👋 I’m a social entrepreneur, public speaker and meditation teacher with a love for cheeseburgers and bike clubs.
I’ve got a mean passion for blending popular culture into meditation, community building and leadership. I think it’s a recipe for lighting up the leader in everyone - and supercharging people’s ability to make a unique contribution to the world.
My work journey started as a Sophomore at NYU when I co-founded Cantora Records. Truth be told, I had no idea what the hell I was doing, but through following my gut and a willingness to experiment, I went on to sign multi-platinum bands like MGMT, advise rappers like The Wu Tang Clan’s GZA and spearhead the label’s tech investment fund.
By putting all of my energy into “hustling,” I began experiencing debilitating stress and panic attacks, and my mental health and wellbeing challenges led me to find meditation. The practice was so transformative for me that I went on to found the social meditation community Medi Club, which grew into a community of thousands of young meditators, creatives and entrepreneurs who gather monthly to practice meditation and talk about the things they don’t usually have the space to discuss.
Feeling called to create accessible entry points into meditation on a larger scale, I applied my extensive experience in the music industry to found The Big Quiet. Today, The Big Quiet is a movement that gathers thousands of people at a time for mass meditations at the most iconic places in the world -- like Madison Square Garden and the top of the World Trade Center. The Big Quiet features rare performances from celebrated musicians like Miguel, members of Arcade Fire and Bishop Briggs. In 2018, The Big Quiet set off on the first-ever mass meditation tour at epic locations in cities throughout the US.
When I’m not leading The Big Quiet, I’m speaking about community-building leadership at companies like Adidas, Google and Ford, and teaching meditation to leaders from around the globe. I also organize the Cyclones - a social impact bicycling club responsible for funding sustainable bike shops and bike share programs throughout rural Tanzania.
I’m a selected leader from Harvard Divinity School’s How We Gather Program, a trained facilitator from Columbia School of Social Justice’s Empathetic Facilitator program and a founding meditation teacher from the 1 Giant Mind Meditation Teacher Training Academy.
Trend Forecasting agency The Cassandra Report called The Big Quiet a “cultural phenomenon”, The Wall Street Journal said we’re “rebranding meditation for millennials” and Vogue said that The Big Quiet and I have “refined the ancient practice of meditation into something exceptional, uplifting, and undoubtedly social.” My work has also been featured in the New York Times, Vice, Fast Company, The Fader and WIRED.