Director & Mindfulness Trainer
Carmen Teo spent the first 15 years of her career in the corporate world in marketing, consulting, revenue management, analytics and strategic planning. She has worked in MNCs, startup and consulted for some of the largest F&B and Hospitality firms in the world. She is also an Advisory Board Member for a NGO in Cambodia that provides hospitality education for underprivileged young adults.
At some point in her corporate life, she suffered from burnout, resulting in a long period of ill health. After a long healing journey accompanied by her mindfulness practice which started ten years ago, she decided to transform her career around her passion which is to share her knowledge, joy and experience in mindfulness with others.
She founded Mindful Insights in early 2015 with the main objective of helping people improve their quality of life and well-being through mind-body interventions. The goal is to enable them to cope effectively with life's stressors, uplift their innate potential, manifest compassion, and develop wisdom and happiness.
Drawn to evidence-informed approaches, Carmen embarked on trainings with several credible organizations to deliver mindfulness training across broad applications, including with:
University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine, to deliver the classic and evidence-based Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) eight-week program.
The Mindfulness Exchange (TME), a spin-off from Oxford Mindfulness Center (OMC) to deliver workplace-based training.
The Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) to deliver the .b mindfulness program to young people aged 11 to 18.
Mindful Schools, in their Mindful Educator Essentials (MEE) program to deliver mindfulness to K-12 populations.
Carmen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Marketing) degree from the NUS Business School, a Post-grad Diploma in Branding from Nanyang Polytechnic and a Master of Management from Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration. She also holds ACTA, a professional workplace trainer certification from WDA. She is a part-time Doctoral student with NTU, with her research focus on mindfulness and well-being in education.
However, she does not see paper qualifications as important as compared to the impact we make in other peoples’ lives, as she counts Mother Teresa and Nelson Mandela amongst the many people who inspire her in her life. True education should be education of both the brain and the heart; it is a lifelong journey beyond the confines of a classroom.
She is also a certified yoga instructor, yoga therapist, kids and families yoga teacher, an Adjunct Instructor with SMU Mindfulness Initiative, and has a regular mindfulness practice. She is born and raised in Singapore and had lived in New York, Florida and Cambodia at some point in her life. She has five young nieces and nephews whom she credits in keeping her inner-child nature in checks.
View Carmen's LinkedIn Profile.