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When life doesn't go as planned:
How Larry Linton uses mindfulness to thrive after his Parkinson's diagnosis
July 22, 2020 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
In the midst of a global crisis, most of us no longer have to imagine what it would be like for our lives to be completely changed by unexpected bad news.
How do we cope when life throws us a curve ball? How do we move forward from it? How do we learn to thrive in our new realities?
Larry Linton, B.A., LL.B, C.S., was progressing steadily through his career as a corporate immigration lawyer when he came face-to-face with a life altering diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease in 2012.
In this engaging and entertaining webinar, Larry will take us on his life’s journey after his diagnosis and how he reinvented himself emotionally and physically to live a life with Parkinson’s Disease that, in many respects, is more rewarding, fulfilling and meaningful after his diagnosis than before.
Dr. Geoff Soloway, MindWell Founder, will speak with Larry about:
How he coped during the dark days following the diagnosis
How he deals with the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s (exercise!)
How a daily mindfulness practice has helped him deal with the non-motor symptoms of the disease
By sharing his life story and the coping skills that he has developed, Larry hopes to inspire others faced with a chronic illness or life changing event to live their most authentic lives, too.
Pleine conscience et performance:
L'intention est de gagner. Il s'agit de Transformer.
le 16 juillet, 2020 - 13h HNE / 10 AM HNP
Derek Covington du First Water Performance rejoint le fondateur et chef de la formation de MindWell, le Dr Geoff Soloway, pour discuter de la performance consciente. Ils examineront les questions suivantes:
Qu'est-ce que la pleine conscience par rapport à la performance?
Quels sont les coûts et les avantages du perfectionnisme?
Comment pouvons-nous nous préparer à être dans la zone? C'est-à-dire observer la pensée intentionnelle vs involontaire et la pleine conscience spontanée vs délibérée, et les portes qui créent des conditions pour être dans la zone.
Quels sont les coûts de l'attachement à un objectif? Les buts sont aux interprètes conscients de ce qu'est le souffle au moment présent!
En tant qu'ancien directeur de la performance olympique pour le Comité olympique canadien, au cours d'une carrière s'étalant sur vingt ans et neuf Jeux olympiques, Derek est passionné par la création d'environnements où les gens peuvent maximiser leur potentiel et réaliser leur meilleur soi.
Ayant conçu des programmes de préparation à la performance pour l'un des environnements les plus difficiles et les plus imprévisibles du monde - les Jeux Olympiques - Derek apporte maintenant son expérience aux individus, aux équipes et aux organisations progressistes axés sur la performance dans les affaires, les sports, les arts et la vie pour atteindre leurs objectifs.
Il est un instructeur mPEAK formé du Center for Mindfulness de l'Université de Californie à San Diego, et travaille avec des individus, des groupes et des équipes qui cherchent à augmenter leur capacité à vivre et à performer en pleine conscience.
Mindfulness & Performance:
The intention is to Win. The point is to Transform.
June 24, 2020 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Derek Covington of the Mindful Performers Collective joins MindWell Founder and Chief Training Officer, Dr. Geoff Soloway to discuss mindful performance.
They'll look at the following questions:
What are mindful performers?
What are the cost and benefits of perfectionism?
How can we prime for flow? That is, observing intentional vs. unintentional thinking and spontaneous vs. deliberate mindfulness, the doorways that create conditions for flow.
What is the glitch of goals? Goals are to mindful performers what the breath is to the present moment!
As former Director, Olympic Performance for the Canadian Olympic Committee, in a career spanning over twenty years and nine Olympic Games, Derek is passionate for building environments where people can maximize their potential and realize their best selves.
Having designed performance preparation programs for one of the toughest and most unpredictable environments in the world - the Olympic Games - Derek and the Collective now bring their experience to performance-oriented individuals, teams and progressive organizations in business, sports, arts, and life towards achieving their goals.
He is a trained mindful performance enhancement (mPEAK) instructor through the Centre for Mindfulness at the University California, San Diego, and works with individuals, groups and teams looking to increase their capacity to live and perform mindfully.
Optimisez votre sommeil, votre santé et votre performance!
le 3 juin, 2020 - 13h HNE / 10 AM HNP
Apprenez les bienfaits holistiques (corps, esprit, intellect) du sommeil, et pourquoi Jackie pense qu’il est plus important pour vous que l’exercice et une bonne alimentation!
Comprenez comment vous pouvez affecter la qualité et la profondeur de votre sommeil
Découvrez les outils pratiques pour vous aider à vous endormir
Être plus conscient de l’importance de votre attitude et vos croissances face à vos défis de sommeil.
