about us

Promote wellbeing and growth

remote training & consultation services

Mission: To promote wellbeing and growth through remote training and consultation services, guided by the principle of “Do no harm.”

“B Syde” offers personalized remote training and consultation services via Zoom and social media platforms, focusing on holistic development and inclusivity.

Our purpose is to engage in the business of providing comprehensive personal and corporate training, development, and consultation services with a focus on fostering individual and organizational growth in the areas of meditation, mindfulness, leadership, DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belongingness), and personal wellbeing. We aim to empower individuals and organizations by offering tailored programs, workshops, and consultations designed to enhance mental resilience, promote effective leadership skills, cultivate a culture of diversity and inclusion, and contribute to the overall wellbeing of our clients. Through innovative and impactful services, B Syde strives to be a leading force in facilitating positive transformations for individuals and businesses alike, promoting a harmonious balance between personal development and professional success.

let’s meet our

qualified instructors

Brad Bender, MSW

Brad’s meditation journey began in 2010, igniting a passion for mindfulness that has since become a cornerstone of his life. Seeking ways to integrate and share the benefits of meditation, Brad began incorporating short guided sessions into his professional meetings, fostering a more centered and harmonious work environment.

In 2017, Brad committed to a regular meditation practice after completing the 10-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) course. This pivotal experience deepened his dedication, leading him to participate in a variety of workshops and further his training. In 2024, Brad earned his Meditation Teacher Training in Mindfulness and Compassion from The Path, solidifying his expertise.

Driven by a belief in the transformative power of meditation, Brad is passionate about sharing this practice with others. He sees meditation as a catalyst for positive social change and radical self-development. By teaching and guiding others, Brad hopes to soften the hard edges of humanity and inspire a more compassionate world.

His personal journey includes a continuous pursuit of peace and healing from a community impacted by addiction, trauma, and abuse. Through meditation, Brad strives to find balance and resilience. Brad identifies as a white, cisgender, gay man who uses he/him pronouns.

Brad graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and a Master of Social Work from Michigan State University. Brad further developed his project management knowledge, experience, and skills by becoming Project Management Professional (PMP) certified by the Project Management Institute. Brad is also a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP).

Ashley Watters, MA, LPC, NCC

Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified Counselor who has spent most of her career counseling undergraduate, graduate, and medical students at a variety of universities. She has gained extensive experience providing individual therapy, group therapy, and mental health wellness programming to students.

Ashley has worked with clients on topics such as; anxiety, depression, imposter syndrome, trauma, self-care habits, identity concerns, and

relationships and approaches counseling from a client-centered strengthbased perspective. Ashley strives to create an environment that is safe, interactive, collaborative, and purposeful. She places a high value on the therapeutic relationship and she makes every effort to understand who someone is as an individual and learn about their unique life experiences.

Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a master of arts degree in Mental Health Counseling from Central Michigan University.

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