About Brenda

Brenda Fingold is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and has been teaching mindfulness and well-being strategies for almost two decades. Most recently, Brenda was the Assistant Director for Workplace and Leadership Education at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University School of Public Health. She joined Brown from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she was a teacher and the Manager of Community and Corporate Programs. Brenda now teaches as adjunct faculty for UMass Center for Mindfulness, the Mindfulness Center at Brown and Mindful Leader. She is a member of the board of the Mindfulness in Law Society and co-chair of the New England Chapter.

A graduate of New York University School of Law, Brenda spent 17 years at the Boston law firm of Hale and Dorr (now WilmerHale), where she was a litigator and the Partner Responsible for Training and Professional Development. She is a co-founder and former chair of the Professional Development Consortium, a national lawyer training organization, and for many years was an instructor at Boston University School of Law.

Brenda has been practicing mindfulness since 1998, when she was encouraged by her then Managing Partner to invite the founder of MBSR, Jon Kabat-Zinn, into her law firm to help lawyers reduce stress, strengthen resilience and better navigate the inherent challenges of a demanding professional life. Inspired by the benefits of the program and her experience of mindfulness as a vehicle for well-being, thriving and sustaining optimal performance, Brenda began to study and then teach mindfulness.

Brenda offers training and coaching in mindfulness, resilience and well-being to legal organizations, judges, businesses and in education, government and non-profit organizations. Brenda’s work in the fast-paced and demanding world of a large law firm coupled with her equal years of immersion in the science and practice of mindfulness give her a unique breadth and depth of wisdom and experience to guide individuals in integrating mindfulness into their work and lives.

Brenda writes and speaks extensively on mindfulness and workplace wellness. Her publications include Navigating the Full Catastrophe with Mindfulness, Trial Magazine (July 2020), How Mindfulness Can Help Manage Work Stress, Mindful Leader (June 2020), The Time is Now: Leading the Charge for Lawyer Well-Being, NALP Quarterly (August 2019), among others. Find links to Brenda’s publications in the Resources section.

Brenda with MBSR founder Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Photo credit Colin Murphy


M.A. in Pastoral Studies (2015)
Course of study: Building resiliency in crisis, cultivating health and wellness, and providing compassionate care

J.D. (1984)

B.A. in Sociology (1981)

Additional Health and Wellness Credentials

  • UMass Medical School Center for Mindfulness, Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher

  • Oxford University Mindfulness Center, professional training

  • Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA, Certified Yoga Teacher

  • Mind/Body Medical Institute (now the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital), professional training.

  • Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, Master Trainer

  • Clinical Pastoral Education, Level I

Brenda is especially gifted as a teacher of this material. She brings humility, pragmatism, humor and an in depth knowledge of the content. She is well-organized, consistent, and easy to understand.

8-week workplace program participant