About the speaker

Ann Friedman, Ph.D., is a Licensed Psychologist who served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Counseling Psychology Graduate Program for over ten years. Ann holds both a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston. She completed her Residency in Clinical Psychology at U.T. Medical School and her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Baylor College of Medicine.

Since 2007, Ann has studied mindfulness intensively with various national teachers. Over this time, she has attended annual 7-to-10 day silent retreats and worked with national teachers on a monthly basis. In 2015, she received a Certification in Mindfulness Facilitation from the Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) of the Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Behavioral Medicine at UCLA. She is now in a program to become an affiliate teacher with UCLA. Ann has also completed courses on teaching children and teens, including Sitting Like a Frog with Eline Snell and The Still Quiet Place by Dr. Amy Saltzman.

Ann currently teaches mindfulness classes for adults, teens, and for caregivers and their children through her company, Mindful Being, P.C. at The John McGovern Houston Health and Medical Science Museum and Rothko Chapel, as well as in her private office. Since 2012, she has been teaching mindfulness on a weekly basis at various synagogues, including Congregation Emanu El, United Orthodox Synagogue, Congregation Beth Yeshurun and Congregation Sh’ma Koleinu. When teaching in a Jewish setting, Ann connects mindfulness with Jewish teachings. While the teachings of secular mindfulness have their origins in Buddhism, many of the teachings are also found in the world’s wisdom traditions. Ann believes that helping people find some of the teachings in their own traditions can be powerful.

In addition to her work, Ann has been an active community volunteer. For over ten years, she was a member of the Boards of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Houston (Board Chairman), the Houston A+ Challenge (Board Chairman), and the Children’s Defense Fund. She continues to serve on the Advisory Boards of these nonprofits, as well as on the Advisory Board of the Rothko Chapel, Shifa Women’s Center, and Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. Previously, Ann served as a Board member of Houston Proud, Serve Houston Youth Corp, Tax Reinvestment Zone Nine, Holocaust Museum Houston, The Forum Club, Texas Lyceum Association and the Avondale House for Autistic Children. She has chaired numerous school programs, charity galas and civic events, and has been honored for her volunteer service by a number of organizations.

Ann lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J. Kent Friedman, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer of Morae Legal Corporation and Senior Counsel with Orrick, LL.P. Kenny also serves as the Chairman of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority. They are the parents of five young adults and the grandparents of eight wonderful children.

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