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Annual Conference: Mindfulness Summit and InterActive Dialogue

Save the date for the Mindfulness Summit and InterActive Dialogue on April 23-24 from 9am to 5pm.

Save the date for the Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience's inaugural annual conference. Speaker information and agenda below.

Registration is now open. Please click the following link to register:


Mindfulness Summit and InterActive Dialogue
April 23-24, 2018
9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Barry Kerzin

Portrait of Barry Kerzin, ASU Annual Conference: Mindfulness Summit and InterActive Dialogue Keynote Speaker

Barry Kerzin is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington Tacoma, visiting professor at Central University Tibetan Studies India, Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong, former Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington, fellow at Mind and Life Institute, and consults for Max Planck Institute Leipzig on compassion training.

He is founder and president of Altruism in Medicine Institute and founder and chairman of Human Values Institute in Japan. For twenty-nine years he has been providing free medical care to the poor up to the highest lamas including the Dalai Lama. He has completed many meditation retreats including a three-year retreat.

His brain was studied at Princeton University and University of Wisconsin-Madison as a long-term meditator. He was ordained by the Dalai Lama, and combines his work as a monk and doctor lecturing around the world. Barry works in juvenile prisons in Japan. He teaches intensive compassion training to doctors in hospitals and medical schools, leads changemakers-leadership workshops, and leads meditation retreats at Mt. Fuji.

He delivered two TEDx talks and medical grand rounds on compassion at Stanford and surgical grand rounds. He lectured at Oxford and Cambridge U., U.K. medical schools, keynote speaker for the White Coast Ceremony at U. Louisville SOM, and the plenary speaker for 800 Family Doctors in Pittsburgh. He has written Tibetan Buddhist Prescription for Happiness, and Mind and Matter: Dialogue between Two Nobel Laureates (Japanese), and No Fear No Death: The Power of Compassion, and Nagarjuna’s Wisdom: A Guide to Practice (in press). He has written many book chapters and many interviews for radio, and TV.

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Speaker: Dr. Teri Pipe

Picture of Dr. Teri Pipe, Chief Well-being Officer at ASU

Dr. Teri Pipe is Arizona State University's Chief Well-Being Officer. Formerly Dr. Pipe served as the Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU). She also is the founding director of ASU's Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience. Before coming to ASU in 2011, Dr. Pipe served as director of Nursing Research and Innovation at Mayo Clinic Arizona and was an associate professor of nursing at the Mayo Clinic’s College of Medicine. In 2014 she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.

 Dr. Pipe is an expert on mindfulness which is a skill set to increase the ability to experience being fully present, focused and alive. Mindfulness has important implications for resilience within and beyond the healthcare and higher education sectors.  Dr. Pipe is an expert on nursing leadership with a focus on interprofessionalism, bringing nurses together with physicians and other health professionals, business people, and policy makers, to help redesign and improve health in the U.S. Her research interests include:  mindfulness, resilience in professional and clinical populations, health promotion and wellness, positive coping and stress management, oncology, and gerontology.  She is a sought after speaker on the topics of mindfulness, workforce resilience and self-compassion.

 Dr. Pipe earned her PhD in health policy and administration with a minor in gerontology from Pennsylvania State University, a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in gerontology from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Iowa.

Speaker: Dr. Michelle May

Portrait of Michelle May, ASU Annual Conference: Mindfulness Summit and InterActive Dialogue Speaker

Michelle May, M.D., is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder and CEO of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She has trained over 700 health professionals to offer mindful eating workshops, coaching, and therapy in 30 countries. She is the award-winning author of the Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat book series, including Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Students.

She is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University where she teaches Mindful Eating. She is a “retired” family physician with sixteen years of clinical experience, Dr. May served as President of the Arizona Academy of Family Physicians, the Chairperson for the Americans in Motion (AIM) wellness initiative for the 93,000-member American Academy of Family Physicians, and as a member of the AAFP Commission on the Health of the Public and Science. She earned the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) designation from the National Speakers Association and has inspired tens of thousands of audience members with her compelling message and constructive approach to a vibrant life.

