Today I have the honor of being the Speaker Liaison at the first Wisdom 2.0 Buisness conference at the historic Palace Hotel in downtown San Francisco. The Wisdom 2.0 Tech Conference is well known in the region as a hub for creative cross-pollination between the new world of high tech and the age-old teachings and practices of wisdom traditions.
This time, Wisdom 2.0 founder Soren Gordhamer is bringing the creative dialogue to the business community, again linking innovative and creative business strategies with the time tested practices of the wisdom traditions.
Today and tomorrow, I will have the honor of working with creativity and innovation heavyweights such as Twitter Co-founder, Biz Stone, Burning Man festival Founder and Executive Director, Larry Harvey, Zynga & Integrative Health Programs Co-Founder, Eric Schiermeyer, and Tony Schwartz, author of many book including one of my personal favorites What Really Matters, Searching for Wisdom in America, among many, many others.
Many thanks to Conference Coordinator and Speaker, Monique Martineau, for asking me to participate.
Below is a full list of the speakers in alphabetical order. To reach the conference website click here: Wisdom 2.0 Business.
Founder, Tilt, Inc.
Pam Boney, Founder of Tilt, Inc., has devoted three decades to the study of leadership presence and influence and has developed a strengths-based model that gives individuals and organizations a process to measure the phenomenon we call leadership. She is the author of a mind-bending framework called Tiltology™, a disruptive theory that reframes human potential by breaking through the limitations of our traditional Typology systems, so we can move well beyond our TYPE. She posits that our “true self” wants to come forward to play in the world and if we commit to moving beyond our self-imposed boundaries, we can courageously find our true unique expression and creative potential.
Pam is also author of a single-point, whole-person system to develop mission critical leaders in organizations that want to teach True Tilt Leadership® that is Balanced, Conscious, Creative and Inspired. The Tilt Parallel Solution® provides measurement systems for leaders, teams and culture, including the Tilt Leadership Predictor®, Tilt Team Climate Predictor® and Tilt Innovative Culture Predictor®. This systems solution has been proven to predict leadership that will create a climate for innovation and it does so with precision, accuracy and reliability.
Pam has coached many of the best and brightest leaders business has to offer and is a catalyst for conscious capitalism. She is a prolific poet and has just released the novel True Tilt, an uncommon quest. As Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Tilt, Inc. Pam has devoted her life to the cause of changing the world, one leader at a time.
Leadership Development Coach
Jenna is a leadership development coach and consultant for Axialent, an international consulting firm committed to creating results through the development of more conscious leaders and organizational cultures. She began her career as a lawyer, leaving five years later to pursue a masters degree in Jungian psychology. She lives in Boulder, CO where she enjoys life in a mountain town, rigorous yoga, and time with her irrational and irresistible two-year-old daughter, Serafina.
Greg has been practicing meditation over 25 years. After 7 years as a monk in Burma, he returned to lay life to share his insights. Today, he helps others learn what he was taught in the monasteries. He teaches meditation and communication, and cultivates happiness and creativity with individuals and at corporations and businesses including CP+B, Sterling Rice Group and eBay. Greg also holds an M.A in Spirituality and has professional experience as a chaplain, mountaineering instructor and storyteller.
Mindfulness and Health
Renée Burgard is a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, consultant, and educator in private practice. She teaches Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programs for Google, Inc., and Apple Computer, partnering closely with each company to optimize the program for their unique environments. She teaches MBSR programs for Stanford University and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and for other schools, corporations, and nonprofits in the SF Bay Area.
Renée holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of California at Berkeley in Psychology, Clinical Social Work, and Health & Medical Sciences. Her background includes extensive education in the sciences, including neurosciences. She has trained with Jon Kabat-Zinn (MBSR), and is in the process of receiving certification in Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) with Dan Siegel, MD. She lived and worked as a health consultant, photographer, and writer for large NGOs in India for several years, studying and practicing yoga and meditation while there.
