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As part of the professional development programs we offer the evidence-based Search Inside Yourself curriculum that was designed and tested by Google and trains leaders and teams in neuroscience, attention-training and emotional intelligence. Participants strengthen their focus, compassion and leadership skills and receive a tool kit of practices that can be immediately integrated at work and in life.

Search Inside Yourself is focused on building healthy mental habits that lead to self-awareness, effective leadership, resilience and overall wellbeing. SIY’s blended learning approach is offered over 2 days in-person, or virtually by six highly interactive, 2-hour sessions. The program is followed by four weeks of individual and peer-to-peer practices, concluding with a capstone webinar to set the stage for continued practice.


The SIY program has been offered in over 100 cities around the world to tens of thousands of leaders in business, nonprofit organizations and government. Companies such as SAP, LinkedIn, SalesForce and many more have adopted this training. It teaches mindfulness tools for both life and work and helps individuals to reduce stress while increasing resilience and wellbeing. The program also teaches how to better collaborate, including managing conflict and having difficult conversations by developing the emotional intelligence competencies of self-awareness, self-management, motivation and compassionate leadership.


Search Inside Yourself Program 

SIY takes a science-based approach that combines neuroscience, mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Through these three disciplines, SIY empowers participants to integrate the key building blocks for wellbeing, collaboration and compassionate leadership. The highly interactive program is roughly one-third content and two-thirds experiential including one-on-one group conversations, attention-training practices, listening exercises, and writing activities.

Who Should Attend?

This program is designed for both individuals on teams as well as leaders, as well as whole organizations, who wish to build greater emotional intelligence and leadership capabilities.

Surveys from our program participants reveal that following the program, 89 percent of participants felt a better ability to reduce stress; 85 percent reported better clarity of mind; and 85 percent noticed an enhanced connection to others.

Program Design

  • Overview of the neuroscience of emotion, perception and behavior change

  • Definition of emotional intelligence and its personal and professional benefits

  • Attention training to enable greater emotional intelligence, including self-awareness, emotion regulation, motivation, and connection with self and others

  • Principles and practices for developing healthy mental habits that accelerate wellbeing, including effective listening, generosity, empathy, communication, and social skills.

  • Mindfulness and reflection practices that support happiness, thriving and overall wellbeing

  • Exercises include attention and awareness training practices, peer-to-peer conversations, journaling, and other in-the-moment tools applicable in the workplace, and group conversations.


  • Enhance mental fitness and clarity

  • Develop agile and adaptive mindsets

  • Build resilience in the face of challenges

  • Develop greater self-awareness and emotional regulation

  • Increase focus and attention

  • Develop empathy and communicate more effectively

  • Increase creativity, decision-making skills, and innovation

  • Reduce stress and experience greater overall wellbeing


  • Search Inside Yourself®: Originally developed at Google and backed by neuroscience this interactive mindfulness-based emotional intelligence program
    enhances wellbeing, collaboration, leadership, innovation, and resilience leading to improved team performance.

  • Offered in-person or virtual; Keynote, Half-day, One-Day or Two-day, or in 2-hour sessions.

  • Search Inside Yourself Keynote (60-90 min) Introduction to mindfulness-based emotional intelligence that is secular and science-based

Åsa Fanelli is a Search Inside Yourself Certified Teacher.  She often co-facilitates the program with other certified teachers in the United States and worldwide. These are a few of the talented and diverse partners that Åsa brings in to co-teach with her:



Prevention Strategies

Cincinnati, OH


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Damselwings, LLC

Vienna, VA




Wellbeing Canvas, LLC

New York, NY


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OnBeing Mindful

Miami, FL




Artists in the Classroom, LLC

San Francisco, CA



“Participating in Search Inside Yourself led by Åsa was an amazing and invigorating experience.  Learning about the connection between the brain, the body and our emotions along with tools to learn to leverage these connections was life changing. I have been enjoying trying out the practices and I can feel myself being more mindful on a daily basis – it’s wonderful! As an executive, having this foundation to leverage every day helps me be my best self at work and at home.”

