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Keynote Speaker Heidi Hanna
Heidi Hanna
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Heidi Hanna Ph.D.


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Time Versus Energy

Your energy is your most valuable resource, because time without energy is void of value. Heidi talks about how having more time does not mean you will get more done. We need energy to remain productive.

Summary of Heidi Hanna

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 the Fortune Magazine’s Most Successful Women in Business Summit, the ESPN Women in Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. 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.

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As an experienced speaker, Dr. Hanna has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit, ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table. She is founder and Chief Energy Officer of Synergy, a consulting company providing brain-based health and performance programs for organizations, the Executive Director of the American Institute of Stress, and a frequent lecturer at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Hanna’s publications include the NY Times bestseller The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, Feb 2013), Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship With Stress (Wiley, Jan 2014) and Recharge: 5 Shifts to Energize Your Life (Synergy, 2015). Her next book, What’s So Funny About Stress is expected to release in 2017.

Dr. Hanna is actively involved with several non-profit organizations such as Challenged Athletes Foundation and The Alzheimer’s Association, and is a National Board Member for Blessings in a Backpack. Recently, Dr. Hanna created The Beyond Funny Project, a non-profit dedicated to providing resources and education related to the benefits of healthy humor. She is a Fellow with the American Institute of Stress, and she currently serves as editor of their quarterly publication, Contentment.

Dr. Hanna holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Penn State University, where she competed on the Big 10 softball team and received academic All-American honors. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Rollins College and a Ph.D. degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. Clients have included Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, ESPN and Starbucks, as well as professional and amateur athletes. For over a decade, Dr. Hanna has partnered with Janus Capital Group to deliver the Energy for Performance and BrainWorks programs, which teach financial advisors how to better manage their personal energy, particularly during periods of stress.

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The Human Energy Crisis
How to Optimize Engagement and Execution with Authentic Leadership

Most companies fail as a result of burnout before bankruptcy. Today’s leadership is not about getting more tasks done but transforming the energy of human capital to be laser focused on the tasks that matter most. Based on the neuroscience of business, peak-performance and innovation, this program will help leaders align individual and team goals to reach extraordinary outcomes. A simple 360 assessment will also uncover hidden sources of organizational stress that derail even the best of intentions.

Participants will:

  • Understand the neuroscience of leadership
  • Identify simple shifts to recharge your organization
  • Learn how to better drive high-energy alignment and execution

Embracing Change
Strategies to Build a Resilient Mindset

Any change is perceived by the brain to be a threat, unless seen through the lens of opportunity and adventure. A positive stress response is based on one’s ability to effectively adapt and change. In Transforming Stress, participants will learn practical tools to promote better energy and resilience in the midst of challenging circumstances.

Participants will:

  • Understand the new neuroscience of stress
  • Identify the relationship between change, opportunity and innovation
  • Learn strategies to build a resilient mindset to use stress as a stimulus for greater success

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 adaptably 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.

Participants will:

  • 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

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.

Participants will:

  • 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 brain-body 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

In Mastering Mindfulness, 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 discussed.

Human Energy

How we maintain our energy level and slow cognitive decline in our world today.

Recharge by Heidi Hanna


Investment Strategies for Your Most Valuable Resource
Sharp - Simple Strategies to Boost Your Brainpower by Heidi Hanna

Sharp - Simple Strategies to Boost Your Brainpower

The Sharp Solution - A brain-based approach for optimal performance by Heidi Hanna

The Sharp Solution - A brain-based approach for optimal performance

Stressaholic by Heidi Hanna


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