Jackie Roberge médite depuis plus de 25 ans. Elle est professeure de yoga et coach de l’Institut True Purpose. À ce titre, elle accompagne des individus et des leaders depuis plus de 10 ans et possède plus de 25 ans d’expérience en marketing et en planification stratégique.
Jordan Friesen, M.O.T.
Mindfulness-in-action for Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders: How to Build a Business
Without Burning Out
May 21, 2020 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
A recent study conducted by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) finds 62% of business owners feel depressed at least once a week and nearly half (46%) say that mental health issues interfere with their ability to work.
As we now face a global crisis and a world in massive transition, many leaders find themselves facing challenges they could not have planned for. It has become more important than ever for entrepreneurs and leaders to support their mental health and take measures to prevent burnout.
Join MindWell Founder and Chief Training Officer, Dr. Geoff Soloway as he hosts Jordan Friesen, M.O.T, National Director, Workplace Mental Health at the Canadian Mental Health Association for a webinar to discuss how entrepreneurs and business leaders can use mindfulness training to maintain positive mental health.
Come learn the tools to Take 5, a mindfulness-in-action practice and be gifted access to MindWell’s 5 day MindWell Challenge so you can start developing the habit of Take 5 in your life.
Jordan Friesen, M.O.T.
Mindfulness & the 5 Pillars of Learning for Mental Health in the Workplace
May 7, 2020 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
As the world finds itself in the midst of a global pandemic and organizations and individuals across the world learn how to adjust to a new way of working and living, the importance of prioritizing mental health in the workplace has become ever more important.
Join MindWell Founder and Chief Training Officer, Dr. Geoff Soloway as he speaks with Jordan Friesen, M.O.T, National Director, Workplace Mental Health at the Canadian Mental Health Association for a webinar on mindfulness and workplace mental health. This webinar will cover:
The 5 Pillars of Learning in CMHA’s Not Myself Today®
Learning the Basics
Working with Emotions
Illustrate the physiological, psychological and organizational relationships of mindfulness practice and principles to the 5 pillars
Explain how mindfulness can deepen learning of the 5 pillars
Introduction to Mindfulness-in-action practice tailored made for the workplace
ACCESS Health – Enabling what Canadians want for their health care system
April 22, 2020 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Fraser Ratchford, Senior Director ACCESS Health at Canada Health Infoway joins MindWell Founder and Chief Training Officer, Dr. Geoff Soloway for this upcoming webinar on Canada Health Infoway (Infoway)'s ACCESS 2022 movement.
Canada Health Infoway is driving access to care, providing Canadians with access to their personal health information and digital tools and services to manage their care.
This webinar will cover:
The Vision for ACCESS 2022
Infoway’s campaign that is inspiring a new day in health care with digital health
Mental Health and Addiction
Innovative digital health solutions can offer some measure of hope by reducing the stigma and making it easier for people to get the support they need. How is Infoway helping?
Opportunities and implications for workplaces
How will digital health impact the workplace
Fraser Ratchford has a passion for making a difference and focuses on improving the experiences of patients/citizens and clinicians alike. He believes that by providing the right information and tools, patients and clinicians are more empowered. Fraser is a Senior Director at Canada Health Infoway in the ACCESS Health Program, where he works with Infoway’s partners to electronically connect citizens to their health information, to their care team, and to other virtual health services and tools.
Prior to his role at Infoway, Fraser held a number of leadership positions in health care. His major focus over the past 30 years has been digital health, working in various sectors including government, hospital and public health.
Fraser holds a MHSc, Health Administration from the University of Toronto, and a BMath Hons Co-op, Computer Science, Information Systems Option from the University of Waterloo. He is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Living and Leading in Uncertain Times: Staying Mindful is No Joke
April 14, 2020 - 12 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Uncertainty. That is the word that seems to be on everyone's lips these days. As leaders, we know we need to minimize uncertainty for our teams but that feels easier to say than do when we're all operating without a script. We're all being bombarded with information everywhere we turn. With all this noise, distraction and rapid sprint to a new way of working, it's easy to feel unfocused, unproductive and challenged with having to manage the latest news about this global pandemic while keeping the wheels on at work.
Join Glain Roberts-McCabe, Founder & President, The Roundtable in conversation with Geoff Soloway, PhD, Founder & CEO of MindWell as they discuss how to live and lead in these uncertain times.
