Meena Srinivasan is a seasoned educational leader, celebrated speaker, accomplished author, and visionary edupreneur. With over two decades of dedicated service, she’s always been an educator-activist at heart, consistently championing the fusion of Mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). In 2022, she was featured as one of Mindful Magazine’s “Ten Powerful Women of the Mindfulness Movement,” while also gaining recognition in Educational Leadership Magazine for her insights into Mindful Leadership and Wellbeing.
As the founding Executive Director of Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL), Meena has pioneered a groundbreaking Fellowship for educational leaders. This unique program places an emphasis on nurturing personal development as a catalyst for driving systemic transformation.
Meena’s journey has involved collaboration with numerous schools and districts, offering comprehensive support in the systemic implementation of SEL. During a significant five-and-a-half-year partnership with the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), she played an instrumental role in implementing SEL in the Oakland Unified School District.
Meena is a National Board Certified Teacher and has taught and led in a variety of educational settings (public, private, urban, and international schools). She holds a Clear Administrative Services Credential in California.
As a prominent voice in the field, Meena focuses her speaking and writing on Emotional Intelligence and Belonging. She is the creative force behind the SEL Every Day online courses and the author of two influential books: Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom and SEL Every Day: Integrating SEL with Instruction in Secondary Classrooms. The latter was honored as one of 2019’s Favorite Books for Educators by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. Meena is also an instructor of graduate level SEL courses in UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare.
Beyond her professional endeavors, Meena has dedicated over 25 years to the practices of yoga and meditation. She is a student of Professor Ramchandra Gandhi (Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson) and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Thich Nhat Hanh. She has been a member of the Order of Interbeing since 2010 and serves on the Board of the Thich Nhat Hanh Foundation.
Meena lives in Southern California on the traditional territory of the Luiseño/Payómkawichum people with her husband, Emmy nominated filmmaker, Chihiro Wimbush, and their young son, Kailash Sora Wimbush. Ten years before her son’s birth Meena made a pilgrimage to Tibet’s sacred Mount Kailash, her son’s namesake.
Learn more at meenasrinivasan.com.
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