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Mindful Life, Mindful Work's leadership team consists of individuals having diverse backgrounds that span conventional and unconventional trajectories, both personally and professionally. The commonality we all share is a deep desire to create livelihoods that bridge the gap between professional success and personal satisfaction, and to do so for organizations, teams, and individuals seeking sustainable growth and ease. Our intention is to be rigorous, conscientious, and to endlessly strive towards making the world a better place for all. View Our Program Personnel & Associate Coaches Here
Team member biographies and areas of specialization can be viewed below.
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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
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Beth Crittenden enjoys working within the broad spectrum of financial wellness. The range covers
practical and tangible to emotional and energetic; between spreadsheets and empathic listening, P & L reports and identifying/practicing healthy boundaries, data analysis to deep, clarifying
conversations and improved relationships. She brings training and experience in Somatic Psychology, bookkeeping, small business consulting, coaching and communication support for individuals and
partners, group facilitation, workshop and keynote delivery, and integrated mindfulness practice.
Stephen Morse, COO and Director of business development 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.
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.
Jen Burk Reynolds designs and executes on-site corporate yoga programs that complement organizations' in-house workplace wellness initiatives. Jen works with organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that seek to increase overall employee engagement, employee job satisfaction, and the development of a mindful, emotionally intelligent workplace.
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.
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 she 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.
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.
Tiffany Foo, Director of Culture and Team Experience, was forged in the fires of early stage startups. Tiffany has led people strategy and built people infrastructure for multiple emerging San Francisco Bay Area companies. As a culture crafter and organizational midwife she wields a refined interpersonal intuition, org development savvy, and a human resources background to build people centric cultures that help companies do their thing, better. In the business of facilitating whole human development, her coaching works at the intersections of people, systems, and relationships.
“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.
Yingzhao Liu has recently been design director for international markets at LinkedIn, and is currently a lecturer at Stanford. She has a practice of integrating deep spiritual practice with our complex modern life—drawing from Zen Buddhism as well as the Native American path, Ying supports others on their journey of inner and outer transformation by shifting consciousness to deeper and deeper levels. She also leads experiential education for American students in southwest China, for a pioneering company called Where There Be Dragons. She is currently at work on a book about integration for Shambhala Publications.