Sofia University Graduate Laura Bakosh to Speak at Wisdom 2.0 Conference

January 27, 2014

Laura Bakosh will share the stage with some of the world’s leading entrepreneurslaura_bakosh

Palo Alto, CA– Sofia University alumni Laura Bakosh will speak at the 2014 Wisdom 2.0 Conference taking place February 14th -17th at the San Francisco Marriot Marquis. Earlier this year, Bakosh won the Wisdom 2.0 Award Challenge and received a 25,000 cash prize on behalf of her company Inner Explorer. Inner Explorer is a daily audio-guide that delivers mindfulness-based social emotional learning (MBSEL) content to students in K-12 classrooms.

Laura is scheduled to speak on Saturday, Feb 15th on the main stage at 9:10am. She will present a summary of research, as well as share ways attendees can use grassroots efforts to help implement the Inner Explorer program into more schools.

As a Ph.D. graduate of Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology), her research focused on the efficacy of mindfulness training, specifically the Inner Explorer Elementary Program, for children in school. Her dissertation research, along with 2 pilot studies, included nearly 1000 first through fifth grade students in ethnically, geographically and economically diverse schools. The results showed the program has a significant cumulative effect on academic achievement.

“My time at Sofia University–the course work, the opportunity to collaborate so closely with the faculty, and the commitment to whole person education– allowed me to refine my vision for the Inner Explorer program, develop and pilot it in various iterations and finally to rigorously study the effects,” said Bakosh. ““These have all proven critical steps in my ability to co-found this nonprofit company, launch several programs, and most importantly, help children succeed in school and ultimately in life.”

Sofia University admissions representatives will be in attendance all four days. They will be located in the main hallway of the conference center.

For more information about Inner Explorer please visit:

About Inner Explorer
The Inner Explorer programs use an audio-guided format to deliver Mindfulness Based Social Emotional Learning (MBSEL) content to students in PreK-12 classrooms. They follow the widely studied Mindfulness Base Stress Reduction (MBSR) protocol with age appropriate modifications in language and length. Each program consists of an 18 week series of 90 MP3 recordings (50 recordings for Pre K-K) for use every day in every classroom. Each 10-minute track facilitates the development of self-awareness, self-control, resilience and compassion, all critical skills for success in school and success in life.

About Sofia University
Founded in 1975, Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) is a private, non-sectarian university accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For over 35 years, within the context of scholarship and research, the school has offered transformative education for the whole person, probing the mind, body, spirit connection. As Sofia University, the school is broadening its mission, reaching into multiple disciplines and adding undergraduate study. For more information, visit

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