"Who you hang out with determines what you dream about and what you collide with. And the collisions and the dreams lead to your changes. And the changes are what you become. Change the outcome by changing your circle."

— Seth Godin

 Like every human before me and every human after me, I yearn to belong and to be a part of something greater than myself. I call my passion projects "TRIBE" because it takes a village and they contribute to the greater whole. 

Community Member & Student, Hridaya Yoga (February 2018 - Present)

Hridaya Yoga is a yoga, meditation, and spirituality school and community that exists with an aspiration to create better conditions for more and more people to reveal their True Nature, the Spiritual Heart. Developed by experienced meditation teacher Sahajananda, Hridaya Yoga philosophy is based on traditional spiritual principles and visions from classical yoga. These visions include Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Advaita Vedanta, Tantra, and Kashmiri Shaivism. The teachings are further aligned with aspects of Sufism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Taoism.

The practice of Hridaya Yoga allows us to live in the very “core” of existence, to feel the heartbeat of every moment of life, to know intuitively the eternal dimension of every moment. Students engaged on the path of Hridaya Yoga aspire to live in the Heart, in the Supreme Reality, in God, with God being experienced directly, beyond any conceptual and religious definitions.

Hridaya Yoga’s practices include Hatha Yoga, meditations for the revelation of the Spiritual Heart, and techniques for cultivating awareness in daily life. Participation in a Hridaya Silent Meditation Retreat is an excellent way to immerse yourself in these teachings.


Graduate, Designing for Social Innovation and Leadership - DSIL Global (September 2017-Present)

The DSIL Course is a globally certified short course designed for busy professionals across sectors who are eager to expand their leadership skills while learning emerging practices. Our experiential curriculum consists of 10-day Field Immersions in Southeast Asia followed by live Virtual Classroom sessions led by global thought leaders and practitioners.

The DSIL Course is a unique Vertical Development Leadership course internationally certified by the UN that teaches tools in innovation while teaching depth in the practice of leadership. The 2018 course is digging into design thinking since it lends itself to guiding high-impact leaders understand themselves more, think laterally, and operate holistically within interdependent and complex systems. We always say the best leaders never stop learning and DSIL is all about challenging leaders so they can continue to grow and the course is sequenced in meaningful ways.

The DSIL Course prides itself on diversity. With 130+ Alumni from over 55 countries, the DSIL Course attracts a global group of high performing leaders from multiple industries. Past alumni include CEOs, entrepreneurs, leaders at Shell, Salesforce, UNDP, IBM, Deloitte, and the Asian Development Bank. The age of our alumni networks ranges from 26 to 60 years old and includes people of all educational backgrounds.


Graduate and Group Leader, HIVE GLOBAL LEADERS PROGRAM, (November 2016, February 2017)

Hive is a global community of 1000+ leaders from 100+ countries dedicated to creating a better world. Through our Hive Global Leaders Program, we convene and connect CEOs, innovators, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs around the world. 

Alumni of the program become Hive Global Leaders and enter into a lifelong community of purpose-driven innovators working together on creating a better world while supporting each other in their careers.  Hive Global Leaders so far include CEOs of $250 million companies, award-winning Ashoka Fellows, elected leaders, neuroscientists, Olympic Gold Medalists, Rwandan genocide-survivors turned inspiring public speakers, technology entrepreneurs, Harvard and Stanford professors, Sudanese refugees turned scientists, renewable energy investors, Nepalese activists, World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders, IDEO design thinkers, top engineers from Facebook, Google, and Apple, World Bank and UN researchers, venture capitalists, Virgin Galactic astronauts, and many more extraordinary leaders working to create a better world.


Fellow and Group Mentor, StartingBloc Social Innovation Institute (February 2015 to Present)

StartingBloc is built on the belief that a small, committed group of people can change the world. It brings together entrepreneurs, activists, educators, and  innovators working to create change.  Starting Bloc connects them to their tribe and give them access to the resources, co-conspirators, projects and support they need to create the impact they want.

