I’m a social entrepreneur, community leader and meditation teacher with a love for piano karaoke and my Mom’s tacos.
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 Cantora’s tech investment start-up fund.
By putting all of my energy into “hustling,” I began experiencing debilitating stress and panic attacks. 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 has grown into a community of thousands of young people, creatives and entrepreneurs who gather monthly to practice meditation and talk about the things they don’t usually have the space to discuss. Medi Club has launched over 300 circle programs, where community members have stepped up to lead their own meditation and talk circles in their homes.
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, the top of the World Trade Center and under the blue whale at the American Museum of Natural History. The Big Quiet features rare performances from celebrated musicians that are passionate about meditation like Miguel, members of Arcade Fire, Local Natives and Bishop Briggs. In 2018, The Big Quiet set off on the first-ever mass meditation tour, selling-out epic locations in cities throughout the US.
When I’m not leading The Big Quiet, I’m speaking about community building, mental health and mindful leadership at organizations like Adidas, Google, Ford and Parson’s School of Design, 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, a founding meditation teacher from the 1 Giant Mind Meditation Teacher Training Academy and the former president of The Burger Boys Cheesburger Club (that’s actually not a joke). As a consultant, I’ve helped launch community-driven businesses like MNDFL and The Assemblage.
The Wall Street Journal said I’m “rebranding meditation for millennials,” trend Forecasting agency The Cassandra Report called The Big Quiet a “cultural phenomenon”, and Vogue said that The Big Quiet has “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.
My mission is to connect people to their joy and power so they can make a fulfilling contribution to the world. To learn more about my purpose and belief system, check out my leadership philosophy.