About Us

Born at Google from one Engineer’s dream to change the world, Search Inside Yourself is now a globally-recognized program & network. Bridging age-old practices of mind training with modern neuroscience and technology, we help people in organizations bring out the best in themselves, from the inside out.

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Our Team

Our teachers and coaches have helped senior executives and upper management at Fortune 100 companies, worked in the world’s top neuroscience labs and held prominent executive positions in leading companies.

We share a personal commitment to practice what we teach, embody the benefits of a well-balanced mind fully and are dedicated to helping individuals and institutions sustain peak professional performance with ease and grace.

Chade-Meng Tan
Chade-Meng Tan
Jolly Good Fellow at Google, author of Search Inside Yourself, world peace seeker, co-founder and chairman of SIYLI
Richard Davidson
Richard Davidson
Neuroscientist, co-author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Founder and Chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds
Arianna Huffington
Arianna Huffington
Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post; author of 14 books, including Thrive
Marc Lesser
Marc Lesser
Author of Less: Accomplish More by Doing Less, Former Director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, Co-founder and CEO of SIYLI
Rand Rosenberg
Rand Rosenberg
Former Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at PG&E Corporation, Former investment banker, sustainability advocate
Elizabeth Lindsey
Elizabeth Lindsey
First female Fellow of the National Geographic Society, international speaker, Board Advisor to the Tibet Fund for His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Philippe Goldin
Philippe Goldin
Professor of Psychology at Stanford, Director of the Stanford Psychophysiology Laboratory, emeritus Board member and Co-founder of SIYLI
Karen May
Karen May
Vice President of People Development at Google, former Organizational Psychologist and Leadership coach, Senior Advisor to the SIYLI board
Scott Kriens
Scott Kriens
Co-founder of the 1440 Foundation, Chairman of the Board and former CEO of Juniper Networks, Advisor to the SIYLI board
David Yeung
David Yeung
Co-Founder & CEO of Green Monday; global movement maker on sustainability and plant-based diet; social entrepreneur; impact investor; author
Jayesh Goyal
Jayesh Goyal
Chief Commercial Officer at Younicos; clean energy advocate; Board Member of Sunday Friends

SIYLI Teachers

Marc Lesser
Marc Lesser
Co-founder, CEO and a board member of SIYLI, Marc has grown three businesses, authored three books, including Less: Accomplish More by Doing Less, and is the former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
Meg Levie
Meg Levie
After many years of residential and monastic practice at the San Francisco Zen Center, Meg felt called to find ways to make awareness practices more accessible. Since 2008, she’s taught classes and retreats about integrating mindfulness into work and life at Genentech, Twitter, Google and other organizations.
Peter Weng
Peter Weng
Peter is an experienced high-tech executive who is passionate about exploring how mindfulness can affect individual and social change. As a director at Google and Dell, he led sales, marketing, and operations organizations in the US, Europe, and Asia. His work on mindfulness and meditation programs has spanned various settings including corporations and prisons. Peter serves on the board of Insight Santa Cruz and is also involved in work supporting wildlife conservation and sustainable transportation.
Mark Coleman
Mark Coleman
Founder of the Mindfulness Institute, Mark studied mindfulness for three decades with leading figures in the field. As a mindfulness consultant, executive coach and meditation teacher, he specializes in mindfulness consulting and training for companies and executives.
Dr. Laura Delizonna
Dr. Laura Delizonna
Laura is an international speaker, consultant and author specializing in the science of happiness and mindfulness. She is an instructor at Stanford University, where her courses are the most popular in the Continuing Studies Department. As the founder of Choosing Happiness, Laura designs and delivers practical, skill-building trainings in companies worldwide.
Dr. Kelly Werner
Dr. Kelly Werner
Kelly is committed to helping people flourish. From psychotherapy and executive coaching to workshops and retreats, she guides people to reside in their inner home and actualize their potential. She created Tell Me…, a game of connection and self-discovery. Her Ph.D. from Berkeley and research at Stanford inform her pursuits.
Linda Curtis
Linda Curtis
Linda combines 20 years of real-world corporate experience with a decade of coaching and consulting entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate and community leaders. She has held senior positions at U.S. Bancorp and The Harris Bank of Chicago and led an award-winning business development team at Visa.
Jackie McGrath
Jackie McGrath
Jackie’s experience as a line executive, combined with her skills as a coach and consultant, enable her to work in close partnership with senior management and their teams, helping them to lead more powerfully and be more effective.
Simon Moyes
Simon Moyes
Simon specializes in offering the wisdom and practices of mindfulness to people living a modern urban life. He leads Young Urban Zen, a program in San Francisco that helps make these ancient teachings accessible and relevant to people in their 20s and 30s.
Michelle Maldonado
Michelle Maldonado
Michelle is a former attorney, turned business leader with more than two decades of experience across the technology, legal, education, and non-profit communities. She brings compassion and wisdom cultivated from her professional experience and over 30 years of meditation practice to her work with teams and organizations.
Robert Chender
Robert Chender
Former hedge fund executive, lawyer and a mindfulness meditation teacher for 30 years, Robert speaks to business groups about mindfulness, workplace efficiency, and corporate culture and morale.
Lori Schwanbeck
Lori Schwanbeck
Co-founder of Mindfulness Therapy Associates in San Francisco, Lori works as a mindfulness-based psychotherapist, coach and trainer, bringing pragmatic experience from the business world and a passion for creating lives of meaning, engagement and optimal performance to her clients. She has taught for SIYLI internationally to a range of organizations, including Google, Tennis Australia, AP Plasman and Rotman School of Business.
Peter Bostelmann
Peter Bostelmann
Peter Bostelmann is the Founder and Director of SAP’s Global Mindfulness Practice. Under his leadership mindfulness-based trainings and support structures for lasting impact have been piloted, refined, and are being rolled out to all SAP employees globally. He initiated the foundation for the lasting success of this SAP program by building a passionate community of mindfulness teachers and ambassadors. Peter is also a leadership coach and trained as an Industrial Engineer. He brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in international business to his current efforts in bringing mindfulness programs to scale globally.
Laurie Cameron
Laurie Cameron
With 25 years as a certified leadership executive and organization change consultant, Laurie is adept at tapping into what’s needed to awaken individuals and transform organizational culture. She received the Five Mindfulness Trainings from Thich Nhat Hanh and shares her energy and compassion to inspire, teach, advise and coach internationally.
Hemant Bhanoo
Hemant Bhanoo
Hemant is a software engineer, entrepreneur and tinkerer. He taught Search Inside Yourself at Google, introducing mindfulness to hundreds of coworkers in Tokyo, London, Dublin and Mountain View.

