Inner Explorer Inc
Changing the world one student at a time
Inner Explorer Inc
The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.
Dr. Laura Bakosh Dr.
Laura's mindfulness practice began while General Manger-Women's Healthcare at GE. She introduced mindfulness to hundreds of fellow employees resulting in improved creativity, performance and well-being. Record sales volume, reduced turnover and boosted morale were all linked to the mindfulness training.
After 25 years in management and sales, Laura merged business skills with personal awareness and co-founded Inner Explorer. She inspires K-12 students to develop a mindful practice thru a daily, internet enabled, audio guided program in schools. Over one million students are using Inner Explorer to improve both academic and life outcomes.
In addition to a BS from Boston College and both Masters and PhD from Sofia University she was trained as a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor through the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts. An author/ speaker on mindfulness and learning Laura is also a wife and mother – her most challenging and rewarding roles.
Janice Houlihan, Co-Founder of Inner Explorer, came to know mindful awareness through her lifelong friend (and Co-Founder) Laura Bakosh. Starting a mindful practice as an adult, she thought: “I wish I started mindfulness when I was younger!" The friends began their journey to create peace in the world, by bringing mindfulness to every child, in every classroom.
Janice has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Northeastern University and a Master‘s Degree in Education from University of Massachusetts- Boston. She is trained in MBSR and has been teaching mindful awareness practices to adults and children since 2009. A lifelong Massachusetts resident she likes to travel with her husband John, son Jake and stepsons Jeremy and Brenden. She believes seeing unique, new places reveals uncommon knowledge. Janice was once told that she sees life through rose colored glasses….and she thought, isn’t that the best way to see life?
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Inner Explorer IncBoard of directors
as of 04/18/2023
Board of directors data
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Term: 2014 - 2024
Board leadership practices
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Board orientation and educationDoes the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
CEO oversightHas the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
Ethics and transparencyHave the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
Board compositionDoes the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
Board performanceHas the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes
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Race & ethnicity
Equity strategiesLast updated: 08/31/2022
- We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
- We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
- We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
- We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.