Final G20 Leaders Declaration 2023 with the Fyera Foundation Influenced Policies Highlighted

A message from Sheva Carr:

You may have dreams that inspire your hope- your engagement with life and the world. And you may, like I did, have dreams that don’t seem possible in the current and sometimes seemingly hopeless state of the world. Perhaps this little story will reignite the flame of your hope and effort? Who knows what might be possible with the power of the heart! 

Some dreams are luminous dreams. Never meant to manifest, they operate more like idea lanterns that light one’s way through darkness toward a truer light. Other dreams go dormant, and we may think they are not meant to manifest, but they show up one day by surprise with a wink of wonder. This story is a little bit of both, in which my nonprofit and membership community The Fyera Foundation/HeartAmbassadors came to consult to the G20 and bring the inspiration of applied HeartMath science and skills to that policy writing process. 

I have worked with HeartMath in various capacities since 1996- close to 28 years- and am currently a Co-Director of our Organizational Division and HeartMastery Program, in addition to my roles within my own organizations. I don’t know exactly when I began to envision bringing HeartMath’s science and simple-to-use paradigm shifting tools to heads of state and the geopolitical process. I imagine it was within weeks of seeing myself heal from long standing complex PTSD and experiencing the power of the heart to transform not only my life, but my patients’ lives, and the total world around me. As I wrote at the time, practicing HeartMath took my life from “black and white living to technicolor Oz.” By the early 2000s I had vision boards with images of bringing HeartMath to the United Nations (at the time I had no idea how to make that happen) and when practicing the tools I would radiate heart to global leaders and decision makers that their movements might be defined by the higher operating system of heart and cortical brain intelligence, rather than limbic defensiveness, fear and stress. By 2012 I had attended my first UN Conference through UN Peace Messenger Organization Pathways To Peace, whose founder Avon Mattison had taken one of my HeartMath classes. I have a framed thank you letter in my office from President Obama, for consulting to his office of public engagement. Toward the end of the decade, I had presented HeartMath at the United Nations High Level Political Forum and had had the privilege of meeting privately overseas with multiple heads of state and high level political officials.

It was through those exquisite experiences that I decided bringing HeartMath to high level political leaders was a luminous dream, not the real one. It was not wining and dining with people in suits handcuffed by lobbies of all kinds that mattered to me as much as remaking the world in a way that it could genuinely work better for all life. This led me to let go of that dream, to change my focus and work toward bringing HeartMath tools and science to the grass roots where daily decisions determine how life thrives or fails to survive. I lived (and still live) through the thought experiment “What if we bring heart intelligence, love and care to our most intractable world issues? Hunger, water, war, trafficking, climate crises, species extinction, education, gender based and other forms violence, disasters, and so much more?” That lived question blossomed into The Fyera Foundation and HeartAmbassadors’ 12 domains of projects in over 30 countries and 5 continents, nurtured by hundreds of volunteers. It also led to our deeply fulfilling collaboration with the Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma, as she is known for short) charity “Embracing the World.” 

When Amma was appointed by the President of India as the Chair of the C20, which was the location hosting the G20 in 2023, I was invited by Embracing the World to apply as a consultant because of our past collaborations. To give a little context, the C20 is one of more than a dozen consulting bodies to the G20, the annual gathering of heads of state and foreign ministers from the top 20 economic superpower countries in the world. One of those economies is The European Union, so 46 countries make up the G20. In their yearly gathering, the G20 Heads of State issue a declaration of policies and commitments they are willing to both initiate and prioritize in principle, as well as from their pocketbooks. The C20 is the Civil Society consulting branch of the G20, which spends 10 months leading up to the leaders’ gathering making recommendations and writing policy proposals to be accepted or rejected in the final weeding and seeding process at the September Summit of world leaders. 

When our application to consult to the C20 was accepted, I gathered with my community of HeartAmbassadors in our members call and played a game, a game I invite you to play with us now. If we were given audience with the 46 leaders of the wealthiest countries in the world, what would we want them to know? What would we advise them to do with their resources? 

