Mindful Leadership Certification 2.0: Social Wellness, Impact & Metrics

Course Dates: October 5, 2021 – November 4, 2021

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. EDT

Registration fee:
Early Birds $649/per person by September 17, 2021
Regular $699/per person
Government employee rate – Please email for discount code

Registration deadline: Friday, October 1, 2021

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We are also offering a session prior to this one titled Mindful Leadership Certification 1.0. While not mandatory, we recommend that participants complete the 1.0 session prior to registering for the 2.0 session. Learn more about Mindful Leadership Certification 1.0 and the topics covered.

Credits: Participants can receive a certificate of completion and receive one (1) Continuing Education Credits upon 100% attendance to the course. Please email for CEUs application.

Online Course & Certificate

This online course is designed for department leads, those in HR-related and C-level positions, and students who are studying business and organizational development types of programs. Taught by Heather Gwaltney, Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Organizational Subject Matter Expert, and Consultant. The instruction will be in “real time” where students login to the virtual class on Mason's platform. This course is built on concepts and practices from the Mindful Leadership Certification 1.0 Program. Therefore, we recommend that professionals and students take Mindful Leadership Certification 1.0 before Mindful Leadership 2.0, but it is not a requirement. The courses can be taken together or separately.


Organizations achieve greater success when they invest in their social capital. Thousands of companies worldwide have been expanding their definition of success by adding social and environmental impacts to their profit bottom line. Microsoft, GE, DuPont, PepsiCo, and Wholefoods are among the companies who have adopted the concepts, practices, and metrics from the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) of people, planet, profit factors that can be measured by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards.

Social capital is defined as “the networks of relationships among people who live and work in a particular society, enabling that society to function effectively.” In an organizational context, it is the implementation and measure of success in categories such as employee relations, health and safety, human rights (to include privacy), and community impacts, etc.

The benefits to companies that implement these practices? Increased customer satisfaction and employee engagement, reduced employee turnover, lower customer attrition, and the ability to recruit top talent, among others!

Course Highlights and Features

This training webinar is designed for professionals managing departments, in HR and C-level positions, and students who are studying business and organizational development types of programs.

In the course, the Instructor will connect the concepts and practices of Mindfulness Meditation, TBL/GRI, change management, and communications. She will also illustrate how by using them together, you can expand the definition of success in your organization, and drive and measure social impact initiatives.There will also be a range of guest speakers who are experts in the industry to highlight their own relevant experience as a Mindful Leader. Guest speakers are:

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Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, MBA
Named in ELLE Magazine as one of the "Top 40 Women Leading Change". CEO of 20-FIRST, TEDx Speaker, writer for Forbes and Harvard Business Review, and author of a number of best-selling, non-fiction books.

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Dave Feldman, MBA
Conscious Entrepreneur and Speaker. Co-Founder of Livability Project, Bethesda Green, and Virtues Matter.

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Jenny Kassan, J.D., MCP
Attorney and Advisor to mission-driven organizations. President of Community of Ventures and Author of Raise Capital on Your Own Terms.

By the end, you will have the knowledge and skills needed to move your organization towards systemic wellness, bring it closer to meeting social guidelines in the GRI, and positioned for greater, more sustained success.

This five-week course will be delivered twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) over 10 sessions from 12:00PM – 1:00PM Eastern Time. Topics covered include the following:

Week 1 (October 5th and October 7th):

  1. How Mindfulness Impacts Successful Outcomes for Organizations
  2. Why Care About Social Wellness, Impact, and Metrics

Week 2 (October 12th and October 14th): 

  1. Gain Buy-In through Inclusion, Communication, and Transparency
  2. Set Yourself Up for Success by Going with Nature and Involving the Right People

Week 3 (October 19th and October 21st):

  1. Start Where You Are: Assess, Identify, and Benchmark
  2. Set Goals You Can Achieve, Map Them Out, and Implement

Week 4 (October 26th and October 28th):

  1. Manage and Thrive in Change
  2. Integrate Internal Networks and Knowledge Management Systems

Week 5 (November 2nd and November 4th): 

  1. Measuring and Celebrating Success
  2. Maintaining a Sustainable Organization

Throughout the five (5) weeks, students will be introduced to the concepts, practice, and measurement of Mindfulness Meditation and how it relates to systemic wellness, social capital and greater organizational success. By the end of the course, they will have more tools and mental models to influence their own organizations. Through a blend of lecture, visuals, mindfulness and case-study exercises, reflection, and dialogue, students will be able to apply what they have learned to their daily work experiences.

[60 minutes per session; two (2) session per week for five (5) weeks. Fall 2021: October 5th – November 4th.

About the Instructor

Heather Gwaltney began her career in the private sector working for boutique-sized firms in marketing research, strategy, and design. During the course of her 25-year professional history, she has expanded into the non-profit and education sectors—providing communications, organizational development, and education. What she also brings to Mindful Leadership is 12 years of leadership experience with tech and finance companies and a 20-year practice of Mindfulness Meditation. Ms. Gwaltney is a former Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, and has taught numerous in-person and online courses for private companies and non-profits. As a Mason alumna, she has a Master of Science in Organization Development and Knowledge Management and a Bachelors of Art in Psychology: Minor in Business Administration. Furthermore, Ms. Gwaltney is a Certified Mindfulness Meditation Teacher, Author of a self-help book for women, and Director of a documentary being used in higher education. She has a practical approach to teaching with an emphasis on compassion and humor. For more information, visit her online at https://heathergwaltney.com/.


Interested in this program? Contact Sisi Jou at schene@gmu.edu.