Welcome to the website and blog of leadership development faculty, writer, coach, and speaker, Wendy Saunders, author of “Beyond Civility: Growing Compassionate Love in Communities.” Wendy began her career with the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles more than twenty years ago and served as an executive director responsible for operating multiple YMCA facilities most recently before transitioning into a senior leadership development role with YMCA of the USA in 2014. She now works with CEOs, COOs, executives and other senior leaders across the nation providing executive development institutes, leadership symposia, and other leadership development courses and programs. Wendy is helping to advance mindfulness and compassion, compassionate love, cause-driven leadership, empathy, emotional intelligence, thought leadership, and leadership coaching within the Y movement.

Wendy is also a Certified Teacher for Emory University’s Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT®) program and facilitates courses in southern California. The program was developed in Atlanta in 2005 to help participants progressively cultivate other-centered thoughts and behaviors while improving their own health, well-being, and feelings of connectedness with others. The promising results have attracted the attention of leaders in various sectors, including education, medicine, and business. To date, hundreds of business and medical professionals, community leaders, educators, parents, college students, youth and teens have been trained in the cultivation of compassion. Major universities, such as Emory University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have conducted scientific studies on this program and found that CBCT can reduce neuroendocrine, inflammatory, and behavioral responses to stress, and increase resilience, empathy, and compassion for others. This program also helps participants cultivate self-awareness and other-centered thoughts and behaviors while increasing overall well-being. Learn more about this transformative program by clicking here.

This summer, Wendy will complete an Executive Master degree in Positive Leadership & Strategy through IE University (in Madrid) where she was introduced to the Mindfulness-Based Strategic Awareness Training (MBSAT) course curriculum developed by Dr. Juan Humberto Young.  Learn more about this advanced degree program here and the MBSAT curriculum here.

Wendy has led workshops, facilitated retreats, and delivered keynote speeches for executive development and leadership programs and various groups on topics such as compassionate love, emotional intelligence, mindfulness and compassion, leadership coaching, compassionate leadership, self-deception, meditation, core values, strategic planning, and others. For more information or to inquire about availability, click here.

This site is dedicated to the advancement of compassionate love in our communities and around the world. Please visit often to read new articles, be inspired by stories, and find links to other sites related to compassionate love.  You will also find information about related concepts such as compassion, forgiveness, meditation, emotional intelligence, empathy, loneliness, interconnectedness, community, and compassionate leadership.

May you be well and enjoy the site!