I then invited anyone from our community of HeartAmbassadors, my board, our partners at places like the Red Cross, and the HeartMath executive team to join us in our sometimes nightly (and wee hour of the morning) afterwork meetings to write our answers to those questions. Everyone who participated volunteered all of their time and passion. No one was paid. We were heart guided and heart led. At every meeting we did HeartMath tools together, sending love to the people, planet, plants and animals we care so much about, intending that our focus and effort would radiate to the world for the well-being of all being. When we hit impasses or uncertainty, we used our HeartMath tools to remove or climb boulders toward the next summit. The core team that spontaneously showed up for midnight mural-making of visions for a new world all turned out to be HeartMath Certified Trainers. They included me, my Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sandra Solano, My Chief Nursing Officer Lisa Marie Gorman, My COO Melinda Dewey, our Northern European Director Nienke Van Bezooijen, our cherished member and Red Cross Volunteer David Dante, our liaison to the United Nations Commons Cluster Kirstin Kurtz, my husband and co-director with me of HeartMath’s Organizational Division Robert Browning, on a couple of occasions Jeff Goelitz the Director of Education for the HeartMath Institute, the incredible members of my nonprofit board of directors, Linda MacIntyre the Chief Nurse of The Red Cross, and others who popped in and out to add energetic support. It is worth noting that the collaborative energy of our meetings was unto itself something new and somewhat sparkling. Hard to put words to, I might call it egoless service in which all of us were 100% committed to our intended outcome for the world and 100% surrendered to how it might appear in form and what part we might individually play. The closest thing I’ve seen to it in the is “Total Football” in Europe, in which soccer players don’t have ‘positions’- anyone can play anyone’s part, and everyone is dribbling for the same outcome. All are willing to pass the glory of scoring to anyone else on the team at any moment because in the truest, seamless sense we only experience one of us here. It was a single heartbeat fed by the unison of many different cells pumping in a syncytium of synchronized love and creation which unto itself, had no other outcome occurred, was the thrill of a lifetime for us as a team. 

Early in the process, our youth member Phoenix Rose Gauthier (17) reached out asking if she could attend the conference in person. At my prompting she wrote a stunning grant for funding, which my board approved, and we sent her and her mother Kansas Carradine (also a HeartMath Certified Trainer, HeartAmbassador and now our G20 Project Manager) as in-person delegates to India. The steadfast heart presence Kansas and Phoenix held in their physical attendance at the working group meetings provided pacemaker cells to the heart of the process, ensuring all the language that we were writing and sending in virtually could be understood and integrated meaningfully. We truly could not have accomplished what we did without the remarkable presence of Kansas and Phoenix, and our other in person delegates who championed the heart, Leidy Caballero and Patricia Lim (a HeartMath trainer from Brazil who was also in India of her own motivation!). In addition to sending our own delegates to represent our input on the ground in India, in the spirit of SDG 17 (partnerships) and SDG 10 (reducing inequalities) we sponsored several other organizations from developing nations to attend who could not have otherwise.

In 10 months, with 6 in-person delegates sent to India including a youth, we produced over 250 pages of policy recommendations, problem solving justifications, white papers, population and economic impact statements, and multiple poster and panel presentations and webinars. We consulted to the following working groups:

  • Education and Digital Transformation
  • Technology and Security
  • Sustainable Communities (for Environmental Protection and Climate Change)
  • Gender Equity 
  • Disability, Equity and Justice 
  • Integrative Health 


The most surprising discovery we made through our writing process is that we now have scientific evidence showing that self-regulating your heart rhythms reduces implicit bias and discrimination, which is obviously extremely valuable to those working in the domain of diversity, equity and inclusion, and to equalizing our world.

As the lore goes, the entire bible can be summed up in one sentence, “Love thy neighbor as thyself. Everything else is commentary.” If we were to create a similar essential oil for these thousands of human powered hours of work and love we invested in the G20, it would be “Cultivate a global humanity that experiences and treats all life on earth as one interconnected family, interdependent and thriving through mutual respect, honor, love and the power of the heart.” Tactically speaking to achieve that at the policy level our recommendations could be summarized as “Prioritize heart intelligence and the capacity for emotional self-regulation skills at the same level as reading, writing and ‘rithmatic in global education and employment.” To give you a sense of how well received our input was, in the Gender Equity Thematic Book alone, out of 94 pages of recommendations from over 1700 organizations, 7 pages of the book consisted of content we wrote. In all our input we emphasized the importance of selecting emotional literacy skills that are evidenced based and include Heart Rate Variability (HRV) self-regulation as a foundation, based on the proven efficacy of these tools and the science behind them for individual, social and global outcomes.

