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Best Practices and Insights for Minnesota's Leaders-- Check Back Soon for 2020 Conference Information

Following the enthusiasm for the Mindful Leadership Conference in 2018, this year's event, titled Leading with Purpose, seeks to provide a new opportunity for leaders to find the tools and support to bring the best out of their teams and organizations.

This year participants will discover the "why" that drives leadership and inspires the culture around us. Join us Monday, October 21, to hear from industry experts, including Richard Leider, Ann Anaya, Maggie Tomas, Mariann Johnson, and Louellen Essex, as they share practical insights and challenge us to lead with a greater sense of purpose.



See how to earn 3 CEU hours for this event.NBHWC



Featured Speakers

Richard Leider

Richard Leider

Why do you want to be a leader? The answer to that question will make a significant difference in how well you lead.  Your purpose inspires why you lead and how you engage others. Richard will present a practical framework and three paths for becoming a more purposeful leader. Purpose is fundamental to health, healing, happiness, and, ultimately, to becoming a trusted leader.

Richard Leider, founder of Inventure-The Purpose Company, is a senior fellow at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. He has written ten books including three bestsellers which have sold over one million copies. The Power of Purpose is considered a classic in the personal growth field. Widely viewed as a pioneer in the purpose movement, his PBS Special, The Power of Purpose, has been seen by millions of viewers.

Ann Anaya

Ann Anaya Leaders have a crucial role shaping culture and setting the tone for inclusion in an organization.  This presentation will explore the interconnection of inclusive leadership behaviors and a corporate culture that is powered by inclusion. Ann Anaya joined 3M Company in 2013 and is currently the Chief Diversity Officer and Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Lead. 

Ann has served on the Legal Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Committee, including as Co-Chair of the Maturity Model and Metrics Subcommittee.  Ann is also a 2016 3Mgives Award recipient, the company’s highest honor for community service.  AAnn has been described as "the voice at the table advocating for a more inclusive legal community" throughout her career.


Breakout Sessions

Discover Your Career Language

by Maggie Tomas

Discover your individual career language and get the tools to ask for what you need in your career to stay happy and healthy in a job you love. In this session, participants will learn the 5 career languages of motivation at work to identify their own career language and appreciate the career language of their colleagues, managers, and direct reports.

Living on Purpose, Mindfully

by Mariann Johnson

This session will explore the use of mindfulness as an everyday tool for enhancing resiliency and living in alignment with one’s purpose. Practical tips and tools will be provided to support and inspire a life rich in purpose and meaning.

Leading Courageously

by  Louellen Essex

Learn the disciplines that enable leaders to make bold moves that are effective. Understand how to assess risk accurately and avoid the draw of defensive leadership practices.



12:30 – 1:00 pm      Check In/Registration
1:00 – 1:05 pm       Welcome Address: Nora Anderson
1:05 – 1:25 pm       The Relationship of Purpose to Wellbeing: Mary Jo Kreltzer
1:25–2:10 Paths to Purpose: Richard Leider 
2:20 – 3:00 pm       Breakout Session
3:10 – 3:50 pm       Breakout Session  
4:00 – 4:45 pm       Inclusive Leadership and Corporate Culture:  Ann Anaya
4:45 – 5:00 pm       Closing Remarks: Nora Anderson and Mary Jo Kreitzer
5:00 – 5:45          Networking Reception



Maggie Tomas

Mariann Thomas

Maggie Tomas is the Director of the Graduate Business Career Center at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.  In her role, she leads coaching and business development for 8 different graduate business programs for 1500 students and 20,000+ alumni.  Maggie’s background includes teaching, counseling, and business development at both the graduate and undergraduate level. She holds a BA in Liberal Studies and an MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Career Counseling and Professional Development. She has more than 15 years of experience coaching students and executives and firmly believes that every member of society should have the privilege of doing what they love.

She is involved in the MBA Career Services and Employer Alliance and Make IT. MSP.  She has been a contributor to various publications, where she writes about work/life integration.  Maggie lives in St. Anthony Village with her husband and two daughters and spends much of her free time enjoying the outdoors (embracing winter!) and volunteering in the classroom and community.

Mariann Johnson

Mariann_headshotMariann Johnson is a wellbeing and mindfulness instructor for the University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing.  Prior to joining the Center, Mariann served as a Mindfulness Facilitator and Manager for Moment Health, a UnitedHealth Group Ventures program, and as a founding and senior instructor for the Institute for Mindful Leadership, an international leadership developed group originally piloted out of General Mills, Inc. Mariann has practiced mindfulness meditation for over 25 years and studied with national and international leaders in the field. She completed extensive Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training through the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Louellen Essex

Louellen EssexLouellen Essex is an Educator in the Carlson Executive Educator’s Network at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Dr. Essex focuses on training and organizational development, leadership, communication, team building and conflict resolution. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota where she studied administration, psychology, and communication. For over twenty years, she has worked extensively with private industry, government, health care organizations, and educational institutions, including Fortune 500 companies.  Dr. Essex is a recipient of an American Society for Training and Development Professional Excellence Award for her work in management development. She has co-authored three books on leadership and published numerous articles in professional journals, including Leader-to-Leader, Training and Development, and OD Practitioner.

Mary Jo Kreitzer

MaryJo 10 SMALLMary Jo Kreitzer PhD, RN, FAAN is the founder and director of the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota, where she also serves as a tenured professor in the School of Nursing. and is the co-lead of the doctorate of nursing practice program in integrative health and healing. Dr. Kreitzer earned her doctoral degree in public health focused on health services research, policy and administration, and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing. She has served as the principal or co-principal investigator of numerous NIH-funded clinical trials focusing on mindfulness meditation with persons with chronic disease, including studies focusing on solid organ transplant, cardiovascular disease, chronic insomnia, diabetes, and caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Kreitzer has authored more than 150 publications, and is the co-editor of the 1st and 2nd editions of the text Integrative Nursing published by Oxford University Press.

Nora Anderson

nora_anderson headshotNora Anderson is passionate about creating a positive impact for organizations and individuals through education and has over a decade of experience in  leadership roles in Management Education across three continents. She is currently Executive Director of Executive Education at the Carlson School of Management (University of Minnesota). Prior to working at the Carlson School, she held leadership roles in International Business Development and Executive Education at IE Business School in Spain and Universidad Siglo 21 in Argentina. Nora has lived and worked in Argentina, Spain, Mexico, Chile and Brazil and traveled to over 40 countries. She is bilingual in Spanish and fluent in Portuguese and holds an MBA degree from IE Business School and a B.A. degree from Macalester College.


NBHWC Continuing Education Units

Leading with Purpose qualifies for 3 CEU hours through the National Board for Health and Wellness Coaches. After registering for the even, you can register to receive the CEU hours. 



Carlson Executive Education

Minnesota's business leaders rely on Carlson Executive Education for their professional development.  Carlson School of Management is globally recognized with top-ranked programs and award-winning faculty. They offer development resources for leaders all along the leadership spectrum, from emerging management talent to seasoned executives. Programs are used  by both individual professionals and organizations to develop a wide range of essential business disciplines, including high-level strategy, finance, leadership, analytics, and more. 

Center for Spirituality & Healing

The University of Minnesota's Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing enriches health and wellbeing by providing exemplary interprofessional education, conducting rigorous research, delivering innovative engagement programs, and advancing innovative models of care. Their vision is to advance the health and wellbeing of individuals, organizations, and communities through integrative health and healing.