We believe compassionate leadership has the power to build more human connection and fuel the deepest sense of fulfillment and purpose.

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Uvinie Lubecki is a leadership development trainer, consultant, and published author. She has worked with executives and teams at leading corporations and nonprofits including Macy’s, Eileen Fisher, Pachamama Alliance, Celgene, GoPro, Johnson & Johnson and Google.  Previously to teaching leadership development, she accumulated diverse leadership experiences for ten years in the corporate sector, from management consulting at Deloitte Consulting, to incubating startups at Aetna, and as part of the executive team for RelayHealth, a business unit within McKesson. While at McKesson, she discovered the need and personal calling to integrate mindfulness and compassion more practically and directly into leadership behaviors. She left to join Dalai Lama Fellows, where she translated secular values, such as compassion, and contemplative practices from the Fourteenth Dalai Lama into a leadership curriculum. Recognizing the potential for these practices to transform leaders at all organizations, she founded Leading Through Connection in 2017. She has been published on Forbes.com and Conscious Company Media, and speaks frequently at conferences.

In addition to her leadership experience, Uvinie brings a formal education in neuroscience and behavior change and is completing her teacher certification for Cultivating Emotional Balance, an emotional intelligence training created by Paul Ekman, Eve Ekman, and Alan Wallace in collaboration with the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. She is a meditation practitioner and has received training and teachings from both the Theravada and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. She holds a BA in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University and a Masters in Public Health from Harvard University.  

Uvinie was born in Sri Lanka and was raised in Nigeria, Jordan, and upstate New York. She currently lives in San Francisco, CA with her husband.


Leading Through Connection operates in partnership with the Fetzer Institute. Uvinie works and partners with a team of consultants, co-facilitators, and experts in sectors such as business, health care, and hospitality to deliver trainings and experiences that are attuned and contextually relevant.


  • Udara Fernando, Hedge fund Manager, Entrepreneur

  • Vicki Flaherty, Executive Leadership Development, IBM

  • Thupten Jinpa Langri, PhD, Principal English Translator to the Fourteenth Dalai Lama and CEO, Compassion Institute

  • Michelle Scheidt, Program Officer, Fetzer Institute

  • Dr. Roger Walsh, MD, PhD, professor of Psychiatry, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine, in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, within UCI's College of Medicine, expert in Transpersonal Psychology