The C20 is one consultation branch to the G20 – there are more than a dozen listed on page 32 of the Leaders Declaration acknowledgements, some belonging to civil society and many others from industry and government.  And the C20 alone had thousands of pages of input and thousands of consulting organizations contributing. Imagine that all this effort gets distilled into only 34 pages of commitments the G20 leaders are willing to make. We knew the chances of our input making it to the final document were slim to none; our perseverance and commitment was fed by the feeling that the contribution we were making was more in the energy field than in the final result. However, that did not stop us as a team from visualizing together the popping open of a bottle of champagne upon seeing our influence in the final declaration!

Imagine our awe and wonder then, when, in mid-September, we read this as the first policy under the Education Commitments in the 2023 Leaders Declaration:

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For those who teach HeartMath professionally, this single policy can open unprecedented doors and funding and avenues of access for you! Never before now has socio-emotional skill building been placed on par at the global policy level with literacy and numeracy!


“It is amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t need credit.”

-Ronald Reagan 


This, and other policies like it which express our value of honoring all life through emotional and heart intelligence in the domains of integrative health and environmental protection, might well have made it into the Leaders Declaration without the committed hours and expertise and raw audacity of me and my team. And I think that is actually the best news of all in this whole story. We were water droplets in a tsunami wave, a small part in a larger movement of many who are seeking solutions based in compassion, love, and heart. The Theme of this year’s G20 was “One Earth. One Family. One Future.” After the gathering of the Education Working Group, a newsletter announced “C20 Summit on Education Focuses on a Culture of the Heart.” My little team of HeartMath trainers and I are not driving the change, we are riding it. The heart’s time has come, a world based on love is knocking on our door. And each one of us can answer the call and let it in. Hallelujah! 

When I was asked to write this summary for the HeartMath Institute, there was a question they presented which surprised and delighted me. 

 “How tired were you and your team?”
I laughed when I read it, because it made me realize that it was the first time in my life when I I didn’t feel tired at all! My tiredness is often a feeling of being underutilized by life when it seems to need us the most. During this consultancy, I felt more energized than ever before, and my team reported the same. We were in the perpetual recharging station of the heart that happens when one’s skills and abilities line up with one’s passion and love and soul and the needs of the world. Apparently, there are limitless energy reserves there! And we needed those reserves- our writing process needed to be extremely nimble as many of us were in North America and the meetings were all happening in India. We would get deadlines issued while we were asleep and sometimes have only hours or a day or two to deliver on them. All of us work more than full time at our jobs, but somehow, we managed to fit it all in. It was heart magic, and a manifestation of what Goethe wrote when he said 


What you can do, or dream you can, begin it,
Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it,
Only engage, and then the mind grows heated—
Begin it, and the work will be completed!


And later cited by William Hutchinson Murray

“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no one could have dreamed would have come their way.
Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

I know that the work of heart never manifests without meeting our own inner growth process. The night the application to consult to the G20 was sent to me by my colleague at Embracing the World via Whattsapp, I held my beloved and deathly ill cat in my arms debating whether to take him to the 24 hour emergency vet. It was a moment of pause- my initial reaction “I cannot deal with this whattsapp right now, I have a life to save!” But then I remembered what my first cat taught me through HeartMath’s Cut Thru technique when he was dying of cancer, “Don’t care so much about one life that you forget to care about all life.” As my husband drove the car to the veterinary ER, I wrote the G20 consultancy application and responded to the whattsapp in the passenger seat. And the rest, as they say, is history ☺ My cat is now thriving and living well. Hopefully, thanks to following my heart with HeartMath tools that helped me manage my stress that night so we could make this contribution to the G20, it will add to a momentum where one day all life on our planet will thrive and live well, as well. 

As I hold myself, and my HeartAmbassadors members and organizational HeartMath Certified Trainer community in the tenderness of our insecurities, our sense of insufficiency at global issues and despair, our uncertainty of how to proceed or to make the best difference we can and let our love have impact, I often think of Yeats’ quote ,“The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” 

I think turning the tables on that quote was part of the game we played – what if we took our love, our skill our knowledge and threw our passionate intensity and conviction at it just because we can? What have we got to lose? Except maybe a couple of nights of sleep! All made up for by the sheer joy and hope in the process! 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.”


