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Compassion 2.0
Professional Community & Learning Journey

Compassion 2.0 is a learning community of participants interested in exploring and implementing compassion-informed policies, procedures and practices in the places we live and work.

Join us starting in June 2020 for our inaugural Learning Journey

Podcasts | Salons | Online Summit | Unconference | Learning Journey

The Compassion 2.0 Community

Join us in a new community of practicing professionals working to bring compassion to their organization.


What happens when an organization incorporates compassion throughout its policies, procedures, and culture? 

What is the impact on all stakeholders in an organization when human needs for care, consideration, and connection and are considered alongside business outcomes?

Research, and practice, show that the needs of people and the needs of business are not mutually exclusive.  In fact, compassion can contribute to and elevate success to the bottom line as well enhance personal well-being to all stakeholders in diverse organizations from education to business to medicine and more.

Compassion is not an emotion.

Compassion is an orientation towards recognizing others and being motivated to take action in support of their well-being. 

Can this exist in our organizations?  Yes!

Can it make our organizations stronger and enhance flourishing?  Yes!

We invite an exploration into how compassion can be implemented in any industry and positively affect institutional culture, employee engagement and productivity, DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion).  With culture and engagement enhanced, we are actively looking at the financial benefit that systems designed with compassion as a driver will have on the bottom line.

We envision "community of practice of compassion" for professionals at any level in an institution to find policies, best practices, and resources to bring back to their organization. Community members will come away from our explorations invigorated and with new techniques and practices to change their organization at the group, team, department, division or entity level.

Our next Thought Leader: Shelly Tygielski & the "Pandemic of Love"

Shelly Tygielski

After spending almost 20 years in Corporate America immersed in Fortune 1000 organizations, and the past decade as a high-ranking executive in public and privately-held companies, Shelly has turned to teaching “modern-life mindfulness” full-time and has become a “self-care activist” who focuses much of her time on communities that are underserved, social justice and community organizations, non-profits and schools.

Shelly is deeply involved in offering trauma-informed healing practices to communities affected by gun violence and mass shootings and has led retreats for survivors and victims’ families representing Parkland, Pittsburgh, Las Vegas, Aurora, Columbine and more. She was featured on the cover of Mindful Magazine® in June 2019 for her work in this space.

Most recently, Shelly has created the Pandemic of Love is a mutual aid community of care that was started in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. It humbly began on March 14th, 2020 by one person and was intended to help her own local community. But, like an epidemic, the act of love and kindness spread quickly and is now a beautiful movement helping those in need throughout the world.

Shelly interviewed on our Podcast

Lori Schwanbeck sat down with Shelly to discuss Shelly's work, specifically the Pandemic of Love. Take a listen to hear first hand the incredible impact that the Pandemic of Love has had on those in need.




Join Shelly in our Virtual Salon, 6/30 @ 11:30 PST

Shelly will facilitate an online virtual salon where participants will be able to hear from Shelly about her work, and will explore the theme Shelly provides by working together in small groups. The explorations will then be brought back for Shelly and the larger group to review.

This event is FREE. Learn more and Register

Community Thought Leaders

Practitioners from mindfulness, medicine, education/K-12, DEI, CSR, business, law enforcement, academia

There are many professionals that are engaged in exploring compassion related modalities for their organization.

Thought Leaders will be facilitating our Learning Journey through a wide ranging subject matter and focus to a shared dialogue and conversation. We will explore the role of the individual and the lived experience, the role of the organization's policies, procedures and other operational frameworks, and everything in between as it relates to making organization's more effective through a compassionate based framework of being.

  • Oshoke Abalu

    Oshoke Pamela Abalu is cofounder of Love & Magic Company, and pioneers human-centered design solutions that infuse consciousness, energy flow, and inclusivity into global workplace transformations. 

  • Lori Schwanbeck

    Lori is an internationally recognized emotional intelligence and mindfulness teacher known for her compassion and enthusiasm in supporting people to thrive.

  • Bill Duane

    Bill was responsible for developing and managing worldwide programs to demonstrably increase well being, increase compassion and sustain performance at Google.

  • Shauna Shapiro, PhD

    Shauna Shapiro, PHD is a best-selling author, professor, clinical psychologist and internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion.

  • Chinedu Echeruo

    Chinedu Echeruo is a serial entrepreneur who founded HopStop, which Apple acquired. He is a cofounder of the Love & Magic Company, an inclusive innovation consultancy focused on transforming companies into what he calls “Beloved” organizations.

  • Dr. Jim Doty

    Dr Doty is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University of which the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor.

  • Laura Berland

    Laura is the Founder of the Center for Compassionate Leadership, which melds evidence-based principles of leadership and the latest scientific research with the wisdom of contemplative practices.

  • Cornell Verdeja-Woodson

    As Looker's Global Head of Diversity, Cornell is passionate about establishing relationships and collaborating to facilitate cross cultural dialogue and establish more inclusive environments.

  • Norbu Wangchuk

    He is the Author of Gross National Happiness Philosophy (GNH) in schools for Bhutan.  One of his recent initiatives was training all 10000 teachers on Neuroscience-based Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness Meditation

  • Scott Shute

    After twenty-five years of customer-oriented leadership roles, Scott leads the Compassion and Mindfulness programs at LinkedIn.

  • Ward (SN) Maillard

    Ward explores how in education the implicit curriculum (processes of learning and the relationships that result) impact our society, our environment and the evolution of our humanness.

  • Ruchika Sikri

    Ruchika equips & empowers Googlers to live fully, perform sustainably, for positive behavior change, leading to higher well-being and increased resilience.

  • Tenzin Chogkyi

    Venerable Tenzin Chogkyi is a Buddhist nun, activist and popular Buddhist retreat leader and teacher. She loves bridging the worlds of Buddhist thought, current events, and the latest research in the field of positive psychology.

  • Shelly Tygielski

    Shelly Tygielski is a Self-Care Activist. Shelly teaches “modern-life mindfulness” with a special emphasis on teaching mindfulness in public schools, at non-profits and in social justice and political organizations.

  • Jose Egurbide

    Jose A. Egurbide is the Assistant to the Chief of the Criminal and Special Litigation Branch at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, and currently teaches Restorative Justice at Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. 

  • Corey Custer

    Corey Custer is the Director of Compassion for Brighton Jones, he takes a leadership role to the Mindfulness-based Emotional and Social Intelligence initiative, philanthropic efforts,  to foster an ethos of compassion and put compassion into action.

  • Dr Jane Dutton

    Passionate about applications of Positive Organizational Scholarship to improve life in and of work organizations, and a co-founder of the Center for Positive Organizations

  • Shamis Pitts

    As Director of Compassion at Compassionate Leadership Circle, she partners with organizations to create engaging and compelling compassionate leadership programs.

  • Tami Simon

    Tami founded Sounds True at 22, and over its 35-year history, Sounds True has produced over 3,000 titles, and is North America’s leading publisher of spoken-word spiritual teachings.

  • Geshe Lobsang

    is the co-founder and Director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership, a multi-dimensional initiative founded in 1998 to bring together the foremost contributions of the Western scholastic tradition and the Tibetan Buddhist sciences of mind and healing.

  • Michael Ventura

    Michael Ventura is an accomplished entrepreneur, creative director, and author of "Applied Empathy." In 2009, Michael founded strategy and design studio, Sub Rosa.

  • Mark Leonard

    Mark Leonard is understanding mindfulness from a social perspective/designing programs to facilitate culture change in organizations.

  • Laurel Donnellan

     In 2019, Laurel founded the Compassionate Leaders Circle where we value and celebrate humanity, differences, dreams and ingenuity. She is dedicated to helping people and organizations dig deeper to find and activate purpose. 

  • Carson Kelly

    Carson is a serial entrepreneur in both business and non profit/mission driven organizations. He is the founder of Benevolently and Compassion 2.0. 

  • Rich Fernandez

    Rich is the CEO of SIYLI. He was previously the director of executive education and people development at Google, where he was also one of the first SIY teachers. Rich previously founded Wisdom Labs.

  • Shannon Kelly

    Shannon is a faculty in the Values in World Thought program at Mount Madonna School, co-leading multiple class trips to interview His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and other dignitaries throughout India and South Africa.

  • Scott Snibbe

    Scott is a pioneering interactive artist and AR entrepreneur. He is the host of the podcast A Skeptic’s Path to Enlightenment. He founded several creative technology companies including the social music video startup Eyegroove, acquired by Facebook.

  • Uvinie Lubecki

    At the Dalai Lama Fellows, Uvinie translated secular values, compassion, and meditation practices from the Dalai Lama into a leadership curriculum. She founded Leading Through Connection in 2017.

  • Richard Goerling

    Richard is the founder of Mindful Badge, and is a certified mindfulness trainer, retired police officer and military veteran who believes in your innate resilience, humanity and capacity to show up and thrive amidst hard circumstances.

  • Monica Worline

    Monica C. Worline, PhD, is CEO of EnlivenWork. She is a research scientist at Stanford University's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education and Executive Director of CompassionLab.

  • Aneel Chima

    Aneel is the Executive Director for the Stanford Flourishing Project. He helps shape the emerging science of well-being and human flourishing through program building, research, and educating next generation thought leaders.