Glain Roberts-McCabe is the founder and President of The Roundtable, a company where leaders cultivate their leadership, together. The Roundtable is best known for their group and team-based coaching and mentoring systems that help organizations break down silos, increase collaboration and accelerate business all while building leadership capability. In 2014, The Roundtable was awarded a Gold Award by the Canadian Awards for Training Excellence in partnership with PepsiCo Foods Canada for their Roundtable for Leaders peer coaching and mentoring program and in 2016 they were named Best External Consulting Advisory in Canada at the Canadian HR Awards.
In 2018, Glain was named one of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurs of the Year. All experiences were kind of like winning an Oscar but without having to wear sequins. Glain is the author of the Amazon best-selling book ‘Did I REALLY Sign Up for This?!’ and believes that leadership is a privilege. Her personal mission to inspire ambitious leaders to connect to their bigger purpose and passion so that work can be more fun and life can be more fulfilling.
Dr. Erica Carleton
Stereotype Threat: Effects on Women in Leadership
March 12, 2020 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Dr. Megan Walsh and Dr. Erica Carleton, two University of Saskatchewan researchers, are joining MindWell Founder and Chief Training Officer, Dr. Geoff Soloway to discuss how they are using mindfulness training to help women overcome stereotype threat, a major barrier that hinders them from joining and performing well in top leadership positions in organizations.
They will discuss:
The underrepresentation of women in top-tier leadership positions: The importance for society and organizations to understand and address this issue
Stereotype threat: What is it? Why does it matter for women in leadership?
The relationships between stereotype threat and leadership aspirations/performance
The recent findings on the potential for mindfulness to build individual resiliency against stereotype threat
Future directions: Training and better understandings of chronic stereotype threat
Megan Walsh, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources at the University of Saskatchewan’s Edwards School of Business. Megan’s research focuses on leadership, mindfulness, well-being, and gender issues in organizations. In addition to teaching, she has received several grants related to her research on mindfulness and currently holds a Grandey Leadership Scholar position. She has presented her research at international conferences and has published research in leading business journals.
Dr. Carleton's research interests include two separate but often overlapping research passions, namely (1) leadership and (2) employee health and well-being. She is fascinated by leadership behaviors and what predicts high and low quality leadership. She is also interested in women and leadership and the barriers women face to obtaining and maintaining leadership positions. Her interest in employee well-being has led her to investigate the non-work antecedents of well-being, especially different physiological and psychological predictors, such as sleep. She conducted her dissertation research on sleep, well‐being and leadership. She is a co‐editor of the book Sleep and Work: Research Insights for the Workplace (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Dr. Megan Walsh
Mental Health & the Future of Work:
A Mindful Approach
Wednesday February 26, 2020 - 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT
Two growing priorities in organizations include (1) Psychological Health and Safety and (2) Developing the skills needed for the future of work. Both have a significant impact on the bottom line of business.
A growing body of evidence illustrates that developing the competency of mindfulness can show positive returns on both priorities and transform organizational culture. While growing in mainstream popularity, implementing mindfulness in the workplace requires a unique and systematic organizational development perspective for optimal success. Join our esteemed panel as they discuss. The panel includes:
Louise Taylor Green, Chief Executive Officer, the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
Louise Taylor Green is Chief Executive Officer of the HRPA, the regulatory association for the HR profession in Ontario with 27 chapters and over 23,000 members.
Louise is one of those rare Chief Human Resources Officers who has transitioned in and out of HR and into running a line of business. In fact, she’s done this several times in multi-billion dollar corporations in aviation, financial services, property & casualty insurance and healthcare.
Over the course of her career, Louise has held an unwavering belief that an organization’s talent is the key to unlocking organizational performance. By advocating for a talent-first agenda, she believes that the HR leadership must assume responsibility as the architect of optimal organizational effectiveness through intentional culture design, a dynamic HR operating model and an HR team that have real skin-in-the-game for their clients success. She believes that HR has never been more influential than they are right now in the corporation’s success but also in the lives of the organization’s leaders and employees and broader stakeholders.
Louise is a certified HR professional, an ICF certified coach, a certified management consultant with CMC Canada, an accredited director with ICD.
Micheal Pietrus Director, MHFA & Opening Minds
Micheal is the Director of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s international award winning anti-stigma initiative Opening Minds. In February 2015, Opening Minds received the Innovator Award from the organizers of the 7th Together Against Stigma Conference in San Francisco as the “…program which creates a major impact through new approaches that inspire new possibilities and/or disrupts prevailing views.”
Under Micheal’s leadership, the Commission launched Opening Minds, its 10-year anti-stigma/anti-discrimination initiative which is the largest systematic effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness in Canadian history. Opening Minds is an important priority for the MHCC because many people living with mental health issues say that the stigma associated with mental illness is often worse than the illness itself. It is a significant barrier keeping individuals dealing with mental health illness from seeking help.
