Melissa Center, an award-winning filmmaker & actress, and Tanny Jiraprapasuke, a mindful coach, practitioner, & scholar, met by chance in Los Angeles, CA at the National Women’s Political Caucus Summer Spritz event. They were there as women in support of other women: Melissa was screening her film, R.V, and Tanny was there to support women looking to elevate their positions as political leaders for the state of California. The powerful messaging of Melissa’s film and the call-to-action of the event connected the two. In addition to their mutual commitment to advocate for women’s reproductive rights, they discovered a mutual desire to shift the moral paradigm around closing the gender pay-gap, reevaluating hiring practices, and transforming organizations’ cultures.
As they witnessed an erosion of humanity across the country, Melissa and Tanny decided to combine their talents, aligned values, and full dedication to affecting change for good. They are not trying to dismantle “systems,” but rather to interrupt the status quo “systems” by offering a new kind of system: Whole Self Systems. Through Whole Self Systems, Melissa & Tanny inspire new ways of communicating, empower ethical leaders (many from marginalized communities), and elevate workplaces that prioritize diversity, gender equanimity, & social innovation.
is an actor, filmmaker & coach. As an actor she has worked on stages in Chicago, NYC, LA & on tour. She has appeared on several tv shows on ABC, NBC, HBO & SHO including a recurring role on Grey’s Anatomy. Her feature film All I Want can be seen on Amazon & her award-winning short R.V continues to screen across the country in addition to reaching half a million people online (and counting). As a sought-after performance coach she has worked with both actors & business professionals through Southwestern School of Law, The SAG Conservatory, AMDA, & privately. She has consulted for several LA-based start-ups & is a graduate of Northwestern University (summa cum laude).
is a mindfulness coach and long time practitioner. Born and raised into the Theravada Buddhist tradition, she received her training from Phra Maha Sakchai Thitamedho of Wat Suddhavasa in Riverside CA, and graduated from Harvard University, Divinity School with a Master in Theological Studies in Buddhist Studies. She has held leadership roles and conducted internal training in a broad range of industries. She has lead mindful meditation workshops and coached artists, professionals, and small teams. To add to her repertoire of coaching skills, she practices and trains through the scientific based Intensive Practice Program of The Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA.