GIFT Advisory Board 2017-06-14T12:08:27+00:00

GIFT Advisory Board

Happily, many of the world’s top scientists, psychologists, educators, business persons, spiritual and religious leaders, and self-empowerment trainers share the GIFT mission. They have signed on to advise and support GIFT.

The Board encompasses all ranges of diversity, gender, age, geography, and background. GIFT is committed to a special emphasis on young and emerging leadership. The Advisory Board is in formation and has 43 members.

Dr. Michael Baime

Founder and Director of the Penn Program for Mindfulness, University of Pennsylvania Health System

Leading pioneer in integrative medicine and mindfulness training.

Doug Balfour

CEO, Geneva Global

Partner with the PVBLIC Foundation and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
World leader in international development evaluation, risk assessment, governance and reporting.
300 experts in over 100 countries. $1 billion of giving influenced.

Leigh Blake

Co-Founder and Co Executive Director – We Are Here movement.

Co-Founders, Leigh and Alicia Keys adopt social causes and enlist world celebrities. Beginning in 2003, with celebrities, foundations and corporations, Leigh raised $50 million to provide AIDS drugs and services to save 2.3 million African and Indian children.

Judson Brewer MD. PhD

Director of Research, Center for Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

Joel Brokaw

Writer, Author, Communications.

Co-authored Tyler Perry’s #1 New York Times best seller, Don’t Make A Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings.
Co-authored Florence Henderson’s best seller, Life’s Not A Stage.
1986, created the idea for “Black Family Reunion Celebration” festivals. Attendance now exceeds 20 million.

Kevin Cherilla

Co-Founder, K2 Adventures Foundation (KAF)

Where others see limitations, we see potential.

KAF sponsors a school in Tanzania for blind, albino orphans.

In 2009, 25 KAF enthusiasts climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya – eight were blind; one had no arms or legs. (The subject of a PSA during the NFL Super Bowl.

George De Lama

President, Eisenhower Fellowships

Created by former U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower. Global Youth Leadership Development. Annually sponsors 40 to 45 extraordinary youth around the world.

Yasmine El Baggari

Founder and CEO, Voyaj, social enterprise using technology as a driver for peace.

Voyaj is an online platform connecting world travellers to local hosts so that individuals better understand other cultures. Native Moroccan. Hampshire college graduate.

Sergio Fernandez de Cordova

Chairman & CEO PVBLIC Foundation.

Communications and media partners for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. 90 participating media partners, reaching 193 countries, citizen reach: 2 billion +.
Includes Viacom, Cincepolis, IMAX, Univision, OmnicomGroup. 102 participating ad agencies, 450 corporate partners and 27,000 NGO’s.

Claire Gaudiani

Founder and Director of The Declaration Initiative (TDI), a national movement to alleviate poverty in America.

Former President of Connecticut College

Her directorships include: The Henry Luce Foundation; MBIA Inc., the Council for Economic Education and The Philanthropic Collaboration.

George Halvorson

Chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding.

Retired Chair and CEO for Kaiser-Permanente, grew the ten billion organization to fifty billion dollars. A world leader in early childhood development. Brain research shows that birth to age three is critical as our brain’s neurological passages are forming.

Ken Honda


Leading mindfulness and self empowerment practitioner in Japan.

Author of 130 books. Significant social media following.

Patrick Ip

Digital pioneer and entrepreneur.

The United States Manager for Pozible, the third largest crowdfunding platform in the world. Co-CEO of Kula, Inc., a global multi-generational community of people focused on solutions.

At age 20, in September 2011, as unpaid Executive Director of United Nations ASPIRE, Patrick spearheaded the first-ever public program and youth event to galvanize more than five million students in over 700 colleges and universities in over 100 countries into global service projects.

Shilpa Jain

Executive Director YES!, a non profit organization that connects, inspires and collaborates with young change makers from over 80 countries worldwide.

Founding coordinator for Global Youth Leadership Collaborative, non profit hosting international conferences of young change makers while providing incentive funding for small-scale grassroots innovations.

Shamini Jain

Founding Director, Conscious and Healing Initiative (CHI)

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, the University of California San Diego; Chair of the Center for Integrative Medicine’s Research Committee.

Adil Kassam

Co-Founder, Unify, a nonprofit seeking to unite humanity through meditation and global consciousness to promote world peace.

Unify partners with the United Nations annually on the UN’s ‘Day of Peace’ to host synchronized peace events. September 2015: 1,412 events in 108 countries which reached an estimated one billion people via social media.

Kerry Kennedy

President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights.

Marty Krasney

Executive Director of the Dalai Lama Fellows.

First Director of the Aspen Institute Seminars.

Founding President of the American Leadership Forum.

Honors at Princeton University, MBA Harvard.

John Kruth

Executive Director, Rhine Research Center

Founder, Rhine Education Center

Independent, non-profit parapsychology research center. The successor to the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University. Considered the oldest and most reliable source for information on the science of parapsychology in the United States.

Christine Lai

Consultant and Collaboration Catalyst

Former Chief of Staff for Zappos founder Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness

Supports individuals and organizations that cultivate the maximum potential in people doing amazing things to impact communities worldwide. Founding staff member, University of California Merced Center, for leadership development and student life programming. Graduate BA in Political Science, University of California Santa Barbara.

Vishen Lakhiani

President & Founder of Mindvalley, Asia’s largest organization seeking to spread mindfulness to one billion people.


Doug Lambert

President and Co-Founder, UniteUs.World (UUW), a non profit digital start up that sets out to transform philanthropy worldwide.