She has been ordained as a lay monastic by Thich Nhat Hahn, facilitates a meditation community in Palo Alto practicing in his tradition, and has been a practitioner of meditation and other mindfulness practices for many years. Her websites are www.mindfulnesshealth-psychotherapy.com, and www.mindfulnesshealth.com.
At HopeLab, Pat engages a multidisciplinary team developing products that harness the power and appeal of technology to improve the health of young people with chronic illness. To do its work, HopeLab has developed a values-based culture intentionally designed to support creativity, innovation, and full engagement. Under Pat’s leadership, HopeLab launched the groundbreaking Re-Mission video game for cancer in 2006; research demonstrating the efficacy of Re-Mission in improving treatment adherence was published in the medical journal Pediatrics in 2008. In 2011, Zamzee, a product developed by HopeLab to increase physical activity in teens, will launch through a for-profit social enterprise established by HopeLab.
Pat previously was president and executive director of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, where she worked with counterparts nationally to craft the federal Ryan White C.A.R.E. Act, and served as president of the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation. She has written, studied and lectured on social and health issues in the United States and abroad, and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.
Co-Founder, Conscious Leadership Forum
Diana guides high-impact leaders into and through important transitions in life, business and consciousness. She works extensively CEOs, executive teams and YPO groups. Her provocative and direct style combined with down-to-Earth tools ignite expanded awareness and innovation.
Through Conscious Leadership Forum, Diana and her Co-Founders are spearheading a movement to propagate new models of leadership based on personal and collective empowerment. Their book on the 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership is forthcoming.
Diana and her husband of 23 years are raising two teenagers on an urban farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Founder, Joie de Vivre Hotels
At the age of 26, Chip Conley started his own hospitality company, Joie de Vivre (JDV), and, as CEO for two-dozen years, expanded it into a collection of over 35 award-winning hotels, restaurants and spas – the second largest boutique hotel company in the U.S. A bestselling author, Chip is a veteran practitioner of emotional intelligence in business and in his latest book, EMOTIONAL EQUATIONS: Simple Truths for Creating Happiness + Success, he takes us from emotional intelligence to emotional fluency. The preeminent thought leader at the intersection of psychology and business, Chip speaks around the world on finding meaning at work, is a regular blogger on The Huffington Post and his own blog at www.emotionalequations.com. Chip has been honored with the highest accolade in the American hospitality industry, the coveted ISHC Pioneer award, and was named the Most Innovative CEO – and JDV the “2nd Best Place to Work” – in the entire Bay Area by The San Francisco Business Times. He received his BA and MBA from Stanford University, and holds an Honorary Doctorate in Psychology from Saybrook Graduate School & Research Center, where he is the school’s 2012 Scholar-Practitioner in residence.
Head of Organizational Effectiveness & Learning, Twitter
Melissa Daimler is passionate about helping people leverage professional experiences to grow personally. As Head of Organizational Effectiveness & Learning at Twitter, she is excited about building a company in which growing our people is integral to growing our business.
Prior to Twitter, Melissa headed up Global Learning and Organizational Consulting at Adobe Systems. At Adobe, she started and built the Organizational Development function. In 2011, her team won top honors for The Best Learning Team from Brandon Hall. Prior to Adobe, she led HR at Epylon (now part of Accenture).
Melissa currently sits on the Chief Learning Officer & Talent Board for the Institute for Corporate Productivity. She speaks widely on issues of Organizational Effectiveness & Learning including regular lectures in the Berkeley/Columbia MBA program.
Melissa graduated from Pepperdine University with a M.S. in Organizational Development. Her personal learning projects are competent sailing in San Francisco Bay and studying Mandarin. You can follow her on Twitter @mdaimler.
Dir. of Executive Development, Google
Rich believes that people and organizations have the innate potential to be fully vital, capable and joyful – and sees his work as facilitating this expression of personal and organizational excellence.
