Richard Fernandez

Dr. Rich Fernandez is co-founder of Wisdom Labs, a company that focuses on science and data to promote mindfulness, resilience, and purpose-driven performance in organations. Before launching Wisdom Labs, he was the head of executive education at Google, responsible for leadership development content, tools, and programs for senior leaders. He also led some of the efforts focused on employee well-being at Google. Dr. Fernandez was also previously head of learning and organization development at eBay, and prior to that he was a learning and leadership development executive at Bank of America and JP Morgan Chase & Co. He was trained as a psychologist and received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and M.A. in Organizational Psychology, both from Columbia University. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego, where he majored in surfing and minored in extended walks on the beach. He still avidly practices these arts today. His presentation will cover the various needs and goals that motivate companies to implement mindfulness programs.