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Conveners.org Ecosystem Call: Managing Stress, Building Resilience

August 11 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM UTC-8

An interactive workshop aimed at facilitating best practices for mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing.

About This Session

This interactive session for stress-management, wellbeing and self-awareness will draw upon current research in neuroscience, interpersonal biology, psychology and the ancient traditions of breath and mindfulness in facilitating practices for mental, emotional and physical wellbeing. Participants will explore the typical challenges underlying burnout, identify their own negative coping mechanisms, identify unconscious patterns of behavior that can distort their work, develop proactive strategies for resiliency, and reconnect with their deeper intentions. The workshop will also provide a short demonstration of a clinically-proven mind-body program for alleviating chronic stress and post-traumatic stress. Having enhanced their capacity for self-care, participants will begin to uncover the relevance of wellbeing and mindfulness to effective leadership.

Each participant will walk away with from this session with:

  • An understanding of one’s personal coping mechanisms of stress and, through increased mindfulness practice, the capacity to recognize and invest proactively in self-care.
  • A practical self-care plan for mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing, and strategies for the integration of these practices into one’s personal and professional life.
  • A supportive framework for pursuing a cultural shift from one of self-sacrifice and burnout to one of resilience and wellbeing.
  • A deeper understanding of the automatic nervous system and how it operates in response to chronic stress and trauma.
  • A toolkit of evidence-based skills and the underlying science for grounding, mindfulness, and autonomic balance and self-regulation, allowing for deep relaxation and resilience.

About Our Speaker

Gretchen Ki Steidle is the founder of Circles for Conscious Change, building a movement where inner work, mindfulness, and personal transformation drive social innovation and systemic change, and the President of Global Grassroots, which operates a mindfulness-based social venture incubator and women’s leadership program in post-conflict East Africa.

Gretchen believes that inner work is essential for us to advance the greatest level of positive social change individually and collectively.

She is author of the book Leading from Within: Conscious Social Change and Mindfulness for Social Innovation (2017 MIT Press). Gretchen is also a producer of the documentary film, The Devil Came on Horseback, which was nominated for three Emmy Awards in 2009 and co-author of the memoir, The Devil Came on Horseback: Bearing Witness to the Genocide in Darfur, (2007 PublicAffairs).

She holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia, where she attended as Jefferson Scholar. She is a certified Integrative Breathwork Practitioner and Coherent Breathwork (Breath-Body-Mind™) Practitioner, which she has utilized in her work in Haiti, Rwanda, the U.S. and Uganda to help women and children heal trauma from war, disaster, and gender-based violence.

In 2007, Gretchen was honored by World Business Magazine and Shell as one of the top International 35 Women Under 35. In 2010 she was chosen as a CNN Hero working in Haiti after the earthquake. In 2011 she was chosen one of seven Remarkable Women of the World by New Hampshire Magazine. In 2018 she was named to Inc.’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers.

She regularly lectures and offers workshops on mindfulness for social change at conferences, wellness institutions, universities, and organizations globally, including the Skoll World Forum, Omega Institute, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and AshokaU Exchange, among others.