Starting Bloc does this through a transformative 5-day experience where Fellows learn from proven change-makers, are pushed to take bigger risks, and find new life-long allies.  As a result of StartingBloc, hundreds of Fellows have found meaningful work, launched new companies, and joined forces to tackle our world’s challenges.


Co-Director and Advisor, Collegetown@ASU (January 2011 - January 2016)

The purpose of the Collegetown@ASU organization is to foster an appreciation of cultural diversity and to create awareness of social issues, as well as their impact on society. The organization strives to enact change that will positively affect ASU and the surrounding community, through facilitating and empowering a network of student leaders, prompting action and hosting educational programming. Collegetown@ASU hosts a large biannual conference and several smaller workshops and retreats throughout the year. 

As Co-director, I led staff development and co-facilitated educational, empathy-building programming on social justice issues for their Winter 2015 Conference. 



Co-Founder and Creative Director, CO-OP Phoenix (February 2012 - March 2014)

CO-OP Phoenix is an inspired community of leaders and changemakers dedicated to creating connections through meaningful experiences and events. Though each event is unique, they are aligned in their mission to promote sustainability, creativity, and philanthropy. What makes these events stand out is our cooperative model, which empowers attendees, business collaborators, and CO-OP Phoenix organizers to become an integral part of the magic. The event is fueled by the energy of the people who contribute. 

To date we have hosted eight large-scale events, including six Clothing Swaps, one Art Swap, and one Book Swap. Together, we have donated over 2,500 lbs of clothing, sponsored five Free Little Lending Libraries, and hosted over 1,000 community members.


Soul Tribe Leader, A Life to the Max (May 2011 - Present)

A Life to the Max is the legacy of Max Mendoza, a dear friend, Community Leader, and Modern Explorer who lost his life hiking a ravine in Brazil. In his 25-year epic adventure, Max touched thousands of lives encouraging everyone he met to LIVE BIG and DREAM BIG. His family, friends, and community at large remember him as a Catalyst for positive change and transformation. We celebrate and honor Max through global gatherings both online and in person. His community, called "Soul Tribe" also shares his story through conversation and the exchange of "BELIEVE IN YOUR SELF" bracelets, which Max used to give to people he believed in. Max's legacy continues to inspire.


Brand Activator, MyIntent (February 2016 to Present)

MyIntent Project is a catalyst for meaningful conversations and positive energy.

We believe there is purpose inside each of us and we want our efforts to encourage people to share more truth and inspiration with each other. We are not a jewelry company - we are an intentions project.

What do you think the world needs more of?
- Meaningful conversations, on stuff that matters to us.
- Community, where we support each other in our journeys.
- People living with purpose, passion

How do you define success?
By the number of people we engage and sharing their intent, and the number of people touched by those stories and conversations.

How will you get there?
Collaborations with organizations that share a similar ethos for intentionality and impact. Building a network of "activators" and sharing via word-of-mouth.


Momentum Manager, The Manifesto Project (June 2013 - June 2014)            

Sparked by the Center for the Future of Arizona's The Arizona We Want 2.0 report, The Manifesto Project is asking the question: How does Arizona retain its young leaders? Charged with capturing the voice of a generation of young adults in Arizona, The Manifesto Project started by convening 25 statewide focus groups and polling more than 1000 young professionals. What we discovered is that young professionals want to be engaged and mentored in their chosen fields, but don’t know where to start. Conversely, local and community organizations are attempting to attract and retain young talent, but are unsure how to do so.

With that, the Manifesto Project's Board Apprenticeship Program was born. This program aims to bring both groups together by encouraging organizations to reserve a "shadow" position on their Board of Directors, executive committee, or subcommittee for a high-potential young professional matched to their organization or identified internally. Individuals selected receive high quality board and professional development training through the Manifesto Project's community partners,  and are assigned a mentor within the host organization. During their one-year, non voting term, Fellows gain invaluable high-level strategic experience in their chosen sector.