Heidi Hanna

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. Heidi is CEO and founder of SYNERGY, an integrative neuroscience partnership that provides brain-based training for individuals and organizations. She also serves as adjunct faculty at Canyon Ranch Resort and Spa in Tucson, Arizona.

Heidi’s publications include the NY Times best seller The SHARP Solution: A Brain-Based Approach for Optimal Performance (Wiley, Feb 2013), and the follow-up release Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship With Stress (Wiley, Jan 2014). She is currently working on her third book, Recharge: Investment Strategies for Your Most Valuable Resource (Jan 31, 2015).

Heidi is actively involved with several non-profit organizations including the Challenged Athletes Foundation and The Alzheimer’s Association, and she is on the National Board of Directors for Blessings in a Backpack. Recently, Heidi started The Beyond Funny Project, a non-profit group that provides education and resources related to healthy humor. In 2011, Heidi became a Fellow with the American Institute of Stress, and she currently serves as editor of their quarterly publication, Contentment.

Heidi holds a bachelors degree in communications from Penn State University, where she competed on the Big 10 softball team and received academic All-American honors. She holds a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Rollins College and a Ph.D. degree in holistic nutrition from Clayton College of Natural Health. Clients have included Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Cisco, Dell, Intel, Proctor & Gamble, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Merrill Lynch, ESPN and Starbucks, as well as professional and amateur athletes. For nearly a decade, Heidi has partnered with Janus Capital to deliver the Energy for Performance and BrainWorks programs, which teach financial advisors how to better manage their personal energy, particularly during periods of stress.


Speaker Topics

The SHARP Solution – Simple Strategies to Boost Your Brainpower

Our brains can be our best allies or our worst enemies when it comes to our health and performance efforts. In times of plenty, the brain sees positive change as something good and energizing. However, in our fast-paced, stressed-out society most people function in a state of energy deprivation, or “survival mode”, which leads the brain to pull away from anything that might cost more energy, including incorporating new healthy behaviors.

In The SHARP Solution, participants will learn the critical components of brain health that provide a foundation for improved cognitive functioning throughout the lifespan, understand the power of mental and physical training to stimulate energy, and create an actionable plan for implementing a sustainable brain-body fitness program that can be applied to their everyday life. These simple strategies optimize energy and performance for today and create a healthier brain as we age, prolonging the development of cognitive decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Participants will:

  • Understand the impact of busyness, stress, and aging on brain functioning
  • Identify the 5 key factors for building a healthy brain foundation
  • Utilize brain training techniques for mental strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Discuss the latest tools designed to optimize brain/body functioning
  • Create a training plan for improved brain health and cognitive fitness

Recharge – Investment Strategies for Your Most Valuable Resource

In Recharge participants will learn how to train the brain to manage energy more efficiently in order to help sustain optimal health and performance. Energy management is discussed from a holistic, inside-out approach, starting first with techniques to balance brain chemistry, build brain health and boost brainpower. With the brain in an energized state, we are then able to bring our best attention and effort to the task at hand.

Participants will:

  • Learn the simple recharge process – balance, build, boost
  • Recognize the differences between active, passive, and receptive recovery
  • Identify personal recharge strategies and create an action plan for sustainable energy management and an optimal performance pulse

Stressaholic – From Exhaustion to Enlightenment

Constant multitasking and ever-increasing demands on time and energy have caused us to develop a neurochemically-based addiction to sources of stress. As a result, taking it easy is one of the hardest things to do! Our dependence on stimulation from multiple sources of stress, often simultaneously, shifts us away from healthy oscillation, causing us to flat-line our way through the day. 

Running on fumes day in and day out, we often find ourselves both tired and wired at the end of each day. One foot on the gas pedal and one food on the brake pedal, we continually grind the gears of our operating system, causing the most intense form of internal wear and tear. In Stressaholic, participants will recognize the benefits of stress on engagement and performance when balanced with adequate recovery. Hidden internal stressors will be identified and discussed, as well as suggestions for quickly reducing inflammation, brain fog and fatigue while boosting focus, creativity and overall well-being.

Participants will:

  • Understand the impact of chronic stress on the human operating system: body, mind and spirit.
  • Learn how a simple shift in mindset can dramatically alter physiological responses to stress.
  • Recognize the key sources of hidden internal stress that deplete natural resilience.
  • Practice simple techniques for altering daily stress patterns to improve natural rhythms, creating a personalized “Optimal Performance Pulse”.
  • Create an action plan to support personal energy management.

The SHARP Solution, Recharge or Stressaholic for Women 

This special edition keynote focuses on circumstances specific to women, with a dialogue about the unique female stress response and specific strategies to best obtain work/life balance for optimal energy. Recent studies show that women’s brains may age prematurely due to a more intense reaction to stress. Although the life expectancy of women is higher than that of men, women show faster age-related cognitive decline and a higher prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease. Yet, the female brain is also ideally designed for leadership, creativity, and collaboration. In these customized programs, participants will learn how to optimize the strengths of their brain while minimizing the negative impact of stress.

Participants will:

  • Understand how the brain controls energy management
  • Recognize the unique female stress response, “tend and befriend”
  • Identify the 5 key factors for building a healthy brain foundation
  • Utilize brain training techniques for mental strength, flexibility, and endurance
  • Create an action plan to support personal energy management

Additional customized programs are available. Contact us for more information regarding keynotes and workshops on topics such as personal energy management, stress management, relaxation training, positive psychology, neuroleadership, weight management, or corporate wellness.

For information on pricing and availability email us at info@synergyprograms.com.