Erik Leslie | Founder at SatiMind
Currently, Erik is one of the thought leaders developing mindfulness programs for the SatiMind community, military, health care professionals, hospitals and corporations. Erik’s mission & purpose is to help bring Mindfulness to 10% of the world and empower people to practice and share the power of meditation within their communities to reduce stress, enhance performance & overall health & well being.
Erik obtained a graduate degree in Performance Psychology from the University of Denver in 2010, and is a qualified mindfulness teacher from University of Massachusetts Medical School. His experience includes working for famous author Ken Wilber (Freud of Consciousness Studies) at Integral Institute. He has 6 years working as a consultant for the military teaching resilience training and designing mental training programs for soldiers to create high-performing teams. This work includes leadership development and mindfulness with executive leaders, work with special operations, Apache Pilots and over ten different other companies throughout the military.
Derek J Beairsto | Co Founder at SatiMind
Derek is a young highly motivated & passionate teacher forming a community that practices meditation, mindfulness, and other personal growth methods. He loves to share powerful stories and educational insights to individuals, schools, small companies, organizations and communities
Derek consulted for the federal government for five years training many high demand teams in Resilience, Performance Psychology & Mindfulness. Before Derek went on to train and consult for the government he served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps with three successful combat tours. Then went on to pursue a graduate degree in Performance Enhancement Psychology. While attending school full time he worked for six years as an Elite Physical Fitness Trainer, Nutritional Consultant, and had the realization that behavioral change through Mindfulness training was most effective for his all of his clients. After a successful career helping people become more mentally & physically fit, Derek is continuing his path serving communities and organizations to become healthier & happier by finding the Path of Mindfulness. We want everyone to experience the power of Mindfulness and make it daily practice and most of all, A way of life!
Cole Leslie | Director of Communications
Using a background in Psychology and proclivity for writing, Cole’s been managing communications at various organizations for the past five years. He particularly enjoys working with non-profits, and startups like SatiMind. Aside from writing, Cole has a passion for sustainability, technology and entrepreneurship. He is currently a Graduate Student in Sustainable Design at The University of Texas at Austin. When he’s not working or studying, you can find Cole with his wife and young son, cooking, laughing, and enjoying the outdoors. Cole also served as the Chief Operations Manager for a technology company for 2 years and moved on to continue his education and become a communications specialist for Food & City.
Kirk Leslie retired from teaching technology in the summer of 2019. He has maintained a deep passion for living a healthy, happy, and productive lifestyle. This passion has continued mainly because he began practicing mindfulness meditation over 15 years ago and has fully adopted mindfulness as a way of life. Mr. Leslie has a Master’s Degree from the education department at the University of Colorado, C.S., in curriculum and instruction.
As a post-graduate student at John F. Kennedy University he had an article published on Emotional Intelligence in 2010. Leslie has been a teacher/STEM director, a small business owner (ComputerLand franchisee), manager of major accounts executives (CellularOne), a registered investment advisor with FINRA, and an educational advisor, consultant, instructor for the past fifteen years while continuing his Path in Mindfulness.