There’s little question that we are living in rapidly changing and difficult times.
We know difficult times in ways most people don’t — we both grew up in the same Middle East conflict zone. The experience inspired us to become compassion experts, devoting our lives to bringing people together.
In conducting numerous interviews with leaders across diverse organizations, we discovered that the main barrier to bringing compassion into leadership is that no good models, heuristics or examples exist for how to lead with compassion in a way that doesn’t pit people against results. Yet, there is increasing research that demonstrates that this is possible. We build on this research and our leadership experiences to provide practical tools and practices to make leading with compassion realistic and effective.
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Uvinie was previously the managing director at Dalai Lama Fellows. Prior to that, she lead strategy for RelayHealth at McKesson, incubated businesses for Aetna, and worked as a management consultant for Deloitte Consulting. At LTC, Uvinie draws from her leadership experiences to craft practical and realistic mindfulness and compassion tools and practices for leaders. She’s originally from Sri Lanka, and was raised in New York, Nigeria, and Jordan.
Uvinie holds an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University.
Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer
Anna previously worked for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and the Carnegie Foundation helping healthcare and education leaders transform systems and improve outcomes for the people they serve. At LTC, Anna draws from these experiences to help leaders embrace humility, curiosity, and nurture deep respect and care for employees and customers. Anna grew up moving around the Middle East, Europe, and U.S.
Anna holds a BA in public health from Cornell University and an MBA/MPP from Duke University.
I came to LTC at a time when my world had been rocked by the death of a close friend, and I was questioning everything — my work, my life, my purpose. Uvinie’s coaching and guidance through LTC’s foundational material was a North Star for me in this time of deep, sometimes uncomfortable introspection, and I’m grateful to now help share the power of this program with the world. Alongside LTC, I am the co-founder of a venture-backed quantitative hedge fund and a mentor for an urban youth vocational training program. Outside of my projects, you can usually find me standing in line for food, reading research papers on relationshipping, or playing with my neighbor’s corgis.
Udara holds BS and MS degrees in computer science from Stanford University.
Business Development Intern
Being a student of the Dalai Lama teaches me the key ethical principles that human beings share, including compassion, consideration, and the responsibility of knowledge and power. After multiple internships and volunteer experiences as an undergraduate student, I understand the significance of transformative leadership. The lack of compassion in my previous workplaces empowered me to lead and seek leadership differently. Building an environment that stimulates creativity, collectivity, and cohesion does not always look the same. I am so grateful for Uvinie, who continues to show me that compassion and mindfulness can and do exist in organizations. Being a part of LTC is not only an honor, but essential to my understanding of how to impact my communities, both local and global. I love being with my family and friends, practicing yoga, traveling to new countries, and listening to the waves crash on the shore at the beach.
Elisa is completing her Bachelors degree at UC Irvine.