Neuroleadership Experts: Neuroleadership Interest Group

The Neuroleadership Interest Group is an initiative of the Neuroleadership Institute in response to the growing demand and interest of individuals to get connected and can meet in local forums to further the education and discussion of the NeuroLeadership field. Neuroleadership experts speak at this form once a quarter.

Neuroleadership Experts speak at Google in conjunction with Kristen Hansen

Neuroleadership Experts speak at Google in conjunction with Kristen Hansen

Kristen Hansen has been the leader of the Sydney interest group since 2010, held quarterly. Kristen is now considered to be a neuroleadership expert locally, regularly presenting at leadership conferences for companies.

The Interest Groups are mainly hosted at Google head office in Pyrmont and attract between 60-110 people per event. We’ve had speakers such as Dr Evian Gordon on Stress Circuit Break, Dr Barbara Fredrickson on the Neuroscience of Positive Leadership. See speaker bios and topics under Partners and Speaker Bios.

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You may want to watch a short 4 minutes video from one of the last sessions here or below: 

Kristen NeuroLeadership intro


Neuroleadership experts at the Sydney NeuroLeadership Interest Group


 Recent Events


The Neuroscience of Memory with Daniel Kilov

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Daniel Kilov

Upgrade your brain with the techniques and methods of national record holder and medallist from the Australian Memory Championships and the best insights from the neuroscience of memory


Kristen Hansen and Daniel Kilov presenting at the Neuroleadersghip Interest Group at Google, Sydney, June 2014

This unique presentation will draw on the latest neuroscience research on memory formation and mounting evidence from the cognitive sciences which identify memory as the ‘King of cognition’, with the most effective techniques and insights from the two thousand year old tradition known as the ‘Art of Memory’, which is the source of training methods and techniques used by today’s most competitive memory athletes.

Attendees will walk away with the ability to learn foreign language vocabulary at significantly increased speed; will learn how to never forget a person’s name as well as the ability to learn lists of objects after only a single sighting

Daniel Kilov is a Memory Athlete. He is capable of memorizing a shuffled deck of cards in under 3 minutes, and over 100 random digits in five minutes. He was the silver medallist at the 2011 and 2012 Australian Memory championships and holds the national record for memorising abstract images. In 2012 he graduated with 1st Class Honors from Macquarie University, working at the intersection of philosophy of mind and cognitive science and is currently undertaking a PhD at ANU. He is also working as a memory coach and speaker

In addition, Daniel is a member of Mensa, the international high IQ society, and regularly writes on memory related topics for the Mensa journal TableAus. Daniel Kilov has been described in the media as one of “the nation’s, finest thinkers and communicators”. He was a speaker at the 2011 Australian Mensa Conference and was the opening speaker at the TEDxMacquarie and TEDxCanberra conferences in 2012. In 2014 his appearances included TEDxManly and the Mind and Its Potential conference.


The Impact of Age on Leadership

Neuroleadership Expert: Dan Radecki

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Dan Radecki, PhD, Lead Professor at The NeuroLeadership Group

Leadership is always within a specific context – the gender, culture and age of the leader and the follower matters. In this session, NLI faculty member Dan Radecki will  explore what we know specifically about the aging process and how this should be taken into account in how we select and develop today and tomorrow’s leaders.


Dr Jeffrey Schwartz – Interest Group Speaker and partners EnHansen Performance in delivery of workshops in Sydney

Neuroleadership Expert Dr Jeffrey Schwartz

Neuroleadership Expert Dr Jeffrey Schwartz

Dr Jeffrey Schwartz is a research psychiatrist at the School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles and one of the world’s leading experts in neuroplasticity. Decades ago, he began to study the philosophy of conscious awareness, the idea that the actions of the mind have an effect on the workings of the brain.

Jeff’s breakthrough work in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) provided the hard evidence that the mind can control the brain’s chemistry. He has lectured extensively to both professional and lay audiences in the US, Europe, and Asia.

logoJeff’s books include The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force and the bestseller Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the seminal book on OCD.His new book You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life is now available.

Mindful Awareness: Dr Schwartz’s presentation introduces and orient attendees to the topic of mindful awareness and its relation toneuroscience, with an emphasis on the relevance of this to the practice and application of neuroleadership skills. Attendees will learn basic principles of how to actually use mindful awareness and gain experiential knowledge of it.  They will also understand how mindful awareness enhances brain performance and strengthens leadership skills.

Dr Jeffrey Schwartz with neuroleadership students Kristen Hansen and Josie Thompson

Dr Jeffrey Schwartz with neuroleadership students Kristen Hansen and Josie Thompson


Dr David Rock – Founder of The NeuroLeadership Group and Interest Group speaker 

Neuroleadership Expert Dr David Rock

Neuroleadership Expert Dr David Rock

Dr. David Rock coined the term ‘NeuroLeadership’ and co-founded the NeuroLeadership Institute, a global initiative bringing neuroscientists and leadership experts together to build a new science for leadership development.