                                                                                                   Julie Trainor, Chief Operating Officer, Single Digits, Inc

Åsa co-facilitated a powerful, virtual Search Inside Yourself training for a cohort of nonprofit and social sector leaders in Boston, including a group of us from and working in East Boston.  As someone who intermittently practices meditation, I found this training provided a great scaffolded combination of review of important concepts and introduction of new concepts, incorporating mindfulness and journaling. I will be doing more of both. We built a strong virtual community through the meaningful conversations we had together and we look forward to building off this foundation. I am excited too that the learning continues with 28 days of practice--helping ensure this isn't just a training but can help foster lasting change.  

Åsa is passionate about mindfulness; she is dedicating a significant portion of her professional work to it and integrating it into all she does.  That passion and belief lead her to be a highly effective trainer and change maker. I am so grateful to be able to work with her and excited for future collaboration to grow this movement!"

                                                                          Justin Pasquariello, Executive Director, East Boston Social Centers

"Åsa co-facilitated the Search Inside Yourself training for our team recently. She was an excellent leader for the program as she was knowledgeable about the content, calm and positive in her demeanor, and interacted well with the participants. Asa ensured that people were actively participants and felt heard by her and their peers. She incorporated comments and feedback as she went and nothing seemed to fluster her. Our team is incredibly grateful for the opportunity that Asa provided and have already begun to implement many of the practices learned from SIY"

                                                             Erin Lee, Director of Revenue Operations at The Greater Boston Food








Search Inside Yourself (SIY) Online Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence Training

For Resilient Flourishing at Work, at Home, and in Community.

Developed and tested at Google, the SIY program teaches practical mindfulness, emotional intelligence, and leadership skills that lead to sustained peak performance, resilience, healthy collaboration and effective leadership. SIY takes an evidence-based approach combining neuroscience, attention-training and emotional intelligence. The self awareness, focused attention, stress management, and mindful communication skills that SIY trains in a unique, highly experiential format can be applied immediately at work and at home. 

Feedback from over 6,000 participants across 20 countries shows strong and positive results…​

  • 71% felt a better ability to reduce stress after the program (vs. 46% before the training).

  • 61% reported being able to bounce back from an emotionally challenging situation (vs. 43% before the program).

  • 72% noticed an ability to increase focus and return to the present moment (vs. 51% before the program).


  1. Introduction to mindfulness: What is mindfulness, its benefits as a tool to help us move from auto-pilot to aware, and the neuroscience behind its effectiveness.  

  2. Mindfulness & self-awareness: What is self-awareness, emotions as physiological responses, the importance of understanding our emotional state and its impact on our well-being and actions.

  3. Stress reactivity & managing emotions:  How to move from compulsion to choice when responding to life triggers resulting in more productive and pleasant outcomes.

  4. Resilience & self-compassion: 3 steps to develop resilience and the science and benefits of self-compassion as a mechanism for dealing with difficult situations.

  5. Empathy & compassion: empathy and compassion definitions and the neuroscience behind them. How to tap into and practice compassion for better leadership and as an antidote to burnout. 

  6. Communicating with insight: How to communicate with compassion for others and truly be of service, with mutual learning and understanding.


This program empowers participants to:

  1. Identify and develop the inner resources and mental clarity needed to optimize leadership and performance and enhance well-being.

  2. Understand the neurobiology behind optimal mental states and how you can use this knowledge to maintain focus and equanimity and cultivate leadership presence.

  3. Recognize the triggers and threats to optimal mental states and learn strategies to navigate challenges, foster resilience and thrive, both personally and professionally.

  4. How to build and maintain relationships in our new social distancing environment and beyond.

  5. Recognize the key drivers of human behaviors in social settings that lead to conflict or compassion.

  6. Develop tangible communication practices that build psychological safety in groups and support mutual learning, understanding and collaboration, even in difficult conversations.

Delivery Modality and Duration for Virtual Trainings (while covid-19 persists):

  • This blended learning program starts with 6 virtual 2-hour long instructor-led classes. Roughly ⅓ of the time is spent sharing content, while the remaining ⅔ is experiential. Practical exercises and one-on-one breakout room discussions — including attention and awareness training, listening exercises, and journaling activities — enable participants to explore skill-building tools  first hand and experience the layered program benefits. Upon completion of Session 6, a 28 day challenge begins in which participants receive a brief daily exercise to integrate what they’ve learned. The module culminates with a capstone webinar at the end of the practice period that provides guidance for continued progress.




Boston, MA


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