San Francisco's ASPIRE on Cutting Edge of 'Wellbeing Revolution'

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Dr. Jon Kolkin teaches 'Live The Life You've Worked For' Feb 10.

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ASPIRE’s science is based on the principles of 'neuroplasticity' the brain's ability to change by forming new neural pathways.

Call it apathy, burnout, stress, overwhelm, or frustration - individuals and corporate professionals alike know it all too well. Attrition and lack of engagement are off the charts in most companies, and the World Health Organization estimates that stress costs American businesses $300 billion dollars every year.

Enter Carla Morton and Suzanna Gratz. After a chance encounter, Morton, a professional recruiter for SF-based Autodesk, and Gratz, a former Buddhist retreat center director in Hawaii, founded ASPIRE Wellbeing Programs.

According to Morton, "50 years of Gallup research shows that it all comes down to the connections we have with others. Are we making a difference? Do we have enough money to survive? Do we have the physical energy to enjoy life? Do we trust that, if something happened to us, we would have the support of our friends and family? When it comes down to it - these are the things that matter."

ASPIRE’s science is based on the principles of 'neuroplasticity' the brain's ability to change itself by forming new neural pathways, or “our ability to change our lives by changing our brains, one day at a time. Scientists have proven that it takes 30 days to make concentrated, positive changes in our brains. With our professional assessment tools, participants can actually chart their progress every month. And it's empowering to see the changes. Participants learn the fundamentals of wellbeing and then take it as far as they want to go. And this affects their friends, their families and their colleagues," says Gratz.

The ASPIRE team found that, over the last eight years, Wells Fargo, Chevron, Blue Shield, Old Navy and Caesars Entertainment offered less comprehensive wellbeing programs, and saved millions in healthcare and attrition costs. "So we replicated some of their systems and gathered the country's most effective workshop leaders, then wrapped in Gallup's research and incorporated neuroscientific tools, and ASPIRE was born."

For more information on how ASPIRE can help you and/or your organization, visit ASPIRE at

To attend the first San Francisco Wellbeing Pilot program, taking place at the Autodesk Headquarters at One Market in San Francisco, 'Live the Life You've Worked For' with physician, philanthropist, artist, former venture capitalist, competitive athlete, husband and father Dr. Jon Kolkin, visit

Future pilot series workshops will include 'How Paying It Forward Pays You Back,' 'Happiness is a Positive Cash Flow,' 'Master Your Mind, Master Your Weight' and 'Expect to Be Misunderstood'

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