Invest In Yourself (IY)
“To be fully human, we must make room within ourselves for the Universe to enter.”
Invest In Yourself at NEXUS (IY) exists to facilitate NEXUS members in optimizing their lives and their impact by curating and delivering experiential programs on the inner dimensions of leadership, the evolution of consciousness, and the relationship between personal, social and planetary wellbeing and regeneration.
Why “Invest In Yourself”?
“The success of any intervention depends on the inner condition of the intervenor.”
Bill O’Brien, former CEO, Hanover Insurance
“Invest in Yourself” communicates the idea that of all the investments we can make in world change, we ourselves are the most non-negotiable ones. Why? 1. Because as “cells” in the body of the planet, the health of the whole depends on the wellbeing of the parts—self care is planetary care. 2. Because at each higher stage of consciousness, we embody a greater capacity for clear perception and creativity (elevating solutions beyond incrementalism), compassion (increasing our ability to effectively care for others), and resilience in the face of stressors. 3. Because any true and sustainable cultural transformation must be accompanied by a corresponding transformation of the human heart and mind.
History of IY
“Belief systems heal, drive market behavior, shape civilizations.”
NEXUS co-founder Jonah Wittkamper
Invest in Yourself (IY) was seeded in 2012 when NEXUS members David Chang, Mikuak Rai and Claudia Welss (IY founding Chair) were invited by NEXUS co-founders Jonah Wittkamper and Rachel Gerrol to create a program addressing world change at the level of personal transformation. Our method was to engage the membership in ways that were personal, experiential, interactive, and community-building. After 2 years of experimenting yielded enthusiastic responses from NEXUS members, IY officially launched in 2014 with six sessions at Global, ranging from neuroscience to new culture that were among the highest rated at the summit. Our greatest accomplishment has been inspiring new labs (like the Regenerative Culture Lab), and our greatest privilege is collaborating with other Working Groups, Labs, and our amazing and growing IY Steering Committee to serve the NEXUS membership.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
NEXUS Working Group Chair for Invest in Yourself
Claudia Welss is a pioneer in bridging practical consciousness research with social and environmental innovation. Her realization that lasting systems change requires personal transformation guided her to transition in 2000 from the University of California working with corporations to focus on revolutionary projects at the nexus of consciousness, technology, and energy. As a philanthropist, impact investor and “evolutionary” she advances the missions of both for-profit and non-profit initiatives focused on self, social and planetary wellness, including as chairman of the board of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and advisor to the IONS Innovation Lab, founding steering committee member of the Global Coherence
(Buckminster Fuller Institute). Passionate about cultivating an expanded consciousness capable of regenerating Earth as well as beneficially extending humanity’s presence into space, she’s involved with the founding meeting for 100-Year Starship.org convened by NASA and X-Prize’s Peter Diamandis. For over 6 years Claudia was director of the Center for Executive Development at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, building and directing strategic programs based on scenario planning for corporate clients in over 30 countries. Her personal mission was to leverage her prior experience with Business for Social Responsibility in order to establish university-based corporate social responsibility (CSR) content. Claudia is the founding chair of Invest In Yourself at NEXUS.
NEXUS Working Group Vice-Chair for Invest in Yourself
Raquel has lived, worked and traveled in over 50 countries, and draws from these experiences to facilitate breakthroughs and transformation for individuals and organizations. Her Chinese, Indian, Spanish and African heritage epitomizes the global community she serves. Raquel was born and raised in Jamaica and is from a family of entrepreneurs. She has successfully launched ventures in industries including Global Import/Export, Tourism, Media, and others. However, her passion is the intersection of wellness, life coaching and the sacred feminine. Most recently, prior to pursing her passion full time, she was the Chief of Staff for the Global Head of Sales at Amadeus, SA, a multi-billion dollar IT service provider.
