Keynote Speakers

Steven C. Rockefeller 

Steven C. Rockefeller Steven C. Rockefeller is professor emeritus of religion at Middlebury College, where he also served as dean of the College. Over the past 20 years, Professor Rockefeller has played a leading role in the drafting and promotion of the Earth Charter, which is a declaration of global interdependence and universal responsibility. He is the author of Democratic Equality, Economic Inequality, and the Earth Charter (Earth Charter International, 2015). Active in the field of philanthropy, he served as a trustee of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) for 33 years and chaired the Fund’s board from 1998 to 2006.

Steven received his master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York City and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author of John Dewey: Religious Faith and Democratic Humanism (Columbia, 1991) and the coeditor of two books of essays, The Christ and the Bodhisattva (SUNY, 1987) and Spirit and Nature: Why the Environment is a Religious Issue (Beacon, 1992). His essays appear in many books and journals.

Dr. Lisa Miller

Dr Lisa Miller is the President of The Collaborative for Spirituality in Education and Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College. She is Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology. Dr. Miller is the author of “The Spiritual Child; The New Science of Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving.” Her innovative research has focused on quantifiable effects of spirituality in health, resilience and thriving, and an overall sacred and joyful life. Her
clinical and consultation work focuses on spiritual awareness and spiritual growth, for individuals, families, groups and organizations.

Dr. Miller is a foremost scientist on spirituality across the lifespan,with her work published in top research journals including JAMAPsychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Based upon her decade and a half of experience, she offers talks, workshops and consultations on spirituality in healthy development to parents and schools, adult wellness groups, and private and public organizations. She is the Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality and Co-Editor of the APA journal, Spirituality in Clinical Practice. She has been elected as Fellow by the American Psychological Association, as well as for the Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award of graduate students. A graduate of Yale, she received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania from Martin Seligman. She frequently is cited in print and in on-line media and has appeared on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and NBC Today Show as an expert.

Dr. Jack Miller

Dr. Jack Miller has been working in the field of holistic education for over 40 years. Jack teaches courses on holistic education and contemplative education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where he is Professor. He is author/editor of 20 books on holistic learning and contemplative practices in education which include The Holistic Curriculum, The Contemplative Practitioner, Love and Compassion: Exploring Their Role in Education and The International Handbook of Holistic Education. His writing has been translated into nine languages. The Holistic Curriculum was used to develop the program for Equinox Holistic Alternative School in Toronto.

Jack has worked extensively with holistic educators in Japan, Korea and Hong Kong for the past 20 years. He has been a visiting professor at two universities in Japan and also at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. In 2009 Jack was invited with 20 other educators from around the world to Bhutan to help that country orient its education system to the country’s goal of Gross National Happiness (GNH).

Timothy Shriver

Timothy Shriver leads the International Board of Directors of Special Olympics and serves together with over 5.6 million Special Olympics athletes in 172 countries to promote health, education, and a more unified world through the joy of sports.
In addition, Timothy is a leading educator who focuses on the social and emotional factors in learning. He co-founded and currently chairs The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading school reform organization in the field of social and emotional learning.

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Co-Chairman of the National Commission on Social and Emotional Learning, President of the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors for the WPP Group, LLC, and is a co-founder of Lovin’ Scoopful Ice Cream Company. Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master’s degree from Catholic University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut. He has produced 4 films, is the author of the New York Times Best Selling book Fully Alive – Discovering What Matters Most, has written for dozens of newspapers and magazines and has been rewarded with degrees and honors which he happily accepted on behalf of others.