Well-Being Expert, Meditation Teacher, Engineering Executive
Bill heads up the well being and sustainable performance learning team at Google. His team’s mission is to help Googlers live and work in sustainable ways that allow them to be their most effective and happy selves, as individuals and as an organization. And ultimately create a better world.
Before embarking on a career to combine effectiveness and happiness, Bill led Site Reliability Engineering teams for 8 years at Google. He was responsible for worldwide production engineering as the Senior Manager of the web search infrastructure and logging and analysis teams and then as the Site Reliability Engineering lead for Gmail and Google Apps. Prior to Google, he was a Principal and then Managing Consultant for nine years at consulting firms Whittman-Hart and STS.
“You can bring mindful awareness to all contexts, including being online.” — Bill Duane, a Google executive and meditation teacher who oversees the company’s well-being and performance learning programs.
The Superintendent of Well-Being at Google discusses his morning routine and the book that changed his life.
When you have the opportunity to ask some of the most interesting people in the world about their lives, sometimes the most fascinating answers come from the simplest questions. The Thrive Questionnaire is an ongoing series that gives an intimate look inside the lives of some of the world’s most successful people.
Beyond the Day job
Dharma teacher in training at Against the Stream
Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society was founded by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx, Against the Stream, The Heart of the Revolution, and Refuge Recovery to make the teachings of the Buddha available to all who are interested. We wish to create and sustain communities of healthy, accountable, wise and compassionate people from every walk of life. We welcome people from all racial, economic, sexual, social, political and religious backgrounds and believe that the path of awakening is attainable by all and should be available to all.
Vice-Chairman of the Board of Veteran's PATH
Veteran’s PATH enables returning veterans to rediscover meaning, purpose, and joy in their lives through mindfulness, meditation, and a safe community.
Our approach reconnects veterans with strength and service.
Through practical tools of meditation and mindfulness, physical and outdoor experiences, and a community of camaraderie, veterans rediscover peace, acceptance, transformation and honor in a new journey forward.
Bill advises a variety of non-profit and for profit enterprises. Some very small and some very big. He specializes in strategy, operations, culture, organizational development, team effectiveness and well-being. Bill feels bad about having to turn many requests down for advising due to time constraints, a desire to have rest and to honor existing commitments.