Who We Are
IN WAVE GROUP designs, customizes, and facilitates mindfulness-based well-being and professional development programs for the workplace.
We help our client's employees promote resilience, self-efficacy, health and well-being through the adoption of instructor-led mindful workshops. We use multi-modular methodology by implementing a combination of information material, video, and experiential integration practice techniques.
Our Philosophy: Mindful training is at the core of well-being and professional development.
Mindfulness based training is a well researched and evidence-based behavior modification approach that is effectively applied to improve overall health and well-being and more specifically to improve conditions related to stress. By improving and sustaining well-being, participants move in the development continuum from stress reduction to peak performance.
What We Do
IN WAVE GROUP designs and offers customized well-being, health and productivity programs integrating mindful practices to decrease stress and increase productivity and engagement. Our programs are evidence-based methods to improve and sustain health outcomes and optimize engagement and productivity. Our team of specialists has extensive experience in the field of mindful training and wellness. Our experienced instructors are fully dedicated to promote employee self-efficacy, resilience, and well-being. We believe in optimizing employee potential for health and productivity success.
Vy V. Le, MBA, CTM-P
Vy founded IWG after serving 15 years in management consulting and business development with PricewaterhouseCoopers, IBM Global Services, and Baxter Healthcare. Vy is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher - Professional (CMT-P) through the International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA). She has a UCLA Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation at the Mindful Awareness Research Center, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior.
Vy was trained in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and through her daily mindful practices, experienced greater self-awareness, leading to greater well-being. Vy was extremely inspired by the practice, and established IWG to pursue her passion and purpose in bringing mindfulness training based well-being and self-management programs to the workplace and community. Furthermore, she believes in the growth of the mindfulness industry and is a Program Manager for the IMTA, which is dedicated to the professionalization and standardization of the mindfulness field.
She currently shares mindfulness practices to teens, retirees, and healthcare providers. She is also trained in Focusing, a somatic body process to help one listen to the wisdom of their body. She has a degree in Mathematics with a specialization in Computing and Business Administration from University of California Los Angeles, and an MBA from University of Southern California focusing on Strategy. She loves coaching, hiking, and being silly with her nephew and niece (twins!).
Miriam "Mimi" Brehmer, MPH
Mimi is passionate about the intersection of mindfulness and wellness, and believes that both can make huge impacts on corporate strategic goals. And for the past 15 years, Mimi has had her eyes and ears open to the evolving corporate wellness environment and continues to champion and implement wellness programs that empower employee well-being. Mimi also served as an independent wellness consultant in the manufacturing and technology industry on Health and Productivity Management (HPM) Six Sigma projects which includes integrating resources, developing and implementing programs focused on value on investment (VOI). She is a graduate of UCLA and has a Masters of Public Health from Loma Linda University. She practices mindful living with her husband Scott and three children, Avery, Emery, and Michael.
Partners and Collaborators
Gina Maria Mele, MS
Gina is a neurobiologist with global impact. She creates novel trainings that teach the cornerstones for optimized leadership: visionary focus, collaborative mindset and an ability to maximize one's health and potential. Maximized human potential means clients learn how to create on demand: physical resilience, growth mindset, EQ, renewed capacity, access to unconscious resources and safe team dynamics.
She has expertise in the fields of neurobiology, mindfulness, human genetics, ontology, organizational belief systems, communication, Eastern and Native American philosophies and neural re-patterning. She has woven these together to create customized, executive leadership development and corporate team trainings. Gina's models, techniques and trainings have reached over 1,500 people worldwide, to enhance their leadership skills and maximize their innate potential. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies as well as entrepreneurial leaders from 8 countries. She has a Master's in Systems Neurobiology from University of California, San Diego.
