Tara Brach is a leading western teacher of Buddhist meditation, emotional healing and spiritual awakening. She has practiced and taught meditation for over 35 years, with an emphasis on vipassana (mindfulness or insight) meditation. Tara is the senior teacher and founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. A clinical psychologist, Tara is the author of Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha and True Refuge: Finding Peace & Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart(Bantam, 2013). Learn more about Tara here.
Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and a best-selling author. Her most recent book, Obsessed: America’s Food Obsession – And My Own, launches us into a no-holds-barred conversation with family and friends, in schools and kitchens, in Congress and the food industry, to help us all find ways to tackle one of the biggest problems standing between us and a healthier America. Her memoir All Things At Once became a “New York Times” best seller in January 2010 and her second book, Knowing Your Value, which examines the role of women in the workplace, reached #1 on the “New York Times” best sellers list for business books in spring 2011. Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the “CBS Evening News Weekend Edition” and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to “CBS Sunday Morning” and “60 Minutes.” Learn more about Mika here.
Chris Crowley is a motivational speaker and the NY Times bestselling co-author of the Younger Next Year Books, which have been called ‘The Boomers’ Bible’ and ‘The Best Thing Ever Written’ about fitness and wellness for the Baby Boom generation. Chris was born in Salem, Massachusetts in 1934 and is a graduate of Exeter (1953), Harvard College (1957) and The University of Virginia Law School (1965). Chris considers himself that comparative rarity: a happy lawyer but retired in 1991 because he ‘wanted to live more than one life.’ Chris and his wife Hilary experienced a life-changing event in 1996 when Hilary broke her neck in a fall. She was a quadriplegic for a time and is ‘one in a thousand’ to walk after an accident this serious. Her recovery is the central miracle in their lives. Chris is hard at work on the next book in the series Thinner Next Year and spends a great deal of time traveling the country lecturing on the “Revolution in Aging.” Learn more about Chris here.
Charles DeSantis serves as Associate Vice President for benefits and payroll and Chief Benefits Officer for Georgetown University. DeSantis is also responsible for the implementation and success of GUWellness: Mind, Body, Soul, the University’s non-traditional, broad-based wellness program for faculty and staff. DeSantis developed an arts education program for university-bound high school age AIDS orphans in the heart of the Kibera Slum, the largest slum in the continent of Africa on the edge of Nairobi, Kenya. In 2010, he published his first book, Smart, Beautiful and Important, which documents his experiences with the amazing young art students throughout the first three years of the program. Learn more about Charles here.
Doro Bush Koch is a founding partner in BB&R Wellness Consulting. As part of the company’s mission to help people live physically and spiritually healthier lives, Doro has been teaching workshops about introduction to mindfulness and the importance of breathing. In this culture of doing, that has lost touch with living fully in the present moment, the discussion Doro offers is that of experiencing and reflecting on the impact of simple breath techniques and meditation for health purposes and to enhance our daily lives. She produced a meditation CD, “Take This Moment to Breathe.” Learn more about Doro here.
Patricia Reilly Koch is the lead seminar presenter at BB&R Wellness Consulting and a founding partner of BB&R. She is a Board Certified Holistic Health Counselor and nutrition expert who has studied alternative approaches to health and wellness for more than 25 years. Tricia’s passion is teaching how to develop a deeper understanding of healthy foods and lifestyle choices so people can find their own individual path to greater energy and vibrant health. Learn more about Patricia here.
Former Congressman Joe Scarborough is the host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, the show Time Magazine calls “revolutionary” and The New York Times ranked as the top news program of 2008. In April 2011, Scarborough was named to the prestigious “Time 100” list of the world’s most influential people. In describing why he was selected, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “Joe speaks from his mind without fear of favor, before he puts his country before his party…That independence makes Joe Scarborough such a valuable voice in American politics. And it’s what makes Morning Joe such a successful show.” Learn more about Joe here.
Dr. Chris Shaw Dr. Christopher A. Shaw is a neuroscientist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. He holds a Ph.D from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and he is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed papers and 5 books. He has served on numerous research panels and is currently a member of the Research Committee of ALS Canada and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Neurological Heath Charities Canada/Public Health Agency of Canada. His research has focused on the causes and early stages of various neurological disorders, including ALS, Parkinson’s, and autism. A key element in past and ongoing studies involves the role of environmental neurotoxins and their interactions with genetic susceptibility factors. His most recent work has examined the potential of aluminum adjuvants to induce behavioural changes and nervous system pathologies in animal models of ALS and autism. Learn more about Chris here.
Thomas G. Sherman, PhD, is the Associate Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology at Georgetown University. Dr. Sherman’s interests and teachings have focused on issues of the endocrinology and biochemistry of metabolism, on issues of nutrition and food as medicine, and on the control of body weight, exercise, and appetite. He is currently teaching courses at Georgetown University including: Human Nutrition & Health, Advanced Topics in Nutrition and Human Nutrition & Obesity. He joined the faculty in the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism at Georgetown University Medical Center in 1996. He is now in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology, and is the Director of the Biomedical Sciences PhD Program, Associate Director of the Special Masters in Physiology Program, and Chair of the Medical Center Graduate Advisory Committee. Learn more about Dr. Sherman here.
Linda F. Powers is a co-founder and Managing Director of Toucan Capital, and CEO of Northwest Biotherapeutics based in Bethesda, MD. Ms. Powers has become a recognized leader in the stem cell industry nationwide in the U.S, as well as in Europe, India and Israel. She served as the Chair of Maryland’s Stem Cell Commission for the first two years after it was established, and has continued to serve as a Commissioner since then. Ms. Powers holds a B.A. from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School/Economics), magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Learn more about Linda here.
Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Tracy Freeman has developed a patient-centered practice that incorporates the best of traditional and complementary and alternative medicine, (CAM). It is with a caring disposition that she listens to her patient’s concerns and uses that as a guidepost to choosing appropriate testing and treatment. As a Board Certified Internist, Dr. Freeman is able to incorporate conventional medical approaches with natural therapies to create an effective treatment plan that facilitates her patients’ healing journey. Dr. Freeman’s desire to help children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families, coupled with her belief that parents and future parents are the true guiding force of their child’s health, have led her to develop a practice that empowers parents in their own well-being and that of their children. Learn more about Tracy here.