Maria Egan is a British music industry executive, currently serving as President of Pulse Music Group in Los Angeles after eight years as Vice President of A&R at Columbia Records. She came to InsightLA and began practicing mindfulness with Lisa Kring and Trudy Goodman four years ago and is serving on the board with a mission to expand Insight’s outreach into the creative community and use of technology to advance the mindfulness movement. Maria hopes to bring her seventeen years of experience and network building creative businesses and global careers for artists to expand Insight’s community in LA and online. She is honored to be serving on the board of such an extraordinary organization.
Bill Resnick, MD, MBA, is a psychiatrist and philanthropist, as well as a dedicated mindfulness practitioner since taking his first class at InsightLA in 2010. He has worked as a community psychiatrist at AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Venice Family Clinic, where he continues to volunteer and serve on the foundation board. He also currently serves on the boards of Awakening Recovery and American Jewish World Service, and on the advisory boards of UCLA’s Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and Penn’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and previously chaired the boards of Beit T’Shuvah and The Relational Center. A Culver City native, Bill lives in West Hollywood with his husband Michael J. Stubbs. Bill splits his time teaching, volunteering as a psychiatrist and mindfulness facilitator (having trained in Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for addictive disorders) – and tending to nonprofit board commitments.
Brett is a partner in the Los Angeles office of the law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and focusses on corporate, private equity and restructuring transactions. From 2002 to 2015, he was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Law School teaching classes on corporate transactions. He currently serves on the board of directors of ThirdPath Institute, an organization dedicated to assisting individuals, families, and organizations in finding new ways to redesign work to create time for family, community and other life priorities. Brett received a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Rutgers and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Trudy Goodman Kornfield, Ph.D., is the Founding Teacher of InsightLA, the first center to combine training in Insight (Vipassana) Meditation and in non-sectarian mindfulness and compassion practices, including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC). The fourth teacher ever of MBSR, Trudy taught with its creator, Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn and studied Buddhist meditation for 40 years, with Asian and Western teachers. She is the Guiding Teacher and co-founder of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the first center in the world dedicated to integrating these two disciplines, and had a private psychotherapy practice there for 25 years. Trudy co-founded Family Path and Growing Spirit, family mindfulness programs, with Susan Kaiser Greenland in Los Angeles, and has worked with kids and families throughout her career. Trudy teaches retreats and workshops worldwide; often teaching with her husband, Jack Kornfield. Trudy is a contributing author: Clinical Handbook of Mindfulness (Springer, 2008); Compassion and Wisdom in Psychotherapy, (Guilford Press, 2011); Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, (Guilford Press, 2013).
Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He began his training after graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967. Then he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to the Public Health Service in northeast Thailand, which is home to several of the world's oldest Buddhist forest monasteries. He met and studied under the Buddhist master Ven. Ajahn Chah, as well as the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. After returning to the United States, Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. He is also a founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California, where he currently lives and teaches. Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings with the Dalai Lama and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies. They include, A Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology, A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; Teachings of the Buddha; Seeking the Heart of Wisdom; Living Dharma; A Still Forest Pool; Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart; Buddha's Little Instruction Book; The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace and his most recent book, Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are.
Bala Subramanian is Professor of business at USC and a management consultant in Santa Monica, after 2 decades of executive roles in hospitality and retail industries. He started coming to Trudy Goodman’s Sunday sitting groups 3 years ago and has since completed MBSR with Christiane Wolf, and attended several events in the Speaker Series. Bala hopes to guide InsightLA’s mission to expand reach and impact of mindfulness practices, by helping the organization refine, optimize and sustain its operating model to benefit the LA community and beyond.
Barbara Lehrner Canter
Barbara Lehrner Canter is President and CEO Emeritus of Los Angeles Team Mentoring, a pioneering school-based mentoring program. As its first Executive Director, Barbara was responsible for guiding the growth of the agency, its sustainability, and the development of a unique mentoring program that became a national model, and is herself a proud mentor. A dedicated meditation practitioner, Barbara has found a sangha at InsightLA, having joined Trudy’s group after returning to LA from the bay area. She deepened her practice at Spirit Rock, with teachers including Jack Kornfield and Sylvia Bornstein. In addition, her principal teacher for the last five years has been Howard Cohn. She looks forward to contributing her non-profit experience to the Board.