Micheal is a founder and co-chair of the Global Anti-stigma Alliance, which is composed of more than 20 organizations from around the world working to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. He sits on the Board of the Alberta Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addictions and is a member of the advisory committee for the Centre for Dignity, Recovery and Empowerment, San Francisco, CA. Micheal was also a Director with the Alberta Mental Health Board.
Pam August, 'retired' Director Culture Activation at WestJet, led the organization's culture roadmap to ensure that WestJet’s renowned culture developed in support of strategy with strong vision and intention; by design not default. Over 14 years, she worked with all organizational levels from executive leadership to front line employees, and all departments to build strong connection and alignment. This included introducing the Mindwell 30-day Challenge to the organization as part of the Sauder School of Business research study. This study produced great results, and hundreds of WestJetters benefited from the challenge.
In her 'rewirement' (not retirement), Pam has started an independent practice with core offerings in three areas: organizational development, learning design and facilitation, and embodied development. A passionate lifelong learner, Pam has a Bachelors Degree in Adult Education, was an award winning post-secondary instructor, is completing her Masters of Arts in Leadership at Royal Roads University, and is a certified yoga teacher and licensed Brain Gym (Educational Kinesiology) instructor.
Geoff Soloway PhD, Founder & Chief Training Officer MindWell
Geoff completed a PhD and Master’s of Education in the area of Teaching, Learning & Professional Development from the University of Toronto and has been creating and researching innovative trainings in the area of mindfulness and well being for 20 years.
As Founder and CEO of MindWell, he developed MindWell’s core training, the Mindfulness Challenge, which is the only evidence-based online workplace training on mindfulness available in English and French.
Mary Ann Baynton
Psychological Safety & the Future of Work:
Reflecting Back to Propel Forward in 2020
Wednesday January 29, 2020 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Mary Ann Baynton joins Dr. Geoff Soloway, Founder of MindWell U, to speak about workplace mental health. They'll discuss:
Key Insights from the field of workplace mental health over the past 12 years
How to help senior leaders evolve
How to help union representatives evolve
From intervention to prevention
What supervisors and managers need to succeed in today’s workplace
How to develop a Psychological Healthy & Safe Organization
A mindful perspective of Guarding Minds at Work which inspired the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
Mary Ann Baynton works with employers, organizations, unions, teams, and associations who wish to improve, address or resolve workplace issues related to individual or organizational mental health issues.
As a workplace relations specialist, Mary Ann helps resolve issues for individuals, teams and organizations including those involving mental health, psychological safety, conflict or performance concerns. She focuses on helping people get unstuck, move beyond problems, reclaim dignity, preserve civility, restore productivity, and improve working lives.
She has served as co-chair of the Technical Committee for the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace, a member of the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Workforce Advisory Committee, and a member of the Employment Standards Committee for the AODA.
Mary Ann also proudly serves as the Director of Strategy and Collaboration for Workplace Strategies for Mental Health which provides free, practical ideas, tools and resources to help with the prevention, intervention and management of workplace mental health issues.
Dr. Shelley Murphy
Mindfulness for Children:
Applications for Classrooms and Family Rooms
Thursday November 21, 2019 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Dr. Shelley Murphy joins Dr. Geoff Soloway, Founder of MindWell U, to speak about bringing the benefits of mindfulness to our children, both at home and at school. They'll discuss:
The science of mindfulness and how it impacts kids
How mindfulness supports growth and development of our children & families
Practical strategies for integrating mindfulness in the classroom and family life
Shelley Murphy received a PhD from the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where she now teaches courses in Special Education, Mental Health and Well-being, and Mindfulness in Education. She specializes in mindfulness for classrooms, has trained in the science of mindfulness and mindfulness approaches for school settings, and has been a mindfulness practitioner and educator for over 20 years. Her work as a teacher educator, author, speaker, and education consultant is also informed by her former role as an elementary school teacher and her research in the field. She teaches classes and workshops for parents, school principals and administrators, teacher educators, teacher candidates and graduate students on how to embody, teach, and lead mindfulness practices. Her work was featured in Thich Nhat Hanh’s most recent book, “Happy Teachers Change the World” and his journal, The Mindfulness Bell. She most recently authored a book on Fostering Mindfulness in the Classroom published by Pembroke Publishers.
