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PurposeCast: The Gifts of Compassion

Sometimes it can be challenging to show compassion to ourselves and others. Psychologist and neuroscientist Dr. Olga Klimecki will help you understand some of the barriers to compassion and ways you can strengthen this important relational aspect of kindness and care.

About PurposeCast

PurposeCast is a series of conversations highlighting purpose-driven thought leaders, experts, and innovators. Through their stories, get a glimpse into their journeys and gain insights and actionable tips for yourself. Learn how they harnessed their purpose to live bigger lives and how you can too.


Olga Klmicki

Olga Klimecki, PhD

Psychologist and Neuroscientist

Olga is a psychologist and neuroscientist interested in understanding the neural mechanisms that shape our social emotions in adaptive ways. Her doctoral research investigated neural, behavioral and emotional plasticity induced by training social emotions like compassion and empathy. The results of these longitudinal studies in adults provided evidence for the plasticity of social emotions spanning the levels of neural function, emotional resilience and helping behavior. She is currently senior researcher at the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.


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Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH

CEO and Chief Purpose Officer, Kumanu

Vic Strecher (PhD, MPH) is a leader and visionary in the fields of purpose and wellbeing, creating new solutions that operate at the intersection of the science of behavior change and advanced technology. In 1998, Vic created Health Media pioneering Web-based “digital health coaching.” Since January 2014, Vic has given keynote presentations about the role of purpose in life, energy, and willpower to over 1,500 organizations, providing him the opportunity to not only respond to the growing interests of the market, but to also continue to help shape it. In late 2015, Kumanu (formerly JOOL Health) was launched as a major paradigm shift in how individuals engage in the pursuit of purpose, meaning and wellbeing while offering organizations a more insightful means to support positive culture and behavior change.

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