Rich currently has the role of Director of Executive Development at Google, where he and his team work with people in senior roles to help them grow and develop as leaders.
Prior to joining Google, Rich worked as a leader in the talent, leadership and organization development space at companies such as eBay, Bank of America and J.P. Morgan Chase. Rich was also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in New York City, where he taught courses on organizational effectiveness and career development, and earlier in his career he worked in hospitals and community clinics.
Rich earned his M.A. in Social & Organizational Psychology and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. Rich received his B.A. from the University of California at San Diego, where he majored in surfing and minored in sun tanning.
Michelle is a leadership coach and strategic advisor to the Wisdom 2.0 Conference. She is also embarking on a new adventure to partner with Tilt, Inc. on their new venture “The Tilt Academy”. Following a decade of experience consulting to high-growth start-ups in San Francisco, she spent the last few years supporting the growth of leaders & building learning & development programs with Twitter.
She is a certified New Ventures West Coach as well as Leadership Embodiment Teacher, a somatic practice developed by Wendy Palmer. Earlier in her career she was a primary school teacher & continues her passion for youth by volunteering to teach mindfulness to children using the “Mindful Schools” curriculum.
Michelle is a student of various mindfulness based practices as well as the enneagram. She lives in Marin County with her husband and two young sons.
Founder, Wisdom 2.0
Soren is the founder and host of the Wisdom 2.0 Conference, the annual event exploring living with awareness and wisdom in the technology age. He is also the author of Wisdom 2.0: Ancient Teachings for the Creative and Constantly Connected (HarperOne, 2009), and is a regular contributor to the Social Media blog, Mashable.
He has led mindfulness programs in a wide range of settings, including to youth in New York City juvenile halls, trauma workers in Rwanda, teachers in Nigeria, and US technology companies. As project director for Richard Gere’s public charity, Healing the Divide, he organized the Healing through Great Difficulty Conference with his Holiness the Dalai Lama. His website: www.sorengordhamer.com
Founder, Burning Man
Larry Harvey is the Founder and Executive Director of Burning Man, President of the Board of the Burning Man Project, and Chairman of the Board of the Black Rock Arts Foundation. He co-chairs Burning Man’s Art Department, scripts and co-curates the annual art theme, and collaborates with artists in creating aspects of the art theme and the design of Black Rock City. Larry is also a political planner. He supervises the organization’s lobbying efforts and regularly attends meetings with state, county and federal agencies. As a spokesperson for Burning Man, Larry has lectured at Harvard, the Commonwealth Club of California, the Walker Art Center, and the Oxford Union.
Community Partnerships and Marketing Leader, Google+
Gopi Kallayil works at Google on the marketing of Google+. Prior to this, Gopi led the marketing of the Company’s flagship advertising products AdWords and AdSense.
Before joining Google, Gopi was Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Nextance, an enterprise Contract Management Software startup. He was also Vice President of Business Development and a founding management team member at Allegrix, an Application Software Provider startup acquired by Progress Software. While a consultant with McKinsey & Co., he worked on engagements helping the management teams of large corporations improve business performance and maximize revenues. Additionally, Gopi has led large Information Technology projects for global corporations in India, China, and the US. He graduated from The Wharton school of Business at UPenn and the National Institute of Technology in India.
He founded and teaches a weekly yoga program for Googlers called Yoglers. He has had a long term meditation practice and regularly returns to Burning Man.
Former CEO, Juniper Networks
Scott is co-founder with his wife Joanie of the 1440 Foundation, which is a way of sharing with others their belief in the power of strong, healthy relationships for improving lives. 1440 works in the three domains of education, wellness, and the workplace, supporting organizations and serving champions whom they feel will make the world a better place by developing and nurturing authentic relationship skills in the work they do.
This belief in the power of strong relationships manifested itself in leadership development practices at Juniper Networks where Scott serves as Chairman and spent 12 years as CEO, taking it from its early start up days to a $3.5B global company of over 7,500 people in more than 100 countries.
