Our coaches, trainers, and mentors are hand-picked for their professional expertise, their personal dedication to ongoing growth practices, and their ability to embody the perspectives and tools they utilize in helping Mindful Life, Mindful Work, Inc. and other companies to achieve their goals. For those interested in being considered for our team of coaches, you can begin the assessment process here.
Biographies and areas of specialization can be viewed below.
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Living and working in Paris, France as an executive coach and leadership development consultant for more than 20 years has enabled Hedy Caplan to develop the skills and sensitivity that lead to effectiveness in working with diverse populations, ages, national and corporate cultures. The key to performance resides in our ability to focus attention, appeal to intrinsic motivations and develop the confidence to make decisions and follow through. To this, Hedy brings years of Mindfulness practice, and she assists her clients in developing greater awareness, confidence, emotional stability, and clarity that facilitate commitment to objectives and outcomes aligned with what brings meaning, joy and the sense of good work done well. In addition to individual and team coaching, Hedy has developed a process for transferring her skills to co-development peer groups, bringing emotional intelligence, self-mastery and openness to differences into the space where collaborative dialogues and peer-development dynamics can be developed. Hedy's approach is informed by her training in psychosynthesis, which promotes the integration of body, mind and emotions. She became a coach under the guidance of Sir John Whitmore and his team of Olympic coaches.
“Magic unfolds when rational thinking and gut intuition can exist in unison”, and Varun Venugopal Gupta is a man on the journey to harness both. Based in Goa, India, he helps businesses worldwide achieve stellar results by simply tuning in - businesses grow when entrepreneurs grow from the inside. Varun's work draws upon his experience as an improv-theatre actor and his understanding of human dynamics and complex business processes. An engineer by education, he believes that most complex problems come down to just 1-2 key variables. In addition to his work with leaders, Varun is curator of the Global Shapers Community in Goa, a World Economic Forum initiative; a Starting-bloc fellow; and until recently, was a partner at MaynardLeigh Associates, a UK based behavioural consulting firm pioneering the use of theatre, psychological insight, and frameworks for organisational change. Varun's clients have included HSBC, Coca-Cola India, EY, and Genpact.
Varun lives an off-the-grid life in Goa, practicing Kalaripayattu, an ancient martial art form, growing (some) and cooking (most) of his own food. He loves spending time outdoors (sailing, swimming, trekking, cycling) and spiritually engages via movement, minimalism and meditation. He is currently working on a book and dabbles in theatre and facilitation whenever he finds the time. Varun Sharing a Mindful Thought
Stephen Morse, Director of SIY Programs at MLMW, integrates neuroscience, mindfulness, and emotional intelligence practices into his coaching and education of technology leaders, unlocking more well being, better team collaboration, and higher performance. A 25 year veteran of the software technology industry, and a Search Inside Yourself Teacher (SIYLI.org), Stephen currently delivers technical workshops on SaaS best practices and mindfulness, and seeks to help lead the change in the way technology is built and delivered, increasing technology's overall value to society and to the well-being of its workers and consumers.
George Pitagorsky’s mission is to guide people to create healthy, happy, and highly effective teams, organizations, and communities. He has decades of experience as a globally recognized project, program and process management expert, teacher, and technology executive. His experience includes six years as CIO for a multi-billion-dollar government agency, and as a principle in a technology start-up. As Director of Program Development George brings over ten years of experience in that role for an international learning organization.
As an independent consultant, George has led teams in IT systems implementation, and process improvement within organizations. He also has authored many articles and three business books, The Zen Approach to Project Management, Managing Conflict in Projects and Managing Expectations: A Mindful Approach to Achieving Optimal Performance. George recently authored a chapter on the way emotional, social, and spiritual intelligences contribute to cognitive readiness – resilience and effective performance in the face of change and uncertainty. George teaches, coaches, and leads groups to promote optimal performance with the application of process thinking and meditation in daily life.
Madeleine Pizey is a mindfulness consultant, and yoga and meditation facilitator based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her ultimate goal is to help people have more clarity in their life. Her deepest desire is to truly help others find methods and tools to make a significant impact on their self-acceptance, and find freedom within the busy world in which we live.
