Neuroscience of Mental Fitness
and Positive Change
Date: September 16, 2022
Time: Noon - 1:30pm Eastern Time
Location: Virtual - Zoom Meeting Room
Speaker: Wendy Swire
CCEs: 0.75 in Core Competencies and 0.75 in Resource Development
We all know about the benefits of physical fitness and health, but what about mental fitness? Why is mental fitness equally as important? Mental fitness is the capacity to respond to life’s challenges with positive rather than negative emotions. Strong mental fitness increases an individual's capacity for being aware and thinking more effectively and creatively. Building on recent discoveries in neuroscience, including neuroplasticity, we have greater understanding on how the brain works to create positive change and mental fitness.
In this highly interactive ICF Virginia Presentation, we will take a deeper dive into the latest research and findings in applied neuroscience and neuroleadership to help coaches understand the fundamentals of mental fitness operating system, the brain’s ability to make new connections, how clients gain access to pathways associated underlying trust, attention, and habit formation. Coaches will come away with practical tools and techniques to share immediately with their clients.
Objectives/Coaches will learn the following:
- Overview key distinctions of applied neuroscience, Neuroleadership and mental fitness.
- Deep dive on the 2 most important brain systems involved in mental fitness.
- Understand neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s critical ability to create new synaptic connection to create long lasting positive change.
- Learn brain pathways underlying trust, attention and habit formation helping the executive brain from distraction to focus.
- Three practical tools to use immediately with clients.
About Wendy Swire
Wendy Sherwin Swire is the founder of Swire Solutions LLC, a leadership development consulting firm based in the Washington, DC area. She is a certified executive coach, author, facilitator and Neuroleadership consultant. Wendy has coached over 2,500 senior executives and leaders (including VP – CEO level) at Fortune 50 organizations, US federal agencies and international NGOs. Her firm specializes in helping leaders and executive teams strengthen their mental fitness and leadership change agility.
Wendy also specializes in Applied Neuroscience. She is certified in Positive Intelligence Mental Fitness Coaches, Positive Neuroplasticity and through the Academy of Brain Based Leadership. Wendy has taught applied neuroscience to Fortune 100 executive teams, executive coaches, senior military leaders and executive coaches. Wendy is the founder and leader of the runs the DC Neuroleadership Group (previously affiliated with the Neuroleadership Institute) and has worked with neuroscientists and researchers to develop curriculum and coaching material in this area. She was granted membership into the prestigious Society for Neuroscience in 2017.
Wendy graduated from Georgetown University’s Leadership Coaching Program where she serves as a coach evaluator. Her numerous certifications include Conversational Intelligence, PACT(Polarity Approach for Continuity and Transformation), EQi 2.0, Leadership Profile, Conflict Profile Dynamic.
Wendy is the co-author of Anytime Coaching: Unleashing Employee Performance (published by Berrett- Koehler).
She graduated from Mount Holyoke College (BA) and from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts/Harvard University) for her Master’s Degree. Wendy served as an Adjunct Professor at the Carey Graduate School of Business at Johns Hopkins. Prior to forming Swire Solutions, Ms. Swire worked as an international economist and as a banker on Wall Street.
A partial sample of her clients includes: National Institute of Health, Capital One, US Agency for International Development, Adobe, Microsoft, Sony Pictures, Under Armour, Accenture Global, Biotechnology Innovation Organization and Federal Reserve Board.
She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and has two sons (and two dogs). Her hobbies include music, yoga, hiking, singing, and reading. She is one of the founders of the non-profit Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County where she recently served as Co-President. Ms. Swire actively supports the NICL school in Leogane, Haiti where she has visited and volunteered with her sons. She is training to be a tea sommelier.