Melissa Schreibstein is Mason’s Director of Well-Being Programs

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Director

Melissa Schreibstein is Mason’s Director of Well-Being Programs
Melissa Schreibstein

Melissa Schreibstein has joined our center to serve as Mason's new Director of Well-Being Programs. Schreibstein, who graduated from our leadership coaching program and earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from George Washington University and a master's degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport and Exercise Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, brings a passion for well-being and successful experience in leadership training to this new role.

"Helping others to thrive is her life's work and purpose," says Dr. Nance Lucas, our center’s executive director. "She brings subject matter expertise connected to our mission and initiatives through serving as a Master Resilience Trainer/Lead Performance Expert in the U.S. Army working with thousands of Army soldiers, families, and Department of Defense leaders. Melissa also was the founder of The Leadership Project, LLC, delivering customized programs on leadership, well-being, and resilience."

Schreibstein says she is "thrilled to be at the center and excited about joining the excellent well-being work that’s being done here.”

The work Schreibstein will do "includes directing our center's executive education programs, serving as a consultant on well-being initiatives for Mason departments and units, overseeing our center's key signature programs such as our Mindful Living LLC and the Elena's Scholarships Program, and assisting me with the overall management/leadership of our center,” says Lucas.

Schreibstein's passion for helping people achieve well-being developed when she worked in the sports psychology field. "As I focused on helping athletes learn how to perform to their highest potential, I saw the critical need for well-being in their lives for them to reach their potential,” she recalls.

Personal well-being and professional achievement enhance each other, she notes. “If you can help individuals and teams to be able to perform to their highest potential when it matters, that’s going to help their quality of life.”

Helping to change the culture of work is vital, says Schreibstein. "We spend a big chunk of our lives at work, and it’s important to be able to enjoy it and work in ways that are significant for our purpose. It’s about seeing people as whole people. How we’re doing at work is important, but so is how we’re doing socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.”

Empowering college students to live well is also critically important, she says. "I want to be able to better prepare young people for managing adversity and challenges in life – to give them greater resilience skills so they can start thriving. I’m concerned about the anxiety and depression so many college students are dealing with. Our center’s work building a well-being university is critical. I’m looking forward to building relationships with people around Mason and learning what we can do to work together to keep building that well-being community.”