Speaker: Danna Pratte

Portrait of Danna Pratte, ASU Annual Conference: Mindfulness, Compassion, & Resilience

Danna Pratte is an entrepreneur and wellness enthusiast and has worked in the wellness and natural industry for 20 years.  She is CEO and owner of Nutritional Brands, a Phoenix based multinational company that provides high quality nutritionals and wellness solutions to its customers.  Danna is an alumnus of Thunderbird, The International School of Management (now a part of ASU!), where she received her Master of International Management degree.  Danna is a regular contributor to local and national media. The Phoenix Business Journal recognized her as a 2016 Outstanding Woman in Business, and she was recently recognized as a 2018 AZ Business Leader in Health and Wellness by AZ Big Media.  She is a mother to three teenage boys, is a warrior for healthy living, loves to travel and is grateful for the opportunity to impact people’s life for the better.  

Nutritional Brands is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona and is a global leader in the nutritional supplement industry.  Nutritional Brands sales and distributes multiple consumers brands into various channels.  The brands include:  Aerobic Life for digestive health and immunity, Pure Vegan for vegan health and wellness, Pure Kidz for children’s health, Pure Advantage for sports and fitness nutrition, Oregon Health for foundational nutrition and Vida + for Hispanic health and wellness.  Nutritional Brands mission is to provide our customers a richer quality of life through premium products, ongoing educational outreach and ever-improving methods. 


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Speaker: Dr. Jeremiah Chin

Jeremiah Chin is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University.  He graduated from ASU in 2017 with a J.D. from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and a Ph.D. in Justice Studies.  His dissertation research focuses on the intersections of race, law, and social sciences, using institutional ethnography to analyze recent decisions of the Court on fair housing and affirmative action.  Currently, Jeremiah and the Center are building a Critical Legal Preparation Program, integrating mindfulness, social justice, and test preparation as strategies for successful students, lawyers, and beyond.

Speaker: Nick Patterson

Picture of Nick Patterson, Speaker for the InterActive Conference

Nick Patterson is a veteran and student at ASU. He works at the Pat Tillman Veteran’s Center to bring well-being to our student veterans.

Instructor: Jitesh Vaswani

Portrait of Jitesh Vaswani, ASU Annual Conference: Mindfulness Summit and InterActive Dialogue Instructor

Breath Meditation

An engineer by profession and a yogi by heart, Jitesh has been instrumental in inspiring hundreds of people across the globe to lead the way for building a happier and a healthier society. Often heard quoting Mahatma Gandhi, " Be the change you wish to see in others", he believes that change must start from an individual level. 

Along with being an electrical engineer, he is also a facilitator with 'The International Association For Human Values' . He believes in the vision of the founder, H.H. Sri Sri Ravishankar and the organization to create a stress-free and a violence-free society.

Being a role model for the youth, he has also spoken on various forums in universities across the globe. A graduate from Arizona State University, he is also the co-founder of the movement, Be Happy ASU ,  which is creating a wave of happiness across the campus, through various forums , including the "Yes Plus" workshops.

Dynamism in action combined with inner peace and a speech filled with pure heart, his intellectual talks are sure to strike a chord with your individual being.

Jitesh was recently invited to speak on the prestigious "TEDx Tucson" forum, where he delivered a talk titled "Use Your Breath", in which he also shared his journey with Yoga and Meditation. You can enjoy the talk here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNpmruPaj1Q 

Instructor: Miquella Young

Portrait of Miquella Young, ASU Annual Conference: Mindfulness Summit and InterActive Dialogue Instructor

Tai Chi

Three years ago Miquella Young transferred to Arizona State from Lake Zurich, a small suburb of Chicago. With a long history in dance and karate, Miquella continues to study the mind-body connection through her undergraduate program in Integrative Health and dance. She has studied abroad in Peru, ventured to India to learn about spirituality, and explored the historical depths of Italy. She has experience as a dance instructor and mentor for academic and personal success with the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She holds certificates in Natural Holistic Remedies and Mindfulness Leadership. With her B.S. in Metaphysical Science from the University of Sedona, Miquella currently serves as president of ASU's Metaphysics club exploring the depths of meditation and consciousness.

