Want to hire one, some, or all of Mindful Life, Mindful Work's coaches and consultants. Our mindfulness-informed approach can be tailored to focus on three specific areas within your organization: 1) Business Strategy and Executive Leadership; 2) Team Performance and Development; 3) Workplace Health, Wellness, and Culture.
Team member biographies and areas of specialization can be viewed below.
(Clicking on above photos reveals each coach's geographical location)
Beth Crittenden enjoys working within the broad spectrum of practical/factual to emotional/energetic (i.e. spreadsheets to empathic
listening; P & L reports to identifying and practicing healthy boundaries; data analysis to deep, clarifying conversations). She brings training and experience in Somatic Psychology,
bookkeeping, small business consulting, coaching and communication support for individuals and partners, group facilitation, workshop delivery, Profit First Professionals, mediation, and
mindfulness practice (including tennis, which continues to provide her patience and humility!).
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
Jonathan Reynolds is founder and CEO of Mindful Life, Mindful Work. 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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Julie Fraser is a change leader who helps clients create environments where all people can flourish. She does this by creating safe, supportive and business-appropriate mindful experiential learning programs for leaders and their teams. Julie explains and delivers opportunities to experience the benefits of mindfulness plus effective collaboration, communication and performance coaching. A meditation and certified yoga teacher, she also guides moving mindfully, taking pauses in the workday to regain energy, calm and focus. Her company Present Source offers programs to guide clients to better communication, productivity, focus, innovation, influence, teamwork, and employee engagement.
Kari Sulenes has a passion for facilitating the development of workplaces and life designs that allow people to be their most authentic selves. Her background in clinical psychology and mindfulness practice make her an intuitive and attentive partner for leaders, employees, teams, and organizations. Kari believes that showing up as your full self is a holistic endeavor and she strives to integrate the mind, body, community, and transcendent aspects of life in all of her work.
Megan Barnett works as an educator and coach facilitating the incorporation of healthy behaviors into her clients’ daily lives using nutrition, lifestyle, and mindful eating to promote overall wellness and optimal functioning. Megan has a BS in Dietetics from Kansas State University, is a certified yoga instructor and is currently completing a Master's degree in Nutrition and Functional Medicine at University of Western States in Portland, Oregon.
Mindfulness Trainer, facilitator and coach, Nichole Proffitt, has worked with small and large groups facilitating mindfulness based programs and transformation processes for over 10 years. Her passion for her work and her own personal growth are founded in the belief that mindfulness brings us closer to the truth. She sees her work with clients as a shared journey of personal exploration and inner cultivation. Nichole works with clients in private practice, teaches workshops, daylong and weeklong retreats and offers mindfulness-based programs at various institutions and organizations throughout the Bay Area. She has degrees in psychology and education, and is a graduate of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center/Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior as a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator (CMF). Nichole is also currently in training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).
Pete Chandonnet brings over 13 years of experience as a leadership coach, yoga and mindfulness instructor. He assists individuals
to be their best selves and to do their best work, thus thriving in all areas of their life including their work. Prior to coaching, Pete spent 12 years working in leadership development and
experiential education. Pete has advanced Falling Awake coaching training, as well as an MS from University of Michigan and a BA in Economics and Political Science from University of
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.
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 Trainee (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.
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 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 McKinsey & Company, 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.