Dr. Heidi Hanna is the Chief Energy Officer of Synergy Brain Fitness, a company providing brain-based health and performance programs to individuals and organizations, a Senior Researcher with the Brain Health Initiative, and a Fellow and Advisory Board Member for the American Institute of Stress.

Dr. Heidi is also an instructor at Harvard and a regular lecturer at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa. She is a NY Times bestselling author who has written seven books, including The Sharp Solution, Stressaholic, Recharge and What’s So Funny About Stress?

As an experienced speaker, Dr. Heidi Hanna has been featured at many national and global conferences, including the Fortune Magazine Most Powerful Women in Business Summit, ESPN Women’s Leadership Summit, and the Million Dollar Round Table.

Dr. Hanna is the Chief Energy Officer of Synergy Brain Fitness, a company providing brain-based health and performance programs to individuals and organizations, a Founding Partner of the Academy for Brain Health and Performance and a Fellow and Advisory Board Member for the American Institute of Stress. She is a NY Times bestselling author of several books, including The Sharp SolutionStressaholic, and Recharge

Her clients have included Google, Starbucks, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, and WD40 as well as the PGA Tour and the National Football League. Dr. Hanna serves as an Everyday Health Expert Wellness Advisory Board member, a National Board Member and Certified Humor Professional with the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, although she won’t admit she’s funny. 


Practical Steps to Transform Stress for Good
Redefine stress using a new framework built upon recent neuroscience research

Understand the different types of stress and stress reactions, and techniques to train whole-brain skill sets that transform experiences of stress

Discuss best practices to use within organizations to support energy management for optimal health, performance and resilience

Unleash the Power of Healthy Humor on the Brain
Alternate Title
Beyond Funny: How to use healthy and strategic humor for personal resilience and business

In this interactive exploration of humor and laughter, participants will understand why finding things funny changes brain chemistry, reduces stress, and optimizes communication, engagement, sales, marketing, and leadership capacities. Individuals will create a Beyond Funny Toolkit to apply to their daily routines and feel confident in using intentional humor interventions in the office and at home.

• Learn the most important elements of brain health, and how humor improves mental and emotional performance while building energy and resilience
• Understand the new science of stress, the power of perspective, and how to automate critical self-care strategies
• Create individual and team action plans for integrating simple daily shifts to use gratitude, curiosity and humor to drive performance and build health and resilience

Recharge Your Brain and Your Business: 5 Simple Shifts to Energize Your Life
Discover the simple neuroscience model for how your brain works

Understand simple techniques to shift stress reactions into responses

Create a simple plan for implementing a consistent daily recharge practice

Tools to Tame the Modern Monkey Mind.
As stress levels continue to rise at alarming rates, contributing to increases in irritability, distraction, anxiety and depression, it’s important to look at new strategies for calming the brain in the midst of chaotic environments. In this session, you will learn about how multitasking impacts brain function, understand how stress can be both addictive and contagious, and discover new techniques to quiet the mind and improve focus and attention on the things that matter most.

Relax Your Fat Off: Practical Tips for Worry Free Weight Loss.
Unmanaged stress is the biggest factor in weight loss resistance. Oftentimes despite making healthy choices, stress distorts metabolism leading to sluggish energy levels and stubborn fat. In this presentation, Dr. Hanna will explain how stress hinders the body’s natural weight management system and discuss the most important strategies to get things back on track.

Nutrition for Energy and Engagement.
Take a deeper dive into the most critical nutrition strategies to sustain at work and home for optimal energy, health, and performance. Topics include understanding metabolism, meal planning, strategic snacking, personalizing food plans, and eating for peak performance.

The New Science of Exercise and the Brain.
Understand the incredible impact of physical exercise and movement on brain health and performance. Topics include understanding the role of exercise on neurogenesis and neuroplasticity (brain cell growth and development), how exercise changes brain chemistry, what types of exercise are most important, and how to build strategic movement into your busy day.

Sleep Strategies for Optimal Health and Performance.
Sleep is one of the most critical things we do every night to repair and recharge our brains. But most people fail to get the adequate quantity and quality they need. In this session, we’ll discuss how much sleep you really need and how to know for sure, what exactly happens in the brain while you sleep, and specific strategies to help you get more vitamin Z.

Demystifying Meditation: Simple Shifts to Boost Your Brainpower.
Research has clearly shown that meditation is one of the greatest ways to reduce stress, improve immune function and enhance mental focus and clarity. Yet, despite its recent popularity in Western cultures, meditation still causes a lot of frustration and confusion for many of its would-be practitioners. In this session, you will learn the simple principles of a meditative practice, experiment with a few short techniques to see what meditation style works best for you and create an action plan to start incorporating meditation into your daily routine.

Managing Mental and Emotional Health:
Understanding Stress Sensitivity, Anxiety and Burnout. Approximately 20% of the population has a genetic trait that makes them hyper-sensitive to stress and stimulation, yet we are all taught the same one-size-fits-all strategies to try to manage the stress of our lives. In this session, Dr. Hanna will discuss the factors that contribute to stress sensitivity, including genetic markers, early life experiences, and lifestyle choices. She will also explain the difference between stress, anxiety and burnout and some of the key strategies for customizing your own personal solution for mastering stress so you can use it as fuel for good.

How to Circuit-Break Stress Right Now.
Who has time to tackle stress these days? The good news is there are plenty of simple strategies you can use both proactively and reactively to tame stress in 60 seconds or less. Join Dr. Heidi Hanna to learn how to build in these quick stress tamers into your daily routine, and the secret to building unbreakable stress mastery habits.

Beyond Funny: The Health and Performance Benefits of Humor and Laughter.
You may have heard that laughter is the best medicine, but it turns out that humor does more than just improve your health. In this session, you will understand how humor changes the brain for the better, hear specific case studies of people using humor to their business advantage, and identify practical techniques you can use right away to use humor to help you change your brain for the better, while boosting your health and happiness along the way.

Beyond Funny: How to Build a Better Brain with Humor
Recognize the role of stress on brain health and performance

Explore specifically how humor impacts the brain, body and relationships at work and home

Create a personalized Beyond Funny Toolkit to implement immediately into their daily routine

Travels from: San Diego, CA

Speaking fee: from $20,000 – $30,000

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