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Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD
Creator of Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®
Mindfulness alone has the potential to be more triggering than helpful for those with post-traumatic symptoms, but mindfulness used in a trauma-sensitive manner can be incredibly healing. A former US intelligence officer and an ordained Buddhist nun, Dr. Elizabeth Stanley is no stranger to the unique intersection of trauma and meditation. In this presentation, she’ll explore how we can work with mindfulness and trauma in a beneficial way.
Dr. Elizabeth Stanley is an associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University. She is the award-winning author of Paths to Peace and Widen the Window. She is the creator of Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®, taught to thousands in civilian and military high-stress environments. MMFT® research has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC Evening News, and NPR, as well as in Time magazine and many other media outlets. A US Army veteran with service in Asia and Europe, she holds degrees from Yale, Harvard, and MIT. She’s also a certified practitioner of somatic experiencing, a body-based trauma therapy.
Justin Michael Williams
Transformational speaker, musician, author
Meditation isn’t about relaxing—it’s about becoming more alive. And if you grew up in the struggle—overcoming homophobia, sexism, trauma, shame, depression, poverty, toxic masculinity, racism, or social injustice—you need a different type of meditation, one that doesn’t pretend the struggle doesn’t exist. Join Justin Michael Williams to learn how meditation can help you move from awareness to inspired action in this engaging session.
Justin Michael Williams is an author, transformational speaker, and top 20 recording artist who has become a pioneering voice for diversity and inclusion in wellness. From growing up with gunshot holes outside of his bedroom window to sharing the stage with Marianne Williamson and Deepak Chopra, Williams knows well the pain of adversity and the power of healing to overcome. He has since been featured by the Wall Street Journal, Grammy.com, Billboard.com, The Advocate, Yoga Journal, and SXSW®. With his groundbreaking book, Stay Woke, and over a decade of teaching experience, Williams’s message of hope and empowerment has spread to more than 40 countries around the globe, particularly through his US “Stay Woke, Give Back” tour, bringing mindfulness to youth in underserved communities. Williams is dedicated to using his voice to serve, to being a beacon of hope for those who are lost, and to making sure all people, of all backgrounds, have access to the information they need to change their lives. Learn more at justinmichaelwilliams.com.
Daniel J. Siegel, MD
New York Times bestselling author, neuropsychiatrist
Explore the mechanisms of the mind with Dr. Daniel J. Siegel in this fascinating interview—including how the “mind” refers to a lot more than just the brain. Dr. Siegel introduces us to the Wheel of Awareness, a tool for consciousness integration that has been shown to improve well-being and trauma recovery in thousands of patients. You’ll discover how both integrating and differentiating various parts of our mind and experience can support healing, as well as the importance of being able to access states of pure awareness.
Dr. Daniel J. Siegel serves as the director of the Mindsight Institute and codirector of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Siegel is the author of The Mindful Brain and Parenting from the Inside Out. His internationally acclaimed bestselling text, The Developing Mind, has been utilized by a number of organizations including the US Department of Justice, the Vatican, and more. Dr. Siegel is the founding editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.
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