He co-edits the NeuroLeadership Journal and heads up an annual global summit. He is the author of 4 books including the 2009 business-best-seller ‘Your Brain at Work’. David is also the founder and CEO of the NeuroLeadership Group a global consulting and training firm with operations in 24 countries.

Academically, David is on the faculty and advisory board of Cimba, an international business school based in Europe. He is a guest lecturer at universities in 5 countries including Oxford University’s Said Business School, and on the board of the BlueSchool, a new educational initiative in New York City. He received his professional doctorate in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University in 2010.

Dr Stanley Rodski – Interest Group speaker and Neuroscientist; partners EnHansen Performance in neuro-coaching services

Stan Rodski

Dr Stan Rodski is head of research and neuroscience programs at MPP Neurosciences. For over 30 years, both in Australia and internationally, he has specialized in stress management research and human peak performance under extreme and sustained high pressure. His qualifications include a bachelor degree in Psychology/Economics and a Doctor of Science (Bio-analytics). A major focus of his work has been the peak performance of individuals, teams and organisations under pressure.

To read Dr Stanley Rodski’s full bio, click here: Corporate Bio Stan Rodski PDF

EnHansen Performance partners with Mind Peak Performance and Stan Rodski in delivery of Neuro-coaching and Energy Management programmes to clients such as ANZ Bank. See Neuro-coaching for more information.

Rasmus Hougaard – Interest Group Speaker, Mind and It’s Potential Speaker. EnHansen Performance offers The Potential Project’s Mindfulness workshops to our clients in Australia


Rasmus Hougaard

Rasmus Hougaard is a recognized international authority on training the mind to be more focused, effective and clear in an organizational context. He is the Founder and Managing Director of the Potential Project – the leading international provider of Corporate Based Mindfulness Training programs. He will be out from Denmark in November to speak at Mind and Its Potential.

EnHansen Performance partners with the Potential Project to offer their mindfulness programmes to Australian corporates. See Training and Workshops – Mindfulness for more information.


Dr Barbara Fredrickson- Interest Group Speaker and Mind and It’s Potential Speaker


Dr Barbara Fredrickson

Dr Barbara Frederickson is a world-leading researcher into positive emotions; Kenan. Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director, Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Lab University of North Carolina, USA. Her presentation was on the Neuroscience of Positive Leadership. Click below to see graphic recording of the presentation



Dr Evian Gordon – Interest Group Speaker and partners EnHansen Performance in Stress Circuit Breaking workshops and presentations and MyBrain Solutions in Australia   

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Dr Evian Gordon

Dr Evian Gordon is the Chairman of the Brain Resource Company, the Scientific Chairman and Founding Director of the Brain Dynamics Centre, Westmead Hospital, and Director of

He brings over 30 years of science background and medical training, has over 250 peer-reviewed scientific publications and was the recipient of the Royal Societies Eureka Prize for Interdisciplinary Scientific Research in 2003.

Through the Brain Resource Company, he established the world’s largest standardized International Brain Database.  It contains over 200,000 Datasets, including outcomes from being the first company to penetrate large U.S corporations to adopt on-line Brain Fitness Training for their employees.

Together with Phil Dixon (ex-Head of Apple IT Globally and Executive Coach for numerous Companies in Silicon Valley and across the U.S.) and Carla Street (President, ROI Executive Coaching), he contributed to the establishment of theAcademy of Brain-based Leadership to integrate brain insights from the Brain Resource database and training tools – into traditional areas of executive training.

He is based in San Francisco with the MyBrainSolutions Team but visits Australia yearly.

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Kristen Hansen 

Hansen 33cKristen Hansen is founder and director of EnHansen Performance providing leadership and sales training, coaching and presenting to Australian corporations. Kristen’s background is 20 years Sales Management and Director roles with large Australian companies such as News Limited, Fairfax and Pacific Dunlop. EnHansen Performance focusses on the use of neuroleadership, neuromarketing and emotional intelligence experts, research and related assessments to help leaders and sales people develop their personal, professional and people skills to achieve success and purposeful relationships. Kristen has been fascinated to learn from experts in their field of neuroleadership, neuromarekting, brain-training, neuro-feedback mindfulness and emotional intelligence and enjoys working with neuroleadership experts to deliver superior researched strategies to leaders in companies.


See also Previous Events or you may want to review our other events and open workshops by clicking here.

The Impact of Age in Leadership

Presented by Dan Redecki, lecturer of the Masters of Neuroscience of Leadership, USA.

Leadership is always within a specific context – the gender, culture and age of the leader and the follower matters. In this session, NLI faculty member Dan Radecki will  explore what we know specifically about the aging process and how this should be taken into account in how we select and develop today and tomorrow’s leaders.

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Dan Redecki

Dan Redecki

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Dr Jeffrey Schwartz, Kristen Hansen and Josie Thomson at a previous event

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Kristen Hansen opening an Interest Group


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Dr Jeffrey Schwartz at previous LIG event