George Mumford


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George Mumford is an inspirational and globally recognized public speaker, teacher, and coach. He’s taught the art of performance and mindfulness to people from every walk of life — from the locker room to the board room, Yale to jail— using concepts that are powerful, yet easy to understand and apply.

Michael Jordan credits him with transforming his on-court leadership of the Bulls, helping Jordan lead the team to six NBA championships, while Ariana Huffington said, “George Mumford is literally a professional game-changer.”

Mumford also helped Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, and countless other NBA players turn around their games as well as teams like the Miami Dolphins, New York Knicks, and Boston College Eagles.

Since 1989, he’s been honing his gentle, but groundbreaking techniques which can transform the performance of anyone with a goal, whether they’re an Olympian, weekend warrior, executive, hacker, artist or parent.

Mumford’s first book The Mindful Athlete: Secrets to Pure Performance (published by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh’s Parallax Press) is part memoir and part instruction guide. It’s an engrossing story and an invaluable resource for anyone looking to elevate their game, no matter the pursuit. He believes that everyone has a masterpiece within and can show you how to access that and stay in The Eye of the Hurricane.

His second book, “Unlocked: Embrace Your Greatness, Find the Flow, Discover Success” will be published May 3, 2023 by HarperOne. Chock full of tangible insights, unexpected ancient wisdom, and inspiring stories from his clients and his own life—from his darkest moments of addiction and inner turmoil to training some of the best athletes in the world— Unlocked is the culmination of Mumford’s life’s work; it helps us discover our gifts. To sustain success no matter the game or the stakes. To step into the power within us and embrace the freedom of being unlocked.

Equally comfortable in a locker room or in the boardroom, Mumford has presented to some of the world’s top brands including Nike, Google, YouTube, American Express, Lululemon, AT&T, PayPal, The Ford Foundation, AARP, and many more.

He also has a passion for helping others learn about resilience, social responsibility, and navigating uncertainty — all of which he teaches via weekly At Home with George posts on YouTube (150+ episodes); his masterclass on Anxiety; The Mindful Athlete Course, home base for his online community; and Playing The Inner Game, a new course for youth that debuted in early 2023.

Mumford has been interviewed for 60 Minutes and ABC News; spoken at Wisdom 2.0 and Mindfulness in America; featured in The Huffington Post and The Boston Globe; and appeared on dozens of podcasts from 10 Percent Happier, The Tim Ferriss Show, Lewis Howes’ School of Greatness, and Tom Bilyeu’s Impact Theory to NPR’s On Point and Aaron Gordon's Quest For Enlightenment.

George was included on Good Morning America's "Inspiration List" for Black History Month in 2021, plus “Paradise Within”, his 7-part walking workout series for the iFit platform debuted that same year, and he presented at the globally-focused Summit Palm Desert event in November 2022.

He is currently working with groups and individual private clients around the world including professional and collegiate athletes, corporate executives, and teachers in training.

Mumford began teaching mindfulness and meditation after leaving a career as a financial analyst and earned a Master’s in counseling psychology. His philosophy and techniques have been informed by his own inspirational journey.

While a student-athlete at the University of Massachusetts — where he roomed with future NBA Hall-of-Famer Julius Erving — injuries forced Mumford out of basketball and eventually into an addiction to pain medication and drugs. With the help of meditation and mindfulness, he got clean and made it his mission to teach and work with others.

Mumford currently resides in his hometown of Boston, MA but enjoys traveling the globe to teach and inspire others to unlock their own masterpiece within.

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