Jeremy Hunter, Ph.D.
Dr. Hunter serves as associate professor of practice and is the founding director of the Executive Mind Leadership Institute at the Peter F. Drucker Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University. He also serves as visiting professor at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, where he developed and co-teaches the Leading Mindfully executive education program.
Dr. Hunter received a BA in East Asian studies from Wittenberg University in 1994, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and received an MPP from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 1996. In 2001, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (Department of Psychology, Committee on Human Development) under the direction of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience.
Dr. Hunter has more than a decade’s experience helping leaders to relentlessly develop themselves while retaining their humanity in the face of monumental change and challenge. His work redefines and enhances productivity by cultivating quality of mind. He created and teaches The Executive Mind, a series of demanding and transformative executive education courses dedicated to Drucker’s assertion “You cannot manage other people unless you manage yourself first.” He also teaches mindfulness for corporate clients in the Executive Education program at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Hunter’s work is deeply informed by more than twenty years of experience with Asian contemplative practices and by the experience of living day-to-day for seventeen years with a potentially terminal illness, and when faced with the need for life-saving surgery having more than a dozen former students come forward as organ donors.
Other activities include:
- serving from 1999 to 2004 as research director of the Quality of Life Research Center, which he cofounded with Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and Jeanne Nakamura at the Drucker School of Management;
- active involvement in the civic leadership programs of the Southern California Leadership Network as a Senior Curriculum Fellow, teaching the Internal Dynamics of Leadership to give leaders the inner skills needed to deal with life’s challenges;
- serving as a faculty member for the California Health and Longevity Institute’s interdisciplinary corporate health and performance programs; and
- serving as part of the executive coaching team with Corporate Coaching International, cofounded by Lois Frankel, author of the best-selling books Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich and Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office.
Dr. Hunter is a longtime student of Shinzen Young and a contributor to Mindful.org. He consults internationally, obsesses about modern architecture, and loves to eat. He and his wife dutifully serve two house cats who live in Los Angeles.
AWARDS AND HONORS
2016 – Professor of the Year, Executive Management Program, Drucker School
2014 – Professor of the Year, Executive Management Program, Drucker School
2011 – Professor of the Year, MBA Program, Drucker School
2010 – Professor of the Year, Executive Management and MBA Programs, Drucker School
2001 – Positive Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellowship
1996–2000 Doctoral Fellowship, The University of Chicago
1994 – Phi Beta Kappa, Wittenberg University
1994 – Shigeharu Matsumoto Award, Wittenberg University
1992–1993 Japanese Ministry of Education Scholar (declined)
1990–1994 University Scholar, Wittenberg University
- Hunter, J. (2016). How to Fight for Focus. org, September 28, 2016.
- Hunter, J. (2016). How to Take Back Attention. org, July 20, 2016.
- Hunter, J. (2016). Manage Your Attention, Not Your Time. org, July 5, 2016.
- Hunter, J. (2016). The Essential Resource We’re All Wasting. org, June 7, 2016.
- Hunter, J. (2015). Teaching Managers to Manage Themselves: Mindfulness and the Inside Work of Management. Mindfulness in Organizations. Edited by Jochen Reb and Paul Atkins. Cambridge University Press, 2015.
- Hunter, J. (2014). The Scary, Winding Road Through Change. Mindful Magazine, October, 2014.
- Hunter, J., Sokol, M. (2014). Focus is Power: Effectively Treating Executive Attention Deficit Disorder. People and Strategy, July 2014.
- Hunter, J. (2013). Is Mindfulness Good for Business?. Mindful Magazine, April, 2013.
- Hunter, J., Chaskalson, M. (2013). Making the Mindful Leader: Mindfulness and Cultivating Skills for Facing Adaptive Challenges. Ed. Leonard, H.S., Lewis, R., Freedman, A.M., Passmore, J. The Wiley Handbook of the Psychology of Leadership, Change, and Organizational Development, John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118326404.ch10.
- Hunter, J. (2017). Mindful Leader Global Online Training Conference, March 2017.
- Hunter, J. (2017). Leading at the Edge of Chaos: Public Safety Leadership Retreat. Los Angeles, CA, February 2017.
- Hunter, J. (2017). Mindfulness and Leadership: Cultivating a Resilient Leader. Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan, January 2017.
- Hunter, J. (2017). ETIC Tokyo Social Innovation Leadership Development Program. Tokyo, Japan, January 2017.
- Hunter, J. (2016). The Missing Link of Leadership Development: Cultivating Awareness in Action. Master Lecture, International Symposium of Contemplative Studies, San Diego, CA, November 2016.
