Leah Weiss, Ph.D., MSW, is a teacher, researcher, and meditation expert at Stanford University specializing in the application of mindfulness and compassion in secular contexts. Her perennially waitlisted course at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion, is breaking new ground in an MBA program already famous for innovation.
In 2015, Leah was given the role of Women in Management Facilitator at Stanford business school. As Principal Teacher and Trainer for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Training program, founded by the Dalai Lama, Leah developed the curriculum to train more teachers to meet a growing interest in compassion as it applies to people’s work, family, community, and selves. Her first book, How We Work, is published by HarperCollins.
Leah has consulted in many different settings in addition to Stanford Business School, including Harvard-affiliated hospitals, Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford Bing Institute, Google headquarters, the Young Presidents’ Organization, LinkedIn, the Greater Good Science Center at Berkeley, Wisdom 2.0, Esalen Institute, Omega Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center, and at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where she teaches mindfulness and compassion to help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress, and to help VA staff around the Bay Area cope with the stress of their jobs helping veterans.
At HopeLab, a Drucker award-winning research and development nonprofit based in Silicon Valley founded by Pam Omidiyar, Leah previously directed the contemplative education initiative. She now consults for the Omidyar Group’s 21st Century Leadership Initiative as well as the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (SEED)at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.