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Biologist & Stress Expert, Author
“Rebecca’s keynote was dynamic, thought-provoking and action inspiring. It resonated with me and our team in such positive ways, causing us to really look at the blind spots and specific ways to create behavior change in both our lives and businesses. We received more positive feedback from her talk and requests for a copy of her talk than any of the other speakers.”-Director of Business Affairs, Consolidated Assurance
Called “transformative” by the National Science Foundation, evolutionary biologist Dr. Rebecca Heiss’s breakthrough research examines the prehistoric fears and primitive instincts that our human brains have subconsciously carried forward into our complex, modern world. Sharing science-backed explanations and thought-provoking storytelling, she shows us how to overcome the reflexes that served us well 20,000 years ago but sabotage us today. Whether you are a corporate leader looking to build and lead stronger teams, an organization seeking to understand the ingrained instincts behind unconscious bias, or simply wishing to manage stress and anxiety and adopt a more successful, positive mindset, Dr. Heiss’s highly interactive talks will rock your perceptions about how people universally think, behave, and interact. Read More >
Dr. Heiss is the author of the highly anticipated new book, Instinct: Rewire Your Brain with Science-Backed Solutions to Increase Productivity and Achieve Success, which has been described as “a revolutionary approach to unlocking your innate ability to achieve success in business and in life.” She is also the founder and CEO of icueity, a continuous 360 review app that provides users with ongoing “fearless feedback” and challenges them to grow in self-awareness. She taught at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics and later was recruited to be among the founding faculty members to develop a startup school to nurture entrepreneurial minds and approach learning through impact. Dr. Heiss holds a BS and MS in Biology from Binghamton University and a PhD in stress physiology from University of Memphis.
Her talks have inspired audiences around the world, including organizations such as Charles Schwab, ADP, SHRM, and Case Western Reserve University. Believing that “the scariest thing is living a life governed by fear,” Dr. Heiss challenges us to BECOME FEAR(LESS)™ while providing the tools to achieve it. Audiences leave with actionable takeaways on how to overcome their own biology, take control of stress and anxiety, be more effective and productive, break through the barriers to optimal performance—and live happier, fear(less) lives. Read Less ^
Blind Spots to Breakthrough
Fearless Mindset: What’s Your Story?
Dr. Heiss’s FEAR(LESS)™ series of keynotes can be customized to the specific needs and goals of any organization. Viewing modern challenges through the lens of evolutionary biology, Dr. Heiss can examine a wide range of topics—and provide invaluable insights for audiences to act upon. Universal takeaways from her FEAR(LESS)™ talks on leadership, teamwork, mindset and other focuses include how to: Read More >
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We are living in stressful modern times that can seem overwhelming, even on our best days. And our brains aren’t actually helping! Our modern brains are still wired to respond to the ancient fears of our ancestors. While technology has increased exponentially, biology operates on a much slower time frame. As such, we are living in a modern world, stuck with stone aged brains that experience fears like rejection and failure as stressful matters of life and death. To decrease stress, we must train our brains to differentiate between an ancient reaction to saber tooth tigers with what simply FEELS like one (50 more emails last hour!) In this high-energy, interactive talk, Dr. Rebecca Heiss tells us how we can actually retrain our brains to decrease stress and optimize positivity. Read More >
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Everyone understands why it is imperative for leaders to be self-aware. And yet research finds that nearly 90% aren’t. To be effective leaders, we must not only face our fears, we must understand that they are rooted in deep-seated instincts from our prehistoric past. These primitive instincts, born in a time of scarcity and survival, are still ingrained in our modern brains, affecting how we live, work and lead. In this eye-opening keynote, Dr. Rebecca Heiss unpacks how to prevent ancient, subconscious reactions from sabotaging our path to effective leadership. Read More >
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The Avengers. The Justice League. The X-Men. The most effective teams in the world are brought together by more than just luck. In this team-transforming keynote, Dr. Rebecca Heiss brings science-backed solutions that can turn any group of talented, powerful individuals into the unstoppable force of a superhero team. The key? Uncovering, owning and, and ultimately, flaunting, the source of our greatest fear and source of vulnerability. Call it individual “kryptonite.” In this self-awareness-elevating talk, Dr. Heiss brings each team member through their own superhero’s journey. The end result: A collective recognition that teamwork allows each of us to leap tall buildings in a single bound and stay fear(less), even in the face of kryptonite. Read More >
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"It was an easy choice to bring Rebecca back to MicroStrategy for a second event – she is fantastic! Rebecca is so wonderfully talented and brought so much energy to our virtual event. She was engaging from the start and was able to keep the session interactive, despite it being virtual. MicroStrategy attendees were so enthusiastic about her session that we already have follow-up events planned! We are going to dive deep into some of the topics Rebecca shared from the value of building a meditation practice to better managing failure and creating a culture of learning from failure. Rebecca’s Fear(less) Leadership keynote delivers a powerful message and left us all feeling inspired, motivated, and fear(less)! We highly recommend Rebecca!"
“Rebecca’s keynote was dynamic, thought provoking and action inspiring. It resonated with me and our team in such positive ways, causing us to really look at the blindspots and specific ways to create behavior change in both our lives and businesses. We received more positive feedback from her talk and requests for a copy of her talk than any of the other speakers.”
“Thank you for such an engaging and inspired keynote address. The energy and humor you brought to the mainstage captured the hearts and minds of our attendees. Not only was your presentation memorable, it was very actionable. Your message is an important one for those who lead credit union teams to lean into. We are so grateful that you amazed our attendees and inspired them to “rewire” their brains and fight for justice that will provide equal footing to their employees and to their members on Main Street.”
“Rebecca was simply amazing! I loved her passion for the topic and her presentation style. Very effective and memorable information. Please bring her back again.”
“WOW! I would say you hit a home run. TWO home runs. On a topic that I thought might be uncomfortable, you really had an impact. Thank you so much for coming. I will certainly pass on the great job you have done to other Chairs in the Carolinas community.”
“Rebecca’s message of diversity and equity is one that really resonated with our group, and it was delivered in such an entertaining, engaging way that we immediately had requests to access video of the event so they could hear Rebecca’s presentation again. I have no doubt that her message will have a lasting effect on our organization.”
“I wanted to let you know that Rebecca Heiss’ presentation to my groups this week was Absolutely Outstanding! One of my CEO members commended Rebecca for her highly engaging and dynamic Zoom presence at the end of her presentation. The companies in his group are mostly technology based, and zoom is the communication medium. He is tired of the boring zoom sessions and her presentation was at the other end of the scale. Another member in the same group communicated that Rebecca’s presentation was so good, that he didn’t think it could have been any better in person!”
"Rebecca was instrumental in guiding our team to the next level of growth during our last annual training event. She provided a great value to each individual, that they were able to take with them after the event."
“The Schwabbies that attended her presentation, are HUGE fans. Her energy was contagious but she made some amazing points that caught our attention. I’d love to bring her back!”
Instinct: Rewire Your Brain with Science-Backed Solutions to Increase Productivity and Achieve Success
GRACE under pressure: John Baldoni with Rebecca Heiss, Ph.D.
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