Wealth Dimensions - May 8, 2015

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Transforming Professional Life Through Contemplative Practice

How would it feel to train your mind through contemplative practice as you train your body with workouts or as you train for professional pedigrees through study and practice?

Neuroscience tells us that training your mind creates mental focus, increased memory, reduced stress and response with patience rather than reactive behavior.

Compassion, kindness and mental focus are skills that can be trained through regular exercise of the mind with contemplative practice.

It’s not soft skills training anymore as hard science is proving.


Ellen Singer

Ellen Singer specializes in the uses of life insurance for legacy and philanthropic planning, corporate benefits and bank benefits planning. She works closely with families, firms, and their advisors to help achieve financial goals in alignment with their core values. Her vision for her business life aligns with the principals of mindfulness and kindness in action. In 2006, she was the first woman to achieve Top Twenty in the 150+ year history with Northwestern Mutual among nearly 8,000 advisors. She is a past board member of the Association for Advanced Life Underwriters (AALU), charged with advanced education and legislative advocacy for consumers on Capitol Hill. She founded and developed the AALU Diversity & Inclusion Engagement Forum for the industry. Ellen has a daily meditation practice and studies with Sharon Salzberg and other meditation teachers. She supports efforts to help more people learn about the effects of contemplative practice on the mind and body and society. Ellen lives in New York City with her husband, who teaches yoga and yoga nidra and they share a passion for contemplative practices, neuroscience and yoga… along with their four cats, Kitty, Shanti, Metta and Moses.

Richard Zimmerman

Richard E. Zimmerman is an experienced financial industry professional with a background in wealth management, sustainability, and philanthropy. He has held senior positions at global banks and a multi-family office. He has also served in strategic roles for organizations in the areas of transformational finance and impact grant making as well as for environmental and social causes.

Richard is a SVP, Relationship Manager, for HSBC Private Bank in New York, where he works with global wealthy families. Richard has also worked at Bessemer Trust, Bank of America, and J.P. Morgan.

Richard is on the International Council for the Earth Charter Initiative and the President's Council for Ceres. He also serves on the Advisory Board for Riverkeeper and the Board of Directors for the Capital Institute. He is a published author of “What Can I Do to Make a Difference,” Penguin Books USA, a guide to environmental and social issues and individual actions to make positive change.

Richard has a M.S. in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a B.A. from University of Virginia. He holds a Sustainable Investment Professional Certification (SIPC) with the John Molson School of Business as well as numerous financial industry designations.

Richard also has a background in personal development and mindfulness practices and is a certified Consciousness Coach. He practices yoga, meditation, and qigong and especially enjoys to hike with his wife, Marcy, and their 70 lb. collie-mix rescue dog, named Hudson.

Time and Location


    May 8, 2015


    8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


    750 Third Ave, 11th Floor
    New York, NY 10017