Chris Proulx

Exploring the practice of leadership at the intersection of ancient wisdom and modern science


I am exploring the intersection of leadership and buddhist meditation and mindfulness with organizational, societal and planetary issues.

I have spent most of my work life in the online learning industry. This has been a journey that has included many rewarding projects, being part of truly amazing teams and seeing the positive outcomes of my work. It has also included serious bouts of frustration with the fast pace of the work, the need to cut corners, the failures to influence others as much I wanted, and the setbacks that come with any innovative effort. The ups and downs of this journey fuels my exploration of how to hone my leadership practice and the role meditation can play.

 At this point, during my work days, I work as part of the senior leadership team at Humentum, a non-profit social enterprise focused on improving the effectiveness of global development and humanitarian organizations. This work is a canvas for nurturing compassionate, generous, connected and high performing teams. You can find more of my writing about online learning and/or global development here and here.

I live in Ithaca, New York in the United States (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ, the Cayuga Nation lands) with my wife and fourteen year old daughter. We share our house with a two year old golden doodle and a mysterious cat of unknown age. I spend my volunteer time working on affordable housing and economic development as a board member at the Ithaca Urban Renewal Agency. I previously served on our City Council and as a board member and president at the Finger Lakes Land Trust.

I love hiking and running through the amazing trails and woods that surround our city and occasionally paddle along Cayuga Lake. I try to share a photo each day that captures the nature and weather of this amazing spot in the world. I love being a hobbyist weather watcher and share my weather station’s data with the world.

My meditation practice is grounded in the study and practice of Theravada buddhism. I typically complete at least one 7-10 day silent retreat a year, often at IMS.

A misty summer dawn along the Finger Lakes Trail in the Hammond Hill State Forest, just east of Ithaca NY.

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