Laurie Seidel is the Coordinator for Mindfulness Programs for Roanoke City Public Schools, bringing evidence-based mindfulness curricula to leaders, teachers, staff, and students. She has been a mindfulness practitioner for 19 years working with educators, leaders, students, and healthcare professionals to foster greater well-being and compassion. Ms. Seidel holds a faculty appointment at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) where she teaches a course on mindfulness for medical students. She is the principal investigator of research at Carilion Clinic to evaluate a mindfulness-based practice course designed for healthcare professionals. Laurie chairs the Board of Directors for the Mindfulness Institute of the Roanoke Valley and she leads initiatives to bring mindfulness and compassion to her region.