Our Story

Search Inside Yourself was born at Google from a dream to change the world.

It began in 2007 when a team of leading experts in mindfulness, neuroscience and emotional intelligence developed an internal course for fellow Google employees. It quickly became an incredibly popular training program within Google and externally.

The Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) was established in 2012 as an independent nonprofit organization. Since then, Search Inside Yourself has become a globally recognized program and SIYLI continues to work with Google, as well as other corporate, nonprofit and government organizations around the world.

Vision & Mission

Expand each section below to learn more about what inspires us every day. 

We are a global community

We are a community of teachers, students, partners, organizations, volunteers, mindfulness champions, and change-makers working together to impact all corners of the world. We aim to embody a mindful way of living wherever we go.

making mindfulness and emotional intelligence practical and accessible.

We translate complex concepts into techniques that all of us can easily understand and apply at work and in life. 

Mindfulness is the ability to focus on the present moment with curiosity and openness. It underpins our emotional intelligence: understanding ourselves and others, and acting deliberately and with empathy.  

The tools we choose are secular, evidence-based. These tools are applicable for everyone. Accordingly, we aim to be inclusive and reach a diverse range of individuals, communities and organizations.

Together, we’re working toward a more peaceful world

We believe that mindfulness, emotional intelligence and compassion are essential ingredients for a peaceful world. Each person’s individual transformation impacts their workplace, home, and community, contributing to a better world for all.

in which all people feel connected and act with compassion.

We are inspired by a future where everyone feels connected to other beings and intimately connected to their own experience. When we understand ourselves and see our similarities with others, we act with a true desire to be in service to others, which further deepens our connection.

Impact

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We work with a variety of incredible clients.

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Over 50,000 people have taken the Search Inside Yourself program in more than 150 cities and 50 countries.

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SIY has been featured in some amazing places.

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Our Team

Our staff, board and teachers all share a personal commitment to practice what we teach.

We aim to embody the benefits of a well-balanced mind and are dedicated to helping individuals and organizations sustain peak professional performance with ease, grace and compassion. Our teachers have rich and diverse backgrounds that include coaching senior executives at Fortune 100 companies, working in the world’s top neuroscience labs and holding prominent executive positions in leading companies.

Board of Directors
Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Chair, President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post; author of 14 books, including Thrive
Rand Rosenberg

Rand Rosenberg

Former Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development at PG&E Corporation, Former investment banker, sustainability advocate
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
Jayesh Goyal

Jayesh Goyal

Senior Vice President at Aggreko; clean energy advocate; Advisory Board Member of Sunday Friends
Bill Duane

Bill Duane

Bill is a well-being expert, engineering executive, organizational consultant and former head of the Well Being and Learning Group at Google.
Advisory Board
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
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

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

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Sarah Salamon

Sarah Salamon

Teacher Training Program Manager
Sarah is passionate about cultivating and creating space for empowered humans to connect mindfully, teach & grow.