Madeleine’s passion for mindfulness, yoga, and meditation has led her to complete over 900 hours of teacher trainings, from 200 hours of training with Vijay Amor, to completing 500 hours of training through The Teacher Study Project with Coeli Marsh. Madeleine has studied mindfulness with her mentors Coeli Marsh and Masaaki Okamura, and is deeply grateful to have the opportunity to study and learn from all of her teachers. Alongside her trainings, Madeleine completed a master’s degree in Mindfulness at Lesley University, where she embarked on silent retreats and has significantly deepened her meditation and mindfulness practice. Madeleine is currently embarking on the InnerMBA and Tara Brach and Jack Kornfield’s Mindfulness Teacher Training with SoundsTrue.
Jonathan Reynolds is founder and CEO of Mindful Life, Mindful Work, Inc. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jonathan’s business and leadership coaching clarifies and leverages the value propositions and key relationships of his clients. Since 1997, Jonathan has trained extensively in the discipline of mindfulness, and his work with leaders emphasizes simple and practical ways to improve performance, efficiency, and workplace cultures by integrating mindfulness sensibilities. More About Jonathan
Ritu Riyat integrates her experience as an epidemiologist, yoga and meditation teacher, health coach, and behavior change expert in designing effective and engaging wellbeing programs for individuals and organizations. Believing that true change comes from the inside out she has worked with executives, athletes, law enforcement, and fortune 500 companies to go beyond traditional wellness programs and create a culture of wellbeing in the workplace.
As a speaker and educator Ritu delivers seminars on stress, teaches pop up meditation labs, and coaches clients to create simple habits for sustainable health. Ritu earned her BS in Genetics from the University of California, Davis, a Master's of Public Health in Epidemiology from USC and is 500-hr certified yoga teacher. In her spare time she can be found striking a yoga pose, sitting in silence, or writing about all things wellness on her blog: eat.move.meditate.
Jim Schaffer is a mindfulness trainer and consultant who has had a decades-long career in the corporate world, primarily in advertising and market research. He has been conducting workshops and speaking on mindfulness in business since 1990. Jim helps organizations and leaders develop the ability to see things clearly, focus on getting results, and maintain high morale & deep resilience, regardless of what is going on around them. He has been a featured speaker at the Boston Whole Health Expo and the Babson College International Symposium on Business and Spirituality. Jim lives with his wife in the Boston area.
Craig Souza's mission is to help create heart centered, creative, and vibrant corporate cultures where innovation thrives and employees are empowered, engaged, and bringing their full selves to work each day. Mindfulness and emotional intelligence skills help leaders at all levels become more conscious and present to their actions, words, intentions, and choices so that they bring their leadership, and teams to the next level.
Craig’s corporate background includes 28 years of sales experience; the last 15 focused on selling managed services to Global 500 companies. He is known for being creative, strategic, and relentlessly customer focused; always looking to “find a way forward”. Craig’s sense of humor and ability to remain calm under pressure enable him to build trust-based relationships quickly with coworkers, customers and prospects. He thanks his Mother for the sense of humor, and his mindfulness and meditation practice for the calm. Craig is a SIY Certified Teacher™ for SIYLI and excited about partnering with MLMW to bring Mindfulness to an ever wider audience.
Craig’s other passions include Diversity and Inclusion (he is active in LGBTQ equality work), Theatre Arts (as an artist and board member), travel and the outdoors.
Shenandoah Weiss is a coach, mindfulness teacher, and corporate learning specialist who’s passionate about each human’s potential to grow and transform. In her coaching practice she partners with clients to help them deepen into their aliveness in order to navigate the transition between who they presently are and what they are longing to do or become. Her “embodied leadership” coaching is based in mindfulness, neuroscience, action-oriented communication, and body-based practices and research. Shenandoah has worked with a myriad of organization types from hypergrowth technology companies to universities and nonprofits to design and facilitate learning and development programs and workshops. With an unquenchable desire to explore and honor the complexity of the human experience, Shenandoah earned her MA in social science from the University of Chicago, her professional coaching certificate from the Strozzi Institute, and her BA in communication studies and anthropology from UCLA.