About the author:

Sheva Carr is the architect and director of HeartMath’s HeartMastery Program, a Co-Director of HeartMath’s Organizational Division, and the founder of The Fyera Foundation and HeartAmbassadors organizations which work to bring heart-based interventions and science, with HeartMath at the foreground, to the front lines of work on global issues of sustainable development like violent conflict, poverty, clean water access, human trafficking, and more. To learn more or to apply to study or collaborate with them write to [email protected] or [email protected] 

To read our full heart-based contributions to the G20 visit www.fyera.org and look under Projects, G20/C20 Consultancy.


SARAH

Youth Board Member

Sarah Syed

Sarah is an 18-year-old climate activist and innovator. She is a Youth Board Member at The Fyera Foundation, a fellow at The David Suzuki Foundation, and a climate education workshop facilitator/community and social media manager at Starfish Canada. Sarah is passionate about leveraging her passion for tech to research and design equitable climate-tech solutions. From bioplastic research made from food scraps to her most recent project that spanned over two years, a biodegradable sorbent made from polymers, biomass, and polysaccharide aerogels that have the efficiency of removing 98% of oils, organic compounds, and heavy metal compounds. Sarah is currently working on leveraging nanomaterials to design a rotating and semi-transparent solar cell and an IoT water sensor to reduce water wastage in agriculture. Her efforts have been recognized by distinguishable honors such as MP Dan Albas, NDP Critic for Environment and Climate Change Laurel Collins, and The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell during the Ontario Junior Citizen award ceremony. She has also been named a Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalist in Canada, Ontario Junior Citizen, and 1 of 3 young women making a mark on climate change by the Weather Network, National Nature Inspirational Youth, and Future Mind Under 25.

She is also the founder of You Are the Change, a youth-led organization dedicated to helping youth become changemakers in their community. She enjoys sharing her story and ideas in hopes of inspiring other youth and ensuring that action is taken now on the life-threatening climate crisis. Sarah has spoken at many conferences including the United Nations Water Conference Offical Side event, UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum, Eco Impact, HWY H2O, Electricity Transformation Canada, AWE USA, University of Toronto, and McGill University, among others.

PHOENIX RISING

Wildfire Relief

Phoenix Rising Has Provided Support to Many Individuals Facing Wildfire Recovery, as well as grants to:

Wildfire Protectors Corps

Additional Support provided by:

ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Operation Big Sister

What if human slavery could end in our lifetime?

What if all it would take is for people like you and me to get involved?

Mediators Beyond Borders Partnership

We are a proud member of Mediators Beyond Borders International and participate in their United Nations and Sustainable Development Goals working groups while also partnering with them in Nicaragua and other zones of civil unrest to bring dialogue in place of violence. 

Resilience Training for
Red Cross Staff + Volunteers

To learn more about the Red Cross, click HERE

Regina Shuvanova

The universe that we all call home is made up of amazing energy accessible to all of those who are willing to see it and embrace it. This energy can make any dream a reality. It has been my life journey and passion to help those who are distracted and unable to see clearly, find their path. This energy is everywhere and present in everything we do, from basic daily short term activities, to long term complex life discoveries. I was born in Tashkent Uzbekistan, a product of 2 Russian parents. I am bilingual in Russian and English. Having moved from Uzbekistan to Russia, and then to the United States, I have always wanted to bring people of the world together, to learn from each other, to grow, and to harness that energy. I received a Masters degree in Diplomacy & International Relations from Seton Hall University. I worked on developing international business relationships and cooperation through my role with the Mid-Atlantic Eurasia Business Council (MAEBC/MARBC) in Philadelphia, PA. With my career moving forward, a wonderful gift was given to me midstream. I became a mom. Life moves in mysterious ways and has its own path at times, yet, this energy I speak of is found in all things, at times, where you least expect it. I relocated from the West Coast and now live in San Diego California. I am currently in a leadership role with Caesars Entertainment, live with a loving husband, and a beautiful son. Without a doubt, being a mom has taught me more than I could have ever imagined, and has helped me in my own journey to find that energy.

