Brenda Fingold, JD, MA
Manager, Community and Corporate Programs
MBSR Teacher/Stress Reduction Clinic
M.A., Pastoral Studies, Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, MA (2015)
J.D., New York University School of Law, New York, NY (1984)
B.A., Sociology, Summa Cum Laude, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (1981) Member, Phi Beta Kappa
Brenda Fingold joined the Center for Mindfulness after fifteen years as a wellness consultant teaching mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction as the cornerstone of her programs and coaching. Brenda offers a unique breadth and depth of wisdom and experience teaching in the law and corporate world and a passion for making health and wellness accessible to businesses, legal organizations, schools, non-profits and municipal organizations. She teaches MBSR, Mindfulness@Work, and other mindfulness-based programs and offers her strategic management skills to assist organizations in implementing work site wellness programs. Brenda is also a board member of the Mindfulness in Law Society (MILS).
As the founder of Back to Balance, Brenda empowered individuals to take responsibility for their health and well-being by providing tools, skills and support to change behavior habits and make healthy and more satisfying lifestyle choices. With a focus on cultivating mindful awareness, resilience, balance, leadership excellence and the ability to skillfully respond to challenge and change, Brenda’s intention is to offer individuals the means thrive in and sustain a long and satisfying career in their chosen profession. She has taught in diverse organizations, including global businesses and law firms, the Massachusetts Judicial Institute, Harvard Law School, the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association and the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health.
Prior to creating Back to Balance, Brenda spent 17 years as a member of the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr (merged to become WilmerHale), where she was a litigator and then the Partner Responsible for Training and Professional Development. While there, she created the firm’s first professional training program for lawyers and her novel position and innovative programs were cited as a model in numerous legal publications and books. She designed, promoted and led programs for attorneys on various aspects of project management, practice development, written and oral communication skills, teambuilding, ethics, and supervision and feedback. Brenda was a co-founder and former chair of the Professional Development Consortium, a national lawyer training organization, and was an Instructor for many years at Boston University School of Law. Interestingly, Brenda invited the Center for Mindfulness into Hale and Dorr in 1998 and 1999 to teach mindfulness-based stress reduction to partners and associates, without realizing at the time that her professional path would ultimately lead her to mindfulness teaching and work at the Center for Mindfulness.
The Well-Rounded Lawyer: Mindfulness and Well-Being, Trial Magazine, March 2018