My mission is to empower leaders and entrepreneurs to initiate positive personal and social changes through mindful actions. How did I arrive to this point? It goes back all the way from my immigration to US from China in my 20s.
After graduating with honors from the University of Montana College of Business in 2000, I was hired by IBM through their diversity program. I was thrilled beyond words. Image someone who grew up in a poor rural village under the foothill of Himalaya, landing a respectable job in a big international company? And it's Big Blue? Embarrassing to admit, I quickly became a workaholic, which helped me receive over 40 patents and multiple technical awards.
However, it bothered me to know my identify being fully tangled with my job at IBM. To relieve my unease and high stress, I took on mindfulness practices through yoga and Zen, and went to many spiritual retreats. Overtime, my practice has shifted from my personal yearning to become whole to an aspiration to wishing well-being of the world. Eventually, I became a certified Yoga Teacher and received Five Mindfulness Training from the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh and Plum Village. In recent years, I have been enjoying Tai Chi and painting.
In 2008, I was selected to participate in IBM Service Corp Program and volunteered in Brazil. I was totally awed by creative, energetic and passionate social entrepreneurs who were making positive changes with bootstraps. Little I knew at the time that how much this experience changed my life views. I no longer felt satisfied with my American dream.
In 2012, I started working as a research director for Gartner, a prestigious global research and advisory firm. During my 6-year tenure in Gartner, I helped hundreds of organizations ranging from startups to non-profits and Fortune 500. I coached business and IT executives to create innovative business models, plan their strategies, and design their information systems. When I look back, what I enjoyed most was to connect, coach, and consult clients to overcome their tough business and personal challenges from a point of strengths.
In April 2018, I took a much-needed sabbatical after 18 years in corporations. After deep soul searching subsequently, I decided to use my two decades of hard-earned business skills and mindfulness experience to empower leaders and entrepreneurs with social conscious. My two parallel universes converge to a single point now to empower you to initiate positive changes through mindful actions.
Mindfulness can help you become more intentional, alive, joyful, and productive. Consequently, your life, business, and career naturally flourish, so are people and environment around you. No matter you are new or experienced with mindfulness practices, I can help you create a customized and empowering plan to bring mindfulness from meditation cushions to your life. If you want to walk on this fascinating journey of mindfulness with me, please contact me at selvagemei at Gmail.