The Agents of Change Spotlight: Dr. Sophia Town

Dr. Sophia Town, Ph.D. Human Communications

Dr. Sophia Town, Ph.D. Human Communications

Our June Agent of Change Spotlight is on Dr. Sophia Town, a recognized researcher and mindfulness leader who holds a Ph.D. in human communication with an emphasis in organizational and leadership communication from Arizona State University.

Her impressive research, which spans the fields of communication and management, is based in “phronesis” (i.e., practical wisdom) and centers around three guiding questions:

  • How can we promote human flourishing in organizations?

  • How can we develop models of leadership that encourage human connection?

  • How can we foster communication that heals human suffering?

We consider Dr. Town’s current work, which explores the ways that mindfulness informs how leaders understand and approach paradoxes that arise in their organizations, to be deeply important. She is currently authoring several articles from this work, aimed toward both academic and non-academic outlets.

Impressively, in 2018, Dr. Town was recognized as the Jeanne Lind Herberger Fellow for transformative research and praxis. That same year, she received ASU’s Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Town is an active speaker in the community and regularly delivers mindful leadership workshops for schools, businesses, and community engagement events. During these events, her goal is to inspire participants beyond theoretical understandings of communication and leadership to a place where they can live and lead more fully. To do this, she grounds her classes in experiential learning, critical reflexivity, compassion, and mindfulness-based approaches.

Dr. Town serves as a consultant for ASU’s Center for Mindfulness, Compassion, & Resilience, as well as the International Humanistic Management Association.

We think it’s easy to see why we are so obsessed with Dr. Town and all the amazing work she is doing to help lead the way in shining a larger light on mindfulness, and why it’s such an important area of study and understanding for us all. And because of this, we are so excited to announce that Dr. Town will be hosting our June Community Circle event, June 13th at 6pm (Arizona time).

So buckle your metaphorical seatbelts and get ready for a fantastic Community Circle with Dr. Sophia Town. If this will be your first time joining us for our Community Circle event, please visit our Community Circle page to find out how to join the conversation, and use the coupon code “FREEMONTH2019” to join at no charge!

Sunny Wight