Board of Directors
Janice Marturano is the Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders and potential leaders in the exploration of mindful leadership. She founded the Institute for Mindful Leadership in 2010 after five years of developing curricula and providing Mindful Leadership training to leaders from around the world while simultaneously serving as Vice President, Public Responsibility and Deputy General Counsel for General Mills, Inc.
As an experienced Fortune 500 executive and an expert in board governance, Susan is a frequent writer and speaker on topics of importance to corporate directors in her role as Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center. Susan chaired the 2016 Thought Leadership Commission on Visionary Boards for the Women Corporate Directors (WCD) Foundation and wrote the WCD/KPMG publication, “Seeing Far and Seeing Wide: Moving Toward a Visionary Board”. Susan received her law degree from Columbia University, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an Editor of the Columbia Law Review, and her bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College. Susan is a NACD (National Association of Corporate Directors) Board Leadership Fellow, and a member of WCD.
Michelle Peterson grew up in central New Jersey. She attended Cornell University where she received a BS in Chemical Engineering. She received her MBA and MEM from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business. Michelle joined General Mills in 1997 in the QRO & Operations functions. In 2003, after completing her MBA, she joined the Marketing function. She attended her first mindful leadership retreat, led by Janice, in 2009 and it was nothing short of life changing.
Joe Ens has over 20 years of experience as a corporate executive, most recently as the Managing Director of Australasia for General Mills. Originally from Toronto, Joe moved to Minneapolis in 2003 with his wife and began raising his family in the Twin Cities. He was worked with several boards whose mission is to unleash the potential of others, including the University of Wisconsin’s Business School and People Serving People (Minnesota’s largest family homeless organization). As a servant leader, he is passionate about developing talent and high performing teams, and believes the discipline of mindfulness is essential to effective leadership.
Peter Thompson is the Institute’s Managing Director. His leadership experience spans decades as an engineer, project leader and a strategic manager in the telecommunications sector (including 13 years at Bell Laboratories). Peter holds a BS, MS, MBA and PE. Peter has brought this experience to the role of Managing Director of the Institute since its doors opened in January, 2011 and has been instrumental in setting the plan for its strategic growth. Peter’s passion for mindful leadership originated more than a decade ago as he began to see the transformative effects of mindfulness training on the cultivation of leadership excellence.
Tanya M. Odom
Tanya M. Odom, Ed.M. is a global consultant, coach, and diversity, inclusion and civil rights thought leader. She has worked globally for over 20 years, in over 40 countries, as a consultant and facilitator focusing on areas including: Diversity and Inclusion, Inclusive Leadership, Race/Racism, Challenging Conversations, Mindfulness, Coaching, Innovation and Creativity, Educational Equity, and Youth Empowerment/mentoring. She is the co-author of “Evaluation in the Field of Education for Democracy, Human Rights and Tolerance.” Tanya is a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, where she has written posts about diversity, leadership, self-compassion, and mindfulness. Tanya also writes for cnn.com. Over the last 3 years, often in response to national and global incidents related to diversity and inclusion, Tanya has spent a great deal of time globally facilitating sessions, and moderating panels focused on “Challenging Conversations,” where she has been creating spaces for honest and courageous dialogues and sharing. Tanya is on the Board of Trustees for Vassar College. She is on the Advisory Board for Wall Street in the Black, and is a Board member of the National Society for High School Scholars.
Peter Krembs (Director Emeritus)
Peter Krembs has a background in academia spanning over 35 years in the fields of human development and organizational psychology. He has worked with technical and professional talent in many types of organizations on leadership development, leading change and helping people transition to executive roles. Currently he is a senior partner at the Center for Character-based Leadership in Minneapolis.