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Sara Ross

Sara Ross

Sara Ross is Keynote Speaker and Leadership Strategist but describes herself as a Vitality Advocate

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  • Energetic and passionate
  • Strong research and science background
  • Performance coach
  • Master certified facilitator

To compete in today’s pressure-filled marketplace, businesses want engaged, creative leaders that move their clients, teams and ultimately the organization forward in a positive and impactful way.

To deliver that high-performance day after day, those same people need an organization that values their vitality allowing them to be mentally focused, emotionally connected, physically rested and still feeling energized when they go home.

Unfortunately, the research clearly shows that businesses aren’t getting what they want, and leaders don’t have what they need; connecting the two is where Sara specializes.

Sara Ross is Keynote Speaker and Leadership Strategist but describes herself as a vitality advocate on a mission to redefine how we succeed at work and thrive in life. A mission which is quickly earning her a reputation as a fresh and thought-provoking voice in the discussions of work-life balance, sustainable high performance and organizational health. To deliver on this goal, Sara expanded her consultancy and coaching work to include BrainAMPED, a research collaboration hub dedicated to studying, developing and curating brain-based vitality enhancing strategies to create healthier, happier, high performing leaders and workplaces.

Before putting this work at the forefront of her focus, Sara spent nearly a decade teaching the neuroscience of emotional intelligence as the Vice President and Global Head of Innovation, Research and Training at the Institute for Health and Human Potential (IHHP), where she continues to serve as Senior Advisor. Looking through the lens of leadership, Sara built on her Master of Science degree by leading the development and delivery of leadership assessments and award-winning coaching and training programs giving her direct exposure to the impact relentless demands, distraction and disruption were having on people and organizations.

Sara has worked with Fortune 500 companies such as; UnitedHealth Group, Verizon and Allstate; tech companies such as Adobe; financial firms such as Scotiabank, BMO and PwC; educational institutes such as Smith College, and the leadership team of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Her clients have ranged from surgeons, bankers, lawyers, air traffic controllers and engineers to government agencies, nurses, nonprofits, start-ups and entrepreneurs providing her broad perspectives and diverse experience, which is why Sara is often called on to work with some of the most senior, technically sophisticated and skeptical audiences.

Balancing relevance and practicality with contagious energy and humor, Sara powerfully integrates cutting-edge science with real-life stories of success and failures. Her approach is guaranteed to inspire audiences, challenge the status quo with new insights, and most importantly, create a blueprint of actionable strategies.

Outside of work, Sara is a coffee loving, beer brewing, meditation rookie. Her husband describes her career as professional eavesdropping-people-watching. She argues that she is merely a dedicated street scientist doing her professional duty to better understand why people do what they do, and why they don’t do what they know they should!

Welcome to the Energy Recovery Revolution: The brain science of fully powering up in life & leadership!

When we think of top performers; those excelling in their jobs and mastering their life, we tend to think of factors such as dedication, passion, persistence, and grit. While each is important, if taking on anything challenging and succeeding in a sustainable way, there is an additional factor, a distinct competitive advantage, that few organizations or people are truly capitalizing on, and that is the power of brain energy capacity – and how to best recover it!

The scientific evidence is indisputable; recharging brainpower by intentionally replenishing mental and emotional energy is crucial to excel, connect with those most important to us, and contribute to the world in a meaningful, creative and positive way.

Unfortunately, we often respond in the opposite way by sacrificing rest and renewal as a strategy to cope with the increasing demands on our time, energy and attention. While this may have worked in the past, yesterday’s approaches are not enough to meet the needs of today. Now more than ever, people need permission to pause, reflect and reconnect with what’s most important to them. To take the time to challenge current practices, and reemerge with new found vitality through gained perspective, balance, energy and connection.

In this keynote, Sara will share data collected over a twelve-month period from over 300 leaders to show that the happiest, healthiest and highest performing “Energy Guardians” of tomorrow will be those who practice and prioritize brain recovery by choice, not chance.

Building off her ten years of studying the neuroscience of emotional intelligence and mounting evidence showing the impact of vitality on relationships, performance, and leadership, Sara will scientifically backed, game-changing brain-focused strategies to show how everyday people working in high-stress, high-expectation environments such as hospital administrators, air traffic controllers, bankers, lawyers and tech engineers, have become some of the best in their field by changing how they “power down” to more impactfully power up!

It’s time to evolve the way we work and join the brain recovery revolution.

Audiences will leave with practical and easy-to-implement strategies while feeling motivated by the following new insights and fresh perspectives to help:

  • Decode the neuroscience stress to decipher the difference between healthy and bad stress and its impact on your work, relationships and life.
  • Bust the 3 biggest brain-based work/life balance myths that are draining your energy and diminishing your impact.
  • Boost your brain’s potential with a brain C.A.R.E. Index and stay at the top of your game with science-backed strategies.
  • Excel in even the most time-starved, expectation-heavy environments with daily P.O.W.E.R. Reset breaks, evening Brain Rechargers, and the secret to reinvigorating renewal breaks, each supplying the energy to shift more fully into life and leadership.

Alternative Titles:

•Igniting the Vitality Factor – The brain science of fully powering up in life & leadership

•Future Proofing You – The brain science of refueling your energy for today and tomorrow

•Brain AMPED! – The science of powering your brain down to more fully power it up!

