As the CEO of Abroad, Justin is on a mission to connect people to their true nature and stretch the edges of human potential.
Justin is a serial entrepreneur, executive coach, and facilitator who uses a unique blend of business coaching and leadership psychology to help clients be the visionary, courageous, and compassionate leaders they were born to be. Justin currently coaches and advises top founders and CEO’s at rapid growth enterprises in the United States, Asia, and Oceania.
Justin's unique ability to translate rich philosophical, psychological, and emotional wisdom to the world of entrepreneurship and business makes him a sought after public speaker. He has given talks around the world at top universities (Stanford, Northwestern, Auckland University of Technology, etc.) venture capital funds (e.g. 500 Startups), and major financial institutions (e.g. Singapore Stock Exchange). In 2017 alone, he delivered 30+ public talks and workshops in 20 global cities.
Justin is currently co-authoring a book titled Wellbeing at Work with Dr. Daniel Cordaro (former Director of Wellbeing at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence ) to heal society's burnout epidemic.
Justin's travel inspiration comes from his family's 60+ years experience in the travel industry, as well as his experience launching his first Silicon Valley startup TripAlertz that was called the "Groupon for Travel" by Budget Travel.
On your Abroad Quest, Justin will be offering skills on how to expand time, liberate yourself from fear-based programming, and shatter the belief system that burnout is a requirement to achieve your mission.
Professor Michelle Buck Facilitator
Michelle L. Buck is Clinical Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, teaching in the areas of leadership and negotiation. She serves as Director of Leadership Initiatives, responsible for coordinating and developing all leadership offerings for the School.
As an Academic Director of Executive Education, she designs and oversees many executive programs, including the STC Executive Program for Brazilian managers, and the Soul of Leadership program with Deepak Chopra. When teaching leadership, Professor Buck uses innovative methods in emphasizing three themes: leadership communication; leadership as relationship, and the dynamics of leading and following; and the “leader’s journey,” of developing their story, vision, and values.
She has worked with organizations including Baxter International, Ernst & Young, Exelon, the FBI, Hewlett Packard, HSBC, and Mitsui & Co., as well as taught in leadership development programs for the nonprofit sector, and has spoken at conferences on spirituality and leadership. Her commitment in all her work is to enable people to find new possibilities in the way they interact with others, the way they work, and the way they think about themselves.
Professor Buck previously taught at McGill University in Montreal and Washington University in St. Louis, receiving teaching awards at both institutions. She received her PhD and masters degrees in social psychology from Princeton University, and a bachelors degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. In addition to her academic pursuits, Michelle loves dancing Argentine tango, doing photography, visiting Brazil and Paris, and learning capoeira.
Dr. Daniel Cordaro Partner & Facilitator
For more than 10 years, Dr. Daniel Cordaro has been studying the human mind and emotions at top academic institutions like Yale and UC Berkeley. He has been mentored by some of the most legendary scientists of our time, including Paul Ekman (Emotions Revealed, Telling Lies), Dacher Keltner (The Compassionate Instinct, The Power Paradox), Marc Brackett (Creating Emotionally Literate Classrooms), and others.
He has coauthored dozens of peer-reviewed scientific publications in top psychological journals, and he has led the two largest cross-cultural studies of human emotion ever published.
Cordaro is also a recognized educator and professor, having written and taught two different courses on human emotion at both UC Berkeley at Yale. Over 1000 students have together given Cordaro a 96% approval rating across his teaching career.
In addition to Cordaro’s scientific, philosophical, and written prowess, he is also an extraordinary public speaker and mentor. He gives inspiring talks around the world at events like the Gross National Happiness conference in Bhutan. At a recent XPRIZE summit, he was rated the #1 mentor out of an audience of 200+ top global executives.
On your Abroad Quest, you will be learning from Dan mindfulness and emotional resilience practices that enhance your wellbeing and connect you to the deeper meaning of your work and life.
Sophie Siegel abroad partner & event producer
After working in a high paced agency in San Francisco where Sophie specialized in the mobile gaming sector with clients such as Sony Playstation and EA Mobile, Sophie grew disillusioned with the smartphone-as-culture paradigm and followed synchronicity and her heart's calling into the wellness field. She now resides and thrives in Bali, producing and teaching retreats and supporting personal transformations through yoga, ecstatic dance and art therapy. She developed and has managed a popular retreat centre in Ubud, Bali for the past six years, where she has witnessed the life-changing power of immersion in nature, wisdom-culture and spiritual practice. Whether sequencing a yoga class, planning an ecstatic dance session, or organizing international retreats for Abroad, her passion is in creating beautiful journeys that serve to nurture each individual’s gifts and bring deeper happiness, gratitude and presence.
On your Abroad Quest, Sophie's warm and nurturing nature will be here to assist you with logistics and wellbeing on your trip. Ensuring that your experience, from reservation to returning home, is exceptional.
Lisa Flynn abroad concierge
WHILE OUR GROUP EXPLORES ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND PRISTINE NATIONS, ABROAD CONCIERGE LISA FLYNN WILL BE OFFERING DAILY ACTIVITIES TO PROMOTE REST, REJUVENATION, AND COMMUNITY BUILDING. LISA IS A YOGA TEACHER WHO WILL BE TEACHING OPTIONAL CLASSES THROUGHOUT THE QUEST.