2nd Annual Conference

Water and Stone: The Power of Mindfulness for Social Change

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” ― Lao Tzu

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Water and Stone: The Power of Mindfulness for Social Change
Thursday, February 28, and Friday, March 1, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

A.E. England Building 
424 N. Central Ave. 
Phoenix, AZ 85004

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Join friends from ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience for a non-traditional, two-day active conference featuring keynote presentations by Dr. Kamilah Majied, a mental health clinician, international consultant, practicing Buddhist and Professor of Clinical Social Work at Howard University and Rhonda V. Magee, a professor at the University of San Francisco and a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers, law students and for minimizing social-identity-based bias.

Early Bird Registration Fees (until Jan 2, 2019)
One day: $169

Both days: $299

Location: AE England Building (by Civic Space Park) Downtown Phoenix

Note: the 2-day conference is meant to act as one cohesive whole, with one day flowing into the next. We invite you to attend both days, but have provided the option for one day.

*Registration will close at 200 participants 

Student Scholarship

The Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience and partners will be awarding select scholarships to undergraduate and graduate student (from any Arizona state college/university) who would like to attend our Second Annual Conference - Water and Stone: the Power of Mindfulness for Social Change from February 28th - March 1st. Scholarship winners will receive a payment waiver for attendance. Limited scholarships available!

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kamilah Majied

Dr. Kamilah Majied, keynote speaker

Dr. Kamilah Majied has been a practicing Buddhist for over 35 years. She has practiced and taught Buddhism and mindfulness practice from several theological and practical perspectives including mindfulness based stress reduction, mindfulness based bias reduction, mindfulness based cognitive therapy, mindfulness and social justice, Buddhism and mental health, mindfulness practices as a path towards preserving the environment and contemplative practices in education.

Dr. Majied has studied, practiced and taught various contemplative traditions domestically and internationally. She has had the opportunity to learn from renowned teachers such as Daisaku Ikeda, Pema Chodron, Bhante Buddharikkita and Reverend Angel Kyodo Williams. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work and is Co-Editor of a Special Issue on Peace, Reconciliation and Non-Violent Conflict Resolution.

Dr. Majied gave opening remarks at the first White House Conference of Buddhist Leaders on Climate Change and Racial Justice, where she also facilitated a dialogue on ending racism amongst the internationally represented Buddhist leadership. She is one of the original authors of the Buddhist People of Color Statement Calling for Racial Justice originally published in Lion’s Roar magazine. Dr. Majied serves as a facilitator for the North American Buddhist Alliance’s ongoing dialogues on Buddhism and social justice. Dr. Majied is a mental health clinician, an internationally engaged consultant on the use of contemplative practices and a tenured Professor of Clinical Social Work at Howard University.  

Keynote Speaker: Rhonda Magee, JD

Professor Rhonda V. Magee is a teacher of mindfulness-based stress reduction interventions for lawyers, law students, and for minimizing social-identity-based bias. A full-time faculty member at University of San Francisco since 1998, and a full professor since 2004, she has been named Dean’s Circle Research Scholar, served as co-director of the University’s Center for Teaching Excellence, and co-facilitator of the Ignatian Faculty Forum faculty development program. She teaches Torts; Race, Law and Policy; and courses in Contemplative and Mindful Law and Law Practice. She is a trained and highly practiced facilitator, with an emphasis on mindful communication, trained through programs at the University of Massachusetts’s School of Medicine’s Oasis Teacher Training Institute, and the Stanford Graduate School of Business Facilitator Training Program. In April 2015, she was named a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Teri Pipe

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

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.

Sponsoring Speaker: Danna Pratt

Photo of Danna Pratt, Sponsoring Speaker for the 2019 Conference

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. Nika Gueci

Photo of Dr. Nika Gueci, Executive Director of University Engagement at the Center for Mindfulness

Dr. Nika Gueci is the inaugural Executive Director for University Engagement at the Arizona State University Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience. Under her direction, Center advances an environment of well-being through the promotion of skills such as mindfulness and compassion to support lifelong resilience. Creating a culture where wellness is of vital importance to the development of human potential is her daily call to action. Here, she develops curricula for mindfulness leadership workshops, retreats, and Selective classes for Mayo Clinic medical students. She was invited to develop, write and present curricula as the content expert and talent manager for a 5-part Health and Wellness: Mind and Body online series, an institutional-priority initiative for marketing and distribution across national markets. She initiated teacher training by the founders of Koru Mindfulness for Emerging Adults and guided series of cohorts through scaling efforts of subsequent courses taught at ASU and the surrounding Phoenix community.

In her previous role, Dr. Gueci served as Associate Director of the ASU Health Services Executive Team. Her duties included directing ASU’s first Collegiate Recovery Program, Recovery Rising, and scaling an innovative, outcomes-driven model to advance a university culture consistent with the ASU Charter, one that is inclusive of students in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. She has served on multiple task forces and was invited to provide policy recommendations on collegiate recovery to the Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy.

