Dr. Home H.C. Nguyen, Ed.D

CEO, Executive Coaching & Mindful Leadership Facilitation

Dr. Home H.C. Nguyen is a professor of leadership, and an advisor and coach to leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators. He has coached mid-level and C-suite executives of Fortune 200 companies and numerous start-ups. He teaches and facilitates courses on Self-Awareness Training, Interpersonal Group Dynamics, and Adult Learning and Leadership Development at Columbia University and Yale School of Management. 

As a trusted adviser, Dr. Home helps his clients to overcome fears and distractions, and to get clear on why they do what they do, and to develop mindfulness and practical wisdom to exert greater influence. A certified executive coach, Home received his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.



  • 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

Certification and Training

  • 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

Leadership, Facilitation & Coaching Experience

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

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)

Volunteer & 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


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.


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The Power of Mindfulness: Home Nguyen at TEDx Teachers College

In this powerful talk, Home Nguyen dares the audience to challenge their belief. In retellings of his personal experience of Vietnam Cambodia during the war era, the separation from his family, a bold escape, and dangerous confrontation with pirates, Nguyen shares the story of an amazing journey.


CBS News: MindKind’s Dr. Home Discusses Mindfulness at Work

Mindfulness meditation teacher Home Nguyen helps business leaders and MBA students to stay calm in the midst of the chaos of the workplace. CBS News' Parvati Shallow reports.


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