Instructor: Aliria Muñoz Rascón


Aliria is currently a clinical assistant professor at the College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) where she teaches complex care theory, pharmacology, and professional development courses. She serves as co-director of CONHI’s Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership and was faculty director of CONHI’s first study abroad program to Peru in 2016 and 2017. As a division one water polo athlete, Aliria received her BSN from Hartwick College in New York where she also minored in Spanish and co-founded “Nursing Students Without Borders.” Completing her MSN in Nursing Education at ASU, her final applied project studied the effects of mentorship and student nurse associations on success of minority nursing students. Aliria has practiced volunteer nursing in Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, The Solomon Islands, and locally in a free mobile health clinic in the Phoenix valley. Her clinical nursing experience includes work in oncology, medical-surgical, telemetry, medical ICU, and trauma ICU. Aliria is currently finishing the final year of her PhD in Nursing where she plans to research self-management of type 2 diabetes in custodial grandmothers of Mexican descent. Aliria has also been certified in Reiki since 2006 and has been practicing yoga since 2002. Stemming from these interests, she coordinates wellness events such as free Reiki treatments, yoga classes, meditation, and wellness challenges for CONHI faculty and staff.

Instructor: Angela Ellsworth

Contemplative Walking

Angela Ellsworth is the director and co-founder of the Museum of Walking located in one of the least walkable cities in the US. She is interested in art merging with everyday life and public and private experiences colliding in unexpected spaces. She is a multidisciplinary artist traversing disciplines of drawing, sculpture, installation, video, and performance. Her work has been published in Landscape Architecture Magazine, Canadian Art Magazine, Art News, Fiber Arts, Frieze Art, and the Wall Street Journal. She has presented work nationally and internationally including Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, Australia); Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland); National Review of Live Art (Glasgow, Scotland); The Getty Center (Los Angeles); Crystal Bridges (Bentonville, AR); Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver, CO); Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Scottsdale, AZ); and Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, AZ) to name a few. She is Associate Professor in the School of Art within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.  Ellsworth is represented by Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona.

Instructors: Neda Yousefi Movahed and Matthew Nock


Interactive Session

Neda is devoted to learning and practicing a multiplicity of methods for personal growth and collective evolution. She is collaborating with Matt Nock to develop a toolkit of experiential activities for cultural transformation. Engaged with the local community, she sits on the board of Arizona Interfaith Power & Light, an organization devoted to spiritual activism for socio-environmental transformation. She is also active in the university, helping facilitate weekly contemplative practices through the Mindfulness Community at ASU.


Matt is fascinated by life’s many paradoxes. This spring he is inspired by how our intersubjective experiences are simultaneously shared and our own. He works with Neda Movahed to explore how we can come to know and be our most authentic selves amidst a vast and interconnected web of life. Matt is also passionate about teaching and learning about different ways of knowing and being. He integrates contemplative practices into his pedagogy, and is an active member of the Mindfulness Community at ASU.


Instructor: Susan West

Picture of Susan West, owner of M2 who will be bringing her mobile studio to the InterActive Conference

Mobile Studio

Susan is Owner and General Manager of M2, a workplace wellness solution that brings experienced teachers and a mobile studio on site to educate and inspire employees to train their brains and improve their health, creativity and productivity, while building workplace relationships. M2 makes it convenient and efficient to improve performance and enhance culture.

Susan launched M2 to make mindfulness training more accessible and relevant to busy professionals and integrate practice into workplace culture for the long-term. She leverages her 25-year business career leading integrated marketing teams, products and budgets; her experience includes Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, Director at Parchment, Assistant Dean at Arizona State University and business owner.

Susan received her B.A. degree from University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. She speaks fluent Spanish and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Chile.

