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.
She started her mindfulness journey in 2007 in the US, which supported her through a job burnout, health challenges, and existential crisis and gradually supported her shift from a high-flying corporate career into a mind-body practitioner. She founded Mindful Insights in early 2015 with the intention of empowering people in taking care of their well-being, making choices that represent their deepest-held values and living a life with compassion, joy and equanimity. Since 2015, she has delivered mindfulness workshops to thousands, and journeyed with hundreds in longer multi-week mindfulness programs in organizations and educational institutions.
Drawn to evidence-informed approaches, Carmen embarked on training with several credible organizations to deliver mindfulness training across broad applications. Her qualifications include:
Certified Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor with the University of California San Diego’s School of Medicine; and a listed MBSR teacher mentor under Mindfulness-based Professional Training Institute (mbpti.org).
Trained Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Teacher with the Center for Mindful Self-compassion.
Trained trainer with The Mindfulness Exchange (TME), a spin-off from Oxford Mindfulness Center (OMC) to deliver workplace-based training.
Trainer of the .b mindfulness program (for young people aged 11 to 18) with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP).
Trainer of the Mindful Educator Essentials (MEE) program with Mindful Schools to deliver mindfulness to K-12 populations.
Carmen holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the NUS Business School, a Post-grad Diploma in Branding from Nanyang Polytechnic, and a Master Degree from Cornell University, USA, in hospitality management. She also holds ACTA, a professional workplace trainer certification from WDA. She is also currently working part-time on her doctoral dissertation at NTU investigating the intersections of human motivation, mindfulness and well-being in education. Her versatile background has enabled her to deliver mindfulness and compassion programs to a variety of populations in universities, social welfare agencies, public schools, corporations, healthcare system, criminal justice system, and government agencies. Apart from MBSR mentoring, she also trains and mentors in-house mindfulness facilitators in organizations.
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 been regularly attending silent meditation retreats since ten years ago. She is born and raised in Singapore and had lived in New York, Florida and Cambodia at some points in her life. She enjoys nature, travelling and living without technological devices wherever possible.
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