Dr. Shelley Parker
Mindful Checklists: Improving Workplace Safety
Thursday November 7, 2019 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Dr. Shelley Parker joins Dr. Geoff Soloway, Founder of MindWell U, to speak about the positive impacts of mindfulness on workplace safety. They'll discuss:
Science of mindfulness and applied psychology within an industrial setting
The application of a mindful approach to checklists to reduce workplace incidents and errors while on autopilot
A case study on improving New Brunswick Power’s Safety Record
Dr. Shelley Delano Parker is NB Power’s Industrial Psychologist working within the Corporate Health & Safety group. She brings to the group the scientific perspective of the field of applied psychology within an industrial setting. This tactic has enabled the development of a unique, psychological approach to safety, the use of mindfulness to reduce workplace incidents. This has resulted in NB Power being the recipient of two national gold medal awards: Canada’s Safest Employer and the Psychological Safety Award.
Dr. Parker’s research has focussed on the contribution of email incivility to psychological distress and anxiety for which she has received the Canadian Psychological Association’s National Award for Academic Excellence in Research. She currently is examining workplace stress, attention, and the mitigating role of mindfulness as it relates to safety. She is currently investigating the application of mindfulness for attending to the specific requirements of job-related checklists. This is the topic of a workplace toolkit presently under development. Dr. Parker also teaches Health Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of New Brunswick.
Dr. Gina Di Giulio
Mindfulness & the Executive Brain:
What’s Good for Health is Good for Business
Wednesday October 23, 2019 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Dr. Di Giulio joins Dr. Geoff Soloway, Founder of MindWell U, to speak about the benefits of mindfulness training for senior executives. They'll discuss:
Understanding common pain points of executives
Strategies for meeting the demands of the modern executive
The effects of mindfulness on the brain and the ROI on performance
Dr. Di Giulio obtained her doctorate in psychology at the University of Ottawa and earned a masters in law with a health specialization from Osgoode Hall.
Past Professions Include: Clinical Psychologist at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; Lecturer in the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs at the University of Ottawa, Research Fellowships at the University of Ottawa and Adjunct Teaching Faculty at Queen’s University; Clinical Psychologist in the Outpatient Mental Health Program at Markham Stouffville Hospital as well and Clinical Practicum Supervisor at York University.
At Medcan, Dr. Di Giulio is the Director of Psychology. In her clinical practice, she sees clients for a wide range of conditions including stress and anxiety, depression, workplace wellness and managing challenging personal and professional relationships. She is often consulted on individual counselling, executive health and corporate mental wellness programs.
MindWell for Schools & Leaders:
The New Literacy of the 21st Century
Tuesday October 1, 2019 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Business Case for Mindfulness Training in Education
Creating and Sustaining Change for Mental Fitness & Wellbeing in Schools
Art & Science of Mindful Practice in Teaching & Learning
Case Studies and Global Perspectives of Transformation in Education
Amy Burke is an educational consultant who spent 15 years as a high school teacher and guidance counsellor in Canada and The Netherlands. She holds a Masters Degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University and in 2012 she co-founded MindWell (www.mindwell-education.com) whose aim is to support educational communities in fostering wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning. She is a lead teacher trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK) and has completed curriculum training with Gina Biegel (MBSR-T) and Dr. Amy Saltzman (Still Quiet Place). Amy is also a facilitator for the CARE program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Educators) from the Garrison Institute and supports the Community of Contemplative Education through Mind & Life Europe.
Kevin Hawkins has worked with adolescents and young people in various contexts for over 30 years - as teacher, school head, and social worker in the UK, Africa, and Europe. For 10 years, he was Middle School Principal at the International School of Prague in the Czech Republic. He is a Senior Trainer for the Mindfulness in Schools Project (UK) and has taught mindfulness to children, teenagers, teachers and parents since 2008. In 2012 he co-founded MindWell, which supports educational communities in developing wellbeing through mindfulness and social-emotional learning (SEL). Kevin has been a lead consultant to the International Baccalaureate Organisation on SEL and mindfulness and he is a facilitator for the evidence-based CARE program (Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Educators) and currently supports the Community of Contemplative Education through Mind & Life Europe. Kevin is a regular speaker, writer and presenter on the topics of mindfulness, wellbeing and social-emotional learning in education. His book on mindfulness in education, Mindful Teacher, Mindful School: Improving Wellbeing in teaching and learning, was published by SAGE in July 2017.
