WKD 2021 Presenters
Now for the part you’ve been waiting for. Here are the wonderful speakers you’ll hear from
THE WORLD KINDNESS DAY SUMMIT - Coming Home to Kindness
Author & Co-Founder of Kind Mind Academy
Kathryn Lovewell is an award winning, international Emotional Health and Wellbeing Specialist and Certified Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher. She provides wellbeing training across education, community and corporate sectors. She has produced and delivered programmes in person and online since 2007 in the UK, Ireland, USA & Australia. She is the best-selling author of Every Teacher Matters; Inspiring Well-being through Mindfulness (Ecademy Press), The Little Book of Self-Compassion (Kind Mind Publishing), and The Voices in my Head (Kind Mind Publishing).
She is passionate about the benefits of Mindful Self-Compassion and Positive Psychology to provide emotional, mental and physical fitness for personal resilience, positive relationships and self-realisation.
Her mission is to empower individuals to have the practical skills and internal resources to live happy, healthy and inspired lives inside and outside the workplace. She champions corporate leaders to model best practice.
Her passion is to reduce stress, promote self-regulation, increase well-being and create environments where individuals and teams can flourish.
Co-Founder of Kind Mind Academy
Liz is the Co-founder of Kind Mind Academy, the skilful ‘behind the scenes’ Operations Manager and queen of all things technical. She has created a unique members platform for all Kind Mind Graduates providing all the resources for Kind Minders to continue their self-compassion adventure. Liz has also curated the new KMA website, making it easier to access all the free resources for newcomers to begin their self-compassion voyage with ease.
Liz is the Director of Kind Mind Publishing, having published both The Little Book of Self-Compassion and The Voices in my Head storybook and colouring book. (Liz loves her colouring books!) She is now underway with her next ambitious project. Watch this space!
Liz is the creator of The Kindness Band™. A silicon bracelet that shares the message of self-kindness and serves as an anchor for all graduates of MSC. She has created a beautiful gift-set that invites you to “wear one and share one”. Liz hopes these bands will serve as a reminder that kindness and compassion is the key to circumnavigating the ups and downs of life. Her dream is that these bands will be available for all people in all sectors of the community to support them on their adventure called life. And Liz is proud to share that this little purple band has literally saved someone’s life.
Her mission is to inspire mindful self-compassion in every-day life.
Liz is a Trained Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher and has taught MSC courses and workshops in the UK, Australia and online. She is an active member of the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion and MSC UK.
Dr. Barbara Payman
Kindness Co-ordinator for Kind Mind Academy
Barbara is a psychotherapist, ordained Interfaith Minister and qualified mindfulness teacher. She is deeply committed to a spiritual path and 'service'. She is passionate about bringing as much peace, kindness and compassion into the world/to individuals as she can. She adores nature and living by the sea. Her early background was academic, and her Ph.D. is in Zoology.
Director of Live Different Youth Programs
Johnny Henderson has spoken to hundreds of thousands of high school students across Canada, and is a dynamic communicator with a deep passion to see lives transformed and empowered. Johnny is the creative mastermind behind LiveDifferent’s youth program’s videos and stories since 2011 and now is overseeing the program as the Director of their Youth Programs.
LiveDifferent is a Canadian charity that exists to empower and engage youth in a lifestyle of compassion and kindness. Through our programs, we aim to build resilience, foster relationships, and encourage action! To date, we’ve reached over 1.6M students from over 3,800 schools and communities across Canada and have helped complete over 600 much-needed projects internationally.
Dr. Steven Hickman
Executive Director, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion
Dr. Steven Hickman is the Executive Director of the non-profit Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. He is a Clinical Psychologist and Retired Associate Clinical Professor in the University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, as well as the Founding Director of the UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness. Steve co-developed the Mindful Self-Compassion Teacher Training program and has participated in the training of over 1800 MSC teachers around the world. Steve has co-taught the 8-week and intensive MSC program many times around the globe and is also a Certified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and trains teachers of that program. He is married and has three young adult children, affording him ample opportunity to practice what he teaches!
Check out: Self-Compassion for Dummies
President, World Kindness Movement
Ms. Nirmala Mehendale is the founder trustee of World Kindness India which is under the auspice of ‘Kindness Unlimited’ a not for profit.
She is the President and a member of the International Council of the World Kindness Movement (WKM) and a firm believer that a Kinder World is Possible.
Continue the kindness conversation. CLICK HERE to join #theworldkindnesshour group and post your kindness pledges. What are you committing to in November for yourself, for others and for the planet?
Poet & Writer
Underlying everything I do is a fascination and love of words. My mind likes nothing better than to take an experience or idea, and translate it into writing. I have not always trusted my need to write and have disappeared off on other adventures; yoga teaching, running a Wellness Retreat, facilitating business groups, structural bodywork. But the need to express myself in writing always brings me back to the empty page. I have written three books – Follow Yourself Home, In Your Smallest Pocket and Word Remedies: A collection
I've lived an eclectic and varied career. I delve into what interests me and have been fortunate enough that this has often translated into work. At this time in my career, as well as writing, I also work as a trainer, coach and presenter; teaching people how to have tricky conversation. I live on the hills overlooking Wellington, New Zealand, with my husband Peter and our cat and dog. As well as writing, I enjoy tending my garden, walking our dog, and drinking coffee while having a good rave about the ways of the world. I am politically active - mostly environment and climate change issues. My adult daughters bounce back home from time to time. My grandchildren are my newest great love.
Nimo Patel is a global humanitarian also known around the world as “Kindness Rapper”, who’s music has revolutionized positivity through hip hop. Many people say Nimo is a mix between Chance the Rapper and Fred Rogers from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. Through his non-profit Empty Hands Music, Nimo has performed in over 20 countries across the world, spreading his message of love, kindness and service. He has directed two Musicals with 33 underprivileged children from India and toured the show with his children across the world, both in 2012 and 2019. His purpose in life is to be a instrument of love and peace through whatever work he embarks upon.
Project Manager, Maroondah Positive Education Network
Edwina has lived and worked in Maroondah for 56 years and is passionate about creating environments to enable and empower people to be the best versions of themselves. Whether in her own family, classrooms or the community more broadly, Edwina uses the science of Positive Psychology to inform her thinking, language and behaviour. She believes that everyone can be transformed to take agency over their own wellbeing and in so doing develop a deep sense of belonging in community and a strong sense of meaning and purpose to support their own and others wellbeing. Our community will truly flourish when all its members develop a benefit mindset, collaborate for equity, respect diversity and communicate with compassion.
Lama Gelongma Zangmo
Buddhist Nun, Director of London Buddhist Centre and Resident Teacher
Lama Gelongma Zangmo first became a practising Buddhist when she arrived at Kagyu Samye Ling in 1977 and took refuge with His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Having received teachings from many highly respected lamas who visited Kagyu Samye Ling, she was inspired to enter the four-year closed retreat in 1984, during which time she became ordained as a Buddhist nun.
When the next long retreat started in 1989 Lama Zangmo wished to further her retreat experience and she was also asked to help and advise the new retreatants. Having completed that retreat in 1993, Lama Zangmo then entered a third long retreat and became the resident retreat teacher to the other women retreatants. That retreat ended in 1997, bringing the total number of years Lama Zangmo spent in retreat to eleven and a half.
Choje Akong Tulku Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche then asked Lama Zangmo to put her experience to good use by helping to run Kagyu Samye Dzong London, which was officially opened in 1998. Since then the London Centre has flourished under Lama Zangmo’s guidance and established itself as a much needed Dharma Centre in the capital city, providing a full and varied programme of teachings and events throughout the year.