Watch Kristen's recent TEDx talk from September 2015: Generation Stress: From Surviving to Thriving
Signature keynote speeches can be customized to the needs of your organization, and presentations always include a robust question and answer session as well.
Dr. Kristen Race offers engaging, informative and entertaining keynote speeches for schools, families, businesses, summer camps, and sports teams. Her dynamic talks are based on the latest brain-based research in mindfulness and positive psychology, designed to create better resiliency to modern day stressors.
From Surviving to Thriving in the Workplace
Dr. Race speaks directly to the busy employees of today that make up “Generation Stress” and presents an alternative – a mindful approach. Recognizing the negative impacts that stress has on the workplace - sick days, inefficiencies, unhealthy working relationships, low self esteem and more – we take a straightforward look at the science of the brain so that the individuals within a company can better understand how the inner workings of their brain impacts their moods, thoughts, behaviors and their co-workers.
Kristen’s methods in the workplace have helped thousands develop resilience, a positive mindset, and centered leadership.
In the midst of the complexity and stress of our busy lives this talk helps people find the inner capacity to create, to lead, and to thrive. Drawing on the latest brain research Kristen shows us how mindfulness changes the brain to help us feel happier and healthier as well as become more efficient and productive at work and at home. This humorous and engaging talk provides simple solutions that move us from simply surviving our work day to thriving throughout it.
What Your Staff Will Learn:
- Why stress is so prevalent and highly contagious
- How to become more resilient to stressors inside and outside of work
- Benefits of a mindfulness practice and ways to practice at work, home, and even with their families
- How having a mindfulness practice makes you a happier, healthier, more productive and fulfilled worker
- The 5 easy ways to go from “survive to thrive” in the workplace
Mindful Life in the Workplace
Mindful Life creates customized brain-based mindfulness trainings for businesses of any size that can enhance your company’s core mission, culture and your bottom line.
Stress at work creates sick days, inefficiencies, negative inter-personal relationships and a toxic work environment. Leaders from Google to General Mills have turned to mindfulness practices to create a positive, more productive workplace.
Our Mindful Life in the Workplace program is designed to increase the functionality within a business environment. We present the neuroscience behind stress, and provide brain-based mindfulness solutions to help those in your company become more resilient to the stress in their lives.
We introduce the benefits of a personal mindfulness practice and provide easy to implement tools and strategies to practice mindfulness individually or at home.
We acknowledge that all adults experience stress, which when un-managed leads to a decrease in physical, mental and emotional well-being as well as attention and productivity difficulties.
- Neuroscience behind stress
- How to become more resilient to stress
- Benefits of a mindfulness practice and ways to practice at work and at home
- How having a mindfulness practice makes you a happier, healthier, more efficient worker
For Families and School Communities:
From Surviving to Thriving in Your Family
Kristen’s mindfulness methods for families have helped thousands develop resilience, a positive mindset, and connection. In her newest talk, she takes a straightforward look at the science of the brain so family members can better understand how the inner workings of their brain impacts their moods, thoughts, and behaviors for themselves and the people around them.
Drawing on the latest brain research Kristen shows us how mindfulness changes the brain to help us feel happier and healthier as well as become more present in our relationships and home life.
This humorous and engaging talk provides simple solutions that move us from simply surviving in our family lives to thriving in our family lives.
What Your Parent Community Will Learn:
- Why stress is so prevalent and highly contagious
- How to become more resilient to stressors inside and outside of the home
- Benefits of a mindfulness practice and ways to practice at work, home, and as a family
- How having a mindfulness practice makes you a happier, healthier parent and spouse
- The 5 easy ways to take your family from “survive to thrive”
Creating Peaceful Homes
Many parents struggle to find moments of family peace as they face the growing demands placed on families today. Children are growing up in a world filled with stimulation, packed schedules, and considerably more stress than previous generations.
Join Dr. Kristen Race in a brain based discussion of how today’s world is affecting your child’s development and how to find peace in chaotic times. From the demands of modern society to the price of perfectionism, children and adults are experiencing higher levels of stress than any generation on record.
What Your Audience Will Learn:
- Stress: How it is more prevalent today than ever before and how it is affecting your child’s brain
- Hidden environmental factors that are affecting brain development
- Schedules, Stimulation, and Sleep – How does your family measure up?
- Simple family activities that increase your child’s ability to pay attention, increase cognitive functioning, reduce stress and promote family happiness
From the demands of modern society to the price of perfectionism, children and adults are experiencing higher levels of stress than any generation on record. This workshop includes a brief overview of the neuroscience of stress, and then goes deeper into practical tools and strategies for families to become more resilient to the stress in their lives.
