with Christine Galib
As individuals, parents, friends, mentors, coaches, educational leaders, healthcare providers, psychotherapists, researchers, and administrators of programs providing care and education to youth, we practice and promote the interplay of mindfulness, creativity, innovation, and wellbeing as we prepare students for success in the 21st century, global economy. What is this interplay, how does it manifest in schools and healthcare settings, and how does it affect academic, personal, and professional outcomes for students as they self-actualize, reach their fullest potentials, and create their futures? How does our own conscious self-awareness help us generate collective wisdom and build cultures of wellness in our organizations? No matter how many different professional and personal hats we wear, we have constant opportunities in our daily routines to develop our own mindfulness practice and model mindfulness for the children and adolescents in our lives. In doing so, we empower our children to gain compassionate awareness of their own best and most authentic selves, develop their own mindfulness strategies, and practice skills that build grit, resilience, and creativity. With this awareness, these strategies, and these skills, our children are better positioned to navigate and create their futures.
Through significant hands-on and experiential mindfulness activities, a high level of interaction among participants, and time for participants to apply session learnings to create their own mindfulness toolbox, this 3-hour breakout session inspires participants to:
- Reflect on themselves, their daily routines, and their habits
- Recognize how mindfulness can be applied to cultivating daily routines and habits that integrate wellness
- Reinvent their existing practices to incorporate mindfulness strategies that be used immediately in personal and professional settings
By engaging in reflection, recognition, and reinvention, participants “hold a mirror” to their own practices, so that immediately after the breakout session, participants are empowered to model these practices for other students, colleagues, and individuals in their communities.
After co-founding a successful investment management team on Wall Street, for non-profits and endowments, Christine Galib taught science, health & wellness, and yoga through Teach For America. A nationally certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and yoga teacher, Ms. Galib founded Plan My Plate, a health & wellness consulting firm offering workshops on diet and exercise, stress management, mindfulness, and meditation. Ms. Galib has given presentations on wellness in corporate, hospital, and university settings, and teaches classes on mindfulness and meditation at Rice University’s Susanne M. Glasscock School of Continuing Studies. Ms. Galib also serves as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Bridges to Wealth, a social enterprise closing the wealth gap through teaching business literacy, entrepreneurship, and investing. Ms. Galib is thrilled to serve as Director of Entrepreneurship and Wellness Programs at The Village School. As Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, Ms. Galib runs Village’s Entrepreneurship Diploma, which empowers students to gain hands-on experience in entrepreneurship, as well as hone inter-personal and business literacy skills, identify a community or industry need, and design an initiative that meets this need. As Director of Wellness Programs, Ms. Galib supports students, staff, and teachers in physical, mental, and social practices that promote health and wellness and teaches mindfulness. She holds her A.B. from Princeton University and M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, where she has served as an instructor. She is pursuing her EdD in Educational Leadership and Management, with a concentration in Creativity and Innovation, at Drexel University.