Learning and Development Specialist, Google
Jenny Lykken is a Learning and Development Specialist at Google, where she works on a team within the Talent organization. Their mission is to provide a learning environment where Googlers are encouraged to develop and achieve their greatest potential. In her current role, in addition to supporting development efforts targeted at Google’s early career population, Jenny manages and facilitates global personal growth programs. These programs range from classes to tech talks to virtual meditation hangouts, and they cover topics including mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and stress and energy management.
Before Google, Jenny completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Harvard University. She grew up in North Dakota and spent multiple summers working in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks in Wyoming. She loves hiking, snowboarding, yoga, and life and live music in her current city, San Francisco.
Executive Coach, Facebook
Bill McLawhon is the first on-staff executive coach at Facebook, where he has been coaching leaders and focusing on building leadership development programming since 2009. Bill brings over 20 years of corporate experience in sales, line management and human resources within the financial services industry, and most recently as a Vice President at a Fortune 500 company. Bill holds a B.A. from California State University at Fullerton.
VP Staff Development, Learning and Innovation, HopeLab
Chris Murchison is responsible for cultivating an agency culture that values learning, innovation and informed risk taking to support HopeLab’s work.
At HopeLab, Chris has led a strategic staff expansion to support a focused portfolio of work. He also has led the creation and documentation of principles and practices that serve as a resource to guide staff and organizational development and embed HopeLab’s core values into the everyday practices of the organization. Chris also has initiated an innovative, research-based health and wellness program at HopeLab that emphasizes energy, engagement and personal fulfillment to significantly increase staff’s capacity to get things done, enhancing productivity and quality of life in the workplace and beyond.
Master Somatic Coach and Teacher, Strozzi Institute
Susan Nichols is a Master Somatic Coach and Teacher with Strozzi Institute. She has been with the Institute since 2002 and teaches the Leadership in Action courses, School of Embodied Leadership (SOEL) and special contract Leadership development courses for corporate groups and Universities.
Prior to joining Strozzi Institute, for 17 years Susie worked with and held leadership positions in business development and marketing in a broad range of industries — global for-profit companies (adidas, Nike, DDB Needham), fast growing entrepreneurial start-ups (Avia and @Once, a successful internet start-up) and an Educational Non-profit (Outward Bound). She has lived and worked internationally, most recently in Amsterdam where she coached and taught leadership.
Her teaching is informed by these experiences and a lifelong commitment to self development and mastery, two years of study in a non-denominational spiritual ministry program, her experience as a three sport varsity athlete / captain and committed student of aikido, the martial art of peace.
With two other colleagues, Susie was instrumental in founding the Young Women’s School of Embodied Leadership program for High School girls at Strozzi Institute. In addition, Susie’s work with clients was recently published in the 2008 Pfeiffer Annual Compendium of leading ideas in the field of Leadership Development in a chapter on Somatics and Leadership.
Tiphani is an executive coach and facilitator with 10 years teaching and working with Leadership Embodiment, a model for cultivating leadership presence. This dynamic approach offers the individual, group or organization tools and practices to develop presence, confidence and the ability to act from a more effective, centered state.
Tiphani received her 2nd degree black belt in Aikido, a non-violent Japanese martial art and brings 15 years of experience owning and running a successful design business, Tiphani Palmer Design.
Leadership Embodiment develops a more authentic leadership presence that unifies mind, body, emotions and intuition as a way of meeting leadership challenges in today’s changing world. The work offers tools and practices to stay more centered and connected to vision and what is important in the face of conflict, disagreement
Tiphani lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and two children.
VP Human Capital, Omidyar Network
Susan joined Omidyar Network in early 2009 following more than 20 years in consumer marketing and people development roles. She provides marketing and organizational expertise to portfolio organizations as part of Omidyar Network’s human capital efforts. Previously, Susan led the firm’s marketing and communications function, managing media relations, internal communications, brand development, and marketing programs.
Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Susan worked at eBay, Inc, Paypal, Excite@Home, Arnold Advertising and Foote Cone & Belding, and Bank of America. Susan earned her MBA in marketing and organizational behavior at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA with distinction in rhetoric and communications studies at the University of Virginia. She is a certified Integral Coach and Myers-Briggs facilitator.
Senior Director of People Innovation, eBay
Annemie joined eBay in 2004 as Human Resources Director for eBay UK. She currently is Senior Director, leading People Innovation globally for the Marketplaces business. During her time at eBay she also lead Skype HR globally and the eBay and PayPal HR team in Europe.
Prior to joining eBay, Annemie was Vice President of Human Resources for the International Petroleum Exchange (now IcE Futures) and she worked for PEPSICO in South Africa and the UK.
Annemie has wide ranging experience in designing and implementing significant organizational change and transformation in multi-national businesses. She enjoys leadership development and talent management.
Annemie holds an undergraduate Law degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and has postgraduate degrees in Law and in German.
Her inspiration is Nelson Mandela – she had the good fortune of meeting him. He also wrote the foreword to a book she edited on Human Rights in Local Government.
Learning and Development Manager, Facebook
Mike runs the Americas L&D team at Facebook, which covers orienting new hires as well as developing professional and management skills in Facebook employees around the globe. He’s worked in the high tech industry for over a decade at companies like Intel and Microsoft, and has been in learning and development the majority of his career. He holds a BA in Organizational Communication and Creative Writing from CSU, Sacramento and an MS in HR and Org Development from the University of San Francisco.
Program Officer, 1440 Foundation
Patton Sarley (also known by his Sanskrit name, Dinabandhu) has been a leader in the field of spirituality and human development for 35 years. He has lived a unique blend of dedicated spiritual inquiry and high impact social entrepreneurship in the field of whole person development. Patton spent nearly two decades as a dedicated “yoga monastic” living in spiritual community focusing on deep spiritual study and practice. In his secular pursuits, Patton has also held key leadership positions in the two largest and most successful holistic educational centers in the United States during their periods of greatest institutional vitality.
Patton served as CEO of the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health from 2004-2010 where he and his wife Ila led a renewal of vision, mission, and business development, that brought the organization back from the brink of bankruptcy to its current position as the largest and most successful holistic retreat center in the U.S. During their 7-year tenure Patton and Ila revitalized the Kripalu brand and quadrupled net revenues. Patton also served as President of the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY, from 1995 to 2004. During his tenure as President of the Omega Institute, Patton led the effort to professionalize and modernize the organization from top to bottom and developed a reliable new revenue model that supported significant expansion of the Omega mission and its social impact.
Patton is the co-author of two books on yoga and was a semi-finalist for the 2007 Earnst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in New England.
An active speaker and workshop leader in the areas of yoga, stress management, communications, and leadership, Patton has devoted his life to the intensive practice of both Eastern and Western disciplines for spiritual growth, personal transformation, and authentic leadership.
Co-founder, Zynga & Integrative Health Programs
Eric is a co-founder of Zynga where he led product development and also spearheaded the creation of Zynga’s wellness program, which maintains a strong emphasis on holistic and preventative health. Prior to launching Zynga, he was the CTO at eUniverse, the company that became Intermix Media, parent company of MySpace. He is currently helping to develop Integrative Health Programs (IHP), a company that is dedicated to providing on-site holistic health and wellness services to businesses and corporations. He also acts as an advisor/board member/angel investor to other Silicon Valley startups that either adopt wellness programs or further the adoption of wellness programs.
Founder, The Energy Project
Tony Schwartz founded The Energy Project in 2003 .Tony’s most recent book, Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys to Transforming the Way We Work and Live, was published in May 2010 and became an immediate New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. His previous book, The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy Not Time, co-authored with Jim Loehr, spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and has been translated into 28 languages.
Tony is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, and is one of HBR.org’s most popular bloggers.
