Cassandra Vieten, Ph.D.
Cassandra Vieten, a licensed clinical psychologist, has served as a nonprofit executive for over 15 years. She is also a scientist at the Mind-Body Medicine Research Group at California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute. She received her PhD in clinical psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where her clinical training focused on the integration of Eastern philosophy and spirituality into psychotherapy. Her research has focused on spirituality and health; development and pilot testing of mindfulness-based approaches to cultivating emotional balance; and factors, experiences, and practices involved in psychospiritual transformation to a more meaningful, compassionate, and service-oriented way of life. Her primary interest lies in how psychology, biology, and spirituality interact to affect experience and behavior.
An accomplished author, she has written books, chapters, and academic articles, as well as presenting at numerous international scientific conferences, trainings for colleagues and students, and workshops and events for the lay public. She is co-author of Spiritual & Religious Competencies in Clinical Practice Guidelines for Psychotherapists & Mental Health Professionals (New Harbinger Publications 2015), Living Deeply: The Art and Science of Transformation in Everyday Life (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2008), and author of Mindful Motherhood: Practical Tools for Staying Sane During Pregnancy and Your Child’s First Year (New Harbinger/Noetic Books 2009).
Bristol Baughan is an executive producer of Emmy-winning and Oscar-Nominated films, author, and executive coach. She founded Inner Astronauts to support people in harnessing their unique gifts in service to the world. Bristol coaches executives and social impact leaders to truly embody the values they believe in with integrity, vitality, and play. She launched Campaign Science to bring cognitive, social, and behavioral science to campaigns, candidates, and causes.
After a decade of starting companies and making award-winning films she spent seven years studying behavior and consciousness around the world including a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology and hundreds of hours of one-on-one coaching. She facilitates individuals and groups using a mix of modern and ancient modalities including Person-Centered Psychology, Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP), Gestalt, and Somatic Meditation.
Sandra de Castro Buffington
Sandra de Castro Buffington is a global leader in entertainment for social change. As the Founding Director of UCLA’s Global Media Center for Social Impact (GMI) and Principal Investigator of the Hollywood & Youth Sexuality, Reproductive Health and Rights project, Sandra works extensively with Hollywood and other entertainment capitals to inspire and develop storylines that have profound impact on knowledge and behavior.
Sandra consults with the entertainment industry and transformational leaders to ignite storytelling for peace, empowered portayals of women and girls, and consciousness that awakens and unites the world. She co-leads The Shift Network’s annual “Sacred Pilgrimage into the Soul of India” where she interviews spiritual leaders for The International Yoga Day Summit, keynotes in creative capitals and spiritual gatherings globally, and co-produces an international peace event in Rishikesh, India.
Mica Estrada, Ph.D.
Mica Estrada is a leading scholar in the area of diversity, inclusion and social influence, including the study of kindness, identity, values, forgiveness, well-being, and integrative education. Currently she is engaged in several longitudinal studies, which involve the implementation and assessment of interventions aimed to increase underrepresented minority student participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers (funded by NIH, NSF, and HHMI). She has also directed Climate Education Partners and the interdisciplinary team that provides learning opportunities to San Diego leaders about the changing climate. In all her work, Dr. Estrada works with ethnic populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education, most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and have the potential to provide diverse and creative solutions to the pressing challenges of our day.
Mica received her masters and doctorate in Social Psychology from Harvard University and now is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Institute for Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is nationally recognized for her scholarship on broadening participation, and currently serves on a National Academy of Sciences, Research Council Roundtable.