San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Please join the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) in beautiful San Francisco for two days of personal and professional development focused on building healthy mental habits for sustained high performance and wellbeing. Developed at Google and based on the latest in neuroscience research, the Search Inside Yourself (SIY) program teaches attention and mindfulness training that build the core emotional intelligence skills needed for effective leadership.
We help professionals at all levels adapt, management teams evolve and leaders optimize their impact and influence.
Give us your attention for a few days, and we’ll show you how to focus it for the rest of your life.
The SIY curriculum includes:
- Emotional Intelligence
Everyone has the capacity to develop and increase wellbeing because wellbeing is a skill, and all skills are trainable.
The highly interactive and experiential program includes the following core components:
Overview of the neuroscience of emotion, perception and behavior change
Definition of emotional intelligence and its personal and professional benefits
Attention training to enable greater emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, self-mastery, motivation and connection with self and others
Principles and practices for developing healthy mental habits that accelerate wellbeing, including effective listening, generosity, empathy, communication and social skills
Mindfulness and reflection practices that support happiness and thriving and overall wellbeing
Exercises include attention training practice, dyad conversations, writing, walking, and group conversations
Whether you are coming for personal or professional development, to check out the SIY program for your organization, or to explore the possibility of becoming an SIY teacher*, you will learn foundational skills to:
Enhance mental fitness and clarity
Develop agile and adaptive mindsets
Reduce stress responses
Improve access to creativity
Develop greater self awareness
Enhance emotion regulation
Improve communication skills
Develop better decision-making skills
Develop greater emotional intelligence
Experience greater overall wellbeing, thrive!
Marc Lesser is the CEO, founder and board member of SIYLI and long term Zen student. He has authored Know Yourself, Forget Yourself, and Less: Accomplishing More By Doing Less, and Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration; How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life, published by New World Library.
He was the founder and CEO of Brush Dance, a publisher of greeting cards, calendars and gifts, taking Brush Dance from an idea in his garage to a multi-million dollar company over 15 years. He facilitates retreats for CEO’s, business leaders, and management teams from companies such as Google, Twitter, Stanford, The City of San Francisco, and Global Fund for Women.
He was a resident of the San Francisco Zen Center for 10 years and was former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center. He received his M.B.A. degree from New York University and his Undergraduate degree in psychology from Rutgers University. He is a longterm member of Social Venture Network.
Meg Levie is the Director of Culture at SIYLI. After 15 years of residential and monastic practice at the San Francisco Zen Center, she felt called to find ways to make awareness practices more accessible to the wider world. Since 2008 Meg has taught classes and retreats on integrating mindfulness into work and life at companies such as Genentech, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and recently developed an SIY internal train-the-trainer program for Google.
As a professionally certified coach, she has worked with entrepreneurs, CEOs, founders of nonprofits, and other executive-level leaders. She loves working with leaders who have a strong desire to develop greater self-awareness and help create workplaces that support true human development. She graduated from Stanford University with honors, then completed a master’s degree in English literature at the University of Texas at Austin before leaving a doctoral program there to follow her heart’s calling of studying Zen.
If you're unable to attend a program that you've registered and paid for, you are eligible for a full refund until two weeks prior to the event. If you cancel within two weeks of the program, you have two options:
- Send a substitute of your choice to attend the program in your place
- Receive a refund for the program, less a 25% processing fee
Refunds will be issued through Eventbrite and processed within 15 days of notification of cancellation.