June 18, 2020, 5:00 pm PT / 8:00 pm ET
Virtual Event
Christiana Serle

Christiana Serle is a Mindfulness Practitioner and she will be leading us in a “Pandemic of Presence” discussion.

As a former college athlete and current triathlete, Christiana Serlé had always thought fitness and nutrition were paramount to improving performance and overall health.  Her perspective shifted completely when attending a 10-day silent meditation while grieving a loss.  Afterwards, she began to apply mindfulness to areas of her life like eating, parenting and relationships and discovered that improving quality of life begins with awareness.  Christiana has coached over 200 companies and thousands of individuals on incorporating principles of mindfulness to improve the wellbeing of families and employees.    

Christiana has a Masters Degree in Public Health, is certified as a Health Education Specialist and is a qualified teacher of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program through the UC San Diego School of Medicine.   She was recently recognized by the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA) as one of the Top 10 Health Promotion Professionals in the country.  She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband and two young children.  

 In “Pandemic of Presence”, Christiana will share simple ways to incorporate mindfulness into your life.  Now more than ever, being present for the life you are living can reduce stress and anxiety and illuminate your path to happiness and fulfillment.


July 27, 2020, 5:30 pm PT / 8:30 pm ET
Virtual Event
Barbara Furlow-Smiles

Barbara Furlow-Smiles is the Global Engagement / Internal Resource Group Program Manager for Facebook. She has more than ten years’ experience in diversity and employee resource group management. In her previous role as Manager for Diversity and Inclusion at MTV Networks, she led the diversity strategy for internal engagement and employee affinity groups domestically and globally. MTV named her Employee of the Month (out of 15,000+ employees) in 2013 for being the most inclusive employee. In her past role as Program Manager for University Relations/Diversity at Cox Communications, she was instrumental in establishing partnerships to increase diversity recruiting efforts with top HBCUs. She has a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College and a master’s degree in public administration from Baruch College. She’s currently obtaining her Executive MBA from UCLA.

Barbara is deeply passionate about giving voice to the voiceless. She believes the secret to being free is being fearless, owning your greatness, and acknowledging no regrets. Barbara will speak on “How to Unapologetically Own Your Greatness,” showing us how the 4 B’s can catapult each of us to greatness:

BE CURIOUS
BE CLEAR
BRING VALUE
BE GOOD TO YOURSELF

This is a free, interactive event where attendees will participate by creating their own “bragsheet” to identify their greatness, growth, and goals.