German-Born and Southern-Bred, Tim is a global citizen with a mission to create safe spaces for people to be their authentic selves.  Currently, Tim is working at Facebook making the world ‘more open and connected’ thru his work on International Product Growth.  Tim spends most of this time trying to be mindful and practices as well as teaches Yoga whenever he can


Aliza (“Ah-lee-zah”)

Has practiced mindfulness since 1997 and co-taught mindfulness and yoga to inmates of maximum security men’s prisons, after developing an interest in human rights law in 2003. She now creates corporate leadership development training for Apple, Inc, where her workshops have influenced 50,000 global employees. With an organization she co-founded called Intelligent Play, she has trained professors and teachers all over the world in the art of play-based learning and cross-cultural communication. Before moving to California.

Aliza spent three years managing the communications department for a federal environmental agency in the Canadian arctic, in an Inuit community called Iqaluktutiak – also known as Cambridge Bay. She learned to kite board on the frozen ocean, to ice fish, and to sew traditional Inuit clothes. With a background in Education, Communications, Biology, Law, and a Masters degree in Environmental Studies.

Aliza also spent several years advising on the Boards of Directors for the North American Association for Environmental Education and the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication. Her creative nonfiction has been nominated for a national literary award, and she recently gave a TEDx talk about the power of helping strangers.


Propels ideas and experiences into meaningful action. As Global Mana President, Founder, & CEO, Patrick cultivates solutions to issues of our social and environmental impact. Patrick has directed and produced numerous environmental documentaries showcasing both the beauty and devastations of our planet.

His visual narratives tell the story of global interconnections and the urgent need for change. As a respected captain and navigator who has sailed numerous seas, Patrick constantly seeks more fluent and graceful ways of moving through the world. He transforms the way we do this.

His interviews with international leaders and indigenous healers amplify a global perspective that promotes ecological responsibility, cultural inclusion and a revolution in consumer ethics. Patrick identifies and directs projects that deepen our connection to the environment and the lives of others. When you work for a cause you are the effect. Patrick injects dynamic law into his activism: he has swam rivers and oceans from Hawai’i and Tahiti to Thailand raising millions for environmental causes. He sees no stopping.


Is a visionary social entrepreneur, award-winning producer and advocate for accessibility and social change. Gordon believes that 21st-century tools can revolutionize society by ending the social isolation of disadvantaged, vulnerable and oppressed minorities.

He has worked at the forefront of technological innovations—developing industry-leading digital TV, broadband Internet and social networking applications—to restore balance and advance civic engagement. For over 30 years Gordon has consulted for international leaders in the IT, telecom, consumer electronics and entertainment industries as well as private, public and governmental organizations to develop socially-evolved business models. An engaging storyteller and motivational speaker.

Gordon has given numerous lectures at local universities and colleges. Gordon is a lifelong environmental activist. He has established international programs to train students for careers in the media—to help tell the stories that matter, with impact.

Chris ​Zdenek

​Began meditating in 1990. Inspired by Brother David Steindl-Rast a long time advocate of of Gratefulness. Chris has a wide range of experience in entrepreneurship, business planning, marketing, sales and operations, architecture, furniture and product design, ergonomics, and real estate development plus he is a creative intellectual writer, having developed a comprehensive theory on the fractal nature of consciousness, socio-cultural development, the driving forces of history and organizational development.

He i​s the principal founder of Soma Ergonomics and is a graduate of Cal Poly SLO and Bellarmine College Prep where, among other things he learned the importance of being of service to others.

sham Shamash Alidina

Shamash has been practicing mindfulness since 1998 and runs his own successful training organization.

He is the international bestselling author of the Mindfulness For Dummies series and has now written The Mindful Way through Stress. He frequently pops up in newspapers, magazines and on radio shows. He’s also the founder of the world’s first Museum of Happiness in London and founder of the Happier World Conference.

Based in London, he runs workshops and speaks at conferences all over the world and now uses webinars to show others how to teach mindfulness, too.

Shamash has had the honour and privilege of training with the fathers of ‘Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction’, Jon Kabat-Zinn PhD and Saki Santorelli PhD through the Center for Mindfulness in Massachusetts, United States. He has also trained extensively with the Centre of Mindfulness at Bangor University in Wales.

He loves coaching people to live in the present moment in a calm and focused way, leading to greater health and wellbeing. And, with his strong background in science, Shamash loves the way that mindfulness has been proven to work scientifically many times.

Arnaud Saint-Paul 

the CEO and co-founder of Heal Through words. Arnaud, conscious technologist, author, and visionary is inspiring businesses and individuals around the world by helping them reach their highest potential. As a visionary and technologist, he has been awarded for his many outstanding achievements in innovations, technology and methodology.

Driven by the knowledge that technology is the expression of Consciousness. Arnaud Saint-Paul is elevating business owners and individuals alike in their business and personal lives. Using his latest methodology he paves the way for their best potential. This is the key for his clients’ continuous growth, financial success and well-being.

Youth Ambassadors

My name is Sijing (Lucy) Zhao, and I am a student in the class of 2018 in Pinewood School. I participate in various activities like the robotic club and interact club, and I participated in CORO’s Exploring Leadership 2016 program, which helps to develop an individual’s civic leadership style. I am also a student volunteer in Mission Be. I am a huge advocate and believer in a complete recovery from mental illness, and I believe that everyone can be free from their own negative mental restraint and all people deserve to be happy. Through volunteering in Mission Be, I hope that more children and teens will be able to receive the relaxation tools from Mission Be and learn how to be happier and more confident.