To empower leaders and educators with the latest in neuroscience, social innovation, resilience and culturally responsive research
to help them create organizations, classrooms and businesses
that are fit for change and that lead to agile mindsets and learning excellence.
My graduate degree from New York University, and fieldwork at the NYU Phelps Lab for Neuroscience Research, NYU Institute for Prevention Science, and Yeshiva University's Albert Einstein College of Medicine focused on the cross-section of neuroscience, mindset and social justice. In 2010, I won third place at the NYU Graduate Research Conference for my original research on Family Emotional Climate and Empathy. I also won the Government of Canada Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2003.
The training programs I've created combine over a decade of counseling and teaching in schools and organizations across the US, Canada, Europe, Latin America and Africa, with insights gained from my graduate research and training in monasteries with meditation and mindfulness teachers from Africa, the US, Vietnam and India. I offer workshops and consulting to universities and businesses such as Google, HPI Design School in Berlin, Illinois State University, Northwestern University, Chicago Teachers Union, City Colleges of Chicago, as well as nonprofits and school districts throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Canada.
CURRENT AND PAST CLIENTS
Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy
Northeastern University, Chicago
Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking, Berlin
City Colleges of Chicago
Illinois State University, Department of Education
University of California San Diego, School of Medicine
Tutoring Chicago (formerly Cabrini Green Tutoring)
EHOVE Career Training, Ohio
Blue Valley School District, Missouri
Horizon Science Academy, Chicago
Christopher House Chicago
Empowerment through Education and Exposure, Chicago
Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, Canada
Alberta Children's Hospital, Canada
Independence School District, Missouri
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
"[...] fabulous, helpful, thought provoking, growth oriented training [...] I want to experience it again. I benefitted more from this experience than I have from whole classes on brain development, entire textbooks on brain research and multiday educational conferences. I know I am a better teacher for this morning’s experience. Heartfelt thanks." - Michele, Kansas City MO
"Life changing... Immediate life application." - Evelyn McGhee, Chicago IL
"I learned how to infuse lessons with conversations about emotion, vulnerability and failure. Stefanie knows what she is talking about – and backed it all up with evidence." – Jenna De Bruin, Chicago IL
"In 25 years of education, this is the best professional development that I've ever participated in! Thank You." - Jenna Tobin, Kansas City MO
Participants learn the neuroscience that leads to transformative learning and social innovation in ways that spark mindset shifts to help them model growth mindsets, empathy and flexible thinking within their organizations and communities.
Workshops include interactive exercises using everyday objects and personal reflection to help participants move through a three-step process (LEARN, INTERNALIZE, TEACH) that helps them understand and apply the science behind growth mindsets and social emotional intelligence. This process sparks new levels of passion for learning and a sense of purpose that fuels perseverance through challenges and willingness to risk failure.
Clients then get strategies and resources on how to catalyze mindset and perception shifts within their teams, organizations and communities in order to cultivate innovative, deep learning and contribution from all members.