ABL-X 2016 2 DAY PROGRAM

Day 1 - Thursday, 20 October

Session Presenter Topic
Session 1
Philip Gilsenan
GBO Manager Development, Google

Philip is responsible for driving the development of managers capabilities in sales, performance coaching and team efficiency across Google’s Global Business Organisation (GBO) in order to fuel the next stage of growth in Google’s business.

In working with HRBP’s, People Development business partners, sales leaders, frontline managers and reps, Phil’s responsibilities include strategy and organizational development, consultancy, program development, partner & vendor management, budgeting, logistics and deployment of programs to affect change in Google’s sales org.

Building a Brain-based Coaching Culture

Session 2
Mark Tomaszewicz
Ambassador of Joy, PIRCH

Mark leads the people practices at PIRCH, a retail appliance and plumbing store dedicated to creating inspired moments of joy.  His role includes operationalizing PIRCH’s values/Manifesto, building the corporate university (University of Joy), recruiting and traditional human resources.

He is inspired to prove it is possible to build a large, high-profile, national retail business with joy, empathy and elegance at its core while being radically successful across traditional business metrics for all – guests, clients, partners, investors and team members.

Mr Subliminal:
The non-conscious brain and the customer experience

Session 3
Kendall Haven
Story Consultant, Author, Master Storyteller

Story consultant Kendall Haven is a nationally recognized expert on the structure of story and on the Eight Essential Elements that form the foundation of successful stories. His continuing neural and cognitive story research has led him to identify the Make Sense Mandate, the Neural Story Prism, The Eight Essential Elements, The Curse of Knowledge, Motive Matching, Influence Triggers, and the first and only explicit and quantitative model of Story Influence that explains how to use story elements to extend and exert persuasive influence.

Haven’s acclaimed book, STORY PROOF: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story presents the first-ever proof that “story structure” is an information delivery system powerhouse, evolutionarily hardwired into human brains. His follow-on, STORY SMART: Using the Science of Story to persuade, Inspire, Influence and Teach, (2014) lays out the latest neural and cognitive research on story engagement, story power, empathy, story influence, and the process for merging your themes and messages into effective, powerful story architecture.

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Mark Steiman
Chief Experience Officer, COO - Newport Orthopedic Institute

Mark is an executive leader specializing in Organizational and Operational Excellence, Customer Experience, HR and Human Capital Leadership. Mark has successfully lead Operations and CHRO functions in support of companies from 50 to over 40,000 employees nationally and internationally, including numerous mergers, acquisitions, and integration. He thrives on working in a company to “maximize organizational effectiveness through people,” increasing employee engagement, building a strong bench of new leaders and developing current leaders to the next level in support of helping companies grow.

Once Upon a Time:
The Importance of Narrative in Leadership

Session 4
Stuart Crabb
ex-Director of Learning at Facebook

After many years as the Director of Learning at Facebook Stuart has recently started his new consulting firm Oxegen Consulting.  Stuart is a seasoned and multi-disciplined Human Resources leader, with 25 years global experience in building high growth US and European companies, and a reputation for managing change and growing successful organizations, including hyper growth, restructuring, mergers & acquisitions activity and leadership development. He has extensive international HR experience across a variety of sectors including internet media, sales, manufacturing, FMCG, defence systems, research and consulting services.   Stuart is a strong strategic thinker, with outstanding relationship building skills and a reputation for honesty, hard work and fun. He has significant experience of complex and fast moving environments, with a proven track record in building strong and effective teams and managing through ambiguity. He has completed international assignments in the USA, UK, Germany and Australia, and have done business in over 25 countries.

Dan Radecki, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, ABL

Dan is the Chief Scientific Officer and a founding partner at ABL. Dan has 20 years of corporate experience and his passion is in leveraging his knowledge of behavioral neuroscience to create an optimal model of leadership. In 2009 he created the curriculum for the educational arm of the NeuroLeadership Institute and served as the lead professor for the first Post Graduate Degree and Master of Science program in the Neuroscience of Leadership. Dan has taught over 400 leaders in 40 countries, on the neuroscientific underpinnings of effective leadership.

Dan is also Senior Director of Research and Development at Allergan Inc., where he is a Global Leader for drug development programs. Dan holds a Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in Biopsychology and Ph.D in Neuroscience. His extensive teaching experience includes instruction at the undergraduate, graduate and medical school level.

Dan has been published in the Harvard Business Review, and has lectured internationally on topics such as the neuroscience of bias, creativity, leadership wisdom, the aging brain, the biology of collaboration and the impact of stress on the brain.

