• May 3, 2018
  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 05/03/2018 7:00 pm 05/03/2018 9:00 pm America/Los_Angeles How We Work How We Work, A Conversation with Leah Weiss and Richard Buggs California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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In today's workplace, the traditional boundaries between "work" and "personal" are neither realistic nor relevant. From millennials seeking employment in the sharing economy, to Gen Xers telecommuting, to Baby Boomers creating a meaningful second act, the line that separates who we are from the work we do is blurrier than ever.

The truth is, we don't show up for our jobs as a portion of ourselves—by necessity, we bring both our hearts and our minds to everything we do. In How We Work, mindfulness expert Leah Weiss explains why this false dichotomy can be destructive to both our mental health and our professional success.

The path to productivity and success, says Dr. Weiss, is not to change jobs, to compartmentalize our feelings, or to create a false "professional" identity, but rather to listen to the wisdom our feelings offer. Using mindfulness techniques, we can learn how to attend to difficult feelings without becoming subsumed by them. We can develop an awareness of our bigger picture goals that orients us and allows us to see purpose in even the most menial tasks.

Join CIIS Dean of Alumni Richard Buggs for a conversation with Dr. Weiss exploring practical, evidence-based strategies for practicing mindfulness in the real world and learn how to use ancient wisdom traditions to sharpen your abilities, enhance your leadership and interpersonal skills, and improve your satisfaction.

Leah Weiss, PhD is a researcher, professor, consultant, and author. She is principal teacher and founding faculty for Stanford's Compassion Cultivation Program, conceived by the Dalai Lama. She teaches Compassionate Leadership at Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she created the perennially-waitlisted course Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion. She also directs Compassion Education and Scholarship at HopeLab, an Omidyar Group research and development nonprofit focused on resilience. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

Richard Buggs

Richard Buggs is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. He received his PhD in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1996. His dissertation topic explored the adult experience of emptiness as associated with childhood trauma and abuse. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at California Pacific Medical Center Outpatient Clinic where he worked with families, couples and children. During his post-doctoral internship at Center for Aids Prevention Studies, he facilitated groups with HIV positive men and women using cognitive behavior strategies for optimal health and well-being.

Richard is in private practice in San Francisco and specializes in LGBT issues. He is also the Dean of Alumni at CIIS and directs the international travel study abroad program.

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