REGINA

Board Member

U.N. Commission On The
Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a global organization dedicated to promoting gender equality and empowering women. It plays a vital role in advocating for women's rights, shaping international standards, and discussing progress and challenges in gender equality. Representatives from UN Member States, civil society organizations, and UN entities gather annually to discuss and agree on actions to accelerate women's empowerment. The CSW contributes to the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and reports on gender perspectives to other intergovernmental bodies. Overall, the CSW is instrumental in advancing gender equality worldwide.

SANDRA

Chief Medical Officer, Treasurer

Sandra Solano

M.D., M.S. 

Sandra is a healthcare professional with more than 20 years of experience as a Healthcare Executive and consultant and now has her own Holistic Wellness practice in New Albany, Ohio. Dr. Solano successfully implemented large scale transformational projects in the private and public sector and was recognized as a successful disruptor and change agent. Through her career, Dr. Solano experienced personally and professionally the detrimental impact that stress and lack of emotional regulation has in productivity, communication and efficacy in the work place and family life. Through her practice, she works with individuals, teams, groups and organizations to bring evidence-based tools and skills that empower the individual to develop emotional fitness and stress management. 

While she enjoyed a successful and fulfilling career in public health, Dr. Solano felt disconnected and unfulfilled. She continued studying alternative health modalities and how they could improve wellness. After extensive research and training, Sandra chose a combination of methods that facilitate the regulation of emotions and management of stress as the foundation of her holistic wellness practice. Dr. Solano is a certified trainer of HeartMath’s Resilience Advantage™ program; certified practitioner Shuniya Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing©; a Reiki Master; and a practitioner of Holographic Memory Resolution©.

After personally experiencing and practicing these tools, Dr. Solano feels connected with her authentic self and feels a sense of hope and peace that she wants to share with others. Learning about and experiencing these techniques brought her a new understanding of health as a state of balance and wholeness. Her concept of health sees every person as a fundamentally perfect being. Her passion is to help others to find that connection, authenticity, peace, and hope that she is now able to experience

MATTHEW

Board Member

Matthew Mitchell 

Matthew Mitchell has over 30 years experience in sales, business development, and relationship management. He is an international speaker and consultant specializing in high performance and human potential.  He gives people the tools and guidance necessary to eliminate the limiting beliefs and behaviors that hold them back so that they can achieve excellence in their personal and professional lives.

Matthew received his Masters of International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona and his MBA at ESADE, (Escuela Superior de Administraccion y Direccion de Empresas) in Barcelona, Spain.

Matthew’s diverse career has spanned a number of industries. He spent ten years doing finance deals for large corporate clients with US Leasing and GE Capital. He made a career change in the early ‘90’s by going to work for Lucasfilm Ltd. in the Entertainment industry.  He headed their electronic editing systems division and represented their proprietary technology to the major studios and production companies.

Matthew later served as VP of Television sales for two top post-production facilities in Los Angeles, once again cultivating relationships with studio heads, and independent film companies.  He spent several years in the Communications industry with Qwest Digital Media being one of the first to sell the ability to deliver content over the Internet.

In 2004, he began his own consulting practice specializing in teaching high level skills to the fortune 100. 

At present, Matthew is a keynote speaker, an expert in “Negotiation Skills”, “Organizational Savvy”, “Power Messaging”, and “Executive Presence” skills.  He travels nationally conducting public seminars in negotiation skills.  He has consulted and trained some of the biggest companies in the world.  Current and former clients include: UPS, VMware, EMC, GE (multiple divisions), Honeywell, Tektronix, Ciena, Fujitsu Networks, Pratt & Whitney, Exxon Mobil Chemical, Microsoft, ATT, Sprint, Yahoo, Earthlink, Oracle, Cisco, HP, Intel, AMD, Aetna, Prudential, Siemens, Owens Corning, Cardinal Health, Care Fusion / Becton Dickenson, Autodesk, Caremark, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Abbott Labs, Wellpoint, United Healthcare, Optum Health, Ingenix, Hersheys, Applied Materials, Kronos, Ceridian, Unisys, Intelsat, Colgate Palmolive, and Medela.

