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Episode 20: Business, Risk and Pants-Free Mindfulness



A few years ago, most of us would have thought of “sensory deprivation” as some kind of unique torture experience. But Jim Hefner saw an opportunity for both personal, and business growth, all sans pantalon. Jim will share his experience discovering floating, and turning that discovery into creating the world’s largest sensory depravation center in Pasadena.

After a lifetime of using business to fuel his passions, Jim found himself at the center of a seismic life shift in which opportunity, fatherhood, and mindfulness coalesced. The result was Just Float, the world’s largest and most advanced float center. Since his very first float, Jim has been convinced that floating is a powerful tool for mindfulness and healing, and his journey has placed him in contact with a diverse and committed community of people who are out to prove it.

This journey has been marked by intensely stressful, risk-filled and sometimes overwhelmingly dark moments. But through a lifetime of survival, business experience, outdoor adventure, and inner exploration, Jim has found himself uniquely poised to not only revolutionize an industry, but to profoundly re-shape himself as well.

Bio:

Jim Hefner is co-founder and visionary of the world’s largest float center, Just Float, located in Pasadena, CA.  He is also a fledgling psycho-naut, serial entrepreneur, MBA, adventure athlete, husband and father, who also happens to be rabid about floating and creating the perfect float environment. Throughout his life, he’s been drawn to hobbies and experiences that require perfect commitment to the moment. Whether on a sheer rock face, a mountain bike, a wave, or in a float tank, what matters most to him is the sacred experience of flow, of absolute attention, and freedom from the noise of everyday life.

 

Twitter:  @justfloat


Episode 15: Patient Care & Community Engagement in 2030 & Beyond (Kaiser School of Medicine)



The Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine will offer more than a conventional medical education. It offers the unique opportunity to be taught by the physicians of the Permanente Medical Groups, recognized as one of the premier medical groups in the nation, and surrounded by the people, data and technology of Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation’s highest-performing health care models. Students will get invaluable realworld experience in an inclusive environment of multi-dimensional diversity, and will prosper in a culture of wellness, resilience and total health. This unparalleled approach will create physicians who have the knowledge, skills and passion to lead the transformation of health care in our nation and help our communities thrive. • Students will learn how to deliver high quality care from one of the nation’s premier medical groups, whose physicians have been teaching physicians for over 70 years. • They will get unparalleled access to the people, data and advanced technology of KP’s future-facing care delivery model.

 

• Students will get invaluable clinical experience from Day One, learning how to provide compassionate, healing, hands-on quality care in a team-based environment.

• They’ll find multi-dimensional diversity — of thought, experience and culture — in every aspect of the school.

• Students will learn what matters from the interplay of information and experience between the clinical and classroom settings.

 

Bio:

Christine K. Cassel, MD is the Planning Dean of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine. Previously, she was the President and CEO of the National Quality Forum. She is a leading national expert in geriatric medicine, medical ethics, health policy and quality of care. Dr. Cassel was one of 20 scientists chosen by President Obama to serve on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which advises the President on science, technology, and innovation relevant to responsible and effective policy. Among her many professional achievements and honors, Dr. Cassel is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, was President of the American College of Physicians, Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine; President of the American Federation for Aging Research; and was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Director at the National Institutes of Health. She has served on the boards of directors of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals, Premier Inc., and the Greenwall Foundation.


Episode 05: How Prioritizing Purpose Makes All The Difference In Creating a Lasting Business



“Technology will change our future as much as all the religious and spiritual leaders combined.” ~ Dan Brown

With exponentially increasing attention options and rapidly decreasing attention spans, it can feel like a helpless struggle to get people to engage with our products and services – not to mention foster long-lasting loyalty. In a systemic marketing machine built on reeling people in with perceived value, the only way to have any possibility of sustained engagement is from rigorous focus on tangible value – and that all beings at the core of our business. Our government recognizes businesses as people, and we need to start doing the same thing. We want to spend our time with people who make us feel happy and important, so why would it be any different for the businesses that are asking us for that same time and engagement?

