Wendy Palmer

Embodied Leadership: Mindfulness as a Tool For Leading With Presence

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What You'll Learn

  • Discover how being centered in your body can open you up to choice, connection, and strength and help you develop the qualities you need to be an effective leader

  • Learn tools and practices to help you to become more resilient and respond to stress and pressure with greater presence and confidence

  • Hear how mindfulness and principles from the Aikido martial arts can increase your compassion, wisdom, and power to meet challenges that arise in your daily life

About Wendy Palmer

Wendy Palmer is the founder of LEADERSHIP EMBODIMENT, a process using principles from the non-violent martial art of Aikido and mindfulness to offer simple practices to increase leadership capacity and respond to stress and pressure with greater confidence and integrity. Wendy holds a sixth degree black belt in Aikido and has practiced mindfulness for over 45 years. Her organization, LEADERSHIP EMBODIMENT offers training to experienced coaches and facilitators wishing to teach Leadership Presence. Wendy's most recent book is Leadership Embodiment: How the Way We Sit and Stand Can Change the Way We Think and Speak, and she is currently working on a new book, About Dragons and Power, which will be available on Amazon.

About Peter Weng

Peter Weng is the Chief Executive Officer of Healthy Minds Innovations. Peter is focused on helping organizations adopt science-based practices that support mental well-being and performance. He implemented systems of well-being and performance as a leader in large corporations and is regularly invited to share these experiences with corporations, governmental organizations, NGOs, and conferences around the world. Prior to HMI, Peter was the Chief Business Officer at the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute. Peter also spent many years in technology as an executive at Google and Dell while living and working in the United States, United Kingdom, China, and Poland. He held management and engineering positions in industrial water treatment at Rohm and Haas and Argo Scientific. Peter has served on the board of the Insight Santa Cruz meditation center and founded music, dance, and sustainable transportation community organizations.

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  1. Suzette Misrachi March 26, 2020 at 5:39 am

    Wendy Palmer, you’re the kind of person I’d love to visit once in a while, have a cup of tea and a nice stroll in some beautiful garden while we continue our interesting conversation… Thank you for such a delightful and inspiring session.

    Suzette Misrachi, Melbourne, Australia
    Author of: “Lives unseen: unacknowledged trauma of non-disordered, competent Adult Children Of Parents with a Severe Mental Illness” and various brief articles on grief and trauma aimed at mental health practitioners which I then offer for free to the general public (see

  2. Misia March 24, 2020 at 9:37 am

    Thank you Wendy, you are inspiring!

  3. Beatrijs March 24, 2020 at 7:14 am

    Thank you so much for this! The lightness of Wendy’s presentation, and the soft and interested listening of Peter Weng, made this talk a delight to listen to and very accessible. The content is so down to earth and I can and will ‘use it’ straightaway. 🙂

  4. Ivanna March 24, 2020 at 6:23 am

    I loved every word! Thanks so much Wendy!

  5. Magdalena March 24, 2020 at 6:11 am

    Dear All, thanks to this summit I watered many mindfulness seeds and planted a lot of new ones. Now I will be watching them grow and nurture them. Comforting, strenghening and supportive lectures!

  6. Donna Cooper March 23, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Thank you so much Wendy, for all your insight, and for being so open about everything. May you continue to do well, and I’ll do my best to follow your words of advice. Thank you for sharing your story and your knowledge. God Bless you.

  7. Padma March 23, 2020 at 5:51 pm

    Noble, Awesome & Shiny…. Wendy you have inspired me!! Thank You for such an inspiring presence!! I would love to meet you or even join one of your training programs.

  8. Kai Tomasberg March 23, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Beautiful thoughts! Very inspiring session, thank you!

  9. Susanne March 23, 2020 at 2:34 pm

    Magical. Thank you for the inspiration! Feel so much lighter and was smiling throughout. Grateful for the clarity and simplicity of profound wisdom. Love noble, awesome and shiny,

  10. Larry Brown March 23, 2020 at 11:45 am

    What a great session…pragmatic and warm. I felt uplifted all the way through. Will print the transcript so that I can absorb more of Wendy”s Wisdom.

    Thank you.

  11. Cristina March 23, 2020 at 9:55 am

    Thank you. I notice a smile on me during all time 😉

  12. Betina March 23, 2020 at 9:42 am

    It has been a pleasure . Thank you so much to both of us from Argentine

  13. rachael March 23, 2020 at 9:32 am

    Great interview. I feel light and inspired. And shiny! Thanks, to both of you beautiful souls.

  14. Susanne March 23, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Dear Wendy,
    thank you so much!
    Ahat a surprise that coincidentally I read in your book “The intuitive body” 10 days before (I received it from a friend 2011!
    thinking “how may Wendy Palmer being now and what is she doing right now?”
    Not knowing you would appear here in the summit!
    Since 25 years I am practicing zen and Aikido, and went to Japan 2009 (still here)
    to explore deeply in practices with the goal to make the fundamentals accessible to people who cannot do the practices in a common Dojo.
    The more I am practicing the more I am sensing it is necessary. And as well working with archetypes and so on I am very familiar with and it is so nice, as if being your younger sister. The basics are somehow neglected in Japanese Dojo (patriarchal and male hormone guided which lead to what you are describing due to (tightness and less compassion in the hierarchical) it is rare that the outcomes of neurosciences or other scientific updates are applied as I already do in my education context teaching at university young students. So I feel confirmed and supported in my perspective concerning the future. I tried to access your homepage to contact you personally but there is shown: “error page”. Would you be so kind to set a Link that works out in the answers of the comment page here? ps my mother tongue is German, please excuse if I do not express perfectly..Wendy, sending blessing to you and again, what a coincidence.

    • Jo March 23, 2020 at 7:14 am

      I tried to access the links on Wendy’s page – they were broken.
      Please assist if you able.

      Brilliant ideas Wendy. Your teachings are novel and helpful.

      Thanks. Best to all.

      • Hannah Carlton March 23, 2020 at 11:22 am

        Hey Jo, sorry about that! It was an error on our end. They should be fixed now! – Hannah @ The Awake Network

  15. Courtney March 22, 2020 at 7:04 pm

    Can only a cess on iphone but not on macbookpro…very disappointing

  16. Debbie March 22, 2020 at 6:59 pm

    Oh Wendy! Thank you! Uplifting! I am centered on “We are connected and in this together!” I think about Mother Theresa, Dorothy Day and Sister Alicia when I am thinking of “What would ____ do?”

  17. Esperanza Suarez March 22, 2020 at 6:55 pm

    Beautiful, love the concept of our needed “compost”. Thank you so much!

    • Jo March 23, 2020 at 8:31 am

      I posted all ready today on this talk.
      I am writing again because the insights are profound.
      This talk was particularly helpful.
      Noble awesome and shiny.
      Profound words in unsettling times.


  18. Pat Becker March 22, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    I was unable to access day 3 and 4 after Tara Brach. I am in Japan. Has anyone else had this problem? I was really enjoying this and would like
    to hear the rest.

    • Susanne March 23, 2020 at 12:04 am

      Hello Pat, i am as well in Japan, south from Tokio, nice to “meet ” you here!

  19. Debbie March 22, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Hi there! Just a note that I am getting this message when trying to open Wendy’s website: “Oops this page cannot be found!” Deb

    • Clara Lucia Hernandez March 22, 2020 at 10:59 pm

      Hi!! How lovely.

      Thanks very much. Very inspiring??

    • Hannah Carlton March 23, 2020 at 11:23 am

      Hey Debbie! We’ve fixed those links now. Thanks so much for being patient with us! – Hannah @ The Awake Network

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