About RI

Responsive Intelligence™ has impacted thousands of individuals and professionals across global organizations. The RI team consists of luminary authors, Harvard lecturers, top innovators, neuroscientists, MDs and other standard bearers in the fields of mindfulness, emotional intelligence and positive psychology. RI is expanding rapidly and is an intelligence that people are cultivating as a counter point to the extreme stress and emotional clutter of modern culture.  When one grows their ResponsiveIQ, they become part of a cultural movement focused on living their best life, reconnecting with them selves and others, and being empowered to chose positive thoughts and actions.


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RI Vision

Responsive Intelligence™ creates a new standard for empowered living, inspiring people to achieve their greatest potential using the three pillars of mindfulness, emotional awareness, and positive thoughts and actions. As RI is woven into the fabric of the culture it inspires a population oriented towards self awareness, accountability, and acting from a place of kindness and compassion. RI is used by individuals, professionals, and organizations to raise the bar in their life, career, and corporate environment.

Responsive Intelligence Team

The Responsive Intelligence™ team is composed of visionaries that span many areas of expertise including renowned authors, internationally acclaimed innovators, neuroscience professors, Harvard lecturers, and many other notable leaders. The team implements science informed methodologies related to mindfulness, emotional intelligence and positive psychology to develop RI as an effective vehicle for individual and organizational empowerment. 

Daniel Sunshine

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Daniel leads Responsive Intelligence™, a global mindfulness firm that has served thousands of professionals in local and global organizations across a range of sectors with neuroscience-informed mindfulness and social emotional learning programs and training. Daniel began his career as an innovator for companies including PBS, National Geographic, and AARP. His innovation experience is coupled with decades of mindfulness experience and bringing it to individuals within national healthcare organizations, fortune-100 companies, renowned private schools, and public school districts. Daniel is a strategy advisor for California Vision 2020, has an MBA from George Washington University and leads workshops and lectures on mindfulness and innovation. His work has been featured on news affiliates including NBC, CBS, FOX and NPR.

David Sunshine

Co-Founder and President

David has studied under some of the finest mindfulness instructors including Joseph Goldstein and Sharon Salzberg. He has visited India numerous times and studied meditation under the Dalai Lama, as well as yoga with many contemporary luminaries including B.K.S Iyengar and T.K.V. Desikachar. Under David’s leadership as owner of the Dallas Yoga Center since 1998, the DYC has become a nationally respected mindfulness based organization infused with an open-hearted vitality which plays a leading role in the yoga, mindfulness and holistic wellness community.

Kay Colbert, LCSW

Mindfulness “Gold Standard” Advisor

Kay has approximately 300 hours of professional training in mindfulness-based programs through the University of San Diego Medical School Center for Mindfulness, and is trained in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Mindfulness-Based Relapse

Prevention, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression and Mindful Self-Compassion. Kay is also a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and Practice, with her dissertation research focusing on using mindfulness interventions with addictions. Kay has extensive mindfulness training and guides Responsive Intelligence on applying evidence based strategies to organizational needs.

Meena Srinivasan

SEL and Mindfulness in Schools Advisor

Meena Srinivasan is an international educator and thought leader in the field of Social Emotional Learning and mindfulness in education. She is the author of Teach Breathe Learn, and Program Manager for SEL and mindfulness implementation in the Oakland School District serving over 60 schools which have been practicing for over 6 years. The Oakland ISD was one of the first schools in the country to integrate district-wide SEL programming. She was one of the youngest educators to be awarded the prestigious National Board Certification and is a contributor to a United Nations publication on inclusive education. She is also an advisor to the Collaborative for Academic Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

Dr. Christopher Willard, PsyD

Psychology Advisor

Dr. Christopher Willard, (PsyD) is a renowned author, international speaker, and Harvard Medical School lecturer on mindfulness and psychology. He is the author of many books including Growing Up Mindful (2016) and, the soon to be released, Raising Resilience (2017). He currently serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and is the President of the Mindfulness in Education Network.

Jamila Thomas

DEI and Impact Advisor

Jamila Thomas is the CEO of Cultured Consulting Group. Cultured Consulting Group is a firm that is focused on providing strategic consulting and leadership guidance to for profit, non profit, educational and governmental agencies by providing a variety of service and delivery models.

Dr. Julia Evans

Thought Partner

Dr. Evans is one of the leading researchers in the area of statistical learning, lexical and phonological processing deficits in children with specific language impairment. Her recent research focuses on time-course and cortical activity data from eye tracking and anatomically constrained MEG studies. This research shows that children with SLI use atypical, visually based strategies to comprehension language. Dr. Evans’ previous work focused on dynamic system accounts of lexical and grammatical processing deficits in children with specific language impairment. Dr. Evans earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado, her master’s at Columbia University and her PhD at the University of Michigan.

Sanjiv Sidhu

Business Strategy, Innovation Advisor

Sanjiv’s career has focused on helping large organizations consistently achieve superior results via improved planning and execution of plans. Based on the belief that businesses react too slowly to rapidly changing conditions, Sanjiv’s concentration has been on helping organizations implement new processes to boost agility and adaptability. Several Global 1000 corporations have implemented his methodology and achieved billions of dollars of value.As founder and chairman of o9 Solutions, Sanjiv is working alongside some of the world's smartest minds, both within o9 and in o9's clients, to continue to develop methodologies to optimize business performance in rapidly changing business environments.

Dr. Poonam Desai

Poonam Desai, Ph.D., LSSP : Poonam Desai is a licensed psychologist and a licensed specialist in school psychology. She has worked in the fields of education and mental health for the past nine years, with a particular area of interest in mindfulness and social-emotional learning. She graduated with a Ph.D. in school psychology from Loyola University Chicago.