John Thomas Dodson is an orchestra conductor, mindfulness teacher, consultant, author and speaker. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University and Tennessee Technological University, Dodson has a Master of Orchestral Conducting degree from Peabody Conservatory of Music and was a conducting fellow at the Aspen Music School. He has conducted in renowned venues like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Severance Hall, Athens Megaron Concert Hall and the Hungarian State Opera House, leading concerts with orchestras in the United States, Greece, Russia, Hungary, Poland, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Dodson was selected to study Buddhist Traditions in the Himalayas through a National Endowment for the Humanities program at College of the Holy Cross. He later worked with a life-long student of Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, Trungpa Rinpoche, and has attended numerous silent retreats studying meditation in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin as presented by S. N. Goenka, one of the foremost teachers of Vipassana of our time. Dodson has continued his studies in mindfulness, participating in programs provided by UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center and University of Massachusetts Memorial Center for Mindfulness in the area of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction originated by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Dodson authored the leadership development program, Substance of Leadership: Practicing Internal Transformation, and he founded Blue Heron Mindfulness Living, where he teaches, leads retreats and coaches with high-performance leaders and performers. John Thomas Dodson has presented at international conferences and led mindfulness sessions in the US and abroad and online. He has led mindfulness sessions at Oberlin College-Conservatory, Washington College, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and the National Conservatory of Music in the Dominican Republic. John Thomas Dodson was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, from Siena Heights University.