Speaker: Tiara Cash

Photo of Tiara Cash, Program Manger for the Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, & Resilience - Performer & Speaker

Tiara Cash, Program Manager, comes to Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience as an alumni of Arizona State University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from in Exercise and Wellness from ASU and a Master’s degree from Western Illinois University in Kinesiology. Her practice of mindfulness spans the last 18 years of her life and she has been a practitioner of this work for the last five years in various settings including: athletics, campus recreation, and student success.

Tiara has been granted scholarships, grants, and awards for her work with mindfulness in the student-athlete population, mindfulness and equitability/social justice, and creating art with a foundation of mindful practice. Her career focuses include leadership and self-sustainability in university settings, delving into the intersections of mindfulness in marginalized and unrepresented populations, student-athlete retirement resilience training, and mindful performance art.

In her current role with Center, she works to create a culture of connection through innovative programming in workshops, trainings, and events. With a background in wellness management and exercise and sport psychology, her vision 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.

Speaker: Hanna Layton

Photo of Hanna Layton, Student at ASU and Student Outreach Coordinator at Center

Hanna Layton is currently studying at Arizona State University finishing her Bachelors of Science in Sustainability as well as beginning her 4+1 program for a Masters of Sustainable Solutions degree.  Hanna is a full-time student involved and in love with learning about how she can serve as an advocate for the natural world and all its resources, as well as ensuring the human and animal populations can proceed on with health and happiness. She is particularly interested in human well being, focusing on the intersection of mindfulness and sustainability. Through this avenue she hopes to educate others on how to practice resilience and deepen their subjective sense of wellbeing individually and as a community. 

Hanna is employed by ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience as the student outreach coordinator. In this role she serves to foster a more compassionate and connected student body at ASU. She acts as a liaison between student organizations and the Center to spread mindfulness through planning events and leading practices that students can apply to their daily lives. Her ultimate goal in this role is to  help students manage their daily stresses through healthy practices so that they can more easily achieve their academic goals.

Speaker: Caress Russell (Lady Caress)

Photo of Caress Russell, speaker for the second annual conference

For over 10 years, nationally recognized performance artist, Lady Caress has dedicated her life to the art of communication as both a poet and public speaker. Currently pursuing her MFA in Performance from ASU, she has designed and executed public speaking and performance workshops for Upward Bound, YMCA, and organizations designed to bring extra-curricular activities to at-risk youth. She served as Spoken Word Poetry Consultant for Iowa’s National Night Out and served as the 2015 Speech and Debate Fellow at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. With her unique set of comedy, music, beatboxing and theatrics, she has toured over 150 Colleges and Universities with her solo show and was awarded 2017 Campus Activities Spoken Word Artist of the Year. Seen on BET at the 365 Black Awards and Season 4 of Verses and Flow on TvOne, Lady Caress is truly a dynamic performer.


Panel Speaker: Yesenia Cortez

Picture of Yesenia Cortez, student at ASU and speaker for this year's conference.

Yesenia Cortez is currently a senior at Arizona State University finishing her Bachelor of Science in Community Health as well as her minor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences for Psychology. Yesenia is a full-time student that has been involved in Student Outreach Programs such as Student Orientation Leader in the summer and TRIO which is where she is currently working at as a tutor. She is interested in bringing equity to her community in the terms of health and education.

Yesenia is an intern at Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience. In this role she does research involving equity, mindfulness, and minority communities/populations. She hopes to find a way to bring mindfulness into the Hispanic community as she knows it might be something that needs to be talked about and applied to improve well-being. She has noticed that people are moving too fast and that stress levels are very high, so she hopes to bridge the gap between the Latinx community and offer an alternative with mindfulness as a means to help reduce high stress levels and anxiety and instead, increase self-compassion and awareness.

Panel Speaker: Cheryl Bile

Photo of Cheryl Blie, BS, MA (Diné) Treatment & Recovery Enhancement and Expansion (TREE) Project Director

Cheryl is Diné/Navajo and she is from the Navajo Nation, originally from Pinon, AZ. She is of the Coyote Pass Clan, born for the Big Water clan, and her maternal & paternal grandparents are of the Bitter Water clan.  She brings over 14 years of grants & contracts management. She has experience in the development of training & consulting, grants & contracts management in behavioral and mental health. Cheryl is passionate about servicing Native people is humbled to apart of a project that brings awareness to behavioral and mental health. She has devoted her career to working with Native American agencies and programs. Cheryl received her Bachelor’s Degree in American Political Studies from Washington State University and Northern Arizona University. Cheryl has worked in suicide prevention for fourteen years, she started out as a QPR trainer with a consulting firm. In this firm she monitored ‘after-school programs’ and contracted with the Bureau of Indian Education for six years, upon leaving she was the youngest person in the firm to make partner. Working with federally funded schools enabled Cheryl to continue her work in higher education, specifically in grants & contracts management. She began working at Arizona State University Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. While at ASU, she began her graduate studies. Cheryl graduated Summa Cum Laude from ASU Criminal Justice department with a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She went on to work with the Indian Health Service in development of training for staff development, behavioral health, clinical staff and clinical management and then transitioned to management in Community Development and Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) grants management. Cheryl’s first language is Navajo and she strives to incorporate cultural and traditional teachings and values into the education and outreach of behavioral and mental health awareness. Cheryl recognizes the need for this form of instruction and has developed culturally sensitive training that addresses delivering the Navajo teachings of ‘empowering and honoring life’ in this way. Cheryl is currently the TREE Project Director at Native American Connections Outpatient Treatment Center where she continues her passion in working in behavioral and mental health.    