Certified Teachers

We are proud to showcase a team of talented individuals who have completed our year-long teacher training program and are certified to teach the SIY Program.

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Marc Lesser, CEO
Marc Lesser, CEO
Co-founder, CEO and a board member of SIYLI, Marc has grown three businesses, authored three books, including Less: Accomplish More by Doing Less, and is the former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center.
Caro Hart, Learning Design Director
Caro Hart, Learning Design Director
Caro is a leadership consultant with expertise in team facilitation, content design and communication strategies. She has served as program director at a variety of nonprofits and was a founding vice-president at Axialent, a consulting firm that helps organizations transform into “conscious businesses.” She lives in Buenos Aires and is passionate about the work at SIYLI.
Peter Bonanno, Program Development Director
Peter Bonanno, Program Development Director
Peter is a social entrepreneur, learning designer and longtime practitioner of mindfulness and tai chi. Motivated by passions for learning, mindfulness and innovation, he has founded and worked at multiple socially minded startups. He has also taught and spoken about mindfulness at businesses, schools, nonprofits and for TEDx.
Jason Sbordone, Program Development Manager
Jason Sbordone, Program Development Manager
Jason is a talent management consultant and I/O psychologist with a long history in leadership development, change management, coaching, and program design. He has worked across many industries, geographies, and with leaders at all levels. He believes mindfulness is the key to a healthy world. He also has a passion for travel, photography, drums, and chocolate.
Lindsey Kugel, Public Program Director
Lindsey Kugel, Public Program Director
Lindsey has a strong background in startups and nonprofits. She served as a strategic partnership director for a marketing firm and as a consultant for cleantech companies. She’s a founding board member of the Israel Green Building Council and has an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. A longtime mindfulness practice guides her desire to change the world.
Ilana Robbins Gross, Public Program Coordinator
Ilana Robbins Gross, Public Program Coordinator
Ilana brings her diverse work experience – including grassroots organizing in New Orleans, education in Brazil, and technology in San Francisco – to her work at SIYLI. Regardless of industry or geography, Ilana seeks to act on her values, striving to create a world where people have more opportunities and are able to take full advantage of them. Outside of work, Ilana loves to travel, learn new languages, and practice yoga.
Tyler Peterson, Engage Program Director
Tyler Peterson, Engage Program Director
Tyler is an entrepreneur drawing on diverse experiences in business, technology, finance and sustainability. He enjoys creating and growing organizations with meaningful visions that have the potential to shape the world. He is passionate about exploring, learning and sharing insights gained from a mindfulness practice. You’re most likely to find him in the Marin Headlands, reading a book, or laughing with friends in the company of his partner Susan and their dog Tamu.
Nina Levit Cruz, Engage Program Coordinator
Nina Levit Cruz, Engage Program Coordinator
Nina’s experiences working in women’s health education, social movement building, and textile design have shown her that we all share the desire to be our best selves, to feel connected, and to serve the world in our own heartfelt way. She is so happy to be able to contribute to the cultivation of self-awareness through SIYLI’s programs, and also finds joy in the practice of vinyasa yoga, dancing to her life’s soundtrack, and seeking silence in between the bird sounds.
Brandon Rennels, Teacher Development Manager
Brandon Rennels, Teacher Development Manager
A management consultant by trade, Brandon worked for large corporations in Dubai before transitioning to spend a few years residing at monasteries of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. SIYLI was a natural bridge of his business experience and mindfulness practice, so after enrolling in SIYLI’s Expand teacher training he decided to join full-time. Brandon finds himself traveling frequently; particularly memorable adventures include Japan, the Maldives, and Swaziland.
