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"Mindfulness at Work: Why Western Companies Embrace an Eastern Practice" | Evening Program

  • 13 Oct 2015
  • 6:15 PM - 8:45 PM
  • Allsteel 1725 I St NW # 550, Washington, DC


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Evening Program | October 13, 2015

"Mindfulness at Work: Why Western Companies Embrace an Eastern Practice" 

Discover how the ability to be mindful is directly relevant to increasing workplace effectiveness.

Presenter: Michelle Somerday
Program Description: The traditionally Eastern practice of mindfulness is becoming common in Western business settings. A number of Fortune 500 organizations such as General Mills, Apple, Prudential, eBay, Aetna, Target, Proctor & Gamble, Google, and even the U.S. Marines offer mindfulness programs, often as part of leadership development programs. So what is mindfulness, and what are the benefits to employees and leaders of being mindful?

This session will define “mindfulness” and explain how mindfulness is at the heart of the development of new workplace skills such as leadership abilities. In addition, neuroscience research will be reviewed to show that while we are not naturally mindful, mindfulness is something that can be cultivated and sustained, as demonstrated by observed changes in the brain. Other documented benefits of regular mindfulness practice, such as higher emotional intelligence, will also be discussed. Audience members will partake in interactive exercises to engage in the experience of mindfulness.  

Learning Objectives:

1. Understand the definition of mindfulness, including what it means to be mindful at work, and the neuroscience that demonstrates how mindfulness effects changes to the brain and brain activity.
2. Discover how the ability to be mindful is directly relevant to the development of new leadership abilities and workplace skills.
3. Explore via experiential exercises what it means to be mindful and how to increase your ability to be mindful in a workplace setting.

Date: October 13, 2015

1725 I St NW # 550
Washington, DC 20006


  • 6:15-6:45 PM | Networking & Light Appetizers
  • 6:45-8:45 PM | Evening Program

Presenter:  Michelle Somerday

Michelle Somerday is an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant and the Founder of Neo-Strategic, LLC.  She is a trained scientist who transitioned to the corporate world and understands from her own experience what is required to adapt and lead in the demands of a business environment.  Her beginnings in academia reflect her innate belief in the inherent and diverse capabilities of each individual and a passion for helping people realize their strengths.  She is an experienced speaker and lecturer who has taught at the university graduate level, spoken at international conferences, and facilitates leadership skills trainings. Michelle's former life as a scientist is demonstrated in her preference for evidence-based approaches to leadership, and this is a hallmark of her blog and speaking engagements. She writes, presents, and gives trainings on all things related to leadership and is particularly interested in The Mindful Leader and Women Leaders in STEM Fields. Michelle is a Certified Leadership Coach through Georgetown University and is also recognized as a certified coach by the International Coach Federation (ICF).  She holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Virginia.

Register: Register online, or to pay by check, download a registration form and mail to CBODN, 1325 G St. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005. 

Registration Fee  Before October 13 At the Door
CBODN Members  $20 $30
Non-Members/Guests  $30 $45


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