Greg Zlevor is the President and Founder of Westwood International. He has over 25 years of experience in executive leadership development and education and has served as a coach, consultant, and facilitator for companies across Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and Australia. Under Greg’s leadership, Westwood International has made it its mission to give back, supporting not-for-profit organizations that help homeless children and at-risk youth across the United States, Mexico, Thailand, India, and South America. I had the pleasure and privilege to meet Greg and attend a weekend session with other amazing folks from around the country, all on a mission to support growth and healing in our individual and collective work.
His mission is “Reimagining What It Means to Lead Wisely
In a Global Age”.
After 20 years in the tech industry, Bob founded Adolescent Wellness, Inc. (AWI), a 501c3 non-profit that promotes practical resources to prevent mood disorders and prompt earlier treatment for adolescents. He is a contributing author to the book titled, “Patient-Centered Digital Healthcare Technology” on the gamification of mental health prevention and promotion.
Innovations Bob has facilitated:
– Boston Children’s Hospital’s Break Free From Depression curriculum for schools and Building Bridges to Understanding, the continuing medical education for pediatricians; both are delivered on-demand through OpenPediatrics
– Mclean Hospital’s School Nurse Liaison Project
– William James College’s Wellness Center games and the social emotional competency training pilot for school leaders
He has an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. I have known Bob for over 10 years and was one of the adult mentors and trainers for AWI in Wellesley. I’m thrilled to have Bob join us today.
Dr Meenakshi, Kumar, also referred to as Cosmos, is a 48 year old proud wearer of her gray, a gender and sexually fluid human, mother to an incredible 17 year old son, a family medicine, functional medicine and palliative care doctor at BMC/BU in Boston, a love, sex, relationship coach in training with VITA, a painter and a blogger. When she’s free, she enjoys hugging trees, playing the sitar, listening to music and dancing anywhere (she’ll embarrass anyone by stopping to dance on the street), reading (she started a book club 6 years ago that still meets monthly), cooking, watching lots of TV and movies and pre-pandemic traveling. She tries hard to keep her professional and personal lives intertwined so she can be an authentic human when interacting with her patients and the more she does that, the more she sees the folly in trying to do it otherwise. Her mode of operation is to break norms, think outside the box and then smash the box and burn it, speak up and be true to who you are. I had the pleasure of working with Meena at an integrative clinic and since she has been in her practice in Boston, I still refer clients to her, collaboratively working with from the east coast to the west! We are in for a real treat today – breaking down the walls for women.
Jennifer Llado is a speech-language pathologist and works as a rehab director in an LTAC (long term acute care hospital outside of Boston. She co-founded Mindful Ed, lecturing continuing education courses to over 15,000 clinicians on the evidence-based benefits of mindfulness/meditation on the mind, body and brain. Jennifer is also the co-author of Mindful Healthcare: 20 Brief Exercises To Get in the Zone with Your Patients. She is currently working towards a doctorate at Northeastern University in organizational leadership with a research focus on burnout in healthcare. Jennifer is a certified Brain Health Coach and is passionate about holistic health. She and her husband are the proud parents of the only 5-year-old that loves kale!
Daniel Greene is a software development student from Dayton Ohio, currently working in an internship for a software company. Daniel volunteers with National Alliance on Mental Illness as a support group facilitator and is active in his community. Dan’s journey began with his own struggles with bipolar illness. Through various medication trials, behavioral support and education, and finally desiring to get a handle on weight, cholesterol and stomach issues, he sought treatment with me in 2019. His process of transformation has been remarkable, so let’s hear about his journey.
Kelly has a Bachelor of Science in Management and an MBA. Her formal education provided a springboard from which a 30-year healing journey began. Finding herself with multiple illnesses in her late 20s, Kelly sought support through Eastern and Western practices. Recently, she embarked on an intensive 5-year journey to discover how to create meaningfully in the world while overcoming the obstacles to living a fulfilling life. Her work focuses on a process she developed to support entrepreneurs as they create new solutions for humanity’s challenges. Kelly wrote a 3-book series, called Creating a Leader, to illuminate several of the healing aspects that help bring our intentions to make greater positive impact in the world to fruition. I’ve known Kelly both personally and professionally for a number of years and know of her amazing creativity and commitment to her work.
Marie Ruggles, MS, RD, CN, CDE is a clinical nutritionist and is known as “The Kitchen Pharmacist.” She started her career in research at Columbia University, where she earned a degree in nutrition and public health. She drills down the science into simple actions steps to help busy people stay healthy and age gracefully. Marie’s book, The Kitchen Pharmacy, is a multiple award winning (including the Readers Favorite) and a #1 New Release in Medical Nutrition and Parenting Nutrition. It reveals the “secret” sauce for viral protection presented in a 3-step nutrition prescription that delivers real-time results. Marie loves helping “boomers” to stay active, age gracefully, and to avoid unnecessary suffering and aches.
This solocast is dedicated to my 64 years of life, my experiences, learning and continued desire for self-growth and finding ways to support others on their journey.
Sit back, listen to my uncensored experience because as Brene Brown states in her book, Daring Greatly, vulnerability is about “uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.”
Dr. Sa’ed Al-Olimat, PharmD is a Taiwanese-Jordanian first generation American immigrant. He is a licensed pharmacist and educator of psychedelic medicine. He has worked with pharmaceutical companies, prescriber clinics, hospice and palliative care organizations, insurance groups, and other settings to enhance patient care. He is a community-pharmacy manager and mental health advocate. His passion in advancing mental health outcomes led him to investigating psilocybin and other classical psychedelic compounds as tools for mental, spiritual, and emotional support. Dr. Sa’ed serves as the Vice President of the Psychedelic Club of Pittsburgh, Co-Founder of the Psychedelic Pharmacists Association, and Founder of PsiloHealth. He believes in ending the war on drugs and establishing equitable entheogen regulatory frameworks to promote consumer safety, psychedelic integrity, ecological sustainability, sacred reciprocity, and healer inclusivity.
Dr. Chen is an integrative family physician who helps people recover their health from the ground up using innovative techniques such as genetics, lasers, acupuncture, and homeopathy. He is certified in functional medicine, nutrigenetics, acupuncture, homeopathy, and herbalism.