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Parenting Series: Why Mindfulness is so Important for Children Today Wednesday, February 13

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Parenting Series: Why Mindfulness is so Important for Children Today Part of the parenting series

  • Date: February 13, 2019
  • Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Price: Free

Families and Schools Are Helping Children Reduce Stress and Focus their Minds

Join us and learn why it is important in today’s pressured world to include mindfulness training for our children, both in our schools and within our families.  During the event we will explore:

  • How and why mindfulness works from both the scientific and directly experiential points of view.
  • Mindfulness practices that parents can practice with their children from 3 years of age through adulthood.
  • Opportunities for implementing school-wide mindfulness programs that support positive brain-based learning enhancements, psychological health and positive behavioral changes.


This event will be led by the founders and chairman of the board of the Luster Learning Institute, NFP which developed the “Calm Classroom Mindfulness Program.” Their program has partnered with more than 800 schools in the United States and supports 1 million children each day.


Mindfulness can help children gain a greater sense of self-awareness, mental focus and emotional resilience.  Calm Classroom supports students, teachers and families in understanding and directly experiencing the value that relaxation, taking time to stop, being peaceful and being kind to one’s self and others can bring to the quality of our lives. All of this leads to our children identifying their most important values and reaching their personal, social and professional goals in life.


Jai Luster is the Founder and Executive Director of the Luster Learning Institute, NFP. His background in mindfulness, yoga and decades of experience in organizational leadership led him and his wife Joy Luster to develop the Luster Learning Institute and its Calm Classroom program in 2007. Their intention was to share the many psychological, physiological and social benefits that can be derived from a steady practice of mindfulness with the public school students and teachers of the United States. Jai was also the Co-Founder of Mesirow Advanced Strategies Inc. and Executive Vice President of its parent, Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. Jai has spoken at numerous conferences on non-traditional investing and asset allocation and was a recognized leader in the hedge fund business for over 25 years until his retirement in 2001. After receiving a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Jai took a 7 year hiatus to immerse himself in the practice of mindfulness and yoga. He has been publicly teaching mindfulness and yoga programming since 1976.

Joy Luster Co-Founded Luster Learning Institute, NFP with her husband, Jai in 2007. Joy is an expert in the area of health and wellness. She owns a fitness franchise and holds certifications in Yoga and Massage Therapy. Joy has a personal interest in self-awareness and has been thrilled to share this understanding with thousands of adults and children since Calm Classroom’s inception.

As Executive Vice President of ProTen Realty Group, Gail Sturm specializes in professional portfolio advisory services, build-to-suit, brokerage, and consulting and representation for the real estate needs of corporate clients. In her professional career as a commercial and industrial real estate leader with more than $3.5  billion in sales and leases completed during her 39 year career, Gail continues to explore new ways to increase productivity driving profitability for her clients.

Previously, Ms. Sturm was President of a National Real Estate firm. While there, she was instrumental in shaping the company’s structure and developing its philosophies. She held several executive positions with esteemed real estate companies representing ownership’s interests giving her an added perspective to closing the deal. She is often quoted “ real estate is about people” and yes location”.

As the first women to be elected as President of COLBA, the first women to be hired as an industrial broker at Rubloff and a founding member of Chicago CREW, Gail is a trail blazer.

Ms. Sturm is a member of the Rocky Mountain Institute and its “Green Development Services.” She co-authored
“Seeing the Light,” an article illustrating the impact of new lighting opportunities on lowering energy cost to tenants. She was a featured speaker at the 2003 Annual Crew Network Convention in San Francisco,
“Energy & Real Estate – Adding Value in a Changing Market Place.” In addition, in 2007 she served as the moderator of a panel discussion on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design regarding neighborhood development (LEED-ND).

Education and awards: BBA (Marketing/Management), St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame; Licensed real estate broker in Illinois and Colorado; Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International

Gail Sturm is a founding Executive Board Member and serves as Board Chairman of the Luster Learning Institute NFP.  She is also an Executive Board Member of Athletes Against Drugs, Chairman of Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Former Vice Chairman of Lake Forest Symphony, Advisory Board Member of Arzu , Resource Board Member of the Metropolitan Planning Council of Chicago and Board Member of the Transportation Management Association of Lake Cook.  In addition, Ms. Sturm is actively involved with the Economic Club of Chicago and the Chicago Theological Seminary Visiting Committee.

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This event is being co-presented with Montessori School of Lake Forest