From our Dream Team:

Gayle Van Gils

HAPPIER AT WORK: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace

Gayle Van Gils is an author, leadership consultant, and life coach with an approach that opens both the minds and hearts of her clients. Her intuitive, direct and caring process supports greater focus, engagement and connection, and a productive and compassionate workplace. Gayle’s specialty brings together her extensive experience as a mindfulness teacher with the practical solutions and real-life work she has conducted as a business consultant and executive coach.  

Gayle has an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, and is a certified instructor of Search Inside Yourself, the mindfulness and emotional intelligence training developed and proven at Google. She is the founder of the consulting, training and coaching company Transform Your Culture, and is a senior meditation teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. Through her teachings both in person and through online courses, Gayle has helped thousands of people find more peace, energy, inspiration, joy and success in their lives and businesses. 

Gayle is the author of Happier at Work: The Power of Love to Transform the Workplace, a practical guide for developing the powers of attention, stress reduction, curiosity, collaboration and compassion, as well as enhancing performance, increasing engagement, resilience and better health. 

Gayle and her husband, Gerard live in St. Petersburg, FL and have two sons, Alex and Jonathan who are both musicians. When she is not busy working, or practicing meditation, she loves to get her hands dirty in clay and create large sculptural pieces for her home and yard.

What Gayle promises you will take away from her presentation:

  • An understanding of “what love has to do with it” – reinvigoration of the workplace.
  • Understanding of how a mindful workplace holds the keys to engagement and thriving.
  • An optimism that you can be the agent of the changes you wish to see in the workplace.
  • Mindfulness techniques that can disrupt distraction and increase attention and focus
  • Compassion practices to enhance communication, collaboration and inclusivity 

What Gayle says about why she is participating in this retreat:

I am passionate about helping to create healthy and compassionate work environments, and helping individuals connect with work that is fulfilling and that allows them to thrive. Many workplaces are not yet providing optimal conditions and opportunities for success – with employee disengagement and even poor health resulting.  This retreat that has the power to help us move from our heads to our hearts…. where many of the answers lie, and to find those answers together.  Personally, it affords me an opportunity to learn from my fellow presenters, who share a vision of an awakening and wiser community of work.  I am truly honored to share my experience with an audience who shares these concerns, and wants to “be the change” that is so greatly needed in society today. 

From LinkedIn about Gayle:

Gayle is SIY Certified Teacher ( – Teaching mindfulness and emotional intelligence based on neuroscience, in the program developed and tested at GOOGLE.

Professional and Personal Coach – For more than 25 years Gayle has coached leaders, entrepreneurs, and private clients to find their successful route to personal accomplishment. She has served as faculty in the New Agreements Coaching and Leadership Institute and The Naropa Authentic Leadership program.

Teacher and Trainer – Gayle holds the title of Shastri within the Shambhala Buddhist lineage. She is an experienced senior teacher and trainer who leads workshops nationally and internationally on mindfulness and awareness, emotional intelligence, authentic communications, intuitive awareness, contemplative arts, confidence and self-expression.

Certified Consultant – Barrett Cultural Transformation Tools. Offering comprehensive assessments and feedback to help you align your personal, leadership and organizational values for maximum success and benefit.

Gayle’s book:

Gayles book