Compassionate Leadership

Celebrating the New CMSC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Committee

As the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging, (DEIB), I am very happy to announce that the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion (CMSC) has recently established a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) Committee which is a standing committee of the CMSC Board Board of Directors.  

The key objective of this committee is to advance the DEIB organizational needs, resources, opportunities, and outreach of global communities on behalf of those who have experienced social-cultural disparities and under-representation.  

Members of this committee will focus upon developing important DEIB policies, procedures and initiatives.  I have been appointed as the Chairperson of this important committee, and I would like to share the names of the dedicated members of our new committee as follows: Sade Ojuola, Gabriel Menegale Wilson, Dina Aish, Markus Bohlmann, LaTonia Clark-Chalmers, Lucy Chan, Dennis Emano, Cassondra Graff, Noriko Harth, Bill Johnson, Vesna Lakovic Van Kempen, Meera Murthi, Laila Narsi, and Oori Silberstein.  I am extremely appreciative of their heart, soul and passion for this work. They are all working diligently to bring greater social and cultural inclusion and equity to CMSC.  

I would also like to acknowledge and honor the American civil rights activist and leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  This year, the annual celebration of his extraordinary life, advocacy and social justice achievements was held on January 17 in the United States. Here are two quotes that express Dr. King’s deep convictions about diversity, social equity, leadership and allyship:

“DARKNESS CANNOT DRIVE OUT DARKNESS; ONLY LIGHT CAN DO THAT. HATE CANNOT DRIVE OUT HATE; ONLY LOVE CAN DO THAT.”

“WHATEVER AFFECTS ONE DIRECTLY, AFFECTS ALL INDIRECTLY.  I CAN NEVER BE WHAT I OUGHT TO BE UNTIL YOU ARE WHAT YOU OUGHT TO BE.  THIS IS THE STRUCTURE OF REALITY.

Where Shall We Begin? Cultivating a Compassionate Workplace

The Compassionate Leadership Summit is an event focused on how we go about bringing compassion and mindfulness more effectively into our organizations and communities, and takes place at the University of Washington in Seattle on Nov 8-9, 2019.  The Summit is designed for leaders and aspiring leaders in our community who are committed to developing cultures of compassion, consciousness and civility in their workplaces and the contexts where they have influence.

With extensive opportunities for networking and individual connections, the intention is to bring together those already engaged in this work and those who want to learn how to begin. Designed to share tools and methods, leaders from various sectors including corporations, non-profits, government, education and communities of faith will lead interactive learning sessions.
All proceeds benefit the Brighton Jones Richer Life Foundation. The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion community will receive 15% off 2-day tickets using code 2D15, 15% off 2-day tickets using code 1D15. For groups larger than five, please reach out to bonnie.gerlaugh@brightonjones.com for an additional discount.

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