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Past Summits

2020 — Virtual

Build a Better Normal

Every disruption offers a chance at new beginnings. Discover yours. The theme for 2020 NeuroLeadership Summit was Build a Better Normal, because we recognize how important it is to find a new path. Current events, controversies, crises—it all weighs on us. What’s important is that we choose how we respond to stay effective.

2020 — Virtual Presenters

Kamila Sip, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Tessa V. West, Ph.D.

New York University

Andrea Derler, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Marcia Smythe

NeuroLeadership Institute

Marshall Bergmann

NeuroLeadership Institute

Valerie Purdie-Greenaway, Ph.D.

Columbia University

Katherine Milan

NeuroLeadership Institute

Michaela Simpson, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Joe Whittinghill


Suzanne McGovern


Janet Ahn, Ph.D.

William Paterson University

Lisa Son, Ph.D.

Barnard College

Shawna Erdmann


Barbara Steel

NeuroLeadership Institute

Dr. David Rock

NeuroLeadership Institute

Jay Van Bavel, Ph.D.

New York University

Jamil Zaki, Ph.D.

Stanford University

Dean Carter

Patagonia, Inc.

Lindsay-Rae McIntyre


Maria Wayne, Ph.D.


Elliot Berkman, Ph.D.

University of Oregon

Rachel Cardero

NeuroLeadership Institute

Molly Crockett, Ph.D.

Yale University

Melanie Davis


Amy C. Edmondson, Ph.D.

Harvard Business School

Bob Johansen, Ph.D.

Institute for the Future

Tracy Keogh


Michael Kirchner


Jon Martin

NeuroLeadership Institute

Dean Mobbs, Ph.D.

California Institute of Technology

Soledad O’Brien

Starfish Media Group

Dr. Jonathan Schooler


Matt Summers

NeuroLeadership Institute

Lisa Rock

NeuroLeadership Institute

Ric Oslin

NeuroLeadership Institute

Jay Connolly


Dr. Tiffany Dotson

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Rob Ollander-Krane

NeuroLeadership Institute

Jeanine Stewart, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Ashley Lemoncelli

NeuroLeadership Institute

Davie Floyd

NeuroLeadership Institute

Ester Neznanova


Paulette Gerkovich, Ph.D.

NeuroLeadership Institute

Deb Campbell

NeuroLeadership Institute

Dr. Sarah E. Gaither

Duke University

Tracy Dodd

Tiffany & Co.

Brook Colangelo

Waters Corp

Dr. Rebecca Port


Lynne Oldham


Dr. Ann Schulte

Procter & Gamble

Linda Leonard

Bristol Myers Squibb

Holli Martinez


Dr. Tina S. Drews

Salt River Project

Ted Witherell, MA

Mass General Brigham

Gaby Giglio

General Catalyst

Yin Trinh

MD Financial

Angel Franklin

Cummins, Inc.

Priya Priyadarshini


Joe Magee

NYU Stern

Niklas Nordling


Dr. Cindy Pace


Bill Bangs


Kimberley Fernandes

The Wonderful Company

Nicson White

NeuroLeadership Institute

Jeff Knibb

NeuroLeadership Institute

Karin Hawkins

NeuroLeadership Institute

Lynda Edwards

NeuroLeadership Institute

Leila Zaghloul-Daly, Ph.D.

Arizona Public Service

Susan Ferrier

National Australia Bank

Natasha Copley

DXC Technology

Yasmine Ayane

NeuroLeadership Institute

Bridgette Di Ferdinando

NeuroLeadership Institute

Lynn Hare


Becky Porter

Capital Group, Home of American Funds

Kath Van Der Merwe

ANZ Bank

Germaine Hunter


Jay K. Varma, MD

Dr. Lawrence Ian Reed

New York University, Department of Psychology

Shayne Elliott

Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Christopher Gyetvay

Australian Taxation Office

Nupur Bhushan


Deanna Ong


Rebecca Munn

Queensland Rail

Vaughan Paul


Lynette Clunies-Ross

SAS Australia & New Zealand

Jaime McCoy

Gilead Sciences

Yvonne James

NeuroLeadership Institute

Maurice McCarthy


Michael Woodbury

Bain & Company

Ling Hai


Anuradha Khosla

HCL Technologies

Sharon Ridgway

Origin Energy

Stephen Beckett

NeuroLeadership Institute

Kyle Olsen

NeuroLeadership Institute

Meredith Dmitriev

NeuroLeadership Institute

Annelise Austill

NeuroLeadership Institute

Simone Walker

Dept. of Communities and Justice (NSW)

Richard Vines

Rare Cancers Australia

Alvine Tremoulet


Jodie Ashworth

NeuroLeadership Institute

Adam Travis


Darius Norell

NeuroLeadership Institute

Marianne Fraiture


John Kounios

Drexel University

Renee Mack

Nova Chemicals Inc.

