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20NTC Session

Take Five: Building Five-Minute Brain Breaks for Productivity & Joy


Dave Brubeck’s classic “Take Five” is literally and figuratively woven into this interactive presentation on how our brains can benefit from short breaks. This is a high-leverage practice of employee engagement and mental health, especially for folks with high-stress, world-changing jobs.

In this mini-training, we learn about brain hemispheres and do quick, interactive challenges with mindfulness, music and midline-crossing (juggling scarves if there’s time). Break BINGO is included.

Susan created “Take Five” for Pentagon workers in 2015 and has presented it to schools, hospitals, companies, and nonprofits across the world. It keeps improving due to constant feedback. The presentation incorporates visual, aural and kinesthetic learning styles for maximum retention and includes handouts and amusing visuals.

We need to learn how to practice love such that care — for ourselves and others — is understood as political resistance and cultivating resilience.
— adrienne maree brown

Target Audience

literally anyone who is human with a nervous system


ManagementOrg CultureStaff DevelopmentTraining


Susan Comfort


Nonprofit Wellness

Susan Comfort’s 27 years in nonprofits officially focused on fundraising, organizational development, and culture-building. Unofficially, they focused on learning wellness practices to stay sane.
In 2018, Susan founded Nonprofit Wellness and Comfort Consulting to fight burnout, especially in the nonprofit and education sectors.
Susan was a leader at Environmental Working Group, Playworks, KaBOOM! BoardSource, EnviroCitizen, Green Corps/AmeriCorps, among others. She earned an undergrad degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and a certificate in Organizational Development from Georgetown. She’s bilingual Baltimore native, a mom of teens in DC public schools, and a salsa dancer.





March 24, 2020


1:00pm – 1:30pm



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