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Past Summits

2017 — New York

Thrive Through Disruption

Unexpected, rapid change is everywhere – and our greatest weapon against it is to shift our thinking. This tenth anniversary summit focuses on research and insight that can help people – and organizations – succeed in turbulent times. Join us this October 11 and 12 as we explore the science of improved leadership: being more agile, accelerating learning, lifting engagement, transforming performance, raising diversity and inclusion and leveraging technology, all while undergoing intense and constant change. Don’t miss this important event, rated by INC. magazine in 2016 as one of the most innovative conferences in the world.

2017 — New York Presenters

Khalil Smith


Mary Slaughter

NeuroLeadership Institute

Tessa V. West, Ph.D.

New York University

Dr. Josh Davis

Deb Bubb


Valerie Purdie-Greenaway, Ph.D.

Columbia University

Janet Ahn, Ph.D.

William Paterson University

Elizabeth Haines, Ph.D.

William Paterson University

Marlone Henderson, Ph.D.

University of Texas at Austin

Lisa Son, Ph.D.

Barnard College

Joseph Cesario, Ph.D.

Michigan State University

Mauricio Delgado, Ph.D.

Rutgers University

Shawna Erdmann


Heidi Grant, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Beth Jones

Dr. David Rock

NeuroLeadership Institute

Jay Van Bavel, Ph.D.

New York University

Jamil Zaki, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Rajeev Behera


Elliot Berkman, Ph.D.

University of Oregon

Zoë Chance, Ph.D.

Yale University

Jyoti Chopra

BNY Mellon

Molly Crockett, Ph.D.

Yale University

Lila Davachi, Ph.D.

Dr. Patricia David

JPMorgan Chase

Melanie Davis


Suzanne Dikker, Ph.D.

New York University

Yulia Dmitrieva

Standard Bank

Liz Dunn, Ph.D.

University of British Colombia

Eric Dziedzic


Tracy Edmonds


Amy C. Edmondson, Ph.D.

Harvard Business School

Emily Falk, Ph.D.

Univesity of Pennsylvania

Catherine Frels

NeuroLeadership Institute

Liz Friedman


Joe Garbus


Peter Glick, Ph.D.

Lawrence University

David Gonzales

Bristol-Meyers Squibb

Dr. Jacqui Grey

Madeline Heilman, Ph.D.

New York University

Greg Hicks


Tory Higgins, Ph.D.

Columbia University

Mike Jordan


Terese Kemble


Tracy Keogh


Chris King


Michael Kirchner


Art Kleiner

Strategy + Business

Christopher Leady


Dan Lovely


Jon Martin

NeuroLeadership Institute

Annie Mckee, Ph.D.

Penn/Teleos Leadership Institute

Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Ph.D.

UC Berkeley

Jessica Payne, Ph.D.

Notre Dame

Cynthia Pickett, Ph.D.

UC Davis

Mike Pino, Ph.D.


Susan Reid

Morgan Stanley

Carlos Rivero, Ph.D.

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Daniela Schiller, Ph.D.

Mount Sinai

Lisa Rock

NeuroLeadership Institute

Rob Ollander-Krane

NeuroLeadership Institute

2017 — New York Sponsors


Careering Into The Future

How are careers evolving in the new era of work? Explore the deeper science of human growth and development, and the practice of better career conversations, along with case studies of firms pushing the edges of career innovation.


Changing Other People's Brains

What is involved in the brain when we successfully persuade or influence others? Join an expert panel to debate the latest lab findings and discover better ways to influence others at any scale. Explore neuroscience research that explains the impact of fake news and real power.


D&I: What Works

Many organizations have chosen to formally address the unconscious biases that impact decisions. But few organizations are getting the results they want from their efforts. In this session, we separate the signal from the noise by exploring the science of bias mitigation, and dig into data from year one of a new, annual research study that explores the wins, challenges and opportunities for businesses.


Evolve The Employee Experience

Employee engagement, enabled by digital technology, is expanding its reach. How do we also make it personal, more accurate and more useful? Explore the science of engagement in the brain and how to think about assessing and nudging a culture in new ways.


How Goal Pursuit Works: Your Brain On Autopilot

Many people misunderstand the value and impact of “goal setting” and related practices: for example, the use of specific, clear, and highly challenging deliverables to boost performance. In this session you’ll discover what is new, surprising and important about neuroscience research and goal pursuit and attainment.


Increase Inclusion

Inclusion is an increasing priority for many organizations today, involving challenges that are related to – but also distinct from – the challenges of increasing diversity. Discover what the science suggests is key to becoming more inclusive at an organizational level, and the mistakes some organizations are making.


