A long-time educational leader, Greg teaches mindfulness and SEL (social & emotional learning) skills to sports teams, schools, and various organizations around the world. He is the author of Slow Your Roll- Mindfulness for Fast Times, which topped the Amazon charts upon its release. In addition, he is a popular keynote speaker.
Greg has worked with many top sports programs, including: the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, LSU, VCU, Rice University, The University of Memphis, The University of Alabama, The University of Texas, and The George Washington University and many others. His extensive work with elite athletes includes Ironman triathlon finishers, Leadville 100 endurance athletes, Major League Soccer goalkeepers, NFL players, and even an Olympic bobsledder.
Greg often does corporate trainings and presentations, and he has worked with many organizations such as Hilton Worldwide Hotels, Shamrock Foods, The National Association Of Disability Representatives, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, The Germantown Police Department, and the Virginia Department of Corrections.
Greg's work has been featured in the New York Times and on ESPN, and he has presented at Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
A former long-time principal at Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tennessee, Greg now serves as the Director of SEL & Mindfulness, where he developed the Unplugged Mindfulness Program and the Daily Focus SEL Program for students and teachers. He consults with other schools on developing similar programs. These collaborations have included top schools such as: Deerfield Academy (Deerfield, MA), Episcopal High School (Alexandria, VA), The Graded School (Sao Paulo, Brazil), and public school systems including Germantown (TN) Municipal School District.
Greg volunteers in his hometown of Memphis by teaching a weekly mindfulness class at Church Health and frequent workshops at Temple Israel. He also leads retreats at Flowering Lotus Meditation Center.
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“Greg Graber has positively transformed the lives of many people with his straightforward, common sense approach to mindfulness. Two thumbs up for his work.” — Jon Gordon, Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of multiple books, including The Energy Bus
“Greg Graber has been extremely influential in my life by helping me manage my time and stress levels. Because of Greg’s mindfulness training, I’ve been able to find small pockets of time to mentally recharge and maintain focus throughout the day.” — Dave Joerger, NBA Head Coach (Sacramento Kings, Memphis Grizzlies)
“Greg translates the ancient practice of mindfulness and meditation into a language that people today can understand and implement in the athletic arena. I’m grateful for his contribution to audiences rarely exposed to this important material.”— Timber Hawkeye, author of Buddhist Boot Camp and Faithfully Religionless
“Greg Graber is ahead of his time with his mindfulness training. Greg has a special innate ability to improve people mentally and help people better themselves with his mindfulness training. He is a major force in the word of mindfulness coaching.” — Josh Pastner, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Georgia Tech University (2017 ACC Coach of the Year)
“Greg Graber has worked with all of my teams over the years. He has had great success in improving my players’ mental toughness and focus with his mindfulness training. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better mindfulness coach and mental performance trainer than Greg.” — Will Wade, Head Coach Men’s Basketball, Louisiana State University
“Without a doubt, Greg’s mindfulness advice and training helped me to become a Jeopardy! Champion. Even under the lights and in front of an audience of millions, I was able to breathe deeply, to think clearly, and to live in the moment. Despite the pressure, I was able to achieve a ‘flow state’ during my games. I particularly found Mr. Graber’s mindful mental rehearsal exercises helpful.” — Colby Taylor, Ph.D.
“As an educator and a parent of a middle school child with a learning disability, I have benefited from Greg’s mindfulness sessions. The information I have learned in these sessions has enabled me to be more proactive in monitoring her time with electronics and giving her more opportunities to be creative on her own and live in the moment. As a result, I have seen a difference in her performance in school and ability to focus longer on a single task. Greg’s sessions have been an eye-opener to me on how to best give our children a good balance in and out of the classroom.” — Julie Cooper, middle school teacher and parent of a middle school student
“Mindfulness seems to be a buzzword these days, but it really should be a way of life. Creating a little space in your day for meditation – even if it’s just 15 minutes a day – will improve your life in subtle, but important ways. Working with Greg Graber is one of the best decisions I’ve made. He demystifies meditation and mindfulness and brings a down to earth approach to his sessions. Utilizing his knowledge and experience in guiding individuals and sports teams, I’ve discovered that meditation helps to reconnect neural pathways. That’s just a cool way of saying that in the midst of calling a game on live TV, I’m calmer, more composed, more focused and have a better retention of facts and figures. Embracing mindfulness has been a tremendous discovery for me.”
— Pete Pranica, Memphis Grizzlies TV play by play announcer
“Our industry is highly competitive and our sales managers are under a lot of pressure to meet budget, prepare proposals, coach team members, and deal with customer issues or credit/collection issues with large accounts. The stress gets to be enormous. Greg equipped us with tools and insights to regain our focus and composure when we feel like things are out of our control.” — Rodney Barton, Regional Sales Manager, Shamrock Foods
“Greg provided our product management team with training for mindfulness in the workplace. His style and approach is perfect for a business environment because he relates well to high performing business teams and leaders. We will definitely be using Greg in the future to help strike a work-life balance and improve emotional intelligence.” — Dana Shefsky, Director, Digital Product Innovation, Hilton Worldwide
“Greg has been an instrumental part of our program and the success we’ve been able to create. When you are finding ways to empower yourself it all starts with your mindset and ability to see things in keen focus. When you are competing against the best in the world operating at your fullest capacity is a necessity. Greg empowers those to be at their best when it matters the most.”- Jamion Christian, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, The George Washington University
“Greg’s approach was exactly what I was looking for! Not only did I see improvement in how we dealt with the stress of intense situations during games and training but also in how each player handled being students and athletes. Mindfulness was one of the best practices I could have ever shared with my team, and I appreciate Greg taking the time to work with us. I am very excited to have him continue to be a part of our team.” — Jodie Smith, Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Alabama State University
“The first time I took the Tennessee bar exam, I was nervous. Although I probably knew the material well enough to pass, that initial anxiety hampered my ability to perform well. Through Greg’s lessons in mindfulness, I was able to compartmentalize each question, and I retook the exam. Mindfulness helped me block out distractions and absorb the material while studying. On the day of the exam, mindfulness helped me stay focused on answering the questions to the best of my ability, and not think about outside factors beyond my control, which is what led to my anxiety the first time I took the exam. I’m happy to say that I passed the exam, and I still use mindfulness in practicing law.” — William G., Attorney at Law
“Greg has provided my young athletes tools for their toolboxes that are both practical and readily available in times of stress. Given that golf is the slowest of all games, there is so much time to spend inside one’s head, and that can be a dangerous place for high achievers. Thanks to Greg, we now have the ability to modify our thoughts and create a situation that allows for optimum performance.” — Blake Smart, Men’s Golf Coach, University of Memphis