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Focusing Roundtable: Bringing The Pause Into Business

  • 29 Jul 2021
  • Zoom

Focusing Roundtable

Bringing The Pause Into Business

A conversation hosted by Annette Dubreuil, Chiara Borrello & Rosa Zubizarreta

Much remains to be explored and learned about how Focusing can enhance organizational effectiveness, leadership and the employee experience. In this Roundtable we will explore what happens (or could happen) when The Pause is brought into our organizations, businesses and workplaces.

Presented by The International Focusing Institute

July 29, 2021

Mindfulness and meditation are increasingly used as tools to beat stress, foster resiliency and promote creativity at work. However, these processes are not yet integrated into the core of organizational strategies—and Focusing is virtually unknown in the business world. Much remains to be explored and learned about how these processes can enhance organizational effectiveness, leadership and the employee experience.

In this Roundtable, we will explore what happens (or could happen) when The Pause is brought into our organizations, businesses and workplaces. Questions we might explore together include:

What happens when we bring our whole selves to work by including our felt knowing?

What changes when we incorporate deep listening in our relationships, teams, and group conversations at work?

How we can use Focusing and the Felt Sense to become embodied leaders?

How might our group Pauses create more fertile space for co-creation and emergence?

We will explore these questions using a mix of dyads, as well as large and small group discussion. We will regularly pause, to check what is wanting to emerge next from our felt sense.

Who might be particularly interested in attending this Roundtable?

Anyone curious about this topic, especially Focusers who have experience or interest in bringing Focusing and body-centered awareness into businesses and work.


What to expect from Focusing Roundtables: Each Focusing Roundtable is designed to promote informal peer-to-peer conversation. Rather than acting as expert presenters, the Hosts will serve as conversation moderators to encourage sharing and exploration of the topics from the participants’ own perspectives. All participants’ sharings are welcome and valuable, no matter what level of experience or knowledge you have on the topic. To preserve the nature of informal conversation, the program will be offered live only and no recordings will be available. Registration is limited and on a first-come, first served basis. Participants are encouraged to create follow up opportunities for connection among themselves after the Roundtable.

About your hosts:

Annette Dubreuil is an environmentalist and Focusing Trainer living in Toronto. Annette guides individuals and changemakers to become their authentic selves by listening to their felt sense. She also facilitates teams and communities to transforms systems to create a better world. Prior to this she led communications at Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. Annette’s training includes the Presencing Foundation Program in Theory U at MIT. She holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo. Her website is

Chiara Borrello supports leaders, with or without titles, to develop human-centric self-managed teams, creative collaborative cultures adapt to our unprecedented changing times. The essence of her work is to create safe spaces for dialogue from which shared meaning and new energy can emerge. She assists people to get acquainted with their sacred talents. In part, her current work is founded on 12 years of experience in senior management, volunteer work, a Master's degree in Organizational Development (Systems Thinking), a B.A. in History of Western Culture and Society, and a certificate in marketing. Chiara is most grateful for her Focusing training as the foundation of all her work. Her website is

Rosa Zubizarreta offers learning journeys for consultants, facilitators, and mediators in working creatively with conflict through collaborative sense-making. She also coaches leaders and teams in communicative empathy for greater effectiveness, alignment, and co-creativity. With experiential training in Focusing, Internal Family Systems, and Heart IQ, along with master’s degrees in Organization Development, Social Work, and Multicultural Education, Rosa is currently completing her doctoral studies at Fielding Graduate University. Her website is

Thursday, July 29, 2021, 9:00am - 11:00am PST

Online via Zoom

Registration Closes: Thursday, July 29 at 6:00 am PST, or when the class is full, whichever is sooner. Contact The International Focusing Institute with any questions,


1321 Antoine Dr.
Houston, TX 77055


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