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Brendan Ozawa-de Silva

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Leading with Compassionate Integrity Workshop

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D. and Michael Karlin, Ph.D.

 

Being an effective leader requires mastering personal and inter-personal skills not typically taught in business school or on the job. These include cognitive and emotional skills, such as mindfulness, emotional awareness and emotion regulation, as well as inner values like courage and forbearance that are critical for leading with clarity, balance, equanimity and integrity. They also include pro-social skills, such as forgiveness, gratitude, generosity, empathy and compassion. Research shows that these skills can be systematically cultivated through practice, changing the brain and body in measurable ways. The cultivation of such skills enables one to become a transformational leader, who engenders greater creativity, satisfaction, loyalty, trust, workplace integrity, and wellness among his or her team-members. This positive work environment in turn leads to less stress, emotional exhaustion and turnover, and ultimately to more satisfied customers. In this highly experiential workshop, you will learn the science behind the skills necessary to lead with compassionate integrity as well as key practices for cultivating these skills in your personal and professional life.

 

Biography

Dr. Brendan Ozawa-de Silva is Associate Professor of Psychology at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, and Associate Director of Life University’s new Center for Compassion, Integrity, and Secular Ethics. He also serves as Associate Director for Buddhist Studies and Practice at Drepung Loseling Monastery in Atlanta, and as a Research Fellow for the Emory-Tibet Partnership at Emory University. He received his doctorate in Modern History from Oxford University in 2003, an M.Phil. from Oxford University in Russian and East European Studies, and a Master of Theological Studies from Boston University. In 2015 he completed a second doctorate at Emory University, where his research focused on methods for cultivating compassion through meditation in the context of contemporary research in psychology and neuroscience.

 

From 2003 to 2005 he taught courses on interreligious dialogue and Buddhist and Christian spiritual practices as a member of the faculty of the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. In 2007 and again in 2010 he was appointed Program Coordinator for the Visit of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Emory University, in which capacity he organized several conferences featuring the Dalai Lama, including the International Conference on Tibetan Buddhism in 2010. He is one of the lead meditation instructors for the Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) research program at Emory, which investigates the health and psychological benefits of compassion meditation. He has worked to bring compassion training into elementary schools in the Atlanta area, to foster children in Georgia’s foster care program, and to inmates in correctional facilities in Georgia. This work is featured in the eBook Compassion: Bridging Science and Practice and in the documentary film, Raising Compassion. Since 2007 he has also served as a Religious Life Scholar and Advisor on Buddhism to the Dean of Religious Life at Emory.

 

His current research focuses on the psychological, social and ethical dimensions of pro-social emotions and their cultivation, with a focus on compassion and forgiveness. He is involved in several current meditation studies in Atlanta and in Japan, and has received multiple grants to fund this research. He has published recent articles and book chapters on the mind/body relationship in Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan medicine, the secularization and scientific study of contemplative practices, scientific research on compassion meditation and its benefits, suicide and mental health in Japan, and the introduction of contemplative practices and pedagogy into education.