Wisdom 2.0 is made up of an expansive and dedicated community of people from all over the world.
Here are some of the folks who are working behind the scenes to bring you Wisdom 2.0's conferences, events, news, and gatherings.
Soren GordhamerFounder and Host
Soren Gordhamer is the founder and host of Wisdom 2.0, and the author of Wisdom 2.0, one of the first books to explore living with mindfulness and wisdom within the context of our modern technology age. He works with individuals and groups on living with greater mindfulness and purpose in our technology-rich age.
Soren has spoken on or taught mindfulness to people around the world -- from youth in New York City's juvenile halls, to trauma workers in Rwanda, to staff at Google's corporate headquarters.
Cat Li StevensonChief of Staff
When Cat attended the inaugural Wisdom 2.0 conference in 2010, she was a corporate banker and real estate agent. The experience moved her, and sparked an inner exploration to take a deeper dive. Today, Cat is a wellness devotee, living and practicing mindfulness in an urban Zen center in San Francisco, and an explorer of the human journey.
Cat is deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with an amazing team.
Caty SarleCommunications Coordinator
Caty Sarle is a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz with a major in Psychology. During her education she was particularly focused on Social and Liberation Psychology. Currently living in Colorado, Caty is interested in exploring new and old ways to bring authentic presence to mindful communities in all parts of the world. As a member of the Wisdom 2.0 team, she looks forward to hearing others share their practices, interests, and inquiries.
When Caty is not typing away she is off swimming in most all bodies of water, experimenting in the kitchen and practicing new crafts.
Stephanie MeuxSan Francisco 2016 Event Lead
Stephanie has worked as an event coordinator in both the corporate sector as well as for spiritual and personal growth organizations.
Over the past 20 years she has been committed to the exploration of pathways that facilitate personal growth and transformation with a special interest in experiential learning modalities.
The confluence of several of these pathways has led her to develop and run her own Equine Guided Education program, which utilizes the relationship developed with the horse as the medium through which to expand self-awareness. She is personally passionate about the connection between mindfulness and embodiment and has been deepening her own inquiry by pursuing training as a body worker and Somatic Experiencing practitioner.
Working with Wisdom 2.0 continues to be an exciting opportunity as it is allowing Stephanie to bring her professional event coordination skills, creativity and personal inquiry into deeper alignment.
Stephanie is thrilled to be returning to the Wisdom 2.0 team and looking forward to what is sure to be another inspiring event!
When not looking at a computer screen, Stephanie can be found spending time with her horse, playing out in nature or dancing.
Fran BenedictVolunteer Coordinator
Fran Benedict is a health counselor based out of San Diego, CA. She experienced her first Wisdom 2.0 Conference in 2013 as a volunteer and was eager and honored to accept the role of Wisdom 2.0 Volunteer Coordinator in 2014. Fran has spent the last 20 years on a path in health promotion and behavior and has utilized her education in the corporate setting and non-profit sector to develop and implement health education programs. Fran's passion for healthy living, connecting with people, and discovering ways to support each other in discovering their unique path and potential is merged at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference.
Fran enjoys discovering ways to bring intention and mindfulness into daily practices and has fun experimenting with this in her kitchen. When she's not in her garden or kitchen, she is spending time with friends, family or outdoors running, swimming or practicing yoga.
She is currently following her passion for healthy living and and mindfulness at www.simplymindful.com.
Sonya StewartPartnership Coordinator
Sonya Stewart is dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations achieve their full potential without personal sacrifice. She creates life-changing results through her mastery of the transformative psychology of NLP; as well as her knack for restructuring mental and logistical spaces towards increased efficiency and happiness.
Sonya also teaches other coaches how to sustain work/life alignment for themselves and their clients. Her passion for creating community has lead her to produce high-trust private events for entrepreneurs and thought-leaders, such as TEDxFiDiWomen, Wisdom 2.0 and the School for the Well Spoken Woman LIVE.
Hayley KirkseySpeaker Coordinator / Programming Assistant
Hayley Kirksey graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015 with a BA in Communication. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, she returned home after graduation and joined the Wisdom 2.0 team as Soren's assistant. Event planning has always been her dream job, so she's very excited to have recently stepped into the Speaker Coordinator role and oversee programming for the 2016 conference.
When not working with the team, Hayley loves to travel near and far, enjoys hiking the Santa Cruz Mountains, and is always playing in the ocean!
Arturo is a Director of Engineering at Facebook working on social tools to help people be more mindful of each other. This includes such areas as identity, harm and abuse prevention, ways to develop better online citizens, and tools designed to help resolve conflicts between individuals such as bullying. Previously he was Chief Paranoid at Yahoo! where he worked with a global team dedicated to providing a secure online experience.
Michelle Gale is an explorer and practitioner of mindful and conscious parenting. As founder of My Messy Spirituality, Michelle candidly shares her own journey raising mindful children while creating a forum where others can receive support to do the same through open dialogue and coaching. She currently works with families and schools, leading groups and coaching individuals. Her experience as an elementary teacher, executive coach, and leader of learning and development at Twitter have all cultivated her unique style. Michelle has been advising the Wisdom 2.0 Conference from its early inception and is an advisor to Tilt, Inc., an executive leadership consulting company.
Her education consists of a bachelors degree in Child Development, an Integral Coaching Certificate from New Ventures West and many years of personal development work in conscious awareness theories and practices. The best education is the one she receives living, playing, and adoring her husband and two young sons in Marin County just north of San Francisco.
Rich FernandezStrategic Advisor
Rich is co-founder of Wisdom Labs, a think tank, learning and data insights company focused on activating the science of mindful well being, resilience and purpose-driven performance within organizations.
Before launching Wisdom Labs, Rich was the director of executive education at Google, and was previously head of learning and organization development at eBay. Before transitioning to the technology sector Rich was a learning and leadership development executive at Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase & Co.
Rich was trained as a psychologist and received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and M.A. in Organizational Psychology both from Columbia University. Rich received his undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego, where he majored in surfing and extended beach walks. He still avidly practices these arts today near his home in San Francisco, California.
Melissa SutorVolunteer Assistant
Melissa has been joyfully involved with Wisdom 2.0 since 2011. She was immediately drawn to the Wisdom 2.0 community because of her previous career in Silicon Valley as a software engineer and IT project manager and her current path that focuses on wellness and happiness. Melissa is a Mindfulness Teacher, Retreat Leader, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant and the founder of Dragonfly Center.
She has numerous certifications in mindfulness and has been teaching since 2009. She has taught workshops at progressive organizations such as Google and Esalen Institute.
Melissa’s love for education inspired her to be the first African-American to obtain an advanced degree from the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Notre Dame then later to attain a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University.
Her home base for the past two years is Maui, Hawaii with her German husband, Olaf, who loves warm hugs and sunshine. :-)