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Amy  Blankson

Amy Blankson

Co-founder of GoodThink, Presidential Point of Light & Author

Biography

Amy Blankson is CEO of Fearless Positivity, Co-Founder of the Digital Wellness Institute, member of the UN Global Happiness Council, TEDx speaker, and regular contributor to Forbes. Read More >

She’s the bestselling author of The Future of Happiness: 5 Modern Strategies for Balancing Productivity and Well-Being in the Digital Era, and co-author with her brother, Shawn Achor, of an award-winning children’s book, How to Make a Shark Smile (formerly Ripple’s Effect).

A graduate of Harvard and the Yale School of Management, Amy is the only person to receive a Point of Light from two sitting U.S. Presidents. She has worked with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers to create standards for well-being in the creation of artificial intelligence and emotion awareness and is a Fellow of the World Innovation Organization. Her thought leadership has been featured on TEDx stages, as a regular contributor to Forbes on Women, Technology, and Leadership, and as a featured professor in Oprah’s Happiness course. (Oh, and you might also know her as “Amy the Unicorn” from her brother Shawn Achor’s viral TED talk on the science of happiness.)

Amy’s work focuses on understanding how to cultivate happiness and well-being in the digital era. By combining the research of positive psychology with stories of real-world application, her programs help individuals and organizations gain fresh perspective on how to raise their levels of well-being and performance. Audience members will be challenged, inspired, and enlightened as she guides them through fun experiments and activities to empower them with actionable strategies for positive sustainable change. Read Less ^

Speech Topics

Fearless Positivity: Rethinking Stress in the Midst of Uncertainty

We all face fear, discomfort, and resistance to change, but our actions in the midst of these mindsets are what truly define us. Fearless positivity is not the absence of fear, but the audacious opportunity to move through it by focusing on what matters most. In this inspiring research-based talk, customized to address your audience's current challenges, Amy highlights leaders who have courageously chosen positivity in the midst of adversity. Leveraging learnings from positive psychology and behavioral science, she examines how negative mindsets hold us back, why some fear is actually good for us, and strategies to reframe stress to better serve us. Read More >

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Read Less ^

  • Understand why a positive mindset is crucial for agile/transformative leadership
  • Learn 4 actionable strategies for mastering mindset
  • Implement simple “J-GAME” habits that foster resilience
  • Empower teams to rethink stress and leverage optimism

Digital Flourishing: Strategies for Balancing Productivity & Well-being in the Digital Era

Technology — at least in theory — is improving our productivity, efficiency, and communication. Yet the average mobile user checks their phones more than 150 times per day, and 67% of cell owners find themselves checking their phone even when they don’t notice their phone ringing or vibrating. Mindful attention is a scarce resource. As one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and technology, Amy Blankson unveils five strategies that successful individuals use to find a sense of balance between technology, productivity, and wellbeing in the Digital Age. In this talk, you will learn how to move from partial attention to full intention, how to hack your distractions to achieve maximum productivity and life satisfaction, and how to rid yourself of the tech graveyard in your office drawers to create more mental and physical space to do the things you love. By rethinking when, where, why and how we use technology, we can begin to recapture our focus, deepen engagement, and find flow in our everyday activities and relationships. Read More >

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Read Less ^

  • Discover the impact of distraction on your productivity and happiness.
  • Establish positive technology boundaries to shift from a mindset of inattention to one of full intention.
  • Learn healthy habits for tech use to maximize flow and engagement.
  • Understand how your technology use impacts your perception as a leader.
  • Increase your flow and engagement by using brain-training techniques.

Conscious Innovation: Leveraging Mindset to Thrive in Disruption

In the midst of disruption, a positive mindset is crucial for agile and transformative leadership. Research shows that although the brain receives 11 million bits of information every second, it can only process 40 bits, which means that our ability to "see" opportunity and connect resources depends on our mindfulness in the moment, particularly in times of stress. Individuals who are able to leverage positivity have been linked with 3x more creativity, 40% more productivity, and 23% less symptoms of fatigue. In this talk, Amy will teach audiences how to use appreciative inquiry to rethink stress, reframe circumstances, and retrain their brains to prioritize information in real-time. Read More >

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Read Less ^

  • Understand the brain science behind innovation
  • Learn how perception of circumstances shapes outcomes
  • Utilize appreciative inquiry to see new opportunities and decrease stress
  • Embrace upsourcing and collaboration to accelerate growth

Creating a Habitat for Happiness: How to Make Working from Home Work for You

As more professionals find themselves working from home, new and unique challenges are emerging that threaten to diminish not just productivity, but also sanity as well. Balancing the demands of a global workforce in upheaval, the hurdles of virtual connection, and the pressing needs of friends/family who share your space can be stress-inducing. While uncertainty and disruption may be our new norm, fear does not have to be. In this talk, Amy Blankson, working-from-home veteran and mother of three, will share her top secrets for creating a habitat for happiness, offering actionable strategies for maintaining a positive mindset, rethinking stress, and moving forward with resilience in the midst of change. Read More >

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Read Less ^

  • Organize your workspace to maximize focus and productivity
  • Utilize a virtual commute to jumpstart your day
  • Effectively communicate physical and digital boundaries with colleagues and family members