James R. Doty, M.D. is the founder and director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University of which His Holiness the Dalai Lama is the founding benefactor. Dr. Doty works with a variety of scientists from a number of disciplines examining the neural bases for compassion and altruism. He is also a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D. is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University where he is the founding director of the Traumatic Stress Research Consortium. He is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina, and Professor Emeritus at both the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland.
Eldra is a writer and sought after public speaker on the topics of at risk youth advocacy, effective criminal justice, rehabilitation and turning around toxic masculinity. He was incarcerated at New Folsom Prison when he founded Inside Circle and began the inner personal journey that eventually led to his release in 2014 and his current leadership role. Eldra has dedicated his free time on the outside to serving at risk youth, acting as a facilitator, trainer and mentor.
Peter is a writer, speaker and thought leader in human awakening and potential.
Donna Jackson Nakazawa is an award winning journalist, an internationally recognized speaker whose work explores the intersection of neuroscience, immunology and human emotion. Her mission is to translate emerging science in ways that help those with chronic conditions find healing.
Dr. Joe holds a Bachelor of Science degree and is a Doctor of Chiropractic. His postgraduate training includes the fields of neuroscience and neuroplasticity, quantitive electroencephalogram EEG measurements, epigenetics, mind-body medicine and brain heart coherence as a researcher, lecturer, author and corporate consultant. His interests lie in demystifying the mystical so that people have all the tools within their reach to make measurable changes in their lives.
Dr. Levine is the founder of the Somatic Experience Trauma Institute. He’s worked in the field of stress and trauma for over 40 years. He is the developer of the Somatic Experiencing Method.
Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., is the President of the Trauma Research Foundation, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School and author of NYTimes Bestseller “The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Healing of Trauma.
Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs and policy across the world.
Jason Hernandez is an advocate for clemency, process reform, and serves on the board of the Buried Alive Project, which works to eliminate life without parole sentences handed down under federal drug law.
Dr. Kim Gorgens is a Professor of Psychophysiology Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychology of Criminal Behavior at University of Denver. She manages a large portfolio of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) related research and has lectured extensively on those issues including a 2010 TED talk on youth sports concussion, a 2018 Ted talk on brain injuries and criminal justice, several NPR spots and an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper.