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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.

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


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Barry Kerzin

Barry Kerzin, 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







Dr. Teri Pipe is dean of the College of Nursing & Health Innovation at Arizona State University (ASU).  She joined ASU in 2011.  In 2016 Dr. Pipe was appointed Chief Well-Being Officer for Arizona State University and leads ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience.  Before coming to ASU, Dr. Pipe served as director of Nursing Research and Innovation at Mayo Clinic Arizona.  In 2014 she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellow.

She is an expert on nursing leadership, interprofessionalism and mindfulness, which is an approach that helps people increase their well-being and performance by being fully present, focused and aware.  Her research interests include resilience in professional and clinical populations, health promotion and wellness, positive coping and stress management, oncology, and gerontology.

Dr. Pipe earned her PhD in Health Policy and Administration with a minor in gerontology from Pennsylvania State University.  Since joining ASU she has received numerous prestigious awards and recognitions.  Nationally, she was invited to be a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Futures Task Force.  She serves on the Mayo Clinic Care Network Chief Nursing Officer Consortium, on the Sigma Theta Tau Advisory Council on Excellence in Nursing Education, on the Arizona Health Improvement Plan Steering Committee and is a former director of the Board of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital,.  She has been awarded the Beta Upsilon Chapter Sigma Theta Tau Leadership Award and was honored as a Phoenix Business Journal Health Care Hero in 2014. 

Speaker: Michele May



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.

Instructor: Jitesh Vaswani

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 unversities 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


 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.