2013 Americas NeuroLeadership Summit

Washington DC, November 5-8, 2013

"The Neuroscience of Leadership Effectiveness"

Full Program & Speakers

If you are interested in what is truly cutting edge in organizational effectiveness, leadership development or human performance improvement, this is the Summit not to miss.

Now in its 7th year, the NeuroLeadership Summit continues to break new ground in our understanding of how to drive change in complex systems. In 2013, the Summit itself breaks new ground with events in three locations; Sydney, London, and Washington D.C.

These Summits focus on what it takes to be effective as a leader today, seen through the lens of how the brain functions. Such as the neuroscience behind how to maintain cognitive stamina, how to mitigate bias, and how to navigate the complexities of organizational landscapes.

Discover what 'wisdom' as a leader means from the perspective of the brain, and the brain basis of what is involved in developing others. Explore brain-based leadership assessments, technology solutions, and an advanced track for students of the field.

With three events around the globe, now it is easier than ever to be part of a global movement bringing hard science to organizational change.

Summit sessions

Navigate The Social Landscape

New research is illustrating the deeply social nature of the brain and its importance for how we get everything done at work. This session explores the deeper neuroscience of social interactions, including why they matter so much, and how we are able to read the minds of others - the neuroscience of empathy. All of this can help leaders at any level navigate complex social situations including negotiating with, motivating or influencing others.

Dr. Matthew Lieberman
Director of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience lab
Robin La Chapelle
Vice President, Talent & Capability
Lockheed Martin

Leadership Stamina

Leaders are under ever-increasing pressure to make harder decisions in less time, under more stress, and with less sleep. Given this is a recipe for poor cognitive performance, effective leadership at any level requires developing cognitive stamina - the ability to get the most from your brain. This session, delivered by one of the world's leading researchers around sleep, stress and memory, explores the foundations of developing cognitive stamina, drawing on a wide range of research and presenting this along with practical steps to apply immediately.

Dr. Jessica Payne
Director of the Sleep, Stress & Memory Lab
University of Notre Dame
Corey Munoz Ph.D.
Director - Talent Mangement
BAE Systems

Drive Performance

Performance management continues to be the bane of organizational life, affecting productivity for an entire quarter in many firms. This session outlines the 'state of the nation' around performance management, outlining the true cost to employee and organizational performance of our current practices, and why this is the case.

We will then present a framework for rethinking performance management starting with the right mindset all the way to practical insights for building brain-friendly systems at all levels.

Dr. Josh Davis
Term Assistant Professor of Psychology
Barnard College
Columbia University
Steven Rice
EVP, Human Resources
Juniper Networks

Accelerate Wisdom

For a variety of reasons, senior leaders appear to be getting younger, particularly in developing countries. Younger executives may have higher cognitive stamina, understand today's new consumers and connect with younger employees. However they may also lack deeper 'wisdom': a broader perspective, sense making or social skills that come from years of making complex decisions.

This session explores the question of what exactly wisdom is, from a neuroscience perspective, and in particular, what we can learn about accelerating that wisdom in others.

Dr. Dan Radecki
Senior Director of Clinical Research
and Development, Allergan
Education Director, NLI
Cara Peck
EVP, Enterprise Talent Planning
and Development Services
Wells Fargo
Adam Bryant
Author and Columnist
New York Times

David Reimer
CEO, Merryck & Co.

Breaking Bias

Human decision making is deeply biased. Given the importance of the decisions made by leaders, it is imperative that we work out how to minimize bias. However, many biases are completely unconscious to the individual, the result being that to date there has been no widely used model for bias mitigation. This session is the launch of a new approach to breaking bias in teams or organizations, drawing on the underlying brain systems behind the biases driving our people, conceptual and resourcing decisions.

Dr. Matthew Lieberman
Director of the Social Cognitive
Neuroscience lab

Dr. David Rock
NeuroLeadership Institute


One of the critical roles for a leader is to develop a clear vision for their organization and it into a strategy.
Yet until now we have not thought much about the deeper biology of this process.

This session explores for the first time questions such as why do organizations need visions? What goes on in the brain when a leader creates an effective vision and strategy for their organization? How and why does a great vision move people? And above all, how do we help leaders get better at creating inspiring visions?

Dr. Rick Gilkey
Professor in the Practice of Organization & Management
Goizueta Business School
Emory University
Sara Mathew
Chairman & CEO
Dun & Bradstreet

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Summit format

The summit now has three components.

  • A Pre-Summit session, for new people to the field to get up to speed, called Neuroleadership 101.
  • The main Summit, featuring the big breakthroughs of the year in the field.
  • A Post-Summit Research Symposium about some of the deeper case studies and research.


The Washington DC NeuroLeadership Summit will be held at The International Trade Center DC. The International Trade Center is located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Washington, DC, within walking distance of the White House, the Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, many of Washington DC's finest hotels and other prominent businesses, historical sites and cultural organizations.

International Trade Center DC
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW  Washington DC
+1 202-312-1300
Click here for a location map.


The following hotels are location close to the Summit venue:

The Willard InterContinental
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004: Phone: (202) 628-9100

Hotel Monaco
700 F Street Northwest, Washington DC 20004. Phone: (202) 628-7177

Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
999 9th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: (202) 898-9000

Hotel Harrington
436 11th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004. Phone: (202) 628-8140

JW Marriott Washington
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004. Phone: (202) 393-2000

W Washington D.C
515 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004. Phone: (202) 661-2400

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001. Phone: (202) 582-1234

Hilton Garden Inn Washington DC Downtown
815 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005. Phone: (202) 783-7800

The Hay-Adams Hotel
800 16th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20006. Phone: (202) 638-6600 

Summit Sponsors


For any questions about the summit please email summits@neuroleadership.org




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