Linda Lantieri, MA has been in the field of education for almost 50 years as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of a middle school in East Harlem, and presently faculty member at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a Fulbright Scholar and internationally known speaker in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Contemplative Teaching and Learning.

Linda has recently cofounded the Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL) Program for educational leaders interested in integrating Mindfulness and Social, Emotional & Ethical Learning through an equity lens in the service of systemic change. She is also one of the co- founders of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Linda is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and books including editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence (Sounds True, 2008, 2014).