CAROLD

C.O.O - Nicaragua Region

Carold Garcia

16 years overseeing the operations of our programs in Nicaragua while raising her 16 year old daughter Lidia.

I am Carold García Castillo, Nicaraguan, graduated in Business Administration (UNAN-MANAGUA) with training in the HeartMath techniques and Regional Director for Fundación Fyera Nicaragua. I was born in January 1979 in Managua. I come from a family of limited resources and numerous, I am divorced and single mother of a lady of 15 years. I have vague memories of bittersweet childhood, my crib was the arms of my parents, my food the hope of my humble family and a people afflicted to see a new sun until the end of the Sandinista popular revolution of 1979-1990. In 1991 I heard Sheva’s name for the first time, her influential person formed in me a firm spirit, an integral character, a strength, and a deep desire to face everything. My life mission is at the service of families, to make a difference in the beating of their hearts.

MAI

Vice President

Mai Shbeta

Lawyer, Mediator, Project Manager and Group Facilitator

Mai is a peace activist, human rights lawyer, mediator, and group facilitator. She was born and raised in Wahat al Salam-Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace), the only intentional Jewish-Arab village in Israel. Her mother is Jewish and her father is Palestinian and her dream is to be a bridge between the two people. Since she was young, Mai has been active in programs that promote peace, leadership, and human rights in different organizations like Global Changemakers, Creativity for Peace, V-Girls (V-Day) and UNESCO’s Young Peace Ambassadors Workshop. She is a board member of the Fyera Foundation and is primarily working on a project that seeks to end human trafficking (the project includes a feature film, documentary film and online platform). In 2011, when she was 19, she participated and gave a speech about her work at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Mai completed her legal internship at Michael Sfard’s human rights law office in Tel Aviv. She studied mediation and is seeking to give workshops and mediate between people in different conflict zones. Right now she is working as a project manager at the “Elmina” Jewish-Arab theatre in Jaffa and at the Center for Multiculturalism and Diversity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and she is also developing a mediation project between Israeli and Palestinian leaders and politicians.

Cheryl Geoffrion

Cheryl Geoffrion is certified as a trainer, facilitator and coach by The Institute of HeartMath and The International Center for Attitudinal Healing.  She has facilitated one-on-one coaching, support groups, and workshops for more then 24 years utilizing these principles and practices as well as many other transformational life techniques.  She has also worked with Fortune 100 companies, Non-Profits, and individuals as an expert negotiator, facilitator, and coach in sales and negotiation skills, leadership development, interpersonal communication and conflict resolution.  She is a published co-author of The Three Value Conversations, How to Create, Elevate, & Capture Customer Value at Every Stage of the Long-Lead Sales with a feature article of the same theme in Top Sales World Magazine.  An international motivational speaker, teacher, and former TV talk show host, Cheryl brings experience, compassion and vision to her work.

For more than two decades, Cheryl has been highly sought as a keynote speaker and consultant to a wide variety of public, private and educational institutions. Her experience, passion, sense of humor, and ability to drive high-impact performance execution enable her to be both entertaining and remarkably effective at producing transformational results.

Additionally she has the unique privilege to specialize in comprehensive international and domestic sport sponsorship and corporate hospitality programs working with the Olympics and FIFA World Cup implementing programs for Top Sponsors in Asia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States.   She also served as the Managing Director of the Avon Breast Cancer 3-days and the National AIDSRides during which time she was responsible for many multi-million dollar charitable events nationwide.  Cheryl’s global experience ensures a strong cultural awareness.

Cheryl started her professional career as an Air Traffic Controller (ATC) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where she honed a skillset that enabled her to achieve great success as one of the youngest certified in ATC nationwide. She went on to pioneer unique performance enhancing coaching programs for Air Traffic Managers and Supervisors.

Affiliations:
-Fyera Foundation
-Institute of HeartMath
-The International Center for Attitudinal Healing
-CMCM T.V./Talk Show Host
-Summer Olympics: Beijing, London, Rio de Janeiro
-FIFA World Cup, South Africa
-Winter Olympics, Vancouver

CHERYL

Chief of Staff & Communications Officer

Robert Browning

Director of HeartMath Healthcare and Consultant to / Trainer with Fyera; Co-Vice President of United Nations Peace Messenger Organization ‘Pathways To Peace’

Robert Browning, PhD (h.c.) is Co-Director for HeartMath Healthcare and a Senior Master Trainer. For over 25 years with HeartMath, he’s trained more than 20,000 individuals in heart-based living and leads programs at: Stanford, U.C.L.A., Brigham & Women’s and Kaiser Permanente. He oversees HeartMath’s strategic healthcare alliances focused on self-care, human caring and wholeness healing. In April, 2015, Robert received an Honorary Doctorate in Human Caring and Caring Science from Dr. Jean Watson, Founder and Director, Watson Caring Science Institute and Dean Emerita-University of Colorado, Denver, College of Nursing. It was given “to honor devotion to the betterment of humankind through human caring – heart centered teachings and practices.”

He holds a faculty position with the Esalen Institute and Watson Caring Science Institute and adjunct faculty with the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus, College of Nursing. Robert graduated from U.C.L.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Communications.  His passion and 20 year focused inquiry on the power of the heart, care and healing has informed the depth of his work, practice and message.

ROBERT

BOARD MEMBER

MELINDA

Secretary

Melinda Dewey

Board Certified Coach. Trainer. Speaker. Mentor. Operations Officer. The Fyera Foundation Board Member and Secretary

Following a successful 17-year business career in roles as a Corporate Controller, Project Manager and bank Loan Officer, Melinda now combines her business expertise and passion for health, empowerment, and resilience as Operations Officer in addition to her private practice as a certified Life and Breath Coach and HeartMath Coach and Trainer to individuals and groups. Some of her related certifications, training, and 30 years of full-time wellness-related experience include:

  • Licensed HeartMath® Coach and HeartMath Certified Trainer
  • C.O.O. of Fyera! Inc since 2010
  • C.O.O. of HeartMath’s HeartMastery online learning program since 2011, managing and leading HeartMath Course Group Coaching Calls for students from around the world
  • Certified Mindful Change Life Coach, with Wellness Coaching specialty training At the Institute of Life Coach Training
  • Employee Wellness Coach to Fortune® 100 employees cross the Nation for over five years
  • Board-Certified Coach Credential
  • Owner, manager of InnerLight Healing Arts in Costa Mesa, CA for 10 years, with chiropractic and allopathic physicians and practitioners of various holistic modalities and group class offerings.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Communication

 

It is also my privilege to serve as a board member and secretary of non-profit The Fyera Foundation since 2011.

It is my joy to engage in awakening authenticity, potential and heart intelligence with the power of the heart to generate inner and outer peace.

SHEVA

Founder, CEO, President, Executive Director

Sheva Carr

Sheva Carr is a visionary, humanitarian, creator, lover of life, author, speaker, doctor of Oriental Medicine, Board Certified Polarity Therapist and Registered Polarity Educator, and expert HeartMath trainer and coach. She loves to help people find fulfillment and peace within the power of their hearts! She is the founding CEO of Fyera! Inc and Heart Ambassadors, a global network of endeavors sharing a common purpose of creating measurable social ROI to transform the world’s story with heart. Under the umbrella of that mission she is the architect of HeartMath’s www.heartmastery.com program, the founding Executive Director of the Fyera Foundation and Sunflower SunPower Kids, and Co-Vice President and Head of UN Delegations for the United Nations Peace Messenger Organization Pathways To Peace www.pathwaystopeace.org . The author of “Being the Source of Love” and “Where the Sky Meets the Earth,” she is featured as a “love luminary” in Marci Schimoff’s New York Times bestselling book “Love for No Reason.” She cofounded (with Global Womens Empowerent Network and The Representation Project) the annual Women Illuminated Film Festival. She is also the founding visionary behind www.operationbigsister.org designed to enroll a Civilian Army to contribute to efforts to end sex trafficking and modern day slavery. She mentors teens from Israel and Palestine in peace dialogues with www.creativityforpeace.org under the motto “An enemy is a friend whose story you have yet to hear.”

