Dina Kaplan, Founder of The Path + Host of Mela Meditation Retreat
Dina Kaplan is Founder of The Path, a company that teaches meditation for the modern mind. The Path has taught thousands of people how to meditate through their gatherings and pop-up events in New York City, Los Angeles and worldwide. Dina is also the host of Mela — a private, curated meditation retreat that is bringing a new level of mindfulness to top business leaders and creatives from around the world. Learn more about Dina Kaplan and how she is changing the world through meditation in today’s installment of Women Making History Today.
Name: Dina Kaplan
Company: The Path
Job Title: Founder
Currently based in: NY
Grew up in: Pittsburgh, Rome and Boston
Superpower: I am secretly psychic!
A woman in history you admire & why:
I admire Eleanor Roosevelt for being active as a First Lady!
Quote/piece of advice that you live by:
Happiness and forgiveness are choices.
What inspired you to start your current venture?
Going on a meditation retreat in India and seeing for the first time that I had spent my entire life wanting to be popular and it didn’t serve me anymore. I realized that we can change our habits, even the ones that are deeply ingrained in our personality!
What are you and your company doing to make history today?
We are launching the first-ever private, curated meditation retreat, bringing mindfulness to top business leaders and creatives from around the world.
What is one thing your company has accomplished that you are most proud of?
We were on the cover of the New York Times Style section as the best networking event in New York, and we’re a meditation company! People went to our event to network and ended up meeting best friends, loved ones, investors and business partners!
What is one project you are currently working on that you are most excited about?
We’re about to launch the first Compassion Teacher Training Program in the country!
What, in your opinion, is one of the biggest challenges facing your industry today?
There are some practicing meditation teachers who have not undergone adequate training. While some are incredible, most meditation teachers could benefit from longer or more intense study in order to fully understand how and why meditation has such a strong effect on the brain.
What is a trend in your industry that you foresee becoming popular in the future?
I foresee more people going in-person to see meditation teachers in order to go deeper with their practice.
What is one of the greatest challenges you have personally faced at this job?
It can be difficult to remember to stay mindful while running a company, even though it is a meditation company!
What were you doing before your current role?
I was helping to run a tech company I cofounded. I was stressed out of my mind and not being mindful at all! Then I decided to take a 2.5-year trip around the world to learn to become a girl again after losing touch with myself in my role as a founder. That led me to discover meditation.
What is one piece of advice you’d like to give to other female founders & change-makers?
Speak up. Ask for what you want. Be fearless and don’t be afraid to show your emotions.
Are there any great resources you have discovered that you would like to share?
Fun fact about yourself:
I speak Italian and I grew up (partially) in Rome!
Is your company is currently looking for people to get involved? If so, where can readers go to find more information?
Come join our leadership retreat! You can nominate yourself here.