North American Global NeuroLeadership Summit Announces New Speaker, Planned Sessions Discussing the Fusion of Leadership and Neuroscience

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The North American Global NeuroLeadership Summit will take place October 28-30 in New York City. Author and social network expert Karen Stephenson joins the event's prestigious list of speakers, including leaders in the NeuroLeadership field and some of the world’s leading neuroscientists. Summit breakout sessions, such as NeuroLeadership as a discipline and coaching with the brain in mind have also been announced.

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There's a lot of work to do in organizational culture and education, and if we can improve things in these areas just a little bit by understanding what's at the heart of why change is hard, then it's definitely time worth spending.

The North American Global NeuroLeadership Summit, bridging the fields of leadership development and neuroscience, announces a new event speaker and planned event sessions. The summit takes place October 28-30, 2008 at the Hudson Theatre and Millennium Hotel in the center of Times Square in New York City. A $375 early registration discount is available for those who register by June 30, 2008.

Karen Stephenson, author and leading expert in analyzing social networks to drive change, joins the prestigious list of individuals speaking at the summit. Stephenson will join speakers such as Jeffrey M. Schwartz M.D., best selling author and co-author of "Neuroscience of Leadership"; Art Kleiner, editor of strategy+business magazine and author; and Al Ringeb, Ph.D, Director, CIMBA Business School, where neuroscience is being taught to MBAs.

In addition to Stephenson's inclusion to the speakers list, the North American Global NeuroLeadership Summit announces several breakout sessions that will take place at the event. These sessions include:

  • Educating People About the Brain: Case studies on how people are learning about the brain, from K-12 through university as well as in organizations.
  • NeuroLeadership as a Discipline, Area of Research and Field of Study: What is NeuroLeadership, what does it encompass? How will people study and research it? Panel includes Al Ringleb, Director of CIMBA, and the Diane Coutu, senior editor, Harvard Business Review, plus senior executives.
  • The Neuroscience of Innovation: What is the latest neuroscience saying about how we have insights and innovate, and how we can do this better?
  • The Impact of Expectations on Experience: What impact do expectations have on the brain, and how can we leverage this in organizations?
  • The Latest Science of Mindfulness: What is mindfulness, why is it important, and what can we learn about it from neuroscience? Panel includes both scientists and practitioners.
  • Coaching with the Brain in Mind – Presentation, Plus Panel: A panel discussing a new model for executive and personal coaching based on understanding the brain. Panel includes the executives in charge of coaching at NASA and American Express.
  • The Brain-Basis of Leadership Competencies and Assessments: A panel exploring issues including links between leadership competencies and neuroscience, and how we might use neuroscience to identify and assess current and future leaders.
  • The Neuroscience of Corporate Culture: What is the neuroscience of 'culture', 'engagement' and similar issues? How can we improve culture change programs though neuroscience principles? Panel includes multiple practitioners.

"The North American Global NeuroLeadership Summit is a rare opportunity to spend time discussing and learning about a topic that is important for all sorts of systems and organizations," says David Rock, CEO of Results Coaching Systems and the person who coined the word 'NeuroLeadership', who will also speak at the summit. "There's a lot of work to do in organizational culture and education, and if we can improve things in these areas just a little bit by understanding what's at the heart of why change is hard, then it's definitely time worth spending."

NeuroLeadership is an emerging field of study focused on bringing neuro-scientific knowledge into the areas of leadership development, management training, education, consulting and coaching. The NeuroLeadership movement is intended to help organizations of all types fulfill their potential through better understanding how the human brain functions at individual, team and systemic levels. The summit is for individuals and groups who want to understand the latest findings from neuroscience and apply them to the workplace. It is designed to stimulate new ideas and generate real outcomes for senior leaders, organizational consultants, neuroscientists and neuroscience institutes, business schools and educators.

The North American Summit will feature four sessions per day, with significant time allowed for interaction and discussion to explore the implications of ideas presented. Participants will have many opportunities to connect and network with like-minded attendees and summit speakers. Summit objectives include: creating new connections between leadership and neuroscience academics, researchers and practitioners; developing new theories and practical applications of the science; exploring how business leaders can be educated in the neuroscience of leadership; and generating interest in the field.

Global NeuroLeadership Summit sponsors include Results Coaching Systems, Strategy + Business magazine, a Booz Allen Hamilton publication and CIMBA.

For more information on the North American Global NeuroLeadership Summit taking place October 28-30 in New York City, or for more information on the field of NeuroLeadership, visit


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