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Leah Weiss + Roger Nierenberg

Rethinking the Present

Saturday, March 17, 2018
6:00 PM–7:30 PM

We are often caught up in what we do not have, what we want to achieve, and where we want to go. While goals are admirable, it’s easy to neglect the present while thinking in future terms. This thought pattern can result in wasted time.

Dr. Leah Weiss, Principal Teacher and Trainer for Stanford University’s Compassion Cultivation Program, takes the Brainwave stage to explore the Buddhist concepts that inform our understanding of the future by making more effective use of time being in the present. She’ll engage in dialogue with maestro Roger Nierenberg whose renowned music and learning program, The Music Paradigm, has transformed the leadership journeys of hundreds of businesses and organizations around the world. The duo will present an interactive evening that includes music, mindfulness, meditation, and dialogue about how they intersect.

A book signing will follow the program.


Brainwave is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


About the Speakers

Leah Weiss, PhD is the author of the new book How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind, published by HarperWave. She teaches courses on compassionate leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and is principal teacher and founding faculty for Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, conceived by the Dalai Lama. She also directs Compassion Education and Scholarship at HopeLab, an Omidyar Group research and development nonprofit focused on resilience. She lives in Palo Alto, California, with her husband and three children.

Maestro Roger Nierenberg has been the music director of the Stamford Symphony in Connecticut and the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida. He has conducted at the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival, National Symphony, the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, the Detroit Symphony, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Prague Spring Festival, and the Beijing Festival and recorded with the London Philharmonic. Mr. Nierenberg is also the creator of an innovative music and learning program called The Music Paradigm, which transfers a conductor’s insight into lessons on leadership and collaboration in organizations. With The Music Paradigm, Nierenberg has conducted over ninety different orchestras, before hundreds of different organizations in twenty-three countries. His book Maestro: A Surprising Story About Leading by Listening was honored in 2009 as the Best Leadership Book from 800-CEO-READ.

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