Spotlight Session

All spotlight sessions are included in registration and are part of a program of 400+ presentations, panels, roundtables, and workshops offered at the conference.

Developing the Inner Conditions to Lead for Social Justice

FRIDAY, 6 NOVEMBER, 13:15 - 14:30 EST

Social justice is an ethical, social, and moral imperative, yet many approaches to social change focus on external conditions and neglect to develop the inner conditions that generate wise leadership. Unless humanity learns to operate at a new level of consciousness, with leaders cultivating their inner wisdom, we will not be able to achieve the sustainable development goals. This panel will explore the role of mindfulness in cultivating the inner conditions of the leader that are necessary if we are to effect social justice and nurture our relationship with mother earth and each other.

Kathryn Goldman Schuyler

Session Chair
Kathryn Goldman Schuyler chairs the ILA 2020 conference and studies with masterful teachers of meditation including the Dalai Lama and Mingyur Rinpoche. Her research focuses on bringing moments of mindfulness and joy to work. In addition to her role as professor, she guides meditation sessions, teaches Awareness Through Movement, and is a PSA-certified ski instructor. Publications include three edited books on leadership and societal change and many articles on awareness-based systems change.

Rich Fernandez

Rich Fernandez, Ph.D., is CEO of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI), which was developed at Google as a mindfulness and emotional intelligence platform for leaders and later was spun off as an independent non-profit educational institute. Rich was formerly head of executive education at Google, and prior to that worked for many years at JP Morgan Chase and eBay. Currently SIYLI works with governments, businesses, universities and community organizations to offer practical and accessible mindfulness and emotional development learning solutions.

Matthew Lee

Matthew Lee, PhD, is Director of Empirical Research at the Human Flourishing Program in the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. His Presidential Address for the North Central Sociological Association focused on the importance of mindfulness for leaders and society and he helps organizations measure and improve their compassion capability. He chaired the American Sociological Association’s Section on Altruism, Morality, and Social Solidarity.

Éliane Ubalijoro

Éliane Ubalijoro is the Deputy Executive Director for Programs at Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition. She is a Professor of Practice at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. She is a member of the Capitals Coalition Supervisory Board and the Global Crop Diversity Trust Executive Board. In 2014, Éliane gave a TEDx talk on Reimaging the World from Scarcity to Prosperity. Éliane is a member of the Advisory Board of ShEquity.

Susan Skjei

Susan Skjei is Director, Authentic Leadership Center, Naropa University, and a long-time Senior Teacher of meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. She has been a Vice President and Chief Learning Officer in the technology sector and has taught mindfulness in business settings for over 20 years. Susan has a PhD in in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.

Peter Weng

Peter Weng is CEO of Healthy Minds Innovations. Peter’s focus is on helping organizations adopt science-based practices that support mental well-being and performance. He implemented systems of well-being and performance as a leader in large corporations and is regularly invited to share these experiences with corporations, governmental organizations, NGOs, and conferences around the world.

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