Laura Santana

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Laura's career has spanned the domains of leadership development, executive coaching, mindfulness facilitation, hospice care, fitness, and integral wellbeing. She has worked across sectors, languages, cultures, continents—with volunteers of NGOs, C-suite executives, and the spaces in between. As a Founding Partner of Elevate Institute and a Global Leadership Development Consultant, Laura brings three decades of deep listening, mindful perspectives, and regenerative thinking in service of sustainable living and working. Her practices invite self-awareness, meaningful connection with others, and identification of purposes—to liberate thinking from the grips of past practice and the confinement of the human ego. Her design and delivery of development programs and coaching draws upon insights from positive psychology, neuroscience, mindfulness, adult development theory, health science, wisdom traditions, and nature.

She has been a consultant to medical staff in corporate wellness programs, government and private hospitals; a wellness educator in fitness facilities, television programs, classrooms and leadership programs; and a teacher in boardrooms, gyms and ashrams.

Education: PhD Leadership & Change (Antioch University), MS Organizational Development (United States International University Mexico), BA Psychology (University of California Irvine), post-graduate studies in Thanatology/hospice care (Mexico).

Certifications: Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator, Executive Coach, Personal Trainer, & Yoga Instructor.

Professional Affiliations: International Leadership Association, Institute of Coaching, Mindful Leader

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