Mallika Chopra is Chopra Global's Chief Executive Officer and a mom, media entrepreneur, author and public speaker. She is the author of the Just Be Series - Just Breathe, Just Feel, and Just Be You - a trilogy of illustrated how-to books for children (and the adults in their lives). These books provide simple tools to understand and support social and emotional knowing, resilience, meditation, mindfulness and self reflection.
Mallika wrote these books to empower kids to learn how to deal with stress, sleep better, build self-confidence, understand social and emotional intelligence, reflect on what makes them special, and manage the anxiety so many of them face today.
Mallika's newest book, My Body Is a Rainbow , helps children imagine a rainbow of colors radiating from their body and combines this color connection with breathing exercises to help them relieve stress, tension, fears, and sadness and to feel happier and more at peace.
In Living With Intent: My Somewhat Messy Journey to Purpose, Peace and Joy , Mallika shares insights she gained while seeking meaning and balance as a mom and entrepreneur who felt she was overwhelmed by work, family and too many responsibilities. Her previous books, 100 Promises to My Baby and 100 Questions from My Child , were gift books that have been translated and sold in over a dozen countries.
Mallika has taught meditation to thousands of people, and is currently a mindfulness consultant for the animated series, Stillwater, on Apple TV+. She enjoys speaking to audiences around the world, and has shared her passion about intention, meditation, and living a life of purpose at conferences, companies, and festivals. Just some highlights include TedXSan Diego and TedXBerkeley, Ideacity, Business Innovation Factory, Wisdom 2.0, Women’s Conferences around the United States, and the Parliament of World Religions. She has shared ideas on balance and creativity at companies such as Aflac, Coca Cola, Pepsi, Disney, LinkedIn and Google. She travels internationally for workshops on meditation and balance, as well as speaks regularly at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.
Mallika was the founder of Intent and co-founder of The Chopra Well with her brother, Gotham Chopra, and father, Deepak Chopra. She is a serial entrepreneur whose companies have included Intent and MyPotential. Learn more on www.mallikachopra.com .
Her writing and work have been featured in many publications including Time.com , Self Magazine, Women’s Health, Prevention Magazine, OWN, Glamour, Oprah.com , Mind Body Green, the LA Times, and Huffington Post. She is featured in Time Magazine’s Special Issue on Mindfulness. She has appeared on Good Morning America, the Today Show, CNN, and many other national media outlets.
Mallika has a BA from Brown University, an MBA from Kellogg Business School, and an MA in Psychology and Education with a mind body spirit concentration at Teachers College, Columbia University.
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