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SIYLI CEO Rich Fernandez hosted Michelle Gale for our monthly Change-Maker Forum. Michelle shared insights from her experience creating mindfulness communities previously at Twitter and in her current role at Autodesk. Rich and Michelle discussed how to get senior leader buy-in using a ‘pull, don’t push’ method and strategies for how to start building a community in your organization.

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Michelle Gale is a Chief of Staff at Autodesk where she is also the founder of Autodesk Pause, a global mindfulness community. She is an advisor to Wisdom 2.0 and serves on the board of the Holistic Life Foundation and Foundation for a Mindful Society. Michelle was previously the head of learning and leadership development at Twitter and spent most of her career working in high-growth technology startups. She received her M.A in Psychology from Meridian University and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, two sons, two cats, and one very small dog.