Academy Award winning actress, producer, director, author, & Founder of MindUp
The Goldie Hawn Foundation
Goldie Hawn is an Academy Award-winning actress, producer, director, best-selling author, and true children’s advocate. She created The Goldie Hawn Foundation, a public charity with a mission to equip children with the social and emotional skills they need to lead smarter, healthier, happier, and ultimately more productive lives.
Alarmed by increases in school violence, youth depression and suicide, and the persistent failure of the education system to help children cope with increasingly stressful lives, Hawn started her Foundation in 2003, applying cutting edge scientific research to create education programs that support the social and emotional development of children. Working with leading neuroscientists, educators, psychologists and researchers, the Foundation developed MindUP™ an evidence-based curriculum and teaching model that provide tools to help children self-regulate and understand their own emotions, moods, and behaviors; reduce stress and anxiety; sharpen concentration; increase empathy; and improve academic performance.
MindUP™ is a brain-based program now serving over six million children in 48 countries. The skills, positive psychology and mindful practices being taught help stabilize children’s ability to learn, improving their emotional development and resilience to face the challenges of our world.
Hawn authored two best-selling books, a memoir “A Lotus Grows in the Mud”, in 2005 and in 2011, “10 Mindful Minutes”, offering guidance on raising healthy, joyful, and resilient children. In 2015, Hawn released “10 Mindful Minutes: A Journal”, a practical application to her last book, offering prompts and exercises to enhance the reader’s daily life through mindful practice.
Goldie has lived with her partner Kurt Russell for 38 years and has four grown children, Oliver and Kate Hudson, Wyatt, and Boston Russell. They have also been blessed with seven grandchildren. Hawn believes “children light the path to joy” and dedicated much of her life’s work to creating innovative solutions to help children thrive for a better world.