mindful workplace speaker series naropa university

Mindful Workplace Speaker Series

Mindfulness is a powerful practice that can foster presence, compassion and courage in the face of life’s challenges. This series explores the many ways mindfulness can be practiced in workplace. Join us for these engaging conversations.

More information for Spring 2017 coming soon!

Past Mindful Workplace Speakers

Jerry Colonna, Coach and CEO of Reboot.io

Being Fierce: The Six Challenges of Leadership with Coach and CEO of Reboot.io,

Jerry Colonna 

Wednesday, April 20, 2016,  7:00–9:00 p.m.
Nalanda Campus, Events Center
$15 general admission, $10 for Naropa students, faculty, alumni, and staff 

In this talk, Jerry lays out the most common challenges leaders face in building their organizations. Not surprisingly, the path through those challenges includes a deepening connection to their most authentic selves through a process he calls "Radical Self-inquiry."

Jerry Colonna is an executive coach who uses the skills he learned as a venture capitalist to help entrepreneurs. He draws on his wide variety of experiences to help clients design a more conscious life and make needed changes to their career to improve their performance and satisfaction. Previously he was a partner with JPMorgan Partners (JPMP), the private­ equity arm of JP Morgan Chase. He joined JPMP from Flatiron Partners, which he launched 1996 with partner, Fred Wilson. Flatiron became one of the most successful, early ­stage investment programs in the New York City area. At Flatiron, Jerry was responsible for a wide range of the firm’s investments including Geocities Inc., Gamesville Inc., Vertical One Inc., and The New York Times Digital. He is also the Chair of Naropa University's Board of Trustees.


Mindfully Together: Creating a Culture of Inclusivity at Work (and Disrupting Ones that Aren't) 
with founder of Center for Transformative Change, Rev. angel Kyodo williams

Monday, April 11, 2016, 7:009:00 p.m.
Nalanda Campus, Events Center
$15 general admission, $10 for Naropa students, faculty, alumni, and staff 

  • Where does inclusivity begin and end? 
  • Are we responsible for the culture of our workplace?
  • Does it really matter?

Far from depending on altruism, the only real path to a true culture of inclusivity is committing to one’s own wholeness. Rev. angel looks at the conventional wisdom of inclusivity then turns it on its head and returns the "disruption of disconnect" to its rightful place as an act of bravery. Abandoning "being good" as motivation and guilt as distraction, she points to uncovering our natural desire to be connected as the source of living and leading from the the heart. 

Rev. angel Kyodo williams is an author, activist, yogi, and master trainer. A Sensei, or teacher in the Zen tradition, she founded the Center for Transformative Change and has been bridging the worlds of personal mastery, leadership, environmental and social justice for more than fifteen years. In recognition of her work, angel Sensei received the first Creating Enlightened Society Award from Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche.

She notes, "Love and justice are not two. Without inner change, there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters." Her newest book collaboration, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation will be released on Juneteenth of this year. Whether in writing, teaching, or speaking, her voice is unique. 


tami simon sounds true
Being True: Prioritizing What Matters Most at Work 
with Tami Simon 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Naropa University, Nalanda Event Center, 6287 Arapahoe Ave. 
  • How can work be more meaningful? 
  • Can we place the deepest values of our heart at the center of our organizational life?
  • Is it really possible to do this in the midst of a for-profit company?

The answer, according to Tami, is an unequivocal "yes". She will talk about being the founder and CEO of a thirty-year old company that is both profit-driven and mission-driven; the importance of work as a way to contribute to the welfare of others; truth-telling and genuineness as critical leadership skills; committing to personal growth in organizational life; and valuing the many ways that love unexpectedly shows up in our relationships at work.

Tami Simon is Publisher, CEO, and Founder of Sounds True. In 1985, at the age of 22, Tami Simon founded Sounds True, a multimedia publishing company dedicated to disseminating spiritual wisdom. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Sounds True has published more than 800 audio, video, music, and book titles along with online courses and events. Additionally, Tami is a senior meditation instructor under the guidance of Reggie Ray, who teaches in the practicing lineage of the great siddha and Tibetan Buddhist meditation teacher Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.


Leading with Mindfulness when the Stakes are High
with Authentic Leadership Center Director, Susan Skjei, PhD

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 7 p.m.– 9 p.m.
Nalanda Campus, Classroom 9248
$15 general admission, $10 for Naropa students, faculty, and staff


chuck lief
Practicing Mindfulness as a Social Entrepreneur

with Naropa University President, Charles Lief

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Nalanda Campus, Classroom 9248
$15 general admission, $10 for Naropa students, faculty, and staff

Chuck Lief’s career has moved between the for profit and nonprofit worlds, from restaurants to compost factories, from housing the homeless to running a university. In all cases, aspiring to show up mindfully and sometimes succeeding. We’ll discuss the possible tensions between the entrepreneur’s mission driven passion and motivation to success and the heartfelt inspiration to lead with compassion and care.



Contact Us

Email: alc@naropa.edu

Phone: 720-608-1238