Mindfulness training is growing in its mainstream popularity. This keynote panel will discuss the promises of offering mindfulness training to cohorts across many major societal institutions such as healthcare, business, higher education and military/first responder communities. Paralleling its popular rise have been growing concerns regarding mainstream dissemination of contemplative training, including the ethical framework within which training programs are offered, teacher expertise and context familiarity, as well as potential contraindications of mindfulness practice. The panel will focus on three key questions regarding current considerations of the growing rise of mindfulness: (1) What have been the major challenges to developing, delivering and disseminating mindfulness programs in applied secular settings?  (2) What is the current evidence-base regarding the effectiveness of mindfulness training when offered in applied settings?  (3) What are key considerations as we move forward?

Susan Bauer-Wu

Mind & Life Institute

  Susan Bauer-Wu is the former president of the Mind & Life Institute. Throughout her career, she has held leadership, academic, and clinical positions in nonprofits, health care, and higher … MORE

Jeremy Hunter, PhD

Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management

Jeremy Hunter, PhD, is the great-grandson of a sumo wrestler as well as Associate Professor of Practice at the Peter F. Drucker School of Management. Over a decade ago, he … MORE

Carolyn Jacobs, MSW, PhD

Smith College School for Social Work

Board Member

Carolyn Jacobs, MSW, PhD, is Dean Emerita and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor Emerita of the Smith College School for Social Work. Dr. Jacobs was a member of the School’s faculty … MORE

Amishi Jha, PhD

University of Miami

Convening Faculty, Fellow, Grantee, Planning Committee Member, Steering Council Member

Amishi Jha is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami, and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, prior to which she was an … MORE

Sharon Salzberg

Insight Meditation Society

Sharon Salzberg is a meditation pioneer and industry leader, a world-renowned teacher and New York Times bestselling author. As one of the first to bring meditation and mindfulness into mainstream American culture over … MORE

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ISCS 2016 – Evening Conversation

Mind and Life Institute • November 12, 2016

Topics: Contemplative Wisdom | Education | Mindfulness