Leah Weiss, Ph.D., MSW

Lecturer & Principal Teacher of Compassion Cultivation Training

Stanford University

Leah Weiss, PhD, MSW, is a researcher, lecturer, consultant, and author. She teaches Compassionate Leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she created the perennially waitlisted course “Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion.” She is a principal teacher and a founding faculty member of Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation Program, conceived by the Dalai Lama. Leah is also a founding faculty member of Space Center Houston’s Human Potential Lab. In 2019, she co-founded Skylyte, a company that specializes in using the latest neuroscience and behavior change to empower high-performing leaders and managers to prevent burnout for themselves and their teams.

Her first book, How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind (HarperWave) focuses on developing compassionate and soft- skill-based leadership while also offering research-backed actionable steps toward finding purpose at work. It was translated into seven languages. Her latest book, The Little Book of Bhavana: The Thai secrets of everyday resilience (Quercus), came out in the UK in 2019.

Leah has taught and spoken in diverse settings in addition to Stanford, including Harvard, Princeton, Smith, and 75 companies across sectors, including Genentech, Goldman Sachs, NASA, Google, Kaiser Permanente, Young President's Organization, BP, and Intuit. Her work has been covered by news outlets around the world, including BBC, the New York Times, TED, the Financial Times, Harvard Business Review, and countless others.

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