Conscious Evolution


Airdate: May 9, 2019

Beatriz Friedmann is a school counselor, yoga instructor, IT consultant, researcher and traveler. Her school counseling incorporates mindfulness to help students develop self-awareness and self-control. She recently completed a 27-year career at IBM, where she held numerous positions, including as a business value consultant, project executive, application development manager and systems analyst. She worked for IBM in Brazil, Canada and the United States. Beatriz earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Institute of Financial Markets in Rio de Janeiro, and Master’s degree in Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in emigrating to new countries, balancing the mind with the heart, finding new purpose, and becoming present one step at a time.  


  • Beatriz describes growing up in Brazil and her brother having Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LSG is is a complex, rare, and severe childhood-onset epilepsy).

  • She talks about when she was 9 years old losing her mother to cancer and how she internalized her mother’s death.

  • She explains the role of Logosophy in her life (Logosophy is a philosophy of conscious evolution and metacognition).

  • Beatriz describes beginning her career at IBM Brazil, the life she lived, and choosing to leave Brazil behind.

  • She describes emigrating to Canada, the challenge of being an immigrant parent, and how she felt about leaving her country of origin behind.

  • Beatriz discusses emigrating to the United States, turning 40 years old, entering therapy, coming to terms with the death of her mother, and questioning her career.

  • She shares a summer of emotional pain when her career ended, her father died, her dog died, and her youngest daughter left home.

  • Beatriz discusses finding solace and meaning in yoga, meditation, a new career as a school counselor, and the metaphor of walking as a way of living.

plus Mark’s Personal Word Essay: The Second Mountain

To Learn More About Beatriz


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  • How have you matured intellectually and emotionally?

  • What have you discovered in mid-life?

  • What Second Mountain are you climbing?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.