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Keith Gatto, PhD
UC Berkeley Coleman Fung Institute for Engineering Leadership

Keith has held academic management and leadership positions at the University of California, Berkeley, for the past decade and currently serves as the director of academic affairs for executive and professional programs in the College of Engineering. He has taught courses and presented executive education lectures on leadership and team building, the psychology of leadership, technology leadership, business ethics, human relations in the workplace, and the psychology of success. Keith’s dissertation work focused on the impact of positive psychology on innovative work behavior. Before pursuing a career in higher education management and teaching, Keith was employed in account management, corporate training, and marketing communications roles in the financial services industry for such companies as Vanguard, CIGNA, and MFS Investment Management. He has also served on the boards of the Greater Boston Business Council and the Certified Financial Planning Board of Standards.

Positive Psychology & Neuroscience: The Overlap and Variations of Two Emerging Fields

Session 5
Alexandra Morrison PhD
Research Scientist, University of Miami

Alexandra is a research scientist and member of Amishi Jha’s Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology with a neuroscience concentration from Temple University, which she completed in 2012. Her research surrounds attention and working memory capacity and whether they can be strengthened via cognitive training. She is currently investigating short-form mindfulness training and its influence on attention, working memory, and mind wandering in a range of high-demand, high-stress contexts (e.g., workplace, military, and athletics). Her work has been published in journals such as PLOS ONE, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, and Memory and Cognition.

Mindfulness in the Military:
Insights from Research with the Troops

Session 6
Walt McFarland
Founder and President, Windmill Human Performance, LLC

Walter McFarland is the founder of Windmill Human Performance, a consulting firm specializing in learning, leadership, and change.  He is a former Senior Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton and was the 2013 Board Chair of the Association for Talent Development (ATD).  Walter writes, speaks, and consults internationally and is the co-author of Choosing Change, a Soundview Best Business book for 2014 and an Axiom Silver Medal winner

Jennifer McCusker PhD
Sr. Director, Global Talent & Organizational Development, Blizzard Entertainment

Jennifer McCusker has over 15 years of experience aiding a variety of organizations realize their potential through people. Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, Jennifer has achieved career success through her no-nonsense, business orientation.  She has experience working for companies such as Taco Bell, New Century Financial Corp, Pacific Sunwear, Oakley and Blizzard Entertainment.

Jennifer excels in the areas of performance and talent management, leadership and team development, change management and communication.  She has been successful in taking her experience in large, high-performing organizations and translating it into organizations that are just beginning their performance journey.

Jennifer has a Masters degree and PhD in Organizational Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She has taught, and currently sits on the advisory boards, at both Brandman and UC Irvine.  She is also able to fulfill her love for spreading knowledge by speaking at meetings and conferences on a variety of topics related to the future of HR.

In her spare time, Jennifer geeks out on the integration of neuroscience research and business.  She started, and continues to lead, a group in Orange County focused on the application of emerging research in this area, as well as sits on the Advisory Board of ABL.

A native of Orange County, CA, Jennifer enjoys the breadth of activities living there offers.  Most important in her life are her amazing husband and daughter, who support her in every way possible.

Phil Dixon
CEO, ABL

Phil Dixon is the CEO and Founder of The Academy of Brain-based Leadership (ABL) and is a leading expert in applying the latest knowledge from the field of integrative neuroscience into the areas of leadership development, organizational & cultural change and coaching.

During a 40 year career ranging from IT, Learning & Development and Neuroscience, en route Phil has worked in both the private and public sectors, has established two management consulting firms and has lived, worked and/or taught in 21 countries.

Phil’s passion is the application of the field of neuroscience to leadership; this has led to the publication of a recent paper in the NeuroLeadership Journal:  Turn the 360 Around – a Brain-Based approach to giving feedback, and a chapter on Performance Management in the recently released book Optimizing Talent.
Phil holds an MSc in Consulting and Coaching to Change from Oxford Business School and HEC Paris, and a BSc in Computer Science from Warwick University.
He is a frequent speaker on the topic of brain-based leadership and is in the process of writing a book “SAFETY: Using Your Brain for a Change.”

Straight Talk Panel:
The Facts & Fabrications of the Neuroscience of Leadership

Day 2 - Friday, 21 October

Session Presenter Topic
Session 1
Dan Radecki PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, ABL

Dan is the Chief Scientific Officer and a founding partner at ABL. Dan has 20 years of corporate experience and his passion is in leveraging his knowledge of behavioral neuroscience to create an optimal model of leadership. In 2009 he created the curriculum for the educational arm of the NeuroLeadership Institute and served as the lead professor for the first Post Graduate Degree and Master of Science program in the Neuroscience of Leadership. Dan has taught over 400 leaders in 40 countries, on the neuroscientific underpinnings of effective leadership.

