Dr. Heidi Hanna is a New York Times best-selling author, CEO and founder of Synergy, a consulting company providing brain-based health and performance programs to organizations, and the Executive Director for the American Institute of Stress. As a global speaker, she has been featured at Fortune magazine’s Most Successful Women in Business Summit, the ESPN Women in Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). Her clients have included Microsoft, GE, Google, Starbucks, Morgan Stanley, Ameriprise, Nationwide and many more. Dr. Hanna’s current research explores the connection between stress, brain health and performance. She is passionate about educating and empowering others to transform their relationship with stress in order to bring more energy, attention and intention to the moments that matter most to them. For fun, Heidi is a national board member for Blessings in a Backpack, a volunteer speaker for the Alzheimer’s Association, and recently started a non-profit called Beyond Funny that provides resources related to humor and the brain. She has recently been appointed to a faculty position with the International Brain Health Education Institute and will be teaching a new course on the Applied Neuroscience of Stress and Health in the spring of 2018.
The New Science of Stress, Health and Peak Performance
Based on groundbreaking new research, Dr. Hanna presents an update to our definition of stress and how it affects human performance, health and sustainability. Using a personalized approach to the brain-body experience of stress, participants are better able to understand their own unique relationship with the challenges of life, how they respond, and how they can channel stress in ways that are more effective. This interactive discussion includes a simple 3-step model for transforming one’s experience of stress, providing tools and techniques to be used at individual, group and organizational levels.
- Understand the neuroscience of stress including gender differences, mindset hacks, and how to automate critical self-care strategies
- Learn the key organizing principles of the brain and how non-conscious bias can be both a challenge and an asset
- Create individual and team action plans for integrating simple daily shifts to use stress to drive performance while building health and resilience
The Curiosity Effect: Why Asking the Right Questions Can Make Your Happy, Healthy and Brilliant
New discoveries in brain science highlight the many benefits of positive states of mind on elements of cognitive and emotional performance. While most of us intuitively know that gratitude, curiosity and play nudge us towards optimal health and happiness, most people don’t practice intentional mindset shifts on a regular basis. In this interactive session, participants will understand how the brain works, what chronic stress does to our effectiveness, and why building a curiosity mindset can dramatically increase all aspects of personal and business success.
- Understand what applied neuroscience teaches us about brain performance
- Recognize the impact of chronic stress on the brain, and why simple mindset shifts not only improve performance but also build health and sustainability
- Create individual and team action plans for building a curiosity mindset that will help to overcome challenges and optimize success
Brain Boss: Simple Strategies to Boost Focus, Creativity and Resilience
In this interactive presentation, participants will learn the critical components of brain health that provide a foundation for improved cognitive functioning throughout the lifespan, understand the power of mental and physical training to stimulate energy, and create an actionable plan for implementing a sustainable brainbody fitness program that can be applied to their everyday life. Real-world solutions currently being used successfully within organizations will be discussed in order to develop a brain healthy toolbox for both individuals and groups.
Mastering Mindfulness: Techniques to Power Up Energy and Engagement
Participants will learn simple strategies to align conscious and non-conscious processing, uncover the role of bias and non-conscious cues, and develop a customized plan for using mindfulness at home and at work. Techniques for incorporating mindfulness with teams and throughout the organization will also be
Stressaholic: Tools to Transform Your Relationship with Stress
Participants will recognize the impact of chronic stress on the human operating system, learn how a simple shift in mindset can dramatically alter physiological responses to stress, utilize brain-training techniques for mental strength, flexibility, and endurance, practice simple techniques for altering daily stress patterns to improve natural rhythms, and create an action plan to support personal energy management.
Beyond Bias: Unleash the Power of We
Participants will understand and appreciate the magnitude of non-conscious processing on patterns of thought and behavior, explore common biases that exist within families, communities and organizations, and identify techniques to shift non-conscious bias in a more positive and collaborative direction.
Recharge: 5 Simple Shifts to Energize Your Life
Participants will learn how to train the brain to manage energy more efficiently in order to radically improve resilience, productivity and performance. Energy management is discussed from a holistic, inside-out approach, starting first with techniques to balance brain chemistry, build brain health and boost brainpower. With the brain in an energized state, we are then able to bring our best attention and effort to the task at hand.
“Thank you for an awesome and inspiring call to action presentation for us in Orlando. It was great to get reinforcement of what I have been doing and that I am not being selfish by taking the time for me!! It was also good to start conversations with others at our table at the conference about what works for them in their family/home life and how they balance it all. A topic that we don’t take the time to talk about often enough.”
“General consensus around our Senior Finance team is YOU ROCK! Thank you so much for your time.”
“I’ve had the good fortune of watching Heidi speak to our advisors on several occasions and observed not only her performance, but the attendees’ reactions. In a word, she’s captivating. Whereas the message is important, her delivery style elevates her subject from important to critical. And, post-speech, she is usually surrounded by attendees who want more. You can’t miss with Heidi.”