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Stanford Graduate School of Business
Lecturer in Management

Research Statement

Leah is a contemplative scholar and writer specializing in the application of meditation in secular contexts. She leads courses on compassionate leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is Principal Teacher and Trainer for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, founded by HH the Dalai Lama. She also leads Compassion Education and Scholarship at HopeLab, an Omidyar Group research and development nonprofit focused on resilience.

Research Interests

  • Resilience
  • Mindfulness
  • Compassion
  • Self-Compassion
  • Communication
  • Work Environment

Bio

Leah Weiss, PhD, is a researcher, trainer, consultant and author. Dr. Weiss specializes in the optimization of mindfulness and purpose in the workplace. She teaches courses on compassionate leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is Principal Teacher and Trainer for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, founded by the Dalai Lama. She also directs Compassion Education and Scholarship at HopeLab, an Omidyar Group research and development nonprofit focused on resilience. Leah consults with a variety of organizations customizing trainings and creating programs ranging from healthcare to hedgefunds to optimize well-being, mindfulness, purpose, innovation, and collaboration in the work environment.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Theology and Education, Boston College Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and Lynch School of Education, 2012
  • MSW, Boston College, 2006
  • BA, History, Stanford University, 2000

Academic Appointments

  • Lecturer, Stanford GSB

Professional Experience

  • Creative Lead of Compassion Education & Scholarship, HopeLab

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Degree Courses

2017-18

GSBGEN 324: Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion

The course explores the role of mindfulness, self-compassion and compassion in the workplace, and the contribution of these qualities to leadership. Topics addressed will include: How can mindfulness enhance clarity in purpose and productivity?...

2016-17

GSBGEN 324: Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion

The course explores the role of mindfulness, self-compassion and compassion in the workplace, and the contribution of these qualities to leadership. Topics addressed will include: How can mindfulness enhance clarity in purpose and productivity?...

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In the Media

Self-compassion: The best medicine

BeWell Stanford, September 6, 2017

Want Kids and a Career? The Two Valentines Notes You Must Write Today

Huffington Post - The Blog, February 14, 2017

Can We Be Mindful at Work Without Meditating?

Greater Good - The Science of a Meaningful Life, January 21, 2016

Veterans Relearn Compassion through Meditation

Mindul.org, 2015

3 Reminders That Can Help You Raise Resilient Kids

Huffington Post, July 31, 2014

Meditation May Ease PTSD in Combat Vets

KQED Science, November 8, 2013

Through Meditation, Veterans Relearn Compassion

NPR All Things Considered, November 21, 2012

Uncovering Real Compassion

TEDx Traverse City, May 2012

When I’ve Seen Through the Horror; Compassion Training for Vets

Inquiring Mind, 2012

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