Learning in a Digital Age

Breakthroughs in technology and innovation are forcing organizations to rethink learning. As learning becomes more digital, it is important we create experiences that are nevertheless human. This session will shed light on how neuroscience can help us do that. How can we make digital experiences more in step with how the brain learns? How can we curate better learning “pathways”? How can we dramatically simplify talent development? How do we design experience with real behavior change in mind? Explore these and other urgent questions to help you create learning ecosystems for the new world of work.


Men Are From Earth, Women Are From Earth

Join a panel of scientists to explore the latest research on gender bias, including how perceptions of gender affect performance, and what can be done to offset these effects.


Next in Performance Management: Feedback Management

Performance Management is continuing to shift from a focus on compliance and ratings, to a more nuanced effort to enable better conversations. After three years of closely tracking this trend, we will share our results and insights. We will also take a closer look at the topic of feedback: what science tells us we might have wrong and how to get it right. Join us to hear about exciting new research on feedback as well as case studies of firms working to create a culture of feedback.


Organizations, Disruption, and Brains

Disruption is redefining our reality from all angles, and at increasing rates. Can we identify principles from neuroscience to help us stay resilient, even as the world changes around us? Whether at the scale of a single decision or an organization-wide innovation, this session explores how to use a unique human tool to thrive through disruption—by first shifting the way we think.


Rethink Talent Reviews: Kill The 9 Box?

Performance management has long relied on simple analytic tools (like the 9-box matrix) to deploy a company’s mix of talent. Now it may be evolving to focus more on growth and development. How do we need to rethink our talent processes? If we regard them through a growth mindset perspective, what else needs to change? Explore insights from the science, and case studies from several pioneers in talent planning.


Reward: What Is It Good For?

Most theories in use about motivation are guesswork. Explore the deeper science of human motivation and discover a few surprises to help you challenge conventional wisdom and design better compensation, incentive and reward programs.


So Much To Learn, So Little Time

Our ability to learn is one of the most developable skills, yet much of the science about learning has not yet made its way into organizational training and employee development practices. What are the very best ways to help learners learn faster, better, and easier? Explore all this, hearing directly from some of today’s leading memory researchers.


The Deeper Science of Collaboration At Work

As organizations become more matrixed, moving from rigid hierarchies and fixed roles to dynamic teams coming together on a project basis, employees must dramatically increase their skills at collaboration. Organizations whose workforces are not expert collaborators may be left behind. Join a panel of leading researchers on the science of collaboration to dive into the latest findings and discuss how this research can be applied.


The Neuroscience of Growth Mindset

In the world of learning, a growth mindset is the belief that human abilities are not fixed, but instead are developable over time. Research in social psychology has shown that this mindset can make it more likely for people to improve after setbacks. However, many people either find themselves not taking growth mindset seriously, or simply find it hard to execute. This session shares how to remedy either problem, in the same way: by focusing on the neuroscience. Learning the neuroscience of growth mindset saturates the previous psychology research with more nuance, and provides three key tools for how to make it easier to reap its benefits.


The Neuroscience of Innovation

The ability to stay ahead of the innovation curve can make or break an organization. In the midst of a very disruptive and constantly changing marketplace, the key to success may be enabling everyone to see things differently. This session will shed light on the power of insight, how to get to insight faster, and how to separate the signal from the noise when considering new ideas. The panel will discuss research-driven ways to foster an atmosphere of creativity and innovative drive across the workplace.


The Neuroscience of Smarter Teams

Today, building and running effective teams is more important than ever to organizations. We also need to get teams right faster than ever. But how? We will unpack the latest research on what goes on in the brain when a team works together effectively and what it takes to minimize process loss along the way. Join us to hear our panel shed light on what makes the best teams solve problems so efficiently. We will share actionable insights leaders can use to build smarter teams of their own. And we will explore how neuroscience research is likely to transform the ways we will study and design teams in the future.


The Neuroscience of the Agile Organization

In order to thrive through disruption, we must remain agile. However, agility is not one thing, but rather, it is the result of a network of things. This session brings together concepts from brain and management research to explore ways of thinking about agility: What does it take to listen closer to the market, notice signals earlier, orient toward change more decisively, and follow through faster? How much can the brain truly change, and what’s the best way to make that happen? How can digital solutions help, and not be another ‘to do’? This session proposes an applicable synthesis of key learnings for becoming more agile, for any size organization.


The Purpose of Purpose

The brain organizes around a conscious or unconscious purpose every waking moment. Can the same be said for organizations? Explore the deeper science of how activating “purpose” changes the brain, and how organizations have been underutilizing one of the most powerful human motivators. Through the neuroscience of language, thinking, and performance, this session transforms purpose from an abstract idea to a concrete tool, and shares what organizations can do differently to tap into “why” when it’s needed most.