Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker, Professor of Leadership,

CEO of MindKind Institute

 415-626-2988 | home@mindkindinstitute.com


Dr. Home H.C. Nguyen is a professor of mindful leadership, and an advisor and coach to senior executives, entrepreneurs, and educators.  He has coached mid-level and C-suite executives of Fortune 200 companies, including Google, Amazon, LinkedIn, Fox Entertainment,  and numerous start-ups.  He has taught and facilitated courses on Self-Awareness Training, Interpersonal Group Dynamics, and Adult Development and Leadership at the Columbia University Business School, Law School, and Teachers College, and the Yale School of Management.

As a trusted adviser, Dr. Home helps his clients understand the purpose of why they do what they do and develop mindfulness and practical wisdom to exert greater influence over their personal and professional lives.  He challenges his clients to make the difficult but courageous choices by becoming more authentic, resilient, and compassionate. His approach to leadership development and coaching is non-conventional and unorthodox, and grounded in mind-body and spirituality practices.  He is fearlessly honest and inspirational, visionary and practical, holding his clients with utmost respect and care. 

Dr. Home is the founder of the MindKind Institute, which provides coaching and leadership programs for high-performing leaders who are ready to create powerful and lasting change for their team and organization. He earned his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.  In his research and writing, he focuses on how leaders of organizations incorporate mindfulness and compassion into their leadership influences.  He received his coaching certification from the International Coaches Federation (ICF) and the Coaches Training Institute.  He is also trained in Traditional Thai Massage, Sacred Intimacy and various psycho-somatic and spiritual healing modalities.  He has been practicing Vipassana meditation for over twenty years.

Dr. Home was born and raised in Vietnam during a time of war.  He escaped from the Communist regime on a boat at the age of 14.  After surviving his ordeal at sea, he lived in a refugee camp for a year before immigrating to America. He grew up in Los Angeles, and started his career as a theater artist, writing and directing theater performances which focused on healing from traumas from wars and their aftermath.  His theater work also incorporated performance arts for HIV/AIDS education and prevention.  He currently resides in New York City and also on a farm in Upstate New York with his husband, Rev. Leng Leroy Lim.


Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City, NY (2017)

Doctor of Education in Adult Learning and Organizational Leadership

Dissertation: The Facilitation and Incorporation of Mindfulness in Leadership Development

Research Interests: Mindful Leadership, Social and Emotional Learning, and Executive Coaching

California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA (2008)

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies


Yale University, School of Management, New Haven, CT (2016)

Interpersonal Group Dynamics

Yale University, Center for Emotional Intelligence, New Haven, CT (2014)

Social and Emotional Intelligence and Learning RULER

The Coaches Training Institute (2003 - 04)

Certified in Professional Co-Active Coaching (CPCC) and Co-Active Leadership

Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (2007)

Intensive Training in Mediation and Conflict Resolution

Vipassana Insight Meditation Center - USA (1997 - Current)

Long Term Vipassana (Insight) Meditation for concentration, insights, and compassion training

California State University, Northridge, Los Angeles, CA (1989 - 1993)

Course work in Music Performance and Business Administration


Teachers College, Columbia University (2012 - Present)

Adjunct Professor of Leadership

Design and teach courses on Mindfulness and Contemplative Practices for therapists, educators, and leaders with The Clinical Psychology Department, Teachers College

Teach courses on Adult Learning and Leadership Development, Self-Awareness Training for the Summer Principal Academy and Columbia Business School

Develop curriculum and teaching materials for blended-learning solutions including experiential and online learning, adult development theory and mindful applications for graduate level students

Co-founder and president of the Mindfulness and Education Working Group at Teachers College, leading a team of faculty, students, staff, and alumni dedicated to exploring mindfulness

Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School (2010 - Present)

Instructor and coach

Facilitate mindful leadership programs for Columbia Business School and Columbia Law School; training over 500 MBA and EMBA students and staff to develop self-awareness, stress reduction skills, social and emotional learning

Yale University (2014 - 2016)

Facilitator and trainer for Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

Facilitator and Trainer for Interpersonal Dynamics at the Yale School of Management

Coaching Faculty for the Executive MBA and MBA program at the Yale School of Management

MindKind Institute, LLC, New York, NY (2009 - Present)

Founder and CEO

Coach over 100 executives from companies including Amazon, LinkedIn, Fox Entertainment, and numerous start-up entrepreneurs

Facilitate leadership effectiveness and team retreats for senior management to improve communication, feedback, diversity and inclusion

Consult with corporate HR, Learning and Talent Development on designing programs and materials for teaching, training, and assessments

The South east Asia Leadership Network (SEALNET), San Francisco, CA(2004 - 2009)

Director of Leadership Development

Developed and taught experiential learning programs for over 400 international university and high school students on design and execution of global leadership projects

Created work plans, organized and led retreats for network members, board of directors, professional mentors, and project leaders, resulted in an exceptional learning experience for participants, and more cohesive and thriving teams

Inspired and motivated students to become service leaders by organizing community service projects in South East Asia

Prosperity Consciousness Network, San Francisco, CA (2003 - 2006)

Founder and Principal

Designed curriculum for adult learning group, focusing on transforming people's relationship with money and community

Planned and implemented programs to engage San Francisco and the Bay Area communities to connect their values through exchanging goods and services

Recruited and train 35 new leaders to enhance expertise and leadership capabilities, resulting in increased memberships

Club O' Noodles Theater Company, Los Angeles, CA(1993 - 2001)

Co-founder and Artistic Director

Directed and produced for 8 years the nationally acclaimed, award winning 30 member theater company with artistic work focused on refugee and immigrant experiences

Developed and initiated theater-based community programs for at-risk youths and immigrant communities to reduce gang participation, dropout rates and marginalization

Awarded the prestigious Coro-Leadership Fellows, California, 1997; Artist-in-Residence at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1998, and the Artist-in-Residence Award, Headlands Center for the Arts, CA 1998

Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team, Los Angeles, CA (1995 - 1996)

Community Health Educator

Produced HIV/AIDS outreach and education programs, using theater techniques and community building skills for at-risk LGBTQ groups in five county areas of Greater Los Angeles

Engaged with non-English-speaking Asian communities in dialogue about HIV/AIDS related issues to raise awareness and understanding

CBS News

Dr. Home was featured on CBS News in a segment about Mindfulness and Executive Coaching


Conference Keynotes and Presentations

Hoa Sen University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2019) “Mindful Leadership for Educators and Entreprenuers”

North Carolina School Board Conference (2018): Keynote on “MindKindness For School Leadership”

The Executive Coaching Conference in NYC (2018): Keynote on Resilience in the Workplace

Effective Communications for Leaders at International Finance Corporation (2018)

The Transformative Learning and Leadership Conference At Columbia University (2015, 2017, 2018)

Columbia University TEDX Conference on Mindfulness and Education (2013)

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Volunteer and Pro-Bono

Teachers College, Columbia University

Co-founder and Co-president of the Mindfulness and Education Working Group (2010 - 2014)

Member of Board of Directors of the Organizational Leadership Association (2012)

Tri Viet University Project, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam(2010)

Consultant to the founding-president, reviewed online marketing strategies, researched sustainable practices for Universities and Multi-National Corporations' perspectives on the nation branding of Vietnam

Vipassana meditation Centers, USA(1999 - 2017)

Assisted and served in training new meditation students

Hoa Sen University, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (2010)

Taught life and career coaching classes for undergraduate students

Circle Painting Projects, Los Angeles, CA(2005 - 2010)

Conducted leadership and creative workshops for under-privileged children and marginalized communities