Performer: Tiara Cash

Tiara Cash is a long-time performer of the arts and began singing professionally when she was just 10 years old. Her first big gigs came in the form of the Classical Operas Carmen and Turandot, and performing at a number of venues with Memphis-renowned “Children’s Choir” lead by Susan VanDyke. As she matured, she began using her talents in acting to compete in paid summer programs and improv troupes. Connecting her childhood talents to her personal practice and perspective in mindfulness, Tiara is now interested in intertwining performing arts and mindful practice to invoke the senses and allow for a deeper connection to the inner you.

 Professionally, Tiara comes to the Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience as an alumni of Arizona State University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University in Exercise and Wellness and a Master’s degree from Western Illinois University in Kinesiology. With a background in wellness management and exercise and sport psychology, her vision with Center is to engage ASU and the surrounding community in life-long learning and personal development with an emphasis on mindful practices and a true focus on connection through compassion. Tiara’s research areas concentrate on the phenomena of transitions and creating resiliency in life by recognizing the inner strengths that we each possess, especially within the student-athlete population. This summer, she will be representing Center and ASU at the International Conference on Mindfulness presenting her work on Student-athlete retirement and making a case for mindfulness through that transition.

“In this moment, there is plenty of time. In this moment, you are precisely as you should be. In this moment, there is infinite possibility.” - Victoria Moran



Mindfulness Summit and InterActive Dialogue

The Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience at Arizona State University serves as a convening vehicle for students, faculty, staff and community members to learn about interdisciplinary mindfulness initiatives. Center connects global researchers, scholars, teachers, practitioners, learners and the community around the concepts of well-being through mindfulness, compassion, resilience. On April 23 and 24th, Center hosts its first annual conference with thought leaders and speakers to teach and connect the community in mindfulness and resilience practices and principles, engaging all to a lead a richer quality of life and well-being. We invite you to join us.

Monday, April 23, 2018

9:00-   9:45

Registration, check-in and breakfast

9:45- 10:00

“Dare You to Move” by Switchfoot (sung by Tiara Cash, movement by Miquella Young)


Greeting and Overview (Nika Gueci and Center team)


Welcome Address (Dr. Teri Pipe)


Break – Pick up boxed lunch but please wait to eat

11:00- 1:00

“Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: Eat Mindfully to Live Vibrantly” (Dr. Michelle May)

In our abundant food environment, people crave a positive, rational approach to eating, physical activity, and self-care. This highly interactive session will deconstruct the Mindful Eating Cycle and explore the drivers of each decision point. You'll learn a powerful and universal approach to the complex issues contributing to our eating behaviors. We’ll sample six strategies that promote the mindful enjoyment of food and movement. Participants will deepen their new skills during a facilitated mindful eating experience.

1:00- 1:30

Contemplative Walk with Director and Co-Founder of the Museum of Walking (Angela Ellsworth)

1:30- 3:15

Keynote Address: “Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience in the Workplace” (Dr. Barry Kerzin)

Most - if not all of us - have some anger, jealousy, pride, self-doubt, and “monkey mind.” These can be reduced through resilience and healthy self-confidence. Moving beyond empathy to compassion we can develop more contentment and meaning in our lives, thus reducing the fuel for burnout. Resilience is further enhanced through practicing mindfulness and meditation. Small discussion groups will explore these topics further.

3:15- 3:30

Break and snacks

3:30- 3:45

“Breathe in and stretch, Breathe out the stress” (Jitesh Vaswani)

Join Jitesh Vaswani for a power relaxation session as he guides us into the joys of stretching, Yoga and breath work. Using these simple techniques, one can create a strong foundation of stress free living possible in everyday life.

3:45- 4:30

“Experiencing Our Edges” (Neda Yousefi Movahed and Matthew Nock)

This interactive session will allow us to practice vulnerability. We will use two experiential tools that help us find and navigate through our comfort zones in a supportive environment. Being compassionate requires that we develop the capacities of openness and discernment as we explore our edges. The first tool, Risk Tickets, is an activity where the whole group interacts to discover which risks each of us would be willing and unwilling to take. The second tool, Listening as Talking, allows us to practice compassion in pairs by using a unique process of perspective-taking through storytelling. The session will conclude with a moment for reflection. Participants will have an opportunity to retain the risk ticket if they feel inspired to continue exploring the edge of their comfort zones beyond the session.

