Talking Leadership: The best boss you've ever had

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Talking Leadership: The best boss you've ever had

About the speakers
  • Catherine A. Sanderson
    Catherine A. Sanderson
    Professor of Psychology at Amherst College and at Author of “The Positive Shift”
    CATHERINE A. SANDERSON IS THE POLER FAMILY PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY AT AMHERST COLLEGE. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology, with a specialization in Health and Development, from Stanford University, and received both masters and doctoral degrees in psychology from Princeton University. Her research has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. Professor Sanderson has published over 25 journal articles and book chapters in addition to four college textbooks, middle school and high school health textbooks, as well as the Introduction to Psychology course for The Great Courses. In 2012, she was named one of the country's top 300 professors by the Princeton Review. Professor Sanderson has written trade books on parenting as well as how mindset influences happiness, health, and even how long we live (The Positive Shift). Her latest trade book, published in North America as Why We Act: Turning Bystanders Into Moral Rebels (Harvard University Press) and internationally as The Bystander Effect: The Psychology of Courage and Inaction (HarperCollins), examines why good people so often stay silent or do nothing in the face of wrongdoing. For a preview of the topics addressed in this book, watch Catherine’s TEDx talk on the Psychology of Inaction, which describes the factors that contribute to inaction and provides strategies we all can use to help people act, even when those around us are not. Professor Sanderson speaks regularly for public and corporate audiences on topics such as the science of happiness, the power of emotional intelligence, the art of aging well, and the psychology of courage and inaction. These talks have been featured in numerous mainstream media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Atlantic, CNN, and CBS Sunday Morning with Jane Pauley. Catherine serves on several boards, including the Active Bystandership in Law Enforcement (ABLE) Program, Camp Dudley, and the Massachusetts Academy of Ballet. She also writes a weekly blog for Psychology Today - Norms Matter - that examines the power of social influence on virtually all aspects of our lives. Catherine lives with her husband, Bart Hollander, three children - Andrew, Robert, and Caroline - and two rescue dogs - Daisy and Lilly - in Hadley, Massachusetts.
  • Catherine Sanderson
    Catherine Sanderson
    Professor of Psycology at Amherst College
    Dr Catherine A. Sanderson is the Poler Family Professor and Chair of Psychology at Amherst College. She is a global authority on social-personality psychology with expertise on issues within social influence, close relationships, and health-related behavior. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.
  • Michael Levitt
    Michael Levitt
    Chief Burnout Adviser at The Breakfast Leadership Network
    Michael D. Levitt is a global thought leader on burnout and workplace culture, a sought-after keynote speaker, and executive coach, a published author of several books, and the host of the popular Breakfast Leadership Show podcast. The show features interviews with top business leaders and experts in a variety of fields, sharing insights and strategies for success in today's fast-paced world.
  • Jennifer Ash
    Jennifer Ash
    Radioactive Waste Advisor at EDF Energy
    Jenny Ash is Lead in Radioactive Discharges and Impacts at EDF Energy within Generation Environment Management. Jenny has recently commenced this role after taking time out on maternity leave. Prior to this Jenny worked at Sizewell B Power Station for approximately ten years where she was Radioactive Waste Advisor and Accredited Health Physicist. This role involved giving advice to station particularly on radioactive liquid and aqueous discharges as well as the Environmental Monitoring Programme. Jenny’s new role mainly focusses on dose assessments to members of the public from the EDF Energy Nuclear Fleet as well as providing input into projects such as the Guidance for Release of Nuclear Sites from Radioactive Substances Regulation (“GRR”). Jenny’s degree was in Marine Science, obtained at the University of Southampton, and her Masters was in Global Environmental Change obtained at the University of Plymouth. Studying both these subject areas made Jenny realise the significant role that a low carbon emitter, such as nuclear energy, has to play in reducing the impact of climate change. This was the reason for her transition into the nuclear sector.
  • Sanjeev Wadhwa
    Sanjeev Wadhwa
    Founder, President and CEO at Life Singularity
    Sanjeev Wadhwa is the Founder, President and CEO of Life Singularity, an NVIDIA AI Inception startup, building an autonomous, Generative AI-driven, multi-factorial, large-scale human health platform, leveraging millions of computable digital phenotypes for individualized precision health. Life Singularity is building whole-person digital twins and digital communities, for near real-time predictive health driven by Generative AI/VR/Quantum foundation harnessing federated learning of environment, hyper-local consumer behaviors, social determinants of health, and health equity.
  • Naama Blonder
    Naama Blonder
    Architect, Urban Designer, Urban Planner at Smart Density
    Naama Blonder has a bold vision: to change what good housing can and should look like in a growing city like Toronto; with that in mind, she co-founded Smart Density. Her professional practice combines the disciplines of architecture, urban planning, and urban design to bring a deeper, more realistic understanding of how cities can address housing affordability and champion inclusive neighbourhoods with more equitable access to housing. Her work has received numerous awards including the prestigious Ontario Association of Architects’ Best Emerging Practice Award for 2022. To fight stigma around housing, Naama’s work seeks to inform both residents and industry colleagues about the mutually beneficial outcomes of reimagining what our big cities can look like: greater access to established public transport, shortened commutes, improved housing costs and vacancy rates, greater diversity in housing, and strengthened local economies and communities.

Key takeaways

The wisdom shared by exceptional bosses stays with us, forever guiding and strengthening our leadership skills.

Empathy is a vital tool for success in your leadership careers.