The Flourishing Circle
Flourishing people change the world
« The quality of our life depends on the quality of the seeds that lie deep in our consciousness. » Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (1926 – )
« To flourish means to live within an optimal range of human functioning, one that connotes goodness, generativity, growth, and resilience. » (Fredrickson & Losada, 2005, p. 678).
Flourishing people change the world. The Flourishing Circle contributes to this vision by being a leading reference of excellence in mindfulness and character strengths practice.
The members of The Flourishing Circle team up to advance the mindfulness and character strengths practice, offering information, training, retreats, solutions, resources, and state of the art practices and services to target audiences and people aiming for flourishing.
We value wisdom, critical thinking and open-mindedness, and we engage with integrity, generosity, social intelligence, leadership, and teamwork.
Dana Walden, MBA, PCC
Dana Walden is the founder and Managing Director of Certo Coaching & Consulting LLC, where she offers consulting, assessment and coaching services to individuals and organizations in the areas of leadership, emotional intelligence and strengths development.
Born in the US and a graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, where she earned a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA), Dana draws upon many years of international Human Resources experience in multinational organizations, including team leadership and responsibility for people capability programs.
Specialized in Learning and Development, Dana is a Certified Professional Coach (PCC), an accredited practitioner of the Insights Discovery® assessment tool, a Certified Practitioner of the Korn Ferry Hay’s Leadership Architect® and the Emotional and Social Competency Inventory (ESCI), and a MBSP Practitioner (VIA Institute on Character).
Actively engaged in the field of professional coaching and development, Dana is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and a facilitator of courses and workshops at institutions of ongoing learning such as Geneva School of Business Administration (HEG), Institut de Coaching (IDC) and Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations (GSD).
Living in Geneva, Switzerland, Dana’s working languages are English and French.
Lien Nguyen, PhD., ACC
Lien Nguyen is the founder of Healthy Expressions, where she offers training, assessment and coaching services to individuals and organizations in the areas of communication and flourishing.
Born in Hue, Vietnam, she graduated in Engineering at the National Polytechnic Institute in Grenoble, France, and earned a First-Class Honors PhD. in Automatic Control at Aix-Marseille University, France, in 2016.
Specializing in healthy communication and flourishing coaching, Lien is a Certified Associate Certified Coach (ACC) and an accredited MBSP Practitioner (VIA Institute on Character).
Living in Geneva, Switzerland, Lien’s working languages are Vietnamese, English and French.
Orlaith O’Sullivan, PhD.
Orlaith O’Sullivan is the founder of Orlaith O’Sullivan Mindfulness Training & Consultancy, where she works with companies, schools, families and private clients to develop appropriate mindfulness practices and build communities.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, and a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where she earned a PhD in English, she has more than 15 years of experience in strategic change management, education, marketing, events management and corporate communications and has a clear understanding of the corporate environment and how mindfulness has an impact on everything – including the bottom line.
Orlaith is an ordained student of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, with whom she has studied for over 20 years. She has also completed the certification on The Science of Happiness, at the Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley, and the accreditation as MBSP Practitioner (VIA Institute on Character).
Specialized in mindfulness practice, Orlaith is the International Coordinator of Wake Up Schools, a Plum Village’s movement supporting mindfulness in education, a founder member of The Community of Contemplative Education (Mind & Life Europe’s group to cultivate human flourishing through education). Orlaith is Curator, Advisor and Country Host of the World Happiness Fest, the largest, most diverse forum on happiness and well-being in the world, and she serves on the steering group for the Education strand of The Mindfulness Initiative (UK).
Passionate about sharing the mindfulness practice appropriately and creatively, she teaches and mentors internationally and contributes widely to mindfulness groups and communities in Ireland, where she has founded three mindfulness community groups: Suaimhneas (for adults), Sonas (for children) and Fresh Morning (online pre-work).
Living in Dublin, Ireland, Orlaith’s working language is English.
– Fredrickson, Barbara L., & Losada, Marcial F. (2005). Positive Affect and the Complex Dynamics of Human Flourishing. American Psychologist, 60(7), 678–686.