2020 Keynote speakers
Keynote Speaker: Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 6:45 - 8:00 PM, followed by a book signing
Tedx Talk: https://youtu.be/-DspKSYxYDM
War on Kindness Official Website: https://www.warforkindness.com/
Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory website: http://ssnl.stanford.edu/
SSNL Twitter: @StanfordSNL
As Director of Stanford’s Social Neuroscience Lab and author of The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World, Jamil Zaki has earned a reputation as one of the most sensible, forward-thinking, and requested speakers on empathy in the world. With palpable warmth and straightforward exercises that can be swiftly implemented, he shows keynote audiences how empathy in action can change our professional, creative, and personal relationships—and how we can get better at it, and be open to it, every day of our lives. “Jamil Zaki is one of the bright lights in psychology, and in this gripping book, he shows that kindness is not a sign of weakness but a source of strength,” says Adam Grant, bestselling author and professor at Wharton.
Empathic people are better at work, Zaki says, especially when the jobs involve contact with other people—such as managers, salespeople, healthcare staff, anyone who works in a team. But empathy is on the decline throughout society: study after study shows that our collective empathy has eroded. He calls it “compassion collapse,”—limitations on the human ability to empathize for groups of people who we don’t easily identify with. “Being a psychologist studying empathy today can feel like a climatologist studying the polar icecaps,” says Zaki in his much-praised TED talk. “We discover the value of something just as it disappears all around us.” But our ability to reclaim a sense of connection is within reach. We can hack our sense of empathy, he argues. To Zaki, this also means acknowledging the good—like the “kindness contagion,” which his current research shows we are all responsive too: seeing others enact kindness, which spurs a cascading and unifying effect in communities of any size and stripe.
He is also an assistant professor of psychology and his unique work spans several domains, including social influence and prosocial behavior. New research from his lab examines how to encourage empathy for people from distant political and ethnic groups, and how caregivers and healthcare professionals can effectively empathize with their patients while maintaining their own well-being. Zaki received his BA from Boston University, his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and postdoctoral training at Harvard University.
Video Link: https://vimeo.com/283834573
Jennifer Powers Official Website: https://www.jenniferpowers.com/
Oh Shift! Website: https://www.ohshift.com/
Jennifer Powers, MA, MCC, is a highly sought-after coach, speaker, and author. She is a leading expert in helping professionals improve their confidence and competence so they can live and work at their full potential.
Jennifer founded her coaching and speaking practice in 2005. Since then she has coached hundreds of professionals, executives and entrepreneurs and has delivered powerful keynote addresses to over 250,000 people around the globe.
Jennifer earned her Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Houston and received her training and certification from Coach Training Alliance. She serves on the board of the Northwest Coaches Association and is a Past President of the National Speakers Association-Oregon Chapter. Jennifer is an MCC (Master Certified Coach), the highest earned credential from the International Coach Federation, which puts her in the top 3% of coaches worldwide.
With clients on five continents, the energy and excitement Jennifer brings to her work is contagious as she inspires change in the lives and businesses of her clients across the world.
Her best-selling book Oh, Shift! and Oh, shift! for Teens are available in bookstores across the country. Professionals and entrepreneurs can now become licensed facilitators of her ground-breaking content through the Oh, shift! Licensing Program.