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For this Change-Maker Forum, we welcomed special guest Jenée Johnson, SIYLI advisory board member, Mindful Movement Builder and Founder of The Right Within Experience. In partnership with SIYLI, Jenée has built a thriving mindfulness program at the San Francisco Department of Health (SFDPH) where she is the Program Innovation Leader in Mindfulness, Trauma and Racial Equity. Jenée was joined in conversation by SIYLI’s Director of Partnerships and Certified Teacher Community, Lindsey Kugel and they shared the insights, benefits, challenges and impact of building mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs within community-based organizations like SFDPH.

Your Speaker:

Jenée Johnson, Mindful Movement Builder, Thought Leader, and Founder of The Right Within Experience is committed to the Reclamation of Humanity, Joy and Wellbeing for People of African Ancestry. Johnson leads the unique effort to bring mindfulness into public health practices and programs through the Trauma-Informed Systems of Care Initiative in San Francisco. Her goal is to improve the organization’s ability to manage change, stay resilient, inspire growth and become a mindful culture that leads and serves with compassion.

In the Fall 2020 issue of Mindful Magazine, Jenée Johnson was recognized by her peers as one of twelve Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement.  Her amazing work was also featured as the cover story in the October 2019 issue of Mindful Magazine. In the Spring 2020 issue of Mount Holyoke Alumnae Quarterly, Jenée was listed in the cover story: Alums To Know About.

Jenée is the founder of The Right Within Experience, an experiential mindfulness program that reclaims humanity, joy and wellbeing for Black people through mindfulness practices. These are the human rights and exalted emotions that are eroded in Black lives through the consistent exposure to the trauma of racism. The Right Within Experience expands the scope of mindful practice to acknowledge its ancient African lineage and increase access and relevance to people of African ancestry. The program promotes healing and sovereignty for Black people and is curated for those on the front line of community service and social justice missions.

For 15 years, she served as the Director of the San Francisco Black Infant Health Program, a program which provides direct service to Black pregnant women and new mothers to address the health disparities in infant and maternal mortality.

Jenée Johnson is a certified professional co-active coach and certified by the globally recognized Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute to teach mindfulness and emotional intelligence based on the latest neuroscience. She is trauma trainer, Emotional Emancipation Circles Facilitator (Association of Black Psychologists), a certified HeartMath trainer, and certified to teach Femme! A meditative movement and wellness modality for women. She is a keynote speaker, coach, and consultant with Sankofa Holistic Counseling Services in the Oakland.