Robert Eric Dinenberg, MD, MPH
Eric is a physician with a background in Family Practice, Integrative Medicine, and Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and a passion for helping people with healthy behavioral change. Helping others brings meaning to Dr. Dinenberg’s life, and his experience bringing mindfulness to his own life and to the lives of others informs that life mission. Eric integrated mindfulness into innovative employee health initiatives and population health programs as Chief Medical Officer of a national population health company. Additionally, he designed and launched online Lifestyle Coach Training for the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Eric has co-designed and implemented mindfulness training programs at the National University, Palo Alto War Related Illness and Injury Center, and San Mateo Medical Center. Eric completed the MBSR Teacher Development Intensive in 2000. His publications include employee health protection and promotion in Occupational Health and Safety Magazine, research on group support and PTSD, chapters in Health Promotion in the Workplace and Current Occupational & Environmental Medicine, 5th ed. and authored Mindfulness and Peak Performance: Touch the Ground, Touch the Sky.
Kris is a researcher, coach, and yoga teacher. Kris is passionate about holistic health and optimal performance and integrates mindfulness-based practices into sports training to enhance social, emotional, psychological, and physical performance. Kris is a lifelong learner who has been trained in a variety of mindfulness-based programs including MBSR, Mindful Schools, and Stanford’s Compassion Cultivation. Kris is a graduate of Stanford University and a current researcher at the Stanford Mind & Body Lab. He combines his college athletic experience (Stanford Football), training, knowledge and curiosity to bring a refreshing fusion and perspective on how to live mindfully with greater well-being.
Stephane Guerraz, CFA, MBA, MS
Stephane has been teaching meditation for over 20 years and breathwork for 2 years in Canada, France and the US. His calling is to empower others to live with clarity of purpose, compassion and vitality. Stephane spent many years working on capital markets and in asset management at BNP Paribas in France, and in management and technology consulting at RPO Management Consultants (aquired by KPMG Strategy, Canada). He has over 10 years of experience teaching business courses in colleges and universities. Stephane has a degree in Actuarial Science, a Master's in Computer Science, an MBA from Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley and is a CFA Charterholder.
Jeena Cho, JD
Jeena is a practicing bankruptcy attorney and a mindfulness instructor. Combining both disciplines, Jeena coaches lawyers on stress and anxiety management. She received her Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Compassion Cultivation training from Stanford University. She holds a J.D. and B.A. from University at Buffalo. Jeena's second book The Anxious Lawyer will be published through the ABA in 2015. She also writes articles for Lawyerist and Ms. JD, and finds purpose in bringing mindfulness practices to the legal community.
David graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Economics and Psychology. He is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) and received his Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) training from Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has taught MBSR training at UCSF for patients suffering from chronic conditions. Furthermore, David understands the unique demands of managing stress at work from the inside out. With more than 20 years of business experience, he's worked at ebay and Charles Schwab and has consulted with Fortune 100 companies, Internet start-ups, non-profits and government organizations. He's passionate about yoga and has been working with Headstand, a non-profit that combats toxic stress for at-risk youth (K-12) through mindfulness, yoga and character education.
Jessyca Heinen-Collesei, MBA
Jessyca holds a Master of Business Administration focusing on Human Resources and Marketing and served as an HR Specialist for Zurich Insurance Group. She is an International certified Yoga and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction instructor. Jessyca is passionate about health and well-being and has close to 20 years of experience teaching corporate health and productivity programs and community programs. She initiated, developed, and facilitated yoga and mindfulness based stress reduction programs for Zurich Insurance Group and Farmers Insurance. These programs were an organization-wide initiative to support, deepen and enhance the company’s health and productivity management approach. Furthermore, Jessyca also holds a degree as an Equine Specialist for Equine Assisted Learning and Development from EAGALA, and trains executives on mindful leadership.
Amanda Stason, MA, PhD
Amanda holds a dual PhD in Mind, Body, Spirit Psychology and Integrative Health and Thriving. She also has a Master’s degree in Somatic Counseling Psychology and has spent the last 14 years facilitating groups and coaching individuals in the realms of emotional intelligence, stress reduction and mindfulness. A leader in the consciousness movement and a passionate teacher, Amanda has devoted her life to studying and practicing mind/body psychology, energy medicine, bio-medical nutrition, meditation, mindfulness and self-inquiry. She is honored to support others on their journey to vibrant health, mindful living and awakening their inner genius.