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Turning the Tide: Neuroscience, Spirituality and My Path Toward Emotional Health

February 24, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


During this data-driven presentation, Dr. Sylvia Bartley will share how she manages her emotional health with mindful practices based on her experience with neuroscience and spirituality.

Dr. Bartley will share why she believes in the intersectionality between spirituality, neuroscience, and emotional health. She will discuss the SMART Wellness framework, rooted in cultural wisdom and modern brain science, that she uses to manage her emotional health. She will also share why she views her depression as a gift that helps her seek guidance from within and give back to her community in profound ways.

With her book “Turning the Tide: Neuroscience, Spirituality and My Path Toward Emotional Health”, Dr. Bartley hopes to break down the stigma of emotional health and inspire others to do the same.

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Please contact Molly Buss (bussx057@umn.edu) as far in advance as possible if you require accommodations or if you have any questions or comments. We recommend for the best user experience that you download the Zoom desktop client or app and create a Zoom account prior to joining the webinar.

The Institute on the Environment is co-sponsoring the 2022 Wellbeing Lecture Series. More information on this event and others in the series can be found here.


About Dr. Bartley

Sylvia Bartley, PhD, is Senior Global Director at the Medtronic Foundation.

She is an executive, leader, author, and recognized advocate and champion of social change, dedicated to eliminating economic, health and education disparities. Sylvia’s work is guided by a greater spiritual purpose, one rooted in mindfulness and intentionality. 

A Senior Director of the Medtronic Foundation, she oversees employee volunteer engagement for 90,000 employees, as well as Disaster Relief and Patient Empowerment strategies. A role that allows Sylvia to use her genuine leadership style to foster an environment of compassion and humanity. 

As a true globetrotter spanning across continents and cultures, Sylvia draws from a unique foundation of scientific research in neurophysiology, medical device sales and marketing. She is a respected strategic executive able to shape and operationalize ideas and sustainable industry leading solutions. 

Sylvia is equally passionate in her volunteer involvement devoted to improving the health, education and economic status of underserved communities.

About the Bakken Center:

The University of Minnesota’s Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing serves as Minnesota’s most trusted wellbeing resource.

The Center enriches health and wellbeing by providing exemplary interprofessional education, conducting rigorous research, delivering innovative engagement programs, and advancing innovative models of care. It is our vision to advance the health and wellbeing of individuals, organizations, and communities through integrative health and healing.

Our faculty – nearly 80 in number – are leaders from diverse academic backgrounds, and are passionate experts in their fields. More than 1,700 students take our courses each academic year, and thousands participate annually in our community programs and workshops.

Founded in 1995, the Center is housed within the University’s health sciences, and is aligned with the University’s School of Nursing.


February 24, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Virtual Event
MN United States


Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing
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