POSTPONED: Mindfulness Leadership Certificate Course

Flyer for Mindfulness Leadership Certificate


If you are an ASU, UofA, or NAU undergraduate or gradute student and would like to apply for a scholarship to recieve a reduction in price, please click the link below. Proof of current classes will also need to be submitted:

(The deadline to apply is Wednesday April 8th, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Students will be notified if they have won no later than Monday, April 13th, 2020.)

"The course helped me see how I can be a leader with every action that I take. I can lead by example by showing kindness and respect to others, even in small actions like holding a door open for someone. Hopefully my example will inspire others to ‘pay it forward.’ Being mindful will help me to stay in the moment and not be in such a rush that I am unkind or thoughtless towards anyone." - Mindfulness Leadership Participant 

The ​Center ​for ​Mindfulness, ​Compassion ​and ​Resilience ​at ​Arizona ​State ​University ​unveils ​the ​power ​of ​mindful ​living ​to ​advance ​our ​well-being ​and ​engagement ​through ​learning ​and ​connecting ​with ​the ​larger ​community. ​This ​training ​aims ​to ​bring ​the ​larger ​community ​together ​in ​an ​educational ​setting ​to ​have ​open ​space ​for ​healthfulness, ​personal ​balance ​and ​resiliency ​conversations ​among ​students, ​employees, ​and ​the ​community ​by ​participating ​in ​full-day ​Professional ​Development ​Certificate ​workshop. ​To become a leader in mindfulness, development and maintenance of a personal practice is essential. During this workshop we will discuss the mingling of mindfulness and leadership, but more importantly you will practice some of the 8 ways to begin your own mindfulness regimen as laid out by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Body Scan, Sitting Meditation, Yoga, 1-minute breathing (stress), dealing with emotional & physical discomfort, mindful communication, lovingkindness meditation, developing a practice of your own) so that you may in turn lead others in the skills of mindfulness. Participants ​will ​learn ​how ​to ​incorporate ​mindfulness ​into ​their ​own ​lives ​as ​well ​as ​lead ​mindfulness ​efforts ​in ​their ​department, ​organization ​or ​family. ​

Taught by Center staff:

Dr. Nika Gueci

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.

Dr. Gueci holds a doctorate of education (EdD) from ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College Educational Leadership and Innovation program (an internationally award-winning program through the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate). Her action research dissertation examined peer-to-peer training innovations to support students in recovery. Her master’s degree is in Communication with an emphasis on religious identity from New Mexico State University. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in Russian from Columbia University in the City of New York. She is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance.

Tiara Cash, Program Manager


Tiara Cash, Program Manager, comes to Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience as an alumnus of Arizona State University. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Wellness from ASU and a Master’s degree from Western Illinois University in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sports Psychology. Her practice of mindfulness spans the last 19 years of her life, and as a practitioner she has worked in various higher education 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 equity/social justice, and creating art with a foundation of mindful practice. In 2018 and 2019 she traveled internationally to present on her research involving mindfulness and overlooked populations. Her career focuses include delving into the intersections of mindfulness in marginalized and unrepresented populations, resilience training for life transitions, and mindful performance art.

In her current role with Center, she works to create innovative programming through workshops, trainings, presentations and events. Her vision is to engage ASU and the surrounding community in life-long learning and personal development with an emphasis on mindful practices and connection through compassion.

“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 M

Hanna Layton, Management Intern


 Hanna Layton is finishing her 4+1 program for ASU's Masters of Sustainable Solutions . Hanna is 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. Hanna is particularly interested in focusing on the intersection of mindfulness and sustainability. Through this avenue she educates others on how to practice resilience and deepen their subjective sense of well-being individually and as a community.

 Hanna is employed by ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience as the Management Intern. 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 Center to spread mindfulness through planning events, writing curriculum for online programs, and leading practices that students can apply to their daily lives.  She has also spearheaded Centers sustainability initiative, working to ensure that the programming and events incorporate care for environmental resilience. 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.

Jackie Speer, Administrative Associate

Jackie Speer is the Administrative Associate for ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, and Resilience. Her background is in administration and public service. She gained her experience while working for the Police Department as a 911 Dispatcher and in Administration working for both the private and public sectors. She naturally incorporated mindfulness and compassion into her working life when she was a 911 dispatcher.

In her current role with Center, she supports all logistics for events and day to day office operations, project and event coordination, and budget tracking. Jackie focuses on bringing compassion to those she serves by creating, planning and presenting dynamic, innovative workshops, trainings, and events that serve ASU’s student, staff, faculty and the broader community population. She is passionate about creating a “culture of compassion” and teaching self-compassion skills to others. She completed the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction training, an evidence-based program that offers secular, intensive mindfulness training to increase one’s ability to cope with stress, pain and how to be fully present and alive in this moment. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Agency Administration from Northern Arizona University.

April 30th, 2020 (9:00am - 4:00pm)
8:30 am - Registration
Well Devil Suite
SDFC - Tempe: 400 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85287