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SIY Comes to Florida!

Search Inside Yourself is a program that teaches tools for focus, self-awareness, and resilience, so people can create a better world for themselves and others.

April 24 — 25  |  9:00am - 5:00pm
USF St Petersburg
University Student Center Ballroom, 200 6th Ave S
St Petersburg, FL
Program Language:  English

Join the emerging movement of companies integrating evidence-based mindfulness in their workplaces.

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Emotional Intelligence

Workplace studies prove that emotional competencies enhance performance, leadership effectiveness, and wellbeing.

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Attention is the fundamental energy of the mind. How we direct our attention determines the mental habits we form, the emotions we develop, and the results we experience.

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Research shows that mindfulness is a foundational skill that underpins the inner factors of growth: self-awareness, self-management, and emotional skills.

The SIY program includes:

Join us for a highly interactive 2-day program followed by a 4-week online journey as we explore mindfulness and emotional intelligence for inspiring wellbeing, collaboration and high performance.

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Live Training

(2 days)
Introduction to neuroscience, mindfulness and the five emotional intelligence capacities.
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Virtual Practice

(4 weeks)
Weekly exercises and resources, delivered by email.
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(1 hour)
Reconnect with an SIY teacher and SIY alumni to create a plan for sustained practice.

Your Facilitators:

Quentin Finney

Quentin Finney

Quentin Finney is founder of Pause i/O, a certified B Corp especially focused on enabling sustainable high performance through emotionally intelligent leadership. He’s personally committed to helping business leaders along their growth journeys as they move through times of transition and into roles of increasing responsibility. Such critical transformation begins with the deeper inner work of connecting with themselves as a way of enabling them to be agents of greater service and impact in all areas of their lives.

Quentin serves as a faculty member with Wisdom Labs, a lead mentor for startups with Boomtown Accelerator, a Search Inside Yourself certified teacher, a Newfield Networks trained executive coach, a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, and an international Certified Mindfulness Teacher.

He has worked with very diverse organizations, from Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, Expedia, Medtronic, and Google, international Government organizations including the United States Department of Defense and the Ministry of Finance in Jamaica, higher education institutions including Ohio State University and Naropa University, and numerous nonprofits.

In the tech sector since 1999, he has held various consulting, sales and leadership roles with Red Hat, Google, EMC, Northrop Grumman IT, and four startups, where his primary achievements were in the areas of go to market strategy, revenue acceleration, mission alignment, and durably scaling the business into new areas.

A former U.S. Marine officer with advanced studies in Authentic Leadership, Quentin is an honors graduate of The Citadel and gives back by volunteering with Veteran's PATH, a nonprofit focused on providing mindfulness-based transition support for veterans as they rejoin the civilian world and uncover new paths of service.

Gayle Van Gils

Gayle Van Gils

Happier at Work: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace, is a practical guide for developing the powers of attention, stress reduction, communication and collaboration  Gayle is the founder of the consulting, training and coaching company Transform Your Culture, where she offers leadership mentoring, life coaching, training and guidance for corporate culture transformation.

Gayle’s intuitive, direct and caring process supports greater focus,
engagement, connection, and a productive and compassionate life and workplace. Gayle’s specialty brings together her extensive experience as a mindfulness teacher with the practical solutions and real-life work she has conducted as a business consultant and executive coach.  Gayle
has an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, and is a certified instructor of Search Inside Yourself - the mindfulness and emotional intelligence training developed and proven at Google. She also holds a certification as a Barrett Values Center consultant.

Gayle is a senior meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage, and in that role, has worked with thousands of students to bring the power of mindfulness into their everyday lives. She is also a mindfulness teacher on the app Simple Habit, a where her meditations on diverse topics ranging from morning inspiration to help with sleepless nights can be found.  Through her teachings both in person and through her online courses such Get Paid to Change the World- a course for entrepreneurs available on, Gayle has helped thousands of people to find more peace, energy, inspiration, joy and success in their lives and businesses.

Gayle and her husband, Gerard live in St. Petersburg, FL and have two sons, Alex and Jonathan who are both musicians. When she is not busy working, or practicing meditation, she loves to get her hands dirty in clay and create large
sculptural pieces for her home and yard.

Book individually or for your team today.

Here are some frequently asked questions we receive

Cancellation Policy: If you're unable to attend a program that you've registered and paid for, there are a couple of options:

  • Transfer to another participant: Tickets are fully transferable to another person at any time. Contact [email protected] to give us the name and email of the attendee in your place.
  • Full or partial refund: You are eligible for a full refund until three weeks prior to the event. If you cancel between one to three weeks before the program, you can receive a refund less a 25% processing fee. If you cancel within 1 week of the program you are not eligible for a refund.

Unfortunately, registrations are not transferable between programs, and we are unable to provide credit for future programs.

Refunds will be issued through Eventbrite and processed within 15 days of notification of cancellation.

You’re in Good Company

ABC Carpet
American Express
AP Plasman
Bae Systems
COX Media
Detroit Diesel
English School's Foundation
I think anybody can benefit from this program in many different ways. I want my colleagues to take it, my family to take it – I would highly recommend it.
Rebecca Zucker, 2016