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Launch: November 16, 2023


Time (PST)



9:00 am

Welcome & Reflection

Dougal Hewitt

9:05 am


Rod Hochman, MD
Mary Lyons
Martin Schreiber

9:20 am

Heritage & Legacy

Sr. Barbara Schamber, SP
Sr. Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ
Elizabeth Wako, MD
Travis Funk

9:30 am


Gretchen Rubin

10:00 am


Gretchen Rubin
Deb Canales
Martin Schreiber

10:15 am


Martin Schreiber
Sr. Rani Poulose

10:17 am

Program Goals

Nancy Jordan
Martin Schreiber

10:27 am

Sending Forth

Martin Schreiber

10:30 am

Pod Introductions

Local Pods

11:30 am



Gretchen Rubin


Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than BeforeThe Happiness Project and Happier at Home. In Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives, she provides surprising insights and practical advice drawn from cutting-edge research, ancient wisdom, and her own observations, about how we can make our lives better than before. She investigates the multiple strategies she’s identified that help us make and break our habits. After all, habits are the invisible architecture of a happy life, and when we change our habits, we change our lives. The secret to changing a habit? First, we must know ourselves, so we can suit our habits to our own nature. It was Rubin’s longstanding interest in happiness that led her to the study of habits, because when she talked to people about their happiness challenges, they often pointed to a habit that they couldn’t make or break. This pattern made her ask, “When and why can people successfully change a habit—or not?”

#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin has discovered a surprising path to a life of more energy, creativity, luck, and love – by tuning into the five senses. Her latest book, Life in Five Senses: How Exploring the Senses Got Me Out of My Head and Into the World, is already a national bestseller, and has received significant praise. Bestselling author Glennon Doyle raved, “Life in Five Senses invites us into the seismic shift toward a life grounded in sensation, vitality, and innate intelligence.”

In this journey of self-experimentation, Rubin explores the mysteries and joys of the five senses as a path to a happier, more mindful life. Drawing on cutting-edge science, philosophy, literature, and her own efforts to practice what she learns, she investigates the profound power of tuning in to the physical world.

A graduate of Yale and Yale Law School, where she was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal and winner of the Edgar M. Cullen Prize, Rubin started her career in law. She clerked for Judge Pierre Leval and was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she really wanted to be a writer.

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