Panel of Judges for the 1440 Challenge

Pat Christen

President & CEO, HopeLab

At HopeLab, Pat engages a multidisciplinary team developing products that harness the power and appeal of technology to improve the health of young people. To do its work, HopeLab has developed a values-based culture intentionally designed to support creativity, innovation, and full engagement. Under Pat’s leadership, HopeLab launched the groundbreaking Re-Mission video game for cancer in 2006; research demonstrating the efficacy of Re-Mission in improving treatment adherence was published in the medical journal Pediatrics in 2008. Zamzee, HopeLab’s latest product, is designed to increase physical activity in kids and is being launched through a for-profit social enterprise established by HopeLab; data from a major clinical study of Zamzee are expected to be released in 2012.

Pat previously was president and executive director of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, where she worked with counterparts nationally to craft the federal Ryan White C.A.R.E. Act, and served as president of the Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation. She has written, studied and lectured on social and health issues in the United States and abroad, and is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Soren Gordhamer

Founder & Host, Wisdom 2.0
Soren GordhamerSoren is the founder and host of the Wisdom 2.0 Conference, the annual event exploring living with awareness and wisdom in the technology age. He is also the author of Wisdom 2.0: Ancient Teachings for the Creative and Constantly Connected (HarperOne, 2009), and is a regular contributor to the Social Media blog, Mashable.

He has led mindfulness programs in a wide range of settings, including to youth in New York City juvenile halls, trauma workers in Rwanda, teachers in Nigeria, and US technology companies. As project director for Richard Gere’s public charity, Healing the Divide, he organized the Healing through Great Difficulty Conference with his Holiness the Dalai Lama. Learn more on his website.

Scott Kriens

Director, 1440 Foundation

Scott KriensScott is co-founder with his wife Joanie of the 1440 Foundation, which is a way of sharing with others their belief in the power of strong, healthy relationships for improving lives. Scott’s belief in the power of strong relationships manifested itself in leadership development practices at Juniper Networks where he serves as Chairman and spent 12 years as CEO, taking it from its early start up days to a $3.5B global company of over 7,500 people in more than 100 countries.

The 1440 Challenge, launched for the first time in February, 2012, is the most recent effort within 1440 Foundation to support organizations and serve champions who are developing and nurturing authentic relationship skills in the world.

Daniel Siegel

Co-Director, Mindful Awareness Research Center

Dan SiegelDaniel J. Siegel, M.D. is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he is also on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and the Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.

Dr. Siegel is the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization that focuses on how the development of mindsight in individuals, families and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. He is co-author of Parenting from the Inside Out and author of Mindsight: the New Science of Personal Transformation.

He has published extensively for the professional audience, including his latest book, The Mindful Therapist. Dr. Siegel’s ability to make complicated concepts exciting as well as easy to understand has led him to be invited to address local, nation, and international groups of educators, parents, public administrators, health care providers, policy-makers, clergy, and neuroscientists.

Meng Tan

Jolly Good Fellow, Google

Meng TanMeng, whose official title at Google is “Jolly Good Fellow,” is an early employee of Google who for years worked as a Software Engineer at the company and is now Head of Google University’s School of Personal Growth, where among other activities, he oversees and teaches the mindfulness-based program, “Search Inside Yourself,” which is also the subject of his latest book.

Roshi Joan Halifax

Upaya Zen Center

Roshi Joan HalifaxRoshi Joan Halifax, Ph.D., is a Buddhist teacher, Zen priest, anthropologist, and pioneer in the field of end-of-life care. She is Founder, Abbot, and Head Teacher of Upaya Institute and Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in medical anthropology in 1973 while teaching at the University of Miami Medical School. She has lectured on the subject of death and dying at many academic institutions, including Harvard Divinity School, Harvard Medical School, Georgetown Medical School, and University of Virginia Medical School, Duke University Medical School, University of Connecticut Medical School, among many others. She received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Visual Anthropology, was an Honorary Research Fellow in Medical Ethnobotany at Harvard University, and is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress.

From 1972-1975, she worked with psychiatrist Stanislav Grof at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center with dying cancer patients. She has continued to work with dying people and their families, and to teach health care professionals and family caregivers the psycho-social, ethical and spiritual aspects of care of the dying. She is Director of the Project on Being with Dying, and Founder and Director of the Upaya Prison Project that develops programs on meditation for prisoners. For the past 25 years, she has been active in environmental work. She studied for a decade with Zen Teacher Seung Sahn and was a teacher in the Kwan Um Zen School. She received the Lamp Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh, and was given Inka by Roshi Bernie Glassman.

A Founding Teacher of the Zen Peacemaker Order, her work and practice for more than four decades has focused on applied Buddhism. Her books include: The Human Encounter with Death (with Stanislav Grof); The Fruitful Darkness; Simplicity in the Complex: A Buddhist Life in America; Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Wisdom in the Presence of Death; Being with Dying: Compassionate End-of-Life Care (Professional Training Guide)and Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion and Fearlessness in the Presence of Death. She is a Lindisfarne Fellow and Co-director of the Fellowship and a Mind and Life Board member.

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1440 Foundation invests in projects and programs that bring the power of self awareness and authentic relationship skills to education, wellness and the workplace. In this way, 1440 aims to improve the state of the world … one person, one relationship, one connection, and one minute, at a time. Ready to learn more?