  • Bryan Welch

    Bryan has led mission-driven enterprises in the media, including Mindful Magazine, B the Change Media and Ogden Publications. He currently serves as CEO of the Foundation for a Mindful Society and its media properties, including Mindful Magazine and

  • Jenee Johnson

    Jenée leads the unique effort to bring mindfulness into public health practices and across programs in African American communities.  Her goal has been to improve the organization’s ability to manage change, stay resilient, inspire growth and become a culture of mindfulness.

  • Jared Seide

    Jared Seide is the Executive Director of Center for Council, a nonprofit organization that trains practitioners in using Council to promote wellness and resiliency and advance social and restorative justice.  

  • Chris Jarivs

    Chris is the Executive Director of Realized Worth Institute, and his work and thought leadership are geared toward helping practitioners strategically grow their employee volunteer programs. He is a key founder of Impact 2030.

  • Mike Rowlands

    President & CEO at Junxion Strategy, an international social impact consultancy that helps the bold visionaries of the next economy articulate their purpose, plan their positive impact, share their stories, and demonstrate their accountability.

  • Kate Byrne

    President of Intentional Media family of global brands (including SOCAP, Conscious Company) working at the intersection of money and meaning to ensure our social, environmental, and economic systems thrive together.

  • Steve Asei-Dantoni

    Steven champions heroes of change through interconnectedness and the power of the community.  He applies the Ubuntu way of living to create deep human transformative experiences. As a learning experience designer he works with organizations using design thinking to solve complex problems.

  • Cory Smith

    Cory, as CEO of Wisdom Labs, and former CEO of SOCAP, has spent over 20 years aligning purpose, entrepreneurship and social good to create companies that have positive impact for people and the planet.

  • Dan Glisczinski

    Dan is an Associate Professor, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. His research includes transforming learning through the applied scholarship of cognitive neuroscience.

  • Leigh Weiss, PhD

    Leah is a principal teacher and a founding faculty member of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program. She also co-founded Skylyte, a company using neuroscience and behavior change to empower high-performing leaders to prevent burnout for themselves and their teams.

  • Valerie Red-Horse Mohl

    Valerie, is the Executive Director and CEO of Social Venture Circle, a non-profit leading the way in the field of social impact investing and ESG; building the business world to create social, economic, and environmental change.

  • Jamil Zaki

    Jamil is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory, and author of "The War for Kindness." 

  • Rhonda Magee

    Rhonda is a Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco and an internationally-recognized thought and practice leader integrating mindfulness into higher education, law and social change work. She is the author of "The Inner Work of Racial Justice."

Interested in being a part of the Thought Leader community?

If you are interested in joining our community as a Thought Leader, please let us know. We are interested in having a variety of organizational perspectives and individual experiences as part of the conversation. Thought Leaders will participate with us as part of our podcasts, salons, virtual summits or our unconference. If you are interested in joining us in this capacity, contact [email protected].

Thought leaders represent the following organizations:

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Compassion-based employee wellness platform for enterprises

Benevolently is a technology and learning platform that provides curated opportunities for one person to help another without expectation of return. We bring people together for compassionate acts.

Enterprises use Benevolently to increase engagement and increase meaningful connections in the every day lives of their employees.

Benevolently helps employees connect to themselves through their own acts of kindness and compassion to others.

In collaboration with

A Vision for Compassionate Leadership

We envision a more compassionate, peaceful world where individuals are able to express their full, innate potential for the greater good of all.

The mission of the Center for Compassionate Leadership is to advance compassionate methods of leadership by integrating best practices of modern leadership, evidence-based science, and contemplative wisdom. The Center accomplishes this through thought leadership, research, curriculum and training, community, and collaboration.

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Bark Media: Story telling that changes the world

Neuroscience shows that emotionally compelling content enables people to understand and recall key points more effectively. Storytelling enables us to empathize with others, and, according to research, inspires behavior change. Storytelling has shaped the arc of human history and in many ways defines us as humans.


Bark sees that the scale of the problems our world faces requires systems-level change. We apply our expertise in storytelling, brand-building, and audience engagement to bigger movements—the shifts in business, society, and politics we believe are necessary to realize the future we want to see. That’s what drives us and what defines our mission: to tell and amplify the authentic stories of the people, businesses, and movements building a better world.

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A nine-month immersion program to train leaders, entrepreneurs, managers, and employees on how to powerfully grow themselves and their companies.

Starts September 8, 2020

Enrollment open for a limited time


Search Inside Yourself takes an evidence-based approach combining neuroscience, attention-training and emotional intelligence.

The program provides practical tools that can be applied immediately in life or at work. We start with a foundation of mindfulness, and build the core emotional intelligence domains that lead to outstanding leadership.

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