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The Neuroscience of Optimism with Ellen Petry Leanse – G24080205

Aug 04 – 09 2024

Optimism: is it something some people have and others don’t? Or a skill that can be learned and practiced – one that delivers significant results? 

Neuroscience educator Ellen Petry Leanse is here to tell you that optimism can be a practice: that you can use the power of neuroscience to cultivate a mindset of optimism that offers resilience and a positive orientation, even in challenging times. The path awaits in understanding the brain and how it, regardless of its age or stage, can attune itself to more optimism. 

In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn the latest insights into the workings of the brain’s emotional systems and how they affect perception
  • Gain science-backed practices for activating optimism, resilience, and a positive mindset 
  • Go hands-on to practice skills that help cultivate optimism and equanimity
  • Learn techniques for interacting with others in ways that reduce negativity and support a healthy mindset
  • Explore ways to balance realism, optimism, and life’s inevitable challenges with resilience and hope

This course is ideal for anyone who finds themselves feeling overwhelmed by the many challenges arising around us today and wants a better path forward than the “overwhelm” so many of us feel. We can’t change much in the outside world, yet we can shift our response to it – and learning how becomes a practice that can shift the perceptions, emotional reactions, and thoughts that can often bring us down. 

Whether you apply these practices in your work, relationships, or in your everyday life, this workshop will deliver tools you can use again and again in ways that help shift the way you see life’s challenges…and even the impact they create. 

Using methods proven with global communities of entrepreneurs, business leaders, and public audiences, Ellen will share exercises and tools consistently shown to elevate resilience and optimism. With hands-on practices, breakthrough insights into neuroscience, and real-life examples, she’ll share techniques proven in her Stanford University teachings, her book “The Happiness Hack: How to Take Charge of Your Brain and Program More Happiness Into Your Life,” and in her decades of work in the neuroscience of well being and life satisfaction.



  • Ellen Petry Leanse
    Ellen Petry Leanse

    Author, Stanford instructor, and digital pioneer Ellen Petry Leanse harnesses learning from 35 years as a Silicon Valley insider in her work as a leadership guide and organizational innovator.

    An alum of early Apple, she served on the Macintosh launch team and championed the company’s groundbreaking 1985 debut into digital environments. Her work since then has spanned entrepreneurship, investing, and leadership coaching – experiences fueled by a growing commitment to integrating neuroscience, psychology, and wisdom practices into the world of business. Her popular Stanford courses guided hundreds of students to “think different” about professional and life satisfaction and the potential of business to create positive change.

    A respected Silicon Valley influencer and globally-known speaker, Ellen is passionate about intentional living and brain-aware practices that increase well-being and impact. She’s been featured on CNN and the Today Show, in Time Magazine, Health, Vogue.com, Forbes, Inc., and Entrepreneur, and as a contributor to Thrive Global. Today, as Chief People Officer of Lucidworks, she guides values-driven contribution and growth for a global community focused on the future of search. Her bestselling book “The Happiness Hack” shares science-backed paths to building focus, connection, and satisfaction.