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2018 — New York

Invent The Future: Big Ideas, Breakthrough Practices

For all the time we spend trying, humans are terrible at predicting the future. What if, as computer scientist Alan Kay once said, the best way to predict the future is to invent it? At the NeuroLeadership Summit we assemble the brightest minds to generate the deepest insights that will help your organization invent your way into the unknown.

2018 — New York Presenters

Khalil Smith

NeuroLeadership Institute

Kamila Sip, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Mary Slaughter

NeuroLeadership Institute

Tessa V. West, Ph.D.

New York University

Andrea Derler, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Dr. Josh Davis

Deb Bubb

Valerie Purdie Greenaway, Ph.D.

Columbia University

Janet Ahn, Ph.D.

William Paterson University

Mona Weiss, Ph.D.

Department of Management at Free University of Berlin

Marlone Henderson, Ph.D.

University of Texas at Austin

Lisa Son, Ph.D.

Barnard

Joseph Cesario, Ph.D.

Michigan State University

Mauricio Delgado, Ph.D.

Rutgers University

Heidi Grant, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Beth Jones

Jay Van Bavel, Ph.D.

New York University

Jamil Zaki, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Amy Alexy

Royal Caribbean International

Josh Bersin

Global Research Analyst

Matt Breitfelder

BlackRock

Dr. David Burkus

Oral Roberts University

Rachel Cardero

NeuroLeadership Institute

Molly Crockett, Ph.D.

Yale University

Wil Cunningham, Ph.D.

University of Toronto

Lila Davachi, Ph.D.

Suzanne Dikker, Ph.D.

New York University

Cheryl Doggett

Medtronic

Amy Edmondson, Ph.D.

Harvard Business

Oriel FeldmanHall, Ph.D.

Brown University

Susan Ferrier

KPMG

Michael Fraccaro

MasterCard

Adam Galinsky, Ph.D.

Columbia Business School

Peter Glick, Ph.D.

Lawrence University

Dr. Jacqui Grey

Leor Hackel, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Tory Higgins, Ph.D.

Columbia University

Bob Johansen, Ph.D.

Institute for the Future

Mike Jordan

HP

Sylva Juliano

Royal Dutch Shell

Major General John S. Kem

U.S. Army War College

Maria Konnikova

Author

Daryl Lucas

World Bank Group

Jesus Mantas

IBM

Art Markman, Ph.D.

The University of Texas at Austin

Megan McDonald

Standard Bank Group

Peter Mende-Siedlecki, Ph.D.

University of Delaware

Rob Ollander-Krane

Gap Inc.

Jessica Payne, Ph.D.

Notre Dame

Nate Pettit, Ph.D.

Cornell University

Mike Pino, Ph.D.

Cognizant

Jason Plaks, Ph.D.

University of Toronto

Michaela Schoberova

Colgate-Palmolive

Doug Shupinski

Merck and Co., Inc.

Matt Summers

NeuroLeadership Institute

Roberto Vizcaino

Viceroy Hotels & Resorts

Charlie Whitaker

Altria

Lisa Rock

NeuroLeadership Institute

Batia Wiesenfeld, Ph.D.

New York University Stern

Chris Yates

Microsoft

2018 — New York Sponsors

2019 Summit Sponsors

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Create a Growth Mindset Culture

A growth mindset is the belief that we can get better, that we can continually improve in any specific domain.

Research shows a growth mindset enhances resilience, creativity, and individual performance. Spurred on by these findings, many organizations are taking on the challenge of developing this mindset across their people.

This session explores the big questions about how to develop a growth mindset at an organizational level. Is it something that can be fostered in every employee? How much effort does this take? Which talent processes need to be evolved to encourage a growth mindset? Which processes have the biggest impact?

The research shared will help us understand the deeper practices of encouraging every employee to continuously grow.

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Future Think

The 1937 Hindenburg disaster. The 2008 financial crisis. The 2018 Super Bowl.

Engineers, financial experts, statistical analysts, and many other intelligent people routinely fail to make predictions that become reality. Not because the human brain is ill-equipped to deal with vastly complex information, but because we don’t always recognize when we’re working with an incomplete picture.

Making matters worse, the speed and scope of technological development has put enormous amounts of information at our disposal, creating even more noise in decision-making.

But science can equip us to make smarter choices with imperfect information, act more rationally, and navigate what we don’t know.

We’re starting this year’s Summit precisely from that opportunity. Join noted futurist Bob Johansen and neuroscientist Kevin Ochsner to discuss the best tools for thinking about the future and how organizations can thrive in a rapidly changing landscape.

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Future Think in Action

From the Lab sessions are an opportunity to learn directly from a panel of scientists about insights from their own lab experiments around a particular topic. Rather than a formal presentation of slides, these sessions are an exchange of learnings among researchers. A practitioner facilitates each From the Lab panel to moderate a more intimate audience Q&A and explore ways the research may be applied to organizations.

