2022-23 Facilitator Bios

Swami Jaya Devi

Mindfulness + Meditation Teacher Founder + Spiritual Director of Kashi Atlanta

Swami Jaya Devi is a mindfulness teacher and urban yoga monk who has run a thriving yoga and meditation center in Atlanta since the 1990s and is the author of the Amazon bestseller Embodied: An Urban Yogi’s Memoir + Manifesto for Modern Living. Her passion is channeling yoga’s ancient toolkit in a modern, accessible way. With raw vulnerability and live-it-to-learn-it insight, Swami teaches how to “love anyway,” no matter how intense the world gets. Through deep, guided practice, we learn to embrace each moment, open our hearts and live fully in the world as ourselves. A joyful, down-to-earth catalyst for personal growth, Swami is determined that we can heal the world – one heart at a time.


Verna Ford

Executive Consultant and Coach, Ford Consulting

Verna Ford has extensive experience consulting with senior leaders on their professional development interests and their transitional career moves. She excels at coaching executives and teams to uncover and leverage hidden strengths, building a bridge between business strategy and human performance, employee engagement and inclusion. She is a published author and an experienced designer of professional development frameworks, and retired executive from Korn Ferry, a global organizational consulting firm.


Michelle Goss

President, Michelle Goss & Company, Inc.

Michelle Goss is an executive coach, trainer, speaker, and self-proclaimed “personal growth geek.” She is known for her lively, unconventional approach to leadership, and for guiding high-performance teams and individuals to bring out the very best in themselves and others. Goss draws on her more than 25 years of experience and her passion for success when coaching, training, and consulting others to succeed.


Janice Marturano

Founder and Executive Director, Institute for Mindful Leadership

Janice Marturano is the founder and executive director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting leaders in the exploration of mindfulness and its impact on the cultivation of leadership excellence. As a certified teacher of mindfulness and an experienced former senior officer of a Fortune 200 company, she has brought the intensive training of mindful leadership to all forms of organizations. She is the author of the best-selling book, Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership.


Lani Peterson

Executive Coach, Arnzen Group

Lani Peterson is a psychologist, executive coach, and workshop designer and facilitator. She has extensive experience working with individuals, groups, and organizations in the areas of leadership, emotional intelligence, personal and team development. Drawing on her practice as a national level public speaker, Lani teaches executives and managers the skill of personal presence, and the development and delivery of high impact communications. She specializes in the application of narrative as a leadership tool, and medium for personal growth, connection, and change.