022,  we expanded to offer Mindful Educator training, Conscious Leadership Program and Retreats.