Google’s Peter Weng – Mindfulness Reduces Bias and Heightens Inclusion

Google’s Peter Weng – Mindfulness Reduces Bias and Heightens Inclusion

peter weng - diagramGreen Zone Institute’s Greg Heffron was delighted to attend the presentation at the Berkeley National Laboratory by ex-Google Director Peter Weng on “Enabling Inclusion Through Mindfulness.” Instead of detailing the various type of bias, Weng focused on the underlying mechanism of bias itself, which is mindlessness — the variety of ways we separate ourselves from the present moment and fall into inaccurate concepts about others in our world. Weng’s excellent presentation included a 10min introduction to mindfulness meditation and helpful diagrams about how the awareness that grows from mindfulness feeds back into our experience, allowing us to increasingly replace automatic reactivity (connected with the ‘fight or flight’ response of the brain’s amygdala region) with conscious and potentially more accurate responses.

 

Peter Weng is the vice president of sales and marketing for the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) and is also a Search Inside Yourself teacher.  Previously, Peter was a director at Google and led various organizations including global search quality evaluation as well as online sales and operations for Greater China. Prior to joining Google, Peter worked at Dell in sales, operations and marketing roles in the United States, Europe and Asia. Peter also held sales management and engineering positions with Rohm and Haas and Argo Scientific. He has worked on mindfulness and meditation programs in various settings including corporations and prisons. Peter serves on the board of Insight Santa Cruz and is also involved in work supporting wildlife conservation and sustainable transportation.

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Senior Mindful Communication Instructor Gregory Heffron MFA owns and manages Green Zone Institute. He was the first certified teacher of Mindful Communication authorized by Susan Gillis Chapman. He has been teaching Mindful Communication workshops since 2009, and has been a mindfulness meditation teacher since 2005. In 2005, he apprenticed with senior Mudra Space Awareness teacher Craig Smith, and became authorized to teach this unique mind-body meditation technique — included in nearly every workshop. In 2007, Greg co-taught with Smith to fourth year students in the Dance Division at the Julliard School in New York. Greg teaches Mindful Communication and Mudra Space Awareness primarily in North America and Europe. In 2003 Greg graduated with an MFA in Nonfiction Creative Writing from the University of Iowa. He coaches individuals, teaches workshops, and consults with businesses and organizations like Shambhala Mountain Center, Dechen Choling Buddhist Retreat Center and others.