Achieving Better Results through Mindfulness and Compassion

HeartRise helps leaders, knowledge workers, golfers and any aspiring people to become more mindful and compassionate to achieve better results for themselves and others:

  • Leaders learn how to be their “best selves” and to create cultures of mindfulness and psychologically safe environments, where employees are more engaged, have increased well-being, and perform optimally.
  • Knowledge workers learn how to increase their self-awareness, emotional self-management, motivation, and resiliency. They learn important communication skills to develop more meaningful and authentic relationships.
  • Golfers learn skills to manage the mental challenges and variability of golf, practices to increase their focus to achieve desired results, techniques to access their natural and effortless swing, and methods for improving mental resiliency.
  • Aspiring people are introduced to the concept of being present, in an open and accepting way, with the right mindset, to what they are experiencing, so they can behave in a way that supports their values and brings meaning to their lives.

Experiential Workshops

Our highly interactive, content rich (with the latest findings from neuroscience studies), experiential workshops use business, life and golf experiences to make the workshops meaningful, memorable and actionable.

Our workshops, Be Your Best Self, Mindfulness for Leaders, Key Principles for High Performance Teams, and Mindfulness for Golfers provide an engaging combination of lecture, guided individual activities, group exercises, and discussions to ensure participants not only learn about mindfulness, but also learn how to practice it.

What Participants Learn

  • The challenges individuals face by working in the 24x7, always-on, digital age
  • Causes for the deterioration of current worker engagement, well-being, and productivity
  • Tools necessary to improve emotional reactivity and to make better business and life choices
  • Leadership skills essential for optimal organizational performance
  • Mindfulness business practices for establishing an ideal culture
  • Developing mindful and compassionate leadership practices for superior results

How Participants Learn

  • A variety of meditation practices
  • Small group discussions around mindful leadership skills
  • Journaling exercises
  • Mindful listening and mindful conversation exercises
  • Compassionate leadership practices discussions
  • Working sessions for enhancing the outcomes of team meetings and crucial conversations
  • Discussions on how to create mindful and compassionate cultures


HeartRise exists to produce exceptionally healthy minds, compassionate leaders and happy people.


We strive to inspire people to be mindful when making life’s choices.


By developing the skills and practices of mindfulness, meditation, and compassion, we help people reach their full potential and improve their well-being and relationships.

Mindfulness Matters at Every Age

We donate 20% of our revenue to Mission Be, an organization that brings mindfulness-based learning programs to schools.

Barry Margerum, Principal


Barry Margerum has more than twenty-five years of C-level management, strategy, and marketing experience in the electronics and communications industries and is a recognized pioneer in bringing mindfulness programs into the corporate workplace.

The Road to Mindfulness

After studying and practicing meditation, yoga and mindfulness for over 15 years, he introduced mindfulness programs to the worldwide associates and executives of Plantronics, Inc. to improve employee focus, resiliency and performance in business and life.  In 2016 he founded Heartrise to offer mindfulness workshops and executive coaching outside of Plantronics, and today is recognized as a pioneer in bringing mindfulness programs to the corporate workplace.


With his unique mix of business acumen and mindfulness experience, Barry specializes in integrating mindful and compassionate leadership practices into corporate cultures and core management curriculum.
As an avid amateur golfer, he recognized that mindfulness techniques and practices would be invaluable for improving golfer’s mental state for better performance and experiences. He has recently teamed up with Dodie Mazucca, an ex-LPGA golf professional to develop mindfulness programs for golfers.

Mindfulness in Action

Barry is a frequent speaker at electronics and communications industry events and human resource summits and symposiums, where he discusses how to bring mindfulness to work. He consults with F1000 to develop compassionate leaders and corporate-wide mindfulness work practices to achieve higher levels of engagement, increased well-being, and optimal performance.

Education and Accreditations

BSE, Princeton University
MBA, Stanford University Graduate School of Business
SIY Certified Teacher

Approaching Choices

"Most everything in your life is a reflection of the choices you make. When facing choices, start with your heart, then bring the light of your awareness, in the moment, nonjudgmentally for the best outcomes."

—Barry Margerum

Upcoming Workshops

Mindfulness and Yoga for Golfers Program

Co-Teaching with Dodie Mazzuca

5-Day Workshop

October 7-12, 2018

1440 Multiversity, 800 Bethany Drive, Scotts Valley, CA and Pasatiempo Country Club, Santa Cruz, CA

This breakthrough class introduces participant to the best practices for optimal physical and mental preparation for the challenges of golf and life. The weekend workshop provides the tools, techniques and practices to be a more present and focused golfer, to merge physical action and awareness, and to quiet their mind to access their natural and effortless swing. It offers ways to improve the participant’s mindset, flexibility, resiliency, and their golf and life experiences.

Mindfulness for Leaders

Weekend Workshop

August 10-12, 2018

1400 Multiversity, 800 Bethany Drive, Scotts Valley, CA

This highly interactive and experiential course features elements of how to “Be Your Best Self” and “Principles for Developing a High Performance Team”. It will first focus on the individual: How to develop an “Awakened Mind” to be happier, perform optimally, and sustain performance through a values-based life. It then builds on this foundation with leadership practices so the leader and his/her team can operate in a psychologically safe environment to achieve the highest levels of performance.

Past Speaking Events

Co-Teaching with Dodie Mazzuca

Mindfulness for Golfers
3 Day Workshop
Pasatiempo Golf Club, Santa Cruz, CA
June 2018

Featured Presenter at Second Harvest Food Bank

How to Have Difficult Conversations
Santa Cruz, CA
April 2018

Featured Presenter at Two Pore Guys

Introduction to Mindfulness @ Work
Santa Cruz, CA
March 2018

Teacher and Lecturer for Plantronics Executives and Knowledge Workers

SIY Courses
Half-Day, One-Day, and Two-Day Workshops
Plantronics Offices World Wide
January 2015 through
December 2017

Leadership Instructor at 1440 Multiversity

Mindfulness for Leaders
Weekend Workshop
Scotts Valley, CA
November 2017

Featured Presenter at Cal Poly's International Center Retreat

How to be Your Best Self and Key Principles for High Performance Teams
San Luis Obispo, CA
July 2017

TEDx Talk

Sustaining Happiness Through Mindful Living
Santa Clara University
July 2017

Featured Presenter at Cal Poly's Office of the Registrar's Retreat

SIY Mindfulness-Based Emotional Intelligence for Leaders
Half-Day Workshop
San Luis Obispo, CA
June 2017

Featured Presenter at Nativity of our Lady Catholic Church Parish Workshop

Be Your Best Self
San Luis Obispo, CA
March 2017

Guest Lecturer at Santa Clara University

Mindfulness @ Work
Santa Clara, CA
October 2016

Keynote Presenter for Progressive Benefits Group Annual Symposium

Mindfulness @ Work
San Jose, CA
September 2016

Featured Presenter at the Mindfulness Business Conference, Why Every Business Needs a Mindfulness-Based Culture

Bringing Mindfulness to Plantronics
New York, NY
May 2016

Santa Cruz County Employer Advisory Council (EAC) in Partnership with the Employment Development Department

Mindfulness in the Workplace
Santa Cruz, CA
May 2016

Featured Presenter at HR Summit

Why Every Business Needs a Mindfulness Based Culture
August 2015

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