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NACD BLC 2014 Breakout Session – Mindfulness Revolution

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In Buddhism, mindfulness is a facet of meditation in which an individual focuses their attention on the thoughts, feelings, or sensations happening in the moment. In psychology, studies suggests that mindfulness improves an individual’s quality of life, boosting memory and reducing stress and anxiety, among other benefits. In business, the adoption of these techniques has shown to improve productivity—so much so, that even Fortune 50 companies and the U.S. military are integrating mindfulness practices into the workday. Mindfulness expert Janet Nima Taylor—an American Buddhist nun, author, and co-founder of meditation resource organization Serenity Pause—gave directors attending the 2014 NACD Board... Read More

Silicon Valley Entrepreneur and Media Guru Carlos Watson to Deliver Keynote at Annual NACD Conference

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As a charismatic entrepreneur and founder of startup company OZY Media, Carlos Watson will pull from his experiences and knowledge of business trends and innovation to deliver a keynote address at the National Association of Corporate Directors’ (NACD’s) annual Board Leadership Conference Oct. 12-14 in Washington, D.C. With a diverse résumé, Watson—educated at Harvard University and Stanford Law School—has worked as a news anchor for MSNBC and, at the age of 29, founded college preparatory company Achieva College Prep Service, which the Washington Post later purchased. He created online news service OZY Media last year with financial backing from Laurene... Read More

Middle East Expert to Share Views On Syrian Conflict, ISIS at Conference

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As international crises fixate political leaders and traumatize millions of citizens caught in conflict, particularly in the Middle East, a former military leader and one-time advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama will share his views at the NACD Board Leadership Conference. Retired USMC Gen. James L. Jones, former national security advisor to President Obama, has for the last two years served as chief executive of the United States-Kurdistan Business Council. (USKBC) Jones’ perspective on the role of boards in the oversight of geopolitical risk, including implications of volatile situation in the Middle East and the rise of the Islamic State of... Read More