Overcoming Stress and Trauma – Build Your Resiliency in the Age of COVID-19

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Are the stresses of today’s reality affecting your professional life? Join us for a conversation with the creator of Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training, Elizabeth Stanley. Learn how to use mindfulness skills that you can apply to your daily life and at work in order to build resilience. CARE USA Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives & Development Beth Solomon and Co-President of the NY Chapter of WIIS Min Kyriannis will also give brief opening and closing comments.


Elizabeth A. Stanley, PhD, is an associate professor of security studies at Georgetown University. She is the award-winning author of two books, Paths to Peace and Widen the Window: Training Your Brain and Body to Thrive during Stress and Recover from Trauma. She is also the co-editor (with Risa Brooks) of Creating Military Power. She speaks, teaches, and writes about resilience, decision-making, political psychology, civil-military relations, technology and innovation, and international security.

She’s the creator of Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training (MMFT)®, which has been taught to many thousands in civilian and military high-stress environments. She has collaborated with neuroscientists and stress physiologists to test the efficacy of MMFT® in four studies with U.S. troops preparing for combat deployment. This peer-reviewed scientific research has been featured on 60 Minutes, ABC Evening News, and NPR, as well as in Time magazine and many other media outlets.

Earlier in her career, she served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer in South Korea, Germany, and on two peacekeeping deployments in the Balkans. She has served on several advisory boards, including the National Security Advisory Board of Sandia National Laboratories, the U.S. Army Science Board, the Advisory Board for the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, and the executive board of Women in International Security. She holds degrees from Yale, Harvard, and MIT. She’s also a certified practitioner of Somatic Experiencing, a body-based trauma therapy. (www.elizabeth-stanley.com)


Min Kyriannis has 25+ years in converged, global, information technology, cybersecurity, physical security, as well as risk management across the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia. She has been cited in many professional publications and is widely recognized as a leader in the Security Technology industry. She currently serves as the cybersecurity and business development lead at Jaros, Baum & Bolles where she focuses on promoting cybersecurity, physical security, and technology as an integral part of all building technology systems. She currently serves as Chair of SIA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Board and Vice-Chair of SIA’s New Product Showcase Committee, the Advisory Board for SecuritySpecifiers, as well as Co-President of Women In International Security – NY Chapter.

Beth Solomon serves as Managing Director of External Affairs and Development for CARE USA, a global humanitarian and development organization dedicated to defeating poverty and fighting for women and girls. Before joining CARE, she worked on the staff of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, as Vice President of the Government Practice of US Bank Global Corporate Trust, and spearheaded strategic initiatives at the International Franchise Association and the National Association of Manufacturers. Beth began her career as a reporter for the Voice of America, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She reported for ABC News and Radio France International on the fall of the Berlin Wall and the first free elections in post-Soviet East Europe. She holds a BA from Yale and pursued graduate studies in the National Security Studies at Georgetown.

WIIS Members can access the event recording and key takeaways here.