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True North Leadership Teaching Fellow (based on the work of Bill George)

Emotional Intelligence:

  • Daniel Goleman Certified Meta-Coach

  • Genos International Certified EI Practitioner

  • Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI) Certified



  • Search Inside Yourself Certified Teacher (Level 2)

  • Certified Mindfulness Teacher - Professional (CMT-P)

  • Personal contemplative practice spans more than 30 years

Intercultural Competence:

  • IDI Qualified Administrator

National Council of Mental Wellbeing, Mental Health First Aid Certification:

  • Adults

  • Youth


  • Francine A. LeFrak Foundation Center for Well-Being at Barnard College, Advisory Board

  • Sojourner's, Board of Directors

  • Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, Board of Directors

  • Representative Democracy, Advisory Council

  • Mindful Birthing and Mindful Parenting Foundation, Advisory Board


  • Named among the "12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement," (U.S., 2020), Mindful Magazine

  • Woman of The Year

  • Top Corporate Leader of The Year

  • Golden Key International Honour Society (Honorary Member)

  • Founding Member, Mindful Women Meditate (

  • Senior Faculty, 1440 Multiversity Leadership Center

  • Founding Faculty, GolemanEI Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification Program

  • Senior Teaching Fellow, True North Leadership (


  • The George Washington University Law School (Washington, D.C.)

  • Barnard College at Columbia University (New York City)

  • Key Sectors: Corporate, Education, Tech, Non-Profit, Government, Law Enforcement, Intelligence/National Security, Legal and Manufacturing.

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Michelle Maldonado is Founder and CEO of Lucenscia (pronounced: loo-SENSE-see-ah), a firm dedicated to human flourishing and mindful business transformation. She is an internationally certified mindfulness and emotional intelligence teacher and practitioner with the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute and the International Mindfulness Teachers Association, Genos International and GolemanEI, respectively.

She is a former corporate and tech attorney turned business
leader who understands diverse industry sectors, mission, and
service. Michelle is passionate about learning, helping elevate human
consciousness and alleviating suffering in the world. Her work
focuses on personal and professional leadership development at
the pivotal intersection of mindfulness, unconscious bias,
emotional intelligence, authenticity, and compassion, nestled on a
solid foundation of neuroscience and research and taught through
an equity lens to help leaders do their inner work to create
positive and sustainable outer impact.

Michelle also serves as Senior Faculty for 1440 Multiversity's
Leadership Center, founding faculty for Daniel Goleman's
inaugural Emotional Intelligence Coaching Certification program
and Senior Fellow with Bill George's True North Leadership
program, co-teaching with Bill George (former CEO of Medtronic)
and Scott Kriens (Chairman and former CEO of Juniper Networks) at 1440 Multiversity Retreat Center. She is a highly, sought-after keynote speaker, thought leader and strategist collaborating with government agencies, corporations, non-profits/NGOs and higher-ed communities worldwide helping to make workplaces and world places more human.

As a result of her work and impact, Michelle has been recognized
among the “12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness
Movement” (U.S. 2020), as “Woman of The Year,” “Top Corporate
Leader,” and inducted into the Golden Key International Honour
Society for her holistic approach to cultivating leadership
presence, compassion, well-being, and cultures of belonging and inclusion as well as purposeful performance and impact.

Michelle is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University
and The George Washington University School of Law. She hails from Cape Cod, MA and has resided in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area with her family since 1993.  Michelle recently was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates as a representative for the 50th District in Northern Virginia.

  • Her favorite saying: What happens to one of us, happens to all of us.

  • Purpose & calling: To help alleviate suffering in the world

  • Descriptor: Bridge-builder

  • Most recent Compassion Project: A Bridge To Better: A Family's Open Letter and Invitation to Humanity with Free Resource Guide

A few organizations with whom Michelle has collaborated include:

Corporate: PepsiCo, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Capital One, Pfizer (Canada), Deutsche Telekom (Germany), Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Nationwide Insurance, Chatham Financial, Fitbit, Metalsa (Mexican Manufacturing Company).

Academic (K-12 to Higher Ed): Johns Hopkins University Medical School, New York University, the National University of Singapore, Oxford University (Center for Mindfulness), and Bay Path University.

Non-profit/Foundation/NGO: United Nations Foundation, Representative Democracy, Democracy Fund, Center for Public Integrity, Congressional Management Foundation, Alexandria Community Trust, and The Crim Fitness Foundation.


Government & Law Enforcement: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and U.S. Department of Defense as well as York Region 3 Police and government executives (Canada).


Centers: 1440 Multiversity and The Center for Compassionate Leadership

Michelle's work has been featured in:

  • Digital Intelligence Institute (DQ Institute), in association with the World Economic Forum

  • United Nations Annual Global Engagement Summit

  • Society for Human Resources Management

  • Mindful Leader Summits & Intensives

  • Mindful Magazine and

  • Institute for Integrative Nutrition

  • Representative Democracy

  • Human Capital Institute

  • Leadership Excellence

  • Chief Learning Officer

  • Training Magazine

  • Barnard Magazine

  • Huffington Post

  • Thrive Global

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