Introduction

Worldwide Who’s Who Lifetime Member Theo Koffler is an accomplished professional with experience in the private and nonprofit sectors. She considers herself a global citizen, dedicated to social justice and peace building. In 2007 she founded Mindfulness Without Borders, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on advancing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and mindfulness in educational settings.

Mindfulness Without Borders provides its pioneering educational programs to a range of populations, including at-risk youth, educators, and healthcare and corporate professionals. Part of their discourse involves building up social and emotional competencies, which are vital for life effectiveness. Mindfulness Without Borders programs cultivate skills that we all need to manage our emotions, develop care and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations.

Mindfulness Without Borders also stimulates conversation between high school students regarding conflict resolution and peace building. The goal is to forge peer-to-peer connections to create a compassionate awareness for the realities of difference and conflict. Ultimately, their increased understanding will transcend obstacles such as ethnicity, religion and geography and prepare them for success in adulthood.

The organization has experienced its share of success. In 2009, Teachers Without Borders (TWB), Africa contracted training programs to teach more than 120 affiliated teachers. Raphael Ogar Oko, the former African Regional Coordinator for Teachers Without Borders, Nigeria noted that the curriculum and enrichment materials provide individuals with the chance to raise students who can function well in our ever-changing society. As anyone would attest, transitioning from childhood to adulthood requires the right nurturing conditions.

Ms. Koffler, a member with Worldwide Whos Who since 2010, attributes her success to her core values and personal experience working in conflict-ridden environments. After participating in a foreign students program at St. Peters College, in 1976 she received a bachelors degree in social sciences from the University of Windsor. In the late 1970s, she, along with her father and brother, founded Super-Pharm Israel, Ltd., which has since become the largest pharmaceutical chain in Israel and Poland. From 1989 to 1993, she served as a chairwoman of the Therapeutic Riding Center of Israel, which provides therapeutic riding services to the disabled. In 2009, she co-founded with William Shatner the first Therapeutic Riding Center for the Disabled in Jericho.

She has served on numerous boards and advisory committees including, The Hawn Foundation, Inner Kids Foundation, Care for the Journey and the Garrison Institute. Through her work at the Garrison Institute, Ms. Koffler co-authored the first-ever mapping report on contemplation and education in K-12 educational settings in the United States.

Currently, Mindfulness Without Borders is based in San Francisco, with programs across the United States, and in Canada, Uganda, Israel, Rwanda, and Nigeria. Ms. Koffler is responsible for the strategic direction of Mindfulness Without Borders, and is interested in opportunities for public speaking, corporate consulting and networking. For more information please visit the official Mindfulness Without Borders website or e-mail them directly at [email protected]