Dr. Greg Wells
Wednesday, June 22, 1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Represented by: Speakers' Spotlight
Rest Refocus Recharge: Apply the Cutting-edge Science of Brain States to Perform at the Highest Possible Level
What would it take for each one of us to really thrive? Optimize our learning? Expand our creativity? Transform our lives? Dr. Greg Wells answers these questions so you can install the routines and strategies needed to amplify your focus, learning, creativity, innovation and performance. Based on the latest research on brain and body function, interviews with world-leading health experts, and a lifelong study of ultra-performing individuals, Dr. Wells has developed a framework that enables us all to perform at the highest level while improving mental and physical health.
In this engaging session, Dr. Wells translates complex science about brain waves, activation pathways and mind-body connections into usable techniques and bio hacks. Learn how to energize the body to engage the mind, trigger brainwaves to amplify focus, and leverage sleep and nature to boost creativity.
- Constantly driving yourself undermines your performance and health; Your brain wasn’t designed to be in constant go mode.
- Rest and relaxation are critical for peak performance and optimal health
- There are five different brain states, each with a distinct function: recovery, learning and strategic thinking, focused execution, creativity, and peak performance.
- By intentionally triggering these brain states, you can achieve your potential, individually and as a team
About Dr. Greg Wells
In high performance business situations, the human mind and body have to work together for ultimate results. Dr. Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert who, as a scientist and physiologist, has dedicated his career to making the science of human limits understandable and actionable. In his informative and engaging keynotes, Wells draws parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at the highest level, even when under the most extreme circumstances.
For more than 25 years, Wells has worked with some of the highest-performing individuals on the planet, including Olympic and World champions, as well as organizations ranging from General Electric to BMO, Deloitte, KPMG, BMW, Audi, Sysco Foods, YPO, and Air Canada. He is also committed to inspiring children and young adults through his close working relationship with several school boards and independent schools.
A veteran endurance athlete himself, Wells has participated in the grueling Nanisivik Marathon 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle; Ironman Canada; and the Tour D’Afrique, an 11,000 km cycling race that is the longest in the world. He is also a travel and expedition adventurer who has journeyed through every imaginable terrain and conditions in more than 50 countries.
Wells is the author of four bestselling books: Superbodies, The Ripple Effect, The Focus Effect, and his most recent, Rest, Refocus, Recharge: A Guide for Optimizing Your Life. He also hosted the award-winning Superbodies series, which aired on Olympic broadcasts worldwide in 2010 and 2012. As a speaker, Wells has travelled the world speaking at events such as TEDx and The Titan Summit, and has shared the stage with Robin Sharma, Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak, and Deepak Chopra.
Wells has a PhD in Physiology, served as an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto, and is currently a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He is also the CEO and founder of Wells Performance, a global consulting firm committed to achieving the moonshot of helping teams, schools, and businesses become places where people get healthy, perform optimally, and reach their potential.
Friday, June 24, 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Represented by: Gotham Artists
How to Harness the Power of Joy
We are more distracted, lonelier, and anxious than ever in history. And the past few years has only exacerbated this mental health crisis. In today’s world, embracing the power of joy is an act of rebellion. In this insightful, interactive session, entertainment entrepreneur and storyteller Shabnam Mogharabi will share practical tips and easy-to-implement learnings from her work creating uplifting and inspiring video content about what it takes to truly bring more joy into your life both personally and professionally. Shabnam believes that joy is more than an emotion; it’s a propelling and powerful force for good. And in this keynote, she will show attendees how to harness the power of positive psychology to shift their perspective away from toxic positivity to a meaningful mindset change.
- Understand why joy is a state of mind, not an emotion.
- Discover a matrix of tools to help you create a more psychologically positive response to events in your life.
- Learn methods for practicing gratitude and vulnerability in your day-to-day interactions and relationships.
- Gain specific insights and inspiration to overcome the hardwired “anxious” voice in our brains.
Shabnam Mogharabi is an entertainment entrepreneur, author, and journalist with more than 15 years of leadership experience in media and storytelling. She is a lifelong student of positive psychology, a freelance documentary film producer, and an expert on how to create socially impactful and entertaining content.
With actor Rainn Wilson, Shabnam co-founded SoulPancake, the inspiring entertainment company behind beloved video series such as Kid President and My Last Days. Under her tenure, SoulPancake amassed 10M social media fans and nearly 1B video views on its daily positive videos about human connection. The company eventually had a successful exit to social impact film studio Participant.
It was in espousing the values of SoulPancake that she personally believes in - the importance of joy, hope, purpose, and gratitude - that Shabnam found a calling as a public speaker. Today, she shares her uplifting, vulnerable message on how to harness the power of joy at dozens of conferences and events a year.
Prior to SoulPancake, Shabnam was an award-winning journalist and editor and one of the youngest winners of the Jesse H. Neal Aard (the Pulitzer Prize of B2B journalism). She has worked as a contributing writer, editor, and stringer for a number of publications, including People, Pool & Spa News, Sunset, and HuffPost. She is a New York Times bestselling author with SoulPancake: Chew on Life’s Big Questions.
Shabnam is a Henry Crown Fellow and member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is on the advisory board of Seed & Spark; an industry advisor for USC’s Digital Media program, and on the board of directors of the national nonprofit Tahirih Justice Center.
Shabnam received her B.A. in journalism and business administration from the University of Southern California and her Master’s in media from Northwestern University. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband and son.