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Search Inside Yourself Trainer Bios

Meg and Laura will be the trainers on June 7 and June 14.
Marc and Laura will be the trainers on June 28.
Philippe and Laura will be the trainers on June 21.


Marc Lesser is the CEO, founder and serves on the board of SIYLI. Marc is a long term Zen student and teacher. He is the author of "Know Yourself, Forget Yourself," "Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less," and "Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration; How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life," published by New World Library.

He was the founder and former CEO of Brush Dance, a publisher of greeting cards, calendars and gift items, with spiritual themes and artwork. He spent 15 years taking Brush Dance from an idea in his garage to a multi-million dollar publishing company, with distribution throughout the U.S. and the world.

He facilitates retreats for CEO’s, business leaders, and management teams. Has been co-leading Company Time retreats for business leaders for the past 10 years. He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years and was former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He received his M.B.A. degree from New York University and his Undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University. He is currently a board member of the Social Venture Network.


After many years of residential and monastic practice at the San Francisco Zen Center, Meg Levie felt called to find ways to make awareness practices more accessible to the wider world. Since 2008 she has taught classes and retreats on integrating mindfulness into work and life at Genentech, Twitter, and other organizations.

As a professionally certified coach, she has worked with entrepreneurs, CEOs, and founders of nonprofits, as well as executive-level leaders from Zynga and Google. She loves working with leaders who have a strong desire to develop greater self-awareness and help create workplaces that support true human development.

She graduated from Stanford University with honors, then completed a master’s degree in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin before leaving a doctoral program there to follow her heart’s calling of studying Zen.


Dr. Philippe Goldin, is founder and board member of SIYLI, and serves in the role of researcher and advisor on the science of mindfulness and emotional intelligence. He completed his Ph.D. in Psychology at Rutgers University and completed his Clinical Psychology Internship at the UC San Diego/ San Diego VA consortium. He is currently a research scientist in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University.

His clinical research focuses on: a) functional neuroimaging investigations of cognitive affective mechanisms in both healthy adults and in individuals with various forms of psychopathology; b) the effect of mindfulness meditation and cognitive behavioral therapy on neural substrates of emotional reactivity, emotion regulation, and attention regulation, and; c) the effect of child-parent mindfulness meditation training on anxiety, compassion, and quality of family interactions.


Dr. Laura Delizonna specializes in the fundamental skills that enable people to build extraordinary lives. She is an instructor at Stanford University where her courses in Emotional Intelligence, Social Intelligence, and Happiness are the three most popular courses in the Continuing Studies Department. She is an author of three positive psychology handbooks and a forthcoming book entitled, “Shift: Self-Coaching for Happiness.”

Her passion is developing and delivering programs that equip people with the tools to thrive in their professional and personal lives. She consults with business leaders, conducts trainings and workshops in organizations, and coaches individuals. In her consulting and research work she has found that mindfulness is the core mechanism underlying excellent performance and well-being. She has developed several practices that help increase mindfulness and enjoys sharing insights from her own practice.

She has been a staff psychologist and a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford School of Medicine. Laura received a PhD from Boston University. She serves on the advisory boards of Project Happiness and American Happiness Association. Laura loves to dance, ski, travel and laugh with abandon.