Peter Weng, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Peter Weng, Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Peter is an experienced high-tech executive who is passionate about exploring how mindfulness can affect individual and social change. As a director at Google and Dell, he led sales, marketing, and operations organizations in the US, Europe, and Asia. His work on mindfulness and meditation programs has spanned various settings including corporations and prisons. Peter serves on the board of Insight Santa Cruz and is also involved in work supporting wildlife conservation and sustainable transportation.
Steph Stern, Engagement Manager
Steph Stern, Engagement Manager
Steph has over a decade of program management experience working on energy-efficiency and environmental issues. Before joining SIYLI, she served as a program manager for StopWaste, a local government agency, where she tried to convince people to save energy at home and work. Steph holds a masters in city planning and is a certified coach. She has a passion for helping people find more fulfillment in their work and lives.
Rick Echler, Engagement Manager
Rick Echler, Engagement Manager
Rick blends his project management experience and passion for personal growth and development with a desire to support the cultivation of emotional intelligence, peak performance and mindful leadership with SIYLI’s corporate partners. He is a longtime meditator, mentor and yoga teacher and has taught to veterans, the homeless and individuals suffering from anxiety, depression and substance abuse issues.
Hemant Bhanoo, Engagement Manager
Hemant Bhanoo, Engagement Manager
Hemant is a software engineer, entrepreneur and tinkerer. He taught Search Inside Yourself at Google, introducing mindfulness to hundreds of coworkers in Tokyo, London, Dublin and Mountain View.
Judith Harris, Direct Program Coordinator
Judith Harris, Direct Program Coordinator
Judith comes to SIYLI with a background in Marriage and Family Therapy where she focused on cultivating emotional intelligence through mindfulness with her clients, and fostering connection between head and heart and mind and body. Prior to becoming a therapist she worked at Google and is excited to integrate these two worlds in her role at SIYLI. She believes that changing the way we show up at work recursively impacts the way we show up with ourselves, in relationships, and in the world.
Cristina Moon, Marketing Manager
Cristina Moon, Marketing Manager
Cristina is a marketer and organizer with deep familiarity with the trickster mind. As Campaign Director at Change.org, she helped build the fastest growing activist email list in the world. She then leveraged her learnings for social justice nonprofits as a digital strategist with PowerLabs.io. Cristina is an alumna of the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She has been a devoted Buddhist meditator since 2006 and serves as the Vice Chair of the board of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship.
Alex Moyle, Accounting Manager
Alex Moyle, Accounting Manager
Alex brings his extensive background in Corporate Accounting and Finance along with his passion for mindfulness and social change to the SIYLI team. He is extremely excited to participate in such a worthy cause along side the incredibly talented staff and contributors at SIYLI. When he isn’t busy at work, Alex loves to continue his pursuit of knowledge of all things cheese, and to get out in nature on his bicycle.

“The SIYLI team was fantastic. Their knowledge and experiences surrounding the subject matter were extraordinary. They are seasoned practitioners who embody their teachings.”
-Barry Margerum, Chief Strategy Officer, Plantronics, Inc.

Our Story

SIYLI is a nonprofit organization, the product of Google’s culture, Chade Meng Tan’s vision and an idea whose time has come. Can work be fun, enjoyable and a place to get things done? Yes, it can. It can also be a place that creates the conditions for world peace.

With that vision in mind, Meng connected with Daniel Goleman and Jon Kabat Zinn to develop a unique program for Google. He then assembled a team that included mindfulness teachers, business executives and scientists. The Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program was born and launched, refined and tested over four years at Google, where it is currently one of the most popular, impactful and highly rated programs focused on wellbeing and sustainable high-performance.

The next challenge was taking this offering to the world at large. A zen teacher, an engineer and a Stanford neuroscientist walk into a room and… they start a world changing organization. This is the simplified story of our founders Marc Lesser, Meng and Philippe Goldin. Their combined expertise in mindfulness, business and science are at the core of what SIYLI offers.

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