Return to Work - Mental Health & Mindfulness Training
Wednesday September 25, 2019 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Tamara Soloway, Occupational Therapist and Clinical Director of MindWell U, joins Dr. Geoff Soloway, Founder of MindWell U, to discuss how mindfulness training assists clients returning to work following an absence related to mental health conditions. They'll discuss:
The current landscape of Mental Health & Disability Management
Evidence-based factors impacting Return to Work and Stay at Work
Individual, Disability Management & Organizational Level Interventions
Overview of Mindfulness-Based Return to Work Program
Case Studies & Best Practices
Tamara Soloway BSc., MScOT is a registered Occupational Therapist who brings over 10-years of experience working across diverse practice settings and with clients from BlueCross, WorkSafe BC, ICBC and Great West Life. Tamara is an interdisciplinary team member, researcher and preceptor that continues to provide a strong evidenced-based foundation for her work.
Your Mindfulness Questions - Answered
Wednesday August 28, 2019 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Dr. Geoff Soloway
While mindfulness has entered the mainstream recently, many people still have questions about how to practice mindfulness and how it can benefit individuals and organizations. Join us for an "Ask an Expert" edition of our MindWell monthly webinars.
MindWell Founder and Chief Training Officer, Dr. Geoff Soloway, will answer the questions we hear most, as well as any you've been dying to ask!
Learn practical tips for integrating mindfulness into your daily life, building mindful teams and organizations and dealing with the inevitable challenges that come up along the way.
When you register, you'll be asked to submit any questions you're curious about. We've included some here to get you thinking!
When there doesn't seem to be any time, how do I make time for mindfulness?
What are the biggest obstacles to embracing mindfulness in the workplace? How can you encourage skeptics to give it a try?
How do I integrate Take 5 and mindfulness into my daily life?
How should I respond when I notice others around me are not practicing mindfulness?
How can we use mindfulness to diffuse conflict, contention, and anger?
Cst. Renae Stevenson
Mental Edge: Mindful for Peak Performance
Wednesday July 10, 2019 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Cst. Renae Stevenson is joining Dr. Geoff Soloway, Founder of MindWell U to speak mindfulness and peak performance. They'll discuss:
Interoceptive Resilience: establishing the body as the primary focus of attention and platform upon which mindfulness unfolds. Introducing the experience of mindful awareness of the body, including interoception and proprioception.
Performance Stories: the universality of the wandering mind and the fruitlessness of trying to stop the mind from wandering. Recognizing “story” and the way in which we think influences how we perform.
Building Grit: challenging the notion that avoidance is the best strategy when it comes to difficulty arising (pain, fear, stress, failure, etc.) and using the experience of working with the body as a way of grounding oneself in the moment in the face of difficulty.
Inner Coaches: Perfectionism and self-criticism can seem to be good motivators, but research clearly shows that people perform more effectively when motivated by encouragement, reward and self-compassion.
Cst. Renae Stevenson is a Mindfulness Missionary. She is a police officer in British Columbia with 22 years of experience, primarily in major crime investigations and surveillance. She holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology, an MA in Leadership and Education, and from UC San Diego’s School of Medicine, is Teacher Qualified in mPEAK (Mindful Performance Enhancement, Awareness Knowledge) and Teacher Trained in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). Her master’s research examined mindfulness as a resilience strategy for first responders. She played professional women’s hockey as part of the inaugural roster of the NWHL’s Vancouver Griffins, and is an alumni of the University of Alberta’s field hockey and ice hockey programs. She’s competed nationally for British Columbia in both ice hockey and field hockey, and internationally for British Columbia winning gold at the World Police and Fire Games in ice hockey. She is a Hockey Canada certified coach, with experience from Novice to Elite athletes. Her path to mindfulness was through a spinal injury from a work-related car accident. Mindfulness then became her lifeline when diagnosed with PTSD, and when enduring the loss of colleagues to suicide and murder. She knows the power of mindfulness inside-out as one who practices it, researches it and coaches it.
Becoming ChangeMakers Through Deep Listening
Wednesday June 26, 2019 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
CBC's Hello Goodbye host Dale Curd is joining Dr. Geoff Soloway, Founder of MindWell U to speak about the art and mastery of listening.
In a world focused on talking, learn how Empathetic Listening creates change.
Understand the powerful interconnection between mindfulness, listening and emotional intelligence or EQ.
See how crucial listening is towards building highly collaborative teams and groups and creating lasting interpersonal influence.
Have you ever met someone who in minutes makes you feel so comfortable you feel like they are your best friend and trusted confidante?
Genuine, intuitive, approachable, wise and articulate; Dale Curd is in his third season as Host of acclaimed CBC documentary television show Hello Goodbye, in which he engages strangers in conversations as they prepare to greet or see off loved ones at Toronto’s Pearson Airport.