What Your Audience Will Learn:
- The Neuroscience of Stress- The stress response in the brain, how it affects all of us, and ways we can help our kids learn to self-regulate
- Put on Your Oxygen Mask First – How we, as parents, influence the stress level in the house and tools to make our lives calmer
- Praise – How the way we praise our kids may contribute to anxiety and perfectionism AND ways to praise kids so they will persist in the face of adversity
- Sports– How to incorporate athletics in ways that foster healthy development rather than adding pressure to an already stressed-out kid
- Family Adventures & Rituals - How to create family adventures and rituals that foster positive family engagement, increase self-esteem, and reduce perfectionism
Signature Speeches for School Faculties:
Ready to Learn!
Having a classroom environment where all the students are ready to learn does not come easily. Kids come into a classroom in varied emotional states based on their experiences while they were away from school or the classroom. A tough night at home, a bus ride that was unruly, a recess that didn’t go as planned—so many variables can affect a child’s ability to learn when the teacher stands up in front to start a lesson.
The Mindful Life Faculty Workshop introduces teachers to mindfulness skills that can be used in the classroom to stimulate the prefrontal cortex. The benefits will help kids develop attention, impulse control, problem-solving, and forward thinking—all the while making the teacher’s job much easier.
What Your Teachers Will Learn:
- Stress: How it is affecting our students’ ability to learn
- Mindfulness: Training the prefrontal cortex
- A Toolbox for Teachers: Easy-to-implement activities for the classroom
Signature Speeches For Summer Camps:
Happy Staff = Happy Camp
How Mindfulness Can Help Your Staff Sustain Positive Energy and Emotions All Summer Long!
As camp leaders our goal is to create happy campers at the end of each day. To do this, we need happy staff at the end of each day all the way through the end of the season. This presents a significant challenge, as summer camps are such intense seasons.
This interactive workshop introduces camp leaders to simple brain-based mindfulness practices that increase positive emotions, compassion and empathy in staff and campers alike.
What Your Camp Counselors Will Learn:
- Shaping the brain: Why emotions are contagious and how this impacts camp climate
- Mindfulness as a tool to respond to stressful situations (i.e. upset parents!)
- It starts at the top: The role of the Mindful Camp Leader
- Simple brain-based solutions that have been proven to increase positive emotions, empathy, and compassion and can be easily integrated into the camp environment on a day-to-day basis.
The Mindful Camper
Kids come to camp in varied emotional states. Past camp experiences, stress at home or in school, and separation from parents are among a variety of factors that impact the well-being of the camper as well as their current camp experience. Many campers today have limited tools to help them regulate their emotions, pay attention, overcome adversity, and interact compassionately.
This workshop introduces camp leaders to research-based mindfulness skills that stimulate the areas of the brain related to attention, problem solving, empathy, and positive emotions. It includes a brain-based discussion of stress in our society and introduces mindfulness tools designed for camp environments. When practiced together, research demonstrates that these techniques benefit adults as well as kids. Participants will be invited to participate in sample activities.
What Your Camp Counselors and Staff Will Learn:
- The stress epidemic during the school year and how it is affecting our campers
- The neurology of stress: How the stress response in the brain impacts not just one camper, but the whole cabin
- Problem-solving, emotional regulation, empathy, and the ability to process positive emotions
- Mindfulness: How simple practices rewire the brain to build resilience to stress
- A Toolbox for Camp Leaders: Easy-to-implement activities for the camp environment
For Youth Sports Teams and Athletes:
The Mindful Athlete
The list of pro athletes who are turning to mindfulness and meditation to gain a competitive edge in their game just keeps getting longer and longer. Pros know that the ability to focus on the field is just as important as their physical capabilities. Yet kids today are having more challenges than ever in managing stress and staying focused.
Just like an athlete can increase their physical game skills through repeated practice and training, neuroplasticity allows our brains to be re-trained as well.
The mental game of sports is as key to winning as is talent and effort.
In this talk, athletes and coaches are introduced to the science of the brain in a developmentally appropriate manner so they can increase their focus and bring their A-game to every competition, despite what’s happening at home or at school. When athletes have the tools and strategies to become more resilient to stress they are happier, healthier and better prepared for competitions.
Athletes and coaches will walk away with dozens of tools and strategies that can immediately be put into practice in both team and individual sports and be applied to all facets of a young person’s life.
What Your Athletes and Coaches Will Learn:
- How to handle stress in the brain during competition
- Tools and Strategies to enhance performance in both team or individual sports
- Essential mental preparation practices for game day
- Benefits of a mindfulness practice on and off the field
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