Nicholas Stein
Nicholas Stein
TV Producer | Keynote Speaker | Meditation Teacher

Nicholas Stein

Meditation Teacher | Public Speaker | Law Enforcement Trainer

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Career Highlights

  • Non-fiction TV Editor/Director/Producer/Show Runner for 40 years

  • EMMY Award winning producer with blue chip credits on multiple broadcast and cable networks

  • Long-time National Geographic producer from Explorer to World Music to Border Wars

  • Engaged Mindfulness Institute Certified Mindfulness Facilitator

  • International Mindfulness Teachers Association (IMTA) Certified Mindfulness Teacher

  • Mindfulness Teacher in corporate, academic and private settings

  • Mindfulness Trainer for federal and local law enforcement agencies

  • Keynote and Public Speaker - current talk: “Border Wars: From Mayhem to Mindfulness”



For 40 years Nick worked as a non-fiction TV producer for all the major broadcast networks as well as the top cable channels including History, Discovery, Smithsonian, A&E and PBS. But it was as Show Runner of the National Geographic hit series Border Wars that Nick began his journey from embedded war zone filmmaker to mindfulness based resiliency trainer to law enforcement. His 4 years at the US/MX border allows him to speak with authority about the secular and contemplative tools used to ease personal suffering.


Public Speaking

Border Wars: From Mayhem to Mindfulness

Nicholas Stein, the Series Producer of National Geographic hit series Border Wars can attest to the impact of human misery. Stein chronicled the unspeakable suffering of illegal migrants, coerced drug smugglers, violent crime victims and burnt out federal law enforcement officers. Over time the combat-related stress of shooting Border Wars, took a psychological toll on Stein’s personal resiliency as he struggled with his own post traumatic stress. Using photographs and footage from his groundbreaking show, Nick humanizes and brings to life the everyday drama of the border while sharing his parallel story of burnout, change and affirmative growth. In the end Nick invites the audience to experience the same mindfulness training he uses with law enforcement personnel across the country.

Past Public Speaking Clients:

Ford Motor Company World HQ - Dearborn, MI

25th Annual Motor Vehicle Criminal Interdiction Association Conference - Cincinnati, OH

GovSec/U.S. Law Conference & Expo - Washington, DC

GovSec West Conference & Expo - Phoenix, AZ

Security Today Conference & Expo - Dallas, TX

Custom and Border Protection Executive Meeting - Washington, DC

Annual Every Victim, Every Time Crime Victim Conference - College Station, TX

University of Texas Pan American - McAllen, TX

The Center for Immigration Studies - Washington, DC


Strategic Stillness:

Mindfulness Training for Law Enforcement

The trauma of working on the US/MX border with cops led me to the practice of mindfulness and meditation. Today I bring this knowledge back to cops to help them reduce their suffering and to build resiliency.
— Nick Stein

Law enforcement personnel, whether federal agents or local patrol officers, work long hours in challenging conditions. Their sworn mission: to safeguard the lives and property of the citizens in their community, but who’s looking out for the health and welfare of the officers themselves? 

All cops carry a lot of stress and it's not just from the street; they live, every day, at the intersection of a bureaucratic criminal justice system and the constant threat of a split second career-ending decision. The benefits of Mindfulness Training for Law Enforcement (MTLE) for cops includes everything from improved reaction time, to stress reduction to resiliency building. Other findings show that a consistent meditation practice can improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity and promote a general sense of health and wellbeing. 



Mindfulness is a science based form of meditation that develops the skill of paying attention to our immediate experiences with acceptance, compassion and non judgement. By training ourselves to be more attentive to the present moment, individuals learn to live more fully, becoming less reactive and more empathic. Mindfulness Training for Law Enforcement is a exploration into the discipline of strategic stillness, a tailored mindfulness practice that creates a new level of cognitive and somatic awareness for cops and other first responders. This training is a game changer for building officer resilience in the face of the physical and psychological trauma that comes with the job. At it’s core this training supports focus and resiliency in the context of the warrior ethos while positively impacting the officer’s family life allowing them to enhance work/life balance.

Past Mindfulness Trainings for Law Enforcement include:

Cambridge Police Department's 3-Day Trauma Informed Policing Seminar - Cambridge, MA

Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Council, Peer Support Training - McAllen, TX

US Border Patrol Academy Leadership Team - Artesia, NM

Emeryville Police Department - Emeryville, CA

Fremont Police Department - Fremont, CA

US Customs and Border Protection Port Officer Chaplain Training - Artesia, NM

US Border Patrol Sector Head Chaplain Training - Washington, DC



“Nick’s direct experience - and hard won credibility - with hundreds of agents and officers, plus his extensive training at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center all of this uniquely qualifies him to teach mindfulness meditation techniques to law enforcement personnel and First Responders.
— Lt. Richard Goerling, Pacific University for Community and Organizational Wellness

Stein’s seminar on MBRT was an invaluable introduction to a practice that is sweeping the nation, from police to board rooms to class rooms.
— Steve Laskey, Editorial Director, Cygnus Security Media Group

Nick Stein has been running mindfulness and group meditation sessions at our fast growing start-up company for over two years now. Working with our staff, every other week, Nick’s helped us lower stress, improve communications and, most importantly be present as we work - something that’s easy to forget in a world of quickly changing priorities and constant ups and downs. Even the fact that we our offer Nick’s mindfulness services has helped with recruiting and retaining talent. I can’t recommend Nick and his offerings highly enough; he’s a great asset.
— Brian Nolan Co-Founder & CEO, Sellbrite

Securing the border is a monumental and Herculean task and many have tried to capture it in a way that was entirely neutral and easy to understand. Nick Stein is the only producer who was able to accomplish just that with his brilliant series ‘Border Wars’ on National Geographic. I seriously doubt if there is any lay person in the country that understands what is actually taking place there as thoroughly as Nick Stein. It was a true honor to work with him.
— William Anthony, Assistant Commissioner Office of Public Affairs, Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security



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