Meet Our Instructors

Instructors for the Institute for Mindful Leadership, led by Executive Director Janice Marturano, embody experience, expertise, compassion and dedicated practice. These qualities enable our instructors to skillfully help our clients cultivate excellence as they move toward becoming ever more mindful leaders.
Our team draws on a wide range of professional backgrounds: organizational and community development, corporate systems and technology, legal, mental health, nonprofit management, healthcare, finance and global business solutions, to name a few. Our instructors completed intensive training prior to coming to the Institute, have worked directly with Janice to become fluent in the Institute’s curricula, and maintain their own mindfulness disciplines.
Our depth of cumulative experience in corporate, nonprofit and government enterprises gives the Institute the ability to approach each group or individual as unique, seeing what is needed in each situation and customizing workshops and retreats to address appropriate issues.
Want to learn more about integrating Mindful Leadership into your work, corporate, nonprofit or community group? Contact us now for information on how the Institute’s team can help you and your organization learn to live and lead with excellence.


Janice Marturano
Founder and Executive Director, Institute for Mindful Leadership

Former Vice President, Public Responsibility and Deputy General Counsel, General Mills Inc.

Author, Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership – 2014 Nautilus Award Winner

Janice Marturano is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and the fundamentals of leadership excellence. She founded the Institute for Mindful Leadership in January, 2011, after ending her 15 year tenure as Vice President, Public Responsibility and Deputy General Counsel for General Mills, Inc.

Janice was a strategic leader within General Mills for nearly 15 years before leaving to dedicate herself full time to the Institute. While fulfilling her duties as a corporate officer at General Mills, she also co-developed the very first mindful leadership curricula at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness where she served as a member of the Advisory Board. As a certified teacher of mindfulness and an experienced former officer of a Fortune 200 company, she has brought the intensive training of mindful leadership to leaders from all forms of organizations-corporate, non-profit, academic, government and military. In 2013, she was invited to share her understanding of the importance of mindful leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland and again at the 2014 World Economic Forum Conference in Tianjin, China.

Janice’s work has been featured on the BBC, Huff Post Live, and in the NY Times, Financial Times, Saturday Evening Post, Time magazine, and LA Times. Her book, Finding the Space to Lead has become required reading at business schools, such as Columbia, NYU and USC. It has been or is being translated into many languages including French, Norwegian, Spanish, Polish, German, Chinese and Korean.


Patrick Briody is a Senior Instructor with the Institute for Mindful Leadership. He has led workshops for the leaders of organizations such as Bain Capital, Bechtel, and Capstrat, and co-taught a number of public residential retreats with Janice Marturano. He has been a close associate of the Institute since 2013.
Patrick had a 25 year long career on Wall Street, the majority of that time with Goldman Sachs as a managing director in the technology division. In his roles, Patrick routinely worked with the senior leadership of Goldman, often chairing committees, coordinating complex efforts across staff with diverse backgrounds, and representing the Firm in critical situations such as discussions with regulators.
Patrick has been a dedicated student of mindfulness practice for over a dozen years, and is also an experienced teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). He received his training in MBSR at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Dawn MacDonald, MSW is a Senior Instructor with the Institute for Mindful Leadership. She has led workshops with a number of clients including the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba, Ionia County Community Mental Health Authority and Genentech. She has been a close associate of Janice Marturano and the Institute for 5 years.

Dawn MacDonald is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Catholic Health Corporation of Manitoba(CHCM) and has co-founded the Compassion Project, an organizational change and development process co-creating the conditions for compassion to flourish within Health and Human Services. For 20 years, she journeyed with adults and adolescents struggling with mental health issues in acute inpatient settings.

Dawn is a Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (UCSD) teacher and has completed all of the professional trainings at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. She is a Stanford University Medical School Certified Compassion Cultivation Training Teacher, and is also a Certified Teacher for the Center for Mindful Self Compassion. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, affectionately known as the Heart of the Continent.


Patricio Barriga is a Senior Instructor with the Institute for Mindful Leadership. He has been developing his Mindful Leadership experience for the last 5 years. He has received teacher training for the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program from the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and he has received teacher training for Mindful Leadership from the Institute for Mindful Leadership.
For the past 25+ years, he has been working as the CEO-President of Fagor Group, a leading European consumer products company, for North, Central and South America. He developed and executed the long term plan and vision for doing business in the two continents. Once he created each country partnership, he developed the full business training and strategy. His experience includes all facets of business development, strategy definition, deployment and implementation, developing strategic alliances. His view is creating corporate value through values in the business world.


Carol Hyman, a project manager, writer, teacher, coach, and consultant, comes to the Institute for Mindful Leadership drawing on expertise garnered in a variety of professional fields. She is a Senior Instructor at the Institute for Mindful Leadership. From her time as a business owner, a manager in social services, the director of a non-sectarian meditation program, and a project manager she has gained a great deal of entrepreneurial experience.
Carol has consulted in conflict resolution and enhanced communications ranging from one-on-one mediation to facilitating board retreats. Her project management skills have served numerous non-profit groups and for the past fifteen years have been in the service of the estate and family of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. A practitioner of mindfulness and other contemplative disciplines for almost four decades, Carol has taught these practices extensively throughout the United States and Canada and as far away as New Zealand, to groups large and small including professional organizations, non-profit boards, and college students. Having recently served as editorial project manager for a previously unpublished collection of the writings of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, she is presently working on her own book, Salvaging Sanity. Carol lives in Vermont with her husband Patton.
John Cregier is a business executive and consultant with 35 years of leadership experience in both technology and general business domains. His life has been deeply influenced by a mindfulness practice that began almost 25 years ago, including how mindfulness served as an important source of leadership wisdom while fulfilling very demanding responsibilities. John has provided mindfulness instruction to others through his work and in his community.
John’s professional experience is primarily with a regional wireless operator where he served in the capacity of CIO for 9 years. He also held key leadership roles in marketing and general operations. More recently he founded a consulting firm which provides advisory services focused on IT strategy and investments, and helping firms navigate complex technology-based transformations.
As a Senior Instructor for the Institute for Mindful Leadership, John is inspired to use his real-life experience of leading mindfully to help leaders unlock their true potential and improve their well-being in today’s challenging business environment.