4:30- 5:00

 Tai Chi: Align the Body, Breathe Deep, Clear the Mind” (Miquella Young)

An introduction to Yang Style Tai Chi, a moving meditation. Learn the three foundational principles, how to access the qigong state, and a few easy movement patterns: Harmonize Yin and Yang, Cut the Path to Clarity, and Watch the Clouds Pass. Listen to the rhythm of universal vibration and enjoy a natural ambiance as we explore our connection to Qi energy through this timeless art form.

5:00- 5:30

Day’s Closing Thoughts (Dr. Teri Pipe) and Meditation (Dr. Barry Kerzin)



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

9:00- 9:30


“Altruism in Medicine” (Dr. Barry Kerzin)

Overwork, stress, depression, burnout, and even suicide in the 21st century come with the healthcare professional territory. We are all vulnerable. What can we do to protect ourselves? Altruism is the key to happiness for others but also for oneself. Current research and practice will be discussed. Small discussion groups will explore these topics further.


“Peak Performance and Resilience:  Using Nutrition to Help You Reach your Goals” (Danna Pratte)

We can gain resilience through self-compassion. One way to practice self-compassion is through nourishing our bodies. A panel of students will share their stories of strength and resilience in achieving their goals.

12:00-12:15“Mindful Eating” student video (A joint project with Obesity Solutions)
12:15- 1:30Lunch and option for Rei Ki and/or tour of M2 Mobile Mindfulness studio
12:00- 1:30

Free Reiki Treatments (Aliria Rascon)

Come try out a free Reiki treatment! Reiki is an ancient Japanese technique focused on flow of life force energy using therapeutic touch. While Reiki has a spiritual healing context, this is not considered religious in nature but can be defined when breaking down the terms: “Rei,” meaning higher intelligence and subtle wisdom and “Ki” as the energy that animates all living things. Reiki treatment appointments and walk-ins will be accepted and will last approximately 10 minutes where the client may be in any position of comfort. Treatments are safe, simple, and do not require actual physical contact if the recipient prefers not to be touched. Many report that treatments cause a sense of radiance, peace, flow and a reduction in stress.

12:00- 1:30

M2 Mobile Mindfulness studio (Susan West)

Mindful meditation sessions in the mobile studio: M2 is Arizona’s first mobile mindfulness studio, and one of the first of its kind in the country. M2 brings experienced mindfulness teachers and our mobile studio on site to educate and inspire employees to “train their brains” and improve their health, creativity and productivity, while building workplace relationships. 

            We will be parked on Central and Fillmore. Look for the big, blue truck!

Mindful meditation can be approached in different ways. Please join us in M2’s mobile studio for one or all of a series of sitting practices that help us bring our attention to the present:
12:20pm- 12:35pm      Body Scan
12:45pm- 1:00pm        Awareness of Sound
1:10pm- 1:25pm         Awareness of Thoughts
Between sessions we invite you to tour the studio and enjoy some quiet time.
1:30-3:30Meditation Workshop (Dr. Barry Kerzin)
3:30- 3:45Break/snacks
3:45- 4:15

“A Veteran's Perspective on Mindfulness” (Nick Patterson)

When the tour of duty is finished and it is time to hang up the uniform, military service members enter a world they are often untrained and unprepared for. Listen to one veteran share his experience both in and out of the Military and how mindfulness helped him excel whether out on training for the Military or in his studies at ASU.
4:15 - 4:45

“Mindful Justice: Preparing Mindful Attorneys” (Dr. Jeremiah Chin)

In this session, we discuss how mindfulness is used in a class preparing students for the LSAT exam and beyond.  Mindfulness is more than stress reduction and preparation for high stakes testing, but part of a social justice-oriented framework preparing students, particularly students from historically marginalized groups, for the law school environment, lawyering, and contemplating what it means to have a mindful social justice praxis.
4:45 - 5:15Conference Closing Thoughts (Dr. Teri Pipe and Dr. Barry Kerzin)
5:15 - 5:20“A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke (sung by Tiara Cash)


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