- Hunter, J. (2016). How to Cultivate the Mind and Heart of the Leader: Lessons from Over a Decade of Developing Leaders. Tenzin Gyatso Compassion in Society Conference, Oslo, Norway, October 2016.
- Hunter, J. (2016). ETIC Tokyo Social Innovation Leadership Development Program. Karuizawa/Tokyo, Japan, July–August 2016.
- Hunter, J. (2015). Manage Your Mind First: Mindfulness and the Inside Work of Leadership. Greater Good Science Center Conference on Mindfulness at Work, Berkeley, CA, November 2015.
- Hunter, J. (2015). How to Talk About Mindfulness to the Skeptical. Greater Good Science Center Conference on Mindfulness at Work, Berkeley, CA, November 2015.
- Hunter, J. (2015). Manage Your Mind First: Mindfulness and the Inside Work of Leadership. Mindful Leadership Summit, Washington DC, November 2015.
- Hunter, J. (2015). Zen and the Art+Tech of Mind Maintenance. DreamForce 2015, San Francisco, CA, October 2015.
- Hunter, J., Powell, L. (2014). From De-Stressing to Leading Mindfully. Mindful Leadership Summit, Washington DC, November 2014.
- Hunter, J. (2014). Managing for Sustainable Success. Northwestern University, McCormick School of Engineering, Chicago, IL, November 2014.
- Hunter, J. (2013). What’s Next? Mindfully Managing Transitions. Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL, November 2014.
- Hunter, J. (2013). How to Change Your Future. TEDxOrangeCoast, Segerstrom Center, Costa Mesa, CA, September 2013.
- Hunter, J. (2013). Quiet Evolution Transforming the Noosphere with Mindfulness. Sweden Mindfulness Week, Mindhouse Park, Tallberg, Sweden, June 2013.
- Hunter, J. (2013). Mindfully Thriving in the Long Run: The Psychobiology of Sustainable Success. UNAM, Mexico City, Mexico, May 2013.
- Hunter, J. (2013). Mindfulness and the MBA: Manage Yourself Before Managing Others. Mindfulness in Business Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark
- Hunter, J. (2013). Cultivating the Executive Mind. Mindfulness in Business Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, February 2013.
- Hunter, J. (2012). Developing the Executive Mind: Ten Years of Mindfulness at the Drucker School of Management. Wisdom 2.0, San Francisco, CA, February 2013.
- Hunter, J. (2012). Developing the Executive Mind: Ten Years of Mindfulness at the Drucker School of Management. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, August 2012.
- Hunter, J. (2012). Healing Trauma. Keynote Address, San Bernardino County Community Resilience Annual Conference, San Bernardino, CA, June 2012.
- Hunter, J. (2012). Can Mindfulness Save the 21st Century Knowledge Economy? Keynote Address, Mindfulness in Business Conference, Stockholm, Sweden, May 2012.
- Hunter, J. (2011). Can Mindfulness Save the 21st Century Knowledge Economy? Webinar for the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education, September 2011.
- Hunter, J., McCormick, D. (2008). Mindfulness in the Workplace: An Exploratory Study. Academy of Management Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA, August 2008.
- Hunter, J. (2003). Contemplative Practice in Higher Education. Invited panelist, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, May 2003.
- Hunter, J. (2003). Mindfulness and Flow. Brown University Invited speaker, Providence, RI, March 2003.
- Hunter, J. (2001). Ethnic Differences in Engagement and Flow. British Psychology Society, London, U.K., July 2001.
- Hunter, J. (2001). What is Contemplation?. Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA, April 2001.
- Hunter, J. (1998). Habitual Engagement and Habitual Boredom: A Social and Psychological Comparison of the Lives of Adolescents. European Association for Research on Adolescence, Budapest, Hungary, May 1998.
- Health and Balance at Work: Nurturing the Innovation Mindset. SAP HR Trends with Game-Changers Radio, July 17, 2014.
- The Mindfulness Business. The Economist, November 16, 2013.
- Business Skills and Buddhist Mindfulness. Los Angeles Times, February 23, 2013.
- Buddhist Meditation: A Management Skill? Morning Edition, National Public Radio, September 13, 2012.
- Less Stress and More Focus on the Job. Dagens Nyheter, August 6, 2012.
- Business Skills and Buddhist Mindfulness: Some Executive-Education Professors Teach Ways Students Can Calm Their Minds, Increase Focus. Wall Street Journal, April 3, 2012.