Corporate advertising exceeds $600 billion per year. UUW will use modern technology to link global non-profits and NGO’s and their social media data bases to become the ‘eyeballs’, potential customers for the advertisers. In five years, UUW projects that more than $200 billion per year will flow directly to nonprofits.

Nipun Mehta

Co-Founder,, an all volunteer-run global organization that leverages technology to inspire greater volunteerism.

ServiceSpace allows our inherent generosity to blossom out into small acts of service for the community around us, and creates a space to learn how outer change is closely tied to our own inner transformation. It’s about changing ourselves, to change the world. Weekly, reaches more than 500,000 folks.

Lisa Miller, PhD

Professor of Psychology and Education.

Director of Clinical Psychology Program at Columbia University, Teachers College. Author, The Spirited Child, the next big idea in psychology: the science and the power of spirituality in health and personal development.

Sheevaun Moran

Founder and President, Energetic Solutions

Author. Business advisor. Master coach. Energy thought leader for entrepreneurs.

Jessica Morey

President and Founder, iBME,

Inward Bound Mindful Education

iBME offers in-depth mindfulness programming. An important pioneer training teens and young adults in in developing self-awareness, compassion, and ethical decision making.

Katie Myler

2014 Time Magazine Person of the Year.

Founder and CEO, More Than Me, an organisation in Liberia building schools and transforming education in developing nations using modern technology.

Lisa Nichols

President and Founder of Motivating The Masses, the only publicly-traded personal and business training company – reaching more than 30 million people.

Author. 7th book – Abundance Now!

World leader in individuals reaching their full potential.

Arrey Obenson

Secretary General, Junior Chamber International (JCI).
200,000 to 250,000 active members in 200,000 cities and 150 countries enlisting youth in global service.

Lillian Pravda

Founder and CEO, Vision For and From Children.
Lillian was born with cataracts and would have been blind by age nine. She had access to the sight-saving operation. At age eight, Lillian wanted to afford others opportunity for the same care. Now sixteen, Lillian is responsible for providing the gift of sight to 26,200 children worldwide. Active partnerships with international ophthalmology societies bring Lillian into more than 100 countries.

Dean Radin

Chief Scientist, Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)

IONS was founded in 1973 by former astronaut Edgar Mitchell with a clear mission: “To broaden the knowledge of the nature and potentials of mind and consciousness and to apply that knowledge to the enhancement of human well-being and the quality of life on the planet.”

Carissa Reiniger

Founder and President, Silver Lining LTD, an online software company with a mission to provide management expertise to small businesses creating jobs in poverty areas in America and developing nations worldwide.

Bob Rotella

Top Sports Psychologist in the World.

Pioneered the global field.

Clients have won 74 golf major championships. They include Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington and Davis Love, as well as NBA MVP Lebron James.

Kristen Sandquist

Co-Founder, K2 Adventures Foundation (KAF)

Where others see limitations, we see potential.

– KAF sponsors a school in Tanzania for blind, albino orphans

– In 2009, 25 KAF enthusiasts climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Kenya – eight were blind; one had no arms or legs. (The subject of a PSA during the NFL Super Bowl.)

Craig Schindler

Co-Founder and President, Project Victory

Nationally renowned speaker, author, trainer, facilitator and consultant. Nonprofit Project Victory has taught conflict resolution, mediated dialogue, and personal leadership to thousands worldwide.

Rachna Sharma

Founder & Managing Director –  Magnum Opus India
Founder & Managing Director – Vision 2021 one million youth for peace
Alumni of Harvard Business School
Author of “Epigenetics of Peace” & “Globalization and voices from indian practitioners”
Award winner – Femina Women entrepreneur award 2017
Leading woman hospitality II GLOBAL 2013
Goodwill Ambassador – Global Pashmina Goat Project 2014 –  2015

Dan Siegel, MD

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine.

Founding Co-Director, Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCLA.

Medical degree, Harvard University Post Graduate medical education, UCLA.

Mikey Siegel

President and Founder, Biofluent Technologies

Co-Founder, The Transformative Technology Conference.

Teacher, Stanford University

Significant youth leader exploring and developing breakthrough technologies to enhance the hidden powers of our minds.

Chade-Meng Tan

Founder, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute.

Author, best selling Search Inside Yourself

Team leader, PeaceJam One Billion Acts of Peace

#107 employee at Google where he introduced Mindful-Based Stress Reduction programming.

Cassandra Vieten

President & CEO – Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)

IONS was founded in 1973 by former astronaut Edgar Mitchell with a clear mission: “To broaden the knowledge of the nature and potentials of mind and consciousness and to apply that knowledge to the enhancement of human well-being and the quality of life on the planet.”

Brian Weinberg

Global Operations Director, Nexus Global Youth Summit

Wilford Welch

Author, Publisher, Diplomat. 5 Professions. 100 Countries. 7 Continents

Carin Winter

CEO is the founder of Mission Be, Mindful Education and has successfully brought mindfulness into 62 schools from Big Sur, California to Brooklyn, New York- scaling their impact to over 42,000 students in the first three years. She  has been studying the work of mindfulness for over 20 years and is a talented meditation teacher,  gifted speaker and visionary.

Carin holds an LMSW with a clinical background and 15 years of experience working with youth in schools, foster care and the juvenile justice system. Carin ​is also an advisory board member to​ the Jesse Lewis Choose Love ​Movement in Sandy Hook.

In her free time Carin can be found meditating, watering her garden, riding her bike, hiking the mountains or practicing yoga.