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In support of Mental Health Awareness Month – GSG Academy has devoted our live sessions for the month of May to health and wellness.

Earlier this week, we posted helpful links on LinkedIn that directed people who want to prioritize their mental health to take a mental health screening at or have access to Mental Health America’s Mental Health Month Toolkit – On average, people only spend 15 minutes a day on health-related self-care. We would like to provide our GSG Team Members the opportunity to prioritize themselves.

We welcomed back Marissa Levin with Successful Culture International. She facilitated an amazing two part series on Self Awareness – May 6 & May 13, 2021.

Marissa Levin – Successful Culture

A 27-year entrepreneur, speaker, & globally recognized growth strategist, Marissa’s lifetime legacy mission is to educate, equip, & empower 100 million entrepreneurs & leaders with the skillsets and mindsets they need to reach their greatest potential.

Under her leadership, Information Experts won more than 80 awards for creativity & leadership, was named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies for 2009, 2010, and 2011, won the 2010 SmartCEO GovStar Industry Star Award, and was known as a trailblazer in establishing an extraordinary employee-centric culture that fully supported work-life integration and a core value of “responsible flexibility.”

Marissa is also the creator of the GRACE Leadership Model, which teaches leaders to lead and communicate consistently with GRACE (Grit, Resilience, Adaptability, Connection, and Empathy).

Also in 2017, she co-founded Women’s CEO Roundtable, a professionally facilitated year-long program for women business owners from noncompeting organizations that are committed to scaling beyond $1 million in revenue.

Marissa is the author of the #1 best-selling book “Built to SCALE: How Top Companies Create Breakthrough Growth Through Exceptional Advisory Boards.” Using Marissa’s patented SCALE Model, SCI helps CEOs select and implement highly effective advisory boards which is an essential strategy for any business looking to grow exponentially.

She is also the author of “My Company Rocks: 8 Secrets to a Growth-Driven Culture” and is a contributing author to “You @Work: Unlocking Human Potential in the Workplace.”

Throughout her 25-year entrepreneurial journey, Marissa has been recognized as a global influencer and trailblazer. She was named as a 2009, 2010, and 2011 SmartCEO Smart 100 participant by SmartCEO Magazine, which recognizes top 100 CEOs in the region, and was named as a 2008 BRAVO Award winner, which honors the region’s 25 most influential women CEOs. In 2011, she was one of the first honorees to be inducted into the SmartCEO Hall of Fame for outstanding and exemplary women’s leadership.

Marissa holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Development & Organizational Development, is a credentialed coach certified by International Coach Federation (ICF), is certified in Instructional Systems Design, and is a Certified Mastermind Facilitator.

We look forward to GSG Academy’s next live Yoga session with Becky Somsak on May 19, 2021.

Becky Somsak

Becky’s passion in life for the last decade or so has become to help people feel as good as they can in their own bodies. She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, became a NASM certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, she has been fascinated by the mind/body connection.

Yoga has become an integral part of her life and loves to share how it can change other’s lives as well. Whether you are active or mostly sedentary, no matter what age or skill level, high stress or worry free, Becky firmly believes yoga is for everybody.

We look forward to GSG Academy’s first live Meditation session with Michael Hess on May 27, 2021.

Michael Hess

Michael Hess brings a unique perspective to the development of meditation in the West. His background combines many years of successful entrepreneurial experience with a dedicated long-term meditation and spiritual practice.

During the first 20 years of his career, Michael founded and managed a private investment company that launched two publicly traded financial services firms. Since then, Michael has served as a consultant and advisor to middle market companies and real estate firms seeking to raise capital and expand internationally.

Michael integrated a dedicated meditation practice into his life as an antidote to the pressures of his responsibilities as CEO. He discovered a deep connection to Tibetan Buddhism and took a two-year sabbatical to immerse himself in the language, culture and practices of this ancient tradition. In 2004, Michael became one of the few westerners ever granted permission to live in Lhasa, Tibet. Since then, he has returned many times to the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal and Tibet for spiritual pilgrimage, study and retreat.

Michael has been meditating for 27 years and has trained in the most advanced methods of meditation and pranayama.  He has taught meditation to practitioners at all levels of experience, including meditation and yoga teachers, private clients, Buddhist and secular groups, and corporate and government organizations in both the USA and overseas.

Michael recently returned to the USA after a year-long solitary meditation retreat at Pangan Gonpa, a remote Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the north Indian Himalayas. Upon returning from retreat, Michael founded Discovering Mind to spread the joy and benefits of meditation for individuals seeking an authentic path to this Eastern spiritual tradition.  Discovering Mind offers meditation teacher training, long-term mentoring programs, classes, workshops and retreats for aspiring teachers as well as practitioners at all levels of experience.

Michael is an authorized instructor of The Relaxed Mind seven-step approach to learning meditation developed by Dza Kilung Rinpoche.  He is certified by Yoga Alliance as a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200).  He looks forward to sharing his experiences, insight and stories with you.

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