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Sloan School of Management

Applied Neuroscience: Unleashing Brain Power for You and Your People

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Oct 8—9
2 days
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
USD 3900
USD 1950 per day


This highly experiential course explores neuroscience concepts and techniques to help leaders motivate and inspire their peers and employees in ways that catalyze innovation and increase business success.

This program will take a deep dive into neuroscience concepts and techniques to help you—brain and body—through a method of unleashing potential in yourself and others.

Through a balance of theory and application, neuroscientist and MIT Sloan Senior Lecturer Dr. Tara Swart will examine the latest neuroscience research and how it can inform your personal and professional practices. Program topic areas include:

  • How to boost, refuel, and re-direct your cognitive resources
  • Embodied leadership and somatic practices (MIT’s “thin slices” research)
  • Creative and intuitive ideas for revolutionizing collaboration
  • Neural pathways that underlie procrastination, risk profile, and resilience (Swart’s Neural Tethering Model© based on research from MIT’s financial engineering department)
  • The impact of gender and cultural diversity on confidence and creativity in organizations and teams
  • Working with technology to empower human potential

Hands-on exercises will include enacting successful scenarios through creative, visual activities, guided meditation focused on peak performance, and optional yoga.


Participants of this two-day workshop will learn:

  • A groundbreaking brain-agility model
  • Coaching skills, through a neuroscience lens
  • How to mobilize neurons to get on the right side of risk and motivation
  • How to apply the Neural Tethering Model© to keep teams healthy, aware, focused, and continually developing, even in the face of ambiguity and change
  • How to better read emotions and get the best results out of others
  • The impact of gender diversity on confidence
  • The impact of cultural diversity on innovation
  • Cognitive decision making systems
  • How to create the conditions for successful change in the brain and body
  • Keys for embedding a culture of learning at their organization
  • How cultural patterns of behavior and belief frequently impact our perceptions (what we see as reality), cognition (how we think), and actions (what we do)



  • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Optional Yoga Class
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Introduction to Applied Neuroscience; Attention and Perspectives Exercises; Thin Slices Research; How to Read a Neuroscience Research Paper
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Stress and Resilience; Managing Through Trust; Brain Threats and Opportunities; Creativity and Intuition
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Reception


  • 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Optional Yoga Class
  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Gender and Cultural Diversity and Inclusivity; Creativity and Innovation at Work
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
  • 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM Financial Risk-Taking and Decision-Making; Your Brain on Money Neural Tethering Model; Embodied Leadership & Somatic Practices; AI and the Future of Business
  • 3:30 PM - 3:45 PM Feedback Completion

Who should attend

This program is intended for senior-level leaders who want to gain deeper understanding of how the brain works and apply that knowledge in the workplace for greater impact. It is particularly relevant for executives working in large, complex organizations seeking new ways to influence and mobilize people and drive organization-wide change.


Tara Swart is an executive leadership coach, medical doctor, neuroscientist and frequent keynote speaker. She is passionate about disseminating simple, pragmatic neuroscience-based messages that change the way people work and sustainably translate to tangible improvement in their business and the...


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