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Why Mindfulness and Business?

Today’s leaders face a range of fast-paced, dynamic leadership challenges that center around the ability to make sound, ethical decisions in the face of ever-increasing stress and instability. Feelings of uncertainty can undermine decisions, leading to costly mistakes that impact individuals, organizations, and potentially entire industries.

Business leaders – both in business school and in the marketplace – need the tools to manage these situations from the inside out. Self-awareness, decision-making, innovation, compassion, courage, and resilience in the workforce are rapidly becoming essential – not just optional – competencies for the survival and sustainability of successful, ethical organizations.

Recognizing this need, an increasing number of blue chip and Fortune 500 companies are offering meditation, mindfulness and mind training to their employees and integrating these principles into their daily work environments, including Google, General Mills, Goldman Sachs, Apple, Medtronic, Genetech, McKinsey, Deutsche Bank, Intel, Proctor & Gamble and Comcast, among others.

At NYU, Global Spiritual Life has received multiple requests for training in mindfulness and business from business undergraduate and graduate students, Stern student affairs professionals, and faculty and staff seeking these tools for their students. The quantity and diversity of these requests have pointed to a strong need for these offerings on campus that will only multiply as the business world grows to see mindfulness-based competencies as a critical piece of leadership. NYU Stern’s Mindfulness in Business Initiative aims to foster the continued integration of mindfulness throughout the business education landscape.

Who We Are

The NYU Stern Leadership Development Program partners with the Global Spiritual Life at NYU to introduce the benefits of Mindfulness in Business by developing workshops, speaker series, and promoting active mindful pratice. Global Spiritual Life at NYU is an open, authentic, and vibrant community at the forefront of international conversations on religion and spirituality in higher education. Our mission is to offer environments and tools for transformative multifaith and spiritual encounters at NYU and beyond.

The Mindfulness Project is a pioneering program within Global Spiritual life that unites faculty, staff and students at NYU who are interested in practicing meditation, exploring life’s largest questions, and learning from multiple mindfulness traditions in order to deepen daily awareness and transform the world. The mission of the project is to cultivate the next generation of mindfulness leaders with the capacity and drive to bring mindfulness to all aspects of the human experience.

Yael Shy, Esq., is the Director of Global Spiritual Life at NYU.

She is also the founder and Director of the Mindfulness Project at NYU and the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership.  She has been practicing  meditation  for  over  twelve  years,  and  served  as  the  first Director of Development of the Brooklyn Zen Center, where she is currently the Co-Chair of the Membership Committee. She is a graduate of the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in 2009, and was a co­‐founder of the Jewish Meditation Center of Brooklyn in 2008. In 2010, she was named one of the “36 under 36” change‐makers transforming the Jewish world by the Jewish Week newspaper.  Prior to joining the Center for Spiritual Life, Shy served for five years as the Director of Development and Education at the NYU Center on Violence and Recovery. She is an alumna of New York University’s College of Arts and Science and Northeastern University School of Law.

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