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Jesse Israel, Founder, The Big Quiet

Jesse is a community builder with a passion for creating experiences that deepen human connection. He's the founder of The Big Quiet, a mass meditation movement known for hosting large-scale moments of quiet and culture at landmarks like Madison Square Garden and the top of World Trade Center. He's also the creator of Medi Club, a community of thousands of young New Yorkers focused on social meditation and leadership development. Jesse is a public speaker at Fortune 500 companies, a founding meditation teacher at 1 Giant Mind, a trained facilitator from the Center for Justice at Columbia University and a selected leader at Harvard Divinity School's How We Gather program. From 2005-2014, Jesse was a co-founder at Cantora, a record-label-turned-venture-fund where he signed the bands MGMT and Francis and the Lights, advised The Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA and developed businesses with Frank Sinatra Enterprises. Jesse’s work has been covered by the New York Times, Vice, Vogue, Fast Company and the Wall Street Journal.

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