Tony began his career as a journalist. He has been a reporter for the New York Times, an editor at Newsweek, a staff writer at New York and Esquire, and a columnist for Fast Company. He also co-authored the #1 worldwide bestseller The Art of the Deal with Donald Trump, and wrote What Really Matters: Searching for Wisdom in America.
Tony has delivered keynotes to audiences around the world and has worked with leaders at dozens of organizations including Google, Sony, Ford, Barclays Capital, Wells Fargo, Ernst and Young, Intel, Oracle and Kraft, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department, the Cleveland Clinic and the National Security Agency.
Diversity and Inclusion, Facebook
Sara Sperling leads diversity & inclusion programs for Facebook, where she focuses on creating a work environment where people can be their authentic selves. Prior to Facebook, she was a Senior Learning & Development Program Manager at Yahoo. She has held teaching positions at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, SCU Leavey School of Business, and Foothill College. Sara holds a MA from Stanford University, an MBA from Santa Clara University, and a Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics and Economics from UC Irvine. She has been published in Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian and Bisexual in a College Sorority and It Gets Better:Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living
BIZ STONE has been named Nerd of the Year by GQ, one of the Most Influential People in The World by TIME magazine, Entrepreneur of the Decade by Inc Magazine, and one of Vanity Fair’s Top Ten Most Influential People of the Information Age but Biz Stone, 37 is best known for over a decade of developing collaborative web systems freely accessed by hundreds of millions of people worldwide.
As a progenitor of the early social web, Biz became an Internet entrepreneur in 1999 and went on to work for Google. Later, Stone co-founded Twitter which launched in 2006. In June of 2011 with his long time collaborators Evan Williams and Jason Goldman, Stone co-founded The Obvious Corporation to focus on building systems that help people work together to improve the world.
An adamant believer that when we help others, we also help ourselves, Stone supports a new way of doing business with a higher level of ambition, and a better, more altruistic way to measure success. Beyond immediate needs, Stone advocates selflessness; insisting we follow this path in order to deliver deeper meaning in our work and in so doing, place value before profit.
Biz lives in Marin County, California with his wife Livia.
Jolly Good Fellow, Google
Meng, whose official title at Google is “Jolly Good Fellow,” is an early employee of Google who for years worked as a Software Engineer at the company and is now Head of Google University’s School of Personal Growth, where among other activities he oversees and teaches the mindfulness-based program, “Search Inside Yourself.”
Founder/CEO Healthiest You
Kelly Traver, MD is the founder of Healthiest You, a company which delivers unique, online health programs that get smarter with use. These highly personalized programs interact with an individual according to the way the brain naturally operates. This interaction takes advantage of each individual’s unique underlying motivators to maximize efficacy and allow one to become more engaged and empowered in his or her health.
Dr. Traver received her medical degree from Stanford where she specialized in Internal Medicine. During an additional year as chief resident she won the “Excellence in Teaching” award and then served as adjunct clinical assistant professor of medicine at Stanford.
She has practiced medicine for over twenty years. She was a practicing partner and physician at Menlo Medical Clinic for many years, served as Google’s Medical Director and is featured as one of America’s Top Physicians. Her background includes research in biochemistry, teaching in neuroanatomy and a public health study in South Africa. She has served on Stanford Hospital’s Medical Board, as a Managing Partner of Menlo Medical Clinic and Board of Trustees for the Institute for the Future.
Leadership Development Consultant
Kristen brings together human thriving and results. Partnering with clients like eBay, WhiteWave Foods, and comScore, she helps senior teams get unstuck, reveals collective wisdom to resolve perennial problems, cultivates innovative mind/body states, and leverages Native Genius. She is in the process of founding the Native Genius Lab to research, implement, and spread the practice of Native Genius. Before her private practice began over twenty years ago, Kristen began her career as a CPA and Software Developer for what is now Accenture. She has advanced degrees in Mythology and Body-Centered Psychology.