Meet our Teachers.

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Michelle Maldonado, JD


Michelle is Founder of Lucenscia, a consulting and advising firm dedicated to human flourishing, Emotional Intelligence, and business transformation. A former attorney, Michelle is now one of the “12 Powerful Women in the Mindfulness Movement” and her work focuses on leadership development through an equity lens, with a foundation of neuroscience.

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Laura Isela Hazlett, MA


Laura is a PhD student in the Social and Affective Neuroscience Lab at UCLA. She studies how positive social emotions affect our brains and bodies. Laura seeks to understand why these emotions, such as gratitude and social warmth, have such a powerful effect on our health. She is also interested in studying and developing interventions that help cultivate these emotions.

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Paul van der Laken, PhD


Paul attained his PhD in people analytics, on the application, usage and deployment of statistical and algorithmic techniques in the Human Resources domain. Since then, he has been managing innovation and data analytics teams and projects at multinational companies. Paul also teaches professionals in effective data science deployment at various universities and on e-learning platforms.

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Luigi Maria Fierro, MBA


Luigi, Head of ING HR Strategy and People Analytics, leads the HR strategic agenda globally. As Head of Performance Management space, he redesigned the Group’s new performance management framework and ensured its full implementation for 55,000 employees. Prior to joining ING, Luigi was a junior partner at McKinsey & Co.

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René Janssen, MSc


René is Founder and Managing Director of Lepaya, an on-demand learning platform for corporations and individuals. Lepaya is based in Amsterdam, serves clients across Western Europe, and has grown rapidly since inception. Prior to this, he was Deputy Chief People Officer at Lazada, a Rocket Internet-founded business acquired by Alibaba.

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Laura C. Wells, MBA

Founder & CEO

Laura brings together 15 years of Fortune 100 brand development, six years of nonprofit leadership, and a longtime meditation practice to lead AwakeTeams. As a Certified Search Inside Yourself Teacher, she has trained leaders at Facebook, HP, LinkedIn, and others. Her mission is to transform business culture by creating workplace spaces of authentic connection, trust, and participation.

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