Raquel earned a BA from Williams College, where she was a Bagwell Scholar, and an MBA from Duke University, where she was a Keller Scholar. She is a Forte Foundation fellow, sponsored by a consortium of major corporations and top business schools to direct talented women into fulfilling and significant roles in business. Raquel is passionate about giving back, and working with non-profit organizations such as the Nexus Global Youth Network. She is currently based in Florida.
Raquel is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC). She attended Coaches Training Institute (CTI), a program accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), which sets the accepted “gold standard” for professional credentials within the coaching industry. In addition to being a CPCC, Raquel is a certified Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master (through the Spanish Reiki Federation). Over the past 15 years, she has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in best in class products and services to refine her unique approach. She has attended course and workshops with some of the most renowned leaders and institutes such as:
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Techniques (Duke Centre for Integrative Medicine)
Neuro-Linguistic Programming (Dr. Richard Bandler, NLP founder)
High Impact Leadership (Stop at Nothing, Inc.)
Business Mastery, Ultimate Relationships, Date with Destiny (Anthony Robbins Companies)
Strategic Intervention (Robbins Madanes Training Institute)
Ayurveda (Atmasantulana Ayurvedic Centre, India)
Inner Engineering, Isha Institute of Inner Sciences (Sadhguru)
Women’s Integral Life Practice, Shamanic Healing (Omega Institute)
Feminine Power (Claire Zammit)
Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts (Regina Thomashauer)
Overview of Key Issues
The best way to get a sense of the breadth of issues Invest In Yourself represents is to view some of our past programming:
From Me to We: Scaling Personal to Planetary Regeneration:
A new operating system for Earth requires us to upgrade our human O/S as well. Sustainable systems change depends on the transformation of individual consciousness.
Quantified Wellbeing and Transcendence Technologies:
Using state-shifting inner and outer technologies, we can create a healthy coherence in the body that optimizes the conditions for improved performance, shifts in consciousness and increased physical/mental/emotional/spiritual wellbeing and resilience.
- Tapping Into and Sustaining Flow States: There are proven ways to self-direct our transformation by learning to unlock our potential to routinely achieve the previously impossible!
- Empathy, Awe, and Healing the Heart of Humanity: Another world is already happening. Breakdowns are preceding breakthroughs. Are we disoriented or energized? Projecting or sensing? Are our hearts open or closed? Who are we without the systems that gave us our identity?
- Gross Global Happiness: Globally, we have failed to convert wealth into wellbeing. Scientists have found that when all the research on happiness is boiled down to the one thing they have in common, it’s not financial wealth, it’s the perception of greater connectedness—within ourselves, with each other, and with the natural world.
- Living and Leading from the Inside Out: While layers of learned behaviors, social conditioning and shared paradigms can be important to functioning in society, they can also be counterproductive when we are faced with the need for real change–personal and cultural.
Opportunities to engage with IY subject-matter experts and fellow NEXUS members over the phone, between in-person events
During our 2017 IY delegation to Bhutan, the Land of Happiness, we visited with the Royal Family of Bhutan and came home with a new initiative: helping advance the Gross National Happiness Index globally.
Engage with content experts in more intimate settings and diverse geographic regions.
Retreats and Communities of Practice
In-person retreats are planned around key themes, supported by the creation of learning communities and curated resources for sustained collective learning.
Examples of Partner Organizations
Invest In Yourself is excited to support and partner with a growing list of synergistic organizations, like:
Flow Genome Project and Flow Dojo Greater Good Science Center Institute of Noetic Sciences Global Coherence Initiative Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) Consciousness Hackers Chopra Center The Assemblage NYC
“We must make the world safe for creativity and intuition, for its creativity and intuition that will make the world safe for us.” (Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, founder, Institute of Noetic Sciences)
If you are interested in wellness, mindfulness and mental health and the intersections between happiness, well being and impact, get in we’d love to hear from you. If you want to take a journey with us to improve yourself so that collectively we can improve the planet, we want to hear your story. Whatever the case, whether you are looking to get more involved or willing to support our mission through a grant or sponsorship, please reach out! You can connect with us through: email@example.com or use the contact form.