Sasha Dingle: Lessons from the Start Gate

Sasha Dingle: Achievement Orientation

S3E6 Sasha Dingle: Lessons from the Start Gate

May 17, 2022

This is the third conversation in our three part series on achievement, one of four self-management competencies in Dan Goleman’s framework of emotional intelligence.

In this episode, athlete and entrepreneur, Sasha Dingle joins Liz Solomon to discuss her experience learning to live in harmony with her drive to excel.

Our Guests

Sasha Dingle

Sasha is the Founder and Director of Mountain Mind Project. She is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher by the UCSD School of Medicine MBPTI. As a meditation teacher she facilitates mindfulness programs to an international client audience in the areas of leadership development, healthcare, education, and sports mental fitness.

Sasha has served as a mindfulness consultant to corporate and non-profit organizations. Her “train the trainer” programs support hospital and school leaders, healthcare providers, executive coaches, and educators who wish to integrate mindfulness into their teams, client services and classrooms. Sasha’s own leadership experience has included leading teams, training and development in Healthcare Human Resources, Higher Education, and Hospitality.

A U.S. Department of State Fulbright Fellow to Vietnam, she taught leadership communication courses at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and as adjunct faculty at Vinh University. Sasha is featured as a meditation teacher in Dr. Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence Courses on Torch + Everwise and served as faculty member of the Daniel Goleman Emotional Intelligence Coaching and Training Program.

With kids and teens, she has worked with next generation leaders in school districts, summer programs abroad, youth empowerment programs for “at-risk” teens, and inpatient psychiatric care.

Sasha has spent her lifetime training her mind and body. She began mountain biking, alpine ski racing, and following her dad to yoga class in elementary school. Sasha has competed internationally on the Freeskiing World Tour, Freeride World Tour, Enduro World Series and Alpine Ski Racing NorAm circuit.

Sasha is working toward a paradigm shift of every mind empowered to engage with life. A leader in the field of contemporary mindfulness, she is passionate about elevating the level of teacher training and program impact.

Her work stands on the shoulders of giants. She acknowledges with deep gratitude the guidance of her mentors: Susan Woods and Ferris Buck Urbanowski and the teachings provided by so many Olympic athletes of meditation.

Bio photo credit: @shannon.corsi

Photo Credit: @Shannon.Corsi



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Episode Credits:

This show is brought to you by our co-hosts Daniel Goleman, Hanuman Goleman, and Elizabeth Solomon and is sponsored by Key Step Media, your source for personal and professional development materials focused on mindfulness leadership and emotional intelligence.

  • Special thanks to Mateo who you heard at the top of the show in our “Small People, Big Voices,” segment.
  • This episode was written and produced by Elizabeth Solomon and Kerry Seed
  • Audio Production by Michele Zipkin.
  • Episode art and production support by Bryant Johnson.
  • Theme music by Amber Ojeda.


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