As the innovators, entrepreneurs, creators, and builders of technology, we have the opportunity and obligation to apply our talents and tools towards cultivating a world that chooses Love over Fear at every intersection. Establishing this baseline is requisite to create a deep and lasting connection with our customers, suppliers, distributors, employees, families, and everyone else that is touched, influenced, and effected by our business creations. We cannot take for granted the power that comes with being able to have our products, services, and ideas literally reach billions of people across the globe, and our professional endeavors will reap the benefit of appealing to the the highest good that we all strive to access in our lives.

Bio

Eron Zehavi is the Founder and CEO of Wellnest, a holistic wellness lifestyle brand and local digital marketplace to easily and affordably connect yoga teachers with students for personalized 1-on-1, small group, and corporate yoga  sessions. He was previously the Co-Founder and Chief Rewards Officer of Swagbucks, the web’s largest and most engaged rewards and loyalty community with over $160 million is distributed rewards. Swagbucks grew bootstrapped for 6 years and raised $60M from TCV in May 2014. Eron is also a socially conscious investor and consultant, working with companies who’s Missions are focused on creating a more healthy, compassionate, and joyful world.


Episode 03: Innovation and Meditation: An Introduction to Mindfulness



This introduction to mindfulness will elucidate the whys and wherefores behind resurgent the popularity of this “Once and Future” technology. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the “Father” of secular mindfulness, describes the practice as, “Learning how to focus attention on moment-by-moment experience with an attitude of curiosity, openness and non-judgment.” ABC News Anchor man (and author of 10% Happier), Dan Harris says it this way, “The ability know what is happening in your head, right now, without getting carried away by it!”

In this first exposure, I’ll de-mystify and normalize meditation, offering practical ways to integrate a consistent practice into one’s life; both at work and at home.

I will also go over the eye opening neuroscience behind hundreds of mindful-awareness studies, demonstrating its “broad-spectrum” effects against stress, depression and anxiety. Other findings, presented in the Keynote, demonstrate that a consistent meditation practice improves attention, boosts the immune system, reduces emotional reactivity and promotes a general sense of health and well-being.

Bio

Nick Stein is an award winning TV producer and show runner who has worked on countless hours of non-fiction television for myriad networks and production companies. His list of credits run the gamut from a Smithsonian series on the oil boom in North Dakota, to a National Geographic/Peter Gabriel World Music Special. He created ESPN’s Amazing Games and was the series producer of 40 episodes of Discovery Channel’s hit Monster Nation.

Stein was also ran the highest rated series in the history of the National Geographic Channel – Border Wars. Spanning 4-years and 56 hours, he and his crews gained unparalleled access to the hottest areas of the US/Mexican border, embedded with the operational units of Customs and Border Protection, ICE, DEA and the U.S. Coast Guard.

In that role he spent the better part of four years (56 episodes) deeply embedded with the tactical units of a various federal law enforcement agencies, including CBP, ICE, DEA and the US Coast Guard. Stein’s persistent reporting on the human suffering of “ illegal” immigrants, cartel drug runners, unaccompanied children, overburdened agents and officers, and others, left him depleted and burnt out.

Seeking relief while working in Montreal, Canada, Nick availed himself of a highly effective secular form of meditation – Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) – a science based contemplative system developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Grateful for his newfound equanimity, Nick brought his practice back to California, taking myriad courses at UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) and going on silent retreats. After 2 years, he was accepted into MARC’s Intensive Practice Program (IPP), and later, intent on teaching, Nick gained entrance into the Engaged Mindfulness Institute (EMI), a nationally renowned secular mindfulness certification program.

Because of his work at the border, Nick has dedicated himself to finding ways introduce the techniques and ideas behind mindfulness to the men and women of Law Enforcement. Working with the mindful-policing pioneer, Lt. Richard Goerling, Nick has co-taught a series of ½ day seminars at regional security conferences around the country. Nick has also worked with inmates inside LA County’s Men’s Jail and is slated to work with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Chaplains in Georgia, as well as Border Patrol Agents in South Texas.