Lu Hanessian is an award-winning journalist, author, educator, researcher, facilitator, and consultant. As an educator and facilitator, Lu leads one-of-a-kind workshops, courses, trainings, and retreats (now online). Through a generative, trauma-informed, resilience-centered systems approach, Lu draws from an integration of science and best practices in neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, somatic psychology, emotional and relational intelligence, mindful communication, conflict transformation, adaptive and restorative processes, and expressive arts.
Lu holds a Master’s of Science in Conflict Management and Resolution from the University of San Diego Kroc School for Peace and Justice Studies. Her study of trauma and generative dynamics of resilience has informed her design of resilience-centered courses, workshops and trainings, which she provides to corporate leadership, companies, non-profits, media, and educational institutions.
A veteran television anchor, Lu is a former national NBC Network anchor/host and Discovery Health Channel host. She has been the host/anchor of more than a dozen television shows, including Real Life (NBC), Unsolved Mysteries (NBC), Make Room for Baby (Discovery), Total Family Health (Discovery), Park Avenue Metro (CTV) international travel program Travel, Travel, which she hosted for six years, as well as The Science Show, syndicated in more than 100 countries, translated into 17 languages, which she hosted for five years.
Lu is the author of five books, including Let the Baby Drive: Navigating the Road of New Motherhood (St. Martin's Press, 2004) and The Garden: A Parenting Parable on the journey of parenthood, Practice Makes Present (2020) on the science and practice of mindfulness and Return to Tender (2021) on the power of (re)connection.
A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan and a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Lu has been a writer and journalist for more than twenty-five years. Her articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, Parenting, Child and Fit Pregnancy, and Mindful digital. She was an award-winning columnist and feature writer for the Courier Post-Gannett News/USA Today Network for more than ten years with her popular column Driving Lessons.
Lu has more than 25 years of extensive study in attachment science; family systems; neuroscience; social and emotional intelligence; applied positive psychology; trauma, resilience and the brain, with a focus on Interpersonal Neurobiology over the past several years. In 2011, Lu moderated a global online event on secure attachment and emotional wellbeing for PBS's series "This Emotional Life;" "Pathways to Flourishing" conference at Notre Dame University; and also moderated the UNESCO education conference in Hamburg, Germany, which she also reported on for CNN Intl.
For the last two decades, Lu has keynoted, lectured and led dynamic workshops across the country for parents and families. Over the past fifteen years, she has created many original and dynamic initiatives, courses, curricula and multi-media resources including Raising Mindful Families; and more through www.Parent2ParentU.com, an educational resource for parents. For fifteen years, she has keynoted and taught workshops both live in the U.S. and internationally online.
Lu has been an award-winning entrepreneur (SoJo Happening Entrepreneur of 2015), founder of WYSH Wear Your Spirit for Humanity, a socially conscious company based on 9 pillars of value. She was the Director of Creative Programming for WYSH and creator of dynamic educational workshops and retreats for women, teens, parents, and kids. In 2014, Lu wrote, composed and directed an outdoor family musical under the stars in the historic town of Haddonfield, New Jersey, based on her children's book Picnic on A Cloud. Lu's first musical, Love Notes, a 30-song revue which she wrote, composed and directed, was staged to sold out audiences at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal, Quebec in 1993.
She has been a guest expert on The View, CNN, NPR, FOX, MSNBC, the Today Show, and more. She has been a frequent guest contributor on FOX5 Live with Ernie Anastos in New York as an education and parenting author, expert and advocate.
A voiceover veteran for more than twenty years, Lu is the narrator of the new novel by CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota, "Amanda Wakes Up" (Viking, Penguin Random House Audio, 2017)