A torchbearer for resilient leadership

Helping Leaders & Teams to Build Inner Capacity  

Dr. Thulani Demarsay, Wellness Coach & Life Coach

“Contemplative leadership extends to the organization and helps to shape a mindful culture.” 

Thulani DeMarsay

Thulani DeMarsay, PhD

Helping Leaders & Teams to Build Inner Capacity 

I am an executive coach, organizational development consultant, and researcher deeply invested in reimagining the future of leadership. For over 20-years, I’ve had the privilege of working with a diverse range of leaders, including c-suite leaders, entrepreneurs, elite athletes, and professional men and women throughout New England. I specialize in organizational leadership, resilience, effectiveness and wellbeing through the lens of contemplative practice. My work is grounded in research – I bridge organizational behavior, psychology, organizational neuroscience and contemplative practice.

Executive leaders are often pressured to perform at high levels to remain competitive and profitable, so a senior leader who is attending to the practical aspects of leading a company may not consider creating time for introspection. However, many leaders I’ve worked with, have studied and spoken to confirm that engaging in practices that calm the mind and promote self-reflection is essential to leadership.

I work with leaders to cultivate a contemplative practice, which helps to cultivate inner-wisdom, enhance self-awareness, improve quality of presence, expand capacity and help them to lead from a calm and centered place.

Harness the Power of Leadership to Foster a Culture of Inclusion 

Now more than ever, companies understand that social justice issues cannot be divorced from the workplace: that whatever employees face “out there” inevitably shows up in offices, cubicles, and virtual conference rooms.  Since evidence shows that systemic racism has physical and psychological impacts, it is unrealistic to expect employees of color to leave these stressors at the door. I help leaders to safeguard the emotional wellbeing of their employees by designing DEI wellness programs that promote healthier work environments.

My latest training, Mindful Inclusion provides  a mindfulness-based approach for navigating unconscious bias in the workplace.

Education

BS in Psychology, Cambridge College

Master of Management Degree in Leadership & OD, Cambridge College

Master’s Degree & PhD in Human Development, Fielding Graduate University 

Relevant Certifications

Certified Flow Coach, Flow Education Alliance

Certified Holistic Health Coach, Institute for Integrative Nutrition

Certificate in Alcohol & Drug Counseling, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Teaching

I am a senior faculty member at Cambridge College where I teach Brain Health, Lifestyle Change, Self-Care for Helping Professionals and Workplace Wellness. In addition, I am a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts, Boston where I teach in the Addictions Counselor Education Program (ACEP)

Research

My dissertation research focused on contemplative leadership, which explored how contemplative practices such as mindfulness, meditation, centering prayer, and yoga support resilience and effective leadership.

You can find my published dissertation here.
or download my summary here

What I’m Reading Now…

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A few organizations I’ve worked with…

“Mindful leadership entails being aware of one’s internal compass. It enables a leader to respond to a situation as it arises, to respond to the reality of constant changes from a place of deep calm and focus, and to have the presence of mind to face the reality of any situation.”

Maria Gonzalez

NOW, LEt’s work together 

Leadership Wellness

Leaders who are healthy and fit are more productive. A leader’s ability to be productive and fully engaged is a result of emotional, physical, and psychological well-being.

Flow Mindset

Learn concrete triggers and techniques to access flow so you and your team can work (create) in an optimal state. Learn to internalize flow so it becomes a mindset and lifestyle.

Executive Recovery 

Learn tools for behavior change and how to lead a balanced life with mindfulness for stress reduction. Discover which foods optimize brain health and aid in repairing the body.

Mindful Inclusion

This training examines the nature of unconscious bias and its impact in the workplace. It explores the science behind mindfulness and how it interrupts automatic, habitual responses.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.