About Susan L. Shallcross, MBA, CMT-P
is a principal at Organizational Mindfulness. For over two decades, Susan’s professional focus had always been the strategy and implementation of key communications where she worked in the fast-paced world of the Washington political and legal arenas since starting her career as a Communications Aide to Congressman Richard Gephardt when he ran for President.
From there, she went on to serve as a government and public affairs consultant for a wide variety of national corporate and political clients. Transitioning into the legal area, Susan spent the next fifteen years in-house with two of the world’s largest law firms where she directed all international and domestic marketing, communications and business development activities.
In this environment, she observed inordinate levels of workplace stress and burnout and people operating at less than maximum efficiency and potential, or leaving the industry altogether. Having obtained an MBA, graduating magna cum laudefrom the University of Maryland, as well as earning a Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma, Susan changed her focus from the previous “command and control” management theory to alternatives to achieve maximum organizational and individual performance, potential and well-being.
She turned her focus to the fields of mindfulness and psychology. For the past seven years, Susan has researched and become expert in the field of mindfulness, in particular as it relates to organizational and individual focus, efficiency, employee performance, well-being and resilience. She completed Mindfulness Teacher Training with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and is a certified Mindfulness teacher (professional level) through the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She also studied and received a certificate in Positive Psychology - with specializations in Resilience and Positive Interventions - from the University of Pennsylvania and is now a Masters candidate in Counseling at Northwestern University. She is also a certified personal coach.
About Dana A. Schneider, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., RYT 200, CMT-P
Dana Schneider earned her BA from Bowdoin College, and her MSW and Ph.D. from Smith College School for Social Work. Dana transitioned from her role as a tenured Associate Professor of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University to teaching part-time and more fully pursing her interests in contemplative practices.
She founded Contemplative Insights, LLC to integrate her love of clinical practice, teaching, and heart-felt practices that enhance well-being.
Dana transitioned from her role as a tenured Associate Professor of Social Work at Southern Connecticut State University to teaching part-time and more fully pursing her interests in contemplative practices.
She founded Contemplative Insights, LLC to integrate her love of clinical practice, teaching, and heart-felt practices that enhance wellbeing.
Dana trained in Transformative Coaching with the Graduate Institute and is a registered yoga teacher certified in Kripalu yoga. She completed Mindfulness Teacher Training with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute and is a certified Mindfulness teacher (professional level) through the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Much of Dana’s approach is influenced by her experiences training with and being exposed to modern day masters, such as Thich Nhat Hanh, Sister Chan Khong, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Daniel Siegel, Joan Borysenko, and David Whyte. Dana’s practice is most informed by the teachings of Plum Village, where she received the five Mindfulness trainings.
Dana’s qualitative research focusses on individuals’ stories and resilience. She has written and presented on her research of women’s childbirth experiences, as well as the experiences of individuals in New Haven who are homeless. Her spirit of adventure inspired her to participate in a family retreat at Plum Village in France; an environmental and healthcare project in Indonesia; and a meditation and service retreat with a Mindfulness-based school in India.
Dana is published in the areas of supervision and clinical practice, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.
Extending her work into the community, Dana recently provided Mindfulness practices and workshops to the Independent Day School, Guilford High School, and Evergreen Yoga/Meditation Collaborative in New Haven. She has conducted local and national presentations on Mindfulness practices and Mindfulness in education.