She has created her own trauma relief interventions with her knowledge of the autonomic nervous system, and has been published in respected medical journals as “Perspectives in Biology and Medicine,” and other publications including “The UN Special.” She has trained and mentored medical staff from C-level executives to bedside nurses at distinguished medical centers, including Mayo Clinic, Harvard, Stanford, Cedars Sinai, Kaiser Permanente, and more. She also founded the first HeartMath hospital patient education program at Earl Bakken’s Heart-Brain Institute. She co-authored HeartMath’s Stopping Emotional Eating Program with Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman and was the coach and manager of the participants involved in the study done on that program. Previously on the Faculty of Alternative Medicine at University of Minnesota, and a professor of Oriental Medicine at Emperor’s College, she has worked as a coach and consultant to leading cardiologists, heart-brain researchers, and physicists. She has also trained United Nations staff and numerous international government agencies, and soldiers preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

She did her undergraduate work in fine arts, cross cultural international studies, Spanish, and premed at Carnegie Mellon Universty, Yale, Friends World College, and Dalhousie University. She received experiential credits for her work in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Holland, England, and Canada. Her Masters Degree is in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University. 

Sheva speaks to people all over the world on how to access heart intelligence and peace of mind, in order to receive the benefits of the heart’s impact on their relationships, health, performance, creativity, contribution, legacy, social change, and the building of a global culture of peace. 

Please see Sheva Carr’s full bio HERE

And CV HERE

Participating in and donating training and resources to William Ury’s 3rd Side Design Sprint for Peace in the Middle East

KEVIN

Chief Gratitude & Giving Officer

Kevin Crowe

Kevin is an innovative senior executive who brings expertise in philanthropy, communications, non-profit management, and organizational development. Most recently he held a national philanthropy position focused on providing education to physicians and clinicians on the science of gratitude and building an organizational culture of gratitude within a national non-profit health system. He is an international speaker and consultant, and as a certified trainer of HeartMath’s Resilience Advantage™ program, Kevin has facilitated individuals and teams all over the world in creating heart focused personal change initiatives.

In addition to 29 years in healthcare administration and overlapping with 18 years in philanthropy, Kevin’s career has included hospitality management and higher education. He is passionate about institutional culture transformation and over the years and in several roles, has led multiple initiatives in his organizations that focus on service, satisfaction, and gratitude. Kevin has served on multiple boards including The Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing and The Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Chicago Chapter.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of General Studies in organizational management and leadership from North Park University in Chicago and is certified by The Institute of HeartMath and the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. He is also a certified trainer and facilitator of multiple culture change and operational efficiency programs. He is a Reiki Master and Reiki Master trainer and an Akashic Records consultant. Kevin uses a combination of these modalities with mindfulness and resilience practices in bringing his best self forward to be present and in service to others.

WATER PROJECTS

The Fyera Foundation aims to bring 10,000 people clean drinking water every World Water Day, March 22

Including grants to one of our partners:

SPECIES CONSERVATION

MAX'S FUND

HELPING DELIVER VETERINARY CARE WHERE IT IS MOST NEEDED AND LEAST AFFORDED

Sponsoring Safari West's Species Diversity and Conservation efforts

Max's Fund includes support to Safari West

Sponsoring Safari West's Species Diversity and Conservation efforts

MAX'S FUND

Helping deliver veterinary care where it is most needed and least afforded

MEDICAL AID PARTNERSHIPS

Bringing Life Giving Surgeries
To Those In Need With Our Partner

WOMEN'S VOICES IN MEDIA

Women Illuminated
Film Fest

Commission on the Status of Women in Media 2018

Rebuilding Homes in Nepal Post Earthquake ...with Heart!

Acupuncturists
without borders Partnership

Partnering with Acupuncturists Without Borders to embed resilience training in their disaster relief clinics.

partnership with Creativity for Peace

now called
"TOMORROW'S WOMEN"

Bringing applied heart intelligence to peace dialogues between teens from Israel and Palestine under the motto, “An enemy is a friend whose story you have yet to hear” with our partner Creativity for Peace. Fyera Foundation provided university scholarships to young women peace builders.

GIVE

WELCOME LETTER TO THE WORLD'S REFUGEES

There are more displaced people in the world today than there have ever been in human history, due to climate change, violent conflict, and oppression. The average person who flees their country will spend 18 years in a refugee camp before being welcomed to a new home. Now more than ever it is important that we come together as a human family and global citizenship, living into the motto that home is where the heart is and the earth is our shared home.

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