We’re experts driven by wellness

We connected around the notion that just as we train our bodies to increase physical fitness, we can train our brains to optimize wellbeing.
The LIFE XT Experts

Brenda Jacobsen

Brenda Jacobsen, CEO of LIFE XT, has a wealth of healthcare industry experience and an impressive track record with start-ups and established organizations.  Her involvement in the Conscious Leadership Group shows her deep commitment to LIFE XT’s practices.  Prior to joining LIFE XT, Brenda served as CEO of Lakeside Occupational Medical Centers and Regional Vice President of US Healthworks.

Eric Langshur

Eric Langshur has been committed to health and wellbeing innovation for over fifteen years and today is an author, sought-after public speaker, entrepreneur and investor. His New York Times best selling book, Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing, co-authored with Nate Klemp, synthesizes the world’s ancient wisdom about wellbeing, validates it with cutting edge neuroscience and translates these big ideas into effective practices. Start Here, released in May 2016, is published by Simon & Schuster in the United States and Hachette/Larouse internationally. Eric has dedicated his career to modeling a values-based leadership that leans on caring for people by investing in developing their potential. He cultivates an industry-wide move toward organizations that nurture individuals while unleashing the power of innovation though Abundant Venture Partners, a purpose-based firm focused on investing in and building companies in healthcare and media. Eric is available to speak about Start Here, as well as topics such as Transforming Organizations by Helping Employees Be Less Stressed and Have More Positive Energy, The Power of Habit, and How to Live in Harmony and Be Happier. Eric holds an MBA from Columbia University. He and his wife Sharon, live in Chicago with their three children.

Nate Klemp

Nate Klemp, PhD, Cofounder & Chief Innovation Officer, is a writer, philosopher, and entrepreneur. Prior to LIFE XT, Nate worked as an assistant professor of political science and philosophy at Pepperdine University. Nate holds a B.A. and M.A. in philosophy from Stanford University, and a PhD in political philosophy from Princeton University.

Priti Patel

Priti Patel, Chief Operating Officer, spent a month in silence at an ashram in India in 2012. Inspired by that experience, she founded MindPoint, a mindfulness corporate training program. Previously, Priti worked in corporate finance and business development at General Electric. She holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

Andrew Swinand

Andrew Swinand, is the co-founder and partner at Abundant Venture Partners. Abundant is an early stage business accelerator focused on doing well while doing good. In this role, Andrew serves on the board of Education Funding Partners, Ardent.io, AVIA, Centro and Kontera. Additionally, he’s the CEO of Leo Burnett North America. Prior to founding Abundant, Andrew was president of Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG), the world’s largest media agency. Andrew proudly served his country as a platoon leader in the U.S. Army, after receiving his degree from the Wharton School of Business. He meditates daily.

Mike Cole

Mike Cole is an influential leader with 25 years experience in healthcare and insurance sectors. He currently serves as the Vice President for Health Plans at Quest Diagnostics and was formerly the National Vice President of United Healthcare.

Jeff McFadden

Jeff McFadden, Chief Growth Officer (CGO) of LIFE Cross Training is a seasoned executive with over 25 years of experience in healthcare innovation.  Prior to joining LIFE XT, Jeff served as Worldwide Vice President, Cardiovascular & Metabolism at Johnson & Johnson and Vice President, Immunology at Abbvie Inc., the biotech firm which spun-out of Abbott Laboratories in 2013.  Earlier in his career, Jeff spent thirteen years in U.S. and global commercial leadership roles of increasing responsibility at the French biopharmaceutical company, Sanofi.  Jeff holds an MBA from the University of Kansas.  He and his family live in Chicago.

Brenda Williams

Brenda Williams is founder of the Russell Williams Group with nearly 30 years of strategic planning, branding and creative problem-solving experience.

Christopher Peraro

Christopher Peraro's path to LIFE XT began in both the non-profit and higher education sectors and has been fueled fundamentally by his undying devotion to the contemplative life.  Chris received his Master's in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University and holds a B.A. from Stonehill College in Philosophy.

Maureen Zwierzynski

Maureen Zwierzynski, Director of Experience, was in the marketing industry for 8 years until she took a leap of faith in 2012 and left the marketing and advertising world to find more balance and wellbeing in her life. She became a yoga/meditation instructor and founded her own consulting company, Mindful Marketing LTD. Now at LIFE XT, she uses her experience in marketing and her knowledge in mindfulness to create the best experience for every individual that engages in the LIFE XT programs.
The brain is neuroplastic ... that’s a big idea. What it means is we can use our minds, to change our brains, to change our experience of being alive.

Eric Langshur, Co-founder

The deeper I go with these practices, the more I experience a subtle space separating me from the thoughts and emotions that arise in my mind. It sounds almost insignificant. But that space helps me focus more, react less, and enjoy each moment of my life more fully.

Nate Klemp, PhD, Co-founder

I’ll never forget when a participant approached me after a workshop. In tears, she shared that for the first time after losing a loved one, she had hope that she’d not only recover, but thrive. Moments like these, when we have a profound impact on participants’ lives, make me proud to be on the LIFE Cross Training team.

Priti Patel, Chief Operating Officer

Ready to optimize your team’s performance?

LIFE XT is a human performance program that provides your team with the necessary tools for increasing resilience to stress and maximizing joy, meaning, and productivity in modern life. All in service of keeping your employees fresh, and your organization competitive. LEARN MORE  

How it works

Research shows that mindfulness, meditation, and movement build the mental and physical foundation of habits that cultivate wellbeing. LIFE XT participants not only learn the value of these practices, they receive coaching to help them develop and deepen their skills as well. LEARN MORE