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About Wendy Saunders

Welcome to Compassionate Leader, LLC, founded by Wendy Saunders. Wendy has studied mindfulness and compassion intensively since 2012 and has actively integrated these concepts into leadership development and workplace training curriculum for a number of years with the largest non-profit organization in the United States (the YMCA), as well as with other companies and groups. She is a Certified Teacher for Emory University’s Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT®) program, which was designed to cultivate mindfulness, self-compassion, empathy, gratitude, interconnectedness, and compassion for others in course participants. Wendy has taught this program to executives and staff, as well as to community members, teens, and healthcare workers in Southern California. Wendy facilitates executive and leadership workshop series and retreats on various talent-development topics, and also provides individual in-person, phone, and virtual leadership coaching, as well as mindfulness and compassion training and guided meditation sessions. - See more at:

Stephen’s Story

2014-05-17T22:05:21-07:00July 24th, 2013|Stories|

On Tuesday of last week, my wife and I decided to fly to New Orleans, rent a van, and drive her dying mother from Louisiana to Maine. The circumstances were that my sister-in-law, a nun serving in Lacombe, Louisiana, had been caring for their mother for 18 months.  My wife had been encouraging her to get their mother home for the past six months before she became too ill to fly.  Unfortunately, what was predicted happened [...]

What is Compassionate Love?

2020-08-26T12:45:22-07:00March 29th, 2013|Compassion, Compassionate Love, Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Love|

When you think about who you love in your life, who comes to mind? Your family and friends? Your pets? Maybe even your colleagues? Do you think of your neighbors or people you pass on the street or in the market? How about your enemies? Usually, we reserve our love for the people we are closest to or who help ensure our survival and quality of life. But the future is calling us to [...]

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