“The show is so deeply rooted in common experience that it is truly, persuasively poignant, but immensely uplifting, too. Much of that has to do with Curd’s natural ability to draw closely-held stories and unexpressed feelings out of people.”, John Doyle, Globe and Mail television critic.
A compelling, compassionate and dynamic host and public speaker, Curd’s other media pursuits include:
In June 2019, Dale launched themenslist.com, an online directory of mental health and wellness professionals who offer services to men seeking counselling and support in Canada, the United States and United Kingdom.
In 2017, Dale began presenting his Keynote, The Mastery and Science of Empathetic Listening, to healthcare organizations across North America
Currently and since 2008, Dale is retained as an expert catalyst helping global corporations speak to and market services and products to men including TD Bank, Bacardi, Labatt, Proctor & Gamble, and British Airways
In 2013, Curd co-creator and co-host of Life Story Project on OWN, a reality show where strangers confided in him on themes of love, family, loss, pain and joy
In 2011 and 2012, Curd was the regular “Go-to guy on men” on CBC TV’s national daytime hit Steven and Chris
In 2011, Curd created, produced and hosted Guy Talk, a weekly national call-in program on NEWSTALK 1010 which aired until 2013.
In 2009-2013, Curd created, and wrote a weekly national advice columnist for the news tabloid, 24 Hours and the online site Beer.com
Dale’ career includes being head of Publicity for BMG Music, running a street savvy graphic design studio, and thousands of hours in his private therapy practice.
Dale lives on his farm, Muskoka Canada, with his wife and daughter, and son when he is home from university. A true Modern Farmer Dale breeds and pasture raises rare heritage pigs and chickens.
Are you Mindful of your Unconscious Bias?
Wednesday June 5, 2019 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Parker Johnson will join MindWell-U’s Geoff Soloway to discuss unconscious bias and mindfulness. In this webinar, we will explore:
Psychology and Neuroscience of Unconscious Bias
Consequences of unconscious bias despite good intentions
Examples of micro-inequities showing up in daily behaviour
Ways to reduce impact of unconscious bias
Parker Johnson has been working in the field of harassment and discrimination prevention, workplace equity and inclusion, conflict resolution and organizational change for over 15 years in Canada. Prior to moving to Canada in 2002, he worked in the US in higher education administration and policy focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion. Parker has an MEd from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
How to Respond vs. React to Stress using Emotional Intelligence
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 12:30 PM ET / 9:30 AM PT
Jackie Roberge will join MindWell-U’s Geoff Soloway to discuss responding vs. reacting to stress. In this webinar, we will explore:
The effects of stress on body and mind
How thoughts and emotions are created
The 4 stages of conscious change and how to apply them
How to own our emotions and be able to respond vs. react by using a simple yet powerful 4-step process
Jackie is a Certified Life Purpose Coach, Mindfulness Trainer, Public Speaker, Yoga & Meditation teacher and is passionate about helping people and organizations reach higher levels of consciousness and contribution.
Jackie started her career in marketing and went on to become a marketing and strategic planning consultant for companies such as McGill Executive Institute, Culinar, Cogeco Cable and Olymel. She started a daily meditation practice almost 25 years ago to help her deal with high levels of stress and fatigue she was experiencing at the time. After seeing immediate benefits that increased over time, she continued on to become a certified yoga instructor and mindfulness expert. She also started teaching meditation which was, at the time, what she claimed to be the best kept secret for greater levels of well-being, peace and overall performance. Jackie is now CEO and co-founder of Business & Beyond a company that offers whole person, mindfulness based training to business leaders and their organizations. She also specializes in Purpose-Drive Strategic Planning, helping individuals and companies find their higher purpose or deeper why allowing them to find greater meaning and fulfillment in what they do.
Comment répondre au lieu de réagir en utilisant l’intelligence émotionnelle
mercredi, le 8 mai 2019 14 hr heure de l'Est / 11 hr l'heure du Pacifique
Jackie Roberge va se joindre à Geoff Soloway de MindWell U pour discuter d’un nouveau processus pour passer d’une approche réactive à une approche réflexive et réceptive face au stress. Pendant le webinaire ils vont explorer :
Les effets du stress sur notre corps et notre cerveau
Comment nous créons des pensées et des émotions
les 4 étapes du changement conscient
Comment cultiver le pouvoir de gérer nos émotions avec un processus simple mais puissant
Jackie est un coach de la vie certifiée, coach / formatrice de pleine conscience en entreprise, conférencière et professeur de yoga et de méditation. Elle est passionnée d’aider les gens et les organisations à atteindre des niveaux plus élevés de conscience et de contribution.
