"Living, working, teaching, learning, parenting, and leading in uncertainty and chronic stress can be depleting, destabilizing, disconnecting, and demoralizing. Even in adversity, we can turn stress to strength, fear to fuel, and build inside-out resilience, personally and collectively. We harness the power of our interpersonal neurobiology to thrive in community.
Lu Hanessian, MSc
Lu Hanessian is an award-winning journalist, author, educator, researcher, facilitator, and consultant. As an educator and facilitator, Lu leads trauma-informed, resilience-centered workshops, courses, trainings, and retreats (now online). Through a generative, trauma-sensitive systems approach, Lu draws from an integration of science, research, and evidence-based practice in relational neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology, somatic psychology, emotional intelligence, affective sciences, mindfulness and mindful communication, applied positive psychology, conflict resolution, adaptive leadership, restorative processes, and contemplative practice.
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 government agencies, corporate leadership, companies, non-profits, media, educational institutions, faculties, families, and communities.
She holds additional certifications and certificates in IPNB interpersonal neurobiology (Mindsight Institute, Daniel Siegel, MD); applied positive psychology (CAPP), Brainspotting (BSP, David Grand, PhD); Life is Good Playmaker Program (LIG); trauma-informed mindfulness; and yoga training RYT-200 (Breathe for Change)
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 bestselling books 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, and upcoming books Practice Makes Present (2021) on the science and practice of mind-brain-body wellbeing, 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 (CAPP); trauma, resilience and the brain, with a focus on (IPNB) interpersonal neurobiology, and mindfulness education and facilitation. 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 under the leaderhsip of Darcia Narvaez, PhD; 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 parent education workshops across the country. Over the past fifteen years, she has created many initiatives and multi-media resources through www.Parent2ParentU.com, an online resource for parents.
Lu has been an award-winning entrepreneur (SoJo Happening Entrepreneur of 2015), founder of WYSH Wear Your Spirit for Humanity. She was the Director of Creative Programming for WYSH and creator of dynamic educational workshops and retreats. 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.
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)