Our Teachers

Our teachers design programs that fit the culture of an organization and leadership traits targeted for development. They also lead programs focused on personal wellness.

LisaG 160w - Our TeachersLisa Gonzalez, Chief Meditation Officer has been teaching in a variety of roles for over 15 years. As a former school teacher, Lisa understands the importance and relevance of meditation and mindfulness within organizations. She has studied yoga and meditation from world renowned yoga teacher Jonny Kest and holds a 500HR RYT Certificate. She is also a Master Trainer leading one of the most successful yoga teacher trainings in the nation. In December 2018, Lisa deepened her commitment to meditation completing her first 10-day Vipassana course. As Chief Meditation Officer for Meditation4Leadership, Lisa develops programs, recruits and trains M4L teachers and leads meditation and mindfulness programs for organizations of all sizes from 10-500 participants.

Lisa Jacobs 800w - Our TeachersLisa Jacobs, Chief Coaching Officer is a Mindfulness Facilitator and Coach. She blends her 25 years in finance, advertising and owning her own business with mindfulness and coaching teachings. She is a Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator and completed CTI’s Accredited Coach Training Program. Lisa is certified to administer the Emotional Quotient Inventory Assessment (EQI 2.0 and EQ 360) of emotional intelligence. She is passionate about courageous leadership and believes mindfulness connects us to the leader within. She holds a 200HR RYT Teaching Certificate and completed Baptiste Level 1 and Art of Assisting. Her journey of yoga, meditation and self-inquiry drives her longing to create space for greater self-awareness, deeper connections, shifting perspectives and untapped potential, both personally and professionally.


SchimmelAlex 82x82 - Our TeachersAlex Schimmel has been teaching yoga, meditation and mindful living for 10 years. He has studied with and learned from Jonny Kest and other nationally recognized yoga teachers. Through his own life experiences, Alex has seen how these practices help him in little ways like becoming a better athlete and in big ways like recovering from major surgery. He believes that learning to direct your attention and focus will create a more optimistic and effective mindset. His teaching style is infused with ancient wisdom, delivered in an authentic, relatable way. Alex teaches breath centered classes that help you unlock your deepest passions and potential.


clayton platt - Our TeachersClayton Platt had his first opportunity to exercise his teaching muscles in Cali, Colombia one year out of college, as he taught English as a Second Language to executives of US multinational companies for two years. He later coached financial advisers on behalf of the Kinder Institute of Financial Life Planning, and earned the Registered Life Planner through Kinder. More recently, Clayton coached the Friends Central Girls High School Squash team for three years, while working full time as a corporate trainer and executive coach for BlessingWhite/GP Strategies and the NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI). Through NLI, Clayton earned a certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership, recognizing his study and deep understanding of the principles of neuroscience as they apply to Learning and Development. In January of 2019, Clayton was accepted into the very selective and intensive two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teachers Certification Program run by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach and accredited by the Awareness Training Institute and the Greater Good Science Center at UC-Berkeley. In March 2020, Clayton established an online virtual sangha and he was led over 50 free mindfulness classes since that time.

SeveranceMellissa 82x82 - Our TeachersMelissa Severance is an executive and leadership coach with over 15 years of innovative human resource experience. Melissa started her career in accounting at a Big 4 public accounting firm and then pivoted into human resource leadership for a fast-growing entrepreneurial consulting firm. Her expertise includes professional development, training, learning and talent acquisition leadership, strategies and execution. Melissa coaches individual executives, entrepreneurs, and emerging leaders. She inspires, motivates and sparks action in her clients resulting in transformation and achievement of goals and big dreams. She is passionate about helping others improve their professional and personal leadership abilities. Melissa practices daily meditation and yoga that inspire and inform her coaching practice.

SpecterLisa 82x82 - Our TeachersLisa Specter is a certified Leadership Coach, partnering with M4L clients seeking Integrated Leadership Coaching. She is passionate about helping people perform their best, achieve their goals and feel more empowered. Lisa spent 20 years as a Human Resources leader within diverse Fortune 500 organizations before establishing her own private coaching and HR consultancy. She is credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation and is certified to administer the Emotional Quotient Inventory Assessment (EQi 2.0 and EQ 360) of emotional intelligence. In 2016 Lisa completed a 200 hour yoga leadership training and incorporates meditation techniques into her coaching engagements to raise awareness and unlock potential. She has supported hundreds of individuals at all organization levels seeking coaching support as they elevate their leadership skills.