Mindfulness and Character Strengths Sessions

For over 1 year during the COVID-19 pandemic, VIA hosted live, online Mindfulness and Character Strengths sessions to help create a community of people focusing on strengths and the goodness in the world. Sessions were rich with thoughtful discussions, guided meditations, stories of inspiration and so much more.

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Session Hosts

Dr. Ryan Niemiec

Ryan M. Niemiec, PsyD, is author or co-author of nine books, an award-winning psychologist and a widely traveled international speaker. Ryan is the creator of MBSP and has led hundreds of mindfulness groups over the last two decades. As education director of the global nonprofit, VIA Institute on Character, he's a leading voice in the education, research, and practice of character strengths. He lives with his family, which includes three young and zestful children, near Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ruth Pearce

Ruth Pearce, JD, PMP, ACC is VIA's Ambassador and Facilitator. She is president of ALLE LLC and co-founder of In It Together Coaching, which offers group coaching based on VIA Character Strengths. She presents regularly at conferences nationally and internationally on how to use character strengths for project management and building engaged, empowered teams. In 2018, her book Be A Project Motivator: Unlock the Secrets of Strengths-Based Project Management was published by Berrett-Koehler. In August 2021, she launched her first LinkedIn Learning course based on the book and leveraging VIA Character Strengths. Her motto is Be Hopeful; Be Strong; Be Brave; Be Curious.