Panel Speaker: Dr. Christine Buzinde

Photo of Dr. Christine Buzinde, panel speaker for this year's conference

Dr. Buzinde’s expertise centers on understanding the various ways in which indigenous and marginalized communities participate in sustainable tourism development to facilitate community well-being. She has extensive experience facilitating sustainable tourism and community development workshops for indigenous and marginalized communities. Dr. Buzinde is also the academic director for the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI), a State Department program, at ASU, that focuses on cultivating ASEAN youth as emerging leaders who can facilitate change by participating in community development in their nations. She facilitates YSEALI workshops on mindfulness and leadership in the US and in Southeast Asia. 


Panel Speaker: Sam Javelosa

Photo of Sam Javelosa, panel speaker for this year's conference

Sam Javelosa is a mindfulness practitioner, professional trainer and business leader focused on optimizing individual, leader and team performance and wellbeing through mindfulness and emotional intelligence. As a business leader, Sam has successfully coached individuals and leaders to achieve focus, build resilience, manage stress, and increase their ability to transform their lives and others.

Sam has led Search inside Yourself, Emotional Intelligence, and other leadership programs to engineers, lawyers, executives, business leaders and professionals in the U.S., India and Germany. Sam brings insight and practices from decades of inner work on Eastern and Western wisdom traditions. He has over 30 years in senior roles in organizations including UTC Aerospace Systems, Abbott Laboratories, U.S. Peace Corps and working for justice and peace. Sam is also a certified teacher in Inclusion/Diversity and Action Learning. Sam has a Masters in Management from the Asian Institute of Management. Sam is Managing Director, Neuro Transformation Institute.


Practitioner: Miquella Young

Picture of Miquella Young, student at ASU and Tai Chi practitioner for this year's conference.

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. Miquella, who is also one of Center’s Volunteers, graduates in December with her B.S. in Integrative Health and a minor in dance. 

Practitioner: Sarah Murray

A photo of Sarah Murray, ASU student and yoga practitioner

Sarah Murray is an undergraduate Biomedical Sciences student at ASU with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Her undergraduate thesis focuses on menstrual taboo and perceptions of conventional and alternative menstrual products. She has taught hatha and vinyasa yoga for two years, incorporating body positivity and inclusivity into her practice. Sarah combines her role as a yoga instructor with her work for ASU's Sexual Violence Prevention department through partner yoga workshops that focus on communication and consent.


Water and Stone: The Power of Mindfulness for Social Change

Water – a seemly gentle force on its own. But, when coupled with other components of time and atmosphere, water has the ability to change even the toughest and most rigid substances (Stone). Like water, we must be diligent and tenacious yet gentle and mindful in our movements for change. When situations present as hard and unwavering, we must remember our elemental being, flowing gently through the staggered stones that seem to be unyielding, knowing the power behind our words and actions to create the most pivotal changes that though at times unseen can make the most impact.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

9:00 - 9:30 am


9:30 - 10:00 am

Breakfast and Optional Partner Yoga

10:00 - 10:40 am

 Welcome Address

10:40 - 11:00 am 

 Mindfulness Listening Practice

11:00 - 11:10 am


11:10 - 11:55 am

Breakout Session

12:00 - 12:10 pm

Recognition of Presenting Sponsor: Danna Pratt (by: Keynote Speaker)

12:10 -1:00 pm


1:00 - 1:05 pm

Mindful Art (by: Tiara Cash)

1:05 - 3:00 pm

Keynote (by: Dr. Kamilah Majied)

3:00 - 3:10 pm


3:10 - 4:00 pm

Breakout Session

4:00 - 4:45 pm

Closing & Debrief


Friday, March 1, 2019

9:00 - 9:30 am           

Breakfast and Optional Mindful Movement

9:30 - 9:45 am

Mindful Art (by: Thomas Stanton)

9:45 - 10:00 am

Exploring our Edges through Debrief

10:00 - 11:00 am

Mindful Activity

11:00 - 11:10 am


11:10 - 12:00 pm

Breakout Session

12:10 - 1:00 pm     


1:00 - 3:00 pm

Keynote (by: Rhonda Magee, JD)

3:00 - 3:10 pm


3:10 - 4:00 pm

Breakout Session

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Closing Address



If you are interested in sponsoring the conference, please visit https://asufoundation.org/centerconference

For more information, please contact kati.martinez@asu.edu or view the flyer below:

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Conference Sponsors

Silver Level

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Bronze Level

College of Integrative Sciences and Arts

College of Nursing and Health Solutions