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Mindfulness Workshop



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Speaker: Dr Joel and Michelle Levey

"Jedi Warrior Training for US Special Forces: A Workshop offering Mindfulness-Informed Insights for Leaders Seeking to Thrive in VUCA Times"


What extra-ordinary human resources and capabilities would be required for people in a position to potentially start or stop the next world war? If you were to train leaders intensively full-time for six months to develop the strengths and qualities needed to make the wisest decisions under pressure, what would you teach them?

This special workshop with Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey, founders of Wisdom at Work, will offer an inspiring glimpse of the once secret Jedi Warrior Training Program for the U.S. Army Special Forces. Also known as “The Ultimate Warrior Training Program,” Jedi Warrior was the most intensive mindful-leadership and resilience-training program to be offered in modern times. The program review team at West Point Military Academy described Jedi Warrior as, “The most exquisite orchestration of human technology that we have ever seen.”

This seminar will explore the profound relevance of leaders and organizations investing in developing the capacity of people to wisely and resiliently meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities of today’s “VUCA time”: A time of ever increasing Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity.  The workshop will offer inspiration and guidance for educators and leaders who are seeking to develop the extra-ordinary capacities and rare human resources necessary to truly thrive, and effectively help others realize their highest potentials while fulfilling their missions in an increasingly VUCA world.

Our presenters, the Leveys, were the lead designers and faculty for this historic program and will share data and insights regarding the profoundly practical relevance of such extra-ordinary human development.

About the speakers

Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey are founders of Wisdom at Work, and faculty for the University of Minnesota Medical School.  With nearly 50 years of experience, they were early pioneers in introducing mindfulness, resilience, contemplative science, and collective wisdom into mainstream organizations. Their seminal work has inspired hundreds of leading organizations around the globe including: NASA, Google, World Bank, Intel, British Parliament, NHS, Nuffield Trust, KPMG, U.S. Army Special Forces, Stanford Research Institute International, Clinton Global Initiative, U.S. Surgeon Generals Office, MIT, and the World Government Summit.

The Leveys served as Chairpersons for the Center for Corporate Culture & Organizational Health at the Institute for Health & Productivity Management, and as faculty for The World Business Academy, Indian Institute of Management, and Mahidol University (Thailand). Nobel Laureate the Dalai Lama, an advisor and supporter on a number of the Leveys’ projects, encouraged them in their work saying in a letter to them: “You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the inner sciences and technologies of human development and transformation to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with these teachings.”

The Leveys’ co-authored works are available in 14 languages and include: Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World; Mindfulness, Meditation, and Mind Fitness; Wisdom at Work; Focus!; The New Bottom Line; Community Building in Business; Learning Organizations; and Intuition at Work.

To learn more about the Leveys’ work, please visit the Wisdom at Work website.

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2.30pm - 5.30pmTuesday 23rd October 2018

Convocation Suite Centenary Building City, University of London Spencer Street London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom