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At Cultivate, we believe in helping people flourish.

We teach leaders and team members evidence-based skills to help them cultivate engagement, empathy, and connection, combat burnout, and experience an overall greater sense of well-being.

We gather our content from myriad sources including positive and organizational psychology, mindfulness, and neuroscience.

We serve to equip individuals, teams, and entire organizations with the skills they need to thrive both at work and at home.

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Tara Antonipillai

The founder of Cultivate, Tara Antonipillai's experience in professional well-being comes from a career in Big Law combined with her education and background in mindfulness and positive psychology. She combines this unique set of skills to introduce topics that include stress management, mindfulness, resilience, mindset, and overall well-being to law firms and other organizations.

Tara received her J.D. and undergraduate degree from Georgetown University and was a tax lawyer in Arnold & Porter’s DC office. She holds a Certificate from the University of Pennsylvania's Applied Positive Psychology program, where she is also a Master's candidate.

Tara is a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher, as well as a certified group fitness instructor.

She and her husband live in Arlington, VA with their four children and a chocolate lab.

Education & Experience

  • University of Pennsylvania, Applied Positive Psychology, CAPP, Masters Candidate
  • Georgetown University, A.B., J.D.
  • Arnold & Porter LLP, tax group

Certifications & Training

  • RYT-200, Yoga Teacher 200-hour Certification, Yoga Alliance
  • SOMA: The Science of Mindful Awareness, The Mindfulness Center, Meditation Teacher Certification, 160 hours
  • NCCA accredited
  • Mental Health First Aid Certified Instructor, National Council for Well-being

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Amy McNamara

Amy McNamara is a Health & Wellness Professional, passionate about meeting her clients’ goals. She is a certified Holistic Health Coach by The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and teaches meditation and mindfulness, yoga, pilates, and barre classes on a regular basis.

Amy uses her array of experience and qualifications to develop tailored wellness programs for both individuals and groups. Her full suite of services includes fitness training, nutrition and diet counseling, stress management, and helping people to improve life habits. She loves encouraging people of all ages and fitness abilities to have fun and feel strong in their bodies.

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Amy lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband, three children, and their dog, Gumbo. She is resolved to steep herself in all facets of wellness to spread the benefits to herself, her family, and her clients.

Education

  • BA, Psychology, Miami University

Certifications

  • Holistic Health Coach, Institute of Integrative Nutrition Meditation Teacher, The Practice Lounge
  • RYT-200, Yoga Alliance
  • Intermediate & Beginner Level Mat Instructor, Power Pilates
  • Instructor, Barre3
  • Facilitator, Embody Love Movement

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Niki Irish

Niki L. Irish, LICSW has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field, with a focus on wellbeing and addiction. For over ten years she served as the Senior Counselor for the D.C. Bar Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP), providing lawyers and law students with addiction and mental health assessments, counseling, consultation, and psychoeducation.

Niki currently serves as the Outreach and Education Coordinator for the LAP providing a variety of trainings and educational seminars to law schools, legal employers, voluntary bar associations, and other legal organizations.

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Niki has a B.S. in Psychology and Family Studies and an MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, with a concentration in Employee Assistance Programs. She is licensed to practice clinical social work in the District of Columbia.

Education

  • BS, Psychology and Family Studies, University of Maryland School of Social Work
  • MSW, University of Maryland School of Social Work

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