A challenging relationship with her mother-in-law incentivized Tracy Fink to learn more about meditation after she saw the positive effects it was having on a friend of hers. “I noticed some very subtle changes in how she responded to events that I know had caused her stress and pain in the past,” Tracy says. “She had a different way about her after she had been practicing.” As Tracy learned more, she discovered some of those same benefits for herself. While her mother-in-law didn’t change, the way she saw her did. She was able to bring more compassion to their interactions, improving their relationship — and that was just the beginning. Now a coach, teacher, and speaker who is passionate about showing people how to become “unstuck” and flourish in their environments, Tracy is the founder of The Tortoise Institute, which offers leadership development workshops, one-on-one coaching, and meditation training in corporate, community, and individual settings. Previously, Tracy was the director of marketing and of the Executive Women’s Forum (EWF), an inclusive business development program she conceived and executed nationwide at CohnReznick LLP, an advisory, assurance, and tax services firm. She is a frequent speaker on topics such as the business case for mindfulness, self-care methods, and self-compassion as a strategy for resiliency. Tracy thrives on the love of her family and friends, adventurous travel, collaborative cooking, and college football.
Boston Massachusetts United States
- Emotional Intelligence
- Women's Leadership
Tracy has been coaching me for several years and the lessons that I continue to learn from her are invaluable. Tracy's vast professional experience is evident through her coaching on negotiation, mindfulness, career development, and leadership (among other areas). Her outlook and approach on various working situations is very insightful and unique. I would highly recommend Tracy as a mentor and/or coach, as she not only has the professional experience but a deep compassion to motivate, support, and lead others.
Human Resource Advisor, Planon
Tracy is a gifted meditation teacher. Through her teachings of meditation, Tracy taught us how to bring mindfulness and compassion to the workplace. We learned with her guided practice how meditation benefits our bodies and minds. Meditation is very important to mental health, wellbeing, and a company’s bottom line, and Tracy’s voice and gentle guidance made such a difference in my personal meditation practice that I am able to apply her teachings daily, making me much more productive at work and much better equipped to deal with stress.
Bookkeeper, CohnReznick LLP
Tracy is an excellent mindfulness coach and educator. She ran a mindfulness workshop with our community and everyone who attended was very engaged and positive about the experience. She was able to explain the concepts behind mindfulness in terms that were beneficial both to the novice and the experienced. We did three exercises in the 90-minute workshop and everyone benefited from the hands-on component. Tracy allowed for interaction with the audience, so she tailored what she said to their interests. I highly recommend Tracy for a mindfulness program.
Associate Professor/Assistant Dean of Graduate Academic and Student Affairs, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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It wasn't that she changed at all; I just saw her very differently, with the help of loving-kindness.
Harvard UniversityProgram on Negotiation, Leveraging the Power of Emotions, and Leadership, Workshop Feb 2019 - Present (4 years)
Search Inside Yourself Leadership InstituteEmotional Intelligence Teacher Training Feb 2017 - Jan 2018 (a year)
Northeastern UniversityMBA in Marketing 1988 - 1990
Boston UniversityBachelor of Arts in Psychology 1982 - 1986
FounderThe Tortoise Institute Dec 2018 - Present (4 years)
Certified TeacherSearch Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) Aug 2018 - Present (5 years)
Director, Executive Women's Forum (EWF)CohnReznick LLP Aug 2014 - Aug 2018 (4 years)
Marketing DirectorCohnReznick LLP Nov 2012 - Aug 2014 (2 years)
Director of MarketingCohnReznick LLP Aug 2004 - Nov 2010 (6 years)