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Ei Ei Samai

Dare to Lead™ 

Neuroscience of Conversations® 

Conflict Transformation

Systems Design

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Samai is a Quechua word meaning breath, essence, or spirit. When I joined lives with my partner, we took up the name suggested by our Otavaleña friend to embody shared values around honoring the sacred planet, being global citizens, standing for gender equality, and living purpose-driven lives.

I use neuro, social, and design sciences to grow agility, resilience, and belonging in social impact groups. My skill-building as a mindful facilitator began when I had the fortune to learn Vipassana (Vee PAH Sa Na) insight meditation as a 4 year old, before kindergarten!

I began my journey in justice work as a working class immigrant teen at a Silicon Valley High School in the 90s, later participating in student and women of color spaces in college to learn from liberation movement builders such as Angela Davis, Grace Lee Boggs, Yuri Kochiyama, and Vandana Shiva. (I know! Such badasses!) I gained an aptitude for system and pattern thinking through a combination of oppression analysis, a Pre Med major, and a Religious Identity minor. 

In addition to holding a Master of Science in Organizational Management and Transformative Leadership, I am certified in advanced facilitation, experiential training, community mediation, conflict transformation, restorative justice, ecological model of leadership, human system design, motivational interviewing, and in Conversational Intelligence® by the late Judith Glaser. In 2019, she was chosen as a Courage Catalyst in Brené Brown's Dare to Lead™ Facilitator Training.

With over 20 years of experience in social impact, I have gained some grounded expertise in shaping bold conversations in areas such as educational equity, diversity and inclusion, social and environmental justice, trust recovery, client experience, team dysfunction, collective impact strategy planning, program and service design, family and community engagement, collaborative partnerships, knowledge management, and organizational culture. 

Fun Fact: I also co-founded Seedles, LLC, which inspires kids (and their grown ups) to positively impact the planet they are inheriting. Seedles has made possible the growing of millions of wildflowers for pollinators across the US through collective action. In 2017 she was recognized by Congresswoman Jackie Speier for her accomplishments as an immigrant entrepreneur. Check out for a video of seedballs dropping from a plane!

I have lived, studied, or traveled in 6 continents and identifies as a global citizen. As a mom of two, my primary professional mission is to make the world a safer, kinder, fairer place for all children through her contributions.

When needed, I work with a team of experienced facilitators, trainers, and coaches to guide your journey into the brave. (cue Into the Unknown)

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