Lori Leyden, PhD, MBA is an internationally known trauma healing professional, transformational leader and mentor who finds the miracles that are possible out of tragedy and has brought comfort, peace and hope to thousands around the world from Rwanda to Sandy Hook, Connecticut, Australian indigenous and refugee communities, and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida.
Inspired by the resilience of orphan genocide survivors she works with in Rwanda, Dr. Leyden founded the non-profit Create Global Healing and established Project LIGHT: Rwanda – the world’s first international youth healing, heart-centered leadership and entrepreneurship program. Project LIGHT is a new form of humanitarian aid nurturing our next generation of young people to heal, work and lead us into a peaceful future. She is the Executive Producer of When I Was Young I Said I Would Be Happy, an award-winning documentary chronicling the inspiring transformation of Project LIGHT Ambassadors. In only two short years they paid forward their healing to hundreds, from Rwanda to the survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
Her vision is to cultivate an army of peacebuilders dedicated to peace from the inside out including parents, educators, mental health professionals as well as young people themselves. Imagine Project LIGHT Centers around the world offering young people the opportunity to heal their traumas, find successful work and become heart-centered leaders. As incubators of peace these centers can foster global citizens in connection with each other to co-create innovative solutions for the world-wide challenges we are facing today.
Dr. Leyden also mentors those who are committed to their own healing and yearn for more meaning and impact in their lives, their work and in our world. She is a member of the Global Evolutionary Leaders Council, the Association of Transformational Leaders and an Evidence-Based EFT Master Trainer.
She is the author of The Grace Process Guidebook: A practical guide for transcending ego and engaging the wisdom of your heart and The Stress Management Handbook: Strategies for Health and Inner Peace available in English, Spanish, Arabic and Korean. Lori holds a doctorate in Health and Human Services with a concentration in psychoneuroimmunology, and a master’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in management.