Mindful Leadership Instructor, Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker 

Robert Chender has been a mindfulness teacher for over 30 years, and was an equity partner in investment management companies for 20 years, serving as general counsel, chief operating officer, and administrative partner.

Robert is deeply skilled at blending his knowledge of both mindfulness practice and business to serve as a change agent, helping transform organizations (including corporations, law firms, the military, and non-profits)  through increased efficiency, greater morale and enhanced wellbeing.

Authentic, caring and funny - Robert has my highest recommendation.
— Amy Sandler, Professional Speaker, Harvard MBA, UCLA MFA

Robert has taught scores of mindfulness seminars in the United States and abroad and is an active mindfulness and leadership coach to many professionals. In 2012, Robert joined the faculty of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI.org), the groundbreaking science-based mindfulness and emotional intelligence program developed at Google.

He currently offers Mindful Leadership in the 21st Century (ML21)l seminars, executive coaching, keynote talks and Search Inside Yourself workshops around the world.

Robert graduated from Vassar College and the NYU School of Law.  He and his wife Amy Chender, a retail executive, reside in New York City.


Recent Work and Appearances: 

Core faculty for 2016 Mindfulness in Law Teacher Training Program (San Francisco, 2016)

Featured mindfulness presenter for 2015 Fast Company Innovation Festival (New York, 2015)

Featured mindfulness presenter for Mindful Leadership Summit (Washington D.C., 2014)

Featured as mindfulness teacher in the documentary, “When The Iron Bird Flies” (2012)

Founder and core teacher, New York City Bar Association Mindfulness in Law Group

Board chair, Shambhala Meditation Center of New York  

Board member, the Interdependence Project (New York, 2010-2015)