Kim Ferrente


2020 — Virtual Sponsors


The Science of Change at Scale

Uncertainty is to be expected during a panic, but it can also spark new opportunities to reimagine culture. Learn how to build the habits and systems to support organization-wide change and create not just a new normal, but a better normal.


The AGES Model®

Equip your organization with the tools to learn. Discover the foundational science of learning and NLI’s learning model, AGES, from leading scientists and practitioners.


Shifting Perspectives

Perspective taking & empathy can build better relationships and improve business outcomes, but it’s easier said than done. Learn what gets in the way of effective perspective taking and how to overcome those obstacles from leading scientists.


The SEEDS Model®

Learn the foundational science of bias and how NLI’s model, SEEDS, can help you notice where these biases impact your decisions and beliefs. Join “Mitigate Bias in Organizations” on Day 2 to discover strategies that address these biases.


Learning in a Disrupted Age

There is no limit to the things we can and should be learning, including re-learning how to learn in this era of virtual work. Despite the changing learning environment—moving out of classrooms and group settings, and into singular, virtual worlds—the foundational science of learning persists. Here’s how to apply that science in the virtual world.


The SCARF® Model

Learn the foundational science of motivation and threat and NLI’s guiding model, SCARF, from leading scientists and practitioners.


Equity & Fairness

Equity, fairness, and justice are integral to a society where all can thrive, but what makes these three concepts different, and how can they work together? We’ll unpack how equity, fairness and justice affect our brains and our communities so that we can better use them as tools to create a more just world.


The Impact of Insight

Insights are powerful, and understanding the foundational science behind them can help you foster them in your own life and inspire others to have them as well. In this session, you’ll hear about that science from leading researchers and practitioners.


Influence to Increase Buy In

A powerful movement needs committed stakeholders, so it’s integral to be able to influence those around you and get them on board. This session will feature a panel of scientists offering insights on how to secure buy-in on your next change initiative.


Build a Better Normal

In this new world of work it’s important to move from depletive to regenerative. Join this session to hear how to harness the rewards of autonomy to put employees at the center of your company – creating a better normal.


Science of Psychological Safety

Do your employees feel safe to be themselves? Do they feel heard and respected? In this session, discover how creating a climate of psychological safety can unlock potential in your teams.


Amplify Allyship

International calls for racial justice have inspired leaders everywhere to unite their teams and promote fairness. In this session, discover how to turn awareness into action and help all employees develop the habits of allyship.


Build Inclusive Teams

Diverse teams are proven to be more successful, but without cultivating inclusion, diversity isn’t enough. Learn how to build a team that actively includes from leading researchers and practitioners.


Find Focus in Crisis

2020 has shown us all that crises can, and will, happen. It can be tempting to focus on just “getting through” the crisis, but this session will address how to thrive through it.


The Foundations of Growth Mindset

Leading researchers will share the foundational science of growth mindset, along with the strategies for creating an organization that uses and benefits from growth mindset.


Performance Management: The New Reality

The weekly updates, the monthly check-ins, the annual reviews—they’re all a thing of the past in our new, virtualized world. Today’s landscape for PM demands a much more brain-friendly, human-centric approach that meets people where they already are.


Mitigate Bias in your Organization

We’d all like to think that our decisions at work are thoughtful and intentional, but biases get in the way. Discover the strategies that can help you and your team mitigate the biases that impact our decisions and behaviors.


Develop Tomorrow’s Leaders

Leaders have experienced unprecedented disruption through 2020. As workplaces attempt to adjust to the new normal, leaders have been expected to balance enormous tensions for themselves, their employees and their organization. This transformation has provided us with a unique opportunity to revisit the needs of the modern-day leader. When we dig into the science behind leadership, we uncover three radical yet simple changes that can better equip our leaders to thrive in this new normal and in the future.


Strategically Impact Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

D&I transformations have never been more popular—or necessary. But how do you know your important actions are having the intended effect? Learn from D&I practitioners who have found tremendous success in overhauling their D&I efforts and start adopting strategies of your own today.


Leadership Principles Case Studies

Leadership principles are values that guide an organizational culture. Hear how the experts built impactful leadership principles.


Impact, Scale, Speed: Challenging Conventions

At the end of any learning program, you’ll want to know three things: how deeply the learning was embedded, among how many people, and how quickly. In other words, you want to capture the impact, scale, and speed. In this session, discover how to strike the right balance in your learning modalities to optimize all three.


Diversity & Inclusion Case Studies

It’s a must to get diversity and inclusion right. Hear from practitioners who have developed, managed, and sustained successful D&I initiatives.


Performance Management Case Studies

Organizations are experiencing a lot of change right now, and their performance management strategies need to evolve in parallel. Join a panel of leaders to hear how they’ve managed their performance management in these times.


Crisis Management Case Studies

No two crises are identical, and neither are the crisis management strategies that follow. Experts in this session will discuss what did and didn’t work as they moved through 2020.


Measure Change

Too often, we judge the effectiveness of a learning program based on whether people liked their experience. Here we’ll learn how to capture the true impact of a given program, focusing on the short-term and long-term behavior changes that results.