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Mental Health and Well-Being Fireside Chat


Event Details

Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Time: 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM PT
Venue: Zoom Webinar


Please join us for a Fireside Chat with Cornell Verdeja-Woodson, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Headspace on Wednesday March 31st from 5-6pm PT.


Headspace is a global leader in mindfulness and meditation through its app and online content offerings. They provide unique tools and resources to mindfulness rooted in authentic expertise dating back 2,000 years and backed by proven scientific research. Headspace offers inspiration, guidance, and support to living a mindful life in the pursuit of improving the health and happiness of the world.

Event Agenda

  • 5:00 PM - 5:05 PM: Background

  • 5:05 PM - 5:10 PM: Headspace’s Perspective

  • 5:10 PM - 5:15 PM: Meditation & Highlights

  • 5:15 PM - 5:35 PM: Fireside Chat

  • 5:35 PM - 5:45 PM: Q&A

  • 5:45 PM - 6:00 PM: Ascend Events Calendar & Closing Remarks


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Cornell Verdeja-Woodson

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Headspace

Cornell Verdeja-Woodson is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Prior to holding this role, he was the Global Head of DEI at Looker and then a Diversity Business Partner at Google after Google's acquisition of Looker in 2020. Cornell earned his B.S. in communications from Ithaca College, his M.S. in higher education from the University of Vermont, and is currently working on his doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California. He lives in the Bay Area with his husband and their two dogs, London and Rome.




Glen Hamakawa

President, Ascend LA Metro

Glen has had a long storied career at Ernst & Young (EY) LLP in the Southern California region, promoted to Partner in the Long Beach office and specializing in both Audit and the firm's Japanese Business Services Group. Glen provided Executive Sponsorship and Mentorship to EY's internal Pan Asian Professional Network for many years while at the firm and steps into the Ascend LA Metro Chapter Presidency after a robust year of service as Chairman of the Board for the Japan America Society of Southern California. 

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