About Wendy Saunders

Welcome to the website and blog of Wendy Saunders, Senior Manager of Leadership Development for YMCA of the USA, and Certified Teacher in Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT), a program of Emory University in Atlanta, GA. A highly sought-after speaker, leadership trainer, and the author of "Beyond Civility: Growing Compassionate Love in Communities," a white paper published in the Journal of Community Strengthening, Wendy inspires professionals across the country to enhance workplace quality of life - and increase employee retention, productivity, and performance - by shifting to a more mindful and compassionate culture. Wendy also works with community members and students to help them cultivate higher levels of mindfulness, well-being, self-compassion, resilience, and compassion for others. As a former executive for the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles and now executive leadership development faculty for the Y nationally, Wendy is helping to advance compassionate love and related concepts, mindful and compassionate leadership, Cause-Driven Leadership, emotional intelligence, and leadership coaching across the Y movement, in the Los Angeles community, and in other communities and organizations around the country. - See more at:

Stephen’s Story

July 24th, 2013|

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?

March 29th, 2013|

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 we are being called to expand our […]