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Search Inside Yourself was born at Google in 2007 when one of Google’s earliest engineers, Chade-Meng Tan, gathered a team of leading experts in mindfulness techniques, neuroscience, leadership, and emotional intelligence to develop an internal course for fellow Google employees lovingly called Search Inside Yourself (SIY).

The aim of SIY was to help people develop the skills of mindfulness, empathy, compassion, and overall emotional intelligence to create the conditions for individual and collective thriving. Other major contributors to SIY included meditation teachers Mirabai Bush, Norman Fischer, and Yvonne Ginsberg; neuroscientist Philippe Goldin; and business leader Marc Lesser. SIY also drew extensively from the work and advisory of Daniel Goleman, Richie Davidson, and Jon Kabat-Zinn.

SIY quickly became quite a popular training program within Google. In 2012, due to the high demand for SIY from external organizations, Meng Tan,

Philippe Goldin and Marc Lesser spun off the program and founded the independent non-profit educational institute they called The Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, SIYLI (pronounced like "silly"–they wanted to keep it light!).

Since then, SIYLI has become a globally recognized institute, operating in over 50 countries across continent, with tens of thousands of people attending its programs and events. SIYLI offers programs, tools and content on mindfulness-based emotional intelligence, empathy, compassion, resilience, leadership and more, which have a positive impact helping to promote sustainable well being, motivation and high performance for individuals, teams and organizations.

SIYLI continues to work with Google as well as SAP, the United Nations, Procter & Gamble, Salesforce and many more corporate, nonprofit and government organizations around the world.

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Over 100,000 people have taken the Search Inside Yourself program in more than 150 cities and 50 countries around the world.

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I highly recommend SIY to anyone looking to improve the way their team works together, enhance their innovative thinking and clarity, reduce stress, mind, improve general wellbeing, manage difficult conversations, and be generally more at peace.

Barry Margerum
Chief Strategy Officer Plantronics