Dan is also Senior Director of Research and Development at Allergan Inc., where he is a Global Leader for drug development programs. Dan holds a Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in Biopsychology and Ph.D in Neuroscience. His extensive teaching experience includes instruction at the undergraduate, graduate and medical school level.

Dan has been published in the Harvard Business Review, and has lectured internationally on topics such as the neuroscience of bias, creativity, leadership wisdom, the aging brain, the biology of collaboration and the impact of stress on the brain.

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S.A.F.E.T.Y. NETS:
The Brain's Airbag

Session 2
Nicole Fox MPH, RD
Performance Dietitian, The Fox Consultancy

Nicole Fox is an Integrative Dietitian and holds a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from UCLA.  She maintains a private practice in Pasadena, California, with a focus on neuroscience based functional nutrition.

Her specific zone of genius is her insight into the connection between the integrity of our microbiome, the quality of our digestive health and its influence on cognitive performance. She is currently authoring a book that empowers people to improve their neurological health using evidence based nutrition science and lifestyle practices.

When she is not seeing patients and writing, she consults with research teams seeking validated nutrition data collection methods.  She has spent the last three years consulting in the digital health software industry and proudly identifies as a member of the biohacker community.

Nicole speaks frequently for executive teams, her fellow health care professionals as well as the public on improving cognitive performance and brain health with nutrition & supplementation. A passionate health entrepreneur, she is on a mission to touch as many lives as possible by simplifying the science of nutrition and energizing people to take the steps needed to give them vibrant cognition and lasting health.

The Auxiliary Brain:
Building the Microbiome for Better Cognition

Session 3
Jennifer McCusker PhD
Sr. Director, Global Talent & Organizational Development, Blizzard Entertainment

Jennifer McCusker has over 15 years of experience aiding a variety of organizations realize their potential through people. Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, Jennifer has achieved career success through her no-nonsense, business orientation.  She has experience working for companies such as Taco Bell, New Century Financial Corp, Pacific Sunwear, Oakley and Blizzard Entertainment.

Jennifer excels in the areas of performance and talent management, leadership and team development, change management and communication.  She has been successful in taking her experience in large, high-performing organizations and translating it into organizations that are just beginning their performance journey.

Jennifer has a Masters degree and PhD in Organizational Psychology and a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She has taught, and currently sits on the advisory boards, at both Brandman and UC Irvine.  She is also able to fulfill her love for spreading knowledge by speaking at meetings and conferences on a variety of topics related to the future of HR.

In her spare time, Jennifer geeks out on the integration of neuroscience research and business.  She started, and continues to lead, a group in Orange County focused on the application of emerging research in this area, as well as sits on the Advisory Board of ABL.

A native of Orange County, CA, Jennifer enjoys the breadth of activities living there offers.  Most important in her life are her amazing husband and daughter, who support her in every way possible.

Notes from the Field:
Integrating a Brain-based Approach

Session 4
Allan Reiss, MD
Professor and Director, Stanford Division of Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences

Dr. Reiss obtained his BA in Psychobiology from Swarthmore College, and MD from George Washington University School of Medicine. He received clinical and research training at University of Colorado, Children’s National Medical Center and Stanford University. He was Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University before coming to Stanford in 1997. Dr. Reiss uses advanced research methods to determine how biological and environmental factors affect brain structure, connectivity and function, and how this ultimately impacts cognitive-behavioral outcome in persons with typical and atypical development. A particularly important focus of this work is to derive explanatory models that inform the development of more specific and effective interventions for persons with brain disorders.

Another focus is on the neuroscience of cognition and behavior in typically developing persons including studies of humor, creativity, social interaction, executive function, resilience, driving and territorial behavior. Dr. Reiss’ laboratory and collaborations serve as a model for interdisciplinary brain sciences collaboration. Research in the laboratory is carried out, or facilitated by faculty and staff from numerous fields including psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics, psychology, neuroscience, mathematics, genetics, radiology, computer science, education, engineering and biostatistics. Dr. Reiss has received numerous honors and awards including election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

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The Neuroscience of Creativity:
How to Put a Square Peg in a Round Hole

Session 5
Phil Dixon
CEO, ABL

Phil Dixon is the CEO and Founder of The Academy of Brain-based Leadership (ABL) and is a leading expert in applying the latest knowledge from the field of integrative neuroscience into the areas of leadership development, organizational & cultural change and coaching.