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Gender, Bias & Inclusion

From the Lab sessions are an opportunity to learn directly from a panel of scientists about insights from their own lab experiments around a particular topic. Rather than a formal presentation of slides, these sessions are an exchange of learnings among researchers. A practitioner facilitates each From the Lab panel to moderate a more intimate audience Q&A and explore ways the research may be applied to organizations.

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Idea Propagation and Influence

From the Lab sessions are an opportunity to learn directly from a panel of scientists about insights from their own lab experiments around a particular topic. Rather than a formal presentation of slides, these sessions are an exchange of learnings among researchers. A practitioner facilitates each From the Lab panel to moderate a more intimate audience Q&A and explore ways the research may be applied to organizations.

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Design For Insight

The pressure to adapt is astounding. New jobs, technologies, organizational structures. The future continues to scream “more! more! more!” to the present. To make people more adaptive we need to design learning events that truly change behaviors. In this session, we uncover the link between lasting behavior change and the moment of insight.. It turns out that insight doesn’t just change the brain, it can change whole organizations too. No longer a mystery, science shows us how to design every type of learning event to significantly increase the likelihood and strength of insight, from the one off video to complex learning pathways over years. Join us in a conversation to learn how to better shape the experiences that shape people and organizations.

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Mentalizing and Empathy

From the Lab sessions are an opportunity to learn directly from a panel of scientists about insights from their own lab experiments around a particular topic. Rather than a formal presentation of slides, these sessions are an exchange of learnings among researchers. A practitioner facilitates each From the Lab panel to moderate a more intimate audience Q&A and explore ways the research may be applied to organizations.

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Promises & Perils of Power

Power isn’t just something leaders wield over others. In fact, science shows that power has power over leaders.

In Promises and Perils of Power, we will dive into the many ways that power filters the way people think, feel, and behave. Power frames almost everything leaders need to do to succeed, from pursuing goals to guiding people to assessing risk. These are often unconscious processes, but science can help us become aware of them.

It’s important to understand that power’s promises and perils exist for everyone. To create the future we want, we need to not only care about who gets power, but also equip them to wield it wisely.

Join groundbreaking researchers in the field, including Columbia’s Adam Galinsky and NYU Stern’s Batia Wiesenfeld, who will detail the cognitive mechanics of power as they relate to organizational dilemmas.

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Risk and Decision Making

From the Lab sessions are an opportunity to learn directly from a panel of scientists about insights from their own lab experiments around a particular topic. Rather than a formal presentation of slides, these sessions are an exchange of learnings among researchers. A practitioner facilitates each From the Lab panel to moderate a more intimate audience Q&A and explore ways the research may be applied to organizations.

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The Balancing Act: Minimize Bias, Optimize Inclusion

The past year has seen bias and inclusion take big steps forward, and sometimes equally big steps backward. Some employees and leaders have never felt more shut out, while others can barely find the time in their calendars for all of the items they’re being asked to talk about, decide on, lead, or support. In this session we will look back to what has been happening, and look forward to what’s next and what we can do about it. Be prepared to leave this session with more clarity about what bias mitigation and effective inclusion means in daily practice.

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Getting Engaged: Performance Conversations in 2018

Many organizations are shifting to more modern and continuous forms of performance management. There is no “one size fits all” model and every organization has its own approach. However, there is one thing we all agree matters – quality conversations. This session will also highlight a deep dive into feedback, one of the most important conversations to help us navigate a complex and uncertain future.

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Networking and Building Alliances

From the Lab sessions are an opportunity to learn directly from a panel of scientists about insights from their own lab experiments around a particular topic. Rather than a formal presentation of slides, these sessions are an exchange of learnings among researchers. A practitioner facilitates each From the Lab panel to moderate a more intimate audience Q&A and explore ways the research may be applied to organizations.

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Social Brains in a Digital World

The future may be digitizing our lives, but humans will always have social brains.

Accordingly, navigating the digital age requires us to understand how our core human assets — our capacity, our motivations, our biases — are refracted through our many digital screens.

Whether it’s how we deploy our attention, navigate distributed teams, or create value for customers, human behavior is the core of technological innovation. That is, thriving in the digital world requires not just keeping up with the newest software, but also tuning into the nuances and needs of the social brain.

Be part of the conversation as we aim to innovate our way through the digital world by understanding just three core human principles.

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Team Structure and Collaboration

From the Lab sessions are an opportunity to learn directly from a panel of scientists about insights from their own lab experiments around a particular topic. Rather than a formal presentation of slides, these sessions are an exchange of learnings among researchers. A practitioner facilitates each From the Lab panel to moderate a more intimate audience Q&A and explore ways the research may be applied to organizations.

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The Rise of Habits: How Leaders Shape Culture

As the way we work continues to evolve, organizations must stay agile so they can adapt and transform.

In this session, NLI will share the science behind habit formation that enables change. We also will explore the importance of consistent leadership in driving sustainable cultural transformation.