Daniel Goleman, PhD, brought the concept of emotional intelligence to a global audience and reported on behavior and the brain for the New York Times for many years. He is a cofounder of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) at the Yale University Child Studies Center (now at the University of Illinois at Chicago), whose mission centers on bringing evidence-based programs in emotional literacy to schools worldwide. He is the author of many books, including Emotional Intelligence. danielgoleman.info
Shauna L. Shapiro, PhD, coauthor of The Art and Science of Mindfulness, is associate professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University. She has conducted extensive clinical research investigating the effects of mindfulness-based therapies and has published more than 60 book chapters and journal articles.
Jyoti Subramanian has worked for nearly a decade at Challenge Day, a nonprofit organization that addresses bullying, teasing, suicide, alienation, and isolation among teens. She facilitates workshops for more than 100 teens at a time, utilizing compassion and understanding as tools to help teens look at themselves and their world with new perspective. challengeday.org
Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, LMFT, is the founding director of the Mindful Education Institute, a year-long mindfulness in education teacher training program. He has helped create curriculum for organizations such as Mindfulness Without Borders, Mindful Schools, and The Mindful Mothering Project. Rechtschaffen is a licensed marriage and family therapist and maintains a private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area. mindfuleducationinstitute.com
Lama Dawa Tarchin Phillips is founder and executive director of the Institute of Compassionate Awareness. A classically trained meditation teacher, Buddhist lama, and former Buddhist monk, he collaborates on research exploring the many positive effects of mindfulness training on school children.