Cultivating a Resilient Inner-Ally

As humans, compassion is one of the qualities that binds us together, making it possible for us to overcome hardship. Compassion enables us to recognize pain and compels us to do something to help. Compassion is not complete unless we afford ourselves the same care, patience and support that we bring to others. In this session, you will learn the science and skill of mindful self-compassion, along with tools to transform how you treat yourself in the face of difficulty.


Jennifer Vondracek

Jennifer Vondracek has over 20 years of leadership, training and hospitality experience. Jennifer’s passion for healing is magnetic, and her deep love for humanity is almost as contagious as her joyful laugh.

Jennifer has been sharing well-being practices for over 13 years. Her undergraduate and graduate work was done at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the field of Gender and Women’s Studies, with an emphasis on Political Science and Reproductive Health. She has extensive training in teaching mindfulness for all ages, therapeutic yoga for children, trauma sensitive yoga, change management, sales and leadership.

Her work has served clients in health care, social services and government, and her heart for improving outcomes for those affected by trauma has guided work as an ACEs Trainer in trauma-informed care and resilience. She is also a certified trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, a certified facilitator of Trauma Art Narrative Therapy and a training partner with the Holistic Life Foundation in Baltimore. She led the inaugural Community Resilience Coalition for the Child Abuse Council in the Quad Cities in 2018 and has worked extensively with refugees settling in the Quad Cities community. In health care, Jennifer has created multiple CME courses for physicians at UnityPoint Health and University of Iowa on topics ranging from trauma-responsive mindfulness to the role of mindfulness in cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

Jennifer values connection within the community and is an active participant in advancing the science and skill of teaching mindfulness-based practices. Her core values include wisdom, kindness, respectful inclusivity, humility and courage, with love as her superpower. She is also a seasoned triathlete and active hot yoga instructor who fiercely loves her three amazing teenaged daughters.