Catalyst 2019 will bring together more than 200 Chattanooga community leaders open to the possibility of health and well-being through positive change.
This interactive event will begin with drinks and delicious food while you enjoy visiting with other Chattanooga professionals. The following three community leaders will then use the engaging, fast-paced presentation style of PechaKucha to share their personal stories of how they have incorporated mindfulness practices into their busy lives. Each will demonstrate how accessible, applicable and beneficial mindfulness can be across all walks of life!
Dr. Mukta Panda is Professor of Medicine and the Assistant Dean for Wellbeing and Medical Student Education at the University Of Tennessee College Of Medicine Chattanooga. In her roles as physician, educator, scholar and leader, she strives to build medical and healthcare talent in a collaborative, forward-thinking environment while advancing humanistic, holistic and quality patient care and education. She is working internationally, nationally, regionally, and locally on her research interests of health and wellbeing, fatigue, stress and burnout prevention in health care professionals, spirituality, and empathy in healthcare. Dr. Panda is a facilitator with the Center of Courage and Renewal. She grew up in India and has studied and practiced in India, London, and Saudi Arabia. She is a proud mother and mother-in-law of Natasha and Rajas, and Nikhil and Anuja. Dr. Panda recently released the reflective and motivational book, “Rhythm of Our Hearts”, coauthored with her father, a retired surgeon, Dr. Shyam Parashar.
Scott Downes is a veteran of the tech startup world, most recently serving as Chief Technology Officer for Bellhops. He excels at working with highly creative and highly technical people, from designers and programmers to entrepreneurs. His own meditation practice grew out of an experience with professional burnout while managing a global team for a rapidly growing software company. He now provides coaching and consulting services to business leaders to create healthy, vibrant company culture and to help them avoid the pitfalls associated with high stress work environments.
Jennifer Knowles is a Literacy Coach at DuPont Elementary, as well as, the Schools Based Program Manager for the Center for Mindful Living. Chattanooga is her hometown, and she happily moved back here over 5 years ago. She lives here with her husband and 2 young boys. Jennifer came upon her mindfulness practice after her second child was born, realizing that she needed a tool to engage with the stresses of balancing motherhood, being a wife and a working mom. She has had a personal mindfulness practice for 4 years now, and she is dedicated to sharing the power of mindfulness with others in the education community.
Come experience a 'taste' of mindfulness and see for yourself how the incorporation of small practices throughout your day can transform your experience of personal well-being and stress levels. Let this evening be your Catalyst!