Dena Samuels, PhD

Dena Samuels, PhD, serves as a mindfulness-based diversity, equity, and inclusion author, speaker, leadership trainer, and consultant. As an award-winning tenured professor, she taught at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs for 20 years while consulting around the U.S. and beyond. She now consults full-time on mindful, inclusive leadership development, and remains on faculty at the university.

Dr. Samuels has authored several books and many other publications. Her latest book, “The Mindfulness Effect: an unexpected path to healing, connection, and social justice,” offers 25 mindfulness practices for health/wellness, self-empowerment, culturally inclusive leadership development, social justice and environmental justice. Samuels assists organizations, campuses, and corporations in building more diverse, equitable, and inclusive cultures.

Her extensive client list includes over 150 organizations like NASA and Big Brothers Big Sisters; Fortune 50 Corporations like Facebook/WhatsApp and Humana; and campuses around the U.S. such as the U.S. Air Force Academy, UCSF, and University of Dayton. Her community activism focuses on facilitating cross-racial dialogue.