The Science of Emotional Intelligence: The Missing Ingredient Behind Building A Highly Engaged Organizational Culture.

What causes smart leaders and rising stars to plateau, or even worse, fail?

Alternatively, what makes a leader exceptional?

Surprisingly, both questions are most effectively answered with the same response; Emotional Intelligence (EI). The biggest obstacle to your leaders reaching their potential and experiencing the success you and others know they are capable of isn’t expertise, but a lack of EI. This core competency involves developing a set of skills critical to self-awareness and making good decisions, managing and navigating the emotions of change and creating strong connections that drive engagement, collaboration and results.

“This was a terrific presentation! It helped me analyze myself and how to improve my relationships with others – both at work and personally. The points you made were pertinent, interactive and relevant. Thank you for presenting such a thoughtful and dynamic presentation “

Whether a seasoned executive, middle manager or driven individual, Sara’s keynote will examine the science behind the derailing impact that a gap in emotional intelligence can have on one’s ability to achieve extraordinary results. During her time as the Vice President of Innovation and Research at IHHP she oversaw their proprietary EI360 assessment delivered to over 80,000 leaders. Sara will share IHHP’s findings of which EI skills distinguish exceptional leaders from the rest. She will teach audiences how to manage difficult emotions (and people), as well as how to leverage positive emotions to increase productivity, quality of life and the bottom line, especially important in today’s high-pressure workplaces.

In This Keynote Audiences Will:

  • Identify the key behaviors that drives exceptional leadership and performance.
  • Understand the brain science of emotions that drives their (and others) behavior under pressure.
  • Learn an emotional management strategy to respond more skillfully as pressure, tension and complexity increases.
  • Gain new insights into empathy with a model to connect with others even in the most pressure-filled situations building trusting relationships and driving business outcomes.

Sara can customize this keynote to address the following topics:
Sales & Customer Service, Collaboration & Engagement, Disruption & Change, Team Effectiveness or Individual Performance

The Three Conversations of Leadership: Daily. Difficult. Courageous. The Conversations You Aren’t Having But Should Be.

We all have relationships that aren’t working. People want to make relationships work with their managers, teams, and peers. They want to give formal and informal feedback that improves accountability, clarity and performance. They want to bring their ideas and concerns to the table regardless of who is in the room. Not surprisingly, given how the pressure of time and the need for results can cause people to have an impact they don’t intend. What is surprising is the lack of strategies and ability that most people have to deal with the relationships that aren’t working.

To help leaders and team members have conversations that build trust and accountability, IHHP’s two decades of working with leaders from around the globe has identified three critical conversations that need to take place: Daily, Difficult and Courageous Conversations. Under the pressure to drive results, people often avoid these conversations entirely or are conducting them in a way that has only a small percent of the positive impact they could have if approached differently.

“Phenomenal! Simply the most inspiring, energetic, and passionate presenter I’ve seen.”

Having these conversations in the workplace isn’t an option. They are a requirement for any organization looking to cultivate teamwork, build connected relationships, and help global, highly matrixed, location-diverse or virtual teams deliver world class results.

In her time as the Vice President of Research and Innovation at IHHP, Sara trained leaders how to have high impact conversations that build trust and drive results, even in time-constrained, pressure-filled environments. Now as a Leadership Researcher, Strategist and Coach, she has witnessed firsthand that these kinds of conversations are never easy. However, in this keynote she will demonstrate how stepping in and having the conversation (instead of avoiding it, which most people do), is an amplifier to overall performance and life satisfaction. The goal of this keynote is to help people be their best, even in their most difficult moments which starts with building the skills and confidence to have the conversations they know they need to have.

In This Keynote Audiences Will Learn:

  • The importance and impact of three critical types of conversations: Daily, Difficult and Courageous Conversations;
  • Leverage insight from the brain science of emotions to have more effective conversations;
  • Understand the importance of having a developmental mindset so you can coach people to the next level of performance.
Performing Under Pressure: Why Meeting Your Biggest Challenges Has Everything To Do With Leading Under Pressure.

Whether discussing pressure at work or home, most people describe it as overwhelming and unrelenting. Attempting to minimize or remove external pressure is unrealistic – there is too much out of our control. Your organization, like so many others, is facing big challenges: whether it is an accelerated rate of change, threat of disruption, ambitious targets or aggressive competition. Your people experience these organizational challenges as personal pressure, which can result in dampened performance, diminished productivity and a resistance to change.

During Sara’s time as the Vice President of Innovation & Research at IHHP, they conducted a multi-year study of over 120,000 subjects to determine the impact of pressure on leadership. This research launched IHHP’s New York Times Bestselling book. Now as a senior advisor at IHHP, Sara will take you deeper into those results and teach you how to be your best, even in your most difficult and pressure-filled moments.

In This Keynote Audiences Will Learn:

  • How anyone can better manage pressure ensuring it becomes a competitive advantage to drive results and grow relationships, both of which are essential to creating high performing individuals, teams and organizations;
  • The number one behavior that differentiates the top 10% performers from the rest enabling them to excel under pressure;
  • Three insights that will help leaders avoid the sabotaging effects of pressure and three strategies to fortify against pressure to guarantee you have more confidence as you walk into and out of a pressure situation.

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