Jackie a commencé sa carrière en marketing et en consultation stratégique avec des compagnies comme J&J, Culinar et Cogeco Câble. Il y a presque 25 ans elle s'est initiée à la pratique de méditation pour atténuer les effets du stress et de la fatigue provenant de sa vie professionnelle et personnelle. Passionnée par les bienfaits de la méditation, elle a suivi une formation de professeur de yoga et l'enseigne depuis.
Jackie est maintenant chef de la direction et cofondatrice de Business & Beyond, une compagnie qui offre des services de coaching et de formation en entreprise pour inspirer et guider les gens vers une meilleure version d'eux même. Elle participe aussi à la planification stratégique pour appuyer les chefs d'entreprise et leurs organisations à trouver leurs vraies raisons d’être et comment contribuer davantage à la société.
The Role of Mindfulness in Cultivating Organizational Culture
Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Pam August, 'retired' Director Culture Activation at WestJet, will join MindWell-U’s Geoff Soloway to discuss:
What is culture? How does it connect to strategy?
What are the culture muscles organizations need to focus on? What obstacles prevent their development?
How does mindfulness support culture development and strategic success (i.e. vision, intention, connection, alignment)?
What approaches have been most effective in introducing and embedding mindfulness in culture development actions?
Pam August, 'retired' Director Culture Activation at WestJet, led the organization's culture roadmap to ensure that WestJet’s renowned culture developed in support of strategy with strong vision and intention; by design not default. Over 14 years, she worked with all organizational levels from executive leadership to front line employees, and all departments to build strong connection and alignment. This included introducing Mindwell U's 30-day Challenge to the organization as part of the Sauder School of Business research study. This study produced great results, and hundreds of WestJetters benefited from the challenge.
In her 'rewirement' (not retirement), Pam has started an independent practice with core offerings in three areas: organizational development, learning design and facilitation, and embodied development. A passionate lifelong learner, Pam has a Bachelors Degree in Adult Education, was an award winning post-secondary instructor, is completing her Masters of Arts in Leadership at Royal Roads University, and is a certified yoga teacher and licensed Brain Gym (Educational Kinesiology) instructor. Known for her high energy level and ability to engage others and inspire reflection and a different perspective, Pam is about connecting potential - within and amongst ourselves.
How to Transcend Anger with Mindfulness
Wednesday January 30, 2019 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Sanjeev Kumar will join MindWell-U’s Dr. Geoff Soloway to discuss:
How to bring mindfulness into action amidst a busy work day
Strategies for decreasing Stress and Anger with Mindfulness
Transcending Ego and becoming a mindful leader
Sanjeev Kumar is a Mindfulness Practitioner and Acclaimed Author of “Practicing The Power of Present Moment”. He invites readers to celebrate each moment and he teaches lessons on living an aware, mindful life filled with joy. Sanjeev is also the founder of the Canadian Mindfulness Research Center.
Dr. Darren Good
Being while Doing: Contemplating Mindfulness at Work
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 1 PM ET / 10 AM PT
Dr. Darren Good will join MindWell-U’s Geoff Soloway to discuss:
Mechanisms and Benefits of Mindfulness in the workplace
Mindful mode vs. Thinking mode at work
Integration & Impact of training
With a passion for leadership development, executive coaching, and mindfulness, Darren Good, PhD is an award-winning teacher and researcher of applied behavioural sciences. He is considered among the leading scholars addressing the topic of mindfulness in the workplace. Dr. Good is also an assistant professor in both the MBA and MS in Organization Development programs at the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School and conducts research on various aspects of his field.
Dr. Adam A. Kay
Mindfulness & Psychological Capital: Working together for Improved Work Performance
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 5 PM ET / 2 PM PT
Dr. Adam A. Kay will join MindWell-U’s Geoff Soloway to discuss:
What is psychological capital and its relationship with mindfulness and work performance?
Evidence that mindfulness improves pro-social behaviour in the workplace and work performance.
Whose performance improves from mindfulness training the most and why.
Dr. Adam A. Kay is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Management at the University of Queensland. He is a former biotech business manager, executive coach, and international arbitration lawyer. Dr. Kay earned his Ph.D. on “mindfulness at work” at the University of British Columbia, and he is an award-winning teacher whose research interests extend to wisdom, moral identity, performance, and corporate social responsibility. Dr. Kay regularly presents his research at international conferences such as the Academy of Management and the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. To date, Dr. Kay has published chapters in various books by Oxford University Press, Guilford Press, and Routledge, as well as articles in peer-reviewed journals with Academy of Management Perspectives and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.