Special Event: Mindfulness in America Summit
All Day Monday October 9
Mindfulness in America Summit
• Co-hosted by Anderson Cooper of CNN
• Streamed live from mid-town Manhattan
Available Chapel Lounge – all day
S C H E D U L E
9:30 - 9:40 am
Welcome & Introduction
Wisdom 2.0 Founder, Soren Gordhamer and esteemed journalist and author Anderson Cooper welcome everyone to the first annual Mindfulness in America Summit and share their intention and vision for the event. Interest in mindfulness has grown significantly in recent years, and they will share why it seems important to hold an annual gathering on the topic.
9:40 - 10:10 am
Mindfulness in Society with Anderson Cooper & Jon Kabat-Zinn
Anderson Cooper interviews renowned mindfulness teacher Jon Kabat-Zinn on the opportunities and challenges of mindfulness in our current society. Jon will share his reflections on the state of mindfulness in our culture, from his work creating Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction to working with leaders in a wide range of fields.
10:10 - 10:30 am
Next Generation Mindfulness: Reaching Across Ages and Sectors with Jewel
Jewel has spent much of her life creating and singing music that inspires and speaks to the best parts of people. In this interview, Jewel will share her lessons on how mindfulness has helped her go from homeless to happy, and how she applies this to parenting and supporting the next generation. Jewel will be interviewed by Arianna Huffington.
10:30 - 11:00 am
The Rise and Practice of Mindfulness with Headspace Co-founder Andy Puddicombe
A former Buddhist monk teams with a friend to start creating audio meditations to give away through an app ... and some years later, the app has been downloaded over 18 million times! The company is Headspace, and the former monk is co-founder Andy Puddicombe, who will share with us his lessons and learnings in making meditation accessible to the masses.
11:00 - 11:25 am
Mindfulness & Leadership with Arianna Huffington
Few people have been as outspoken on the need for meditation, disconnection, and sleep than Arianna Huffington. She recently left Huffington Post to start her new company, Thrive Global, focused on these topics. In this interview, Vice President of People at Google Karen May will explore with Arianna her learnings in this area, and the role of mindfulness in supporting a new generation of leadership in society.
11:25 - 11:50 am
Mindfulness, Diversity & Social Justice with Rhonda Magee & Dr. Amishi Jha
Mindfulness is often seen as something only useful or needed among certain populations, but the practice has no real barriers, and all populations can benefit. In this panel, Rhonda and Amishi share their experience offering mindfulness to diverse populations, ranging from those in the justice system to the military, and why social change and social justice are essential ingredients in this effort.
11:50 am - 12:05 pm
Mindfulness, Sports & Performance with George Mumford
Increasingly, many people’s initial introduction to meditation is through sports. Athletes and coaches recognize how clarity and remaining calm can impact their performance and look to mindfulness practices for support. George Mumford has taught mindfulness to some of the world's greatest athletes, from Michael Jordan to Kobe Bryant. In this session, he will share his thoughts and lessons learned in this emerging field.
12:05 - 12:25 pm
Mindfulness in the City: New York Efforts
What is happening with mindfulness in New York City? In this panel we will discuss efforts underway to support people in the city including: new mindfulness studios, business efforts, large meetups, and work with incarcerated and at-risk youth. With Stephen Sokoler, Journey Meditation; Jo Lanus, MNDFL; Gabrielle Prisco, The Lineage Project; and Lauren Bille, The Big Quiet.
12:25 - 2:00 pm
No programming over lunch
2:00 - 2:30 pm
Mindfulness, Technology and Addiction with Nest Founder Tony Fadell
Few people have been more at the center of creating devices that shape our lives than Tony Fadell. He is the founder and former CEO of Nest, the company that pioneered the “Internet of things.” Previously, he was SVP of Apple’s iPod Division and led the team that created the iPod and the first three generations of the iPhone. But technology has its shadow side, and Tony is concerned about where the digital world is taking us and how we can foster balance and human connection in these times. In this interview, Anderson Cooper sits down with Tony for a far reaching conversation on technology, addiction, and mindfulness.
2:30 - 3:00 pm
Responding to Our Times: Mindfulness, Ethics, and Right Action in a Changing World
We live in a time of deep divides, surrounded by a media world that thrives on the attraction of Anger. How do we translate the power of Mindfulness to support restorative (and regenerative) action in business, justice, communities and communications, and work together to build a more just and sustainable world? In this panel, we will look at the challenges and opportunities of our time, and ways to engage that unites rather than separates. The panel includes three inspiring leaders in the movement: mindfulness teacher and activist, Leslie Booker; author and real estate developer, Jonathan Rose; and Fortune Society President & CEO, JoAnne Page.
3:00 - 3:30 pm
1-on-1 with Anderson Cooper: Mindfulness in the Media
What is it like to be Anderson Cooper? How does he see his world, and the role of mindfulness in it, whether it is during his show on CNN or moderating one of the presidential debates? In this interview, Anderson sits down with Karen May to discuss his life, why mindfulness is important to him, and how he sees us moving forward as a society.
3:30 - 4:00 pm
4:00 - 4:30 pm
Can Your App be Your Teacher? Technology, Mindfulness & Love with Sharon Salzberg
More people receive mindfulness and meditation teachings through apps. In this discussion will ask, “What are the benefits and challenges as technology becomes the vehicle for this? What is the role of apps in supporting mindfulness and when do we need to put down our phones and connect to ourselves and others?” We will speak with Sharon Salzberg (author Real Love) to explore the role apps and other technologies in creating a more aware and loving world.
4:30 - 5:00 pm
Altered Traits: The Science of Mindfulness by Daniel Goleman
Esteemed psychologist, journalist, and author, Daniel Goleman will share lessons from his recent research on the science of mindfulness — what do we know and what are we still learning? How does the brain change and what does science tell us? Dan will share insights from his research compiled in his latest book, Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain, and Body.
5:00 - 5:30 pm
Mindfulness 9-to-5: Innovation & Spaciousness in the Workplace
In this panel, we will explore the possibilities and opportunities of bringing mindfulness into work. LinkedIn Vice President Scott Schute, and Eileen Fisher will share lessons they have gleaned from practicing mindfulness themselves in the workplace and supporting it at their respective companies. We are happy to have three leaders dive deeply into what it means to bring their practices to their work. They will be interviewed by Search Inside Yourself CEO, Rich Fernandez.
5:30 - 6:00 pm
The White House, Mindfulness, & Next Generation Leaders with David Simas & Jon Kabat-Zinn
Davis Simas was one the President Obama’s key advisors in the White House and now heads up the Obama Foundation as CEO. In an intimate discussion with Jon Kabat-Zinn, David will share his lessons as a mindfulness practitioner in the White House, why it matters to him, and how he sees it may be incorporated in training the next generation of leaders. Together they will explore the next wave of engagement and mindful leadership in our world.