Butch Schuman is a businessman and mindfulness practitioner. He has chaired and served on the Board of Directors for many organizations including: Foundation for the Junior Blind, Free Arts for Abused Children, Foundation for Human Enrichment, Children Our Ultimate Investment, Getty House Foundation, and co-founder of the Community Karate Foundation.
He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Agro Farming Corporation and is also a US Marine veteran. In 2014 as Board President of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), Butch represented CAST as the first non-profit organization to receive the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons, which was personally delivered by Secretary of State John Kerry. In addition to his mindfulness practice Butch holds a black belt in Shotokan karate.
Candace Shields is a songwriter, published by Pulse Music Group in Los Angeles. A student of the arts, Candace graduated from Howard University before obtaining Grant Development & Proposal Writing Certifications from ASU’s Graduate Nonprofit Management program. She was invited to Insight LA by Maria Egan and is eager to serve on the board to support the organization’s resource development and fundraising efforts.
Heather has been a dedicated meditation practitioner for 17 years. She brings that experience to InsightLA along with her business experience. After completing an MBA at London Business School, she began a career that spanned marketing, human resources, operations, and finance. She has US domestic and international business experience, particularly in the UK and Asia. She is currently in a doctoral program at Meridian University, which will culminate in a Ph.D. in Psychology. The program at Meridian is titled Leadership and Social Transformation and the explicit intent of the program is to develop leaders in the fields of human development and social change who will emerge from the program with the capacities to effect global, systemic change. Capacities Heather brings to InsightLA include cultural sensitivity, a deep understanding of the trajectory of human development, and a whole-systems approach to creative problem-solving.
Jack Z. Chen
Jack Z. Chen is the Founder and CEO of Cognitive Leap Solutions, Inc. which provides digital solutions for mental health. Its subsidiary California Institute of Health/Wiseheart is a leading producer and distributor of mindfulness content in China. It also teaches mindfulness classes online and offline, organizes events and retreats in China taught by master teachers such as Dr. Jack Kornfield and Dr. Jon Kabat Zinn. Prior to founding Cognitive Leap, Mr. Chen ran Transworld Capital Group which invested in companies with unique US-China value creation potential and provided cross border mergers and acquisition advisory services. Mr. Chen completed some of the largest and most successful merger and acquisition transactions between the US and China. One of those transactions was hailed as “one of the landmark deals of the era” by the Wall Street Journal.
In addition to his business interest, Mr. Chen serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations including Methodist Hospital Foundation, Asia Society Southern California, Vision to Learn, and advises Beijing government on its overseas investment policy. He has spoken at Young President's Organization, Harvard University's HPAIR Conference, USC, UCLA, the MIT Business Forum, the Cross Border Investment Conference which was jointly hosted by the Brookings Institute and Tsinghua University, the US Embassy in Beijing, the ACG Conference and numerous Chambers of Commerce on cross border investments.
Lisa Kring is a licensed clinical social worker, with experience in child and family therapy and family court mediation. Through her studies with Dan Siegel, M.D., she began practicing mindfulness with the Mindful Awareness Research Center over six years ago and later began the MBSR certification process with Bob Stahl and Jon Kabat-Zinn. She also leads ongoing mindfulness groups with cancer patients at the Simms/Mann Center for Integrative Oncology at UCLA. Lisa recognizes Trudy Goodman and Christiane Wolf as guiding teachers and mentors and is deeply grateful to be a part of the InsightLA community.
Max Schorr is founding editor and publisher of GOOD, he helped develop the editorial vision for GOOD Magazine, which began as part of a generational impulse to create positive change, and the Choose GOOD Campaign, which built a meaningful community while raising over $1 million for nonprofit partners from 50,000+ contributors. From 2009-2012, he co-founded GOOD/Corps, a social innovation firm that partners with organizations, such as Google, Starbucks, and the Gates Foundation, to align success with social impact. Recognized as a Next Generation Leader by the American Cancer Society, a member of the Japan Society’s Innovators Network, and a First Mover Fellow at the Aspen Institute, he has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR.