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30 May 2015

The Excellence In Action page of Global Good News is featuring distinguished Maharishi University of Management alumna Heather Hartnett.*

Several years ago, when Heather's boss pulled her aside at a fundraiser hosted by their nonprofit foundation and asked her to interview someone on camera, she readily agreed to it. But when she took a seat backstage under studio lights opposite Ringo Starr, that was another story.

Next up was Mike Love of the Beach Boys. Then Ben Harper and Sheryl Crow. And Russell Brand. Later it would be Jerry Seinfeld.

''I was nervous, you can imagine,'' says Heather, who was working for the nonprofit David Lynch Foundation, which hosted the gala Radio City Music Hall concert in 2009. ''Ringo was really sweet. Each interview got a little less nerve-wracking.''

Heather continued doing interviews for the foundation's TV station,, but as the DLF's Director of Development, she began spending most of her time engaged in a newfound passion: inspiring philanthropists and celebrities to donate their time and resources toward the foundation's mission of healing traumatic stress through the practice of Transcendental Meditation. The David Lynch Foundation's focus is on serving inner-city students, veterans, and women and girls who have suffered violence and abuse.

Enjoy the full interview on the Excellence in Action page.

Heather and her team organized and managed awareness events that are often high visibility, celebrity-studded affairs, such as 2012's Jazz Gala Benefit hosted by TM meditator George Stephanopoulos and featuring jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, and Wayne Shorter.

''All the celebrities have been fantastic,'' Heather says. ''They're so generous, giving their time and connections and contacts to help our mission. [In 2012] Katy Perry 'gave' her birthday to the David Lynch Foundation—in lieu of gifts—so that more people could learn TM. It's been incredible.''

Heather credits her experience at Maharishi University of Management for opening her up to the power of inspired people working together—and for helping her build the confidence to think big. ''I came out of there feeling that I could do anything my heart desired.''

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* Heather Hartnett is a member of the Board of Trustees of Maharishi University of Management. She continues to serve as an advisor and ambassador to the David Lynch Foundation bringing program awareness and meditation to the next generation of thought leaders and professionals.

See related articles:
Women in the Media Who Meditate: A David Lynch Foundation Event Benefitting Abused Women and Children
Breaking News: ''TM Reduces Medication Reliance in Soldiers with PTSD'': American Psychosomatic Society

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