2020 NeuroLeadership Summit: Meet the (Day 2) Scientists

Dr. Janet Ahn at the 2019 NeuroLeadership Summit.

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This year has been unlike any other, that's why we designed a Summit unlike any we've ever had. Join us, and these distinguished scientists, at this year's NeuroLeadership Summit.

In these challenging times, the old ways aren’t working. The old ways of meeting, managing, and developing employees don’t fit the ways we work now. The NeuroLeadership Institute’s 2020 Summit is designed to show how solutions based on science can help you meet new challenges and build a better normal.

Read on to learn about the scientists, and the sessions they’ll be participating in, at this years’ Summit.

Build a Better Normal

Kamila Sip, PhD, and David Rock, PhD, NeuroLeadership institute, with Dr. Rebecca Port, Netflix, Angel Franklin, Cummins, Inc., Dean Carter, Patagonia, Inc., and Lynne Oldham, Zoom

Day 2 begins with a keynote on facing this new world of work with employees at the center of your company. You’ll hear from scientists and practitioners on the importance of moving your talent practices from depletive to regenerative, and how you can harness social rewards to create a better normal.

Dr. Sip is the Senior Director of Neuroscience Research at NLI a social and cognitive neuroscientist specializing in operationalizing the latest scientific research to drive behavior change at scale.

Dr. Rock co-founded NLI to make organizations more human. He brings neuroscientists and leadership experts together for leadership and organizational development.

The Science of Psychological Safety

Amy C. Edmonson, PhD, Harvard Business School, with Matt Summers, NeuroLeadership Institute

Unlock your team’s potential by creating a climate where employees feel heard, respected, and free to be themselves. Dr. Edmondson will show you how your organization can benefit.

Dr. Edmonson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management researching teaming and organizational learning. Her latest book offers a practical guide for organizations serious about success in the modern economy. When asked what she’s working on that she’s most excited about, she answered “The relationship between leadership and psychological safety.” We’re excited that she’ll bring her expertise and excitement to this year’s Summit.

Amplify Allyship

Sarah Gaither, PhD, Duke University with Ester Neznanova and Michaela Simpson, NeuroLeadership Institute, and Lindsay-Rae Mcintyre, Microsoft

Being an ally is different than being a friend, mentor, or sponsor. Allies take action to create an inclusive culture. Promote fairness in your organization by helping your team develop the habits of allyship.

Dr. Gaither is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, and a faculty affiliate for the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, the Center on Health and Society, and Population Research. Dr. Gaither’s research shows the ways dissimilar people interact and will bring her expertise to a discussion on allyship in the workplace.

Build Inclusive Teams

Jay Van Bavel, PhD, New York University, with Jeanine Stewart, NeuroLeadership Institute, and Maria Wayne, Equinix

Diversity plus inclusion has been proven to equal elevated performance. Learn how to cultivate inclusion to help your teams be more innovative and make smarter decisions.

Dr. Van Bavel is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Neural Science with an affiliation at the Stern School of Business in Management and Organizations. Dr. Van Bavel is the Director of the NYU Social Identity & Morality Lab. He tells us that organizations can use his research to reduce bias to create more effective teams. He will be part of two sessions at this year’s Summit.

Performance Management: The New Reality

Tessa West, PhD, New York University with Rob Ollander-Krane and Michaela Simpson, PhD, NeuroLeadership Institute, and Kimberly Fernandes, The Wonderful Co.

This is the right time to rethink performance management. In this session, you’ll learn about ways to meet your people where they are with brain-friendly approaches to helping them stay productive and engaged during challenging times.

Dr. West is an Associate Professor of Psychology and a leading expert on interpersonal interaction and communication. She examines how people influence each other when they interact, and what gets in the way of them accurately perceiving each other and seeing eye-to-eye. Her work with the NeuroLeadership Institute includes a session at the 2019 Summit, “Collaborate Better with Continuous Communication.”

The Foundations of a Growth Mindset

Janet Ahn, PhD, William Paterson University, with Andrea Derler, NeuroLeadership Institute, Gaby Giglio, General Catalyst, and Ann Schulte, Procter & Gamble

Mindset dictates the way we understand and respond to the world around us. It has powerful implications when it comes to engagement, learning, innovation, inclusion, and performance. Learn the science of, and ways your organization can benefit from, adopting a growth mindset culture.

Dr. Ahn is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of M+I Lab. Her research investigates human goal pursuit and motivation. She examines how people’s goal pursuit is affected by what they infer about other people and their goals. At the 2019 NeuroLeadership Summit, she was part of the well-received session “Bridge the Gap Between Thinking and Doing.”

Develop Tomorrow’s Leaders

Bob Johansen, PhD, Institute for the Future, with Rachel Cardero, Shawna Erdman, Comcast, and Joe Whittinghill, Microsoft

The future is more uncertain than ever before, but there are ways to provide clarity even when we can’t provide certainty. Learn what you need to know to develop future leaders for your organization amid today’s disruption.

Dr. Johansen is a distinguished fellow at the longest-running futures think tank in the world. “We do future-back thinking about long-term futures–and implications for today.” Dr. Johansen has been helping organizations around the world prepare for and shape the future for more than forty years.

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