Ted Meissner, BA

Online Programs and Community Development Manager

Ted Meissner


B.A., Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois




Ted Meissner joined the Center for Mindfulness in December of 2015, transitioning from over twenty years in corporate Information Technology (IT). During that time, he led efforts to create meaningful strategic partnerships across functional boundaries within several Fortune 500 companies. His collaboration with leaders in the design of new processes contributed to the shared goal of transforming IT from a technology provider to a service partner.

Throughout his professional career, Ted continued to grow his meditation practice of 25 years, and completed the training path to become an MBSR teacher. He began exploring the use of digital technology to share the practice with others who have a similar interest in both the scientific findings and in the personal transformative power of meditation. He has taught mindfulness within the corporate environment, delivering both in-person and virtual programs to hundreds of participants.

Ted designed a Mindfulness Champion program to further strengthen ongoing support, interest, and scalability of mindfulness programming, which also required him to adapt strategies to address technical and cultural needs. He pioneered a monthly guest speaker series on mindfulness topics, while coordinating and teaching live, guided meditation sessions to a dial-in audience.

Within more recent years, Ted combined his experience with social networking with his passion for meditation, starting two podcasts with supportive websites and social networking presences. His efforts resulted in over 1.4 million podcast downloads worldwide, and 12 independently run sites in 9 countries using 4 languages. His dialogues on the podcast Present Moment: Mindfulness Practice and Science brings guest mindfulness researchers, authors, teachers, and practitioners to talk about their work and how it can help others. Ted has also been a guest on various podcasts including Brain Science, presented at international conferences, and participated on collaborative teams supported by Mind and Life Institute.

At the Center for Mindfulness, Ted is excited to bring his passion, skills and experiencing to driving new initiatives. He is currently focused on creating more online mindfulness programming for the general public, developing support tools for mindfulness teachers, and growing the global mindfulness community through mutually beneficial collaboration and partnership.

Professional Experience

Optum,  Eden Prairie, MN
Mindfulness Facilitator and Program Manager

UnitedHealth Group, Plymouth, MN
Manager, User Experience and Service Governance, Infrastructure Services

IBM Global Services, Minneapolis, MN
Program Management Office (PMO) Development