During a 40 year career ranging from IT, Learning & Development and Neuroscience, en route Phil has worked in both the private and public sectors, has established two management consulting firms and has lived, worked and/or taught in 21 countries.

Phil’s passion is the application of the field of neuroscience to leadership; this has led to the publication of a recent paper in the NeuroLeadership Journal:  Turn the 360 Around – a Brain-Based approach to giving feedback, and a chapter on Performance Management in the recently released book Optimizing Talent.
Phil holds an MSc in Consulting and Coaching to Change from Oxford Business School and HEC Paris, and a BSc in Computer Science from Warwick University.
He is a frequent speaker on the topic of brain-based leadership and is in the process of writing a book “SAFETY: Using Your Brain for a Change.”

A Problem, A Wicked Problem, or a Social Mess:
Inspired by a true life story, Brexit!

Session 6
Jason Greer
President of Greer Consulting, Inc

Jason Greer is founder and President of Greer Consulting, Inc. (GCI), a Labor Management and Employee Relations Consulting firm.

Mr. Greer is also a professional speaker who combines his natural wit and storytelling ability with his experience in counseling, training and conflict resolution.  He inspires audiences, both large and small, as he speaks to managing through personal and corporate growth while maintaining an intimate connection to the human components that define us and make our respective cultures special.

Mr. Greer is widely known for his work in the area of racial reconciliation based upon his experiences as a victim of cross burnings and racial harassment by the Knights of Ku Klux Klan.  This story and the resulting lessons have been given new perspective in his keynote, Diversity & The Brain: What’s Your Story?, wherein he champions and celebrates diversity as a means of overcoming barriers to success and experiencing the best that an organization and/or community has to offer.

Major National Publications such as the Wall Street Journal and Forbes have recognized Jason as a Labor Relations expert. The British Broadcasting Company (BBC), FOX News, America’s Radio News, USA Radio and more have trusted Jason Greer to provide their listeners with up to the minute information.

Highly rated CBS, ABC and Clear Channel Network stations in top markets across America including New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Portland, and Cincinnati have all called upon Jason Greer’s expertise.

Dan Radecki PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, ABL

Dan is the Chief Scientific Officer and a founding partner at ABL. Dan has 20 years of corporate experience and his passion is in leveraging his knowledge of behavioral neuroscience to create an optimal model of leadership. In 2009 he created the curriculum for the educational arm of the NeuroLeadership Institute and served as the lead professor for the first Post Graduate Degree and Master of Science program in the Neuroscience of Leadership. Dan has taught over 400 leaders in 40 countries, on the neuroscientific underpinnings of effective leadership.

Dan is also Senior Director of Research and Development at Allergan Inc., where he is a Global Leader for drug development programs. Dan holds a Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in Biopsychology and Ph.D in Neuroscience. His extensive teaching experience includes instruction at the undergraduate, graduate and medical school level.

Dan has been published in the Harvard Business Review, and has lectured internationally on topics such as the neuroscience of bias, creativity, leadership wisdom, the aging brain, the biology of collaboration and the impact of stress on the brain.

Nancy Hauge
Chief People Officer, HotChalk, Inc

Born and raised in Chicago, Il, Nancy was orphaned as a teenager and supported herself with comedy and a job making reservations for Amtrak while she attended The Goodman School of Theater at the Art Institute of Chicago.  She apprenticed at “Second City”.  The 1980s brought her to Silicon Valley where she serendipitously ended up at Sun Microsystems.  She has led HR for Gymboree, Noah’s New York Bagels, Ruckus Network , K12, Silicon Image and most recently, Hotchalk, Inc..  She has consulted as the interim VP of HR at Borland, Brocade, Rosetta Stone, Parature, ePals and Mixbook.  Nancy has been responsible for hiring over 23,000 people during her career, consulted to or invested in over 60 start-ups, and is a veteran of 5 IPOs.

A former stand-up comedian, Nancy is a sought after public speaker for her work in organizational dislocation, corporate courage, humor in the workplace, innovation, social consciousness in business and designing cultures where Millennials thrive. Her work has been recognized by graduate schools and profiled in national publications.

Currently, Nancy sits on the board of advisors for Mode to Wear and Blackridge Technologies. She also is a former member of the Board of Regents at Holy Names College and Board of Advisors to the Cameron School of Business at UNCW. She is a prolific blogger. And on Saturday evenings she goes dancing with her husband of 40 years, Kem Hauge, an award-winning composer for the theater.  Nancy is a recipient of the 2014 “Stevie Awards” for Women in High Tech and was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal in 2015 as one of the “100 Women of Influence” in Silicon Valley.

Bias & Diversity