The Competitive Advantage of Mindfulness and Compassion in Business


Parneet Pal, Rich Fernandez

August 4-6, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

$350 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

Learn the cutting-edge scientific insights and actionable practices that support internationally high-performing companies like Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Starbucks.

Today’s business leaders know that in order to succeed they need teams that are focused, productive, resilient, cooperative, and innovative. This workshop teaches you why—and how—mindfulness and compassion are the secrets to creating and leading high-performing teams.

Enhance your competitive advantage with Wisdom Lab’s cofounder and president Rich Fernandez and its chief science officer Parneet Pal. With their combined expertise in organizational psychology, preventative medicine, behavior change, wellness, and decades of personal practice, Rich and Parneet give you tools to improve mental fitness and agility, bolster success mindsets, manage stress and conflict, and facilitate team synergy and connection.

Through lectures, interactive exercises, journaling, and guided practice you will learn:

  • The real meaning of mindfulness and compassion
  • The benefits of mindfulness and compassion practices for you as a leader
  • How these practices create measurable change in the brain and body
  • The basics of behavior change and how to incorporate these practices into your daily work and life routines
  • Practical tools and techniques that you can implement quickly.

You will leave with a mindfulness and compassion toolkit and a customized personal action plan for applying these practices to make your life and work a lab for greater health, joy, wisdom, compassion, and success.

Faculty Bio

Parneet Pal

Parneet Pal is a Harvard- and Columbia-trained physician who currently leads content innovation and product development at Wisdom Labs‰, a company pioneering the translation of science and wisdom practices to reimagine well-being in the workplace.

Having moved away from clinical practice to prevention in order to focus on the global epidemic of chronic disease, she continues to foster interdisciplinary health innovation as a TEDMED Scholar.

With a master‰’s degree in exercise and movement science from the University of Oregon, she has directed two wellness spas, expanded a private executive health practice, and coaches executives and consults with organizations on the design and implementation of lifestyle management platforms (nutrition, mindfulness, exercise, stress management).

Parneet believes that using the latest research in medicine, technology, behavior, and systems change, we can build a mindful society where health is default.

Rich Fernandez

Rich Fernandez is a Columbia University‰ trained psychologist with nearly two decades of experience, specializing in leadership and organizational development at organizations such as Google, eBay, and J.P. Morgan Chase.

A cofounder of Wisdom Labs,‰ a company and think tank focused on activating the science of mindful well-being, resilience, and purpose-driven performance within organizations‰, Rich offers deep expertise in cognitive psychology, organizational systems, the science of human performance, and transformational people-development solutions in business settings.

Previously, he was the director of executive education at Google, responsible for leadership-development content, tools, and programs for senior leaders across Google, as well as the head of learning and organization development at eBay.

Why Attend

  • Transform your work environment to foster the creative innovation, collaboration, and positive interactions necessary in today’s businesses.

  • Develop a personal mindfulness and compassion practice to improve your mental clarity and focus, manage stress and complexity, and enhance productivity.

  • Work effectively with emotions and skillfully manage interpersonal relationships with greater ease and satisfaction.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • Things to Bring

    A journal and a pen

  • What to Wear

    Comfortable clothing

  • Special Interest to

    Mid-level to senior workplace leaders


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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