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Green Tara Management Consulting

Green Tara Management Consulting

About Dr. Greenwood

Dr. Laura Lois Greenwood has helped tens of thousands of people gain the skills that enable people to move from upsetting emotional reactions to objective and compassionate responses - the ones that help most when resolving problems. She translates Buddhist methodologies into practical, daily life applications so you can consistently communicate more effectively, give difficult, constructive feedback, resolve disagreements, and handle upsetting changes with emotional ease. With these tools, you can transform your negative emotions and achieve greater contentment and harmony in your work and personal life.

Dr. Greenwood has developed and effectively delivered more than 30 customized training programs in the fields of leadership, management, emotional intelligence, communication skills, conflict resolution, facilitation, team building, customer service, continuous quality improvement, cultural diversity, and women's empowerment.

She offers an online workshop, and well-crafted, nurturing certification programs to help you develop the skills needed to empower yourself and others to overcome upsetting problems, become more fully engaged at work, more peaceful at home and cultivate a greater sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Professional Experience

As the founding director of the Workforce Training Center (VITEC/EdVenture) at the University of Hawaii Maui College, Dr. Greenwood helped people develop the critical skills for improving productivity and career success for 22 years.


Hundreds of clients have benefited from Dr. Greenwood's training programs, including all of Maui's premier resorts such as the Four Seasons, Westin, Ritz Carlton, Hyatt Regency, Marriott, and Sheraton. She has also worked with the University of California Berkeley Extension, John F. Kennedy University, SunLife Corp, Nagoya Japan, and healthcare leaders in Japan, Indonesia and Hawaii. She has produced award-winning programs for Hawaii's retail and restaurant industries.

Dr. Greenwood also served as the Corporate Director of Training and Development for Landmark Hotels Group-Hawaii at Makena Beach & Golf Resort on Maui and The Kahala in Honolulu, where she oversaw the professional development of 120 leaders and 800 staff members. 


While studying at the University of North Carolina, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with Phi Beta Kappa distinction, Dr. Greenwood received a grant from the East West Center, University of Hawaii, Manoa to specialize in Japanese language and culture.   

Dr. Greenwood obtained a Master's Degree in East Asian Studies and a Doctorate Degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley with concentrations in political theory, organizational development, culture and personality, Japanese studies, and women's employment and training issues.

Dr. Greenwood has been a student of Buddhism since 1968. After researching the cross-cultural influences of Buddhist and Christian values in Japan in the 19th century, she embarked on a more personal spiritual search, traveling to the Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Kopan, near Kathmandu, Nepal. There she received teachings from the esteemed Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. 

Dr. Greenwood continues to study with Buddhist masters and takes a 2-week solitary meditation retreat each summer since 1993 to renew her spirit and practice.  

Career Highlights

  • Helped thousands of people learn how to transform negative emotions and create lasting satisfaction in their jobs and lives

  • Acknowledged widely by students as an engaging, stimulating, and effective teacher

  • Guided businesses, in a variety of industries, to operate at the highest level of quality

  • Designed and delivered successful, transformative workforce development training programs for the community of Maui and State of Hawaii at the University of Hawaii Maui College for over 20  years

  • Certified hundreds of trainers to teach her most popular training program

  • Received local, state, national, and international recognition and awards for her training programs

  • Incorporated mindfulness practices into training programs since 1998  

  • Became one of the founding directors of a Tibetan Buddhist Retreat Center (Vajrapani Institute) in Santa Cruz area, California

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